Title: Betrayal by Blood and Demons, By: Ian McBride

It is summer of 2001, and forty-five-year old Shane Connolly’s supposed All-American-Family life is about to crumble. A prior gang member during his teens, Shane rises above the din of negativity years later and becomes a millionaire, marries his high school sweetheart, and has three beautiful children. Shane has no choice but to hire a private investigator and a top-of-the-line criminal lawyer when his son claims that his father raped him. An unusual scenario involving a wheelchair-bound man at a train station leads Shane to the strikingly beautiful Lia Harrison. A few months later, Shane and Lia find themselves amid the horrific events of 9/11 volunteering side-by-side at Ground Zero. Although they fall in love, there is no guarantee that their relationship will survive since it depends on whether or not Shane’s legal team can prove his innocence before he is committed to the worst hellhole prison in New Jersey.

In his debut thriller, rising author Ian McBride crafts a horrendous fiction story within a horrendous incident of American history that he states in his website “is etched” in his memory. McBride is one of many who experienced the devastating effects of that dreadful day. And certainly readers who vividly remember the planes crashing into the Twin Towers will undoubtedly catch from the get go that McBride’s third person narrative will eventually roll into the events of September 11, 2001. But there is no clue as to how he will implement that within his plot, as well as his principal protagonists, Shane and Lia. Yet if one looks closely, McBride uses a carefully clever tool to correlate between Shane’s life and 9/11 – a moral to the situations that makes a profound statement about standing firm amid adversity.

Although much of his story centers on Shane and his family issues, McBride incorporates a well defined cast who initially appear antagonistic but have a softer side to their rough and gruff demeanors. Good examples include Deano, the Oswald-Cobblepot/The Penquin-looking private investigator and the curt Detective Hallahan. Obviously, the true antagonists unfortunately lie within his own family, his flesh and blood. Yet without giving out any spoilers, it is safe to say that there is a host of mental illness and drugs – demons – seeking to destroy the Connelly household. That said, there is a mouthful of fowl language to perfectly complement McBride’s rough and gruff characters.

McBride utilizes a few key elements to keep his plot moving. High on his literary chart is his implementation of the limited viewpoint, whereby readers know what is going on inside the head of one character – namely Shane Connolly. McBride sprinkles Shane’s running commentaries randomly but aptly throughout his story. And since Shane is one for hiding family secrets, his thoughts are consistently contrary to his actions. This makes for an attention-grabbing character, especially since Shane throws in a host of Christian remarks (i.e., honoring marriage, Judas betraying Jesus, and forgiveness) along the way. Besides dividing his narrative into three parts with distinctly Christian overtone titles, McBride uses another plot-moving element by alternating scenes within Shane’s life. Ultimately, the combination of all his literary tools are used to create suspense and various twists and turns while building up to Shane’s trial.

Bottom line: Betrayal by Blood and Demons is riveting from end to end. Many kudos to McBride for producing a great debut thriller!



Source by Nicole Sorkin

Improve Your Efficiency By Collaborating Technology With Business Operations

People now travel all over the world for personal and professional purposes. The business realm has experienced a huge change regarding meeting clients, business associates, bureaucrats etc. in the past decade. According to a research done by U.S Travel Association, direct spending on domestic and international business travels was close to $307.2 billion in the year 2016.

To create a brand name worldwide, one has to market its product on a global level. To do that, workshops, seminars, meetings are all normal and every bit of it requires a travel plan, however, more important than a fine strategy is the technology in any industry. One business can benefit tremendously if collaborating with the right technology in the right manner.

Major benefits of using technology for business transportation are:

Presence Of Mind:

One major benefit technology provides in the business realm is the presence of mind. People can completely focus on the current task without wondering what is scheduled for the next. The innovation of the Apple watch is one such great invention. Now people can keep a regular check of their mailbox, schedule, and messages whilst sitting in a meeting and not disturbing the energy of the room by checking everything over the mobile phone again and again.

Airport Journeys Become Easy:

People who are a frequent traveler will surely understand the pain of airport travels where you need to keep everything handy; from passport to boarding pass. Rather than fetching things every time in your hand band, you can easily store your flight ticket, boarding pass details in your watch and scan it as and when required at the airport security checkpoints. This surely will save you enough time which can be utilized for reading a great novel or creating a presentation in the waiting area.

Communication Luxury:

Mostly the traveler’s hands are busy in carrying luggage. In such cases, attending chauffeurs calls and understanding where is your chauffeur located, is a bit difficult task. Again, the Apple watch is a life saver here. You can attend the calls and fetch your car by just clicking on the watch. This helps you to leave the airport in style without creating a mess with your luggage while finding your smartphone in the bag.

When technology combines with the business it makes life and tasks much simpler. The usage of these technologies differs from person to person but the benefits they provide are countless.



Source by Atul Dhir

Financial Book Review: The Bank On Yourself Revolution by Pamela Yellen

“The Bank On Yourself strategy gives you a rare combination of guarantees, safety, liquidity, and control. Your money grows by a guaranteed and predictable amount every year, and that growth gets better every year you have it,” Pamela Yellen- “The Bank on Yourself Revolution

Several years have passed since the publication of “Bank On Yourself,” Pamela Yellen’s first attempt at articulating for a wide audience the benefits of using specially-designed whole life insurance in financial planning. Since that time, the ever-fluid, ever- chimerical world of personal finance has grown even more unfathomable and unpredictable.

As a Bank On Yourself authorized advisor, I believe that a sequel to the original Bank On Yourself book was long overdue. This is why I was so pleased to learn of the publication of this second, more comprehensive discussion of a truly unique cash management system.

In the sequel, The Bank On Yourself Revolution, Yellen has gone to considerable effort to deconstruct the Bank On Yourself method in a way that makes it even more accessible and understandable to the average person. She lays out a concise, solid, yet still passionate case for using specially-designed, dividend-paying whole life insurance policies as vehicles for preserving and growing wealth. When put together correctly, she says, these policies build up cash value as quickly as possible and provide unparalleled safety and security.

Yellen explains that a person can make tax-free withdrawals and loans from the accumulated cash value in the policy to finance large purchases, such as college tuition, automobiles, and cash-producing real estate. You use your policy and are able to pay yourself back, with the loan secured by the death benefit. This idea, which has been around in various forms for well over 150 years, is referred to by some as “becoming your own finance company.” Yellen does a good job of explaining the ideas behind Bank On Yourself without losing the reader in a fog of insurance-speak or marketing hype.

Implicit in her explanations is the understanding that anyone wanting to use the system laid out in BOYR should do their own due diligence. It is definitely not for everyone.

In The Bank On Yourself Revolution it is evident that Yellen has put a lot more thought and effort into the content and layout of the book, making navigation from topic to topic easier and keeping her commentary focused and free of anything that could be perceived as excessive verbiage. She does an admirable job of making the ideas presented clear and easy to understand, even for those who have little financial education.

The Bank On Yourself Revolution introduces us to some old school financial concepts that Yellen admits aren’t “sexy,” but which work, such as the “10-10-10” money management method and the common sense idea of not having much debt. She makes a strong case for designer whole life polices over both term insurance and the always trendy indexed universal life (IUL) policies

Nice additions to this volume are the “takeaways” at the end of chapters which give the reader nuggets of information designed to be easy to grasp, retain and implement. Yellen also includes stories of real-life users of the system ranging from housewives to entrepreneurs to former professional athletes. Such anecdotes obviously have value, especially to financial professionals who are introducing the concept to their clients for the first time.

People feel better knowing that “real people” just like themselves are finding success with Bank On Yourself.

The Bank On Yourself Revolution makes for an entertaining read and is a worthy contribution to a growing body of evidence supporting the wisdom of using permanent life insurance in financial planning. If you are someone who is looking for alternatives to banks, Wall Street, and finance companies, this book will help you understand one such alternative- Bank On Yourself.



Source by Teresa Kuhn