BookTrib’s Bites: Intrigue, Mystery, Groundbreaking Feminists, Employee Engageme

(NewsUSA) November 400CP Is Missing"November 400CP Is Missing"
by Anderson HarpThe PT Chevron Pacific Gulfstream banks toward the north after lifting off from the international airport at Kuala Lumpur. The oil-exploration team has reason to celebrate: The new oil field outside of Minas will be the biggest reserve in the history of Indonesia. But suddenly the jet drops abruptly, then turns sharply west on a path similar to that of a well-known commercial airliner from the recent past, descends through radar coverage . . . and disappears. Marine lieutenant colonel and D.A. Will Parker hears from the wife of a former Marine buddy. Her husband is gone. The FBI and CIA are of little help, but it’s an assignment Will can’t refuse. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3tBRYj5Held in Slumber"Held in Slumber"
by Angela ParishWill rest find you tonight? Gary, a high school art teacher, suffers from insomnia. For ten years he’s been keeping the struggle alive for his missing sister Kelly, who disappeared without a trace. With the help of an experimental pill, he finds a dangerous connection between the living and dead — caught in the clutches of his drug-induced dreams and corrupting him with visions of what really happened. Will the clues be enough?Meanwhile, an FBI agent follows the tracks of a serial killer, and the closer he gets, the more intense Gary’s dreams become. What he uncovers about Kelly disappearance and the person responsible for it is more than anyone could have imagined. Purchase at https://bit.ly/2Ppn2Uw.Three Groundbreaking Jewish Feminists"Three Groundbreaking Jewish Feminists"
by Sharon LederThree groundbreaking secular Jews — women’s historian Gerda Lerner, feminist Surrealist artist Susana Wald, and global ambassador Ruth W. Messinger — respond with Jewish universal values to conflicts worldwide, from the Nazi Holocaust to 21st century genocides. Their lives raise the question: Is simultaneous commitment possible both to Jewish continuity and to helping non-Jewish strangers in need? Their lives illustrate how Jewish particularism exists to teach universalism.For Jews and non-Jews, this book illuminates how universal values drive three women to become public about Jewish identity because they view the purpose of Jewish life to be alleviating inequity and suffering of all people. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3lYj4OU.The X Factor of Employee Engagement"The X Factor of Employee Engagement"
by Demi GrayDemi Gray has dedicated much of her career to studying what makes employees tick and motivates them to optimum performance. This book takes readers through six key principles that serve as a frame of reference for attaining employee motivation: leadership influence, management support, applicable resources, flexibility and autonomy, recognition and proper compensation. The book is written for leaders who care about healthy workplace cultures, collaborative work environments, and committed team members." Says one reader, "The author is raising lots of valid points and important views on employee engagement and why it’s beneficial in the workplace. I look forward to using this book as a team-building tool." Purchase at https://amzn.to/39dSsnU.NOTE: BookTrib’s Bites is presented by BookTrib.com  

How One Company Is Doing Right For the Planet

Five words or lessenvironment

How One Company Is Doing Right For the Planet

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Not that long ago, “sustainability” in the business world was defined as being able to stay afloat even in trying economic times. But these days, when Greta Thunberg may be the most famous Swede since Ingrid Bergman, it’s taken on a whole different meaning – what the Harvard Business School describes as efforts to “positively impact the environment and/or society.”

Of course, some businesses, like Whirlpool Corporation, have been ahead of the game, and are now setting even higher new targets to tackle climate change.

Lifetime Premieres “Summer of Secrets” True-Crime Movie Lineup

(NewsUSA) -Summer is coming..and Lifetime is taking viewers behind the crime stories that shocked the nation.This June, Lifetime kicks off the network’s first annual "Summer of Secrets" movie event — a slate of six original true-crime movies, each one featuring an all-star cast."Based on the success of our ‘Ripped from the Headlines’ slates, we are doubling down on what women love on Lifetime for our first annual Summer of Secrets slate," says Amy Winter, Lifetime’s executive vice president and head of programming."These stories captured our collective attention and are the perfect kickoff to the summer with the stranger-than-fiction moments and revealing secrets that had everyone talking."In addition, Angie Harmon joins the "Summer of Secrets" lineup as the narrator of "Cellmate Secrets," a six-episode docuseries that reveals new insights into infamous true-crime stories that inspired several Lifetime movies. Airing Fridays, the series features first-hand perspectives on the criminals’ personalities from former friends, prison guards, cellmates, and past lovers."We know our audience devoured the stories when they were playing out in headlines, but now we can go even deeper to reveal more about those infamous stories," Winter says.The "Summer of Secrets" kicks off June 5 with "Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos," starring Annabeth Gish ("The Haunting of Hill House") and War- ren Christie ("Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce"). The movie is based on the true story of missing Con- necticut mom Jennifer Dulos, whose husband committed suicide shortly after he was charged with her murder. He claimed innocence, and her body was never found.Additional gripping titles premiering this June include "Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer," as well as "Secrets of a Marine’s Wife," and "Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story."Next, things get spicy with "Soccer Mom Madam," starring Jana Kramer ("One Tree Hill") as suburban mom Anna, who operates an elite escort service for New York power brokers.Jennie Garth ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Anwen O’Driscoll ("American Gods") headline "Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story," in which a 17-year-old girl is attacked and abandoned in the woods, but fights to survive.Other tantalizing titles include "Secrets of a Gold Digger Killer," as well as "Secrets of a Marine’s Wife," and "Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story."Visit mylifetime.com for more information about Lifetime’s Summer of Secrets and other programming. 

BookTrib’s Bites: Secrets, Celebrations of Family and Ramblings of Wisdom

(NewsUSA)Lost in Paris"Lost in Paris"
by Elizabeth ThompsonWhen a deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old attic trunk, an estranged mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret life of a family matriarch — perfect for fans of "The Little Paris Bookshop" and "The Beekeeper’s Daughter."A heartwarming and charming saga set in the City of Lights, "Lost in Paris" is an unforgettable celebration of family and the love between a mother and a daughter. New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins calls it "a luscious, layered story of inheritance, heartbreak, reinvention, and family. I adored this book." Purchase at https://amzn.to/3pQXOuH.The Lockhart Women"The Lockhart Women"
by Mary CamarilloBrenda Lockhart’s family has been living well beyond their means for too long when Brenda’s husband leaves them and the family’s economic situation declines. Daughter Peggy thinks she’s heading to college, until her father offers her a job sorting mail while she attends community college instead. Daughter Allison can’t believe her luck that California golden boy Kevin has fallen in love with her.Meanwhile, the chatter about the O.J. Simpson murder case is always on, a media frenzy that underscores domestic violence against women and race and class divisions. Brenda thinks O.J. has been framed. Both daughters are more interested in their own lives — until Peggy notices bruises Allison can’t explain. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2MA3DPd.A House with Holes"A House with Holes"
by Denise Mast BroadwaterWith their marriage on the line, this risky rehab could cost more than savings. Can a devoted pair rebuild their dream out of a nightmare?Denise Broadwater thought she lived on strong foundations. But when she and her husband took on an ambitious remodeling of a Charleston, S.C., classic in a crime-ridden neighborhood, the cracks in her resolve started to show. And after a brick shattered their front window, she feared they’d bitten off more than they could chew.In this powerful warts-and-all memoir, Broadwater lays bare the tests and triumphs of restoration and close living. With insightful marital wisdom, she’ll lead you through an unforgettable tale of reinvention. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3chbR7X.;Pace's Post: Ramblings of Wisdom from a Middle-Aged Doc"Pace’s Post: Ramblings of Wisdom from a Middle-Aged Doc"
by Victor M. Pace, MDWritten by a family medicine physician with 29 years of medical experiences and 55 years of life experiences, this book is a compilation of values, ideas, and journeys.The chapters are independent of each other and are intended to be enjoyed by all adolescent and adult readers. Topics include: traveling, hobbies, activities, family time, philosophical ideals, and much more. Some of the chapter titles are: "Risk Taking," "Technology Then & Now," "Why Everyone Should Visit My Hometown," "The Love Of Pets," "My Journey Through Racism," and "The Value Of Journaling." It’s all here wrapped up in one book. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3rOa3ZN.NOTE: BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. 

Travel Advisors Smooth the Way for Post-Pandemic Getaways

(NewsUSA) – As travel opportunities reopen with increasing COVID-19 vaccinations and a decline in cases, eager travelers are booking post-pandemic trips to connect with friends and family, celebrate a special occasion, or just get out of the house.However, after years of making their own travel arrangements online, many potential travelers are rediscovering the value of a professional travel advisor to identify and navigate the variety and shifting safety protocols of post-pandemic travel."We are dealing with a fragmented travel landscape with shifting public health protocols and entry restrictions that are constantly changing," says Brianna Glenn, owner and travel designer at milkandhoneytravels.com, a boutique travel service that designs custom vacations."Travelers don’t need the added stress of trying to navigate this new maze on their own, a good travel advisor can smooth the way and get their trip off to a great start," she adds."For example, I just had a honeymoon trip that had their outbound flight delayed due to weather and they missed their connecting flight to Frankfurt on their way to Croatia. We stepped in and worked with United to rebook their flights, secure a hotel inside the Frankfurt airport since they were not able to leave the transit area and adjust their hotel booking and airport transfers in Dubrovnik without them having to worry about a thing."Results of a survey by the travel industry website Skift showed that almost half of Americans planning post-pandemic travel plan to use travel advisors.Some key benefits of engaging a professional travel advisor to plan your post-pandemic trip include:- Preparation upfront. An old wedding planning adage says, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Especially in the post-pandemic landscape, a good plan is essential, and a professional advisor, like a good wedding planner, can make sure that everything is set up in advance.Advance planning includes knowing what to expect at your destination regarding safety protocols such as masking requirements and testing or quarantine requirements.- Backup if you need it. Upscale travelers are seeking peace of mind and expertise as they plan the often complex and exotic trips they have dreamed about during more than a year of staying at home. The more complex the trip, the more important it is to have a knowledgeable advocate in your corner if something goes wrong or if safety regulations should suddenly change.Professional travel advisors can help with purchasing travel insurance to recoup costs in case of cancellation due to COVID and with negotiating refunds if reservations, flights, cruises, or other travel-related activities are cancelled."There is a big difference between people who love to travel, and people who love to plan travel," Ms. Glenn says."Ultimately, we save you hours of time and energy so you can focus on the things that matter most to you," she emphasizes.Visit milkandhoneytravels.com to learn how professional travel advisors can help make your post-pandemic getaway flow smoothly. 

Keep Remote Work on Point with Productivity App

(NewsUSA) – Remote work expanded across many industries in recent years, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit the fast-forward button on the work-from-home market and hybrid office model.Now, not only major corporations, but also small and mid-sized businesses are adapting to the "new normal," as workers at all levels who discovered the flexibility and potential of remote work are making plans to continue it either full- or part-time, even as the pandemic health risks recede.To this point, business leaders are seeking tools to help them manage decentralized offices and work teams. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.Eturi, the San Diego-based software company behind the award-winning parenting app, Ourpact, has launched Motiv, an app designed as a business solution for the work-from-home market.Motiv features a mobile-first dashboard that allows CEOs and team leaders to monitor collaboration remotely and track productivity.Easy access to metrics makes hybrid work not only possible, but productive."I understand how challenging it is to lead effectively from a decentralized operation," says Amir Moussavian, CEO of Eturi."I value the corner-office vantage point; being able to tune into the hum and buzz of my team collaborating," he says. "Now, I can access those key insights from my device and subsequently use them to make decisions and lead effectively in real time."Another key feature is privacy — the app’s simple style requires no plug-ins or other installations on company computers, which makes it equally accessible for small and medium companies as well as large corporations.Team collaboration, whether in person or remote, is essential for business success. As colleagues learned how to collaborate digitally, they discovered not only the benefits, but the pitfalls. One important lesson is the value of investing in reliable technology.Many companies that had to pivot quickly to remote or hybrid work now have the chance to evaluate their tools and technology, and upgrade as needed to ensure continued successful collaboration across a range of locations and work environments.Motiv has launched and the initial services include providing summaries of email and confer- ence-call activity with integrations into Google Workspace and Microsoft 365, while more integrations are planned.Visit motiv.com for more information or search on the app store to download at no cost during a trial period.

Toys For Tots and The UPS Store Build Bridges With Books

(NewsUSA) – Literacy is the foundation for success in life, and literacy starts with childhood introduction to books. Unfortunately, many children in the United States have limited access to books, and the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic have made the situation worse, as children are unable to receive books through the usual channels of schools and libraries.To help overcome barriers to placing more books into children’s hands, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, part of the Toys for Tots charitable foundation, has partnered with The UPS Store to deliver more than 44 million books since 2008. The UPS Store locations across the United States serve as partners for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, and both organizations are committed to promoting literacy for all children."The pandemic has presented new barriers between children and the foundational life skill of literacy, hitting economically disadvantaged families the hardest," says Tim Davis, President of The UPS Store, Inc."The Toys for Tots Literacy Program is one impactful way we continue to support the communities we operate in, especially during challenging times. Our network of franchisees and customers are proud to help foster a love of books and learning through our continued commitment to this in-store donation program," he emphasizes.Most people know Toys for Tots as the organization that brings holiday cheer to children in need through the gift of a new toy. Toys for Tots remains committed to its holiday toy program, but the organization is extending its outreach through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.The goal of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program is to provide economically disadvantaged children with direct access to resources that will enhance their reading and communication skills. The program works with various agencies to identify local schools and organizations to receive books purchased through the program’s donations."We are incredibly thankful for all of the support this program has garnered over the years," says Lieutenant General Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation."The UPS Store continues to make it possible to support children nationwide in their literacy journey, especially amid the pandemic and for years to come," he adds.Visit theupsstore.com/literacy or www.toysfortots.org/literacy for more information about the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. 

Financial Planning Offers Rewarding Career Opportunities for Diverse Graduates

(NewsUSA) – If you’re looking for a rewarding career complete with growth potential, and the satisfaction of helping others, financial planning could be your perfect fit. From striking out on your own to working at firms big or small helping families and individuals meet their financial goals and plan for the future, there are a variety of career options within the profession.Today more than ever, diverse candidates can find myriad opportunities to enter and flourish within the financial services profession. An increasing number of firms that hire financial planners have implemented robust initiatives to foster greater diversity among their workforce and alleviate barriers to entry. These hiring initiatives don’t show signs of slowing, as demand for competent, ethical financial advice continues to grow. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for an additional 11,600 advisors by 2029.By joining the field, diverse graduates can help ensure the workforce is more representative of the population it serves while also better reaching and assisting diverse communities. Monique Jones, a student at North Carolina State University, explains that these factors were key in her decision to work toward entering the financial planning profession. "I aspire to aid in improving the accessibility of the portfolio of services offered by the industry to underserved and under-sought communities," she says.Those interested in pursuing the profession can further distinguish themselves with potential employers by becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, also known as a CFP® professional. CFP® professionals must meet rigorous education, experience, and ethical qualifications, and employers are increasingly seeking out the certification as the most desired credential in the financial planning field.What’s more, 83% of today’s CFP® professionals say they have a competitive edge over other financial advisors, while 86% report that certification has had a positive impact on their career satisfaction. William Ohakam, who received a 2019 Envestnet scholarship to help defray the cost of becoming a CFP® certificant, explains that "obtaining the CFP® certification will enable me to provide additional value and create a more in-depth wealth management experience for my clients."According to Yorri Berry, a 2020 Facet Wealth Scholar, becoming a CFP® professional means more than just a boost in the hiring process. "This investment will allow me to spend my career working to build equity so all clients and financially vulnerable communities have access to wealth," Berry says.Joining the financial planning profession can open the door to a fulfilling, lifelong career, and at the same time help increase diversity in the workforce so that it better serves the U.S. population. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities in financial planning or CFP® certification and scholarship opportunities, visit www.cfp.net

BookTrib’s Bites: Inspiration, Audacity, True Crime and Coping With Loss

(NewsUSA) Your Destiny Is Inside You"Your Destiny Is Inside You"
by Ana PatTakes readers on a spiritual journey and inspires the awakening of a new state of consciousness, based on a deep understanding that everything is energy. It demonstrates how the liberation of the ego-based mind transforms consciousness, opening up a whole new world of positive energy allowing you to stay optimistic in your daily life.The book is a deeply spiritual manifesto that emanates with undeniable truth, wisdom and spiritual strength. It’s a story about self-discovery. It teaches the wisdom of listening to your own heart. It helps to get rid of suffering and obsessions based on self-limiting beliefs that deprive you of joy, peace and creativity. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3rEJyqaThe Audacity of Sara Grayson"The Audacity of Sara Grayson"
by Joani ElliottSara Grayson is a 32-year-old greeting card writer about to land the toughest assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother — a world-famous suspense novelist — Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her bestselling series.Sara can’t fathom writing a book for 30 million fans, but in a bold move, she takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find — secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy and the very book she’s trying to create. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3hJWRloProhibition Wine"Prohibition Wine"
by Mariann KnappFor readers who enjoy true crime and books like Anita Diamant’s "Boston Girl," "Prohibition Wine" details a determined woman trying to make ends meet during the Great Depression and against all odds. When Rebecca Goldberg, a poor young widow with six children living in 1920s rural Massachusetts, had to decide between taking her older kids out of school to send them to work and breaking the law by selling illegal alcohol during Prohibition, her choice was clear: she broke the law.This captivating true story of a women’s struggle to keep her family afloat, though over 100 years ago, will resonate with the experience of immigrant families today and the prejudice, poverty, and marginalization still experienced. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2L1bAMCNo Footprint Is Too Small"No Footprint Is Too Small"
by Dimas CintronAn inspiring story of survival, coping and healing. Follow the story of Dimas, a father who lost his son to brain cancer. Pain and sadness entered his life when he first received the horrible news, but he was still filled with hope.This memoir is not just a story about loss. It’s about the process of going through it — a story about surviving the storm of pain and healing. Accompany Dimas on his heartfelt journey through unknown territory filled with pain and confusion. Follow him on his path of revelation and realization to discover how to get himself out of the void. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3dcFZUi.NOTE: BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Know These 5 Numbers If You Have Diabetes

(NewsUSA) – Taking ownership of your heart health by monitoring some basic health numbers can contribute to a longer, healthier life. Paying attention to blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight are important for everyone, but especially for individuals living with diabetes, who are twice as likely to develop and die from heart disease, strokes or heart failure.Type 2 diabetes is also a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, so it is more important than ever for people living with diabetes to be aware of critical numbers and keep their diabetes well managed.Diabetes management is especially essential for Hispanic/Latino Americans, who have a 50 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes and suffering devastating complications from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."My message for others living with diabetes is that we have control and choices," says Lupe Barraza, who lives with type 2 diabetes and is a spokesperson for Know Diabetes by Heart, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association."Managing key health numbers can help you prevent complications from diabetes, like heart failure and kidney disease," Barraza says."You don’t have to wait until you get sick to go to the doctor. You and your doctor should work together now to keep you from getting sick," she emphasizes.Five key numbers all people living with diabetes should measure regularly are: