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When Wishes Collide (Wish Series), by Barbara Freethy. (Still free?)

"Poignant emotion, compelling mystery, and great romance...I read this book in a big gulp and enjoyed every minute. Wyatt has never given up his search for his missing daughter and he thinks he might have a new lead in chef Adrianna. As they look for the little girl they grow closer, despite their very guarded hearts. Loved the San Francisco setting, loved the hero and heroine who are both struggling with pasts that hurt them. Fab story!" -- Amazon reviewer

In a moment of desperation, two strangers make a wish, only to discover that sometimes a wish can take you down an unexpected path ... straight toward a life-changing love. WHEN WISHES COLLIDE, Book #3 in the WISH Series, is an emotionally compelling and suspenseful contemporary romance by #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.

Adrianna Cavello's life changed in an instant when a break-in at her restaurant took the life of her boyfriend and left her too traumatized to return to work. Months later, with everything she's ever wanted on the line, Adrianna makes a wish by tossing a coin into a fountain known for making miracles.

Wyatt Randall is also in need of a miracle. Two years earlier, his ex-wife kidnapped their daughter, and Wyatt is desperate to find his little girl. A new lead raises his hopes, but quickly fizzles out. When his coin clashes with another, he sees what little hope he has flying away.

Adrianna and Wyatt soon learn that they have more in common than two coins that collided. In fighting for the lives they lost, they must learn how to trust again. Only then will they discover that meeting each other and falling in love might not be what they wished for, but exactly what they need.

246 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 140 reviews.

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Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words (In Their Own Words), by . (Still free?)

"Editor Lisa Rogak...has compiled sound bites from Chairman Bill by topic, from A (acquiring other companies) to W (working with his wife). The result is like eating salted peanuts: Once you start reading, it's hard to stop." -- Anne Fisher, CNN Money

Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.

Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technology into a commonplace tool for the office and home.

Gates has long been ranked as one of the world's wealthiest men--which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs--and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, people actively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.

Bill Gates's second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you're interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.
184 pages, with a 3.1-star rating from 16 reviews.

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Secrets on the Sand (Barefoot Bay Billionaires), by Roxanne St. Claire. (Still free?)

"Secrets on the Sand is a great tie in with Roxanne St Clair's Barefoot Bay Series! It is a wonderful love story! Two people who went to high school together, life happens and they meet again and sparks fly! Do yourself a favor and not only get this book but go ahead and read the entire Barefoot Bay Series! Great love stories!" -- Amazon reviewer

The launch of a brand new trilogy from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire set on the sun-washed beaches of Barefoot Bay!

"Lively, light, pure entertainment! This Cinderella story is "Pretty Woman" on the beach!" - Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: a lifelong partner and true love. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid at his thousand-dollar-a-night resort.

The minute they meet, Mandy knows he's exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid...but Zeke does have one thing Mandy needs to gain the independence she craves. Will he give it to her? One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction and he's ready to give her anything. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke?

128 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 97 reviews.

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The Savvy Manager: A Guide to Running Your Fast-Growing Business [Tips for Investors and Entrepreneurs], by Lee Pryor. (Still 1.99?)

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"Experienced advice. This book can be read in an afternoon. The author shares experiences from his entrepreneurial life and these lessons are not only interesting but more importantly serve as learning tools throughout the book. It is the author's shared experiences that make this book so easy to read and digest. The generosity with which Prior shares "Insider Secrets" with us is admirable. This generosity is also a telling trait with regards to what has made him so successful in his own endeavors. Perhaps as important, the contents of these secrets are truly enlightening." -- Amazon reviewer

[Formerly The Savvy Entrepreneur].

"Pryor brings exceptional knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial world... He is an unusual storyteller. This book is obligatory for those interested in succeeding." -- Steve Millard, Board of Directors, Northwestern Kellogg Business School, Evanston, IL

Serial entrepreneur Lee Pryor thinks starting a new business and successfully managing its growth is one of the most important and satisfying things a person can do. From company culture through long-term strategy, this hands-on guide for start-up managers covers leadership, raising money, hiring, and communication. Pryor's straightforward managing techniques, culled from real-life experiences, apply equally to technology-oriented and low-tech businesses.

Pryor, a veteran of Time Warner and IBM (and frequent CEO), writes in a breezy, anecdotal, humorous style that encourages consumption in small, delicious bites between phone calls that will leave the reader laughing. And savvy.

"I wish I had this book 20 years ago. Would have avoided lots of expensive mistakes." -- Worth Brown, co-founder of Little Palm Island Resort, Florida Keys

"The Savvy Manager is very much to the point without a bunch of BS fluff." -- Creighton Bildstein, CEO, ATNI Corp, Aurora, CO

"'If you can't tell people what you do in one sentence, then you don't know what you do.' I love the conversational and humorous style of this book." -- Thomas Calabro, TV producer and director, Los Angeles, CA

"I have tried reading many business books, but never can finish--I read The Savvy Manager from start to finish without putting it down--it just pulls you right in." -- Peter Eichler, CEO, Unity Technology, LaComb, LA

This book is about managing start-ups and small- to medium-size companies. It's for the people who start them, run them, and invest in them. This book is not intended for Mom and Pop businesses unless there is a sparkle in your eye to expand your business. It is written to help entrepreneurs and managers of growing enterprises recognize management practices that make start-ups, as well as small- and medium-size businesses grow into successful, profitable companies.

Entrepreneurship is in some ways like parenthood: these two critical endeavors typically get less formal training than a McDonald's burger slinger. The attempt here is to help with the first of these, not the second one.

My knowledge comes from the first-hand experience of founding and running a successful start-up, which grew to $48 million in sales, and then managing, over a period of years, six small-to medium-size, growing entrepreneurial businesses. After running a few of them, I began to see similar management patterns. This book covers the many successful and unsuccessful management practices.

214 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 9 reviews.

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