Monday, February 6, 2023

Critical Alpha: Adjust Your Angle of Attack in Sport, Business & Life Kindle Edition by Aaron Jones (Author)


Dear Readers:

Are you ready for a better version of yourself? Self-improvement is always critical as we mature through life. Is the journey easy? Absolutely not. However, the more prepared we are in our lives, the smoother things transpire. Today's BOOK OF THE DAY, "Critical Alpha: Adjust Your Angle of Attack in Sport, Business & Life" by Aaron Jones is a gem filled with sage advice. Order your copy today!


Critical Alpha: Adjust Your Angle of Attack in Sport, Business & Life Kindle Edition

Are you ready to take control of your life and achieve your goals? Critical Alpha is a strategic way of thinking that can help you do just that. In this book, you'll learn how to set and achieve specific, measurable goals, and how to develop your non-technical skills like leadership, teamwork, awareness, and creativity, which are crucial to success. You'll also learn how to cultivate determination and resilience, so that you can push through any obstacle and achieve your dreams.

Whether you're looking to excel in your corporate career, improve your personal relationships, or achieve your professional sporting goals, Critical Alpha can help you reach your full potential. So if you're ready to take control of your life and succeed, this book is for you. With Critical Alpha, you'll be able to Adjust Your Angle of Attack and achieve your goals like never before.

This personal development guide has been founded on principles of military aviation, and is set out in a clear and logical approach for you to start winning in sport, business and life. By applying the Critical Alpha approach to your life, you'll learn how to set clear goals, identify and overcome challenges, and stay motivated on the path to success. With practical and real-world examples, this book will give you the tools you need to take charge of your life and achieve your full potential. With the accompanying Critical Alpha Methodology app, available on Apple and Google Play, you can track your progress and stay on the path to success. Don't wait any longer to start living the life you deserve.






Discover how to safeguard yourself from the increasing cyber-attacks happening every day with this easy-to-understand guide!

Cyber Operational Technology (OT) refers to the systems and devices that are used to control and monitor physical processes in industries such as manufacturing, power generation, and transportation. These systems are often connected to the internet, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

OT systems are typically not designed with cybersecurity in mind and can be more difficult to secure than traditional IT systems.


You don't have to be a tech junkie to understand the basics of cyber security, and this book will show you how easy it can be to shield yourself from attackers!

As such, the security of OT systems is becoming an increasingly important concern, as cyber-attacks on these systems can have severe consequences, such as physical damage to equipment or disruption of essential services.

ICS stands for Industrial Control Systems.

These systems are used to control industrial processes and infrastructure such as power plants, water treatment facilities, and transportation systems.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Tarnished Crowns a Memoir: The Power of Purpose and Authenticity by Pamela Ann Rice



Tarnished Crowns a Memoir: The Power of Purpose and Authenticity 

Dean Angeles (aka Elliott DeLine) -- Author Interview


Dean Angeles (aka Elliott DeLine)


The Stars Below



Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I live on a farm with my partner and family. We have goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and soon we will have horses. I’ve lived here for 3 years since the pandemic. I was born in Syracuse, NY, and grew up in the suburbs. I’m 34 years old. I’m the author of several books of fiction, memoir, and poetry. My essays have been published in
The New York Times, The Advocate, Original Plumbing Magazine, and The Body is Not an Apology. My short story Dean and Teddy was published in The Collection: Short Fiction From the Transgender Vanguard, which won the Lambda Literary Award. I attended SUNY Purchase and Syracuse University and have a Bachelor’s degree in Literature.

Besides writing, my passions include photography, animal care, nature, music, snowboarding, and art. I am introverted but also thrive in communities.

What inspired you to author this book?

Mainly, I wanted to show how hellish addiction can be inspired by my own experiences. I portray a very flawed character and show how he recovers and becomes a better person. It would be great if the story gave people hope.


You’re an established author, with award-winning books including Refuse, I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, and Show Trans. Why did you go with Wattpad for this novel?

I prefer self-publishing. It allows me to have control over the process: the timeline, the cover art, the promotion….in short, everything. I chose Wattpad this time because I wanted to release this novel in installments, like a television series. Over the next few months, readers will be getting “Season One.” I also like Wattpad because it’s a community of people storytelling. I thought this would be a productive place to reach everyday readers in this modern age, where they can read on their phone or laptop. In the future, I will be publishing paperback versions of the book.

Tell your readers about your book.

The Stars Below is about a man named Damien. He is transgender, female-to-male, and in his early 30’s. He has a drinking problem. He’s a writer, and he’s moved from living with his parents and working at a library to a farmhouse in the country to have solitude to work on his novel. When he gets there, he meets the various boarders: a woman named Michelle who is very sexually charged and seems to be constantly coming on to him. An androgynous goth named Alex. A friendly cowboy named Jesse with whom he starts a would-be-romance. A little girl named Ruby. And one starry night, a mysterious, handsome, cloaked man named Alexander. Damien gets hooked on a drug, ketamine, which is a psychedelic. He discovers eventually that all these people are actually one: a shapeshifter with multiple personalities. He begins a passionate Dom/sub relationship with Alexander, a demon who makes the shapeshifting possible. Damien’s drug use gets worse and worse, and eventually he has to decide between his new family and home with the shapeshifter or continuing to use ketamine and other harmful substances.


Why do you write primarily transgender and queer characters?

Well, first off, because I write what I know. I’m a transgender man. Secondly, I think it’s important that other trans people see themselves reflected in media. I’d especially like to see more books and movies about transgender people that are written by transgender people. In this novel, like my others, the trans protagonist is very flawed. Why do I do this? Why don’t I portray ideal versions of trans people for good publicity? After all, there are enough negative stereotypes out there, why add to it? Simply put, perfect characters are not what literature is about. Especially in The Stars Below, I want readers to watch the journey of Damien, as he grows into a better person. I want them to see his humanity: that he’s struggling just like the rest of us. I think there’s a place for trans superheroes and antiheroes in media. I’m better at creating the latter.


More About Elliott


Elliott DeLine (born 1988) is a writer from Syracuse, NY. He is the author of the novel Refuse, the novella I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, Show Trans: A Nonfiction Novel, and No Poster Boy: Trans Fag Essays. In June 2021, he released his first poetry chapbook, Lessons Learned from Chickens. His essays and excerpts have been featured in The New York Times, The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, Original Plumbing Magazine, and The Advocate. He currently lives in upstate NY.



“Elliott’s writing also helps people with similar experiences feel less alone… {He} honestly shares his struggles and his insights, and this sharing helps us all feel our common humanity beyond our gender identities or orientation.” -Dana Spiotta, Author of Stone Arabia and Wayward

“Like so many of the classic gay and lesbian novels from the earlier part of the 20th century, these works are sure, years from now, to enjoy wider readership and recognition as pioneering examples of transgender writing. Moreover, DeLine’s well-crafted storytelling and skill at cultivating voice prove that, far from being a niche genre, transgender narratives by transgender authors are a welcome and still underrepresented presence in contemporary fiction today.”-Jameson Fitzpatrick, poet, Kirkus Review.

“Elliott is writing at the cutting edge of modern-day culture—with his relentless and compassionate narration of young people living out complexities of multiple sexes, genders, and sexualities. His visually and textually dynamic memoir and fiction thoroughly engage the reader and give us a window into the everyday living of life in-between rigid boundaries of male and female, man and woman, straight and gay.”-Minnie Bruce Pratt​, author of S/he, Crime Against Nature, and Inside the Money Machine.

“[Refuse is] a witty and provocative debut novel chronicling a young, intelligent, and deeply insecure protagonist, Dean, through his ambivalent attempts at securing love and connection within and without the transgender community.”-TT Jaxx, Lambda Literary Review

“Elliott DeLine is an ambitious, witty, self-deprecating, thoughtful writer whose debut novel Refuse could meaningfully be compared to the work of Dennis Cooper (with far less violence), Brett Easton Ellis (with far fewer chemical substances), David Sedaris (with not as many belly laughs) and Leslie Feinberg (with a much less mournful air). Conversant with the queer coming-of-age narrative, the disaffected-youth novel and the transgender memoir—as well as the feminist and gender theory that each of these literary genres has inspired—DeLine pushes back against the familiar, and safe, conventions of these sources to produce a captivating story populated by fully rendered, completely believable characters who, while not always likable, and never the objects of pity, somehow manage to make an affective claim on the reader. With this as his debut effort, DeLine, not yet out of college, is a writer to watch.”-Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print Queer Book Reviews


Refuse is a stunning debut “novoir” about an over-observant young outsider with really great hair who is outside everything – including the transgender community – but keeps a great deal bottled up inside. Funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving and self-loathing, Refuse is irresistible.”-Mark Simpson, author of Saint Morrissey



● Refuse, 2011
● I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, 2013
● Show Trans, 2014
● No Poster Boy, 2016

Other Publications

● “​Stuck at the Border Between the Sexes.” The New York Times. 2011.
● “Stages of Visibility,” Intertext, the journal of the Syracuse University Writing Program. 2012
● “Dean and Teddy.” The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Topside
Press. 2012.
● “Just Come in From the Rain: A Reluctant Transgender Activist…” QED: A Journal in LGBT Worldmaking.
Michigan State University Press. 2015




Sarcaun: The Journey by Simone Voltaire


Dear Readers:

I'm excited to bring you today's BOOK OF THE DAY, "Sarcaun: The Journey" by Simone Voltaire. One of my favorite genres is science fiction, especially involving otherworldly beings and universes. Today's BOOK OF THE DAY is no exception and is the perfect read to take you on an incredible journey. I highly recommend this book. Order your copy today!


Sarcaun: The Journey Paperback – August 10, 2022