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Book Review: Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain)

Joey Jones

Book Review: Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain)

Necessary Lies is my first experience reading a Diane Chamberlain novel, and I must say, I am impressed. I was first introduced to Diane Chamberlain when I was signing my own novels at a bookstore in Wake Forest, N.C. I have been meaning to read one of her novels for quite a while, and now I wish I would have started reading her books sooner. Chamberlain does a fabulous job building the characters and allowing the reader to get to know each one intimately (Ivy Hart and Baby William are ingrained in my mind). Diane was able to weave this...

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Baseball and War

Joey Jones

Baseball and War

At a recent event, I met a woman named Trudy who shared with me that she is the daughter of the late David Merwin Smith. Dave Smith played Major League Baseball as a pitcher with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938 and 1939 before the war snatched him away from a game he loved. Hearing Trudy reminisce about her father reminded me of the baseball players of old who enjoyed the game in its purest form on historic fields like Firefly Field (A Field of Fireflies). It also helped me remember how great men stepped away from a sport they loved...

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Book Review: The Power of Habit

Joey Jones

Book Review: The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What Do in Life and Business was a solid book on habits and how much our lives revolve around them. I found this book to offer a lot of practical information that can be applied to our everyday lives if we so choose. Like the author, I believe that we can change nearly any habit in our lives, but I think we often decide not to for one reason or the other. If you want to change some of your negative habits, read this book, or if you want ideas on how to...

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Books and Taxes

Joey Jones

Books and Taxes

One of the perks of being an author is being able to write-off books on my taxes. Now that tax season is over, hopefully we can all take a break to read. What a relief!

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Book Review: The Miracle Morning

Joey Jones

Book Review: The Miracle Morning

One of my recommendations to all people I talk with about reading is to always be reading two books simultaneously: one fiction and one non-fiction. This allows a reader to constantly challenge the mind and enjoy an adventure. A non-fiction book that I recently completed is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I recommend this book to anyone who puts off doing anything in life that they really want to do (which is basically everyone). Hal sets out an ideal plan that you can mold to fit your lifestyle. To use myself as an example, I am always saying that I...

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