The Billionaire Doms of Club Pluto by Bella Ross ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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Andreas - Dubai

Genre: BDSM/erotic romance

Releasing May, 2014

One determined Journalist…. Freelance journalist, Genevieve Parker, has just been handed the biggest story of her career. But there’s one problem…Going undercover as a submissive in one of the most exclusive BDSM clubs in the world was more than she bargained for. But that’s nothing compared to the man she meets there. Andreas Contos. Her assignment. Gorgeous. Powerful. Mysterious. Genevieve is fascinated…intrigued. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before sexually really have to do with writing her exposé? Feeling confused and overwhelmed, every instinct tells her to run before her professional facade comes crashing down…before she has to choose between obligation and desire....  

One elusive billionaire…

Greek billionaire, Andreas Contos, is more than he seems. Between the powerful company he keeps and the secrets that lurk behind closed doors, trusting anyone is out of the question – especially the lush and sensual woman he just met. But there is something different about Genevieve – a guarded nature he’s anxious to penetrate. Unable to resist her, Andreas proceeds in taking her under his wing for the night to show her his world – a world of exquisite pleasure. As the two of them get deeper in exploring the eroticism of mind and body, danger watches them from the shadows…

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Read an excerpt from Club Pluto – Andreas - Dubai:

Lifestyle journalist Genevieve Parker stood in the shadows to the right of the bar and did her best to tame her growing anxiety. How the hell had this happened?

She was in Dubai – in the middle of an arid desert – on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula just south of Abu Dhabi, about to embark on the worst nightmare of her life. Club Pluto – the most exclusive BDSM club in the world.

She gave herself a moment to calm down, pulled air into her lungs, held it, and exhaled slowly. But her pulse was still humming, her body trembling.

She looked around, trying to compose herself. Her eyes adjusted to the subdued light, and she could finally see into the dark and shadowy corners of the club. What had been hidden when she first walked in was now fully revealed. Discomfort gripped her belly as her eyes swept over the opulence placed over three entire floors with unrivalled views of Dubai Marina. The shimmering skyline as backdrop was breathtaking. The mood inside surreal. A kaleidoscope of colours and textures and sounds.

The soothing darkness, erotic rather than romantic, was made more so by the golden glow of candles scattered about and red-toned lamps on tables and along the back ledge of the bar. She’d never been in a place this beautiful, rich or decadent. The overhead red and gold chandeliers bathed the sumptuous space in a sultry haze. From the burnished gold walls and eclectic statutes, to the jeweled colored velvet cushions, rich wood finishes and Asian flower arrangements everywhere was a delicious compliment to the well-dressed movers and shakers in her midst.

As her survey continued, she loved the ornate Chinese screens cleverly sectioning off the large space into smaller intimate corners and niches for romantic tête-à-têtes. The bar, main dining area and dance floor was where the bulk of action was taking place. Many lounged in groups on red velvet couches, while several were huddling around the bar, and the rest sat at small cafe style tables scattered about with drinks in hand murmuring their private conversations which was barely audible over the erotic trancelike music coming from the wall speakers. Each one, she noted, was totally at ease with the unabashed sensual and erotic energy around them. Of course they would be. This was Club Pluto. People came here to indulge their deepest fantasies or watch others fulfill theirs. Although she doubted that anyone beside the VIP members really knew what went on the third floor.

Genevieve cast her gaze to the floor, forcing her eyes shut and trying to calm her racing pulse. It was no use. She groaned inwardly.

I need you to cover the story Parker, her boss had said. Due to a broken leg, Suzanne won’t be able to complete the assignment. You’re the only one available to do it. Larry Tams had peered at her with a stern frown. At the time she’d answered yes, absolutely she’d cover for Suzanne. But that was before she’d known what the assignment was. And where. And what it required.

Now, agreeing had been a big mistake. Big. Huge.

Oh, God. What was she doing here? She was a respected freelance lifestyle journalist, writing features and articles about art and culture and politics, and not about BDSM sub-culture of whips and chains! What had Tams been thinking? Never mind that, what the hell was Suzanne thinking?

Apparently, Club Pluto was the venue of choice for billionaires with dark and kinky urges. And the hefty membership fee they paid ensured their privacy and bought them the privilege of indulging those urges. Membership was by invite only. Shrouded in secrecy, the main purpose for Club Pluto was kept within the tight confines of its elite members. Men with more money than God. Most of its patrons, if not all, had no idea what Club Pluto was really about. Its buzz as one of the hottest clubs in the world, catering to the uber-cool and monied crowd, was enough to keep inquiring minds at bay. A clever strategy if there ever was one. But Genevieve didn’t care about all that. There was only one member in particular that she’d come to inquire about tonight.

Greek billionaire, Andreas Contos, was on every journalist’s wish list. The dream interview. Rumours and speculation about his past abounded. CIA. Assassin. Mercenary. Thus the intrigue. But they were only rumors mostly because members of the press had yet to prove them. As for his status as a Dominant, well that was yet unproven too. But according to Suzanne, he was leader of the pack. If her claim was true, then Andreas Contos was going to be one hell of a headline.

From a journalistic point of view she could see the fascination. But from a personal one, who the hell cared? Did the world really need another exposé about a wealthy man with bizarre sexual tastes? Hardly, in her opinion. The claws of irritation gripped her insides as she steeled herself for what she was about to do. It was a job, an assignment. How could she have refused?

She needed the money. Hell, with the state of the economy right now every penny was gold. As a freelance journalist being picky or fussy was a breath away from living on the streets. Unless the assignment risked life and limb, refusing would’ve been downright stupid. She knew nothing about the lifestyle nor had any interest in it. However, their readers would. The audience of ‘The World’ magazine, a popular monthly covering lifestyle, travel and culture, had eclectic tastes and appetites. The story would titillate, fascinate and push the boundaries of sexual taboos. As far as she was concerned, it was just plain weird. Not that she was a prude. Sure, she was a small-town girl, but she’d lived in New York long enough to have stumbled upon a few lovers.

Not that she was all that great in the sac. Really, making love was rather overrated, at least for her. Obviously the men she chose either didn’t know what pleased a woman or they weren’t interested in pleasing her. She didn’t know and hadn’t cared enough to ask.

Eventually, she’d resigned herself to the fact that men didn’t really want or desire her. They preferred women with trimmer bodies, who were uninhibited, and more sexually inclined. That realization had hurt like a bitch. She may not have been a modern day Aphrodite but at least she was a good person. Smart, sensible, practical, hardworking, unselfish. Relatively average, if not attractive. She gave all she could to her mom, her job. It was enough, right?

But evidently such qualities did not give men erections. As a result, her sex life was non-existent. She’d learned to channel those energies into her work instead. And besides, the idea of sexual exploration and experimentation sounded exhausting and time consuming. Who the hell had the time in a 24/7 world anyway?

Yeah, her sexual experiences were limited for this assignment. But her experience in her job was not and therefore she would not allow her biases to dictate the outcome. After all, she was a professional.

This assignment demanded that of her. In a big way.

Integrity was a central part of her core and she’d be damned if a few niggling fears and insecurities would prevent her from completing it.

For the past five years work had come first. She’d garnered a reputation for being persistent, thorough and cool. And those adjectives, she decided, were the reasons for staying put because she was going to get what she’d come for. The time wasn’t going to be wasted. All she needed was an hour. Sixty minutes. In that time she could gather enough information for a concise and very exclusive article about Andreas Contos.

Well actually, more like an exposé. It would be a coup, the biggest of her career, and maybe, just maybe help put her on the map.

Oh, God.

Undercover at a BDSM club.

Fabulous!

She pushed out a steadying breath and wrapped her rigid fingers around the strap of her navy blue purse. All she had to do was don her voyeuristic writer persona and observe from a safe distance. She wasn’t here to participate, after all, only watch, file and absorb.

Not that she judged people who were into BDSM. No, of course not. It was the extremes she questioned. The means to attain pleasure. And most all, the element of pain.

Why? Because her father had been a sadistic bastard.

But now was not the time to think about her abusive father. It was in the past and a lifetime ago. The anger would wait, it wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It hadn’t for nearly twenty years. But she’d contained it, rolled mountains over it.

Ever hear of earthquakes, Genevieve?

Shrugging off those thoughts, her eyes scanned the club once more, searching for the mysterious Andreas Contos. Her eyes travelled to the back of the club where a staircase rose up from the main floor in a circular fashion and disappeared mysteriously into the far recesses of the building. It reminded Genevieve of a labyrinth with ineffable depths. She knew the play area was up there and so were the rooms which members had to pay extra to use for private indulgences. She couldn’t even imagine what was going on up there right now. But down here, beside the subdued opulence and exclusive vibe, felt like a normal club at first glance. Well kind of, if you removed the waitresses rushing about in black, tight latex pants and red corsets, cinched so tight, Genevieve wondered how they breathed. But to her great relief everyone was at least fully clothed.

Jesus. How was she going to pull this undercover shit off? Just the thought of such sexual activities taking place upstairs filled her with…with what? Disgust? No, that was too harsh of a word for what she was feeling. Curiosity? No, that wasn’t it either. Anticipation? No, not quite. Turned on? She froze. She swallowed.

Oh, God.

Turned on? Really, Genevieve? Was she nuts? Then again she stood in a BDSM club. That realization created all sorts of funny feelings in her.

And then she saw him. Those funny feelings knotted in her stomach at the sight of him.

He was sitting with a few men in a spacious VIP booth that allowed plenty of room for the five men, all above six feet tall, with shoulder spans to match.

Was stunning even the right word to describe him? She wondered. His hair was dark as coal, thick and wavy, just long enough to brush the tip of his shirt collar. His eyes, thanks to the angle of the club lighting, showed green, vibrant as emeralds, like his aura. He was on the end, probably because he had the widest shoulders and longest legs. The white shirt he wore with his black slacks had to be tailored for those shoulders. He reeked of money. And a man who sat like that knew his net worth. But she wasn’t after his cash. Just to observe him in action. If she ever got up the courage to leave the corner that is.

“There you are.”

She snapped out of her mental bubble to find herself facing a tall and powerful man. He had dark, close-cropped hair and intense blue eyes, causing a shiver to run over her skin. She could tell he noticed, but he remained smooth, professional. “I’m Tye Warner, one of the owners here. I just wanted to come by and meet you. Gary Newman called me earlier to inform me that you would be coming to check out our club.”

“Yes.” Sort of check out the club. Andreas Contos being the reason. The third floor being the other. Once Suzanne had nailed down the billionaire’s club of choice, she’d contacted Gary Newman, a politician and a member at Club Pluto, and called in a favor. At first he’d been reluctant, but Suzanne had harassed him for an invite until he relented. Suzanne had enough dirt to have people do her bidding. Yeah, she knew where all the bodies were buried.

“Its been interesting so far.”

“I know at first sight its a lot to take in,” he said. “But there’s nothing to be nervous about.” He ran a light, reassuring hand down her arm. “We have security inside and out, and the staff knows to keep a diligent eye on VIP guests such as yourself. So you are safe.”

“Thank you,” she replied. “That helps a little.”

“Good.” He smiled. “So where do you want to start?” “I…um. Well, I don’t know…” Her gaze flickered, a brief flash. Still, Tye shifted and determined exactly whom she’d been looking at.

 “I see. Give me a second.”

And he was gone. Even though she felt awkward being left alone at the bar, she couldn’t help from noting he had a fine walk. Leather pants fitted tight, black shirt tucked in, the tight firm ass and the predatory grace of a panther commanded the eye of every woman in the room.

Stopping at one booth, he stroked a proprietary hand over a blue-eyed woman with red hair. From the way her gaze heated, whatever he said to her was obviously intimate. His eyes flamed in response. Stroking her hair once more, he moved away and straight toward the table where Genevieve’s target was sitting.

“Oh, s**t, no…” She stood, paralyzed, as he put a hand on Andreas’ shoulder, leaning down to his ear. If every man at that booth turned around and stared at her, she was going to pretend a bomb was about to blow and dive behind the bar for cover.

Andreas stilled, glancing up at Tye. Then he shifted his gaze to her.

In those few nervous seconds, Genevieve debated whether to meet his eyes or not. Smile, not smile. Oh, Jesus. This is what she always did. Worried about her appearance whenever a man looked her way. What, with her lush breasts, round hips, full ass, it was a far cry from Victoria Secret model perfection. That was for damn sure.

Men like him, she knew, preferred beauty if not physical perfection in a woman. She doubted he would like her. She’d heard the tales of submission that went on here from Suzanne and she wasn’t the type to fall to her knees before a man. She might fantasize about it, but she had too much pride to actually do it. So since she didn’t qualify on either count, she had to chill. This was only an undercover assignment and not a love match. Not that a part of her couldn’t imagine what it would be like to submit to a man like Andreas Contos, but she was too practical to indulge in such a fantasy.

Besides, he was way out of her league. From Suzanne’s notes, she’d learned some of the lingo associated with the lifestyle. Andreas was what those in the lifestyle would call a true Dom, a naturally dominant man that everyone automatically deferred to without being aware of it or knowing why.

And Lord help her, he was gorgeous. His face was flawlessly sculpted, chiseled jaw dusted with stubble. Strong, proud, beautifully male. What would it feel like to make love to a man like Andreas Contos? She frowned at that. Hardly appropriate. And totally unlikely.

She kept her eyes on anything but him. First she watched the people huddled around the bar not too far from where she was standing, then the hot looking waitresses serving food and drinks with machine like efficiency, then a man and woman getting up from their table, arm in arm, heading to the staircase. There was no doubt what was on their minds or where they were going. It didn’t matter, just so long as she didn’t look in Andreas Contos direction. But it was useless. She could feel his stare demanding her attention. Genevieve fought the pull on instinct. Finally, she shifted her gaze and locked eyes with him. His expression changed. It wasn’t quite a smile, and it wasn’t quite amusement. It was something else. Approval.

While she knew she was standing by the bar, people shuffling past her, music vibrating beneath her feet and off the walls, it all melted away. Her breath went short and she couldn’t be sure why her heart was pounding. Fear, excitement, tension all went to battle. It was scary as hell. And she stood still, like a deer caught in the headlights, blinded by that hot, focused stare.

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Bella Ross is a writer with many passions, two of which are writing and travelling. She wrote her first book (a novel) at eighteen a la Jackie Collins. But back then, unbeknownst to her, life was about to take her on a detour. As she set off on her new course, her dream of writing took a backseat and her entrepreneurial spirit flourished instead. But after many years of worldly pursuits, the urge to write returned and the time was right to follow her bliss. She believes its never too late to follow your dreams/bliss. Her books/stories are her first attempt at erotic romance. She loves the genre and its endless creative possibilities. She likes pairing bold and dynamic (Alpha) men with sexy and strong women - which in her opinion - make for a hot and sizzling combination. With her love of travel, it is no surprise that her 'Wanderlust Series' take place in glamorous capitals or exotic locales around the world. Its the perfect backdrop/setting for her characters to explore and indulge their lusts and passions, loves and desires. When she's not writing, she's reading, or gallivanting all over seeking new inspiration, or people watching while enjoying a latte at Starbucks and jotting down ideas. She loves to hear from readers, and looks forward to interacting through her social media channels. You can also sign up for her mailing list to be notified about new releases and promotional offers.

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Mani Monday ~ Easter Autism Nails


I know today isn't Monday but I didn't get a chance to post my mani this past Monday as I worked all weekend and then had a Jamberry party on Monday. This week I decided to do my Easter mani (Peek-a-boo Bunny & Lollipop Chevron) and my Autism Awareness wraps arrived last week. I know they don't match but I wanted to wear my Autism Awareness wraps for the rest of the month. They will be on my pinky until May. I will only switch up my other nails. Next weekend (April 26th) hubby and I will be attended a Ducks Unlimited dinner we go to yearly so I am excited to wear my new bird wraps and will post those as next Mani Monday! 

Don't forget to head over to The Knit Wit to see what Shari is wearing!

Happy Easter! 
 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Top 4 Products I love for Dry Skin ~ Review

I have fairly clear skin with little blemishes but I do suffer from dry skin especially during the winter months and the change of the seasons. I know we are heading into spring and dry skin shouldn't be much of a problem anymore but for some people it is. I work in the health care field and wash my hands ALL the time! While washing with some of the harsh antibacterial soaps I get extremely dry and itch hands. Not a great feeling at all. 

I have used a couple of these products in the past and a few of the people I support have used them also as they have been recommended by their doctors.  

Spectro Dry Skin Cleanser
A cleanser specifically formulated for dry skin. Deep cleans to remove impurities such as dirt, oil and bacteria while protecting your skin’s natural moisture barrier. contains 7 moisturizers to help hydrate and restore dry skin. Use morning and night as part of your skin care routine to help maintain clean, healthy-looking skin. Follow with Spectro Daily Facial Moisturizer for Dry Skin.
  • Purifies & tones  
  • Free from potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrance, dyes, sodium, sulfates, parabens and lanolin 
  • Soap-free 
  • Softens & smoothes skin  
  •  pH balanced to skin 
  • Available in 200mL and 500mL sizes
Spectro Daily Facial Moisturizer for Dry Skin
A daily facial moisturizer that provides enhanced hydration specifically designed for your dry skin. Contains advanced moisturization technology to replenish your skin’s natural moisture barrier and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Use every day, morning and night, after cleansing with Spectro Cleanser for Dry skin.  
  • Developed in consultation with Dermatologists and is ideal for even the most sensitive skin  
  • Fragrance & colour free  
  • Clinically-tested hypoallergenic 
  • Gentle, non-irritating 
  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores) 
  • Non-greasy 
  • Available in 140mL size  
I will admit to being horrible at moisturizing my face but since using the Spectro cream I have been moisturizing at least once daily and have found my skin to be much softer and less stress dots (blemishes). I love the Spectro cleanser and cream and can see myself using it year round as it doesn't have a fragrance. It isn't harsh on my skin, it leaves feeling smooth, clean and moisturized.

Prevex Protectant Cream
A barrier cream that protects skin against external irritants, such as plants, food, cosmetics, household detergents, polishes, and water (wet work).  Prevex Protectant Cream is ideal for those who wash their hands frequently, including nurses, childcare workers and healthcare providers to help relieve dry, chapped hands.
  • Dermatologist recommended brand
  • Protects hands from skin irritants and occupational eczema 
  • Resists washing off
  • A little Prevex goes a long way – only apply a dime-size amount to hands and other exposed areas as needed
  • Available in 60g size
Oh my goodness I can't believe I have never seen or used this cream before! I am in love with this cream. You only need a small amount each time as it is a barrier cream and very thick. It helped heal my dry and cracked knuckles better than anything I have used in the past and I have tried a lot. I love that it lasts through a few hand washes. I had cracked knuckles so bad when I started using this cream that they were bleeding each time I put them in latex gloves for working. They hurt so bad but after using this cream all weekend at work my hands looked and felt a million times better. I now carry it in my purse everywhere I go. I also love that it doesn't affect my manicures! Bonus!

Uremol 20 Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream
A cream that increases the skin's moisture level by restoring its natural urea – a moisturizer naturally present in the skin but reduced in dry conditions. Uremol 20 Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream contains 20% urea that has been clinically shown to temporarily relieve skin irritation and soothe extremely dry, itchy skin, leaving it smooth and supple.
  • Dermatologist recommended brand
  • Therapeutic moisturizer for severely dry, itchy skin
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-greasy and fast absorbing
  • Available in 100g and 225g sizes
This is the cream I have used for years with the people I support. I was first introduced to it back in 2003 as a cream I needed to apply to a few individuals on their dry cracked heels. It helped a lot with their heals and other dry areas of skin. Again you don't need a lot when applying and it makes your skin feel uber smooth! 

All these products are made by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare which is one of the world’s largest over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. They also make many other well-known brands which include Sensodyne, ProNamel dental care products, Biotene, Aquafresh, Polident and PoliGrip, Abreva, Breathe Right, and TUMS 
 
For further information please visit www.gsk.com.



~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Celebrate Easter with Hasbro!

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My kids are super excited for Easter as I am sure your own are also! I have heard about the Easter bunny numerous times over the last month and my kids actually sat down and wrote a letter to him!

Each year the kids get to go on their egg hunt and they both receive a special basket from the Easter bunny along with a couple fun toys. 

This year the kids are going to find a few of their favorite toys from Hasbro Canada. 

Play-Doh is one of my daughters favorite activities and she loves to bake. She can sit and play with Play-Doh for hours on end. Making mommy tasty treats. Glad these are good for my waistline :) When she saw there was a new Sweet Shoppe she got really excited and asked me many times about getting it for herself.

Sweet Shoppe Double Dessert play set includes base, oven, oven top, 3 oven molds, 2-piece extruder, server, scoop, roller, 2 plates, instructions, 2 cans of Play-Doh modeling compound and 2 cans of Play-Doh Plus compound. The set is recommended for ages 3+.

For all the Marvel fans, why not add a couple Marvel Super Hero Figures (6") to their Easter basket! Available are Doctor Doom, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Patriot, Thor and Spider-man.
Here is another fun toy just in time for Easter! Special edition Furby Furblings! Super cute and lots of fun these special lil furblings interact with Furby Boom and with the special app. Furby Boom will help you care for your new furbling and you can watch them talk to each other. 

Have fun this Easter with Hasbro!


~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above mentioned products in exchange for this editorial. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

The Bull, The Bear and the Baboon ~ Book Tour & Kindle Giveaway!

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Product Details

Paperback: 302 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 20, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1484888987 ISBN-13: 978-1484888988 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches

Description:

Why do 90% of the people who start trading FX lose money? ‘World-class traders, trainers and authors’ have spent many years exaggerating, misrepresenting, advocating techniques that no one could ever master, and taught out-of-date, worthless techniques is why. Adding to the fact that new traders trust “experts”; they attend “free” how-to-trade FX seminars offered by self-described expert traders; they buy books that “reveal the secrets” of successful traders and eventually have to learn a lot of hard lessons of big money losses. This book will arm you with the knowledge you need to avoid the fate of 90% of new FX traders and in turn, big money losses. How can I be so sure? I was one of the thousands who graduated from the school of big losses. The only thing I became an expert in was losing money. I paid for courses, bought and read books, and purchased a number of software systems when I first became an FX trader. I only wish is that this book had been available then, being armed with these lessons and those learnt from others' experiences. I would have saved thousands of dollars of hard earned money, years of time, and trouble at home.

This book details the experiences of seven of us who believed the experts. It reveals the ways FX trading experts misrepresent their success, why the methods they teach don't work for traders. Reading this book before you spend anything on “expert” training, you’ll know what questions to ask, how to get to the truth, how not to get taken by disreputable trainers, and how you can more likely become one of the 10% of new FX traders who actually make money. After two years of planning, writing and editing, utilizing Winsor Hoang’s 15+ years’ experience in the forex market as well as drawing on the experience of others, this book is able to identify the lessons learned and ways to be more aware of the pitfalls of investing in a competitive forex market. With so many “experts” in the market, taking peoples' money and offering nothing of value in return, this book provides a wealth of knowledge that every new investor should know when entering the forex market!

The Bull, The Bear, and The Baboon offers an insight into the currency trading market through the eyes of seven people, each with a different reason for becoming a trader. Their individual stories and the ways in which they interact and influence each other provide the reader an eye-opening portrayal of the trading world. Both entertaining and informational, this book reads like a suspense novel and, at the same time, offers practical advice to both the novice and experienced investors. It is a captivating narrative story in what is typically a nonfiction, educational genre. Inspired by the overwhelming number of swindlers that fool the average individual entering currency trading, this book is written for mainstream audiences, weaving very real trading cautionary points into the technical pitfalls, disciplines, and psychologies related to trading.

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back coverHarry, a stock broker who lost everything in the dot com crash, turns to foreign exchange currency trading where he quickly learns there is more money in training than in trading. Selling students dreams of independence and wealth, and selectively showing his own trading history, Harry is again living the high life. But, seven students soon realize that Harry was selling lies, and everyone will have to pay the price – including Harry.  

The Bull, The Bear and The Baboon looks inside the currency trading market through the eyes of seven people, each with different reasons for becoming a trader. Their individual stories and the ways in which they interact and influence each other provide the reader an eye opening portrayal of the trading world. Both entertaining and informational, this book reads like a suspense novel and, at the same time, offers practical advice to both the novice and experienced investors. It is a captivating narrative story into what is a typically non-fiction, educational genre. Ron, an entrepreneur and self-made multimillionaire, needs a new challenge. Michelle, an unemployed, recent college graduate is seeking income. Joey, a compulsive gambler, sees a new game he can play from home. 

Each succumbs to Harry’s sales pitch and enrolls in a course that will change their lives – and the lives of four others who band together to form the “Gang of Seven.” The Bull, The Bear and The Baboon recounts each person’s situation, examines the reasons their trading strategies failed, offers specific steps that investors should take to avoid losing all their money, and outlines a trading edge to significant profitability, even when one is right only half the time. Inspired by the overwhelming number of swindlers that fool the average individual entering currency trading, this book is written for the mainstream audiences, weaving very real trading cautionary points into the technical pitfalls, disciplines, and psychology related to trading.

About the author:

author picture Winsor Hoang
Winsor Hoang is the founder and CEO of CTS Forex, and is also a registered Forex commodity trading advisor (CTA) with the National Futures Association (NFA) offering managed account services to high net worth individuals with a minimum account of $50K. Winsor is the author of “The Bull, The Bear and The Baboon – FX Lessons Learned the Hard Way." Using his 15 years of automated system design as a professional electrical engineer, Winsor has successfully transitioned to systematic trading development. Winsor started researching the FX market in 2003 and founded CTS Forex in 2007, specializing in the systematic trading of the EUR/USD currency pair. Winsor has nearly two decades and more than twenty thousand hours of trading experience. Not all of Winsor’s twenty thousand hours came without their challenges, losses and learnings though. Throughout this process, Winsor and those around him had some very interesting and varied experiences with their introduction to FX trading from many “experts” around the world. In his book, The Bull, The Bear and The Baboon, Winsor shares his lessons learned to help others avoid the same pitfalls he and others experienced.

CTS Forex actively works with several high profile mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and computational finance specialists at the University of Calgary and other leading institutions to develop reliable and robust trading systems. Joint FX research has also produced several academic papers that have been published in first-class international scientific journals such as Journal of Mathematical Finance (JMF), Elsevier Procedia Computer Science Journal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal, and International Conference on Computational Science.

CTS Forex uses an automated, statistical, risk-managed FX trading system that produces profits with just 50 percent winning trades. CTS Forex's systematic trading has the advantage of imposing strict risk discipline, avoiding emotionally induced errors, and capturing profitable opportunities. Automated trading has proven to increase portfolio returns by removing the need for 24-hour monitoring of international markets, overcoming the effects of human emotion and eliminating costly trading pattern inconsistencies.

If you are interested in more information about our Managed Forex accounts, please call CTS Forex on 1-888-260- 3939 or contact us at info@ctsforex.com.

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels + Giveaway!

This week we have two authors for the Author Spotlight. The Friendship Star Quilt a super new release (April 7th,2014) by Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels. I look forward to reading this new novel and sharing my review!

Book summary: 

Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.

Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of his and Jennie’s lives. Until her past threatens to destroy their relationship.

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Let's get to know the authors! Please Welcome
Patricia Kiyono and
Stephanie Michels to Genuine Jenn!! 


Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.

Stephanie Michels – I was raised on the west coast of Michigan but lived in several other states (and a short stint overseas) as an adult. I came back to Michigan to raise my three children, who are now grown with kids of their own. I started writing as a very young child and spent part of my working career writing advertising and training manuals for a large Midwest retailer. I also wrote several how-to articles for various magazines and was a monthly software reviewer for Compute! Magazine. However, fiction is the love of my life. My first romance The Calico Heart, co-authored with Patricia Kiyono, is about a group of women who meet at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop. It was published by Astraea Press in January 2013. The next book in that series, The Friendship Star Quilt is coming out in April of this year. I have also written Trouble in Paradys, a fantasy romance for Resplendence Publishing.

Patricia Kiyono — my grandparents moved to Michigan from Japan about a hundred years ago, and though I love living here, one of my favorite things to do is travel. I spent 28 years teaching in the public schools near Grand Rapids, and now teach part-time at Grand Valley State University, which gives me more time to write and take care of my grandchildren. The Friendship Star Quilt is my ninth romance title.

When was your first book published? 

Stephanie: January 2013
Patricia: July 2011

Are you currently working on anything?

Stephanie: I’m working on several books currently, Cruisin’ for Love, a romance that takes place on a cruise ship, a cozy mystery that takes place in the shoe industry (I love shoes!), and also a Christmas story in The Stitching Post series.

Patricia: I’m working on a couple of Stitching Post stories, as well as two sequels for Christmas Wishes.

Why did you decide to become an Author?
 
Stephanie: I’ve always loved reading and at an early age, I realized I liked to make up elaborate “let’s pretend” scenarios for my playmates and I. Soon, those evolved into telling stories for my friends then evolved further into writing stories to amuse myself and them.

Patricia: I’ve always been a rabid reader, but after suffering through a poorly written book I challenged myself to write a better one. Once I retired from full-time teaching I pursued that goal with even more energy and haven’t looked back.

Who and what inspired you to write?

Stephanie: My parents always encouraged my reading habit, especially when I was ill as a small child and spent a summer bed-ridden. They taught me to read then encouraged me in my own efforts at writing stories. I owe them so much for their patience and love. But, tongue-in-cheek, I always like to thank “Carolyn Keene”, the pseudonym of the man who wrote the Nancy Drew books for my fascination with mysteries. Many of my stories also have a bit of mystery or suspense in them.

Patricia: My father was one of the most intelligent people I’ve known, and he once told me, “If you want people to listen, you need two things: something worth saying, and the ability to say it well.” He guided me through endless essays and writing assignments, always insisting on proper spelling and grammar. He didn’t live to see my first book published, but even now when I write I can hear him whispering in my ear, “Are you sure that’s what you wanted to say?” I think I pursued writing because I wanted to make him proud of me.

When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

Stephanie: I know a lot of authors like to listen to music while they write. I even know one who creates a separate playlist for each of her books. It really works for her, but I don’t usually listen to music or the TV when I write. The lyrics tend to distract me. If I do listen to anything when I write, it is Steven Halpern’s Creativity, The instrumental music seems to make words flow for me when my mind is blocked.

Patricia: I suppose it’s odd, since I’m a musician, but I usually write better in total silence. When there are lyrics, I listen to the words. With instrumental music, I’m a critic. Steven Halpern’s Creativity works sometimes, as long as I’ve had enough sleep.

Who is your favorite character in your books?

Stephanie: I fall in love with a different character in every book. Currently, I’m very fond of two supporting characters in Cruising for Love. Cass and Patrick seem to want to take over the book though, so I’m having a bit of a challenge with them, too.

Patricia: My favorite character is whichever one allows me to see into his or her head. Sometimes they’re not good about sharing.

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

Stephanie: Most of my characters are like a cake, made up of many ingredients. I take traits and mannerisms of people I know (or have heard of) and add a few quirks to make them good guys (or villains), and hope they come out the way I want. The only time I purposely put a real person in a book was as a result of a contest I ran. The winner and her husband got to be named as characters in the book.

Patricia: Many of my characters are patterned after people I know. Most of my heroes have one or more of my husband’s characteristics, but since he doesn’t read my books he hasn’t noticed.

What is your favorite book of all time?

Stephanie: It’s a toss up between Gone with the Wind and Forever Amber.

Patricia: Bride of My Heart by Rebecca Winters.

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.

Stephanie: No matter what your age or shape, your happily ever after might be waiting right around the corner.

Patricia: I think Stephanie summed it up nicely.

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Thank you Patricia & Stephanie for taking the time to share with my readers at Genuine Jenn!

Time for some Giveaways! Two winners! 

Patricia Kiyono would like to offer winners choice of one of her e-books & Stephanie Michels is offering a $5 Amazon or B&N card again winners choice!

For a chance to win, please leave a question for either Stephanie or Patricia. They will do their best to answer!  And for another chance to win, be sure to visit Lynn Spangler's blog on Monday, April 14



~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

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