Book Review: One Dark Night by Jaid Black

1.0 out of 5 stars

My radiator gives off more steam!!

This book was terrible. The simple sentence structures and one dimensional characters  were bad enough, but for someone who has tried to make a name for herself with romantica and erotica, there were no heady erotic sexual scenes at all. They spend far more time talking about it, reading and writing emails about it, than they ever do doing it.

The couple of scenes with the hero and heroine read like extremely tame, plain vanilla versions of the absolute worst of the Red Sage and Black Lace books, with a hero who does nothing but grunt and growl. Really, Susan Krinard’s Werewolves are far more sexy, and have better manners! At least they say thank you after the wham-bam.

The whole bondage, domination/submission thing reads more like a text book, and the only lurid details in the book that moved me were the gross descriptions of the killer carving out their hearts. Ugh.

This is a really BAD romance worse than any Harlequin I have ever read, with flat characters and a couple of pistoning scenes. I will not use the word love to describe them.

The ending is trite, cliche, and so dull, as the writer spends PAGES telling us what happened to every single one of the minor characters, all living happily ever after of course, that I just sat their laughing, it was so bad. Again, this author breaks the basic rule of show, don’t tell.

Really, if you want a spicy read, try Shannon McKenna, Susan Johnson, Thea Devine, or any of the Black Lace books if you really want to get daring-do not waste your time with an author who obviously writes a lot, but needs to learn how to tell a HOT story-four letter words, leather and handcuffs are trite and passe.

And erotica and romantica have become so mainstream, well, this author is going to have to come up with a lot better to satisfy a sophisticated audience.
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Skin Care Basics: Natural Skin Care that Works

Skin care should not be complicated but it should definitely be beneficial, leaving your skin in better shape than when you started.

Natural products for the skin can not only cleanse and tone, they can add radiance to your skin without harsh chemicals, preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Herbs and other natural ingredients have been used for thousands of years as effective cleansing tools for the skin. The ancient Romans and Egyptians were famed for their beauty. Only in the past two hundred years have women turned away from traditional home-made skin care to ready-made, store-bought concoctions.

Some of these over-the counter soaps and treatments can have harsh side effects due to the man-made ingredients and chemical additives and preservatives.

Some of these skin care side effects include irritation, redness, pimples, and dry skin.

For a simple, smart skin care routine without chemicals and their side effects, why not consider using natural products that won’t strip or irritate even the most sensitive of skins.

For example, gentle cleansers made from chamomile are excellent. It helps clean the skin, unclog pores, and also serves to soothe your skin and prevent redness. (Chamomile can also be used as an excellent brightener for blond hair).

Another popular choice is cucumber, which has a calming effect on the skin, and can reduce irritation. It also has a wonderful cooling effect, and can be especially good for puffiness around the eyes.

If you have oily or combination skin, choose a cleanser that incorporates tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural astringent, and in this case it decreases sebum production, and also bacteria. It penetrates deep into the pores, and this in combination with its anti-bacterial properties, can help prevent acne.

It has a cooling effect upon the skin as well, so it can be used as a high powered acne treatment, but without the redness and dryness which often goes hand in hand with trying to zap those pesky zits. Comfrey and seaweed can also help keep down acne.

People with dry skin should look for rich, soothing creams that incorporate nourishing and soothing ingredients like chamomile or frankincense. They enhance skin’s moisture levels, help retain moisture and firmness, and thus prevent wrinkling.

Natural skin care has many advantages over the typical store-bought products which are packed full of artificial ingredients. Natural skin care is healthful, safe, and inexpensive. If you have sensitive skin, or are disappointed with products you have bought to try to cure your skin problems, natural skin care products you can make in the comfort of your own home in small, ultra-fresh batches, may be your best skin care option.

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Achieving Successful Asset Management Growth

Asset management growth is indisputably one of the goals of any business organization. This is tangible evidence that the industry has undertaken successful asset management, and is already experiencing general growth and improvement. It also implies that the enterprise has chosen the right asset management system and module, one that works compatibly with the already existing systems within the company.

Asset management gains even greater importance during these technologically advancing times. Gone are the days of manual work; the administration of assets today has certainly evolved to include diverse and complex database systems and reliance on accurate and timely information.

What makes for effective asset management?

Asset management should be on the forefront of the strategies being adopted by any industry. However, it will be futile to speak of asset management merely in the tangible sense, since the generation of businesses nowadays relies heavily on technological systems and data maintenance. Thus, in order to be wholly effective, asset management must include both the hardware and software assets of the company.

Essentially, asset management must make room for the effective organization of production, facilities, transportation, and even digital assets. The budgeting, procurement, maintenance, and depreciation calculation of the fixed assets must be undertaken with value maximization and cost minimization in mind. Asset management solutions being offered to various industries nowadays have organizational modules on managing assets, human resources, materials, and softwares.

Asset management systems must provide tools for improvement on assets return and cost-cutting of asset ownership. These systems must also assist in license compliance and promote enhanced security, especially for businesses that span different branches in different locations. A good asset management solution must have facility for assets tracking, whether these assets are physical or intangible.

The growth goals of asset management:

In order for asset management to be successful, it must be able to achieve several goals. First of all, it must assist industry managers in making the best use of its assets. It must be able to pinpoint which assets need to be worked on, and which of these are just being idle. Simply put, asset management is geared towards bringing about greater value from the assets of the company, and using them to achieve more competitive performance and productivity.

Asset management tools should also be effective in the control of asset ownership (acquisition and divesting depending on need) and the calculation of asset-related risks. It should also be able to provide for accurate inventory control and data storage. Most of all, it must engender wiser decision making where assets management is concerned, in the face of consistently shifting technology and cutthroat competition.

Why asset management is essential for organizational growth:

Asset management encompasses not merely the actual physical and intangible assets of any organization, but more importantly, the effective utilization of each. This essentially means that asset management caters to various disciplines – from administration to engineering, and from production to information management.

With successful asset management, growth becomes efficient, directed and controlled. Labor and production become effective, downtimes on equipment and facilities are minimized, and the total cost of fixed asset ownership is significantly reduced. Solutions for better asset management are available from providers, all offering different solutions to the more specific asset-related concerns. Organizations must be able to pinpoint the areas that need to be enhanced, seek the assistance from management solution providers, and to work alongside these management tools.

Asset management growth is not a one-way street, nor is it expected to happen in a momentary tick. Asset management will continue to shift and evolve, and industry managers must be able to understand this from the beginning, to achieve the most favorable results for the entire organization.


Allergens in the Home

Allergens in the Home

Recent studies have demonstrated that the air inside many homes is far actually far more polluted than the air in many major cities.

Airborne allergens and pollutants that are often found in a person’s home can cause serious health consequences in both the short and long term.

Ventilation is one way to keep the air fresh in your home. Air conditioners with HEPA filters can help, as can fans, and keeping your windows open. Vacuuming regularly also helps.

Avoid heavy chemicals like air fresheners, and especially those sprinkle-on carpet air fresheners, which have actually been known to KILL pets.

Many people use humidifiers and ionizers. Humidifiers can be dangerous if they are not kept scrupulously clean inside and out. The damp atmosphere can be a haven for bacterial and mold spores. Ionizers and HEPA filters are only as good as they are kept clean.

Many people are not too fond of Clorox and other kinds of bleach, but they are noted for keeping sheets scrupulously clean.

If you suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, rather than popping a pill, why not do a check of your house to see if it is well-ventilated, that all your filtering devices are clean, and that you regularly clean your soft furnishings, sheets and towels.

Avoid harsh chemicals and perfumes, and also look at your cleaning products and even your toiletries.

One other trick: during ragweed and pollen season, wash your face, eyebrows and eyelashes with baby soap like Johnson’s to help keep yourself free from the microscopic irritants that can collect on them. Change your pillowcases frequently as well.

With these simple measures, plus keeping your home well-ventilated, you should notice a difference in the air quality of your home, and your allergies.

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Guru means teacher. Here at Guru Goddess, we want to bring back the tradition of the wise woman who possesses great wisdom and insight, and teaches with love and compassion.

At this site we hope to bring you information on contemporary issues of concern to both men and women, but in a deeply spiritual and meaningful way. Just click on the links to the left to start reading.

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Do You Need Asset Management

Do you need asset management? If you have a lot of businesses and can’t keep track at one instance, then the answer is yes. For such a task, you donít hire someone inside the company but an outsider who has the expertise to watch over your financial investments.

Professionals who do this kind of work are employed by mutual fund companies. Unlike banks that just keep your money where it earns interest, these companies pool the resources of several investors and place them in different types of instruments. The most popular ones are listed below.

First is called fixed income. By definition, these are investments that will generate a regular flow of income for the investor. Clients that want to invest here are usually issued government bonds.

Next is equity. Unlike fixed income, there is a bit of risk involved here because you are investing in the stock market. To prevent losses, experts have to study the market, assess the risks and volatility in order to get the best possible returns. Equity schemes are neither limited to a certain industry or country. This means that it is possible to invest in the stock market in Europe or the Asia Pacific region.

There is also balanced where the mutual fund company will invest in a mix of assets such as shares, bonds and stocks. The risks are higher here but it may soon pay off in time especially for those who donít mind waiting for a few years to get their investment back.

The money market includes trading treasury bills, commercial paper and other liquid securities. You get a certain amount each month because of interest. It is safer than equity or balanced but the downside is that the rates are usually lower.

Some clients may choose to invest in commodities. There are two ways to trade in this market. (1) Options and (2) Contracts. Options are considered safer. A joke among such traders is: “How do you get a million dollars trading commodities? Start with two million.” Examples of these include gold and other precious metals, coffee, currencies such as the Japanese Yen, as well as the most talked about issue right now, crude oil. The price of oil has gone up by more than 50% this year and it is hard to tell when it will go down. There are various factors affecting this. Even if Saudi Arabia has pledged to increase production, the heightened tensions between the US and Iran will be a factor. In order to be traded, a commodity must be volatile. Once its price stabilizes, it will no longer be traded. An example of this is Tomato Paste which was once traded but no longer is.

If you want to increase your portfolio, then perhaps you should get into asset management. Donít forget that there are risks involved so there will be times that you will make some and lose some. By diversifying, some people have been able to double their fortune. To know which one is the best to get into, talk with someone from one of these firms to help you find the perfect scheme.

What do mutual fund companies get for making you money? A certain amount which includes fees and expenses but that depends on the arrangements made with the mutual fund company. Then there are also additional expenses called brokerage commissions. This is usually incorporated into the price of the fund that is reported 3 months after the fundís annual report.

So do you need asset management? Yes because despite the amount you pay, it is a win-win situation when it comes to asset management between the client and the mutual fund company. For those who are thinking of getting into it, donít even bother if you are not a high roller.