Book Blast: The Accidental Boyfriend by Maggie Dallen

The Accidental Boyfriend

What do you do when Mr. Right seems oh-so-wrong?

Holly Sinclair is ready to have it all. She’s even found her Mr. Right—a steady, reliable guy who just needs a little convincing. Now all the former wild child has to do is free herself of her very inconvenient attraction to Jack Everett. Not only does the notorious playboy and tabloid king seduce her at her sister’s wedding, he follows her to Paris! Suddenly, Holly is alone with Jack in the most romantic city in the world—and his family is leaping to the wrong conclusions…

The world’s most infamous bachelor has finally met his match. If Jack was the type to settle down, Holly would be the woman of his dreams. There’s just one hitch: Holly actually believes she wants to marry Mr. Oh-So-Boring. Intent on proving that she deserves someone better, Jack finds himself playing the role of the perfect boyfriend…a little too well. If he’s not careful, he might just lose this game—and his heart.

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To learn more about Maggie Dallen visit her at http://www.maggiedallen.com/

Book Review: I Crumpled My Paper Now What? by Allison De Meulder

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Title: I Crumpled My Paper Now What?

Author Name: Allison De Meulder

Publication Date: March 9, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase at Amazon.com

I Crumpled My Paper Now What? by Allison De Meulder is an unusual book about the author’s story on running her business, Invitations Consultants. She didn’t write an advice nor how-to book but a book sharing everything she did and didn’t do to secure the success of her business.

De Meulder admits to her failures, hiring the wrong people but also providing an enjoyable work environment. I loved her “Note to Self” sections in the book that encourages the rest of us entrepreneurs that we can learn from our mistakes. This is an easy book to read laced with authentic experiences from a business owner who has done it all. It is inspiring and motivation for anyone starting or already in business.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Meet The Author: Allison De Meulder

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Successful entrepreneur, creative genius, passionate leader. They may seem like buzzwords, but nevertheless they describe Allison De Meulder. In 1999 she launched InvitationConsultants.com, one of the first online retailers of personalized invitations and announcements. In 1999, she was a true pioneer. In 2015, In 2015, she remains at the helm of one of the few original online invitation companies that has survived the dot com bust and the wave of consolidation in the industry. The company is still privately owned and never accepted any capital or debt. Their products have been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Real Weddings, The Knot magazine, HGTV Magazine, Woman’s Day and numerous other publications.

In December of 2013, she successfully launched the wholesale line Matrick & Eve, a strong brand of paper and gifts sold in brick and mortar stores. She saw an opportunity in the market for creative, fun and unique products. The line features greeting cards, coasters, notepads, stationery, and more. All of the products are designed, printed and packaged in-house at the Matrick and Eve studio, proudly made in the USA. In one year, the line went from zero to over three hundred stores, including museums, boutiques, home decor shops, bookstores, and stationery and gift stores, and is still growing strong. This spring Matrick and Eve can be found in such stores around the country as Sur La Table, Francesca’s and Paper Source.

Allison’s main focus is to maintain a company culture steeped in creativity, teamwork, service and out-of-the-box thinking. Fun is always present at the office and can be seen at their craft days, sketching afternoons and monthly luncheons which usually involve movie trivia. Allison has grown her company to be a unique place of opportunity for designers as well as those creative minded individuals who want to be in an innovative and challenging environment where things are always changing and growth is not a noun but a state of mind.

Born in New York City and raised in Miami Beach, Allison dreamed of becoming an entertainment lawyer. She majored in business because she thought it would be a good foundation for law. She studied at Boston University’s School of Management before finishing her degree at the University of Tampa. To her surprise she fell in love with everything business and took a different path. She then earned her MBA. Allison’s work experience includes marketing communications and public relations. She considers her areas of expertise to be: organizational management, product development, creative direction and change management.

Allison enjoys sharing her passion for business and creativity through public speaking and writing. She is currently writing her first book, a business book with a personal twist. To follow Allison’s business musings, and for news about her book, visit http://www.allisondm.com.
She enjoys spending her free time traveling with her family, watching chick flicks, listening to 80’s music, collecting interior design books, walking, writing, reading, dreaming of new products, touring universities and working on interior design projects that focus on rustic chic and modern vintage decor. She and her husband have three children and four chickens.

Getting to know Allison De Meulder

Tell us about your current book

At age 23, I started an online business in a time when ecommerce was a relatively unknown term. Sixteen years later, I reflect back on how I grew the business and how the business turned me into an adult.

This book tells my story. It is not meant to give advice, but rather to inspire women. I want to show women that they can have a successful business, be a wife and be a mother, all at the same time. I have done it all, from hiring my husband to work with me, bringing the kids to the office on holidays instead of brunching with bunnies, to providing jobs and opportunities and inspiring a corporate culture filled with creativity, comradery and lots of sugar, chick flicks and crafting. I did it by choosing the right (and wrong) people for my team, making mistakes at every turn, taking risks and being an introvert. It sounds exhausting and it was, but I am is still standing tall.

Can you tell us four words that describes your writing style

Honest, Sincere, Raw, Chatty

Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain

My writing process is simple. I sit down with a notebook or at my laptop and just type whatever comes to mind. After I have regurgitated all of my feelings on paper or the screen, then I will read it over with a discerning eye. For me writing is a treat that I do not get the time to do often, so when I do, I just like to let it flow. Also, I enjoy good music, and if I can write with a great view outside, even better.

Why do you feel you had to write this book?

I needed to write this book for me. It was my legacy that I wanted to document. It was a culmination of how my business was for 16 years. And recently my business has changed very much, and I wanted to have my story written about the first sixteen years so I would never forget it, and so my kids could look back on it with fond memories as well. My kids have been with me on my business journey and I am very thankful for this.

What genre do you write in? Why do you believe this genre chose you?

Business memoir, because it is what I know best. I hope to write romance one day.

Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books

Any place that is quiet with good music and a view of a city.

What is your favorite thing about starting Invitation Consultants?

I started Invitation Consultants straight out of grad school at 23, so I feel like we grew up together. What I love about it, is that the business has been with me through all of the phases of my adult life, and through the business I can really see how I have grown.

What is your biggest struggle as an entrepreneur and an author?

As an author, my struggle is creating a social media platform, because that is what publishers are looking for. Social media doesn’t always come naturally to me. I try, when I have the time.

As an entrepreneur, my struggle is separating myself as a person and an entrepreneur. It’s part of the work – life balance. It consumes me!

Was it worth it and would you do it over again?

I would do everything all over again, no matter how hard some of the times were. Life is not lived in a bubble, and sometimes it’s messy. Life is about experience so why not live it to its fullest.

Business is about taking chances too, and so yes without a doubt, I wouldn’t trade my experience in for anything.

Are you an early bird or night owl?

Both. I do not sleep that much. But I’m probably more of a night owl.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Stop worrying about everything. 80% of the things get forgotten along the way, so they are insignificant, and the other 20% works itself out for good or bad.

What is one thing you would change about your life?

I would live in or closer to a major city, and we are actually doing that this summer. It’s where I feel most comfortable, amongst people and buildings, and little personal space.

What is your motto for life and career?

Loyalty is essential. Relationships are the building blocks for success. Loyalty and relationships go hand in hand.

What is your favorite quote or scripture?

If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always gotten.

Social Links: Website/Facebook/Twitter

About The Book

Business BookAt age 23, Allison De Meulder started an online business in a time when ecommerce was a relatively unknown term. Sixteen years later, she reflects back on how she grew the business and how the business turned her into an adult.

This book tells Allison’s story. It is not meant to give advice, but rather to inspire women. She wants to show women that they can have a successful business, be a wife and be a mother, all at the same time. Allison has done it all, from hiring her husband to work with her, bringing the kids to the office on holidays instead of brunching with bunnies, to providing jobs and opportunities and inspiring a corporate culture filled with creativity, comradely and lots of sugar, chick flicks and crafting. Allison did it by choosing the right (and wrong) people for her team, making mistakes at every turn, taking risks and being an introvert. It sounds exhausting and it was, but Allison is still standing tall.

Purchase at: Amazon/Barnes and Noble

*Stay Tune for A&RBC’s review of I Crumpled my Paper  Not What? on May 31, 2016.

Guest Post: 10 Amazing Facts About Javier Ideami

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10 amazing facts about Javier Ideami

by

Jim Johnson

Javier ideami is an award winning multidisciplinary creative director, artist, engineer and entrepreneur. Javier has been combining art, media, tech and business for years. Let’s review some amazing points about this unique multidisciplinary creator:

  • Javier has worked and won awards in an incredible number of different areas, from software engineering to photography, filmmaking, music, technology installations, etc.
  • Javier has developed his own methodology for multisensory brainstorming, The Torch Principle (http://torchprinciple.com). This methodology helps you exercise your creative muscles and bring them into a better balance with your analytical ones. It also helps you generate innovative ideas and solutions to your personal and professional challenges.

Trailer of the book: https://vimeo.com/151386010

Torch Metaphor Video: https://vimeo.com/146327112

  • All parts of the Torch Principle, from the writing of the 400 page book, to the infographics, the dozens of videos associated, the designs and the software apps were fully developed by Javier in a truly multidisciplinary way.
  • Javier is the founder of many other ventures and services that are used by people around the world. One of them is the poster maker and creative visual platform Posterini.com (http://posterini.com), accessed by users from more than 200 countries around the world. Posterini allows you to design quickly any visual poster you need, combining typography, photos, graphics, effects, montage capabilities, a pinterest-like marketing wall and even ideation capabilities and remote collaboration features. It is very easy to use and can be accessed as a web-app from almost any device. With Posterini you can use powerful templates to generate the poster you need in seconds or minutes.
  • Javier’s fine art photography blends painting and photography styles to achieve a unique result. See some of his artworks at http://ideami.com/art
  • Ideami has lived many years in Silicon Valley, California, the epicenter of innovation where he cofounded companies, directed projects, gave many conferences and led numerous workshops.
  • Javier has spoken at prestigious institutions, from Stanford University and UC Berkeley in California, to the United Nations FAO Headquarters, the financial center of London, the faculty of architecture of the University of Rome, the International Cultural Diplomacy Conference in Berlin and many others.
  • Javier is the creator of the educational and comical character Volandino, a comical astronaut that has won important awards like the Freixenet advertising video award. Volandino blends humour with education about science, technology, entrepreneurship and beyond. (http://volandino.com).
  • As a filmmaker, Ideami’s films have been present in film festivals around the world. The wide range of his works includes fiction films, documentaries, events, corporate videos, advertising and much more.
  • Javier’s expertise in such a wide range of areas, including visual, media and music pre-production, production and postproduction processes, engineering, art, entrepreneurship, business, storytelling, public speaking, etc., making him an ideal leader to direct complex and innovative ventures.

Javier Ideami has been described by some as a Da Vinci of our times. Get inspired with his work at http://ideami.com, read his latest book at http://torchprinciple.com  and join one of the workshops or events he organizes around the world.

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For More Information

The Torch Principle is available at Amazon.

Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.