Book Review – Humour, Seriously: Why Humour is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life, written by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

It is said that, Life is so much easier with a sense of humour. I received this book for an honest review from Gutenberg. 

Humour, Seriously is a very interesting book that explains in detail about how humour works, especially in our professional spaces along with personal lives. We think a workplace is a place where things are to be taken seriously and hence, the number of times we laugh is relatively lesser.

Believe it or not, I find people with a great sense of humour, very confident and easy to work with. I don’t know if all smart people are funny but I strongly feel that all funny people are smart. This book tells us how humour can be that powerful tool that helps us accomplish important and serious work. And the facts in the book are not baseless. They are derived from study, analysis and research by behavioral scientists, comedians and some successful business leaders.

Aekar and Bagdonas help us understand why humour is important and how we can use a good amount of it in our lives and at workplaces. The book is packed with humour, insights and some amazing tips about how to accomplish serious work with a dash of humour.

The book is out now and I suggest everyone read it. After all, humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. 

Thank you, Gutenberg for sending this lovely book over. 

Samatha Harris’s blog tour for Amongst the Chaos

Title: Amongst the Chaos
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 17, 2020
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design
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Chloe Anderson is a good girl. She doesn’t just follow the rules—she writes them. As an HR consultant who lives her life by the book, Chloe carefully cultivates every detail of her life to ensure a happy and successful future. Inheriting a male strip club wasn’t part of the plan.

Grayson Wyatt would be dead if it weren’t for his mentor—a woman who saved him and so many others from a life filled with violence and torment, helping them to rebuild after the abuse that tore them apart. So when she passes unexpectedly, Grayson is determined to see that her legacy lives on. He isn’t expecting a niece no one even knew existed to inherit it all, leaving the future of the club and those it protects uncertain.

But Chloe has more in common with Grayson and the people of Club Chaos than she realizes. And when her situation takes a dangerous turn, she finds solace in the embrace of this unconventional family. When the trauma of the past collides with the desire of the present, Chloe must fight her way through the pain to find the peace that lies amongst the chaos.

“You need to get dressed,” she said, bending to collect my pants and shirt from where they’d been discarded on the floor. She thrust the clothes toward me, refusing to look at me, her breathing heavy as she fought to regain control. 
I got to my feet, took the clothes from her, and tossed them to the chaise behind me. Threading our fingers together, I tugged her back into my chest and smiled down at her, staring deeply into her wide doe-like eyes. 
“Is that really what you want?” 
“Yes,” she said, her lips parting as she said the word, but her eyes told a very different story. 
“You sure? Getting naked is kind of my job.”
Her brow furrowed and she pushed at my chest, stepping back. “And you are very good at it, but that’s not why I’m here.” 
I folded my arms across my chest and widened my stance. “Then why are you here?” 
“To talk to you,” she said, matching my stance. My eyes fell to her breasts, which were practically spilling from the top of her dress from the movement. 
Slowly I raised my eyes back to her face and watched as she swallowed hard, squirming beneath my gaze. 
“I’m not sure if you know this, but talking isn’t usually what goes on back here.” 
Her lips parted in shock at my implication, and I couldn’t help but imagine those lips wrapped tightly around my shaft. 
Her eyes fluttered closed as she took a deep breath in and then exhaled. “Let’s start over.”
I nodded, waiting for her to continue as the music skipped to the next song on the playlist. The dance was only supposed to last one song, but curiosity kept my feet planted as I waited for her to continue.  
“My name is Chloe Anderson,” she said. “I believe you knew my aunt.” 
I stood there frozen, half naked, my cock rock hard and throbbing in front of this gorgeous woman who, as it turned out, was my new boss.

Samatha “Sam” Harris lives in Pennsylvania with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid. 

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read. 

Author Donna Fuller’s thrilling romantic suspense A Strand of Doubt – Blog Tour

Jana Clawson has a propensity for Chinese food, M & M’s,  chocolate chip cookies, and she deals with adversity with a wry sense of humor. She is caught up in a whirlwind known as Trevor Willis, the most eligible bachelor in Portland. He is perfect in every way, but will his secrets be too much for their relationship?

While Jana escapes to the Oregon Coast to make a decision about Trevor, a car accident stirs Jared Carpenter—a physical therapist with  kind Brown eyes who never turns down a homemade meal—into the mix. Unknown to Jana, events set in motion six years ago threaten everything she holds dear, and her life depends on one or both of these men. Combining suspense, intrigue, action, and understated humor, this book will keep you turning pages until the exciting conclusion. 

Born in Illinois, Donna Fuller has lived in a variety of places and currently resides in Butler, Pennsylvania. At times she feels like a ping-pong ball—bouncing from coast to coast and back again. Her grandchildren bring her the greatest joy. Donna has always been involved in writing, from journals to plays for Cub Scouts, to short stories for her children and as a reporter for a small newspaper. She has won awards for her writing and has taught at writing workshops and retreats. Donna is the co-founder of the annual OHPA Writer’s Retreat in Western Pennsylvania. She has published two novels: A Strand of Doubt and Code Name Scorpion. 

Learn more about Donna and her books at, or like her on Facebook at Donna Gustainis Fuller, author.

 Author photograph by Mandy Myers.

Character Casting Jana Clawson: Early 20’s, 5’1”, shoulder length hair the color of honey, sapphire blue eyes. She has a habit of talking to herself when she’s nervous. Good at her job as an executive assistant. Loves to cook. Actress to play Jana: Abigail Breslin or Emmy Clarke Trevor Willis: 31 years old; black hair, green eyes; always immaculately groomed; 6’2”. He is sure of himself and has been accused of arrogance. He owns a business, and as a former agent, he moonlights with the FBI when they need his expertise. Actor to play Trevor: A young James Brolin or Karl Urban Jared Carpenter: Late 20’s, 5’8”, compactly built, dark brown hair, brown eyes. Good listener, usually even-tempered, the kind of guy who knows everyone in town. Physical therapist, professional. Actor to play Jared: Yannick Bisson Snippets snippet 1: Jana and Jared each took an end of the final fortune cookie and broke it apart like a wishbone, then held the paper between them and read it together. “Help! I’m being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery!” Stunned silence followed before they simultaneously broke out in peals of laughter.

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The Matriarch by Annabelle McInnesTour – Book Release Tour

The Matriarch is the thrilling first novel in the Women of the Dust dystopian romance series. If you like enemies-to-lovers, dynamic couples, and empowered feminism, then you’ll adore Annabelle McInnes’s gritty tale.
Author: Annabelle McInnes
Title: The Matriarch
Series: Women of the Dust Book 1
Release: October 12th
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Pages: 358 
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Her citizens are oppressed. His society is diminishing. In a frantic bid for survival, can their fiery union save their peoples?

On a scorched and barren future Earth, Yolanda is her people’s only hope. As Matriarch of an all-female nation, the battle-hardened commander fights an impossible war while desperately seeking a way to stop her subjects from dying of thirst. But when the enemy king is beheaded by his own warrior son, she’s offered a truce that will bring the water they urgently need… in return for leaving her populace defenseless.

With his father dead by his hand, the Hammer is determined to rebuild the shattered community the warmongering king’s brutality almost destroyed. In a bold move to strengthen his dwindling numbers, he offers armistice to a dangerous queen and her bloodthirsty horde of fighting women. All he asks in exchange is for her to accompany him to petition the Council to drop their poisonous sanctions…

As they uncover the truth behind the horrific war, Yolanda is surprised when her begrudging respect for her capable companion blossoms into unexpected desire. And though the Hammer learns there’s more to the impassioned fighter than her brutal reputation suggests, he fears giving himself to her could make him a traitor to his own kind.

When their united strength pits them against oppressive factions, will their growing bond become an unbreakable force?
When the sun shattered the clean line of the horizon in a cascade of flame, sparks and tangible heat, Yolanda, seventh-generation Matriarch of the Horde was meant to call for her army’s advance. 

Instead, she held her breath and remained mute. 

The rising sun was intended to be a precursor to their charge, the beacon, the flag to announce their attack. But Yolanda’s said nothing as her eyes watered, watching the wavering orb burn the edges of the landscape, expanding and inflating with every slow beat of her heart. 

About her, the creak of armour was exasperated in the void when the women of her army fidgeted, remaining silent as they waited for their Matriarch’s command. Idle engines rumbled low, the unwavering buzz of irritating insects hovered and the wind was a murmur in her ear, whispering words of foreboding.
The sun continued to climb, and still, she didn’t call for their stampede. 

Ignoring the swelling impatience of her women as it billowed around her, Yolanda closed her eyes from the bright majesty before them and tilted her head. She blocked out the sight of the infinite sweep of fist-sized red stones, the swathes of pink sand, the evidence of an arid riverbed stretched out before them. She ignored the smells of engine grease, the musky, comforting scents of the women who surrounded her, and the sharp stink of heating iron and warming steel. She focused solely on one single sense. Fixated and determined, she strained to hear the hushed warnings on the breeze. 

The wind whistled, hissed, murmured and howled. 

Then, it sobbed. 

From the age of sixteen, Annabelle lived in a homeless youth refuge while she remained committed to her education. She spent two years within a section of society that most overlook. 

Her experiences are the foundations that drive her stories and her characters. They fight for their freedoms, have courage in the face of adversity, and always aspire for greatness. 

Annabelle is the author of True Refuge, an International Bestseller and a finalist for the Australian Romantic Book of the Year in 2018. She is privileged to live in a small rural town in country New South Wales and writes to a distinctive Australian backdrop with its captivating change of seasons. 

Outside of her love for reading, she spends her time with her husband, son, and her fifteen-year-old poodle named Serendipity. She drinks her whisky neat and can often be found at the local market hunting for blue cheese and artisan bread.

Blown into Romance by Shanna Hatfield – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz 2020

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “”reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian”” while her contemporary works have been called “”laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.””


When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.


Artist Brooke Roberts spent her life without roots, wandering from town to town. When she seeks refuge from a freak storm in the town of Romance, she decides to stay and open a blown glass studio. Determined to immerse herself in the community, she adopts a family of pigs. Brooke is unprepared for the chaos and comfort they bring to her world, or the dashing cowboy who rescues her heart.


Solid, dependable Blayne Grundy runs a busy ranch, volunteers on various committees, and takes in stray animals too large to stay at the local animal rescue. Then a chance encounter with a beautiful, beguiling woman leaves him so befuddled, he can barely remember his own name. His predictable organized life is about to be blown away by free-spirited Brooke.


A sweet, lighthearted novella, Blown Into Romance highlights the mighty power of love and letting go from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield 



Heart thundering in her ears, she glared at the horses, noticing they pulled a large red wagon with hay bales on it, presumably for the hayrides she’d seen advertised. The angle of the sun shone right in her eyes, making it impossible to see the man driving the team of horses. If his voice was any indication, he was probably a grizzled old man, short on patience and full of cantankerous wisdom. 

Brooke couldn’t help but cringe at how she’d blindly stepped right in front of the hulking team. Rather than feeling irritated at the driver for yelling at her, she should be grateful he’d caught her attention and brought the horses to a halt before she got hurt. 

Never, not once in any of the towns where she’d resided, had being trampled by horses been a relevant concern. In fact, this was the closest Brooke had ever been to a horse. The unique smell of them drifted to her, along with the hint of cinnamon wafting on the breeze from the cider booth. 

“Are you crazy, lady?” the man asked, although his censorious tone made it sound more like a definitive statement than a question. 

“No, I just… I wasn’t…” Brooke stammered. Blunt and never at a loss for words, the ability for her to speak coherently fled the moment the driver swung off the wagon in one fluid motion. 

Instead of the old man she’d pictured with salt-and-pepper stubble on his face and a rotund belly draping over his waistband, a rugged cowboy covered the distance to her in a few long-legged strides. 

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