A plucky crusader falls for a down-on-his-luck stranger - only to learn too late that he's the villain determined to destroy her town.Franny Morgan is a small-town café owner with an insatiable need to rescue lost souls, perhaps because she couldn't hang onto her two sisters after their parents died. Now, she's involved in a letter-writing campaign to save the small dusty town where she winds up.Nathan Russell is a down-on-his-luck carpenter who shows up on her doorstep, willing to trade work on her rundown building for food and a roof - not because the wealthy investor needs either but because he's determined to fulfill the obligations his brother abandoned, and the first step is to meet the blue-haired crackpot who won't stop writing him demand letters. Finding that the crackpot is actually a curvy blonde fairy with a heart as big as the world would be a very pleasant surprise, if not for the fact that he's lying to her with every breath.Falling for each other is a very bad idea, and being together is an impossible dream...until fate steps in and forces their hands. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric G. Dove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/177798/bk_acx0_177798_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A surreal, lyrical work of narrative nonfiction that portrays how the largest domestic oil discovery in half a century transformed a forgotten corner of the American West into a crucible of breakneck capitalism. As North Dakota became the nation's second-largest oil producer, Maya Rao set out in steel-toe boots to join a wave of drifters, dreamers, entrepreneurs, and criminals. With an eye for the dark, absurd, and humorous, Rao fearlessly immersed herself in their world to chronicle this modern-day gold rush, from its heady beginnings to OPEC's price war against the US oil industry. She rode shotgun with a surfer-turned-truck driver braving toxic fumes and dangerous roads, dined with businessmen disgraced during the financial crisis, and reported on everyone in between - including an ex-con YouTube celebrity, a trophy wife mired in scandal, and a hard-drinking British Ponzi schemer - in a social scene so rife with intrigue that one investor called the oilfield Peyton Place on steroids. As the boom receded, a culture of greed and recklessness left troubling consequences for investors and longtime residents. Empty trailers and idle oil equipment littered the fields like abandoned farmsteads, leaving the pioneers who built this unlikely civilization to reckon with their legacy. Part Barbara Ehrenreich, part Upton Sinclair, Great American Outpost is a sobering exploration of 21st-century America that sounds like a frontier novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellen Archer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004471/bk_hach_004471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii's famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolves around the anticipated grand opening of the Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island's western shore. Multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms, Ben Crawford, is not above getting in bed with organized crime to make his dream come true. A widower, his 19-year-old daughter, Leigh, means everything to him. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining this would come back to haunt him. Leigh Crawford is gorgeous, spoiled, precocious, and primarily looking to have fun at her daddy's new luxury hotel. After meeting super-hot Hawaiian chauffeur, Masami, things get hot in a hurry. Will they crash land or could there actually be a future for them? Yoshiko Pelayo is a stunning Hawaiian journalist, who has taken a job in housekeeping at the Kaanapali Palms while plotting vengeance against Ben Crawford, the father she never knew. Kaanapali Beach Paradise, part two in this continuing series, promises to keep listeners engaged as their lives and others are turned upside down and inside out with intriguing twists at every turn amidst the grandeur of a world famous Hawaii beach resort. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Boyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074676/bk_acx0_074676_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From R. Barri Flowers, the best-selling author of the Leila Kahana Maui Mysteries and Eddie Naku Maui Mysteries, comes the third and final installment of the captivating Maui contemporary novelette Audible series, Kaanapali Beach Paradise.Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera-style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, glamour, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder revolves around the anticipated grand opening of Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore.Multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms Ben Crawford is not above getting in bed with organized crime to make his dream come true. A widower, his 19-year old daughter, Leigh, means everything to him. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining this would come back to haunt him.Leigh Crawford is gorgeous, spoiled, precocious, and primarily looking to have fun at her daddy’s new luxury hotel. After meeting super-hot Hawaiian chauffeur Masami, things get steamy in a hurry. Will they crash-land, or could there actually be a future between them?Yoshiko Pelayo is a stunning Hawaiian journalist who has taken an undercover job in housekeeping at the Kaanapali Palms while plotting vengeance against the father she never knew in Ben Crawford, whom she blames for her mother’s death and her own abandonment.Eugene Keebler is a janitor at the Kaanapali Palms and small-time hood. He sees the grand opening as a golden opportunity to rob the place, with the help of crooked friends.Genevieve Roswell, an aspiring musician, fled San Francisco after testifying against her drug dealing boyfriend, ending up on Maui. Now, her past is about to catch up to her.Bonus material includes a mystery short, "No Going Back", and excerpts from author's 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Boyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/178087/bk_acx0_178087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the award-winning writer R. Barri Flowers and best-selling author of the heartfelt relationship novel, Forever Sweethearts, comes a compelling contemporary novelette, Kaanapali Beach Paradise. Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii's famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolve around the anticipated grand opening of Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island's western shore. Ben Crawford is a multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms. A widower, his 19-year-old daughter Leigh is his pride and joy. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining it would come back to haunt him. Leigh Crawford is beautiful, spoiled, precocious, and just looking to have fun at her daddy's new luxury hotel. After meeting hot Hawaiian chauffeur Masami, things get hot in a hurry. But how far can they go before crash landing? Yoshiko Pelayo is a gorgeous Hawaiian journalist, who has taken a job in housekeeping at the Kaanapali Palms, while plotting revenge against the father she never knew in Ben Crawford. Stewart McGann is a retired police detective from Portland, Oregon, after getting hurt on the job, who is brought to Maui to head the security at Kaanapali Palms. The offer is made easier by his attraction to housekeeper Yoshito, even if he senses there is more to her than meets the eye. Genevieve Roswell fled San Francisco to escape bad elements and ended up on Maui. Now she fears her past may be about to catch up to her. Kaanapali Beach Paradise is the first in a continuing series of novelettes that promises to keep listeners engaged as lives and loves are turned upside down with twists at every turn amid the splendor of a famous Hawaii beach resort. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Simmons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033948/bk_acx0_033948_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The application of capital investment appraisal is the key factor for any business to obtain funds. The application has its implications by different available financial options. However this is not a topic of financial investment or project appraisal. An investor decided to invest on the basis of CIA for creating profitable business opportunity. The motivation is the better monitory return and also jobs creation. The decision is to which fund make available for a project which is more promising in estimating present wealth return and benefits in future. The discount cash flow has been examined critically because many companies across Atlantic both in UK and USA are under investing. A dysfunction financial decision due to uncertainty would cost a project to be abandoned that could have been safe by properly judged financial implication through CIA. These problematic areas are primarily the "MISAPPLICATION and MISMANAGEMENT of CIA." The management is blamed for not enough awareness. Whereas some aware managers among other decision makers unfortunately could not get access to such research academics. The institutions like SME's must accept the importance of CIA technique.
European Business Presence in Southeast Asia What is the real economic weight of Europe in Southeast Asia? That is the question this book tries to answer. This pioneering work challenges the conventional wisdom including claims that European companies have abandoned the region's growing economic markets in favor of markets closer to home. This is not the case. Europe as a whole is very much present in Southeast Asia. For example, how many people know, that since the mid-1990s the EU has been the largest investor in the region, ahead of the U.S. and Japan? If the attraction of the Chinese market is indisputable, European firms are far from giving up on South-East Asia. This region, the potential of which is still not widely known, is at the heart of the economic rivalry among the great powers. Rejecting the pessimism often displayed by European élites, this regional study shows that Europe still has many cards to play in this part of the world. This study was founded by the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC), a CNRS unit based in Bangkok, Thailand. www.irasec.com
Make RATIONAL decisions in the IRRATIONAL world of investing 'Readers will find within these pages new truths that will help transform their thinking. This is more relevant than the latest strategies, trading systems, or technical chart formations.' --William J. Brodsky, Chairman and CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange 'Koppel offers pioneering insights, backed by substantial research, that help explain how psychology influences financial decisions and drives markets. Investing and the Irrational Mind is a must-read for both the professional and nonprofessional investor.' --Robin Mesch, President, Mesch Capital Management 'If there is truth to the Yiddish proverb that 'man plans and God laughs,' read Investing and the Irrational Mind to gain an essential understanding of what to do with your stocks and bonds when God is cracking up. As the sages advised, 'All the rest is commentary.'' --Yra Harris, CME Group member, President of Praxis Trading, and author of the daily investment blog Notes from the Underground ' Investing and the Irrational Mind explains the psychological barriers to making good investment decisions--and more importantly how to overcome them. Koppel shows the dangers of our own habit-driven behavior, biases, and heuristics and how they lead us to violate our own investment axioms.' --Alexander Abell, Director, BlackRock, Inc. 'Investing is fraught with uncertainty, which gives rise to psychological issues that investors ignore at their peril. Bob Koppel has written a fascinating, entertaining, and comprehensive examination of this multifaceted area of inquiry. If you invest for a living, or even if you're just a student of the psychology of self, you will find beneficial insights in the pages of this book.' --A. Thomas Shanks, President and CEO, Hawksbill Capital Management About the Book Most investors are driven by greed and panicked by fear, which is why so many lose so much during market upheavals. It's also why so few gain so much. What separates the winners from the losers? People who remain calm, focused, and analytical during market ups and downs always come out on top--and snatch the losses of those who panic. Investing and the Irrational Mind gives you the tools for overcoming the self-destructive impulses that stand between you and profit. Behavioral finance expert Robert Koppel reveals why your brain sends certain negative messages during the investing process. Applying the latest advances in neuroeconomics and insights from top traders, he provides a program for building the habits used by the world's most successful investors. Investing and the Irrational Mind teaches you how to: Identify negative, self-defeating patterns of thought Tailor your goals according to your particular investing psychology Develop a framework for overcoming irrational thoughts in investment decisions Use one of your most powerful investing tools--intuition The investing world operates by the law of the jungle, with a new surprise lurking around every corner. How often have you abandoned a perfectly sound investing strategy because you panicked? 'Success requires focused concentration that permits an unbiased perception of the market,' writes Koppel. 'All we can ever control is ourselves, but that is more than enough.' Armed with 30 years of experience as an analyst and fund manager, Koppel helps you develop a focused, disciplined, confident, and profitable approach to investing using the best tool at your disposal: your brain. Filled with surprising insights into human behavior and rock-solid financial advice, Investing and the Irrational Mind helps you draw consistent profits in an inconsistent investing world.
The stereotype of the 'angel investor' is a retired wealthy entrepreneur who sees potential, asks tough questions, takes a large stake, and in a few years makes a massive return in an IPO. This outsider fills the gap between the venture capitalist and the professional investor, swooping in with cash and expertise to bring dreams to fruition. Unfortunately, Shane observes, this figure bears no relationship to reality. In Fool's Gold, he draws on hard data from the Federal Reserve and other sources to paint the first reliable group portrait of the lionized angel investors. Surprisingly, he finds that they are fewer, contribute less, and involve themselves in fewer start-ups than the conventional wisdom suggests. Most angels typically still have their day jobs, make investments of $10,000 or less, and take little or no role in assisting entrepreneurs build their companies. Few of the companies they put money into arrive at IPOs, let alone massive returns. But angels can play a critical role, he writes, if the fantasy is abandoned by all concerned. Drawing on his rich store of data, Shane offers recommendations to entrepreneurs and angels alike for the most productive use of angel investing, and suggests how policymakers can encourage it. Particularly promising are angel groups, which pool knowledge and money for wiser and more productive investments. In groups, angels can rely on each other's expertise, share the labor of performing due diligence, and generally insure that their money is being placed--and used--wisely. Fostering the formation of such groups may be the single most important thing that government can do to boost angel investing. Massively researched and briskly written, Fools' Gold offers the first real resource on this misunderstood aspect of our entrepreneurial system.