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Friday, January 28, 2011

review: sunrise to sunset by Laurie Bowler

Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and 
note how the sky looks at those times, at least once. - Marilyn vos Savant

Sunrise To Sunset
Nessy succumbs to a coma after her battle with Hervidor, her maker. when she awakens, she recalls nothing of who and what she is. Charles and Hera nurse her back to health. slowly she regains her memory and finds out that she now bears the title and the burden of being Queen of the Underworld. Nessy finds herself once more at a crossroad. what remains of the Tellis coven join forces with another evil clan to wrench the title from her in their relentless pursuit to dominate the vampire and human worlds.
despite her trepidation and doubts, Nessy remains true to herself - a human-vampire-Gulon with a conscience. she becomes emotional but the vampire and Gulon within her also remind her of her potential and strengths. 
leadership is never an easy task and i can relate well with Nessy's misgivings when she learns of her new role and what lies ahead. when i got promoted in my job, i felt honored for the recognition of my hard work and value as an employee. the responsibilities, however, tied to the position are a different matter. like Nessy, i experienced and learned that:
  • not everyone was pleased when i got promoted and i had to prove to those who showed disapproval or resentment that i deserved my position
  • making choices and exercising good judgment is critical and as much as possible one has to reach a win-win situation for all concerned
  • listening to others entails doing so with one's heart and not just with one's mind
  • despite being a leader, one should never forget to be a good follower as well
  • there are people willing to help and share the burden of leadership and it was selfish of me to carry its weight when i could only do so much
  • wisdom does stem from experience and it has nothing to do with age
  • it is not unbecoming of a leader to ask for assistance
  • help can come from unexpected places and resources
  • it is indeed lonely at the top if one chooses to isolate oneself
  • it feels good to get one's feet wet from time to time
  • smiling at the world even if it does not smile back lightens my spirit
  • saying thanks and acknowledging everyone for their contribution no matter how small it is makes the workplace more pleasant to be in
  • building relationships with everyone can go a long long way
  • sacrifices are sometimes required but not always
  • maintaining a healthy balance between family and work is important; one should never encroach on the other
  • when the work is done, it is done - rest and recreation should follow
Sunrise To Sunset is the sequel to Moon Rising which i reviewed last year. this time author Laurie Bowler explores the dilemma faced by a leader confronting a crisis. she talks again about a human condition from a supernatural creature's point of view and manages to drive the truth home.
from sunrise to sunset, we may be a leader at our job, club or group but at the end of the day we have to accept the fact that it is just one role among many that we assume. it should never consume us or lead us away from who we really are deep inside. 

*Sunrise to Sunset is available in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon, as a Nookbook at Barnes & Noble and at Smashwords in multiple formats.
*Moon Rising is available in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon and as a Nookbook at Barnes & Noble. it can also be purchased at the Book Depository and at Smashwords in multiple formats.

my personal rating is: 

Sunrise To Sunset may not 
be suitable for young readers
17 & under

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Sunrise To Sunset from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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