We are delighted to present our book selections in partnership with the Bedside Reading® program.
On the download offers an array of 6 to 8 curated downloadable complimentary DIGITAL eBooks and audiobooks. Genres (fiction, non-fiction, business, wellness, children’s and classics) from both major and indie publishers and authors are available.
You can download the digital books here.
When staying at Acqualina, paperback and hardcover books are also available by contacting the Housekeeping Department so they may deliver your chosen books to your room. You are encouraged to take the books home as they are meant to be shared. This month's digital selections include:
The Birth Mother:
On a business trip, a high-powered 56-year-old American entrepreneur visits his partners in China. After their meeting, his Asian mentor invites him to an orphanage, a trip that will change the course of his family's life forever. Without hesitation, he and his wife fall in love with Anglo/Asian twin girls and become their adoptive parents. The children grow up in a world of twists and turns with multiple coincidences and synchronicity. Their journey takes them from China to Europe to America and back to China, where their unusual birth mother enters their lives. This powerful story is filled with drama at every turn as the daughters face internal and external challenges. The Birth Mother is a story filled with love, pathos, tragedy, and triumph. Read, laugh, cry, and learn. It's a tale you will never forget.
The Change Maker:
What is a changemaker? Leadership is never easy. Almost all leaders deal with both triumph and tragedy, oftentimes in equal measure. The fact of the matter is that leadership insists on constant rejection of the status quo. True leaders demand continuous reflection and improvement of those around them, and, even more importantly, of themselves. True leaders are “Changemakers”. In Deke Copenhaver’s The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders, you will learn to become unafraid of doing something different in the service of a good cause and how to spark a movement that others can’t help but rally around. The Changemaker is a roadmap of sorts, designed to deliver comprehensive, common sense leadership strategies to people from all walks of life. Through personal and professional anecdotes, case studies, and the wisdom from Changemakers gone by, The Changemaker will inspire and empower you to embrace adversity, rely on creativity and character, and sometimes take the road less traveled in order to unlock your ultimate potential.
The Corporate Hippie:
For decades, we’ve been told that, in order to get ahead in the business world, you must be ruthless. The “every man or woman for him or herself” approach was lauded and awarded. Corporations and employees padded their pocketbooks as a result of this dog-eat-dog world, but times have changed. The Corporate Hippie speaks to those changes and invites corporate America to operate with compassion, practice self-care, follow your instincts, and usher in a new way of doing business with peace, harmony, and a sense of community. These concepts aren’t New Age; they are a way of living and working in an environment that fosters growth, celebrates your uniqueness, and provides a safe space for you to be you and those around you to be their authentic selves, all while bringing in profits. Trusting yourself and trusting your coworkers can only enhance your working experience and help keep your fellow team members more engaged and assured that their views, opinions, and work matter.
Bells for Eli:
First cousins Ellison (Eli) Winfield and Adeline (Delia) Green are meant to grow up happily and innocently across the street from one another amid the supposed wholesome values of small-town Green Branch, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s. But Eli’s tragic accident changes the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them. Shunned and even tortured by his peers for his disfigurement and frailty, Eli struggles for acceptance in childhood as Delia passionately devotes herself to defending him. Delia’s vivid and compassionate narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence—the visible damage to his body gone—but underneath hide indelible wounds harboring pain and insecurity, scars that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. It is Delia who has that responsibility, growing more challenging each year. Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.
Self Publish and Succeed:
You can write a book—anyone can. But if you want to write a book that people will want, or even need, to read, it’s not as simple as sitting down to write. In fact, that’s one of the biggest mistakes unsuccessful authors make. In Self-Publish & Succeed, trusted best-selling author and entrepreneur Julie Broad shows you that writing a successful nonfiction book starts long before you write your first chapter. To write a book that boosts your brand, generates a profit, and makes you an influencer in your industry, you need the #NoBoringBooks way.
You’re about to discover:
• The reason why you’re not finishing your book—and how to overcome it.
• Why most books are boring, and how to keep yours from being one of them.
• Which editors you need to perfect your story and where to find them.
• The one simple page that could generate thousands of sales.
• Seven places to sell your book (and only one starts with “A”!).
- Nonfiction doesn’t mean no fun. Write a money-making book that delivers
meaningful impact. Self-Publish & Succeed is your step-by-step guide to
writing and self-publishing a book that will get attention, transform your career,
and change people’s lives—including yours.
Innovation in Translation:
Innovation has a sort of mythic presence in the American psyche. It conjures images of the tech wunderkin raised on VC culture. We see Doc Brown in our minds' eye fueling his Delorean with trash, but too eccentric to truly capitalize on his creations. We imagine Nikola Tesla too single-minded and altruistic to play the capitalist game that would bring his work to market and see it change the world. It’s revealing that so many perceive innovation as a singular undertaking—the purview of fated luminaries marked by the universe for greatness.
As Dave Ferrera shares in Innovation in Translation, this romanticization of the innovator is the result of a primordial grudge between engineer and entrepreneur. It’s a grudge that’s existed since one caveman invented fire while another filed for the patent behind his back. Now we see the beleaguered inventor being swindled by the cigar-gnashing moneyman and our perceptions crystallize. We love an underdog, and there is no greater underdog than the seed of a game changing idea trying to break the soil against the odds.
Pride and Prejudice:
Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books."
When you're the town cobbler's daughter, you have more shoes than you can ever count! But one day, at her dad's cozy workshop, Sylvie learned something new about kids in her very own town. Sylvie McSlipper is the charmingly illustrated story of a child's awakening to the idea of giving back.
Why Are There Monkeys?:
As a Los Angeles and San Francisco Radio Personality, Brooke Jones interviewed more celebrities than she can count, but the most amazing interview she ever conducted occurred after she DIED and found herself interviewing God (and she has PROOF that it really happened)!
WHY ARE THERE MONKEYS? (and other questions for God) is the absolutely TRUE, INSPIRATIONAL, laugh-out-loud FUNNY story of one woman’s near-death question and answer session with God. If you think a conversation with God couldn’t possibly be FUNNY, you’re in for a BIG surprise!
A portion of EVERY sale is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A Perfect Nightmare:
Karen Gosbee had it all: a successful husband, three beautiful children, the homes, the cars, the jewelry, the A-list invitations. Her life looked perfect and as her husband, George, liked to say, “appearances are everything.” But at the height of his success as an owner of a major American sports franchise, cracks appeared in George’s carefully constructed façade. Karen could not ignore his increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior, which spiraled from affairs and hard-drinking to prostitutes and drug abuse. Nor could she escape his abuse as emotional bullying escalated into dangerous beatings. A Perfect Nightmare is the story of a woman’s awakening to the realities of her failing marriage and her desperate struggle—one that would end in headlines and tragedy—to bring herself and her children to safety.
Crimson at Cape May:
What if you needed to escape a haunted past and a town furious with you for exposing its ugly secret? With no job and few options, Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—heads for Cape May to accept an offer to coach a summer football camp. And the resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history, and famous Victorian mansions, might be just the getaway he needs.
Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the east coast. The new town launches his gift of seeing ghosts into overdrive, and one resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks him, begging for help. Darrell can’t refuse.
Joining forces with Cassie, a streetwise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers an even greater crime. Can Darrell and Cassie expose the killer before they meet the same fate?
2nd Entry in the award-winning Haunted Shores Mysteries series
★★★★★ Five Star reviews from national and international reviewers
Gold Award from Literary Titan
Silver Award for Mystery of the Year from ReadersView.com
Crowned Heart for Excellence Award from InD’tale Magazine
The Last Lumenian:
The Last Lumenian is a coming-of-age story of a 19-year-old princess, Lilla, who is a rebel-in-disguise, fighting for the refugee's freedom. The arrival of the mysterious and ruggedly handsome Callum brings news of a bigger battle, the Era War between the two ruling archgods, that threatens not only Lilla's home world, but everyone else's in the Seven Galaxies. Lilla must learn to control her magic and defeat the dark god before He finds her—the last Lumenian.