Kate Adams Book 2

Kate Adams Book #2

Here's your chance to get a FREE early Kindle edition of my second novel, WHISTLEBLOWERS! During the month of March you can go to the Kindle Scout link below, read a few chapters of the book, and if you like it, nominate it for an Amazon publishing contract. If it’s selected, you’ll receive a Kindle edition FREE before the publication date. <a href="https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/OMIOP5VQ8CC3">https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/OMIOP5VQ8CC3</a> <a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Final-1.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-3041" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Final-1-188x300.jpg" alt="Kate Adams Book 2" width="188" height="300" /></a>

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Kirkus Review: Trading Salvos

<div> <h4>Bell’s protagonist holds her own in her first outing and will surely be ready for more harrowing circumstances in a potential sequel.</h4> A woman running a CIA safe house in Alaska garners unwelcome attention while trying to decipher a program written by her late software-engineer husband in this debut thriller. It’s been several months since University of Alaska finance professor Kate Adams’ husband, Max, vanished in Singapore, only to later turn up dead from an apparent drowning. She decides to give herself closure by taking a sabbatical from the university to focus on a couple of research projects. Her CIA pal and former lover, Brad Oakley, however, has a different plan for her. They’d reunited in Washington, D.C., just prior to Max’s disappearance, and he now hopes to make Kate a CIA safe-house manager. She reluctantly agrees, mainly because the agency can provide data for her research as well as provide her

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A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Old Age…

<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ID-100102398-23.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2741 alignright" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ID-100102398-23-200x300.jpg" alt="Medicine" width="200" height="300" /></a>My doctor of many years decided he’d rather spend his days hiking than playing ‘identify this rash’ twelve times a day and retired a few months ago at the age of 71. This left me, for the second time in my life, with the reluctant task of replacing a retired doctor. I hate finding new doctors. When my very first doctor retired, the only physician in my small town who was taking patients was an osteopath. I didn’t care much for him. I felt like he was always treating me with special herbs and spices instead of practicing medicine, yet he looked great by comparison to the doctor I ended up with in the next city I moved to. When we got to Alaska, we asked some of the doctors we knew from our neighborhood and civic organizations who they would see for

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Random Thoughts On Life’s Absurdities

<h2><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ID-100235783.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2686" alt="thoughts" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ID-100235783-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" /></a>Some deep and not so deep thoughts.</h2> <p>Every once in a while a blogger just needs to turn their brain inside out and shake loose some of the random thoughts floating around in their head. Here is where I subject you to mine.</p> <p>The upside of encouraging people to eat MORE fried foods is more recyclable cooking oil to power "green" vehicles. Life is full of tradeoffs and we need to decide if we want healthy people or cooking oil vehicles.</p> <p>Eating pita chips for dinner while standing in your pantry is not a sign of depression, it's a sign that you did not go to the grocery store. Not leaving your house to go to the grocery store is a sign of depression.</p> <p>Getting a puppy forces you to make snap decisions about which of your things are worth getting out of the chair

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Telemarketing Is Dead, But I Still Won’t Answer My Phone

<h2><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/ID-10055033.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2538" alt="Telemarketing" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/ID-10055033-246x300.jpg" width="246" height="300" /></a>Telemarketing used to cause me to screen my phone calls, now the irresponsibility of others does.</h2> <p>A series of phone calls I received Tuesday reminded me why I screen my calls and have confirmed that our society is in trouble because we cater to the lowest common denominator. We have stopped treating people like individuals and have started lumping everyone into the same irresponsible bucket. I resent that.</p> <p>The first call came Tuesday morning. I had gone to a clinic for treatment of a sinus infection in April and the clinic had billed my insurance. On the previous Friday I received the first bill from the clinic showing a balance of $35 due after the insurance payment. Over the weekend I paid bills and included a payment to the medical clinic. Tuesday morning I received a phone call from the medical center’s collection

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Closing Thoughts on 2012

By Holly A. Bell As <b>2012</b> draws to a close, I have a few random thoughts I need to get off my chest before the end of the year:<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/?attachment_id=2251" rel="attachment wp-att-2251"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2251" alt="2012" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ID-10079205-300x279.jpg" width="300" height="279" /></a> <b>On gender neutral toys:</b> If we truly want toys and other items to be gender neutral, why do we continue to insist on labeling colors as gender specific? Why can’t a boy play with a pink toy? Men have been wearing pink shirts and ties for years and I’ve never known a girl who refused to play with or wear something blue. Something icky or ugly perhaps, but never blue. <b>On preventing tragedy:</b> Humans have been trying to manage risk and control tragedy since we began throwing virgins into volcanoes, yet tragedy still exists. In spite of all our efforts to mitigate risks for our children, and ourselves it will never go away. We have

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Labor Day is the End of Summer in Alaska

<h2><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_0112-3.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1854" title="IMG_0112-3" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/IMG_0112-3-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" /></a>Leaving summer behind in Alaska.</h2> In most parts of the United States, Labor Day Weekend is the symbolic end of summer. While the kids have gone back to school, little has changed from the previous weekend. The days remain warm, vegetables are still ripening in the garden, and fall colors are still weeks away. In <b>Alaska</b>, Labor Day Weekend is more than the symbolic end of summer. Summer really ended here this weekend. The first indication that summer was over happened the week before Labor Day Weekend (LDW) when the trees started to show hints of yellow and orange. By LDW they were beginning to fully engage their fall foliage and I found leaves beginning to cover the grass. On Sunday of LDW I noticed the fireweed had started to turn red in the valley and looked up at the mountains to

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3 Reasons I’ll Never Have Fame

<h2 align="center"><strong>The Economics of Fame</strong><strong> </strong></h2> <a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ID-10045857.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1520" title="ID-10045857" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ID-10045857.jpg" alt="fame"width="400" height="282" /></a>I have a good friend who loves to tell me I’m going to be famous someday. He seems to think the tipping point is just around the corner. I simply smile and say, “You’re too kind” because I know better. While <i>fame</i> is not something I’ve studied formally, I do have a few opinions on why most of us are not likely to become famous, at least from an economic perspective. <strong>Supply and Demand</strong> There are a lot more people willing to be famous than there is demand for famous people. In any market when there is a surplus prices are driven down. The bubble for <u>fame</u> <em>AND</em> fortune burst a long time ago. Now people are willing to accept fame without fortune. I’ll never be famous in part because when I do a cost/benefit analysis I find the

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From Time–The Creepy Dudes of Wall Street: Are Finance Guys Losing Their Mojo On The Dating Scene, Too?

<strong><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ID-10054161.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1503" title="ID-10054161" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ID-10054161-234x300.jpg" alt="Dating"width="234" height="300" /></a><b>Dating</b>? While this is not something I would normally post, this was just too outrageous to pass up. Please gentlemen, don't do this. The future of the species is at stake. </strong> <strong>From Amy Tennery in <em>Time:</em></strong> It’s tough to tell when an internet phenomenon reaches actual meme status. But, in the case of the “creepy finance guy,” I think we can finally call it. This week saw yet another jaw-dropping tale of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://topics.time.com/wall-street/">Wall Street</a> prattishness, this time in the form of a post-date survey. Yep, a finance dude went on a date with a lady. And then he asked her for constructive feedback. The culprit in this tale is a 24-year-old “finance guy” in <a rel="nofollow" href="http://topics.time.com/philadelphia/">Philadelphia</a> named Mike, according to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://deadspin.com/5910779/?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow"><em>Deadspin</em></a>, which doesn’t outline his career much beyond Does Things With Money. (This is the case with a lot of

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