The Secret to Business Success? Heart, says Award-Winning Author

California Author and Business Coach Wins Gold eLit Award for Novel "Business with a Heart"
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Sept. 25, 2012 - PRLog -- Los Angeles, CA – IBM, PepsiCo, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft. What do these name-brand companies all have in common? They are all led by successful females; women who were this week identified by Fortune Magazine as among the 50 most powerful women in business in 2012. Budding entrepreneurs across the nation are no doubt perusing the list with myriad questions: What’s a great business leader really made of? How can I grow my business? How can I maintain integrity and values in the cutthroat and competitive world of business? What’s the secret to success?

While there are numerous ways to rise to the top of the corporate ranks, award-winning author Crystal Thomas ( presents a dynamite strategy in her novel entitled Business with a Heart (, which focuses on the power of incorporating “heart” into business strategies, dealings, and relationships.

Business with a Heart is a business story of a woman’s quest to find a more fulfilling, personal, and spiritual experience in the corporate world. Her attempt to climb the corporate ladder while holding true to “heart” and to valuing both interpersonal relationships and success is met with some adversity, as she must deal with challenges posed by a demanding boss, resistant subordinates, and even herself.

Thomas wrote the book because, as she explains, “the world is changing and leaders must look for new ways to stay vibrant in the flux of business. What worked in years past, may not work in the future.” Finding new, genuine ways to stay spirited and effective is creatively weaved throughout the pages of her novel and helps show leaders ways to make choices that are right for their own individual path.

Business with a Heart won a Gold eLit award this spring in the Business/Career/Sales category. The global award, sponsored by a Michigan-based publishing group, honors excellence in the field of digital publishing entertainment.

Business with a Heart is available in both paperback and eBook for easy download on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, OverDrive, and other large eBook retailers. For more information, contact Julie Breedlove at Julie (at) or purchase the book on BQB’s website (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookseller.

About the Author
Award-winning author, speaker, and business coach Crystal Thomas ( applies her “heart” approach to all aspects of her career. Ms. Thomas has 30 years of experience working as a general manager in the private club industry and in 2005 founded Crystal Clear Concepts, Inc.  Business with a Heart is her second book. She is also the author of a self-improvement and relationship guide Learning to Love ( She lives in Los Angeles, California.

About BQB Publishing
Founded in August of 2010, BQB was created to be “the writer’s publisher,” focusing on quality writing from new authors. An independent hybrid publisher, BQB combines the quality processes of traditional publishing with hands-on author involvement to bring today’s new writers and tomorrow’s best sellers into the hands of booksellers and the reading public. To learn more about BQB, visit
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