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Golden Gringo Chronicles – The Novel
Paperback – 195 Pages – $9.95
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The story of the Golden Gringo Chronicles is now available as a hard copy novel of 192 pages from Amazon and all major Online retailers ($9.95). Amazon link: GGC, the Book. Kindle Edition available.
Follow GG through the first six years of his odyssey from making the decision to retire in Costa Rica, then overcoming the trials and tribulations of moving and obtaining residency as an expatriate, and the fun and experience of actually living in Ticoland.
Ride along with the Golden Gringo as he experiences the rich, varied culture of Costa Rica, the incredible bio-diversity, the charming nature of the Costa Rican people and the ease with which a sometimes clueless expat can assimilate into a small southwestern town on the Pacific Coast.
Chapters Cover: Decision Time, Preparing for the Exodus; Driving to Costa Rica; Plan B; Costa Rica or Bust; Settling In; The First Weeks; Housing – Getting It Right; Pura Vida and Puros – Or So He Thought; Visa Renewal Time; Tormentas and Teremotos; Language Challenges; Beaches, Lifeguards and Backhoes; Using Buses and Taxies; Pursuing Official Residency; Food as Culture; Exploring Costa Rica and Beyond; The Chronicles Come of Age; Getting to Know Quepos/Manuel Antonio; Getting Residency; History of Costa Rica; Legends of Costa Rica; Costa Rica Wildlife; Weather and Tremors, Costa Rican Health Care System; Costa Rican Agriculture; Costa Rican Culture; Am I Tico Yet? Amazon link is: GGC, the Book.
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The same narrative version of the Golden Gringo Chronicles novel is now also available as a trilogy of E-books in formats compatible with virtually all electronic platforms.
Part 1 is FREE! Parts 2 & 3 are $3.99 each. Click on part number to review or to order.
Whether you are already a Costa Rican resident, someone contemplating a move to Ticoland or just a traveler who enjoys different cultures, you will find the Golden Gringo Chronicles interesting, entertaining and informative about Costa Rica.
Mariposa – A Love Story of Costa Rica
Paperback – 93 Pages – $8.95
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Five hundred years before the Spanish found the American continent, about the end of the first millennium, Native Americans lived and prospered in Central America, including the land now known as Costa Rica. Truly a natural wonderland then and now, the natives were able to employ their farming skills and prosper from the rich soils, the forests filled with game, herbs, and spices, and the lakes and two oceans rich with fish and crustaceans.
The Mariposa story as written incorporates the classic ending of Costa Rica’s Legend of Zurqui, one that reflects the beauty, mystery and spirituality that is Costa Rica. You can PREVIEW the Book on Amazon.com at: Mariposa Preview (This is Chapter 1 in its entirety):
Mariposa, or butterfly, is a story about two young Native Americans, a girl and a boy, each a favored child of a chief, but of different tribes. These two tribes, historically hostile to each other, lived a few days march apart in the mountains north and east of what is now known as Costa Rica’s central valley.
The two natives meet by accident, fall in love and begin to plan a life together only to be frustrated by events beyond their control. The lovers are eventually drawn to a mountain volcano which is thought by many to be the home of the gods, particularly Sib’ö, the Great Spirit, who they believe had created the world. Mariposa is also available in Spanish:
¡Este libro es disponible tambien en Español!
Bolsillo – 131 paginas – $9.95
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Quinientos años antes de que los españoles encontraran el continente Americano, cerca del final del primer milenio, nativos americanos vivieron y prosperaron en Centroamérica, incluyendo la tierra ahora conocida como Costa Rica. Al ser en verdad una maravilla natural entonces y ahora, los nativos fueron capaces de emplear sus habilidades agrícolas y prosperar gracias a su fértil suelo, al bosque lleno de presas, hierbas y especias, a los lagos y a dos océanos ricos en peces y crustáceos.
Mariposa es una historia sobre dos jóvenes nativos americanos, los dos hijos privilegiados de un jefe, pero de diferentes tribus. Estas dos tribus, históricamente hostiles entre ellas, vivían a unos pocos días de marcha de distancia en las montañas del norte y del este del valle central de Costa Rica.Los dos nativos se conocen por accidente, se enamoran y comienzan a planear su vida juntos, que se frustra únicamente por eventos más allá de su control. Los amantes son arrastrados a un volcán el cual muchos creen que es el hogar de los dioses, particularmente de Sib’ö, el Gran Espíritu, que creen que fue quien creó el mundo.
Como estas historias son leyendas, involucran una buena cantidad de mito, lo que deja tanto al escritor como al lector la libertad de especular diferentes desenlaces. La historia como está escrita incorpora el final clásico de la legenda de Zurqui, que refleja la belleza, misterio y espiritualidad de Costa Rica.
Entreprenewal! Business Management Guide
Paperback – 96 Pages – $13.95
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This book was authored by someone with forty years business experience and who had a practice helping small and medium sized businesses as a management consultant for more than fifteen of those years, during which period he operated as principal consultant for some 110 businesses. These included what the government defines as “small” businesses, meaning less than 500 employees and also includes “micro” businesses, that is to say, those firms employing less than 20 persons.
One of the things the consultant noticed in his practice was that, as businesses grow, they tend to have similar problems not necessarily related to the type of product or service they offered. These fall into the areas of strategic planning, human relations, profit and expense controls and disciplined sales/marketing programs and strategies. There was enough similarity in problems from company to company and enough repetitiveness in their solution to compel the consultant the write a book outlining the problems and solutions.
Entreprenewal was written to provide small business owners and key managers a simple understanding of the tools widely used in larger, successful businesses in order to improve their management abilities. The suggestions and operating procedures in “The Six-Step Recovery Program for Small Business” are basic management concepts found in major business schools but have been that have been simplified to better fit smaller businesses. These operating procedures and techniques are tried and tested systems that have been installed in businesses of all sizes for management consulting fees of several hundred dollars per hour and many thousands of dollars total cost.