This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Do not try for H1b now. You should have a job with employer in hand not consulting companies to get a visa. Getting an offer from Consulting companies is not going to get you your visa.
Moreover job market is not that good at this time.