Monday, 20 November 2017

The Lovesick Gods Tour and Giveaway!


Lovesick Gods
by Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: Superhero GLBT Romance

Heroes aren’t meant to act like their villains—or fall in love with them.



The elements touch everyone on Earth—Fire, Water, even Light—but every so often someone becomes more attuned to their elemental leaning and develops true power. When an evil Elemental known as Thanatos arrived in Olympus City, it saw the rise of its first hero—Zeus. But the death toll caused by defeating Thanatos changed Zeus, who by day is young detective Danny Grant.

It’s been six months since Thanatos terrorized the city at the start of Lovesick Gods. Danny should be used to his duty behind the mask, but the recent past haunts him. His girlfriend left him, he snaps at the barest provocation, his life feels empty—he needs an outlet, any outlet to pull him out of his depression.

Enter notorious thief Malcolm Cho, the Ice Elemental Prometheus. There was a time when Danny welcomed a fight with Cho, filled with colorful banter and casual flirtations that were a relief compared to Thanatos. Even as a criminal, Cho had recognized the threat Thanatos posed and promised to help Danny stop him, but the day Danny needed Cho, he never showed. Cho was the reason so many people died that day—including Danny’s mother.

Danny decides to teach the man a lesson and fan the fire of their attraction into something more. At worst, he’ll get some no-strings-attached sex out of the deal and finally blow off steam; at best, he’ll get Cho to fall in love with him and then break his heart to spite him. 

Danny doesn’t expect to fall for Cho in the process, and he certainly can’t predict the much darker threat on the horizon.




Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been posting content online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the digital marketing company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.



Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).



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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Day 323...365 Day of Gratitude

1) Thank you for an amazing 3D gift card. Thank you Thank you Thank you !

2) Thank you for purging things you do not need. Thank you Thank you Thank you !

3) Thank you for non elastic hair ties.  Thank you Thank you Thank you !

4) Thank you for tons of icing.Thank you Thank you Thank you !

5) Thank you for a friend. Thank you Thank you Thank you !

6) Thank you for seeing things in a new light . Thank you Thank you Thank you !

7) Thank you for banana split sundae.Thank you Thank you Thank you !

8) Thank you for peanut buster parfait. Thank you Thank you Thank you !

9) Thank you for build a bear. Thank you Thank you Thank you !

10) Thank you for Christmas Lights.  Thank you Thank you Thank you !

Pop Card Express Review - 3DPop Up Greeting Card



You know when you come across something that even in pictures you already know they don't do said item justice!?! That is certainly , most definitely  the case with the Pop Card Express 3D cards.
I was astonished at the cards just seeing them on line and knew they were something spectacular before I got my hands on a card.

Full disclosure: I loved the cards so much that I reached out and was given my choice of card free of charge.All opinions are my own and completely honest. Thank you for sending such a beautiful card for me to review. 

I am still in awe as we opened the card . The card came in an exterior plastic bag with both the card and subsequent envelope



Even the outside of the card was so stunning to me before we even opened the package . I had Zach do the honors of opening the card . The Magick he beamed was priceless as the card sprang to life once opened. You see this amazing paper art come to life with such detail and wonderment you are left speechless. It was a mini Viking ship springing to life on the sea of paper it was on.  The detail on how it criss crosses as paper through this amazing 3D Artisan Art to make the ship, shocked.  The insanity with the outside of the card is that it actually looks but feels like wood as though made from the ship itself.


I am taking this quote directly from their FAQ section as this explains how and why these cards are so amazingly made

"How are your cards made?
Our cards are delicatedly designed by professional designers based on the concept of Kirigami art-originated from Japan, cut with advanced laser-cut technology, then hand-made in Asia by teams of wonderful staff. "


Here are some close up and different angles of this stunning Artisan art piece that doubles as a card . What an amazing gift to give someone, The card in itself is a gift alone.





Please take the time to check out their website and Facebook page . I know there must be someone on your list who deserves and would appreciate such Artisan beauty .
https://www.popcardexpress.ca/ an E store click and receive some Magick
https://www.facebook.com/popcardexpress/

There are so many cards to look through ( over 100) and admire even. Right now they only ship to Canada  (sorry international) but if you have family in Canada drop the hint they can order and then send to you.
The costs of the cards is a range less than 10.00. But worth the price as the card as I have said is the gift itself . Loving any card I give would be left blank and write the note separately to keep it as an Artistic piece .  Shipping is a small extra charge to and if you buy 3 you get free shipping .

The concept for the cards was discovered by a full time mom from Edmonton Alberta who came across the concept of the pop up card while in Asia. Yeah to moms and their creativity and ideas and where they go.

Mine of course will be displayed as Art !!!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Day 321 and 322...365 Days of Gratitude

1) Thank you for a visit energetically from a loved one . Thank you thank you thank you .

2) Thank you for .50 cent gingerbread house kits.Thank you thank you thank you

3) Thank you for nachos . Thank you thank you thank you

4) Thank you for mega sized kinder egg. Thank you thank you thank you

5) Thank you for 30 stickers and earning a special gift. Thank you thank you thank you

6) Thank you for sitting and eating over iced candy covered cookies. Thank you thank you thank you

7) Thank you for 50 cent a pack freezies . Thank you thank you thank you

8) Thank you for turkey burgers.  Thank you thank you thank you

9) Thank you for deep fried pickles. Thank you thank you thank you

10) Thank you for spicy poppers. Thank you thank you thank you

11) Thank you for 2 fruit marmalade.  Thank you thank you thank you

12) Thank you for a success. Thank you thank you thank you

13) Thank you for a knowledge of past holds. Thank you thank you thank you

14) Thank you for a perfect pair of jeans . Thank you thank you thank you

15) Thank you for strange gummy candy shapes . Thank you thank you thank you

16) Thank you for a perfect pair of jeans. Thank you thank you thank you

17) Thank you for a perfectly not perfect gingerbread house. Thank you thank you thank you

18) Thank you for finding new crafts to make . Thank you thank you thank you

19) Thank you for candy .Thank you thank you thank you

20) Thank you for thoughts of  it will all work out in the end .Thank you thank you thank you

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Splendid Baron Submarine Tour : Guest Post and Giveaway

DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines,  I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Amberjack Publishing 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Splendid Baron Submarine

Written by Eric Bower
Illustrated by Agnieszka Grochalska


Publisher’s Synopsis: Waldo “W.B.” Baron is back with another amazing adventure in another incredible invention! Pirate treasure? A clandestine meeting? A terribly rude monkey with personal boundary and hygiene issues? Two of those things sound like a dream come true to W.B, whose clever inventor parents are hired―by the Vice President!―to go on a super secret and intensely important treasure hunt to repay a national debt. If only it weren’t for that lousy, rude monkey, it would be the beginning of a perfect adventure. But at least it isn’t squirrels…
The treasure hunt gives the Baron family the opportunity to use their exceptional steam-powered submarine, freshly biggened and ready for adventure! But things are seldom straightforward for the eccentric Baron family, and this treasure hunt is no exception. W.B.’s trademark bad luck has him suffering monstrous marine misfortune and marauding monkey misery.
Can the Baron family embark on their newest adventure without the eggy and depressing Aunt Dorcas? Will the Barons find the treasure they seek? Will they save the country from financial ruin? Where does the monkey fit in, anyway? Do we like asking questions? Not really, but inside you’ll meet someone who likes asking questions and then answering them (despite his claims to the contrary, he really does like it).
Oh, did we mention the pirate’s curse?
Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Amberjack Publishing | November 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1944995256
Available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yCiI6P

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Eric Bower is the author of The Bizarre Baron Inventions series. He was born in Denville, New Jersey, an event of which he has little recollection, yet the people who were there have repeatedly assured him that it happened. He currently lives in Pasadena, California. His favorite type of pasta is cavatappi, his favorite movie is The Palm Beach Story, and he is the proud recipient of a “Beanology Degree” from Jelly Belly University in Fairfield, California. His wife and family have told him that the degree is nothing to be proud of, since “It’s not a real degree. You know that . . . Right?” and “Eric, they literally give them to everyone who visits the Jelly Belly factory,” but he knows that they’re all just jealous.

OFFICIAL LINKS


Splendid Baron Guest Post: Tales of a Wannabe Superhero Mom

WHAT ARE SOME EARLY CHILDHOOD NON-CONVENTIONAL INFLUENCES THAT SHAPED YOUR WRITING STYLE?

I was introduced to one of my biggest creative influences when I was fourteen years old and went on a family trip to London. I was fortunate enough to see a handful of wonderful shows while I was there (and I also learned that I absolutely love to eat fish, as long as it’s breaded and deep-fried and served with fries, thereby providing no real nutritional value), but the show that still stands out in my mind is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It made me laugh so hard that I dearly regretted my fluid intake prior to sitting down in the theater. Even though that was well over twenty years ago, I can still vividly recall a moment when one of the actors told a joke so corny, that the entire audience groaned in unison. The actor smiled at the audience and said “I don’t care what you think. I think I’m funny”, which then received one of the bigger laughs of the evening. That’s probably a good representation of my sense of humor and how I use it in my writing. I strongly believe that children are the shrewdest judges of fiction –they always recognize when an author is putting out something that clearly doesn’t tickle or intrigue them. I always try to stay true to my sensibilities, even when those sensibilities are worthy of groans. Which they often are.

Another huge influence from my youth are the films of the Marx Brothers. There’s a wonderful sense of chaos that drunkenly gallops through their movies, where magical realism is seamlessly intertwined with sight gags and music and puns so bad that even my father rolls his eyes at them. My obsession with their films might have been odd when I was young (I feel bad for all the grade school teachers and friends’ parents who had to deal with a mouthy nine-year-old with a grease paint mustache and fake glasses), but I feel they’ve served me well as a writer of groan-worthy children’s fiction. Even though they seemed chaotic, there was a recognizable structure to the Marx Brothers’ films, and more importantly, there was a lot of heart to them as well. While the three main characters (four, if you’re one of those “Zeppo should count too!” fools) might occasionally act cruelly, there was an undeniable childlike sweetness to them as well, and they would often find themselves in trouble when they were simply trying to help an innocent couple build a life together, or aid a nice person being sabotaged by a stuffy and humorless villain. Their films taught me that madness can be magical, and oblique humor can be transcendent, but if there’s no heart and soul to a piece, then it’s probably not going to resonate with an audience.  

I realize that neither of those inspirations are particularly non-conventional, but something they both have in common is that I shared them with my parents, who both have a wonderful (and groan-worthy) sense of humor. I think that’s why I was inspired to write silly children’s fiction in the first place. The books I write aren’t intended to be enjoyed alone. They’re the sort of books that I would have liked to read aloud with my parents when I was a kid, so we could enjoy the puns and groans and unabashed silliness together. Laughter is like love and music; it’s always better when it’s shared. (My apologies if that sounds like something I stole from a greeting card. I guess I’ll list Hallmark as my final non-conventional inspiration.)

TOUR SCHEDULE

Word Spelunking
11/16
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
11/17
Mommy Ramblings
11/20
LitPick Student Book Reviews
11/22
The Fairview Review
11/24
Nonperfect Parenting
11/27
icefairy's Treasure Chest
11/28
Teacher Dance
11/29
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
11/30
ShootingStarsMag
12/4
The Lovely Books
12/5


GIVEAWAY


Enter to win a The Splendid Baron Submarine themed prize pack!
One (1) winner receives:
  • A copy of The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower
  • A The Splendid Baron Submarine themed gift pack. Includes some pirate-themed goodies, Go Fish, and ghostly treats as well.
Giveaway begins November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends December 15, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by Amberjack Publishing






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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Single Rider Tour and Giveaway!


Single Rider
by Skye Leah Collett
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

This is a story about a woman named Kenzie. A woman who knows what she wants and likes things just the way they are, thank you very much. 

This is also a story about a man named Max. Max can be a real pain in the ass. 

And finally, this is a story about Dash, ex-husband extraordinaire, who likes to get down to the Scissor Sisters and parties a little too much. 
And Katie, the best friend who parties far too much and can expertly defend herself against sexual harassment accusations. 
And Claudia, sister, mother and head of the school parent’s association, long time tea drinker. The chalk to Kenzie’s cheese. 
And Michael, the one that got away. 




(The one in the hat!)

First time author of Single Rider Skye Leah Collett, refuses to concede that her debut novel is in any way Autobiographical.
Her ex-husband doesn't buy it.
He won’t shut up about the similarities between himself and the vibrantly likeable supporting character Dash. Unrelenting in his conviction that the imagined fellows resemblance is as unsubtle as the nose on his handsome face, he’s adamantly staked a claim in sharing any perceived future celebrity entitlements. He is also one of this author's biggest fans.

Sydney born but a devoted Brisbane girl for almost three decades, Skye’s stories centre on the lives and relationships of individuals living in modern suburban Australia. Their friendships, their increasingly overbearing families and of course their lovers.

Her father's dedication to waffling, unapologetically long winded stories is a treasured family trait passed on through generations and Skye’s rich, colourful characters are painstakingly crafted to become people you wished you knew and become reluctant to farewell.
Skye spends an unseemly indulgent amount of time pinching herself as a reminder that she is indeed awake and very much a person who finished writing a novel.
She’d adore hearing from anyone who feels inclined to make the effort or just wants to say hey.

Skye Leah Collett can be reached anytime via her many varied social media locations!





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The Second Sight Tour and Giveaway!


Second Sight
Hollows Ground Book 1
by J.A. Culican
Genre: Epic Urban Fantasy, Romance

What if you could foresee death? 
Mirela can prophesy the death of whomever she sees. At thirteen, Ela foretold the death of her best friend, only to watch it happen before her very eyes. Ela, now twenty-one, spends her days locked away in her apartment, avoiding the public and the gift she considers a curse. 


Until he appears. 



Luka Conway is handsome. Charming. And magical. After Ela predicts yet another death, Luka leads her to an underground city hidden beneath Atlanta, populated by empaths, telepaths, and seers. Luka is a Shade, a soldier fighting a secret war against the Wraiths, a deadly group of sorcerers who wish to take over the world. Ela is given no choice; she must prove herself a Shade, and use her powers for the light, or she will be put to death. Resolved to her fate, Ela trains as a warrior, determined to put her curse to good use. 



Then Talon Michaels appears. He's just as dashing as Luka, and even more dangerous. A Wraith, Talon warns Ela that the Shades aren't all what they appear. Who can Ela trust, if anyone? Should her powers be used for good...or evil? Which should she choose? 



Full of action, adventure, and romance, Second Sight is an exciting young adult epic fantasy. It's sure to please fans of USA Today bestselling author J.A. Culican's The Keeper of Dragons series.




J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book Awards. 



J.A. Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara University, in which she has been teaching special education for over 11 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband and four young children.



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