February 26, 2015

Release Day Blitz: The Curse Servant by J.P. Sloan


Whiskey-soused greetings, one and all! My name is J.P. Sloan, and the last two years have been one hell of a ride for yours truly. I signed the first two books of my Dark Choir series with Curiosity Quills in January of 2014. The first book, The Curse Merchant was released in September, and the sequel, The Curse Servant, is set to launch, well… today actually. With celebration, and a modicum of retrospection, I thought I'd roll back the sundial a tidge and cast an eye back to the long slog that lead me here. 

I've made mistakes along the path to publication. Lots. I've also had several successes and uplifting moments, but hell… the mistakes are a lot more fun to read about, right? Thus, here are six mistakes I made trying to get my first novel published: 

Curiosity Quills Press; Pub. Date: Feb. 26, 2015; ISBN: 9781620078235; Pages 356

1. I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WHEN I FINISHED THE BOOK. Serious rookie error, here. I'd been writing off and on since high school, but never really got serious about sitting down to produce long format fiction until 2002. I decided, "Crap, might as well give this a real go." Everything I understood about writing a novel came from TV and movies. There's this one moment you see all the time… that last page hammered out on a typewriter, the author zips it out, presses it flat against a stack of previous pages, takes a drag of a cigarette or a swig of whiskey, and the book is fait accompli. WRONG! What I had written was a first draft… and it was nowhere near complete. You never see the revision and editing passes in TV shows. When you finish typing, you're nowhere near being done! Write first. Write later. 

2. I TRIED TO EDIT AS I WROTE. Another rookie error. And it went something like this: Type paragraph one. Tighten up first sentence. Type paragraph two. Tighten up paragraph one. Reconsider the first sentence. Type paragraph three. Tighten up all previous sentences. Fast-forward three weeks later, and I'm bald from pulling my hair out and cirrhotic from my sudden onset alcoholism. It took a while for me to realize that I have to keep plugging forward and complete the first draft before I'm allowed to do any revising. Editing while drafting is a slippery slope that leads to developmental quagmire. Write first. Revise later. 

3. I LISTENED TO TOO MUCH ADVICE. I made the mistake early on in assuming that anyone who expressed an opinion online was an expert. Turns out… not so much. Just because someone has a microphone, that doesn't you should listen. For every three writer's blogs in the 'sphere, you'll get four opinions on how to publish… and it's possible none of them is right for you. That's not to say one should disregard the fundamentals of grammar and the craft of storytelling. I'm just saying… it's really easy to fill your brain with so many contradictory admonitions that it makes it impossible to get the ball moving. Write first. Advise later. 

4. I TRIED TO BUILD A PLATFORM BEFORE I ACTUALLY HAD ONE. Among the advice I'd absorbed in heaping fistfuls was the dogma that all aspiring authors must develop their online platform before they query. Whereas it may be true that an agent, editor, or Uncle Rufus who works at Foldybucks Publishing wants to see you've gathered a following before they extend their interest, I found myself getting sucked into a never-

PediSoft Callus Remover Review & Giveaway


Having callus on the bottom of your feet can be a bit annoying at times and can cause some discomfort. I go through shoes pretty fast, mostly due to my daily workouts, so I do have callus on my feet. It is even worse during the summertime when I mowing the yard.

Last week, I was sent the PediSoft Callus Remover to review. Yes, it may seem a little odd that a male is wanting to review a product that is pink. Though pink isn't my favorite color, I just ignored that little fact and reviewed the product for what it is - a callus remover.

The Pedicure Callus Remover is a wet/dry hand-held device, similar to an electric razor, with a removable roller. It also comes with an extra roller, a brush, a charging cord and a plastic clear cap. It is recommended to charge it 10 to 12 hours before using it for the first time.


February 25, 2015

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey Review

Enter the HEART OF ADVENTURE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey


Sabotaged
Alaskan Courage Series, Book 5
by Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: February 3, 2015
ISBN: 978-0764211966
Pages: 336
Buy Link: Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, Books-a-Million, Christianbook


Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

Review:

Thyroid Support Supplement Review



If you have been eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis and you're still not losing weight, there is a good chance that your thyroid needs some sort of boost. There are plenty of supplements available that are targeted to support thyroid issues, though if you are have thyroid disorder, then you should contact your doctor.

Recently, I was sent a bottle (60 capsules) of LES Labs Thyroid Support, which contains Vitamin D (as cholcalciferol), Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate), Vitamin B-12 (as methylcolobamin), Iodine (as potassium iodide), Selenium (as selenomethionine),  Zinc, Copper (as copper gluconate), L-Tyrosine and Ashwagandha Extract.

Iodine is a required mineral for a healthy thyroid and metabolism. Selenium supports the supports the thyroid hormone synthesis. L-Tyrosine has is an important amino acid that aids the production of thyroid hormones. Ashwagandha helps you handle your overall stress. Besides from supporting the thyroid function, it also promotes your metabolism and your thyroid hormone levels.
February 24, 2015

"A New Me In 2015": New You - Personality Change Review



I can hardly believe that it is nearly two months into 2015 already. It seems like I was just starting my New Year's Resolutions a few days ago. I guess time flies by when you are always busy.

For the past three weeks, I have been trying out the hypnosis program called New You - Personality Change from Hyptalk.com. I know that a few of you might be rolling your eyes at the word hypnosis as you're probably thinking of the hypnotherapy that has been portrayed in comedies where you can snap your fingers and instantly trance someone into doing whatever your order them to do. In reality, hypnotherapy has been successfully used to help people overcome sleeping disorders, phobias, fears, anxieties, depression, stress and grief.

Hyptalk.com, LLC was founded by Victoria Gallagher, who is a member of National Guild of Hypnotists. She is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Weight Management Specialist
Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner.

The New You - Personality Change is 25-minute hypnosis program that is meant to help unleash the your true inner self. Victoria starts out with a short induction to help you relax before guiding you to the steps that will help improve your personality. You need to imagine what personality traits you want to change about yourself. This can include your appearance, social abilities, expressions and attitude. If you can expand who you are, then you can be a happier person.

Forlan Skincare Retinol Cream Review


I've been trying out many different eye creams, gels and moisturizers this year in my attempt to look a bit younger. The lastest product that I have been testing out is the Forlan Skincare Retinol Cream.

This anti-aging moisturizer is meant to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your skin with the use of the powerful combination of antioxidants (vitamins A, C, B5 And E). It will also help unplug pores and will decrease dark spots.

The ingredeints include:

Deionized Water
Glycerin
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Sodium Hyalurornate
Phopholipids
Retinol
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filrate
EDTA
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate
Sunflower Oil

DVD Review - MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ADVENTURES OF THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS



My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Adventures Of The Cuite Mark Crusaders
Voice Cast: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Cathy Weseluck, Nicole Oliver, Michelle Creber, Madeleine Peter, Claire Corlett
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Retail: $14.97
ASIN: B00P9UVCEO
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: TV-Y
Buy Link: Amazon, Shout! Factory

Review:

Arriving on DVD today from Shout! Factory is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders, featuring five exciting episodes - The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Cutie Pox, Flight To The Finish, Pinkie Pride and Twilight Time. Bonus Features include a Sing-Along and Downloadable Wallpapers.

Hasbro's My Little Pony toy line has became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1980s, resulting in a feature film, television specials and an animated series. The newest animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic debuted on The Hub (now known as Discovery Family) in 2010 and has become a critical and commercial hit.

The Cutie Mark Chronicles (Season 1 - Episode 23) centers on Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo trying to earn their cutie marks. After failing to earn their marks through ziplining, they decide to ask the other ponies how they got their cutie marks.

The Cutie Pox (Season 2 - Episode 6) Apple Bloom finds a "Heart's Desire" flower that will release her special talent, but it backfires as it gives her the Cutie Pox.
February 23, 2015

100% Pure Organic Rosehip Oil Review


I only recently started using moisturizing oils and I didn't realize how many different kinds are on the market. I received the 100% Pure Organic Rosehip Oil from Foxbrim a little over a week ago.

What exactly is Roseship Seed Oil?

Roseship Seed Oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes that typically grow in Chile. It is full of vitamins (Vitamin C, Vitamin A), fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) and antioxidants (Lycopene & Beta-carotene). It is meant to hydrate the skin, decrease dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, burns and blemishes.

Foxbrim cold compresses the Rosehip Seed Oil, so none of the nutrients will be lost. It is 100% organic and it has no no fillers, additives, parabens or fragrances. 


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