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Doc Harvard (Social Strategist)

Doc Harvard (Social Strategist) 

Social Strategist and founder of 42wd Publishing - A revolution in publishing and ePublishing

Occupation: Publisher / Social Strategist / UI/UX Expert (42wd Publishing | Us + You + Creativity = Success | 42wd Publishing is a community sourced publishin)

Location: Michigan

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2015-09-21 22:54:47 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Bad Attempt at Being a Vampire Dresden Files

Review of J.R. Rain's Moon Dance

I got this book on sale and I'm glad I did. If I had of paid full price for it I wouldn't be giving it three stars.

This is as near a copy of the themes in the Dresden Files as you could get without plagiarism, except much worse.

The female character that is supposed to be a vampire is not believable. She makes a horrible vampire. I don't mean she's bad at being a vampire; that would have been funny. I mean the author wrote a bad vampire character. She's had six years to learn how to use her powers and she didn't even try once to shape shift. Call me old fashioned but if I was turned into a vampire one of the first things I'd do is see if I could turn into a wolf, smoke, bats, something. Apparently she had no desire to explore her powers.... more »

Most reshares: 3

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2015-09-15 04:53:11 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Ripped off from Twitter.

Most plusones: 12

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2015-09-19 13:44:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

#caturday  

Latest 50 posts

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2015-10-02 01:18:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Heads up. I know some of you use Patreon for your various ventures. 

Heads up. I know some of you use Patreon for your various ventures. ___

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2015-09-30 16:27:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Sales boomed in September - I sold four books instead of the usual three!
Plus, there's that weird second line, where Prime users are reading my books without buying them. Yay?

How was September for you?

#Ebooks #Epublishing #AmIrichyet  

Sales boomed in September - I sold four books instead of the usual three!
Plus, there's that weird second line, where Prime users are reading my books without buying them. Yay?

How was September for you?

#Ebooks #Epublishing #AmIrichyet  ___

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2015-09-24 21:53:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A Mad God-King Undone

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Time and Tithe

Faerie demands a leader. Lyds, in her petulance, refuses to lead. As such, Faerie begins to wither. Sure, she stopped a war but she left a power gap by her refusal to lead - it wasn't fair. With all power gaps it must be filled, and Faerie demands it be filled. Taylor is taunted by her imaginary friend when the same happens to her nephew. Imaginary friends aren't always your friend and friends are sometimes your enemy. Your enemies are sometimes the allies you didn't know you needed.

What do you do when a god-king shows up ticked off as h*** looking for revenge? What do you do when the very life of Faerie is bound to a maniac? What do you do when you find out your whole family can sling glamour like a gunslinger? You complain about how it's not fair. You hunker down. You become... more »

A Mad God-King Undone

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Time and Tithe

Faerie demands a leader. Lyds, in her petulance, refuses to lead. As such, Faerie begins to wither. Sure, she stopped a war but she left a power gap by her refusal to lead - it wasn't fair. With all power gaps it must be filled, and Faerie demands it be filled. Taylor is taunted by her imaginary friend when the same happens to her nephew. Imaginary friends aren't always your friend and friends are sometimes your enemy. Your enemies are sometimes the allies you didn't know you needed.

What do you do when a god-king shows up ticked off as h*** looking for revenge? What do you do when the very life of Faerie is bound to a maniac? What do you do when you find out your whole family can sling glamour like a gunslinger? You complain about how it's not fair. You hunker down. You become queen. In the end you save Faerie, and hopefully your family.

I loved Time and Tithe. I thought it a worthy successor to The Between. It has more twists and surprises than it's predecessor but I did feel it was a bit more lacking than The Between.

As the story progresses it becomes apparent that the once courts of Faerie are hanging on by a thread. The courts have no one to follow. As the power shifts from Fey to Fey Faerie can feel it and responds, at least in part. Once a queen arrived where were the Fey besides the Unbound. We only "see" a couple of members of the former Bright court. We are repeatedly reminded that power attracts power. I get that no one wants to ally with Aeon, he's freakin' crazy; but, what about the new queen of Faerie? You would think that more of the Fey would have backed the queen that finally arrives with not only her innate glamour but the glamour granted by Aeon and Faerie itself. Of course Cohen could have done this on purpose to create a sense of futility and alone-ness.

In the story we find out that the Hawthorns are all glamour slingers like something out of the Faerie old west. Each member of the Hawthorns have the innate ability to cast and destroy glamour at will, to one extent or another. So much so that the mad Aeon sought to mold them in his own image, or at the very least control their power. When the family is finally all in one place I felt like there was going to be a scene out of the O,K. Corral. The intensity of the fight built and built. The Unbound stood courageously giving their new queen the power she needed. Lyds is once again overflowing with the power of bright and shadow glamour. Two new players of the Hawthorn family are symbols of the unity of the family, there will to survive, and the power of glamour unfettered by petty power struggles. In the end, they did not unit against the god-king Aeon. The way it all ended seemed convenient and anti-climatic compared to the build up. Of course this could have been intended to help emphasis the unfairness of it all but with a thread of hope still lingering.

Now it could be Cohen's intent to have Time and Tithe to end the way it did to get us ready for a truly spectacular ending of the series in a third book. Aeon swears his loyalty in typical Fey fashion leaving opportunities. The glamour abundant Hawthorns could be getting ready to break loose. Faerie could be getting ready to bust loose into the "real" world. Could the next book in the series be Armageddon? ___

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2015-09-24 18:59:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down

#musicbomb  

Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-24 18:53:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Toto - Africa

#musicbomb  

Toto - Africa

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-23 16:24:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

via +Tejas Richard 

rofl!!!___via +Tejas Richard 

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2015-09-23 15:51:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

NSFW - you were warned.

NSFW - you were warned.___

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2015-09-23 00:08:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Having a weird music inspired hangout

#musicbomb  

Having a weird music inspired hangout

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-23 00:06:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Ray Stevens The Streak

#musicbomb  

Ray Stevens The Streak

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-23 00:00:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Music that's coming up in a hangout I'm in.

#musicbomb  

Music that's coming up in a hangout I'm in.

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-22 23:53:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Because I hate all of you. Not really. Well maybe. Ok not all of you, especially that guy over there who sent me cookies.

This resulted from a hangout conversation.

Because I hate all of you. Not really. Well maybe. Ok not all of you, especially that guy over there who sent me cookies.

This resulted from a hangout conversation.___

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2015-09-22 23:29:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

If you got a +Loot Crate this month you know why I'm sharing this.

#musicbomb  

If you got a +Loot Crate this month you know why I'm sharing this.

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-22 23:07:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Oops

Oops___

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2015-09-22 22:36:31 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I am now accepting this as a gift. Any occasion is fine.

I am now accepting this as a gift. Any occasion is fine.___

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2015-09-22 21:50:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

You have to watch this. I will not be responsible for your mental health after viewing.

You have to watch this. I will not be responsible for your mental health after viewing.___

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2015-09-22 21:34:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I should have an Irony-Babble.

Went to a local fair. There was a pro-life booth there. They had a basket of white and black fetuses. Don't ask me why. Walked out of the building the booth was in and found a plastic fetus laying on the ground. This would almost be art if someone had of done it on purpose. Maybe it's a commentary on how people just don't care one way or the other.

I should have an Irony-Babble.

Went to a local fair. There was a pro-life booth there. They had a basket of white and black fetuses. Don't ask me why. Walked out of the building the booth was in and found a plastic fetus laying on the ground. This would almost be art if someone had of done it on purpose. Maybe it's a commentary on how people just don't care one way or the other.___

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2015-09-22 18:43:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Opinion: France is try to force its laws down the world's throat by ordering Google America to comply with it's laws instead of the laws of America.

While I respect the laws of other countries their laws are not our laws. No country should be able to make laws that force other countries to comply with. [sarcasm] That's what the U.N. is for. [/sarcasm] By France forcing Google America to remove delisted names from google.com they are telling the world that you have to do it France's way. Isn't that what France bitches about the U.S. doing?

French pot meet American kettle.

Opinion: France is try to force its laws down the world's throat by ordering Google America to comply with it's laws instead of the laws of America.

While I respect the laws of other countries their laws are not our laws. No country should be able to make laws that force other countries to comply with. [sarcasm] That's what the U.N. is for. [/sarcasm] By France forcing Google America to remove delisted names from google.com they are telling the world that you have to do it France's way. Isn't that what France bitches about the U.S. doing?

French pot meet American kettle.___

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2015-09-22 18:20:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Write as much as you damn well please.

Write as much as you damn well please.___

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2015-09-22 18:18:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Selfies kill more people than +Bruce Shark - I mean sharks.

Selfies kill more people than +Bruce Shark - I mean sharks.___

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2015-09-21 22:54:47 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Bad Attempt at Being a Vampire Dresden Files

Review of J.R. Rain's Moon Dance

I got this book on sale and I'm glad I did. If I had of paid full price for it I wouldn't be giving it three stars.

This is as near a copy of the themes in the Dresden Files as you could get without plagiarism, except much worse.

The female character that is supposed to be a vampire is not believable. She makes a horrible vampire. I don't mean she's bad at being a vampire; that would have been funny. I mean the author wrote a bad vampire character. She's had six years to learn how to use her powers and she didn't even try once to shape shift. Call me old fashioned but if I was turned into a vampire one of the first things I'd do is see if I could turn into a wolf, smoke, bats, something. Apparently she had no desire to explore her powers.... more »

Bad Attempt at Being a Vampire Dresden Files

Review of J.R. Rain's Moon Dance

I got this book on sale and I'm glad I did. If I had of paid full price for it I wouldn't be giving it three stars.

This is as near a copy of the themes in the Dresden Files as you could get without plagiarism, except much worse.

The female character that is supposed to be a vampire is not believable. She makes a horrible vampire. I don't mean she's bad at being a vampire; that would have been funny. I mean the author wrote a bad vampire character. She's had six years to learn how to use her powers and she didn't even try once to shape shift. Call me old fashioned but if I was turned into a vampire one of the first things I'd do is see if I could turn into a wolf, smoke, bats, something. Apparently she had no desire to explore her powers.

The bad vampire is all the time thinking about the hunky men [I'll get to that in a moment] but she's supposed to be married. Her husband is repulsed by her, which doesn't make sense because everyone knows that vampires are supposed to be sexy. I bring up the supposed to because the author poorly uses cliches. If you're going to be cliche own it. Her husband cheats on her, bullies her into giving up her kids, and a few pages later she's ok with all of it as she throws herself at a hunky werewolf attorney that is a bad werewolf. Again, not bad at being a werewolf but badly written.

Speaking of hunky men, all the men in the story are hunky. Even the cliched fat doughnut eating cop is called hunky. The UPS guy, later a pathetic vampire hunter, is hunky. The bad werewolf defense attorney is hunky. The cheating husband is hunky. I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the other hunky guys. Basically all the men are the same character but with different faces.

Why can't there be ugly, or at least average, men and women in these stories? People who write these types of stories should really use "normal" people to contrast their supernatural characters. Why couldn't the werewolf be butt ugly? That would of made for a much better read. Then again the bad attempt at romance in this story probably wouldn't of worked.

Let's talk about the UPS guy turned pathetic vampire hunter. The bad werewolf warns the bad vampire that she's being followed by a well trained vampire hunter. You'd expect some great battle to ensue, or at least some nice stalking through dark hallways, but nothing. The guy takes a couple of shots at her in her hotel room, is wearing garlic and is using a crossbow. Most people know that modern vampires aren't repulsed by garlic, crosses only work if the person believes, holy water usually does the trick, sun light is iffy and a stake through the heart works - unless it's Vlad and then that's a maybe too. What's worse, if all of the above is forgiven, is that in the big show down the bad vampire and the pathetic vampire hunter make all nice. Then the bad werewolf and bad vampire have laugh about it. Maybe she's not a blood thirsty killer but there should of been a decent battle if the vampire hunter was as skilled as the author built him up to be.

Almost forgot about just how bad the werewolf is. He was shot five times in the head, covered on the news, went to the hospital and no questions were asked as to why he was still alive. Oh, and he didn't even flinch. No matter which version of a werebeast myth you look at getting shot five times in the head is at least going to knock you on your a**. Even if the author was trying to break from werewolf troupes and cliches questions would have been asked as to why he was still alive after being shot five times in the head in public. Yes, it usually requires silver of some sort, preferably really old silver, but getting shot five times in the head is going to require some recovery time. Oh, did I mention that the hunky cop that was working on the hunky werewolf's case didn't even suspect anything a miss with the werewolf being shot five times in the head? Come on, this kind of stuff any decent fictional cop would have thought suspicious.

Then there's the whole mystery portion of the story. I don't want to spoil it for those who want to try to figure it out but let's say after you meet this one bit character you know exactly what is going to happen and who done it. The attempt at misdirection is horrible. Oh, and the reason for the attempted murder is cliche too, not in a funny way.

I will not recommend this book to any of the book groups I belong to and will not be buying any more of his works. There was so much more this writer could have done with this story. I can't call him an author because frankly I've read better stories from people just starting out in novel writing.___

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2015-09-21 20:07:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Kickstarter is now a Public Benefit Corporation

Kickstarter wants to help people finance creative projects without being burdened with pleasing investors or shareholders. The crowdfunding website has reincorporated this week and now is legally required to have a positive impact on users.

Kickstarter is now a Public Benefit Corporation

Kickstarter wants to help people finance creative projects without being burdened with pleasing investors or shareholders. The crowdfunding website has reincorporated this week and now is legally required to have a positive impact on users.___

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2015-09-19 22:22:17 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

#caturday  

Time for desert, on #caturday  ___ #caturday  

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2015-09-19 13:44:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

#caturday  

#caturday  ___

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2015-09-18 19:33:57 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's Not Fair

Review of +Lisa Cohen's The Between

Harsh light, mournful shadows, a confusion as to who should be saved, all thrust upon a young girl not even out of high school.

I found Lydia justifiably petulant. After all, you'd be petulant too if you were ripped from the family you knew only to find out an entire world was fighting over you. Then you ally yourself with the "light" only to discover it's one half of a megalomaniac duo. Then you find out that only you can save two worlds at once. Your kid sister is being used as a weapon against you. The guy who is supposed to protect you is being drained dry. Your friendly garden gnome sacrifices his life to save yours.

Ya, Lydia was having a bad day.

It's Not Fair

Review of +Lisa Cohen's The Between

Harsh light, mournful shadows, a confusion as to who should be saved, all thrust upon a young girl not even out of high school.

I found Lydia justifiably petulant. After all, you'd be petulant too if you were ripped from the family you knew only to find out an entire world was fighting over you. Then you ally yourself with the "light" only to discover it's one half of a megalomaniac duo. Then you find out that only you can save two worlds at once. Your kid sister is being used as a weapon against you. The guy who is supposed to protect you is being drained dry. Your friendly garden gnome sacrifices his life to save yours.

Ya, Lydia was having a bad day.___

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2015-09-18 18:19:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

#musicbomb  

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-18 15:39:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Because of a Doctor Who episode.

#musicbomb  

Because of a Doctor Who episode.

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-18 14:11:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

via +Joe Gross 

No I don't!___via +Joe Gross 

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2015-09-17 23:48:13 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

via +Mz Maau 

...yeah. I know.___via +Mz Maau 

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2015-09-17 13:22:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

#musicbomb  

#musicbomb  ___

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2015-09-17 01:48:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

#SorryNotSorry 

#SorryNotSorry ___

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2015-09-17 01:32:38 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

An Emotional Read

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Future Tense

I bought this book because LJ Cohen and I have had more than a few chats on Google+ and I've bought and enjoyed her other works - but - I didn't like it at first. This type of story isn't really my normal read. They tend to hit to close to home for me and I don't enjoy them because of it. Still, I had bought the book and decided to tough it out. I'm glad I did. By the end of the story I was enthralled.

Fighting myself to get through the beginning, no fault of Cohen, I slowly got hooked. Then quicker and quicker I read. I ended up staying up until 3 AM reading.

Having some experience with the system I found Cohen's descriptions and emotional pulls to be to close to truth. She captures well the emotional turmoil children in the system go through. I found Matt's... more »

An Emotional Read

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Future Tense

I bought this book because LJ Cohen and I have had more than a few chats on Google+ and I've bought and enjoyed her other works - but - I didn't like it at first. This type of story isn't really my normal read. They tend to hit to close to home for me and I don't enjoy them because of it. Still, I had bought the book and decided to tough it out. I'm glad I did. By the end of the story I was enthralled.

Fighting myself to get through the beginning, no fault of Cohen, I slowly got hooked. Then quicker and quicker I read. I ended up staying up until 3 AM reading.

Having some experience with the system I found Cohen's descriptions and emotional pulls to be to close to truth. She captures well the emotional turmoil children in the system go through. I found Matt's struggle with his visions almost metaphor-ical for the hopelessness many children face in foster care. Each child at the Powell's seemed to be part of a whole representing the struggle of children that have been swallowed by the system, often being trapped in it until they age out.

The story itself has a quick pace that works to draw you in. We move from Matt's traumatic background to find internal conflict in rescuing a girl on the verge of being raped. Your further drawn in when he has his first vision in years but it's still of death. The story builds as each player is added and each vision works to further crush Matt's hopes. He looses everything but this seems to be the thing that builds his resolve. Finally he chucks all his misgivings and does his very best to stop death from happening again.

I was emotionally attached to the story by the end and I think you will be too.___

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2015-09-17 00:50:58 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Lord of the Flies but Not

Review of +Damian Trasler's Eddie and the Kingdom

With themes similar to Lord of the Flies Trasler captures the battle of post apocalyptic need for survival, the quest for power and savaged civilization.

Eddie and the Kingdom takes place in the remains of a city overrun by zombies. Now this may make you say "Good grief, not another zombie book." Well you'd be right, it's not another zombie book. This is a book about the battle for a kingdom and the survival of Eddie. He is a loner and has built his own little kingdom of one. He has carefully prepared himself to defend from and killing of zombies. He did not have to worry about humans. He thinks he is safe until he meets Jackie.

While returning to his own kingdom of one Eddie sees a woman running for her life screaming her head off attracting what looked... more »

Lord of the Flies but Not

Review of +Damian Trasler's Eddie and the Kingdom

With themes similar to Lord of the Flies Trasler captures the battle of post apocalyptic need for survival, the quest for power and savaged civilization.

Eddie and the Kingdom takes place in the remains of a city overrun by zombies. Now this may make you say "Good grief, not another zombie book." Well you'd be right, it's not another zombie book. This is a book about the battle for a kingdom and the survival of Eddie. He is a loner and has built his own little kingdom of one. He has carefully prepared himself to defend from and killing of zombies. He did not have to worry about humans. He thinks he is safe until he meets Jackie.

While returning to his own kingdom of one Eddie sees a woman running for her life screaming her head off attracting what looked like every zombie in the city. He gets the woman away and later finds out her name is Jackie. Eddie's kingdom becomes a kingdom of two. Jackie tells him about the Kingdom of Denby and how she was to be made a sex toy for the kingdom. Eddie offers her a place to say and teaches her survival. Then the Kingdom of Denby swallows Eddie's kingdom of a building. While trying to get away from his now defunct kingdom Eddie is captured by enforcers from the Kingdom of Denby. Soon he meets Denby.

Denby puts him to work in the kingdom and Eddie complies to ensure his survival. Denby sees a type of selfishness in Eddie and tells him so. Believing Eddie's self motivations to be similar to Denby's selfishness he manipulates Eddie into expanding the resources of the kingdom. It all ends poorly for the kingdom.

If you're looking for a story that has a theme of survival, betrayal, a civilization that is barely more than a savage fiefdom, and a few zombies thrown into the mix then Eddie and the Kingdom is for you. You can read deeper into the story and find commentaries masked by excellent story telling. There's also the hint of what would you do to survive?___

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2015-09-15 04:53:11 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Ripped off from Twitter.

Ripped off from Twitter.___

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2015-09-15 04:07:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2015-09-15 02:27:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Boosting the signal.

#AmberAlert   #Alberta  

Boosting the signal.

#AmberAlert   #Alberta  ___

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2015-09-13 01:22:44 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

via +Katey Springle Lempka 

___via +Katey Springle Lempka 

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2015-09-12 04:02:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I was reminded that there's a promotion I signed up for this weekend!
Have you been wanting to get into my Empire's Foundation trilogy, but haven't wanted to take the chance on an unknown indie author? Maybe you've just been waiting me out for a sale. Or are you interested in checking out a bunch of other authors for under a buck?

Now's your chance! This weekend, sci-fi and fantasy authors are pricing their works for just 99 cents and doing a giant cross-promotion.

Here's the link for you to see if there's anything you like!

http://pattyjansen.com/promo/99c-books/

I was reminded that there's a promotion I signed up for this weekend!
Have you been wanting to get into my Empire's Foundation trilogy, but haven't wanted to take the chance on an unknown indie author? Maybe you've just been waiting me out for a sale. Or are you interested in checking out a bunch of other authors for under a buck?

Now's your chance! This weekend, sci-fi and fantasy authors are pricing their works for just 99 cents and doing a giant cross-promotion.

Here's the link for you to see if there's anything you like!

http://pattyjansen.com/promo/99c-books/___

2015-09-11 21:16:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

So I discovered today that you can't use the word "fuck" in a review on Amazon - even if you're quoting the author.

Ran into my first automated review rejection today. I was quoting the author and apparently the censor bot didn't like it. Unfortunately there's no way to contest the rejection so I had to go back and edit the quote. Fortunately f****ed is accepted by the auto censor bot.

So I discovered today that you can't use the word "fuck" in a review on Amazon - even if you're quoting the author.

Ran into my first automated review rejection today. I was quoting the author and apparently the censor bot didn't like it. Unfortunately there's no way to contest the rejection so I had to go back and edit the quote. Fortunately f****ed is accepted by the auto censor bot.___

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2015-09-11 20:49:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

You're TSA-approved Lock is Broken - 3d Printer Plans for Master Keys are on the Web

You're TSA-approved Lock is Broken - 3d Printer Plans for Master Keys are on the Web___

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2015-09-11 20:31:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

“This study provides potentially lifesaving information that will be useful to health care providers as they consider the best treatment options for some of their patients, particularly those over the age of 50,” Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), said in a statement on the agency’s Web site. The NHBLI was the primary sponsor of the study, which included 9,300 people age 50 and older.

“This study provides potentially lifesaving information that will be useful to health care providers as they consider the best treatment options for some of their patients, particularly those over the age of 50,” Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), said in a statement on the agency’s Web site. The NHBLI was the primary sponsor of the study, which included 9,300 people age 50 and older.___

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2015-09-11 20:19:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I'm Mad at Rick Wayne - and I Like It

Review of +Rick Wayne's Bonewhite

Frankly I'm made at Rick Wayne. I didn't like the way he took care of Étranger. I think Étranger got the short end of the stick. Étranger got Darth Maul-ed.

I've grown to love Étranger, that arrogant bastard. His matter of fact-ness at no matter what happens. His non shake able attitude. It's almost as if the 2nd most powerful man in the world just let it happen. Then again maybe Étranger did.

Now the fact that I'm pissed at Wayne might sound like a bad thing but it's not. Wayne created a character that I could love and get attached to. A character I kept waiting to swoop in and save the day, like in the other stories in the Heretic Arcanum series. In other words Wayne did his job as story teller, he got me attached. Good stories areente... more »

I'm Mad at Rick Wayne - and I Like It

Review of +Rick Wayne's Bonewhite

Frankly I'm made at Rick Wayne. I didn't like the way he took care of Étranger. I think Étranger got the short end of the stick. Étranger got Darth Maul-ed.

I've grown to love Étranger, that arrogant bastard. His matter of fact-ness at no matter what happens. His non shake able attitude. It's almost as if the 2nd most powerful man in the world just let it happen. Then again maybe Étranger did.

Now the fact that I'm pissed at Wayne might sound like a bad thing but it's not. Wayne created a character that I could love and get attached to. A character I kept waiting to swoop in and save the day, like in the other stories in the Heretic Arcanum series. In other words Wayne did his job as story teller, he got me attached. Good stories are entertaining and pass on a message, sometimes hidden and sometimes obvious. Great stories get you attacked to the characters. They give you a vested interest in what happens to them. Wayne has done this in Bonewhite.

Oh, and the foreshadowing in Bonewhite is pretty wicked too.

This time the story is told from an ex-cop's point of view. THE warlock is back. We revisit the throne of bones in Étranger sanctum hinting at something else. We're torn when we discover that the only way justice can be sought is by not seeking it. A key is found that undoes everything. A paltry secret society is manipulated by an even more powerful secret society. We discover that even though the world is about to dramatically change know one will probably notice because of all the evil that is already accepted as everyday life. Possibly, just maybe, the torch is being passed to get ready for the next installment of Heretic Arcanum.___

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2015-09-11 19:45:35 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

This is the Story Your Mother Warned You About

Review of +Rick Wayne's The Red Dagger

Chocolate vulva, Christ like resurrection, sex magic, warlocks, BDSM clubs, and more shocking content.

There is shock and awe in The Red Dagger but not for shock value. The naughty bits work well as plot devices to heighten anticipation as well as revulsion. Wayne takes cannibalism to new lows. Like Etude Etranger's various dishes that twist your taste buds The Red Dagger will twist your sensibilities.

Cerise Song, the point of view for this story, a drop out art school student becomes part of the great plan of THE warlock before she even knows she's in it. The story is told in here college kid vernacular, which works well as a counter point to the grungier side of sex. Her letter to her once lover asking for help starts out with "If you're... more »

This is the Story Your Mother Warned You About

Review of +Rick Wayne's The Red Dagger

Chocolate vulva, Christ like resurrection, sex magic, warlocks, BDSM clubs, and more shocking content.

There is shock and awe in The Red Dagger but not for shock value. The naughty bits work well as plot devices to heighten anticipation as well as revulsion. Wayne takes cannibalism to new lows. Like Etude Etranger's various dishes that twist your taste buds The Red Dagger will twist your sensibilities.

Cerise Song, the point of view for this story, a drop out art school student becomes part of the great plan of THE warlock before she even knows she's in it. The story is told in here college kid vernacular, which works well as a counter point to the grungier side of sex. Her letter to her once lover asking for help starts out with "If you're reading this, then I have been fucked to death." What a way to start a story. From there it only gets worse, for her.___

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2015-09-11 00:56:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A Pleasant Mix of Dark Stories

Review of +Damian Trasler's Troubled Souls

Trasler's Troubled Souls is a collection of short stories from a male protagonist's point of view. These short stories are darker than his sci-fi stories in Science Fiction Shorts. In addition to the other short stories in Troubled Souls you get a sample of Eddie and the Kingdom - which I didn't read since I've already bought the book.

Troubled Souls is a great collection of short stories that are easy to read. You can either read them one at a time or all together, which is what I did. The endings aren't what you'd expect, hell the beginnings aren't either. The themes are surprising and refreshing in their darkness. There's probably at least one story theme you can identify with.

Smoke is about a man saved by a bad habit.

Rescue... more »

A Pleasant Mix of Dark Stories

Review of +Damian Trasler's Troubled Souls

Trasler's Troubled Souls is a collection of short stories from a male protagonist's point of view. These short stories are darker than his sci-fi stories in Science Fiction Shorts. In addition to the other short stories in Troubled Souls you get a sample of Eddie and the Kingdom - which I didn't read since I've already bought the book.

Troubled Souls is a great collection of short stories that are easy to read. You can either read them one at a time or all together, which is what I did. The endings aren't what you'd expect, hell the beginnings aren't either. The themes are surprising and refreshing in their darkness. There's probably at least one story theme you can identify with.

Smoke is about a man saved by a bad habit.

Rescue Me is about a person denied the ending of their life and being pissed about it.

The Devil Woman and a box is about a fool and what he looses over a box.

Outrage of an Angel is about a mortal "angle" who doesn't get credit where credit is due.

She Broke Your Throne is about the death of a tired hero...or is it a staged death?

Brian, Destroyer of a City is about the godly power of a writer and his frustration.___

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2015-09-11 00:36:33 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Watch Out for Magical Terrorism - It'll Get You Suspended from School

I know this is supposed to be a serious article but I can't help from laughing. I'm not sure I'm laughing because it's funny or if it's because it's so stupid.

Are these really the people educating our children?

Note: put into Laughing-Babble because it's just too ludicrous to go anywhere else.

via +Yifat Cohen 

The power of imagination: terrorist threat.
quote A fourth grade boy in Odessa, Texas has been suspended from school for making a terroristic threat. He told another boy that he had a magic ring and could make him disappear. The boy's father, Jason Steward, tells the New York Daily News that he took his son to see "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" last weekend. He says his son brought a ring to class at Kermit Elementary School and acted out a scene from the movie, telling another boy his magic ring could make the boy disappear.___Watch Out for Magical Terrorism - It'll Get You Suspended from School

I know this is supposed to be a serious article but I can't help from laughing. I'm not sure I'm laughing because it's funny or if it's because it's so stupid.

Are these really the people educating our children?

Note: put into Laughing-Babble because it's just too ludicrous to go anywhere else.

via +Yifat Cohen 

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2015-09-10 22:20:23 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

weatherman nails it #Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  

weatherman nails it #Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  ___

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2015-09-10 21:56:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A Sulfurous Flame Shall Burn Them All

Review of +AmyBeth Inverness's and other author's Sulfurings: Tales from Sodom & Gomorrah (Biblical Legends Anthology Series Book 2)

I was a bit disappointment in the lack of love that Gomorrah received in these stories. Sodom got the lion's share. Then again, maybe for the fictitious people of Gomorrah this was a good thing since they didn't have to endure the wonderfully wicked tortures contrived by the authors of this anthology.

I was glad to see the return of the Incorporeums and return of Mr. Gray and Mr. Silver.

While the Garden of Eden Anthology was almost light hearted in its biblical fiction Sulfurings was much darker and gritty. The detail of the horrors were almost palatable. At times I imagined I could smell the sulfur and feel the terror of those of Sodom. I almost felt sorry for... more »

A Sulfurous Flame Shall Burn Them All

Review of +AmyBeth Inverness's and other author's Sulfurings: Tales from Sodom & Gomorrah (Biblical Legends Anthology Series Book 2)

I was a bit disappointment in the lack of love that Gomorrah received in these stories. Sodom got the lion's share. Then again, maybe for the fictitious people of Gomorrah this was a good thing since they didn't have to endure the wonderfully wicked tortures contrived by the authors of this anthology.

I was glad to see the return of the Incorporeums and return of Mr. Gray and Mr. Silver.

While the Garden of Eden Anthology was almost light hearted in its biblical fiction Sulfurings was much darker and gritty. The detail of the horrors were almost palatable. At times I imagined I could smell the sulfur and feel the terror of those of Sodom. I almost felt sorry for them, almost.___

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2015-09-10 21:29:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A Story Worthy of AD&D Campaign

Review of +Daniel Swensen's Orision

Orison is a bit trope-ish but in a good way. There's spell slingers, sword slingers, golems [called warborn], thievery, and various other tropes. Don't let this turn you off as Swensen does a good job of making them work. He starts out with a trope you know and then twists it in delightful ways.

If I had to say there was a main theme, besides fighting off the "bad guys", I'd say it was one of evolution. Every character evolves, some quickly, into something more, or less, than they were. The female protagonist goes from being barely noticed, even by her fellow thieves, to being a demigod to something less but free. Here wizard friend finds meaning to life where he once thought there was none. Throw in a "barbarian" and a spell sword golem [warborn] and... more »

A Story Worthy of AD&D Campaign

Review of +Daniel Swensen's Orision

Orison is a bit trope-ish but in a good way. There's spell slingers, sword slingers, golems [called warborn], thievery, and various other tropes. Don't let this turn you off as Swensen does a good job of making them work. He starts out with a trope you know and then twists it in delightful ways.

If I had to say there was a main theme, besides fighting off the "bad guys", I'd say it was one of evolution. Every character evolves, some quickly, into something more, or less, than they were. The female protagonist goes from being barely noticed, even by her fellow thieves, to being a demigod to something less but free. Here wizard friend finds meaning to life where he once thought there was none. Throw in a "barbarian" and a spell sword golem [warborn] and you've got a good mix worth of any AD&D campaign.

Back to those bad guys. One of the things I found interesting is that just about every main character is a bad guy at some point, at the very least does bad things. I find this refreshing since no one is all good. The conflicts it creates kept me reading through the story. I was a little saddened when the protagonist made her choice at the end of the story. I can't say I'd have made the same choice. I think I may well have exacted my vengeance before making the choice she did.

After the Big Trouble in Little China style ending I'm hoping there's a next installment to the Orison___

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2015-09-10 21:00:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2015-09-10 19:52:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Cohen Does It Again

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Ithaka Rising: Halcyone Space book 2

Ithaka Rising is the next installment of the Halcyone series but has legs of it's own.

We find Berre and Ro still trying to get the unruly Halcyone AI to behave. We also find Jem desperate to overcome the lingering effects of his head injury. His possible savior lay in doctors that don't exist on a planet that doesn't exist with a network of agents that don't exist. When Jem finds these agents he believes a cure could be at hand and runs off. Berre and Ro, with permission this time, run off to find Jem. The trail of Ro's father is still alive.

If the above hints at the story aren't enough to hook you then consider the solid writing style of Cohen, the protagonist being female, Easter eggs hidden about the story, musical linguistics,... more »

Cohen Does It Again

Review of +Lisa Cohen's Ithaka Rising: Halcyone Space book 2

Ithaka Rising is the next installment of the Halcyone series but has legs of it's own.

We find Berre and Ro still trying to get the unruly Halcyone AI to behave. We also find Jem desperate to overcome the lingering effects of his head injury. His possible savior lay in doctors that don't exist on a planet that doesn't exist with a network of agents that don't exist. When Jem finds these agents he believes a cure could be at hand and runs off. Berre and Ro, with permission this time, run off to find Jem. The trail of Ro's father is still alive.

If the above hints at the story aren't enough to hook you then consider the solid writing style of Cohen, the protagonist being female, Easter eggs hidden about the story, musical linguistics, holographic technology, conspiracy, and a healthy dose of who should trust who.

Would I recommend Ithaka Rising? No I wouldn't. I'd recommend the whole Halycone Space series. While Ithaka Rising stands on its own Derelict will help you understand some of the more subtle story lines.___

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