Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event!

It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your mother. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event from May 10 12:01 PM EST to May 18  at 12:01 PM EST and is accepting signups now.

mothers day gifts

These events are huge for bloggers because of the traffic that flows to their sites.  This is a great chance to have enough time to get some great sponsors to participate! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ugly Trailer Antiques In Southern Utah

Sometimes the most interesting things are found in the most remote spots!  Case in point, Ugly Trailor Antiques in Hurricane, UT!  I've heard a lot about this little spot in the Southern Utah desert town and evidently it is quite the tourist attraction, let alone place to get great memorabilia from many different eras.  Fred and Sue Thomas have put their talents together to create this unique little place that oozes hospitality, charm and fun!  It is a very easy stop to make if you are on your way to or from Zion's, Bryce, or even Grand Canyon National Parks.  Also, St. George, UT is about 20 miles from Hurricane.

It's rather hard to miss the company's trademark "ugly trailor",  parked in the front of the store.  The location itself has a lot of history behind it.  It was the Hurricane Jail for 50 years, from 1920 to 1970 and the restroom is a converted jail cell along with an iron bar door.  

The whole antique store boasts 22,000 square feet.  Besides finding their own pieces, the owners also do consignment and as a result, have almost everything you can imagine.  Plus, the prices are extremely reasonable!

 "if you like to walk down memory
lane, this is the place to do it"

"It was so much fun!  Like visiting
your grandparents home!"

 The different rooms are themed and so, if you come knowing what you'd like to find, chances are you'll definitely find it!  The holidays
are especially busy for Ugly Trailor Antiques because
many people want to find the perfect unique gift for
the discerning antiquer in their life.  They have 30-day layaway to make it easy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Jeremy Robinson Kindle Culmination and Questions Answered

Here are my questions, answered by Jeremy Robinson on the last day of his book tour!  Books by Jeremy Robinson include 'Pulse' and 'Instinct.'   These books are high fantasy adventure, very well-received by Young Adult readers.  And since lately I've enjoyed the Young Adult Genre more than others, I intend to check these books out.  Not to generate any confusion at all, but he also goes by Jeremy Bishop and has a whole other set of books in another genre, and that includes 'Sentinel', a great horror read about a ship and other scary things.  So with only a Happy Halloween to you, without further ado, Jeremy Robinson! 

Welcome to Jeremy Robinson’s Great Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour.

“Hurray for free Kindles!” you say, but who the hell is Jeremy Robinson? Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the author of eleven mixed genre novels, published in ten languages, including the popular fantasy YA series, THE LAST HUNTER, and the fast-paced Jack Sigler series (also known as Chess Team—not nearly as nerdy as it sounds), PULSE, INSTINCT and THRESHOLD from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. I’m the co-author of an expanding series of novellas deemed the Chesspocalypse, which take place in the Chess Team universe. If that doesn’t wet your whistle, I’m also known as Jeremy Bishop, the #1 Amazon.com horror author of THE SENTINEL and the controversial novel, TORMENT. For more about me, or my books, visit www.jeremyrobinsononline.com

I have watched for years as my fellow authors held online events called blog tours. Some would visit ten blogs. Others, as many as ninety. And every day they would bring something different, waxing eloquent about a multitude of topics. When I finally decided to have a blog tour of my own, and settled on doing each and every weekday in October, my first thought was, “This will be cool,” which was immediately followed up by, “Holy crap, I can’t think of something interesting to say twenty times in one month!” I can barely think of something worthwhile for my own blog just once a month. The solution is what follows; each blog participating in the tour could ask me ANY three questions. That means, if the subject matter bores you, I’m not to blame! Huzzah!

But fear not. There are other rewards for sloughing through the questions and answers. I’ll be giving away two Kindles to two randomly selected readers who sign up for my newsletter. Details on the giveaway can be found below. On to the Q&A!

1)  When you come up with an idea for a book, how much of a pre-writing process goes into it?

Well, the time between idea and actual writing of a novel can be years. Literally. For example, if I came up with an idea today, and decided I absolutely had to write it, I couldn’t until after writing: ISLAND 731 (due out in 2013), RAGANAROK (Chess Team book 4), the final two LAST HUNTER books, and a new Jeremy Bishop novel. So there are at least five novels that have to come first, not to mention a few ideas already in the cache. But this is the true test of the idea. I may love it today, but will I love it a year from now? Two years from now? Some concepts that I think are great fall flat a few months later. Those that still interest me after this percolation period are the ones that get written. My book TORMENT (writer as Jeremy Bishop) stayed on my mind for five years before I had a chance to write it!

If the book moves ahead to writing, I generally spend about a month on research, usually while editing a previously finished novel. While researching, I’ll come up with names and bios for the main characters using the character worksheets from my only non-fiction book, THE SCREENPLAY WORKBOOK. I’ll keep those next to me as I write in case I forget the color of someone’s eyes. Sometimes I’ll write an outline, but usually only when its required of me by the publisher. I tend to know how I want to end things, but tend out outline just a few chapters out at a time. I like to throw in surprises and find that they work best when they’re a surprise to me, too, so I don’t like to lay everything out, and if I do, I tend to then ignore it. And then, the writing starts! For me, it’s usually a pretty quick prep period because I’ve been thinking about the story for years and have a pretty good idea of what I want to write.

2)  How important is research when writing your books?

On a scale of one to ten, I’d say research ranks a seven for me. There are general details about locations, history and science that authors should get right, especially if they’re well known or established fact. Getting that kind of stuff wrong can pull a reader out of the story pretty quickly. But this is also fiction, so there has to be some room for imagination. The author should be able to add buildings that don’t exist, or streets, or even entire towns (like Stephen King does). The real key is to do enough research so that you can convince the reader that you know more about the topic than they do. That way, when you slip in something that’s fiction, the reader doesn’t notice. And for this reason, no matter how educated a reader feels after finishing a novel, they shouldn’t trust the information. It’s likely that at least a portion of the history, science or location details are fictional. So for me, research is important and helps frame the story, but if something doesn’t line up perfectly, I have no qualms about altering the real world, short of changing the laws of physics. Well, most of the time.

3) What is your general daily routine when writing a book? 

I tend to spend my mornings working on non-writing aspects of the business. Marketing, edits, interviews (like this one) are all completed by lunch. And if they’re not completed, they get pushed back to the next day. Because once I’m done eating lunch, I switch gears to writing and generally pump out two chapters a day between the hours of 12:30 and 5:00. It’s a pretty rigid routine, but it helps me keep up with the ridiculous number of novels I’ve decided to write every year (five).  Since I started working with a group of co-authors on the Chess Team novellas, CALLSIGN: KING, CALLSIGN: QUEEN, etc, I’m now editing most nights, too. There are seven novellas coming out in 2011 (three are out now) so there is always something to take the red pen to. The last week has been surreal. I’ve been doing edits for my next hardcover novel, SECONDWORLD, for Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in the morning, writing my next YA novel, THE LAST HUNTER – ASCENT in the afternoons, and then acting as editor on CALLSIGN: BISHOP at night. Bouncing back and forth between all these very different worlds is sometimes confusing, but it’s also very fun.

Hope that was as good for you as it was for me. Now how about that kindle giveaway?
Here’s the deal: to be entered to win one of two free kindles all you have to do is visit my website—www.jeremyrobinsononline.com—and sign up for the newsletter. That’s it. The first kindle will go to a randomly chosen newsletter signup on October 31. For the second kindle, there’s a catch. The second giveaway will only be triggered if one of my kindle books hits the Amazon.com bestseller list (top 100). So pick up some books (most are just $2.99 a pop) and spread the word! If one of the books squeaks up to #100 for just a single hour, the second kindle will be given away to another randomly chosen newsletter sign up on October 31.

*When you sign up for the newsletter, be sure to include the name of the blog that referred you in the field provided. I’ll be giving away two $50 Amazon.com gift certificates to the blog that refers the most sign-ups and another to the blog who referred the first kindle winner.

** I will announce winners via Twitter, Facebook, my blog, and newsletter (which you will be signed up for!) but I’ll also e-mail the winners directly—I’ll need to know where to ship those kindles!

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Hope you enjoyed the Q&A, and good luck with the kindle giveaway!

-- Jeremy Robinson

Friday, October 21, 2011

In Honor Of The Ta Ta's Giveaway Hop! #Rafflecopter Giveaway

In honor of this pink month, I have gone as pink as I can!  I have a prize package from Simply Eden and Bombay Fashions!

    Bombay Fashions is the premier online one-stop destination for affordable fashion jewelry and accessories!  They recently introduced the Bella Collection, a large selection of statement earrings, bangles and necklaces!  Although prices vary, the average price of the pieces is $20!  Very reasonable, if I do say so myself!  Their earrings in the Bella Collection average only $5.00, but they are so cute and there is such a big selection. With the way I lose earrings,  this would be a smart idea.  I could buy a few pairs and not be out too much if I were to break up a pair here and there. 

    One celebrity who really likes Bombay Fashions is Oprah Winfrey!  She wears the orange gold bracelet ($13.39) for her current publicity shot for her OWN Network.  She has also worn many of Bombay Fashions for her "O" Magazine cover shots!  
    Right now, to celebrate the festive season of Diwali, which is now here, Bombay Fashions is automatically taking off an additional 25% from all merchandise, which will be automatically deducted at check-out!  

Simply Eden Goat-Milk Soaps and Bath & Body Products are simply amazing.  They are hand-made using quality ingredients without all of the harsh chemicals and detergents that commercial products contain.  The soaps are made with the the cold-process method, which requires at least a four-week cure period to ensure a mild, luxurious bar of soap.Athena uses goat milk due to its mild cleansing, as well as moisturizing properties. All of her soaps are made with recipes that she has formulated, using skin-nourishing oils such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and even Hemp Seed Oil or the exotic Babassu oil. In addition, all of the oils that she uses are sustainable and do not contribute to the deforestation of the rain forests.

 Simply Eden's Bath & Body products are delicious and smell so good.  The soaps are amazing and the Body Mousse is delectable!  For more information, please refer to my review and to the Simply Eden website! 

GIVEAWAY:  One reader will receive a prize package from Bombay Fashions and Simply Eden worth at least $50!  You will receive your choice of two items from Bombay fashions from their Bella Collection and you will also receive a Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Mousse and matching Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Soap!
Just complete the giveaway on the Rafflecopter entry form!  There will be one mandatory entry and the rest of the entries are optional.  Also, don't forget to visit all of the other blogs that are participating in this Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!  Best of luck to everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jeremy Robinson's Great #Kindle #Giveaway Blog Tour!

     I am a lucky participant of the Jeremy Robinson month-long blog tour.  He will be visiting 28 blogs during the month of October, one for every week-day.  I'm #28 and therefore, he will be visiting me on October 28th.  He will answer 3 questions I posed to him about writing.  He writes for several genres, including Horror, Young Adult Literature Science Thriller (Chess Team Universe or Chesspocalypse), and Humor.  
    At the end of this month, he will be giving out two kindles purchased at Amazon.com!  One will be given out to a random newsletter subscriber and another one will be given out if one of his books reaches the Amazon best-seller list (top 100)!  Check out THE SENTINEL!
    To enter, go to his blog, check out his books, sign up for his newsletter and tell him that #28 sent you!  (That's me!)  'Cause if I send the most subscriber's, I'll get an Amazon gift card!  Woo hoo!!! 
    Also, stop by on the 28th to see what questions I asked him and what his answers to me will be!  I've always been curious about the book-writing process so my questions will have something to do with that.  Jeremy ought to have some knowledge on the subject since he has authored 11 books so far and is working on at least a dozen more!  (OK, I don't know if it's a dozen.  I do know that he's working on at least several.)
    Winners will be announced on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, my blog and his newsletter (which you will hopefully be signed up to!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Murad Skin Review and Giveaway!

When looking for a good skincare product, I look for a few things--one of them is company reputation, another is track record and yet another is cutting edge technology that is effective.  Murad seems to have all of those things.  That's why I thought I'd give it a shot. 

Complete Skin Renewal Set
Renewing Eye Cream

I was able to try the Renewing Eye Cream and the Complete Skin Renewal Set.  That is a total of 5 products and I will tell you which two were my absolute favorites.  
Renewing Eye Cream:  This cream is very dense and has substance.  A little bit goes a long way.  I really love it and it is one of the two products that I very highly recommend.  It is the best eye cream I have ever used.  It seems a bit pricey at $73, but it ships for free and a little goes a long way, so it will last a long while.  I noticed a difference in the elasticity around my eyes and the dark circles were diminished.  

The Complete Skin Renewal Set ($42) consists of Refreshing Cleanser, Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Complete Reform.  All of the products were excellent (!!!), but the one that stood out above the rest for me was the Complete Reform.  Again, I noticed the firmness of my skin, namely the jaw area and the neck area, take on a measured improvement and I was quite impressed!  When I put it on, there is just the slightest tingle.  Complete Reform is a "patented treatment shown to increase the firmness of the skin by 61% after just one application while also improving skin texture to reveal softer, smoother skin."  Buy this product in it's full size for $67 with free shipping and enter the code COMPLETE for an additional free gift from Murad.

Murad has a great beauty blog called 'Skin Deep' that is well-updated and quite informative! Today's article is about 3 must-have ingredients in an anti-aging product.  Check it out!

Without further ado, Murad would like to give someone the same products I received for their own use and enjoyment, a $115 value.  To enter, please complete the mandatory entry of  being my GFC Follower and also visit Murad and find a product you'd like to try different from the ones I mentioned. Leave your product find in the comment section along with your GFC Name.  Then proceed through the rest of the Rafflecopter Entry form for more entries if you'd like to increase your chances of winning!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simply Eden Bath & Body Products - Review and Upcoming Giveaway!

I was so lucky to be able to try some products from Simply Eden!  A little goat farm with sweet little goats, whose milk has been used to make the most delicious bath and body products!  My favorites are:
Grapefruit Peppermint Essential Oils Goat-Milk Lotion. ($14) This lotion smells so refreshing and invigorates me when I put it on.  It sinks into my skin and it becomes baby soft.  It is an amazing skin boost! 

Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Body Mousse. ($9) This is like a whipped topping that melts into the skin leaving the most yummy lingering scent.   It comes with a matching goat-milk soap!  There are a variety of scented Body Mousse to choose from, all amazing!
Raspberries and Cream Lip Balm.  ($3.25) Wonderful lip treatment!  It makes my lips feel super soft and supple.  Contains mango butter and is lightly tinted!
Red Rock Cedar Goat-Milk Soap!  ($5.75) This soap feels and smells amazing!  It's raw cut and handmade.  The goat milk and oils in the soap make the skin feel wonderful!  My husband loves this soap and it smells so good!  I also love the Grapefruit Peppermint Essential Oils Soap! 
Athena is the master soap maker and matron of the farm.  Much love and care goes into the making of her products.  She started making them because she was very sensitive to regular products and needed to have alternatives for her own use.  Lucky for those who try her products that she didn't stop with herself.  She lovingly shares her products with friends near and far.  Her little goat farm may need to be expanded if many more people hear about these products.
 I love her idea for parties and baby showers.  She makes soap cupcakes and bundt cakes!  Guests can leave with a take-home gift of a "slice" of soap cake!  How cute and unique!
    Athena, at Simply Eden, will be awarding someone a Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Soap and a Raspberry Vanilla Body mousse when we participate in the upcoming In Honor Of The Ta Ta's Giveaway Event Hop on October 21 - 24! 

My Latest Timed Mile Run

I posted earlier about a really easy way to predict the kind of health you will have in your later years.  All you have to do is do a mile run and look at the time you did it in.  So, I thought I was in fairly great shape because I take my dog on runs, am not seriously overweight and can still do the splits.   But my time earlier this summer wasn't great, that's for sure.  So I vowed to do something about it.  I did, until I started back to work at the high school and since then I've been absolutely horrible about keeping up my cardio.  But thanks to Alice, my Alternative HS's Physical Education Teacher (and my well-respected friend), I decided to do a timed run again with her students.  She has started making her own students accountable for their cardiovascular health by doing several timed runs during the school year and measuring improvement!
    Thursday morning was a crisp fall morning as we made our way out to the river trail, which is adjacent to our small school.  I had made one discovery since my earlier timed run.  If I stop, it's really hard to start back up again.  So I promised myself I wouldn't stop, no matter what.  If I was doing the old-lady two-step shuffle by the time I was through, so be it, I wasn't going to stop. 
     Alice's whistle blew, and off I went, along with about 25 other students.  It was so funny.  Everyone blew by me. I just knew that I was going to be so humiliated and come in dead last.  Oh well, this wasn't to impress anyone.  I just wanted to see if I could beat my last time.  Darn, now I was regretting my negligence about working out these past 3 weeks.  I just kept telling myself, "don't stop, don't stop, whatever you do.  You've been through childbirth, nothing can top that, you're a strong woman...."  
    It wasn't long before I noticed that some of the kids were walking and that I was passing them!  I also noticed that when they saw that I was passing them, they started back up.  I guess it WOULD be the ultimate humiliation to have someone as old as their mom or even older, passing them up.  And so we kept going. I reached the halfway point, took the candy from the lady, to prove that I had indeed reached the halfway point, and started back.  I passed more winded students up, and then I saw the finish line.  I had enough in me to speed up as I crossed.  
    When it was all said and done, I increased my original time by over a minute!  I'm super excited and it did a lot for my motivation.  This morning I took my dog out for a trail run/walk and enjoyed it immensely!  Have a wonderful fall!  You can do it too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Relief For Those Living With Constant Pain

I feel really badly for those of us who have to live in constant pain.  I certainly am no stranger to pain, having survived a serious head injury about 6 years ago, where I am fortunate to be alive, let alone not brain-damaged.  I've been through childbirth in all its glory, and banged my shins countless times because of my extreme clumsiness!  But constant pain is a whole different thing.  Whether it is from an accident, a physical condition or side effects of another problem, constant pain is with you every second of the day.  My life would be severely curtailed if I had to deal with constant pain every single day.  Many people rely on drugs for a short period of time, but when the pain turns into a long-term condition, drugs would not be the way to go, for obvious reasons.  One would be making a bad situation worse because of the great possibility of addiction.
    There are several methods that can effectively help alleviate pain, one of these is using Muscle Stimulators, which give similar results as physical therapy to the affected area but without the discomfort of post exercise.  Tens Units are also very effective in helping patients control pain.  They work by strategically placing electrodes at the site of the pain. Electrical current travels through the electrodes and into the skin simulating nerve pathways to produce a tingling or massaging sensation.  This helps the brain block the perception of pain by controlling the message it receives.  It is also believed to produce endorphins similar to what drugs produce, but without the dangers of addiction!  If you want to get an extra pain-zapping effect, you can combine the two above methods with the LG-Tec Dual Combo TENS Unit And Muscle Stimulator.  Visit LGMedSupply Online to get prices of different pain units. Thousands of customers worldwide have been helped by LGMedSupply, and their specific goal of helping alleviate pain.  Additional information about them can be found at their online customer blog!


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