Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman Day!



Today, for Batman's 75th anniversary, bookstores and comic shops are giving away free Batman comic books! Details and locations here.

Then, this Saturday, July 26th, libraries across the US are celebrating with Batman activities and giveaways, including a free comic book! Details here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Difference Between Nabbi and Perler Beads


As promised, here's is another experiment. This time, I tried combining Perler and Nabbi (Photo Pearls) beads. I tested them in two different ways:

 
The yellow stripe is Nabbi (Photo Pearls), the rest Perler Beads. They melt differently, overall, the Nabbi beads tend to look thicker and shiny as they melt.
 


When overly melted (which I do on the back of most pieces to make the bonding stronger), you can see that the Nabbi (Photo Pearls) -yellow- shine while the perler beads have more of a matte finish (except for random spots that end up looking shiny.) They also retain their circular shape and are raised in in the middle while the perler beads lose their form and flatten evenly.

Which is better? Honestly, I like both of them. Nabbi (Photo Pearls) I would use if I wanted the evenly shiny look, but otherwise, I'd use whichever is cheapest or on hand. As you can see, it doesn't seem to look much different in the big picture.

 
Read about more types of beads here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: The Sapphire Flute


The Sapphire Flute: Book 1 of The Wolfchild SagaThe Sapphire Flute: Book 1 of The Wolfchild Saga by Karen E. Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything a fantasy should be!

I'm a HUGE fantasy fan and an avid reader, so I started reading this with some pretty high expectations. They were ALL fulfilled! This book plunges us into a fantastical world of wonder where the magic feels real. This book is perfect balance of characterization, world building and lore, action, adventure, magic, and romance.

My main complaint with a lot of fantasy is that the author spends so much time on the action that the characters end up being so hollow that I could care less about them. The characters in The Sapphire Flute are well developed, imperfect in all the right ways, believable, and I can't wait to see what happens to them in future books!
This ebook is currently available for FREE on Amazon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FantasyCon Ticket Giveaway!



 

Utah is known for having the most people interested in cosplay so it's no wonder that it is ranked the most nerdy state in America. Talk about a great accomplishment! All of us have a bit of nerdiness inside and that is why I am excited to announce FantasyCon is being held in Salt Lake City July 3-5 at the Salt Palace! Plus Bargains with Brittanie has teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway! FantasyCon is the first convention of its kind to open the world of fantasy to all and create an interactive, immersive experience that celebrates pop fantasy culture.

With an arena, museum, archery range, children’s area, and more, it is the perfect family activity for the 4th of July weekend! I know my family would LOVE it, it's the perfect event for my little geeklets!

Tickets for FantasyCon can be purchased in single day or 3-day multi-day pass. Tickets are priced based on the day you wish to attend, and they even include discounts for teachers, college students, and military personnel. Children 10 and under are able to attend the event for free! You can purchase your Fantasy Con Tickets Here.
 
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Giveaway Time!

Fantasy Con is giving one lucky winner a pair of 3-Day Passes to the event! This is a $120 value!


Entering is simple. Use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to Utah Residents only. Winner will be chosen via random.org. All Entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends June 27, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: This blog did receive compensation for participating in this event. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day




Today, I remember the service of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. Thankfully, my father and grandfathers returned home safely after their service. There are many who did not.

Each year, my husband and I try to take our children to the cemetery. We search for the grave markers of those who served, explain what they did, why our freedom is never free, and the kids place a flag at the grave. My children have come to see the cemetery as a reverent, peaceful place, where we remember and honor our ancestors.

My grandfathers both served in World War II, one in the army infantry, the other as a B-17 bomber. He flew over a dozen missions over Germany, and was part of the Berlin Airlift. I see part of my mischievous side in him, he was nearly court-martialed for “mis-delivering” several crates of whiskey belonging to General McNarney.

My dad served in the army, in Saigon, Vietnam. Once a year, he stands in our church and tells everyone about his experience, especially how grateful he is to live in our country and how blessed we are to have so much freedom. Living several hundred miles away from my parents, I rarely get to be there to hear this anymore, I wish I could!

We are all so incredibly blessed to have so many men and women sacrifice so much to preserve our freedom. Please remember to honor them today and all year round.

Rare Pre-Release Opportunity!

I met Author Jaclyn Weist a few months ago at a book release. I'd never been to a book release like it...it was a St. Patrick's Day themed party! I'd brought my kids along, and I'm so glad that I did, they still talk about it! (Sorry the picture is so blurry, my son took it!)



Jaclyn Weist is an amazing author who writes family friendly fantasy. I can't wait to read her latest and go to her upcoming event here in Provo, UT!

Here's a short message and pre-release opportunity by Jaclyn Weist:



Hello everyone!

I am so excited for the paperback copies of The Princess and the Prom Queen! And I’m excited to offer YOU the chance to preorder a copy! If you’ve been wanting to read the book, but only like print copies (I admit, I love to hold the book in my hands), now is your chance!

This means that you can have a copy BEFORE it’s available on in stores or on Amazon! Isn’t that awesome???

All you need to do is email me at jaclynweist@gmail.com and let me know how many copies you’d like (and of which book, The Princess and the Prom Queen $14.99, Best of Luck $13.00) and your address. Then I will send you an invoice and you can pay me through paypal. Or if you live nearby, you can pay me in person when you pick up the books. It’s that easy!

Also, I’ll be at a family activity signing on June 2nd signing books, as well as June 21st in Provo for the Trifecta book launch.

Find out about the family activity here.

And check out the launch info here.


The blurbs for the books:



The Princess and the Prom Queen
 
Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention.

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted.

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become.

You can find The Princess and The Prom Queen Ebook here.



And Best of Luck:
 
Megan has had it with leprechauns. They want nothing more than to take over her luck—something she’s not willing to give up. After finding herself locked in a dungeon on Christmas morning, she vows to take O’Malley down.

Between trying to have a normal life in high school, and fighting various fairy tale creatures thrown in her way, Megan barely has time to breathe. But when a mysterious darkness begins to snatch the fairies and leprechauns that have protected Megan and her family, she must learn the history of her luck and defeat the bad guys once and for all.

This book releases June 1st so I don't have a purchase link for the ebook yet.

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Jaclyn Weist
Author of Stolen Luck, Twist of Luck, and Best of Luck
Author of The Princess and the Prom Queen
jaclynweist.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/jaclynweistauthor
https://twitter.com/JaclynWeist
www.gatesofatlantis.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: The Princess Sisters



I really enjoyed the concept of this book! Five cousins who are as close as sisters, all named after fairytale princesses, and all struggle with ironic issues related to their namesakes. Belle has dyslexia and hates to read, Ariel is afraid of water, Aurora has insomnia, Snow White hates apples, and Cinderella refuses to wear anything but tight-laced boots that can't slip off her feet!

The story was cute, although a little dramatic, and deals with issues commonly faced by teens (bullying, crushes, friendship, betrayal, self-esteem, popularity, etc.) I especially loved how they ended up dealing with their biggest problem!

Parental Advisory: While no profanity is used, at times, the language is not appropriate for young readers. I started out listening to this audiobook with my (almost) 8 year old daughter but had to finish it without her.




Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became 'True Aggies'. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!




This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! That means that all around the world there are comic book stores giving away free comic books and having fun events for geeks like us! It's been a family tradition of ours to go, the past few years. Our local shops around here in Provo, UT are great. They bring in local artists to show off their art for us, and they even give away free sketches!

For click here more information, or to see which comic book stores near you are participating, click here.

Here are some pictures from our last Free Comic Book Day. 










Saturday, April 26, 2014



Congrats to Doorsie Morrison, winner of a Customized Doctor Who Pendant from Aioralium!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Provo Spring Festival

We had a full day of springtime family fun, starting with a huge Easter Egg Hunt at BYU Stadium!
 



Easter Egg Hunt at BYU Stadium, around 4000 children rushed the field. 
 


 
Meeting a cosplaying Chip and the Easter Bunny at the Google Fiber office 
 
 
Miss Provo (Sasha Heaps) with my daughter and our bunny (Mozzie)

 
My youngest trying one of the balancing games

 
The kids with Spiderman!

 
Rock Canyon Park, Provo

 
Rolling downhill in a giant ball!



 
Parachute! Remember, this used to be the most fun thing in PE!

 
Test flight 


Free pony rides! Two of my kids got to ride for the very first time!
 
 
And the night ended with an outdoor showing of Frozen.
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Doctor Who Pendant Giveaway



Aioralium love you guys so much, they're doing another giveaway for us! 


This Doctor Who Pendant (35x27mm image is 20 mm with a 3 mm tube) comes in a silver or gold tone, with your choice of image (see below images in bracelets below)










I've known Aio, of Aioralium, since elementary school! She's a huge Final Fantasy and anime fan and lives the hectic life of a mother. "This is what calms me...The mom part, it's never ending...I guess making jewelry centers me when stressed. I was looking for a hobby and I saw a pair of earrings on someone and was like, 'I can make that!' It snowballed from there." 

An insanely create person, she's been known to use almost anything in her jewelry and make it look amazing!  I once saw her use carburetor parts in a choker. It sounds crazy, but she transformed it into a work of art...a piece that something you could wear anywhere! (Pictured below) I tried to steal it from her, but she saw me coming. ;) "I won't sell it, it's one of the very first pieces I made."



She says she'll use "anything that strikes my fancy but I lean toward metals and natural stone the most. I love to scavenge old jewelry and pick it apart." She is notorious for hording jewelry parts. "I just know I'll want it for something, even if I don't know what at the time."
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A superhero love story? Sign me up!


Hey, howdy, hey! Nicole Zoltack here and I'm so happy to share with you the cover for WHITE HELLEBORE. The second book in the Heroes of Falledge trilogy kicks off with an amazing cover.
 
All right, all right, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. I know you're dying to see it!

 

 


Told you it was awesome! I'm not biased at all. Nope. Not even a little bit.

After destroying Skull Krusher, Nicholas Adams thinks Falledge is safe and becomes a security guard at the museum, watching a valuable statue. Unfortunately, the Egyptian statue houses the soul of a scorned witch, biding her time to have her revenge on the descendants of her cheating lover.
 
Kiya the witch isn't the only new foe in town as the drug that created Skull Krusher has now transformed a scientist into yet another monster, forcing Nicholas to don his Black Hellebore mask again and save Falledge.

Nicholas has no help this time as Kiya gains possession of his love Julianna's body and brings the soul of Justina, Nicholas's high school sweetheart and Julianna's twin, with her. Despite himself, Nicholas is torn between the sisters. If he can't stop the fiends from taking over the world and destroying humankind, he'd never be able to find lasting, true love.

So I'm sure you're dying to know the release date and luckily it's not that far away! WHITE HELLEBORE releases April 21st! Be sure to grab it on the 21st! :D

Add it on Goodreads!

About the Author

 

 
Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance,whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com.

Friday, March 28, 2014

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