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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Here's another giveaway for an Amazon gift card. This time for $100. Enter before March 2nd for your chance to win. If you win and decide you don't need it any more, I'll be happy to take it off your hands. :)
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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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How would you like to win a FREE $100 Amazon eGift Card to use for whatever you want? Looking to save money and buy diapers on Or maybe even buy some groceries? Well right now, you can enter for your change to win! Here's some info:
  • Prize: $100 in the form of an Amazon eGift Code that will be e-mailed to the winner.
  • Event Dates: Starts at 9PM EST on Saturday, February 16, and ends on March 2 at 11:59 EST.
  • This even is open WORLDWIDE.
To enter to win, just do everything in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Rescue Remodel Contest and $100 Ikea Giveaway

Rescue Remodel Contest

IKEA is sponsoring their second annual Rescue Remodel Contest with The Family Handyman. Five worthy groups are finalists for a $25,000 IKEA kitchen makeover.This year’s finalists are Little Ferry Hose Company #1 in Little Ferry, New Jersey; Moonachie Fire Department in Moonachie, New Jersey; IHS Development in Newark, New Jersey; Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Franklin Fire Station #1 in Franklin, Wisconsin. Voting is open until March 30th. Voters are entered for a chance to win a $100 Ikea gift card.

2013 Nitro Z-6 Sweepstakes

I always like entering in sweepstakes for big boy toys. I never win, but I like trying. Somebody has to win... maybe one day it will be me. Bass Pro Shop and the Outdoor Channel are giving away a boat w/ trailer. Nobody else should enter so I have a better chance to win.
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Harlem Globetrotters are Coming To Worcester

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Worcester to play at the DCU Center on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th at 2 pm.
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Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new “You Write the Rules” tour.  Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.
Your family can vote at and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome.  With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there’s an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy.  After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it. Use the promo code “USFAMILY” when you buy tickets for your family to save $7 on each ticket purchased.  *Discount available on select seating levels. Get ready to experience the show your family will remember for a lifetime!
Promo CodeHere is a video showing off the Harlem Globetrotters at play:

Disclosure: All opinions are my own and may differ from yours. We were invited to the event in exchange for this promotion, though refused (busy that day). No other compensation was received. See my disclosure policy for more information.

NatGeo / Ovations Word of the Day

The secret word of the day for the giveaway is:

$200 Have It Your Way Giveaway

You didn't get what you want for Valentine's Day. What can you do with $200 to make for it? Take a chance and enter before St. Patrick's Day. Worldwide entries accepted here.
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Welcome to the Bloggy $200 Have It Your Way Giveaway!

This wonderful event is brought to you by
About the Giveaway:
  • One lucky winner will get ANYTHING they want valued up to $200! You got it if you win get anything you want and we will order it for you. Kindle, Gift Cards, Paypal Cash, Gas Cards, Toys for the Kids, Handbag for Mom, Jewelry, ANYTHING!
  • This fabulous giveaway will begin on 2/16/13 at 12:01am EST and run until 03/17/13 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!
Special thanks to for helping Jenn's Blah Blah Blog make this event possible:

Friday, February 15, 2013

BYB Flashlight Word of the Day

The secret word of the day for the BYB Flashlight Giveaway is:

Cupcake Craze Giveaway, exp 2/16/13

The following is a guest post from Karen Waide of Tots and Me. It looks like the giveaway prizes are fun.

In Celebration of Tabitha's 6th Birthday I am thrilled to bring you the Cupcake Craze Giveaway!

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The winner of the giveaway will win all 3 of these cute cupcake related prizes!

Cupcake Race Game from Endless Games
Cupcake Clutch from OrbFactory

J.Crew Pinterest #1 Follow Page

Lucas Oil Stadium Does Google Street View

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Google Maps is so cool sometimes. Their latest endeavor is taking Street View inside the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium. The whole stadium. Yeah, arch rivals of the New England Patriots, but you can't beat the view. Eagerly awaiting all the other stadiums.

Subway Free Cookie Day Monday 2/18

Free Cookie Day
Monday is Free Cookie Day at Subway. While supply lasts, stop by and pick up your free cookie with lunch (or any time of day). No coupon required, but you can RSVP on their Facebook page.

iTunes Twitter Follow Page

Enter the $200 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway. Ends 3/1

Best Buy Twitter Follow Page

Enter the $200 Best Buy Gift Card Giveaway. Ends 2/27. Open WW.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cook N Grow Giveaway, exp 2/15/13

Our little one loved his kitchen set and his didn't grow as he did. I like the idea of a multi-sized unit that is more usable for the younger crowd. Here's a chance for you to win one for yourself. Open to US/Canada through February 15th. Good luck.


Welcome to the Cook n’ Grow Event

You will have an inspiring little chef with this realistic Cook N' Grow Kitchen playset that grows with your child. When this Little Tikes kitchen is opened it is the perfect height for toddlers. When the kitchen is compacted it is now the perfect size for your preschooler to cook your dinner. There are 50+ accessories included! Browse our full Play Kitchen collection for more fun toys.


• Kitchen has 2 age grade configurations
1) Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers
2) Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers
• Electronic cooking sounds
• Hooks for hanging cups
• Molded in slots to hold plates
• Oven, refrigerator and microwave doors all open and close
• Shape-sorting lid for pot helps develop fine motor skills
• 50+ accessories included

Lapgear Lapdesk Giveaway, exp 2/13/13

Here's a giveaway for a nice laptop accessory. How many times has your lap gotten too warm from using the laptop for too long? Here is an option to help you out. The review is a guest post courtesy of Karren Haller from Oh! My Heartsie. The giveaway follows the review. Be sure to enter by February 13th if you'd like to win the Lapdesk.

One Lucky Winner Will Win a 
"Lapgear Platinum Series 500 Lapdesk"
Value $27.99-Ships Direct
Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie
Starts 1/30 to 2/13 
This Giveaway is Open To US and Canada Residents!!

I have never had a lap desk or lap tray to work on so this was going to be fun to try the LapGear out, since I change from a desk to a chair or the couch to work I needed something sturdy to work on. I found that it works perfectly.

Thanks Esther Howland

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Who? A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, who graduated from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1847, Esther Howland is the supposed "mother" of Valentine's Day cards. Thanks Esther.

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Blogger Opp

This one is starting Saturday so not much more time to sign-up. A worldwide giveaway with Amazon GCs as the prize. Come on back Saturday through March 2 to enter to win.

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Feb16-Mar2 Final

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Looking to offer an awesome cash value contest for your blog readers? Well, right now we are taking admissions for the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway that will start on February 16th! The prize will be determined by how many blogger participate with the goal of at least $100 to giveaway to one lucky winner. You have the option of one FREE link by either Twitter or Facebook, as well as paid options. There are also paid Host and Co-hosting options.
  • Prize: Anywhere from $100-$250 in the form of an Amazon eGift Code that will be e-mailed to the winner.
  • Event Dates: Starts at 9am EST on Saturday, February 16, and ends on March 2 at 11:59 EST.
  • This even is open WORLDWIDE.
  • Extra links cost $3 each and will be used to cover the cost of the prize. There are no admin fees.
Requirements to join:
  • Must post an announcement post, or send $5 by Paypal. Feel free to write your own post, but leave the blog links above in tact, as well as have it link to this blog post for signups.
  • Must promote 3x a week.
Tell them Java John Z's sent you if you haven't signed up already.

Cash or Credit Giveaway Blogger Opp

I was going to pass on this but the prize is cash so I couldn't resist. Yeah, I know I can just enter to try to win, but why not host another giveaway. Looks like March 1 may be a big day for giveaways to start. I survived the last wave with like eight beginning at nearly the same time. Perhaps the same for next month, too. It looks like there is a referral prize so if you sign up, please tell them Java John Z's sent you.
Cash or Credit Giveaway Brought to you by Simply Southern Coupons and Boys Oh Boys - Reviews, Giveaways and More
Simply Southern Couponers & Boys Oh Boys - Reviews, Giveaways and More have teamed up to bring you a great Blogger Opp!
The Cash or Credit Giveaway blogger opp sign-ups are now open!
• This event is FREE to join with an announcement post, you can find one here.
• If you do not wish to post the announcement you can pay a $5 non-post fee.
• You will receive one free link for participating. Your choice of Twitter or Pinterest.
Additional Links $2 each.
Co-Host Spots are available for $15 - Co-host will receive 4 links on the Rafflecopter form, a link in the giveaway post and one host page.
Follow Pages are available for $10.
• Sign-ups end February 27, 2013. Giveaway will run from March 1 to March 30, 2013.
One lucky winner will receive their choice of either PayPal Cash or a Visa Gift Card! The value of this giveaway is to be determined, but our goal is $200.
*The blogger with the most referrals will receive a free Co-Host spot*
Please send payment for additional links, co-host spots or follow pages via PayPal as a gift to jgseigler {at} yahoo {dot} com.

Give Him Some Giveaway, exp 2/15/13

I just love buffalo steaks. Not so much into the jerky. This giveaway ends right after Valentine's Day so, if you win, you won't have it yet as a gift for that day.

Welcome to the "Give Him Some" Giveaway, hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom and co-hosted by Mamal Diane and Mom to Bed by 8

Wondering what you should get your hubby this Valentine's Day? Well, they say that the key to a man's heart lies in his stomach, so this year, why not give him something unique to eat that he will really love! Here's your chance to tempt his taste-buds with:

(4) Sirloin Buffalo Steaks (shipped on dry ice, ready to cook or freeze) 
Retail Value $28.99

(2) Bags of Jerky - Teriyaki Buffalo 
(2) Bags of Jerky - Chicken Hot Wings Style 
(2) Bags of Jerky - BBQ Turkey 
(2) Bags of Jerky - Peppered Beef
Retail Value ($6 a bag) $48

$50 Gift Code, for anything his heart desires ...          

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Verbalize Your Love

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Here's a mobile app that I really could have used when I was overseas. Imagine having a human translator on call any time of day for Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin, and German. The joy of crowd sourcing in a whole new way. That's VerbalizeIt.
Starting on Valentine's Day and running through February, VerbalizeIt is giving away the greatest gift, the ability to say, "I love you" to anyone, anywhere. They're connecting people all over the world to their 3,000+ translators to teach you how to say, "I love you" in any language you want. Why? Because they believe language should never be a barrier to any conversation, particularly when saying, "I love you."
Download the app now and get five minutes free. It is available for the iPhone and Skype.

Here's a video to help you understand what they offer.
DisclosureBy posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Hailo Boston Giveaway Winner

I just realized I never announced the winner of the Hailo Boston Giveaway. Congrats goes out to Geoff K. Enjoy.

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1 Year Free Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Subscription

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FreeBizMag is offering 15,000 people a free 1 year subscription to Better Homes and Garden. I'm not expecting this to last long so if interested, don't just bookmark the link.

2nd Annual Summer Splash Giveaway Hop! Blogger Opp

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I'm currently participating in the Improve Your Senses Blog Hop, which has seven grand prizes totally $710 in value. It is bringing attention to the $50 Shabby Apple Giveaway that I'm running as my hop within it. I'm also co-hosting the St. Patty's Day Blog Hop with A LuckLadybug and trying to gather prizes for that. What better time to sign up for yet another blog hop, this time the 2nd Annual Summer Splash Giveaway Hop! That giveaway runs from May 14, 2013 at 12:01am EST and will end on May 27, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Now all I have to do is find a prize for it... Sign up yourself if you're interested.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pagination with Blogger

Here is a quick tip for the Blogger community...
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Have you ever noticed how some blogs show full posts on the main entry page to the blog and others, like mine now, show partial posts with a Read more >> link to take you on to the rest? I don't just do it for the extra click. Without it, the front page loads slowly and shows all posts as full, which could lead to a rather lengthy page, even with just five posts. The performance bit can be very noticeable if you happen to have several Rafflecopter forms on it. 
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The same holds true for newsletters. Without this pagination option, subscribers never have to visit your site and can read all your content via email, though not enter your giveaways.

To enable this feature is really simple. To introduce pagination into an article, find a natural breaking point in the article, and add <!--more--> to the HTML content of the post. That's it. When the page is generated next as part of a group of postings, not the specific link, you'll see Read more.

The same tag works in WordPress, too.

As far as the newsletter goes, you'll need to go to the Other option under Settings. There should be a Site feed section. Change the Allow Blog Feed option from most likely Full, to the friendlier Until Jump Break.

That's really it. Just don't forget to add <!--more--> to your posts moving forward. Or just fix the posts after publishing once you see them.

CashCrate Giveaway, exp 2/14/13

Here is an opportunity for readers in US and Canada to win $100 cash. Be sure to enter before the end of Valentine's Day. Good luck and enter often.
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Welcome to the CashCrate $100 Giveaway hosted by Funny Postpartum Lady!
With CashCrate you can start making money right away by completing
offers, taking surveys, and shopping online. Click HERE to get started. 

YumEarth Giveaway, exp 2/13

I grew up on gummy bears and have the fillings to prove it. Here's a giveaway with a healthier variety of gummy treats. Good luck.

YumEarth Organics Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

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Valentine’s Day is coming, which means we're surrounded by sweets and treats! Why not offer a healthier alternative like YumEarth Organics? YumEarth offers sweets that are yummy and contain healthy ingredients. YumEarth was born out of their commitment to feed families a diet rich in delicious healthful foods free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes. YumEarth tastes better because they choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms. YumEarth also has no gluten, peanuts, or tree-nuts, just award winning taste.

View the full YumEarth organic gummy bears review on Pea of Sweetness.

For More: Visit the YummyEarth Website, connect with them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Red Hot Blendtec Giveaway, exp 2/12/13

Welcome. The following is a guest post from Colleen of My Vegan Gluten-Free Life. The giveaway is open until February 12th. Good luck.
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Most of you have probably known me as an advocate for VitaMix, so why on earth would I be reviewing the Blendtec now? Let me share a story with you about how this BLENDTEC giveaway came about. When I was on vacation in New York City last November 2012, my girlfirend and I were surfing TV channels and happened upon one that was talking about Vitamix and Blendtec. It explained how Vitamix had copied another company's (Blendtec) mixing jar. That case was taken to court and the court agreed with Blendtec. Vitamix lost, and Blendtec from K-Tec, Inc. was awarded a multimillion dollar judgment. I almost had to pull my jaw up from the floor! My friend and I looked at each other, and I asked her, "how can I promote a company that stole another company's design"? If you want the details, you can read more about this federal court ruling here. I will now be affiliating with Blendtec.

Sponsored by Blendtec Blenders

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I also want to thank my special Co-Hosts: 

Blendtec is offering their Blendtec Designer Series blender with a Wildside Jar and a Twister Jar as a Prize for this Red Hot Blendtec Giveaway! The winner can choose from a base that is Red, Black, White or Champagne and get a Wildside Jar and Twister Jar to use with the base unit. This Prize is valued over $500! Thank you Blendtec!

Free Cup Red Mango Yogurt

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Here is a national deal with local appeal for some free Red Mango yogurt. I'm not sure how many people are thinking about eating cold treats in the area, after getting 2-3 feet of snow (and sleet today), but if you go to the Red Mango web site and register for their Club Mango, you'll get a $5 credit applied to your account. This is just enough for a free cup of their yogurt.

Local stores are at the Natick Mall, South Shore Plaza, Symphony Plaza in Boston, and The Launch at Hingham Shipyard. Don't see one near you? Franchising opportunities are available.

iPad White Giveaway Blogger Opp

There are sign-ups already for a giveaway that starts last week of April into May. The prize here is a white iPad valued at $599. Limited to 200 bloggers so sign up quickly if interested. For readers who don't blog, come back after April 29th to enter. No referral bonus available... :(

Bloggers sign up

Come and join us on this great giveaway.

We are giving away an iPad with Retina display 32GB color white
 value $599.00

We will have a max. of 200 bloggers for sign up, it will be a big giveaway.

The RC is not long because each co-host has there own RC with their links.

Ignite Your Senses Blog Hop Grand Prizes

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This Blog Hop Giveaway Event is all about you, me, us, and them!  We want our readers to feel great about themselves especially during the month of passion!  Since this is an "Ignite Your Senses" themed hop, prizes are anything related to the 5 senses - Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, and Hearing.  

This is a long post so be patient as things load but get excited as you will see all the great prize packages we have available to win!  There will be 7 winners chosen from the Grand Prize Rafflecopter form found below.  Each will win one of the great packages found below all valued at least $75 or more!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

SodaStream Fountain Jet Giveaway, exp 3/11/13

Did you catch the SodaStream commercial during the Super Bowl? It wasn't their first choice. Apparently, CBS didn't like the one that took direct aim at Pepsi AND Coke. I guess it is okay for each of them to attack each other but since they generate so much revenue for CBS, nobody else can attack them. If you're interested in reducing your waste and getting your very own SodaStream, enter into our latest giveaway.

Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Pink Ninja Blogger, and her awesome blogger friends are thrilled to bring you another fantastic giveaway of one of the coolest products out there: A SODA STREAM! Yes, I know it’s winter, but you can still enjoy a fabulously cool, fresh and refreshingly tasty carbonated beverage right at home made with tap water (I know--tap water! Crazy, right?) Summer will be here before we know it, and you’ll LOVE having this on hand in your kitchen.

You can make soft drinks at home in under 30 seconds: no clean up, and no bottles or cans to worry about. Add your favorite flavors--each family member can choose something different. The Soda Stream even comes in different colors to match your decor.
Fountain Jet - Soda Starter Kit
One very lucky reader will receive a SodaStream Fountain Jet valued at $99.95, which includes:
  • 1 carbonating bottle
  • Carbonator fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of winners choice.
If you want to learn more about the SodaStream Fountain Jet you can visit Jenn's SodaStream Review.

Current Giveaway Summary, 2/10/13

Some new giveaways starting tonight plus plenty more ongoing. I think we're up to thousands in prizes here in the over twenty giveaways.
Hailo Boston Giveaway
Our own giveaway for a $50 Hailo Boston credit voucher comes in next. Ending 2/11/13. Still low entry.
Red Hot Blendtec Giveaway
Don't miss out on the $500 giveaway of a Blendtec Blender and some accessories. Ending mid-day on February 12th.
YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears Giveaway
Gummy bears anyone? Ending 2/13 is an organic fruit juice variety, dubbed to be healthy.
Looking for a lap for your laptop? Enter in the Lapdesk giveaway that ends 2/13.

Hailo Boston Giveaway, exp 2/11/13

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Does anyone still hail a cab by standing on the corner and waving their hand out to get the driver's attention? In this weather with single digit temperatures, it is great if you can hail a cab indoors, watch it arrive via GPS, then just go out and take off once its arrived. To help you stay warm, there is Hailo.

The Hailo service is easy, provided you have an iPhone or Android phone (no Windows or Blackberry yet). First, download their app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Next, hail your cab through the app. That's it. It will give you an estimate on when the taxi will arrive and show you where your cab physically is on the map. (These are licensed Boston cabs, not a car service.) Payment is then handled through the app. But it is that easy. No extra steps here.

Shows service on mobile phones

Guardians Inc.: Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Today I'm trying out my first book blog tour for Guardians Inc. Book 1 (The Cypher). You'll find here a guest post from a character from the book, my review of the book, and an Amazon gift card giveaway. Check out the other stops of the tour for additional highlights of the book and information about the author.

Character Guest Post

Hello Borrowed Readers! 

My name is M and I work in the Guardians Control Room in Pervagus Mansion.

Thank you, John, for allowing me to rant in your beautiful space little bit about who we are and what we do.

And who we are is: Guardians Inc. the oldest, most secret society and organization that is currently de-secretizing itself in order to create a better world.

A world were Non-Magical (Us) and Magical (Everything else!) creatures can live in harmony and peace and… other wonderful things that come in the brochure my boss gave me to place in this blog but that I now am deciding to skip completely.

Because it is going to get…Iffy… We exist to keep the balance of Magic and technology tilted in technology’s favor and Magic on check. Every 500 years or so there is a flux in the balance, and a Book of Concord is written. Whoever gets this book gains the upper hand, and there is a real chance that Magical critters can get it and send us back to the Dark ages.

Don’t believe me? It’s happened already…twice! We created Rome and everything was on track, until we lost the book in the 400’s and then bam! Collapse, invasion and one thousand years of the Middle ages because we lost it again in the 900s!

Then, in 1414 Niccolo de Conti, Found the Book and brought it to Florence and we began the Renaissance and Magic waned again. That particular Book brought us all the way to 1907… A hundred years without it and you can see what’s going on… We still have the upper hand and that’s why you can read this little blog and enjoy the simple things, like T.V. and internet… and even electricity.

But if the Magical critter get it, well, we are going to start seeing some chances around here. We actually have an on-the-side campaign with Hollywood so when you see Zombies, Vampires, Orcs and Dragons you know what they are and how to kill them. BTW… Vampires Don’t Glow…

The good news is that the new book is being written right now, leaving clues around the world on where to find it. Clues that only a Cypher can, well….decipher.

The better news is that Guardians Inc already has a Cypher looking for it! Granted, he’s a just a kid, but he has us behind him. With the most advanced technology, the greatest Magic users and the Prettiest Elven Princesses to help him in his quest!

Let’s hope that’s enough.

And with that I will release this loaned blog back to its rightful owner.

Thank you again and be careful out there!

M, on this side wishing you a safe life and sending you hugs!