Amazon Finds – Creative Zen Headphones

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So I hate earbuds. I know, I know. They are small compact and easy to carry. However, they are also really easy to loose, as well as easily stolen by trouble making cats who think anything they can fit in their mouth is worth making off with. So when these headphones popped up as a review option, I was more than pleased to take a chance to check out these over the ear headphones.

These things are fantastic. They have great sound and I can’t hear a dang thing through them! I have found them great for relaxing in bed with my Switch before I fall asleep. They connect easily to every device I have Bluetooth on, Phone, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Super useful for everything.

If you wish to try them out you can fine them here.

Amazon find – Il Salone Milano Hair Color

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So, you are probably wondering why this post has found its way on to my site. Well the answer is I recently was invited to Amazon Vine and I decided I would share my reviews here as well. One of the first things I found was this hair dye. I love to dye my hair, I am always changing the color. This time I decided to go lighter than my natural dark brown, but not quite the bleach blond I had been hanging on to for a while.

All right, so I can say wholeheartedly that the dye in this kit works well enough. The dye process itself is a simple two steps, you put the cream bottle into the applicator and shake well. The usual process for mixing an at-home hair dye. The part I particularly enjoyed was the conditional packet that comes with the dye. Its a small packet and won’t last you weeks as some dye kits offer, but it does condition your hair really well after a harsh dying process. It also comes with a treatment pack you use after 3 weeks, I have not gotten there yet but if it works as well as the conditioner I see no future complaints.

My only complaint is the gloves that come with this dye box are extremely flimsy and gave me some trouble putting on.

Check out the dye here!

Deus Ex – Book Review

Deus Ex by Miles Watson is a short but father exciting novella following the tyrant Magnus as the country he built crumbles around him as his enemies reconquer the land that he once took from them. We get a deep look in to the mind of a tyrant who has claimed himself a god. We walk with him as he makes his last orders, parts with loved ones and flees for his life, hoping to rebuild somewhere far off.

This fascinating tale of a tyrant is a nice change from the usual hero stories, a breath of fresh air from watching knights conquering despots, and allows us to get a solid look at the character of a villain as he scurries away from his toppling kingdom. Allowing us to see a different side of a commonly told story.

As this story is all about Magnus and only a novella, the character development is straight to the point and delivered in bits and pieces as Magnus revisits his past and how he reached the end of his rule. This allows us a full grasp of the character despite the shortness of the story, making Magnus an interesting and exciting, though cruel and cold man.

Deus Ex is a great novella for anyone looking for an exciting villain story.

You can find more of Miles Watson’s work on Amazon and his Twitter here. and feel free to check out my review on Mile Watson’s The Number’s Game I really love this guys work!

Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue – Tower Defense but cooler.

So another one of my new game obsessions I discovered at MomoCon was Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue. It is a tower defense game where you run around fighting off waves of enemies. There are multiple characters you can play. So far as I can only play games in my downtime I have only managed to get so far. You start off being able to play the Squire or Apprentice and can unlock the Huntress, Monk, and Warden. So far I’ve only unlocked the Huntress but this is fine as I am really enjoying the Squire anyway.

Well as with the rest of my MomoCon coverage I wont go heavily in to detail myself but you can hear from one of the team all about the game in the video below!

Well, this is the last of my MomoCon coverage. While there was certainly a whole lot more I saw, I have only delivered you all the best I found. There is a whole lot more I collected that I need to play or read before I can give you all an honest view of the product!

From Blog to Business – Non-fiction book review!

I rarely review non-fiction works on my blog. Why? Because I know most of my reader base is much more interested in fiction of various types or video games, which makes sense given my blog is aimed heavily towards these subjects. However, after finishing From Blog to Business, I felt it only fair to make sure that I shared this helpful non-fiction book by Jen Ruiz.

As this is a very short non-fiction book, I won’t be taking this apart as I do in some reviews. I picked the book up to learn. After all; I do not have the knowledge to break it down like I would a work of fiction. There are no characters, no story, just amazingly helpful information that I intend to put towards my blog in the future. It may take some time, but I can not see any of this information going to waste.

If you are new to blogging, or simply feel as though you have hit a bit of a wall in your career, I suggest you pick up Jen Ruiz’s book. Now that I have finished From Blog to Business, I will be checking out more of her writing.

Oh yes, and before I forget, here is the Amazon link, I read the kindle edition but you can get it in paperback too.

The Bones of Amoret – Book Review

The Bones of Amoret is an exciting thriller by Arthur Herbert. The story follows a west Texan doctor in the early 80s as he tries to deal with being tied to a crime that could not only ruin his own life but the lives of his family and the desperate Mexicans he helps cross the border. These exciting conflicts, as well as others, make this book a real page-turner.

The Bones of Amoret by Aurthur Herbert is foremost a murder mystery. When a well-known figure in town goes missing and evidence aims toward a local doctor, the man goes as far as possible to prove that he had nothing to do with the man’s assumed murder. This, of course, leads to an exciting culmination that leads to an ending that honestly left me a bit surprised. Up until the twist, I expected the culprit to be someone entirely different. This excited me even more because there are very few books I cannot guess the ending to these days. It happens when you read often.

Alongside the exciting and shocking well-written tale, the story is exciting throughout the entire telling. Given to us from the point of view of the main character who lived through the whole ordeal as he shares it with someone. As such we get a wonderful internal dialogue about the whole ordeal giving The Bones of Amoret the last kick it needs to be one of the most exciting books I have read this year.

I strongly suggest The Bones of Amoret to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery with a great twist ending.

Tapestry of my Mother’s Life – Book Review

Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life: Stories, Fragments, and Silences by Malve Von Hassell is a charming telling of a woman’s life. Far more than simply a description or another wartime memory, this story is the bits and pieces of a long, difficult but ultimately happy life that a woman can put together through old photographs and letters tucked away in her late mother’s possessions. Letters and pictures from times of war and trials that had survived the difficult years.

Each chapter of Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life is a carefully pieced-together tale of a certain portion of Christa’s life. While the author admits she has put some guesswork into many aspects of her mother’s younger years, given the woman was quiet, and silent on her life while she lived, however, the story and history that is formed for us are certainly believable given the time and place, particularly the major differences between pre and postwar Germany and the difficult effects it had on each family members from how they lived to who lived.

I strongly suggest picking up Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life if you are interested in history, or simply have a woman who has had an important impact on your life, as this story will remind many of relatives, and perhaps leave you wondering what secrets your own family had hidden in drawers.

She Who Rides Horses – Book Review

She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe by Sarah V Barnes is an exciting historical fiction adventure taking place some 6,000 years ago in which a teenage girl decides that instead of simply using the wild horses as food, she wants to ride one. From a modern perspective, the idea that anyone would find riding horses odd is a hard concept to follow. That is just what we do with them after all, but someone had to have come up with the idea at some point. Sarah V Barnes does a wonderful job of telling us the story of the domestication of horses while also giving us exciting characters and a thrilling adventure of near-death experiences, otherworldly visions, and romance.

She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe by Sarah V Barnes as stated above is an exciting story. However, the story is also filled with colorful characters and well-researched aspects of the time the story takes place. How the people live in a historical fiction work is often as important as the story, as knowing how the day-to-day requirements of people work allow us to feel more for the characters as we understand their world better. Let’s be honest, the average reader hasn’t researched how life was 6,000 years ago, as such Barnes’s descriptions are spot on in helping you to understand the world as it was at the time her fictional story would have taken place. I will warn you though, that this story ends on an intense cliffhanger, leaving you champing at the bit for the continuation of this tale.

Audible – Affiliate Post

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I love audiobooks. They make my life much easier when I have multiple things to do during the day. Audible is one of the main sites I use to find audiobooks I want to listen to. It has a vast selection of not only popular audiobooks but originals and podcasts.

With an Audible membership, you get one credit a month. I know, many sites will offer you one credit a month but what Audible has over the other sites is that they have a huge collection of books included in their membership as well. It is hard to run out of things to read.

Use my link here to get a trial of Audible. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Another Slice of Fear – Book Review

Another Slice of Fear by Andrew Allen Smith is a colorful anthology of thrilling short stories that range the spectrum of fear. Each of these short works of fiction brings up some sort of emotion that leaves you with an emotional response. Smith brings us a variety of genres touching fear, these short stories seeming to range from the traditional horror story to some with a more contemporary fantasy feeling. Yet despite the range in sub-genre feel, they are all stories that make you feel a sliver of fear in one way or another. It may not all be things that go bump in the night, though we are given some very impressive monsters, Andrew Allen Smith certainly does his job of making you feel.

Another Slice of Fear By Andrew Allen Smith was one book I inhaled quickly. Its collection of fear-inducing stories each affecting my emotions as I read through them. Some ended in fear, others excited because the fear was conquered and others curious because there seemed to be such an open ending that full novels could have been taken from it. One story in particular ‘Monster’ was such an emotional ride that I went back to read it a second time and I will probably go back and read it again in the near future. Fear is a curious emotion and you do not always feel it at the object that you think you would. Andrew Allen Smith pinpoints the parts of each story that will make you feel it. The man knows fear and each story had a point that just wiggles inside of your mind and makes you wonder.

Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite

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