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The Crooked Letter ~ Free PDF by Sean Williams

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The Crooked Letter is kinda urban New Weird on a massive scale. It's been compared to China Mieville, Philip Pullman, Ursula K Le Guin, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, yada yada, and it won both the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards the year it was released (the first fantasy novel in the history of the awards to do so).

You can pick up the free full version pdf or you can buy The Crooked Letter: Books of the Cataclysm: One at Amazon.

Other books in the series ~

Blood Debt: Books of the Cataclysm: Two
The Hanging Mountains: Books of the Cataclysm: Three

Review & Giveaway ~ JumpStart 3D Virtual World

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Jump start is one of my favorite companies. They have such amazing educational products for kids. I have been using jump start products since my oldest was about 3 years of age and we still use the workbooks in our house. When I was contacted to try out Jump Starts new educational virtual world, I jumped at the chance!

When you first start you are able to create avatars called Jumpeez. You can choose the color of your skin from pink to green to your actual skin tone, what clothes you wear, which hairstyle you like and what kind of mouth and eyes you want. After you create your Jumpeez there is so much to do: You can meet and talk to JumpStart charactersexplore the world and make some discoveries There is an arcade with tons of games
You can even visit the movie theater You can ride in a canoeRace a carPaint picturesTake pictures with your cameraAdopt a pet and teach him tricksGo grocery shoppingVisit the post officeHave tons of fun collecting Stars!
The Jumpstart 3d world is very cool…

Series Read + TBR

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My favorite books are the ones that are in series. I decided to keep track of the ones I have read and want to read all in one spot.

Iris Johansen ~ Eve Duncan & other secondary characters

The Face of Deception (Eve Duncan) (Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn & John Logan)The Killing Game (Eve Duncan) (Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn, John Logan, Sarah Patric, Jan McGuire)The Search (Eve Duncan) (Sarah Patrick & dog Monty, John Logan, Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn, Sean Galen, Jane McGuire)Final Target (Jessica Riley, Melissa Riley, Michael Travis, Sean Galen, Jonathan Andreas, Chelsea Benedict)Body of Lies (Eve Duncan) (Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn, Jane McGuire, Sean Galen)No One to Trust (Eve Duncan) (Elana Kyler, Sean Galen, Judd Morgan)Dead Aim (Eve Duncan) (Alex Graham, Judd Morgan, Sarah Patrick, Jonathan Andreas, Chelsea Benedict, Melis Nemid, John Logan)Fatal Tide (Eve Duncan) (Melis Nemid, Jed Kelby, Kemal Nemid)Firestorm (Eve Duncan)Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn, Jane McGuire, Mark Trevor)Countd…

Raising Freethinkers A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

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I was recently asked to review the book Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas and Jan Devor. I absolutely loved Dale's other book, Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion and couldn't believe I would get a copy of his newest book to actually review. When you are a non-religious family, you sometimes feel very alone. My husband and I are actually Atheists, so there really aren't many resources for us. I have found tons of great Atheist blogs and websites, but they usually don't deal with actual parenting. I cant' even explain how good it felt to me when I stumbled on Parenting Beyhond Belief. To read essays from other Atheist and Agnostic parents reassured me as a parent.

Raising Freethinkers ~ A practical, hands-on guide for raising independent, caring kids without religion. Praised by Newsweek as “a compelling read” and …

Free Trial: Norton Online Family ~ Because Safety is our #1 Concern!

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Both my girls are total internet addicts. My youngest is the worst, she is totally obsessed with playing games on various virtual worlds. She has accounts on I think every single site. My tween is getting into aim, myspace and other sites like that.

We go over internet security all the time with the girls. I have still caught them a few times doing things I'm not comfortable with. I've been thinking about looking into some kind of safe guards for our computer. Of course Mom Central and Norton came to my rescue by offering a blog tour that fits my needs perfectly!

In an effort to keep children safe, Norton, a trusted provider of Internet safety products, has come to the rescue, with the introduction of Norton Online Family Beta. Norton Online Family Beta is not only designed to block your child's Internet activities, but to connect you, the parents, with your child's online life.

Check out some key features:

Simple, One-Time Set Up: Create an account online and custom…

Just got $30 bucks back from Ebates!

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I love shopping online. You can do research, find the best prices, no driving, no dealing with other customers/cashiers, etc etc. Since I love shopping online so much, I am also a huge fan of Ebates. As a matter of fact, I just got a big fat check of $30.20 for a couple orders I placed that I would have bought anyway.

I've been a member of Ebates since November 2006. The site has really come along way over the years. There are 100's of stores to shop from. They also are always offering specials, coupon codes and even more cash back at certain times.

You can search for either the store you want to shop at or the product you want to buy. It isn't even just stores, you can also earn 2% back by booking your rental car at Enterprise. Plus ebates even shows what enterprise coupon codes are available. How cool is that, not only get a good deal on renting your car, but also earn money back on that purchase!
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Gamer Girl Author Mari Mancusi on Better TV

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I recently finished reading Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi (review here) and just found out she was on a segment airing on Better TV with another YA author Melissa Walker.


Mari is holding a contest, you can find the details here. I highly recommend Gamer Girl, I loved it & my tween is excited about reading it!

Book Review ~ Sikulu & Harambe By The Zambezi River

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Mythology, Fairy Tales, Fables and Folktales have always been some of my favorite stories growing up. They not only teach some kind of lesson, but they are interesting and make reading fun. The story of Sikulu & Harambe By the Zambezi River is an African version of the Good Samaritan story.

This is the first in a series of adventures that follow Sikulu the spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do.

Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also offers a glossary of terms and weaves information about Zambian culture into the story. Children and adults alike come away better informed about life in Zambia.

About the Author ~

Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Ni…