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Episode 1 of Eastward Dragons is now available for free on all your favorite ebook platforms. 

A royal bastard, bound to serve her true born brother.
A heretical murderer, returned from exile with news that will reshape a kingdom.
A young king, eager to prove his strength to a council of his elders.
An epic journey begins.
This short story is the first episode in a fifteen part serial fantasy series that plunges readers into a tale of international intrigue, powerful magic, and unexpected betrayal as they travel Eastward to Dragons.

Eastward Dragons is a 15 part serial adventure epic. The first part prepares readers and characters alike for an expedition into the deadly wilds beyond the borders of the Commonwealth.

Get it FREE on #iBooks#Smashwords#Nook , and more. Only pay $0.99 on #Kindle.

#eBook #Free #adventure   #fantasy  

   
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+Cecilee Linke should enjoy this...
 
Hahaha! Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings reference XD ((This is totally a a HISHE, screw the eagles :P))

~They're Taking the Fanwarriors to Isengard
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Don't look now, MS-DOS gaming is ready for a comeback!
Steep system requirements include an Intel 486, 3.7 MB of HD space, and 4MB of RAM.
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Was doing some domain name searching and came across this: ot.to Not only would I love to snag that domain (unlikely, this guy has apparently owned it since 1994), but the whole site is just so delightfully weird. I can’t help imagining a thriller based…
Was doing some domain name searching and came across this: ot.to Not only would I love to snag that domain (unlikely, this guy has apparently owned it since 1994), but the whole site is just so del...
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Roll Call:

If you want a notification of Blood Diamond's Release, plus the purchase link, please comment below and I will add you to a circle. (I will be using the 'email this post' button thingie for such a thing. You'll get notified of the release announcement post!

I'm expecting soon to finish the upload process to amazon. Soon. 24-48 hours soon. (Maybe sooner?)
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This is a beautiful obituary. May his memory be a blessing. <3 http://io9.com/patrick-macnee-proved-a-gentleman-hero-could-treat-wome-1714008028
Patrick Macnee, who just died, embodied the ultimate gentleman adventurer for millions of people. As John Steed in The Avengers, he proved that an old-school gent could be ready for anything—whether it be robot killing machines, or a tough, self-assured lady in a catsuit.
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Long before I wrote my first story, I was scribbling down poetry. It's still my preferred form of self-expression. (You can see a bunch of my work in my G+ Poetry collection) I wrote a guest blog post for my writing friend Julianne Douglas on how poetic tools enhance my fiction.

Leave a comment on the linked blogpost between now and July 11th for your chance to win either a signed paperback copy or an eBook version of ITHAKA RISING.
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Not 100% sure I agree +Cecilee Linke. Sure, Back to the Future and Cocoon are great, and Goonies is good if you're a kid... but the other options? 
There are times when the gauzy lens of nostalgia distorts how we think about movies, music, and TV shows of years past, tricking us into thinking they're better than they were — and then there are...
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" And then it's just padded out by a bunch of movies people are already forgetting exist..." Right, totally unlike Red Sonja, that immortal bit of entertainment. 

Nostalgia is not very good science. :)
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New Tolkien book "The Story of Kullervo" to be published 27 August

HarperCollins have officially announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo will be released in an edition edited by Verlyn Flieger on 27th August this year.
HarperCollins have officially announced that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Story of Kullervo will be released in an edition edited by Verlyn Flieger on 27th August ...
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A perfect model for a monster in an RPG.
 
Assassin Bug, Very Aptly Named

I don't usually post about insects but these little creatures caught my interest.  They are Assassin Bugs and are part of the Family Reduviidae.

Reduviidae (from the contained genus, Reduvius, which comes from the Latin reduvia, meaning "hangnail" or "remnant") is a large, cosmopolitan family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs  
Adult insects often range from 4 to 40 mm [≈ diameter of a golf ball]. They most commonly have an elongated head with a distinct narrowed neck, long legs, and a prominent, segmented tube for feeding (rostrum).
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduviidae

What is fascinating and slightly creepy is the way they feed and what they do with the remnants of dinner.  The Assassin Bug will stick that big rostrum into an ant or termite and inject a venom, like a spider.  The venom paralyzes their prey and also liquifies the insides and the Assassin Bug then sucks the gooey buggy goodness up for dinner. 
After that the Assassin Bug will then sometimes stick the dead shell of its dinner on its back.  That is the image you see below. 

Not just one or two at a time, mind you, these bugs can be found lugging around massive piles of their foes. Burdensome and unnecessarily sinister, it would seem, but this functions both as visual and olfactory camouflage as well as highly effective armor.  ⓐ

According to biologist Christiane Weirauch of the University of California, Riverside.
Yet even more brilliant is this species’ hunting techniques. Like ants, termites practice what is known as social immunity, removing dead or dying comrades from the colony to avoid outbreaks of disease (and sadness, possibly). “And the assassin bugs seem to be taking advantage of that, in the sense that they would capture one termite, suck it dry, and then have it dangle from their rostrum into the termite mound and lure the next termite that way,” Weirauch said. One observer, she noted, witnessed an assassin bug use this trick to capture 48 termites in a single sitting.  ⓐ

Assassin Bugs may also be tool users.
Still other species turn themselves into veritable flypaper by excreting sticky goo onto their forelegs to help them snag prey. Others harvest resins from plants for the same purpose. And that’s particularly remarkable, because it comes damn close to actually being a kind of tool use.

This little creature is mostly considered a beneficial bug because it kills and eats many of the harmful bugs in our garden. 

They can bite humans and are the cause of a disease called kissing disease. 
Now, apart from occasionally delivering a painful bite, assassin bugs are usually no real threat to humans. Save for one group: the blood-sucking kissing bugs, so called because they typically bite humans painlessly around the mouth while we sleep. But if they happen to defecate in the process, protozoans from their feces get into the wound, leading to chronic heart problems that may only manifest decades later. Chagas disease, as it’s known, is a serious issue in South America, where substandard housing leaves more points of entry for the bugs, though infections may now be on the rise in the U.S.  ⓐ

If you see one in the garden, leave it alone.  It will help keep down harmful insect populations.  If you see them in the house, that is another story.
 

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Ferocious Bug That Sucks Prey Dry and Wears Their Corpses
http://www.wired.com/2014/06/absurd-creature-of-the-week-assassin-bug/

Assassin Bugs
http://www.eduwebs.org/bugs/assassin_bug.htm

https://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg51.html


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A young assassin bug with a backpack made of dead ants. Photo: Getty Images
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That's one vicious little insectivore.
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This is a beautiful obituary. May his memory be a blessing. <3 http://io9.com/patrick-macnee-proved-a-gentleman-hero-could-treat-wome-1714008028
Patrick Macnee, who just died, embodied the ultimate gentleman adventurer for millions of people. As John Steed in The Avengers, he proved that an old-school gent could be ready for anything—whether it be robot killing machines, or a tough, self-assured lady in a catsuit.
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:-( :-( :-( :-( I think an Avengers marathon is in order. I have crocheting to do.
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  • Old Dominion University
    English Education, 2003 - 2007
    B.A. in English Education.
  • Home Schooled
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I write legends of things unseen in recorded time.
Introduction
A long time ago someone called me "eclectic". That's probably the best way to think about me.

Writing Credits
  • The Staff of Moses, an adventure novel set in the modern cities and ancient sands of Egypt.
  • The Eye of Odin, is the sequel to The Staff of Moses. When Oliver Lucas encounters a rival treasure hunter, he is drawn into an international conspiracy that threatens to destroy him. Packed with ancient curses, thrilling action, and the wrathful gods of the old Norse world, The Eye of Odin takes Oliver to places he had never dared to imagine. 
  • Burning in the Void is a scifi novel set aboard an interstellar colony ship which has been stranded between the stars for 300 years. 
  • Beasts of Dream is a short story about a woman who is haunted by monster that has the power to escape from her dreams.
  • The Dungeon Keeper's Wife is a short story about a young girl who meets her mother for the first time when she is trapped in the deepest cell of a dungeon.
  • Hunger for Fire, a short story loosely based on my own experiences camping in remote places, which introduces a series of modern fairy tales I call the Nearworld series. 
  • Gravity, a short story about a woman named Asha who is stranded in space, completely alone, after a solar flare damages the space station in which she lives and the other crew meet a series of violent deaths. This is an early entry in a fantasy series that I am developing.
Other Work
I am a 7th grade English teacher in Chesapeake, Virginia. I have served with Chesapeake Public Schools for over six years. 
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Worked seven summers at Pipsico Scout Reservation. Proud Eagle Scout and recipient of the Vigil Honor and Founders' Award in the Order of the Arrow.
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  • Chesapeake Public Schools
    Teacher, 2008 - present
  • Tidewater Council, BSA
    Camp Counselor & Comissioner, 2002 - 2008
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