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Saving Grace Saga coming to Print!
June 12, 2018
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Saving Grace Saga coming to Print!

From paranormal romance author, J.R. White, the Saving Grace Saga is going to print. The long wait is over for the diehard hardcopy fans. Witch Hunt, the first book of the trilogy, will be gracing the shelves in June and Fox Hunt and Fire Hunt will follow close behind.

Follow along in the Saving Grace Saga as the witches and werewolves struggle to overcome oppression and find love along the way. The hunt starts with Rei and Aidan in Witch Hunt as a witch and werewolf discover their differences could tear them apart or bind them closer together. In Fox Hunt, two alphas, Mike and Dilly, find themselves on the run and in need of each other more than they ever dreamed. The Saga ends with Julia and Edmund, two witches on different sides of the fight, struggling to put the world to rights.

Here’s what reviewers had to say:

“It’s all you could need in a werewolf/witches story.”  (ShootingStarReviews)

“Ms. Whites writing style draws the reader into the story.”  (RomanceBookWorm)

 

The books will be available at Cobblestone Press and Amazon.

Can’t wait? You can still buy a digital copy for your eReading device.

 

Witch Hunt:

After the bloody murder of her brother, Rei finds herself on the run from the coven that killed him. A powerful Earth witch, Rei searches for a natural well of magic to avenge her brother’s death, even if it costs her life. However, standing between her and her goal is an alluring wolf.

Aidan never took the time or interest to look for his mate, but when the young witch shows up on pack hunting grounds his solitary life is turned upside down. Now, he must find a way to protect his pack and the woman that fate has handed him.

Fox Hunt:

Living a nomadic lifestyle, Dilly is accustomed to being on the move, but the Federal Witch Hunters are after more than broken wands. Now they’re hunting for wolf pelts, and Dilly and her family are in their sights. Dilly must choose to charge to her family’s rescue or rely on a man she just met.

Leader of his werewolf bloodline, Mike travels across the country in search of a family traveling through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Finding his mate in the headstrong Dilly, Mike is faced with the possibility of war with not only the burners but his own mate.

Fire Hunt:

Julia was dedicated to the cause, even though she was marked a traitor by her own kind for becoming a Federal Witch Hunter. When her partner captures a man from her past, Julia must make a choice: Let the witch be tortured, or blow her cover and go with plan B.

All Edmund wanted was to help the magical community and escape his extremist lifestyle. Instead he was setup and captured by Witch Hunters. Cut off from his magic and held prisoner, Edmund didn’t think things could get worse. Then Julia struts into his holding cell with an escape plan.

 

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Writing Interactive Fiction: The How and Why
April 30, 2018
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I’m a writer. I’ve been doing it forever. Raised on books and a love for fiction, I couldn’t imagine a life without writing. Profiting from my work can be hard, but it’s worth it. From romance to mystery to sci-fi adventure, I enjoy writing it all. Then there are my personal projects that are more about the fun and challenge than about anything else. Interactive fiction is one such project I play with often.

Inter Active Fiction

What is it?

It’s fiction that lets you decide what happens. You, the reader, get to make choices and see where they lead the characters. With multiple endings, these books are great for rereads!

Maybe it stems from my RPG playing or from the choose your own adventure books I was able to find. I’m not sure, but I love the excitement of adding so much more to a story. Readers get to choose which path the characters follow and that brings them in for a much fuller read.

My first interactive novel to go to print was Lost Relic. Through the writing of that story I discovered some hard truths about writing. I challenged myself to write and even though I managed to do it, it was a struggle. Connecting the plot lines and creating the choices for the readers to make was a fight, but one that I enjoyed.

Enjoyed so much in fact that I’ve started work on another one. Unlike Lost Relic, I’m not giving myself a strict deadline. Instead this one is more for me. It’s a paranormal interactive romance instead of a historical one and looks like it’s going to end up being much longer. I averaged up the chapter lengths and the math added up to over 90k. While that’s a nice round number for most books, it’s proving to be a bit tricky with an interactive novel.

If you’re interested in interactive fiction or want to try a new and different kind of read check out Lost Relic. It’s available at Amazon in both print and ebook. You can also find it in print at Barns and Noble.

Lost Relic

Years of working inside a museum have taken a toll on Lillian’s passion for history. Now two strangers, each a master of his field, have shown up offering her a chance to rekindle her love. The lost temple of the Golden King is hidden just beyond the horizon of the Amazon and now Lillian has the chance to be a part of its discovery.

Will she follow the prestigious historian or the roguish treasure hunter?

You decide.

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How to Make a Humane Squirrel Trap
April 24, 2018
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They bump, scurry, and make noise all hours of the night. When squirrels move into a person or family’s home and attic they can drive the human residents crazy. Other small animals that can invade homes include mice and rats. Removing these animals humanely is the best option for peace, quiet, and a clear consciences. Humane traps can be costly to buy, but there are a number of traps people can make at home.

This PVC pipe trap can be placed anywhere within the home or outside. If placed outside make sure to keep an eye on the trap, in case other squirrels try to free the trapped one.

Step 1: Collect all the needed items before starting to assemble the trap. This trap will require the following items:

PVC Pipe 2 Pipe Caps Bait Drill String Lard or Grease

The string, 2 pipe caps, and the pipe can be bought at a hardware store. The PVC pipe should be six feet long, and be 5 or 6 inches in diameter. Lard can be found at most grocery stores, and the bait can be peanut butter, cereal. Or corn cobs.

Step 2: Drill around ten small holes along the sides of the pipe. This will provide oxygen to the trapped squirrel. Two holes should be drilled at both ends of the pipe about an inch from the edges. These are used to thread the string through in order to secure the trap.

Step 3: Run the string through the bottom two holes, and place the bait at this end. Secure the cap tightly to this end also.

Step 4:Spread the lard around the inside of the pipe from the uncapped end. Make sure to spread the lard down as far as it can go. The lard will make the pipe too slippery to climb out of.
Place the pipe in the desired location at a slight angle. The uncapped end should be a touch higher than the capped end.

Step 5: Tie the strings to something to secure the trap in place. They can be tied to old furniture, railing, or just about anything that will keep the trap steady.

Step 6: Check back on the trap often. Once a squirrel is trapped simply place the extra cap on, and release the pest far away from the home.

 

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Creative: Do It Yourself Snow Globe
April 24, 2018
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Snow globes are a favorite trinket. They are often brought home as souvenirs from vacations and kept on shelves along with other loved knik knacks. If you run a small town tourist shop you can make snow globes for visitors to purchase. Or you can create a unique gift for friends and family.

Supplies:

Hot Glue Gun and Sticks

Super Glue

Jar and Fitted Lid

Water

Heavy Weight

Glitter

Ribbon

Step 1: Find the perfect figurine. The picture above shows Tinker Bell, but the figure can be anything from a miniature building to the Star Wars icon, Darth Vader.

Step 2: Find a jar big enough for the special figure to fit in. This is a great way to recycle baby food jars and jam jars.

Step 3: Using super glue, glue the figure to the inside of the jar lid. Once the lid is screwed on the jar the figure should be hanging upside down in the jar. The lid will be the base of your snow globe.

Step 4: Fill the jar with water. Leave anywhere from a quarter inch to half an inch of air empty. This will prevent overflow once the lid is put on.

Step 5: Add heavy weight glitter to the water. Don’t be tempted by the snow like balls that come with create your own tree decoration kits. This looks a lot more like snow, but it’s not heavy enough to work. It’ll just float on top of the water.

Step 6: Carefully screw the lid back on and use the hot glue gun to seal the lid in place.

Step 7: Decorate the seam between the lid and jar with a ribbon to give the piece a polished look.

Step 8: Let everything rest and then flip your new snow globe over to enjoy the scene.

 

Tip:

Have a clean working area where the pieces can sit while the glue dries.

Keep glass out of reach of kids and pets. Pretty shiny things are tempting to little hands and paws.

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Craving a Salty Treat: Try Baking Salted Pecans
April 24, 2018
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Pecans are a tasty snack, and are great source of protein and omega-6 fatty acids. For many people in the Southern United States they are also found around almost every corner. Once shelled these nuts can be eaten raw, or baked in a number of different deserts. Salted Pecans are a favorite for kids and adults. The kids can have lots of fun finding the nuts and then baking them with a parent or other adult.

Step 1: Harvest, husk and crack the pecans. If there are not any pecan trees in the areas they can be bought from a store. Pecans bought in stores can get expensive. As a tasty treat they’re well worth it, but if you’re the only one going to enjoy them it might be a good idea to make a smaller batch. You can cut the recipe in half to do this.

Step 2: Gather all the items needed for backing. The items include:

4 tbl spoons butter

1 lb of cracked pecans

Shallow backing pan

1 tbl spoon salt

Step 3: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Step 4: Go ahead and melt the butter in the pan while waiting for the oven to heat up. Just drop the butter into the shallow pan and put it in the oven. Make sure to pull it out before the butter starts to sear.

Step 5: Mix the pecans in with the melted butter. Try to coat the pecans as evenly as possible.

Step 6: Bake the pecans for about 15 minutes.

Step 7: Pull the pecans out and sprinkle the salt evenly over the nuts. Mix them around a little to distribute the salt.

Step 8: Bake for a final 15 minutes and then pull from the oven to cool. Watch them carefully the last 5 minutes. As ovens differ they may be finished sooner. They shouldn’t blacken at all. This will make them hard.

Step 9: Eat and enjoy!

 

Tip:

To make baked sugar pecans simply replace the salt with sugar.

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Ways for a Business to Go Green
April 23, 2018
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Big corporations have a luxury that small businesses don’t. They have more money to invest towards being environmentally friendly. A small business often has to juggle between cost efficient and going green. Thankfully there are a number of things small businesses can do every day to boost their going green plan.

Step #1: Use recycled printing paper. This one isn’t hard. Most printing paper available in stores has already been through the recycling process. Using refillable ink cartridges can also help you go green and save you some money. You can also cut costs and go green by sending e-mails instead of printed memos or newsletters.

Step #2: Use natural and earth friendly cleaning products. Most small businesses have some sort of cleaning crew, even if it is the boss doing the moping, and using natural cleaners can really help add to the green image. Cleaning services could really get a boost in environmentally conscious customers if they used only earth friendly cleaners.

Step #3: Use solar powered lights in landscaping. Many small businesses with a store front like having some type of light along walkways or by their entrance. Security lights are also often placed at back entrances. Using solar powered lights in these spots can both save on the power bull and help protect the environment. You also wouldn’t need a professional electrician or landscaper to install them. Many low priced solar lights can be installed with a simple stake in the ground.

Step #4: Make a donation or volunteer time to local gardening or plant a tree organizations. While this may not sound very productive it is a great way to add to your green image. It is also a great way to help the environment. Plants are vital to the earth’s ecosystems and atmosphere. Also, think about how great a photo of the boss and other employees planting saplings or seedlings would look.

Going green is an idea to help protect and heal our planet, and the advantages of being green will help concrete the futures of our children. While small businesses can’t always invest thousands of dollars into solar power and other green methods they can still profit, both financially and personally, by taking smaller steps towards going green.

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Earning With TellWut: In Depth
April 23, 2018
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Lots of people spend their free time trying to make a little extra money online. One of the most common methods for this is PaidSurvey sites. Unfortunetly you could spend hours trying to qualify for surveys only to find out over and over again that you don’t match what they want. With TellWut you don’t have to deal with qualifing for the survey. While you won’t make it rich using TellWut you can earn enough to buy yourself something nice once and a while.

1. Sign Up: Head on over to TellWut and sign up for a free account. You will get 100 points for just creating the account and confirming your email. It would be a nice idea to use an email account you don’t mind having some spam in from time to time. This is a smart idea when signing up for any earn at home opportunity.

2. Fill out your information: You will get another 100 points for filling out your information. It’s pretty simple. They ask for an address and phone number, but you don’t have to supply this information if you’re not comfortable with it.

3. Check for Random Polls: The home page of the site will throw up random polls that you can earn 5 to 15 points for answering.

4. Answer Polls: Stroll on over to the side categories to check out current polls you can answer. Just click the answer to the poll and hit the vote button. You’re account will be rewarded instantly. At the top of each poll you will see “Previous Survey” “Random Survey” and “Next Survey”. Once you’ve voted and been accredited just hit the Next or Random button.

5. Create Polls: You can earn 10 to 15 points for creating polls for other’s to answer. There does not seem to be any requirements to these, but if you make a poll Public it will need to be approved by the website before people can start to answer it. You can also add pictures and videos to your polls to spruce them up.

6. Refer Friends: You can make 25 points for everyone who signs up to the site through you. There are no banners for you to use like other sites offer, but you can send emails or post a referral link to the site.

7. Cash out Points: TellWut offers rewards as gift cards. You can get a $10 Amazon gift card for 4,000 points. There are other cards offered that you can choose to trade your points for. While these seem like really high point values for gift cards in just ten minutes you can earn well over 100 points answering poll questions.

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How to Save Money: The Mama Way
April 23, 2018
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Many people think that the economic state of things is really different than it has ever been, but that just isn’t true. For the everyday person working for the food put on their table the economy is very much the same as it has always been. We have ups and downs and sometimes a few inside outs. That’s why it is important to learn how to save money, and why not learn the mommy way.

1) Evaluate what your needs really are. Today a lot of people confuse their wants with their needs. As much as you may want that top TV package that offers the most channels do you really need it? Most people don’t and can get by on a cheaper TV package that offers fewer channels. Look into those other luxury costs too. Like the internet and phone bills.

2) Check out bargains on clothing. You may need nice clothes for work and/or school, but you don’t need them for the rest of your everyday life. Try checking out clearance and outlet stores. You can also find great deals on clothes at consignment shops. This is a really great idea for the kids. They can have their nicer clothes, which can also be found on sale, and then they have their play clothes.

3) Start a “happy day fund.” A happy day fund in my home is a big glass jar filled with change and random dollar bills that get stuffed in there during the week. Sometimes I do have to dig into it, but it’s a nice way to save a little extra and have a backup fund in case you need it. Once the jar or box gets full, count it out and drop it into a savings account.

4) Budget your food expenses. Most people do this to some extent, but you can always push it a little further if you really need to. The best tip to save on food expenses is to write out a list of what you need, and stick with it while you are at the store. Lots of people spend way more money than they meant to because they buy things they don’t really need or wasn’t on their list. Sticking to your list can save a lot of money and time spent in the grocery store.

5) Stash away a little from each paycheck. If you are working the number one fastest way to save money is to take it directly from your paycheck to your savings account. If could be as little as five dollars a week or as much as you feel you can afford to stash away, but over time it will add up.

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The Saving Grace Saga is Releasing in Print!
April 20, 2018
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Back in 2013 my first novel, Witch Hunt, was accepted by a small press, Cobblestone Press. It would only be released as an ebook, but it was my first publishing contract and I felt great about it. It led to Fox Hunt being published in 2014 and Fire Hunt followed in 2015. All ebooks and all products of intent writing while caring for a baby and later a toddler.

Last weekend Cobblestone Press got in touch wanting to send the Saving Grace Saga to print. I was so excited and still am. While Witch Hunt was up for a contract renewal I was starting to work on a secondary plan, but I have a handful of projects that take up my time and having my publisher handle the print is going to free up any time I would have to devote. There is still marketing and spreading of the word, but this allows for both my new projects and the stories going into print. A book you can hold seems to mean so much more than a book on a tablet or phone.

Anyways…

If you’re interested in reading any of the titles you can find them on the Cobblestone website.

 

Witch Hunt

After the bloody murder of her brother, Rei finds herself on the run from the coven that killed him. A powerful Earth witch, Rei searches for a natural well of magic to avenge her brother’s death, even if it costs her life. However, standing between her and her goal is an alluring wolf.

Aidan never took the time or interest to look for his mate, but when the young witch shows up on pack hunting grounds his solitary life is turned upside down. Now, he must find a way to protect his pack and the woman that fate has handed him.

 

Fox Hunt

Living a nomadic lifestyle, Dilly is accustomed to being on the move, but the Federal Witch Hunters are after more than broken wands. Now they’re hunting for wolf pelts, and Dilly and her family are in their sights. Dilly must choose to charge to her family’s rescue or rely on a man she just met.

Leader of his werewolf bloodline, Mike travels across the country in search of a family traveling through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Finding his mate in the headstrong Dilly, Mike is faced with the possibility of war with not only the burners but his own mate.

 

Fire Hunt

Julia was dedicated to the cause, even though she was marked a traitor by her own kind for becoming a Federal Witch Hunter. When her partner captures a man from her past, Julia must make a choice: Let the witch be tortured, or blow her cover and go with plan B.

All Edmund wanted was to help the magical community and escape his extremist lifestyle. Instead he was setup and captured by Witch Hunters. Cut off from his magic and held prisoner, Edmund didn’t think things could get worse. Then Julia struts into his holding cell with an escape plan.

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How to Create Hanging Paper Snowflakes
April 20, 2018
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Decorating for the holidays can be tricky with children, but as every parent knows kids love to get involved. You and the kids will have a blast making these hanging snowflakes that can be displayed in doorways, from the ceiling or in windows. You’ll need paper, thread, a sewing needle and a pair scissors.

Step 1: Cut the paper into squares and then fold them corner to corner to create a triangle. Fold a second time to make a smaller triangle. If you like you can fold the paper a third time for more details.

Step 2: Snip pieces of paper from around the edges of your triangle. You can do small triangle notches or half circles. The adventurous can try for more complicated shapes, but simple shapes have a tendency to look best on the finished snowflake.

Step 3: Unfold the paper and behold your snowflake. Kids that have never made this type of snowflake will love seeing the result of all their folding and cutting.

Step 4: Make more snowflakes. They can be big, little or medium sized. Make as many as you want, even if you don’t use them all the kids will love having extra to play with.

Step 5: Lay out three to five snowflakes in a pattern; big small big small. Depending on the size of your snowflakes you may need more or less snowflakes.

Step 6: Thread the needle with the thread and then tie a knot at the end of the thread. Poke the needle through one end of the snowflake and then through the end of the next one in the pattern.

Step 7: Snip the thread and tie a knot in the cut end, holding the two snowflake together.

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the rest of your snowflakes.

Step 9: Use tape or tacks to hang your strand of snowflakes up.

Tips: Get a glue stick and glitter to make sparkly snowflakes.

Warnings: Don’t hang your snowflakes too low. Guests may not notice the decorations until they’ve run into them and become tangled in the thread.

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