Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Aversion:
The Mentalist Series #1
by Kenechi Udogu

Keywords: fiction, romance, YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary.
*Published December 1st 2012 Kindle Edition, 133 pages

This is the first installment of a 3 book + prequel series and I’m enjoying it so far. It is a light read with an interesting plot that includes special powers, teenage romance and many secrets.At the moment I’m publishing this post, this book is available for FREE as kindle and NOOK.

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The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration by Maury Aaseng, Clay Butler, Jim Campbell, Dan D’Addario, Alex Hallat, Joe Oesterie

The Little Book of Cartooning & Illustration:
More than 50 tips and techniques for drawing characters, animals, and expressions
by Maury Aaseng, Clay Butler, Jim Campbell, Dan D’Addario, Alex Hallat, Joe Oesterle

Keywords: educational, drawing, how-to, cartooning, tutorial, step-by-step, hobbies
*Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 4th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing

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DIY erasable calendar/ tracker

Hello! How is January treating you? still sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?. Last time I mentioned I would show you how to make an erasable calendar. What I didn’t mention is that you probably have at home all the materials we will need for this project. I made my erasable calendar about 2 years ago and I still use it! So I thought about sharing it with others.

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Materials:

  • Paper
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Choose your favs: markers, gel pens, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.
  • Choose one: tacky dots, tape, magnetic tape, magnetic frame, etc.

Instructions:

1Paper size A3 or A4 works best but you have the freedom to choose any dimensions! (or shapes). Start by sketching your design with pencil, you can check lots of bujo (bullet journal) calendar and tracker ideas from Pinterest.

2 Remember to leave enough space for writing. Don’t add too much stuff or it might look overcrowded once you start writing on it. When you are ready, trace over your pencil sketch with a micron pen or tool of your preference. Erase all pencil marks from your paper.

3 Add color, glitter, stickers or anything you like! Make it something that makes you happy to look at. It is better to leave white or use very pale colors for areas where you are planning to write on top. A dark color can make it hard to read what you write on top of it.

4 Measure and cut two equal pieces of contact paper, Making sure to leave extra space on each side (1 -2 inches). You can leave less extra space, but if you struggle aligning the contact paper to your calendar, that extra space can save the day.

5 Yay!! you made it! If it is not perfect, don’t panic. Some contact papers allow you to unstick them without damaging your calendar. If this is not the case, try smoothing any bubbles or wrinkles from the center outwards. Now trim the borders and it’s done!.

Alternative way to handle contact paper:

You can remove all the white paper and leave the contact paper sticky side up, or you can peel only half of it, then place your calendar on top, aligning it to the grid and making sure it is more or less centered. It doesn’t need to be perfect, that is why we added extra space, and we can trim the excess later.

I needed to hold the camera with my right hand, but in theory it should be pressing the right side of the calendar and moving along as the other hand peels away the protective paper. Take your time. This side is not so important because it will be the back of your calendar. Use it as practice because our front side should be smooth and pretty.

How to stick it to the wall:

There are many ways to display your new creation. I like to take advantage of its light weight to make it easy to remove instead of permanently fixed to the wall. Why?, because I like to be able to put it on my desk and write on it instead of vertically as it is usual with whiteboards. For that purpose you can use sticky dots, magnetic frames or (my favorite) magnetic tape!! My old calendar was made using that tape, let me show you:


That’s all! these are my calendars and trackers with some stuff on:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I didn’t have time to review Daphne’s Diary Planner, so I’ll leave it for next Sunday!

Take care my friend~

Secrets of PEACE by T.A. Hernandez

Happy New Year! I’ll save the resolutions stuff for tomorrow’s post, today’s spotlight goes to book reviewing! and because I want to start the year with happy feelings, I will choose a book that I really liked:


Secrets of PEACE
Secrets of PEACE #1
by T.A. Hernandez

Keywords: fiction, sci-fi, thriller, romance, YA, dystopia, conspiracy, strong female MC
*Kindle Edition, 293 pages Published July 24th 2016
by Sanita Street Publishing

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The Geeky Chef Drinks by Cassandra Reeder

It’s almost New Yeeeaaar!! what happened to my 365 days of 2018?! Seriously, where are they? It’s like the owner who hides behind a towel and disappears as the towel falls to the ground, leaving a puzzled pet looking at all directions. I’m the puzzled pet and 2018 is the owner that mysteriously disappeared behind the towel. Magic.

Anyway, if you are in the mood for geeky and sometimes magical alcoholic drinks, let’s toast! because I have the book you’re looking for.


The Geeky Chef Drinks:
Unofficial Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More
by Cassandra Reeder

Keywords: non fiction, cookbook, alcoholic drinks, geeky, series/games/book themed, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 23rd 2018
by Race Point Publishing


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Blog Tour: Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? by Tyler Colins

Are you ready for a cozy mystery?

Can you hula like Hilo Hattie book cover

Book Blurb

The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. 

It seems straightforward enoughβ€”until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters,they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Piecing together the puzzle detours the trioβ€”to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs. Serious game players, they play for keeps. Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?

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Stop Chasing Shadows with The Power of Inner Connection by Susanne McAllister

Hello my friends! How is December treating you so far? are you ready for a New Year?. I have started cleaning, getting rid of stuff I no longer use and repairing what needs to be fixed so that I can start a fresh next year.  That also means I want to finish reading all the arcs I have accepted this year πŸ˜‰


Stop Chasing Shadows with The Power of Inner Connection
by Susanne McAllister

Keywords: non fiction, adult, counseling, metaphysics, self-help, spirituality, therapy.
*Kindle Edition, 293 pages Published July 24th 2016
by Sanita Street Publishing


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Nature Art Workshop by Katie Brooks, Sarah Lorraine Edwards, Allison Hetzell, Mikko Sumulong

This book shouts spring! and I must admit the cover made me think it would be mostly watercolor projects but nope, it has all kinds of crafty projects perfect for summer or spring!

If you notice changes on the post format, I am trying the new WP editor. Welp. It feels weird and flipped table on my first try, but it has some nice extras so I will try to understand it better. WordPresslanders, have you tried it yet? Did you like it?


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Nature Art Workshop:
More than 50 tips, techniques, and projects for using found materials to create mixed-media artwork inspired by nature
by Katie Brooks, Sarah Lorraine Edwards, Allison Hetzell, Mikko Sumulong

Keywords: non-fiction, educational, arts, crafts, step by step, basic skills, beginner, visually appealing.
*Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 4th 2018
by Walter Foster Publishing


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