nicorosso:

Huge congratulations and much love to zoearcher for her RITA nomination. SKIES OF GOLD is a beautiful book.

nicorosso:

Huge congratulations and much love to zoearcher for her RITA nomination. SKIES OF GOLD is a beautiful book.

odditiesoflife:

This 3200 Year Old Tree is So Massive, It’s Never Been Captured in a Single Image…Until Now

It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname like “The President”. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall and is an estimated 3,200 years old. The trunk measures 27 feet across and, between the base and the highest peak, there are an estimated two billion needles.

Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first.

It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width). After stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this mind-blowing portrait of “The President” captured in a single photo for the first time.

(Source: distractify.com, via joebagofdoughnuts)

I’m thrilled to present the cover to “In The Black”, book one of “Tales from the Edge”!

When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it’s Sam’s job to find out who killed her, fast.


Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can’t help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She’s got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn’t mind investigating.

Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who’s on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It’s a captain’s job to save her crew, no matter the cost.

It’ll be on sale from Carina Press May 12, 2014 but right now you can pre-order from Amazon and B&N!

I hope you’ll come along for the first visit to the Bonnie Belle - after all, everyone loves a Mercy woman!
I’m thrilled to present the cover to “In The Black”, book one of “Tales from the Edge”!
When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it’s Sam’s job to find out who killed her, fast.
Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can’t help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She’s got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn’t mind investigating.
Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who’s on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It’s a captain’s job to save her crew, no matter the cost.
It’ll be on sale from Carina Press May 12, 2014 but right now you can pre-order from Amazon and B&N!
I hope you’ll come along for the first visit to the Bonnie Belle - after all, everyone loves a Mercy woman!

passivemanipulations:

Project for my Social Psych class last semester. This poster series was created to 1) challenge these internalized stereotypes by bringing them to the viewer’s attention and 2) expand the range of role models by including a diverse group of women. Each poster follows the same basic pattern: a woman who has demonstrated her competency in a particular area refutes the stereotype that appears above her in the form of “Girls can’t …”. While the posters target girls ranging from children to young adults, I expect the message would also cause people outside that demographic to question their own beliefs about women and power.  I designed each aspect of the posters with several principles of social psychology in mind:

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Game Review: Love Letter


This weekend the hubby and I were prowling our local game stores, always on the hunt for something new. Not that we don’t have enough games but as any true gamer knows you can NEVER have enough.

We’d seen other versions of “Love Letter" around but hadn’t paid it much attention. We knew it’d been the break-out hit at GenCon but, again, didn’t really think much of it.

Then we saw this version on the shelves. Being a fan of the Legends of Five Rings because I’m so in love with all things Japanese, I looked it over. And at ten dollars…. well, it was an easy buy.

We brought it home and were surprised at the bang for our buck. First, the value in simple terms - the box is wonderfully sturdy, the cards embossed and filled with glorious artwork from the L5G world, the little red wooden blocks cute as all get-out and the purple bag the game sits in will never, ever, leave this house. 

The Game, well… what a find!

Love Letter is played with only 16 cards, one of the reasons I was a bit cynical about picking it up. How can a game for 2-4 players have any sort of stability or replay value with only 16 cards?

I was SO wrong.

Here’s the official description from AEG: “Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players. Designed by Seiji Kanai, the game features incredibly simple rules that create dynamic and exciting player interactions. Players attempt to deliver their love letter into the Princess’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!”

We wondered how it could be so popular with so few cards… but this game is a glorious mastery of strategy and luck that works so well with so little that I weep for anyone trying to copy it. 

The game is addictive and so portable that it easily lends itself to being carried around in a pocket for those times where you want to play a fast game but don’t have a lot of room to play in or don’t want to commit to hours and hours. The average game is less than a half-hour and it’s so portable that it’s already become a mandatory addition to our travel kit. (and my purse when we buy more copies!)

I can’t recommend “Love Letter” enough. The only caveat is on the artwork you prefer - as you can see on the AEG site there are different images depending on the version you get. I loved the L5R and recommend that one. The game doesn’t change no matter what the artwork though and I can guarantee you that once you try this game you’ll be hooked!

joebagofdoughnuts:

Meanwhile, at Sochi….

bookpatrol:

3 wheel mobile library in rural Italy

bookpatrol:

3 wheel mobile library in rural Italy

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Alice in Wonderland Book Scarf