Misadventures in Auckland Book Tour & Giveaway

Mummy Dearest – A Pharaonic Adventure Misadventures in Auckland Book 1 by Barbara Russell Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

During a school trip to the museum, thirteen-year-old Tess wakes up an Egyptian mummy. Cursed by a necromancer, Prince Seth has been inside a sarcophagus for two thousand years. Now, he has no intention of going back into his tomb. He wants a normal life, friends, and fresh food. So, he follows Tess home, bandages and all. Ancient Egyptian mummies bring bad luck. Since Seth’s arrival, a car has almost run Tess over, and a lamppost nearly squashed her. With Tess’s soccer team, the Wolverines, qualified for the New Zealand Junior Soccer Championship, this curse could destroy its chances of winning. Even worse, evil Egyptian spirits chase her and Seth to take their souls into the world of the dead. Unless they find the two-thousand-year old necromancer, who controls the spirits and who gained eternal youth by cursing Seth, Tess and Seth will be doomed forever. Goodreads * Amazon

The Boy Who Killed Santa Claus Misadventures in Auckland Book 2

While other thirteen-year-old kids think about playing and riding their bikes, Hau has to deal with fairies. He sees them everywhere—small, green, tiny wings, with pointed ears like Legolas. And they talk to him as well. In fact, they don’t want to shut up. No one believes him, not even his mother or his best friend. Kids at school call him names, and he’s just as popular as a visit to the dentist. On top of that, he’s the only one who knows the truth about Santa Claus. Santa isn’t the nice, fatherly elf everyone believes. He’s a bloodthirsty villain. Yep. Newt witnessed it with his own eyes when Santa killed his father in cold blood right under the Christmas tree. But again, no one believes him. Goodreads * Amazon

The Doom & Despair Entertainment Agency Misadventures in Auckland Book 3

Welcome to the Doom & Despair Entertainment Agency where fear is always guaranteed. Do you want a bunch of zombies for your next birthday party? Vampires and ghosts at your wedding, frightening your guests? No problem. The Doom & Despair Entertainment Agency organises the scariest events in all New Zilla. Except that, since the ghost of MacBatt Castle disappeared, business is slowing down at the agency. A new, young ghost, Gwen, haunts the castle, and she’s too nice to scare the customers. So, it’s up to Orlando, a thirteen-year-old orphan who works for the agency, to help Gwen in becoming scarier before his employer decides to send him back to the orphanage. Goodreads * Amazon

The Girl with the Dragon-Raccoon Misadventures in Auckland Book 4

While other fifteen-year-old girls dream about having a blood-sucking boyfriend like in Twilight, Tyro has nightmares about vampires. She has her share of vampires, zombies, and werewolves because her mum is a dentist who attends to these monsters’ teeth. So, when her mother and a vampire client disappear from the dental clinic, leaving only a trail of blood, trashed furniture, and ripped clothes behind, Tyro suspects one of the monsters kidnapped them or worse that the vampire attacked her mum. Either way, she’s in deep crap. The police don’t believe her, and Jack, the vanished vampire’s son, wants to take Tyro to Underworld City where hags, zombies, and all kind of were-beings live. He plans to talk with the underworld police that control supernatural creatures. That’s his chance to show her that not every monster is a thug, and perhaps, she’ll accept his invitation for the Disemboweller Ball. If only he could keep his true nature secret. No girl would be attracted by a guy who can turn himself into a half-dragon, half-racoon beast, with no fire to speak of, no super-strength, and very tiny wings. How lame is that? Tyro would rather go to school wearing only her underwear than be alone with Jack. What if going to Underworld City is a trap? What if he wants to eat her? But unless she teams up with him, she’ll never know what happened to her mum. Armed with her courage and a bottle of garlic spray, she accepts to travel to Underworld City with Jack. After a monster killed her dad, her mum is all that is left of her family, and she won’t leave her in the hands of brain-eating, blood-sucking creatures. Goodreads * Amazon

I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring and fell in love with fantasy novels. When I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Chapter One

AS A MULTI-TASKING GIRL, Tess could do multiple things at once like follow her history
teacher and, at the same time, work with her smartphone. After all, she was the captain
of the Wolverine Soccer Team thanks to her sharp mind, quick of foot, and a lot of
Besides, Mrs. Hudson’s lecture stopped being interesting ages ago. She started
with fascinating stuff, explaining how the ancient Egyptians scraped the brains from
dead people’s skulls to mummify them, but then she droned on and on about war and
battles. Tess wasn’t interested in that.
She squinted at the white lights of the Natural History Museum of Auckland.
They reflected on the screen of her smartphone, blocking the view of the sketched
soccer pitch. If Mrs. Hudson noticed her phone, she’d go bananas. But to prepare the
team formation for the next match, Tess had to consider different tactics. Should she
change strategy and reinforce the lines of the defenders? Nah, better focus on the
attackers. Or did she need a new training plan? The Wolverine guys were turning a bit
soft with spring and Christmas coming. Holidays sucked from this point of view. Players
lacked concentration.
“And this is the mummy’s room,” Mrs. Hudson said, spreading her arms. Her
wavy, chestnut hair fell on her shoulders and sparkled with gold hues under the
exhibition lights.
Tess lifted her eyes from the screen and advanced along with her classmates
into a wide room that smelled of lemon polish and strawberry bubble-gums. Hushed

voices spread around. She loosened the collar of her blue school uniform. All those
lights and people made the air stuffy. Tall posters, illustrating bits of ancient Egypt’s
history, papered the walls. The glossy prints showed hieroglyphics, pictures of massive
pyramids, and turquoise dung beetles.

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I’m on Week 7 of Noom, Here’s My Thoughts

Have you been curious about Noom like I was? I’ve seen quite a few people asking if they new anyone that has used Noom or what it was about so I figured I’d write up a post to help out. This is not something I got for free. I’m personally paying for the program so I’m a regular customer.

What I’ve Tried In The Past

I tried just dieting and exercising on my own but it didn’t work. I tried MyFitnessPal, it helped some but not much and I fell off with using it. I bought into Beachbody’s 21 Day fix. While it did work, doing the same exercise program every single day for months got monotonous. I was bored of it. I could get into a different program but I had to pay for it again. Plus, I felt like if I gave in and at a couple cookies one day I was a failure. Autumn would always say “Don’t undo what you just did in the kitchen” during workouts so I felt like if I had a scoop of ice cream then I just undid everything and I had no will power. I did Personal Trainer Food. Again it worked, I lost the most weight with this program but I couldn’t afford to keep the prepackaged/measured food coming and never really learned recipes and how to really eat. When the holidays came around I fell off hard and gained everything back.

Finding My Motivation To Try Yet Again

I was looking for my motivation to get back on track and it came in an unexpected place for me. I ordered my bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding around the end of June. It fit perfect in the store. When it actually came in in August the girl helping me with my dress barely got it zippered. I was mad at myself and embarrassed. If I gained any more weight I wouldn’t be able to fit in the dress.

I had been tempted to try Noom before. I was afraid of spending money on yet another program that I would fail at. There was a 2 week free trial. I thought, well I’ll do the 2 week free trial and see if it’s for me. If it’s not for me I’ll cancel it before I get charged. The same day I signed up for Noom I went as a guest with my friend to Planet Fitness. I signed up for a Planet Fitness membership the next day. I new I needed to work on both my nutrition and my activity level.

When I Realized It Was Different

Noom uses psychology and technology to help people make a lifestyle change. They offer psych tricks to help you get past the hurdles. No food is necessarily a “bad food” it’s just not a good choice all the time. Eating a piece of cake on your birthday does not make you hopeless. They give helpful information on how to pick out good studies and research in regard to diet and exercise. They offer exercise suggestions. Lots of good info. You use the app each day with a daily “checklist” for lack of a better word. The app use might take about 10 minutes a day but you can break it up throughout the day. It’s easy to do while sitting at your kids practice, waiting for your water to boil, or sitting in the bathroom (hey I’m just saying).

You’re assigned a coach after 2 weeks to help keep you on track and motivated. The coaches are not over-bearing cheerleaders but instead offering encouragement, tips, and lending an ear. Not long after that you’ll meet the group, fellow Noomers in about the same stage of the program as you that you can swap recipes with, encourage and receive encouragement, problems solve with and more.

Do the Trial to See if It’s Right For You

I highly encourage the use of the 2 week free trial to see if it’s something that works for you. If you feel it’s just not for you make sure you cancel before your two week trial is up. I personally love the program but everyone is different. If you go through my Noom referral link you’ll get a 2 week free trial and 20% off if you decide to stick with it!

I personally have lost 7 lbs so far, I’ve lost an inch around my butt and abdomen, my clothes fit better, and I can totally see a difference. I’m able to fit into that bridesmaid dress I need to wear this weekend!

If you’ve been thinking about joining Planet Fitness too, you can get a free day pass to try it for yourself.

Let’s Be Buddies Book Tour & Giveaway

Let’s Be Buddies A Jefferson Ball Adventure Book 2 by David Perlmutter Genre: YA SciFi Fantasy

Major Hamilton Pomeranian, once a highly decorated Star Soldier, has been discharged for a recently gained injury. Now forced into a non-military life, she is uncertain about what to do until reconnecting with Jefferson Ball, an old army buddy, and agreeing to assist her at her “job”- not realizing exactly what that will involve until it is too late… An exciting story from the author of “Nothing About Us Without Us”. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

The Singular Adventures of Jefferson Ball A Jefferson Ball Adventure Book 1

There never was a heroine like Jefferson Ball. And, thankfully, there may never be. She is, simply, the most powerful humanized female dog in a universe full of them. Faster, stronger, more attractive to boys. Unbeatable as a lover. Unfortunately, her brains are not up to this quality, but don’t tell her that. About the only one who can is Major Hamilton Pomeranian, the diminutive ex-soldier who is Jeff’s best friend and conscience. When she gets too big for her limited clothing, Hamilton tells her what for. And it’s usually only after that point that they are able to escape from whatever convoluted situation they find themselves in. This potential collection will have readers both laughing and awestruck at the events that happen. And, hopefully, you will be one of them. Add to Goodreads Amazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball (Amazon Kindle), The Pups (Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt (Scarlet Leaf Publishing), The Encyclopedia of American Animated Cartoon Series (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming) and Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville Press, forthcoming). Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Her monologue was interrupted when another “boy” crossed her path. This was not a soldier, however,
but a common criminal. Of the desperate nature that the majority of criminals were even in that futuristic
time, though he took great pains to disguise it with the most aggressive of manners.
He indicated his social status most clearly when he stepped right in Hamilton’s path, whipped out a long
knife, and directed it in the vicinity of her stomach. He was a figure much bigger than her, but she was
used to that by now. So used to it, in fact, that she barely batted an eyelid when he jumped in front of
her. She knew perfectly well how to deal with ruffians, from plenty of past experience, and she hoped
that she could draw on the same well of experience to deal with him the same way.
“Well?” he prompted, in a typical, guttural criminal fashion.
It was an old routine for him, and he thought he’d get the proper answer for it. She, however, was
unfamiliar with the demand, at least the way they did on Earth, due to her extended absence. She looked
at him with bemusement, like someone willing to let somebody else act out a well-worn comedy routine
that had lost much of its charm through repeated, dry and mechanical repetition.
Until she shocked him by delivering the punchline much better than he ever could.
“Well, what?” she answered, putting her burden down on the ground. “Explain yourself, please.”
“I think you know.”
“I think I don’t.”
He was nonplussed. Not used to having extended conversations with his victims, by any means, he tried another
“You’re not from here?” he asked.
“Well, I was born here, and grew up here, if that’s what you mean.” she said, without breaking a sweat. “I’ve been
off-planet for a while. Work and all that. But I can tell, exactly, what it is you want. They make your kind all over
the galaxy.”
“So you’re a Star Soldier, huh?”
“Yeah. Just got out. How’d you guess?”
“They come down this way, often. The space station’s not too far from here. They end up coming down this way
when they’re in town.”
Remaking his original point, he put his knife perpendicular to her navel once again.
“And they’re the only kind of people in this here neighborhood that would have a remote chance of
having anything valuable. On their bodies, in their wallets, or anywhere else they might want to try to
hide whatever it is they got on them. Is that clear enough for you to understand?”
“Certainly. But, as you said, I’m a Star Soldier. So I know exactly how to deal with you.”
“Like this.”
She reached into her pocket for her gun, the formidably locked and loaded weapon assigned to each
Star Soldier on and off duty in cases like this. When other Soldiers- or, more likely, civilians, when they
got drunk and thought they could get “lucky” owing to the “easy” reputation many Soldiers had- made life
more difficult than it needed to be for them. The threat of being shot, with the expert marksmanship that
each Soldier was required to have, was enough to scare most ruffians off without the Soldier even being required to
fire the weapon at all. This was the effect Hamilton was hoping for: to drive the threat away. At least away from
But it was not to be.
It was only after that rash action that she remembered that, as one of the conditions of her discharge, she was forced
to return her weapon to the quartermaster before she boarded the ship for her return voyage to Earth.
Therefore, she no longer had anything with which to defend herself!
Beneath her yellow fur, she turned pale. A fact not unnoticed by her potential assailant.
“Forgot something?” the robber asked. To which Hamilton could only nod in fear.
“Good,” he grinned. “That’ll make this a lot easier.”
She tried to evade him by moving fast, backwards, but he came closer to her with every step. Her doom
seemed ever-evident with each advance.

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OnMyWay App Paying People For Driving Safe?

I’m all about a legit app that helps me earn some extra money. If there are other benefits to it, I’m definitely interested. A friend of mine posted on facebook about the OnMyWay app. But was it legit?

The site says it pays you 5 cents for every mile you drive without texting. Refer someone and earn 2 cents for every mile your referral drives without texting. When you sign up you immediately get $10 deposited into your account.

It didn’t require a lot of personal information to set up the account and it was pretty quick to set up. I was surprised when it seemed to track my driving miles fairly accurately.

I noticed that the cents were adding up pretty quickly and within a week I had over $20 in my account (counting the $10 starting deposit) That’s when I started to really question if this was for real. So I started looking through the OnMyWay app FAQs on how to get paid. You can input your paypal email or Venmo to received payments (no passwords) but it didn’t seem like I could just simply cash out the “money” I earned. After reading through the FAQ it seems I had to complete what they call “marathon deals” These are long term deals. There’s a $250 one that required 250 referrals. Then there was a $1000 one that required you to earn $10,000 in mile money/referrals and make at least 10 purchases. See the app also works like a cash back site. And the mileage money earned almost sounded more like “points” to me than actual cash.

I was a little disheartened by this but I also read that they were going to add short term marathon deals the next month. Surprisingly within a week the short term deals appeared with much more reasonable cash outs like $10, $50, etc. The catch on this one? There seems to be a limited number of rewards at a time. It seemed there were a lot of people able to cash in on the short term deals so that made made me feel better about it. You can see an example of one of the marathon deals in the screen shot below.

So in the end, I think it is legit I just feel they could do a better job communicating exactly how the rewards and app works. I think it’s a little misleading at face value.

I do think this could a nice incentive for teens to drive without texting with the knowledge there could be an earned reward for it. I think it would be a nice compliment for Uber or Lyft drivers to have the potential to earn a little extra on their fares or maybe even taxi drivers. So I will continue using the app. The app is free other than any cash back purchases you may want to make through the app but they’re not required.

If you’re interested in the On My Way app you can use my referral link and get $10 in your account just for signing up.

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