Guest Post: 5 Amazing Sci-Fi Books to Read Before the End of Summer

Today we have a guest post by fellow freelance writer, Caroline, and she has some cool book recommendations for us! Enjoy the post! :) xoxo Leah

5 Amazing Sci-Fi Books to Read Before the End of Summer

This year is shaping up to be one of those meteoric years for science fiction and fantasy. Looking at release of books from some of my favorite authors to new discoveries all together, it’s a great time be a science fiction and fantasy book lover.

So if you’re looking for something to binge read in the last days of summer, check out these five must-read titles that belong at the top of your reading pile.

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Top ten costume ideas for literary horror fans (a guest post)

Today we have Mark Gelineau, one of the authors of A Reaper of Stone (see my review a couple of posts back), and he has a fun Top 10 list for us. Checkitout! :)

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Howdy all. My name is Mark Gelineau and I, along with my writing partner Joe King, are Gelineau and King. We are two long-time friends and the authors of the Echoes of the Ascended series.

We are releasing a novella a month. Each of them takes place in the same fantasy world, but there are four different series. A Reaper of Stone is a classic, cavalier story. Our next book, Rend the Dark, coming October 15, is a dark fantasy/horror adventure, perfect for the Halloween season.

Leah here at White Sky was kind enough to offer me a spot for a guest blog, and so I thought, in the spirit of the season, I would put forward some fun costume ideas. But let’s be honest. When it comes to horror, movies tend to get the lion’s share of representation in the costume department. So here, I wanted to offer up some costumes specifically for the LITERARY horror lover. Check them out.

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Special Sale & Reader Giveaway: Dark Innocence by Rahima Warren

Today we’re featuring Dark Innocence, book 1 in the Star-Seers’ Prophecy trilogy, by author Rahima Warren. I’m a real sucker for fantasy and I couldn’t pass this one up, especially since the series has been compared to works by J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula Leguin. I mean, holy crap, I’m curious.

Anyway, I’m going to be posting a review, but not today. Today, I have a guest post by Rahima Warren about how to evoke a fantasy world. I’ve always been fascinated by the world-building ability of great fantasy writers, so I really enjoyed this post by the author. I hope you enjoy it, too.

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A guest post about massage, its history and techniques

Carpet Head and I love getting massages. Actually, he’s the one who’s more into it and I just can’t say no most of the time. Lucky for us, there’s a home spa service in our area so it’s quite easy to schedule hour-long sessions anytime. It’s inexpensive and convenient, and, besides, we have this aromatherapy peppermint spray that we can just spritz around to re-create that nice, minty spa ambiance. But, sometimes, when we feel like it or on special occasions, we treat ourselves and go to an actual spa.

So why am I talking about this? Because today we have a guest post about massage! Read on to know just a tad bit more about the history and techniques of massage therapy.

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Guest Post: Important Investments that Can Help Freelancers Boost their Business

These days, it’s not just enough that you have a typewriter and impeccable grammar in order to become successful in freelance writing. At some point in our career, we need to invest on things in order to grow.

And when it comes to investing, the first thing that you need to learn is that it is a continuous and ever-changing process. It is just like filling your car with gasoline. Yes, the petrol that you poured can take you to faraway places, but you need to refill your tank again after sometime. You need to learn a new writing skill in order to satiate your readers, and you might even need to upgrade some of your gadgets. In this post, you’ll learn about the essential things that freelancers should invest in to boost their craft and their business.

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons why Reading a Book Brings Peace

Reading is a personal pursuit, so we each pick up books for different reasons. For most people, entertainment is one of the primary takeaways from reading a good book. But there are other reasons why people read; furnishing a host of benefits for individuals inspired to peruse their favorite titles.

Whether you are on a quest for deeper meaning, or simply out for a leisurely read, personal pleasure and gratification are strong inspiration for taking-in text. We all strive to feel better in life, and books support our pursuits. We don’t always know – or need to know – exactly why we crack a book, but our motivation remains interesting nonetheless.

Bridging the gap between the demands of daily life and our potential to see beyond them; reading brings peace to readers as they explore new ideas and unique forms of expression. Why does reading change our perspective in this way?

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Guest Post: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Kick-ass Girlfriend/Wife

And just like that it’s been a month since Carpet Head and I got hitched.

Truth be told, nothing much has changed just yet. Of course, I’m now living at the hubby’s place but 95% of my stuff is still at my sister’s and my place. It’s like I’m just hanging out here at the apartment 24/7. LOL. Of course, I have to do a bit of house work and stuff. Hate it. And to think, years ago when I was still at my old corporate job I wanted to be a housewife. HAH. It’s all good. I actually like cooking experimenting but I haven’t felt like doing any of that yet. Maybe soon when we’re more settled.

For today, here’s a guest post for you by freelance writer Cass Stewart. Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Kick-ass Girlfriend/Wife

by Cass Stewart

We’ve all been there at one stage in our lives -when the ‘girlfriend envy’ takes over. You’ve gone over to a couple’s gorgeous home, the girlfriend has prepared an incredible meal, the table is set looking like a page in a magazine, the house is spic and span and the boyfriend is staring lovingly at his carefree, fun and beautiful girlfriend. How does she do it all?! How does she have it all?! I can’t go an hour without losing my temper if the toilet seat has ‘somehow’ been left up or there are towels on the bathroom floor. I picture what miss perfect girlfriend would do in this situation and cringe at the very obvious differences. But I soon come to the realization that sometimes perfect is boring – there’s a difference between being a kick-ass girlfriend and being miss perfect. After sitting and thinking about it over a few days, I’ve come up with (what I think) is the perfect recipe for being a kick-ass girlfriend/wife. Sit back, relax, and soak it all in!

Be independent

For the majority of men, nothing is more attractive than an independent woman. Financially, it’s wonderful to be with a girl who can make it on her own – that pampering her and taking her out for dinners is an added bonus but not a necessity. Also having her own friends and social life is a huge plus, so when the time comes when he says he’s having a ‘guy’s night’ she doesn’t need to sit at home and be miserable, sending him texts every 5 minutes. Bottom line? She doesn’t need her hand to be held every second, she is strong and she can make her own decisions.

Be intelligent

Now you don’t have to be Albert Einstein to impress a guy but nothing is more unattractive than a girl (or anyone for that matter!) who cannot hold a decent conversation. Sure the bimbos may look great, but after a while guys need more substance and will get bored. Educate yourself – read more, write more, talk to different kinds of people and make sure to be open!

Pamper him

It’s a common misconception that guys should be the only ones doing the pampering. Of course it’s fun for them to see the huge smiles on our face when opening gifts, but sometimes they’d love to also be pampered and feel appreciated. If he’s into soccer, why not plan a world cup party for him and his friends including awesome food and decorations, plenty of beer and a list of your pick for the world cup winners? Sure he may laugh at you, but picking Barcelona to win because they have the hottest players isn’t such a stupid idea! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show him that you appreciate him – just take time to figure out what it is that makes him ‘tick’ and plan your surprise around that!

Make and effort with his family and friends

A guys friends and family are super important to him. Sure they may drive you crazy at times, and you wish he wouldn’t spend so much time with them, but the fact of the matter is they’re here to stay – so you may as well try to make the best of the situation! Make an effort to chat to them and find out their interests – you never know, you may have more things in common than you think!
You see, you don’t need to be the perfect girl to be a kick ass girlfriend – don’t stress if you’re no Nigella Lawson in the kitchen, or keep your house tidy ALL the time – if you make an effort with the above list, your boyfriend or husband would definitely appreciate it!