Underoos Coupon and Giveaway! (Now For Adults Too)

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When I was approached to review and offer up a giveaway of Underoos, I couldn’t resist. As a child in the 80s, I had a pair of Wonder Woman and Batgirl Underoos that I wore all the time under my clothes. What else could make a kid feel more like a superhero?! And now, they offer Underoos for adults as well!

star-wars-r2d2-galaxyLadies, the website calls Women’s sizes “Juniors.” But fear not. They are actually Women’s sizes. I asked for a larger size, assuming Juniors meant smaller teen sizes. But they are huge, and I probably wont be able to wear them unless I can shrink them. So, pay attention to the size chart as the sizes are pretty close to regular Women’s sizes.

Right now, you can grab a pair for $5 off any order using code SCIFICHICK! Offer expires August 31, 2015.

superman-packageAND… Underoos is offering a giveaway for a free pair of Underoos to one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 28. I’ll draw a name on August 29, and notify winner via email.

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Star Trek: Heroes and Villains Magazine

Now through October 21st, CBS Watch! magazine presents Star Trek: Heroes and Villains.

The 100-page special issueStar Trek: Heroes and Villains highlights 50 villains and 50 heroes from the Original series. There are rare photos, interviews, facts, trivia and exclusive content that Original series fans will enjoy. It looks like a nice collector’s piece at a decent price right now. It reminds me of when I subscribed to the Star Trek magazine years ago. Except this has many more pictures, and isn’t nearly as text heavy.

Fantasy Book Review: Wings of Fire: Moon Rising

Wings of Fire: Moon Rising by Tui T Sutherland

Synopsis:
The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends.

Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting–and dangerous.

In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?

Review:
As Moonwatcher attends the new school founded by the famous dragonets of prophecy, she must keep her unusual abilities a secret. But someone at the school can communicate with her through her thoughts and seems to have the same abilities Moonwatcher has. But even more important than that mystery is the attacks on her classmates that may lead to murder.

Moon Rising is the sixth installment in the Wings of Fire series, and an offshoot storyline with new characters. Moonwatcher is a great new character – honest, brave, and easy to like despite the reputation of the rest of her dragon clan. Her new friends are very diverse and just as vivid and engaging as the original dragonets. This story is a suspenseful mystery that is unpredictable and pure fun from beginning to end. I look forward to seeing the path these new, young dragons take as a new prophecy is revealed.

Author Jeff Pearce Guest Post

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WINDOWS AND DOUBTS, LEGENDS AND HOPES
by Jeff Pearce

As I write this, I’m in the middle of a depression. I’ve had worse. I’d rank this one a “five,” meaning that I can reasonably function, even if there are days when I feel like jumping out the nearest window. In fact, I just scared myself by checking to see if the one nearest to me opens. It does, but it would mean a tight fit climbing out. The least you should settle for in a dramatic plunge to your death is to be comfortable as you shove your way through the aperture. The urge is still there, but meh. If this is published, it means I got over it. I do know that all this is tied to The Work.

Karma Booth coverI am one of those who want to write because after so many years, I just have to—stories will spill out, fiction or non-fiction. But I can’t pretend I don’t have the selfish urge to be successful. I don’t “write for me”—screw that. I write so that hopefully, you’ll read me. You’ll be entertained. You’ll want to read me again. And maybe you’ll enlist others. If I’m not going to last on a shelf, what was I here for? What did I do it all for? Of course, this is irrational. So is Olympic bobsledding.

The novice aches to be published. The mid-lister is already published, but pines for a breakthrough book. And in the current publishing climate, we as writers have to prove ourselves over and over. It’s not enough to have a track record, what were the sales from your last book? Who are you again?

I don’t find inspiration lacking or revision difficult. What wears me down is the number of doors closed today for unagented submissions, the perpetual, relentless search for a home for your work, the grind. I was comparing notes via email with a long-time non-fiction writer recently (who obviously shall go nameless) who confided to me how they were disillusioned by their imprint’s complete lack of interest in marketing the book in the U.S., despite glowing reviews; they clearly felt hurt by the shameless lack of courtesy when the publisher didn’t even bother to explain why a paperback release was never issued. Now if that can happen to them (and that person is very good), it makes me second-guess my own efforts to pitch, to put together those polished sample chapters, the synopsis, etc.

There are those out there who might justifiably shoot back, Boohoo. Cry me a river. That’s the biz you chose, and if you drop out, there will be others with the stamina, not to mention the talent, to rush on—marketing support or not, good manners from imprints or not, pitiful advances or not. Dedicated newcomers and other old pros won’t give up, and they shouldn’t. And those who point this out will be right. In fact, they’ll be damn right.

I am just throwing things out there, trying to take the temperature, wondering if it’s just me, or if I’ll hear the ping back across the void, the mournful song across the ocean.

I’ve had 15 books published in different genres, both under my own name and pseudonyms, but science fiction is the only one for which I question my right to work. I don’t necessarily need to work in it—I can write other things, and I have. History. Thrillers. Really dumb erotica. But I feel about science fiction the same way I do about karate. Years ago when I was training hard in a dojo. I worked with remarkable athletes, and I had to make peace with myself that I would never be in their class, not even close. They were scary good. And so I humbly loved martial arts, even if I could never reach these individuals’ level of greatness.

I live in the same city as Robert Charles Wilson and Robert J. Sawyer, but if I met either of them on the street, I don’t think I could hold an intelligent conversation with either of them. Yeah, sure, maybe in the technical sense, all three of us are writers, but if this were an evolutionary scale, I wouldn’t even share the category of “Primates” with them—I’d be down there with “plankton.”

Reich TVAnd I have only myself, of course, to blame for that. My scientific literacy is embarrassingly abysmal. I can read Spin and love it, but there’s no way I could ever write something that spectacularly good, either in terms of its literary level or its scientific plausibility.

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Fantasy Book Review: Dead Man’s Reach

Dead Man’s Reach by DB Jackson

Synopsis:
Boston, 1770: The city is a powder keg as tensions between would-be rebels and loyalist torries approach a breaking point and one man is willing to light the match that sets everything off to ensure that he has his revenge.

The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in and the jobs that are available are reserved for Sephira Pryce. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking on jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Torries from Patriot mobs. But, when one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. Even more troubling is that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble.

Once Ethan realizes why he is at the center of all the violence, he finds out that some enemies don’t stay buried and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan’s life. Even if that means costing the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most.

Review:
Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker (detective) and conjuror in a time when witches are burned at the stake. The setting is early America, right before the American Revolution – in an alternate world where powerful magic exists.

Dead Man’s Reach is the fourth (and final, for now) installment in the The Thieftaker Chronicles. This has been a favorite series of mine, so I hate to see it end. But this novel wraps up an open-ended storyline that doesn’t disappoint. My only complaint is that Ethan’s love interest seems dull compared to the other women in his life. His conjuror friend is mysterious, and his professional competition (while ruthless) has a huge personality who steals the scene whenever she’s there. I love these characters, the mysteries, and unique world. And I certainly hope that eventually more books follow in this fantastic series. It’s always one I’ll recommend.

Book Giveaway: Spider’s Trap

Courtesy of Pocket Books, I have a copy of Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 28. I’ll draw a name on August 29, and notify winner via email.

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