NEW! Mystery Box: Smuggler’s Bounty – November 2015

Smugglers Bounty

The details on this new box from Star Wars and Funko:
“Star Wars and Funko are proud to present Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, each box is carefully curated for Star Wars fans and shipped directly to your doorstep. Every box is themed specifically around the Star Wars films with collectors in mind. For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko collectibles and a host of other surprises valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program, perfect for any Star Wars fan. Star Wars Smugglers Bounty celebrates the dedicated fan and the Star Wars enthusiasts in ways no other box can – join today!”

If you’ve seen the Marvel Collector Corps box, you’ll know what to expect.

Smugglers Bounty

Star Wars First Order Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

Smugglers Bounty
Smugglers Bounty

Exclusive Captain Phasma (Chrome) Funko POP! (Retail $20+?) – This exclusive was a spoiler weeks ago, but I was happy to get it as I don’t have a Captain Phasma POP yet. I love the design, and the “chrome” finish is really nice.

Exclusive Tie Fighter Pilot Funko POP! (Retail $20+?) – This is an exclusive version of the Tie Fighter Pilot, which I was happy to add to my collection too. It’s too hard to see the black figure in the box, so I took a picture out of the box with the flash on so you can see more detail.

Smugglers Bounty

Funko Snowtrooper Tshirt (Retail $10?) – While I’m not a fan of Funko figures on tshirts, this is a cute one. And it’s yet another black shirt. Hoping for more variety in the future…

Star Wars Lanyard (Retail $4-5?) – Not sure who wears these other than convention goers.

Summary: I made a point to stop buying Star Wars POPs when I subscribed to this box a couple months ago. I didn’t want too many duplicates.

Fantasy Book Review: The Geomancer

The Geomancer by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

Synopsis:
The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele’s geomancy is failing and the vampires might return. A new power could tilt the balance back to the vampire clans. A deranged human called the Witchfinder has surfaced on the Continent, serving new vampire lords. This geomancer has found a way to make vampires immune to geomancy and intends to give his masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale.

The apocalyptic event in Edinburgh weakened Adele’s geomantic abilities. If the Witchfinder can use geomancy against humanity, she may not have the power to stop him. If she can’t, there is nowhere beyond his reach and no one he cannot kill.

From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris, from the heart of the Equatorian Empire to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet, old friends and past enemies return. Unexpected allies and terrible new villains arise. Adele and Gareth fight side-by-side as always, but they can never be the same if they hope to survive.

Review:
Following events in the Vampire Empire trilogy, The Geomancer is the first in a new series. Though, I do recommend reading the Vampire Empire trilogy first. Gareth and Adele have almost settled into a comfortable life, when vampire attacks reveal that a mysterious geomancer is working against them.

As in the Griffith’s Vampire Empire series, the characters are well-developed and engaging. This fascinating, unique world is an historic alternate Earth where vampires and magic exists. I can’t get enough of these characters and was thrilled that this story has continued. Full of mystery and suspense, this fantasy series is not to be missed.

Box Review: Powered Geek Box – November 2015

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box (formerly Power Up Box) is a geek subscription box featuring epic gifts for nerds, geeks and gamers. Our subscription box service delivers great gear and novelty items from big names like DC Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars and Capcom right to your doorstep every month. Treat yourself to our geek subscribe box service or send it as a gift.

Powered Geek Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month. Plans are cheaper if you buy more than one month at a time.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review.

Powered Geek Box

There are no themes for this box right now.

Powered Geek Box

Dr Who Adipose Funko POP! (Retail $8.43) – I’m not a Dr Who fan, but this POP is super cute.

Tetris Magnets (Retail $9.99) – OK, I think these could become addictive. Love it.

Powered Geek Box

Guinness World Records Build Your Own Flying UFOs (Retail $10.32) – I plan on putting this in my nephew’s stocking, but I think I’ll be “helping” him… aka playing with it too.

Stress Controller (Retail $6.95) – This is a cute stress ball substitute that retro gamers will enjoy.

Powered Geek Box

Family Guy Drinking Dice Game (Retail $5.78) – This would make a fun gag gift or white elephant.

Touch Control Joystick for Touchscreens (Retail $8.17) – I’ve included an image of the back so you can see what this is. It looks like this clever little joystick will work with any touchscreen device.

Filler candy – always welcome!

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box

GI Joe Cobra Commander Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt, and I’m not even a huge GI Joe fan – though I have seen even the worst of the bad movies. The only negative, is that the print is lopsided on the shirt. Notice the larger gap on the right than left side of the design. It wont stop me from wearing it, I’m sure – but it is unfortunate.

Summary: This was another fun and unique mystery box from Powered Geek Box. And the value was great. I like that they don’t stick to the same mold as some of the other geek boxes, yet I’d still like to see a theme.

Blog Tour: Monsterland Guest Post

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Self-Publishing Versus Traditional: A Discussion with Award-Winning Author Michael Phillip Cash

Self-publishing versus traditional. It’s a question every writer faces at some point or another. For me personally, I’ve never even bothered submitting a manuscript to a traditional publishing house. First off, I’ve heard horror stories. Just with marketing, after your book comes out and it’s marketed as best as they can, they no longer market it any further. My book Stillwell is out four years already, and it’s still a best seller on Amazon, all because my team continues to market it to different audiences.

I am a huge believer in the self-publishing model. Yes, could traditional houses get you into Costco and Wal-Mart…the answer is yes. However, a friend of mine from high school was published through Simon and Schuster. His book came out 10 years ago and he has 30 reviews on Amazon. My book Witches Protection Program has 160 reviews, and it’s been out for 4 months.

If you are just starting out, I say self-publish. You have control over your work. Hire a good marketing team, a social networking guru and a publicist. Concentrate on writing excellent stories and have your team market the hell out your brand. Also, get familiar with the differences between traditional and self-publishing. Read A.P.E. – Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. It’s the bible for Self-Publishing that I live by.

About the Book

Monsterland Michael Phillip CashMonsterland

Written by Michael Phillip Cash Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland contains solid ingredients for a horror feast: stupid teens, smart teens, a little challenged romance, family dynamics, action, blood and gore. Will civilization ever be normal again? You’ll have to read it to find out. We dare you!”—The Children’s Book Review

Ages 14+ | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1517180676

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About Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip CashMichael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Monsterland Tour Giveaway

Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash | Giveaway

Would you rather be a werewolf, a zombie or a vampire? Enter to win an autographed copy of Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash; plus a living dead themed travel mug and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Giveaway begins November 14, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 16, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST. US addresses only.

Monsterland Tour Dates

Thursday November 12 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Tuesday November 17 2015
The Review Wire
Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Tuesday November 24 2015
SciFiChick.com

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday November 17 2015
Suz Reviews

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Sunday November 29 2015
The Cover Contessa

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday December 1 2015
DCC Mealy

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Wednesday December 2 2015
Once Upon a Twilight

Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Saturday December 5 2015
The Fairview Review

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 8 2015
Just Another Mom

Monsterland Book Review

Monday December 14 2015
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 15 2015
Inspired by Savannah

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

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