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Kindle Book Review: The Xactilias Project is Here (Finally!)

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Advertorial by Sarah McDaniels

Long anticipated, The Xactilias Project has finally arrived at Amazon, and it was well worth the wait.

In short, this uniquely intriguing thriller is an immersive, very well-written roller-coaster ride with surprises around every corner.

From the incredible opening line (“Have you noticed any insects behaving strangely? … Avoiding you perhaps?”) to the pulse-pounding finish, each chapter sucks readers deeper and deeper into a spell-binding world, filled with mystery, danger and one surprising revelation after another.


It all starts with Claire Foley, a fascinating genius who spends her days working in the safe confines of a university research facility. Somewhere in the shadows, a mysterious organization has watched her from afar. When the time is right, the organization begins manipulating Claire’s every move until she finds herself in their employ. That’s when things really get delightfully strange, and soon readers are turning pages feverishly to see if this compelling figure can use her incredible talents to escape her predicament.

On sale for half-price in digital format at Amazon, The Xactilias Project is also available in audio and print. If you’re looking for a game-changer for your weekend reading list, this is the book for you.

Open Your Ears: Amazon Giving Away Popular Book in Audio Format

Advertorial by Sarah McDaniels

A genius … a mysterious organization … and a dark plot to change the world.

Widely praised for its unique and suspenseful story, The Xactilias Project had already been one of this year’s hottest sellers. Now, Amazon is allowing readers to listen to the audiobook for free. Check it out below or get it for Kindle, paperback or audio format at Amazon.com.

What People Are Saying

“This is a uniquely intriguing thriller with surprises around every corner,” says Sarah McDaniels of The Candid Book Review. “From the incredible opening line to the pulse-pounding finish, each chapter sucks readers deeper and deeper into a spell-binding world, filled with mystery, danger and one surprising revelation after another.”


From the incredible opening line (“Have you noticed any insects behaving strangely? … Avoiding you perhaps?”) to the pulse-pounding finish, each chapter sucks readers deeper and deeper into a spell-binding world, filled with mystery, danger and one surprising revelation after another.

The HBC Literary Review’s Ronald J. Bushwell agrees, calling the book a “thrilling, suspenseful and unforgettable.”

It all starts with Claire Foley, a fascinating genius who spends her days working in the safe confines of a university research facility. Somewhere in the shadows, a mysterious organization has watched her from afar. When the time is right, the organization begins manipulating Claire’s every move until she finds herself in their employ. That’s when things really get delightfully strange, and soon readers are turning pages feverishly to see if this compelling figure can use her incredible talents to escape her predicament.

“One of the great things about this book is its ability to merge great writing and literary merit with good old-fashioned commercial entertainment,” says Lois McGinty of The Best Books Journal. “Right now, I have The Xactilias Project at the top of my recommendation’s list, because it’s intelligent, a bit nerve-wracking and a whole lot of fun.”

Fans Get Their Way: Popular Book Is Getting a Sequel

Advertorial by Sarah McDaniels

A genius … a mysterious organization … and a dark plot to change the world.

Since it first hit bookstores, The Xactilias Project has been blowing people’s minds with its thrilling story and shocking plot. Now, fans are freaking out in response to news that a sequel is on the way.


With an ever-growing fan base, The Xactilias Project has earned considerable praise from critics, such as the Best Book Journal’s Lois McGinty, who calls the book “tense, fascinating and beautifully written.” Now, like countless other readers, McGinty is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the sequel.

“The first book was really a classic thriller,” says McGinty. “It’s no wonder so many people are excited about a part two. You can count me right along with them.”

Ronald J. Bushwell of the HBC Literary Review agrees, calling the news a really big announcement.

“Although there were rumors that a sequel would be made, no one knew for sure,” he said. “The first book was thrilling, suspenseful and unforgettable. So, we’re all very interested to see what comes next.”

While he hasn’t announced an official title or release date, author RJ Lawrence has hinted that fans can expect to see The Xactilias Project sequel sometime this summer.

Odd News – Weird Story of Man with Two Penises

A man with an incredible condition called diphallia has written a tell-all memoir, documenting his weird story. Chock full of painful medical emergencies and wild exploits, “Double Header,” gives profound insight into the life of a two penis man, who uses his fully-functioning appendages, well, just like most men.

Going by the name the Dyphallic Dude, the author gained notoriety some time ago, when he appeared on Reddit‘s “Ask Me Anything Thread.” Once the questions started flowing, it became clear the Dyphallic Dude had a story to tell. Among the most noteworthy revelations included:

  1. Yes, both penises work.
  2. He does have sex with both men and women, the latter of which he describes as “difficult.”
  3. He’s won over straight men using his two well-proportioned appendages.
  4. Puberty wasn’t as bad as you might think; in fact, it was relatively uneventful.
  5. He has to separate them over each leg to fit inside his underwear.
  6. Doctors tend to bring their coworkers in for closer looks.
  7. He suffers painful prostate inflammation if he doesn’t masturbate enough.
  8. He has a preference for the right one.
  9. He can urinate and ejaculate out of each penis.
  10. Each registers at ten inches when erect, which is pretty much the only time that matters.

According to the D-Dude, who is currently in his twenties, he often considered having surgery to remove one of his members; however, his mother and father talked him out of it, saying he would be the same person either way. He also says he’s very glad to be living today, when acceptance is more common and freak shows are a thing of the past.

Without giving away too much of the Dyphallic Dude’s odd news story, you can do a google search for proof. You can also learn more about this fascinating individual’s life by reading his memoir, available for download at Amazon.

5 Big Mistakes Brides-To-Be Make When Planning a Wedding

(Street Proposal photo by Prayitn)

The big moment finally arrived and you are bouncing off the walls. After all this time – or maybe just the right amount of time – he finally proposed and your mind is buzzing with all sorts of big plans. It’s time to start working, but before you let your enthusiasm get the best of you, make sure to avoid these common wedding planning blunders.

 

Don’t Start Inviting People Just Yet

Once you invite someone to your wedding, you can’t really un-invite them. Without knowing your budget or the groom’s guest list, you might be setting yourself up for disaster. Plan your finances and get on the same page before you start making calls.

Don’t Give Your Parents Too Much Power

Too often, brides are quick to make promises to their parents that later result in regrets. You’re excited. They’re excited. But, ultimately, you’re bound to butt heads with the people who raised you. It’s difficult to take back promises once they’ve been made, so think hard and talk to your partner before delegating any responsibilities to your folks.

Don’t Offer to Pay Expenses

Good intentions often lead to angry wedding parties. If a friend agrees to be in your bridal party, because you offered to pay for shoes, makeup, a dress, travel or lodging, she’s going to be plenty mad if you can’t come through. Again, take a deep breath and think about what you and your partner will be able to manage.

Don’t Skimp on Photography

It’s quite common for brides to focus on the actual ceremony without giving much thought to the aftermath. According to photographer, Arnaud Brichet, who owns the Punta Cana wedding photography company HDC Photo, many times, this results in serious disappointment.

“As memories fade, your photos will be the key link to your big day.” he said. “It’s important to use a professional wedding photographer who has the equipment and know-how to capture the true essence of your wedding, while painting you and your guests in a flattering light.”

Your wedding is big deal, so don’t let a friend or family member convince you they have the ability to photographer your wedding.

Don’t Choose the First Dress You See

It’s quite a thrill to see yourself in a wedding gown for the first time. In fact, the sight can be so powerful, you might feel tempted to purchase the first dress you try on. Unfortunately, over the next several weeks or months, you’re apt to see dresses that put that one to shame. Take your time when choosing your wedding dress. After all, you don’t really need to finalize this task until the big day approaches.

Brides Reveal Biggest Wedding Regrets In Survey

Wedding (photo by Emilio Azevedo)

The vast majority of brides look forward to their weddings with plenty of excitement and hope. Unfortunately, at least one study indicates that many end up regretting the way they used their budgets.

Recently, New York Magazine published the results of a survey which asked 100 brides to name the biggest disappointments related to their weddings. In conducting their study, researchers asked every respondent to rank their greatest snafus, registry errors and planning missteps. In the end, the study unveiled fascinating results that can help guide anyone who’s preparing a wedding.

Overspending

It’s not uncommon for people to spend too much money on their weddings; however, some go over-budget in ways they later wish they hadn’t. According to New York Magazine’s report, most respondents expressed regret over spending too much money on flowers, while a smaller percentage said they wished they’d spent less on makeup, dresses, hair, photos, drinks and decorations.

Under-spending

Although a large number of brides believed they went over-budget on specific wedding features, others felt they hadn’t spent enough. About one in ten brides expressed regret for spending too little on their dresses, while about nine percent felt they underspent on their cakes. Ultimately, however, the largest regrets centered on poor or inadequate photography, with 22 percent of respondents wishing they’d spent extra on a quality photographer.

Unsurprising

According to professional wedding photographer, Arnaud Brichet, it isn’t that shocking to learn that lackluster wedding photography topped the list of bridal regrets.

“While the ideal ceremony tends to be characterized by a collection of critical features, none of it really matters if the wedding isn’t appropriately captured,” he said. “Sadly, a large number of brides focus their budgets on wedding planners, caterers, florists, bakers, limousine drivers and venue managers. Without an experienced, skilled photographer to capture every critical moment, even the best wedding features tend to fade from memory. That said, a quality photographer has the ability to capture the true essence of a ceremony, so brides and grooms can relive the emotions for years down the line.”

Making a Wise Choice

As an experienced Dominican Republic wedding photographer with HDC Photo, Brichet has amassed years of experience. According to him, when selecting a professional wedding photographer, it’s important to closely examine his or her complete portfolio.

“Some professionals take portraits that seem a little too unnatural or orchestrated,” he said. “On the other hand, an experienced professional has versatile talents, which allow him or her to capture beautiful, natural-looking photos that don’t seem forced or posed.”

Brichet says a good photographer should also ask plenty of questions and get to know the bride and groom to better assess exactly what they are looking for. Most importantly, the professional should have lots of samples that clearly demonstrate both his or her versatility and attention to detail.

Ideally, a wedding should be a beautiful, memorable event. That said, quality photographs can help you retain and re-experience even the most minor details; so you can enjoy them for decades later. When choosing a photographer, ask plenty of questions and take your time. After all, your photos and videos will be the most important link to that special day, when you officially joined your life with the one you love most.

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