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


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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer

Wedding photos are a critical part of any celebration, because they allow you to relive all the special moments and emotions years after the celebration has concluded. Sadly, research suggests that many brides and grooms spend too little on this fundamental necessity, instead focusing the bulk of their budgets on catering, flowers, makeup, decorations and drinks.

New York Magazine recently published a survey which asked about 100 brides to name the biggest disappointments associated with their ceremonies. While each expressed a wide variety of regrets, the vast majority said they would have spent more on wedding photography if they could do things again.

According to Arnaud Brichet, who owns the Punta Cana wedding photography company HDC Photo, this isn’t a surprising statistic. In fact, he says most people tend to undervalue their photographer, because they are too fixated on the moment.

“It’s common for brides and grooms to concentrate their focus on the ceremony and reception, because they are so excited about the upcoming event,” he said. “That said, many don’t realize that everything happens so quickly. It’s like a whirlwind that can be difficult to remember. That’s why they need quality photographs and videos to help them re-experience all the special moments.”

Unfortunately, many photographers do a poor job of capturing weddings, because they tend to take overly-orchestrated photos that appear unnatural. To ensure that they are getting quality service, Brichet says brides and grooms should seek personable candidates who ask plenty of questions.

“The best services are going to have photographers who get to know their clients,” he said. “They need to ask questions and learn exactly what the client wants and expects. Our Punta Cana wedding photography service is successful, because we take time to talk with each and every one of our clients.”

To get a better idea of what they can expect, brides and grooms should also ask to see plenty of samples. According to Brichet, a service should have a wide array of photographs in its portfolio.

“The best professionals have versatile skills,” he said. “Be sure to take time to go through their portfolios to get a clear idea of what you can expect. It may seem time consuming, but your photos and videos will be the only thing left after the ceremony and reception have concluded. In the end, your pictures are going to be the only link between you and the powerful emotions of that special day.”

New Book Lists for Sunday, May 5

A valuable resource that provides great book suggestions,’s new Listmania is quickly gaining popularity for helping readers find authors and novels which have similarities to some of their favorites. Our in-house books and publishing expert Lois McGinty creates new lists on a daily basis to help readers unearth new books they might normally overlook. Below, you’ll find a few of her most recent compilations:

Must Read Novels that Stick with You
Books Like Into the Wild
Books Like Fight Club
Books Like the Alchemist
Books like The Lord of the Rings
Books Like The Hunger Games
Books Like 1984

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