Black Jack COVER REVEAL!

Black Jack – The Ace of Hearts Book Two

Melanie S’velare is a survivor, the strongest witch in her coven, and a princess. With the key to her magic, the Ace of Hearts, presumably destroyed, her powers continue to grow. As her power increases, her control on them becomes weaker until it is clear she may be the most powerful witch on the planet and the most dangerous. The Alaman, another coven, concerned by her strength, send an ambassador to gauge her control, stability, and how dangerous she truly is. The Alaman are well known for killing witches who pose a threat to their own powerful hold over the globe and if they see fit to end her life, she will have no choice but to fight.

With her soulmate by her side and the remains of her Vanguard, Melanie strives to maneuver a maze of political scandals designed to make her falter. If she fails, she will not only lose her throne to the traitorous Lord Rossi, but also her life to the fiery Alaman.

Melanie can only pray her secret that the Ace of Hearts is alive and manipulating them all in a final deadly game is never revealed.

Black Jack book two in the Ace of Hearts series will be released July 2015.

Sounds awesome, right? If you haven’t read Ace of Hearts (book 1) check it out here. Are you ready for the big reveal? Drumroll….

Black Jack Cover

 

About the author:

headshot Mikki KellsMikki Kells is both a writer and a rider. She spends her nights crafting fantastical stories and her afternoons bowing to the demands of her beloved horse. Her interests in fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories developed from a childhood of imaginary exploits and continue to influence her professional career. She resides in central Utah.

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A Fantastic Fairytale Fad

Fairytales have emerged as the latest movie fad. How long will this last? A lot longer than you think.

The fairytale seems to be all the rage in Hollywood today. Over the past couple of years, we have witnessed fairytales such as Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood reappear into our lives. This year, Snow White made her way to the big screen; but she is slightly feistier than we last remembered. Next year doesn’t seem to be looking any different with “comebacks” from our favorite fairytales both Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel. The fad looks to be far from over. Why the sudden interest in fairytales? Perhaps it has more to do with success.

Movie trends have spanned across various genres and themes over the years. The fairy tale is no exception.  First came American Pie which led to a series of movies centering on teenagers who desperately wanted to explore their sexual fantasies (Eurotrip, Roadtrip). Then came Harry Potter who gave a green light for all the other goblin-filled movies (Percy Jackson, The Golden Compass) to follow pursuit—ultimately paling in comparison. David Heyman, producer of Harry Potter, shares his insight, “We weren’t trying to emulate anything, and we didn’t have too many people in the mix trying to say what it should be. You’ve got Jo Rowling’s voice and the director’s voice. We’re not creating a product; we’re adapting Jo Rowling’s books.” Audiences can’t be fooled for too long. This is ultimately why imitated works usually do not live up to the originals.

Many films with comparable storylines go into production at the same time. Computer animated films have been a huge culprit of this. Have you noticed animated movies come lumped together exploring both the same themes and terrains? Surprise. Animation first explored the harsh realities of those living in the soil (A Bug’s Life, Antz) and then moved to the depths of the sea (Finding Nemo, A Shark’s Tale).  CG even shed light on some mysterious creatures that we didn’t even know existed (Monsters Inc., Shrek). Once computer animation was able to convincingly capture Mother Nature’s wrath, we were flooded with volcanoes (Dante’s Peak, Volcano) and asteroids (Deep Impact, Armageddon) and other natural disaster movies. Now audiences can look forward to being haunted by their favorite childhood stories.

Hollywood isn’t entirely to blame for the new crave. Many moviegoers enjoy rediscovering those sentimental fairytales from their youth. It is a nice escape from their routine lives. Additionally, Fairytales have done extremely well on the big screen in the past several years. After all, can you really blame movie executives for striking the iron while it’s hot? Movie executives are merely attempting to reproduce the success. At least that’s what Hollywood screenwriter and veteran William Goldman maintains. While the overabundance of fairytales may seem like a cheesy fad, it’s been very lucrative. Don’t look for the craze to die down anytime soon.

Serge is the founder of Edictive and is a seasoned production professional as well as a leading technology product specialist in film production management space

Don’t Drop It! 4 Ridiculous Cargo Spills

Enjoy this fun and random post. The whale one made me want to laugh and grimace in disgust at the same time!

We’re told not to cry over spilt milk but I think it’s perfectly reasonable to shed a tear when more than 2,000 crates of beer are left scattered all over the road. And this is just one of many incidents where bizarre items have been dropped.

Beer

No one likes to waste a drop of beer. Most of us get upset when we spill the tiniest amount as we walk away from the bar, so spare a thought for the driver who spilt 2,184 crates of Grolsch larger all over the road.

The accident occurred when two vehicles collided, but luckily neither driver was hurt. The road was closed for a few hours to give the authorities a chance to clean up all the broken glass. Well that’s their story, but I think they were just trying to drink as much as they could before it ran away.

Rubber Ducks

Your average housebound rubber duck must go to sleep dreaming of a life spent freely bobbing around the world’s oceans. But this dream became a reality for 29,000 of the little yellow fellows who were spilled into the Pacific Ocean by a cargo ship 15 years ago and have since travelled more than 17,000 miles.

Scientists have tracked the packs movements and used the incident to highlight the environmental problems caused when cargo is lost overboard. After the spill 10,000 ducks drifted north and reached Western Europe after a frozen spell in the arctic. The other 19,000 decided to swim down south and have been washed up in South America, Indonesia and Australia.

Cocaine

This guy from Colombia has got to be the worst drug smuggler in the world. In 2007 a man was driving a truck with a ton of cocaine hidden from the authorities in the vehicles roof and walls. You’d think he’d want to stick to the speed limit to avoid any unwanted attention from the authorities, but that would have been too sensible.

The accident happened on a winding road in Bogota when the driver took a corner too fast, clipped the curb and rolled his vehicle. The class A drugs were scattered all over the road and although the driver came through the incident without any serious injuries he was arrested on the spot.

A Sperm Whale

Don’t worry, this whale was already dead when its entrails were blasted all over a road running through Tainan, a city in Taiwan. Scientists were transporting the 60 ton carcass to their research laboratory for an autopsy when a build-up of natural gas inside the whale’s body combined with the speed of transit caused the carcass to explode.

The whale was 56 foot long, so it created a bit of a mess in the city. And I’d imagine that the smell of a rotting whale carcass isn’t something most people want to encounter on a sunny afternoon. What a horrible scene.

When he’s not dropping Coco Pops all over his Kitchen floor Adam Harrow works as a copywriter for Find Me A Gift, where you’ll find the best men’s gifts for all occasions.

Essential Inventions You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

I love these kinds of posts, just because they’re unique and they help to get my brain churning on different book ideas. Enjoy!

If you were asked to think of the world’s most important and essential inventions, you would probably come up with things like the computer, antibiotics, anesthetics, electricity … things like that.

But without the inventions listed below, many of those innovations would never have come to pass. Mankind has been inventing since the very dawn of man, and many of the things we take for granted today simply did not exist until some bright spark came up with an idea and made them into reality.

 

Coins

Before the invention of coins, the only way you could exchange something you had for something you wanted was to barter it.

Let’s say you had grain and wanted a pig. If you could not find someone with a pig who wanted grain, you would have to barter your grain for something they did want.

Apart from the time this would take, you would also need to transport the grain and worry about it spoiling before you had made your deal. The invention of coins cut away all of this difficulty and made it possible to save the proceeds of a sale for a future purchase.

Imagine heading down to a shop and trying to barter your crops for some remote control window shades and you will realize just how essential the concept of money is to your daily life!

 

Alcohol

Alcohol was not always just something that was drunk for fun. Before the development of modern sanitation, germ theory and medicine, drinking water was a dangerous proposition. While people might not have known that water was full of tiny germs, they did know that it made them sick. So, what did they do?

They brewed beer and drank it instead. The alcohol in the beer helped to kill of the bacteria and other microorganisms that made people sick when they drank water. In addition, brewing beer helped to get nutrients out of the grains, so that a drink of beer was almost a meal.

Without the invention of alcohol, a large number of people would have died from drinking dirty water.

 

Writing

In the western world today almost everyone can write. Indeed, literacy is one of the most important ways to measure how developed a country is. With reading and writing being taught from such an early age, it is hard for us to remember the concept of writing did not always exist – someone had to invent it.

More likely, it was several someone’s working together in communities all across humanity. With writing, messages do not need to be transmitted from person to person, with misunderstandings and confusion. The wisdom of your ancestors can live on after they have died, and you can leave messages for others.

Now that you know more about inventions, you might want to get more acquainted with today’s technology, like remote control window shades.

Post written by guest blogger Shane.