April 20 2018

Forsaken Norse Wind by Ciara Lake

About the Book:

A troll, a mortal, and a love hot enough to melt ice.

Trapped in a vicious life, Breanna Devion survives only by the strength of her heart. Determined to have more than what her abusive stepfather has planned for her, she’s willing to risk everything to be free.

Axel Venrick is a troll who has spent centuries alone, isolated in his castle in Iceland. At the insistence of others, Axel crafts the ultimate tool to find his soul mate. He creates a beautiful ring which is bespelled, blessed by a god, and sent forth to locate Axel’s other half.

The ring finds Breanna just in time to prevent her stepfather’s disastrous plan from taking place. But angry gods, vengeful parents, and an evil lurking in the immortal world all conspire to destroy the love of the jaded troll and his innocent mortal. Can their love free them or will the evil spreading from the bowels of the earth destroy them first?

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Read an Excerpt:
“It’s going to be ugly if they get here. I may have to kill some of them. I’d prefer not to, at least this day. But they may leave me no choice.” He shrugged. “So, let’s go to avoid this problem. I didn’t come here to make war on these humans. I came to fetch my mate.” He stepped closer to the porch. “Trust me, Breanna. Let your heart guide you. If you listen to it, you will know what to do.”
“My mother’s in her room sleeping. I need help with her. She’s ill, and she can be difficult.”
“Let me inside, I’ll talk to her.”
“Okay.” She stood aside. “I’m your mate?”
“Yes, you’re my mate.” In a few quick steps, he stood inside the house. He had to duck as he entered, and once inside he hunched not to hit the ceiling. “Gather what you would like to take with us. Get the coat I gave you.”
Breanna picked up the coat to put it on. She took him to her mother.
“Mother, this is Axel. We need to leave with him. Hugh’s upset with us. He’s coming back to… hurt us. We have to go.” Breanna tapped her mother’s arm. “Mother, please wake up.”
Fiona rolled over to look at Breanna. Her eyes were crazed. “What is it, child?” Her voice sounded weak. “I was dreaming of Hema taking me to his realm.”
“We need to leave. This is Axel.” Breanna pointed at him. “Umm, he’s a friend of mine. We need to go with him, now.”
“No.” Her mother sat up in the bed, shaking her head. Her hair looked wild all over her head. “I must wait for Hema to return. If I’m gone he may not find me.”
“Mother, we have to go. Hugh’s not happy, and he’s bringing others to start trouble.”
“You leave, I’m staying here. I’m not worried about Hugh.” She lay back down, rolling to the other side. “I cannot leave. Hema may come to get me.”
Axel patted Breanna on her shoulder. “They’re almost here. Stand back with me. Lay the coat down then give me your hand. We’ll watch to make sure your mother’s safe.”
He reached for her hand, and Breanna allowed him to hold it.
“No one can see us now. It takes less power if you hold my hand to make you invisible with me. We’ll wait and watch. They cannot hear us either.”
Breanna followed Axel out into the front room of the house. They stood to the right of the fireplace out of the way. The front door burst open, and Breanna jumped.
“It’s okay. They don’t see or hear us. You’ll be safe.” He gently squeezed her hand. “Relax.”
Hugh, along with two other men, entered the house. The door banged against the wall, and they pushed the chairs to the floor as they stomped inside. Others were outside the house calling loudly for her.
“Where’s the bastard? The damn girl’s in league with him.
About the Author:
Welcome to Ciara Lake’s World. Meet Gorgeous Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids, Wizards, Witches, Mythological Gods and Goddesses, Mere Mortals And More! Fiction has always been a passion of mine. Creating worlds and developing characters is a great way for me to relieve the stress and strain of my everyday world. In fantasy (paranormal) and sci-fi stories, the author has the unique ability to invent wonderfully exotic places and people. I do that in my books. These fantastic genres provide a limitless ability to be creative and inventive. My stories provide an escape into a special world filled with unique and otherworldly things. And there is always a happy ending.
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April 20 2018

To organize Blog

I’ve been asked quite a few times how I keep myself organised, particularly with my blog recently, and how I keep myself on top of posting almost everyday. So I thought today I’d try talk through three simple steps I take, and some little tips that have helped me plan content for the next month or so.

When you think about your blog, how do you want people to feel when they visit? What type of posts do you want to be known for most? What type of blog posts make you happiest to create? Try to jot down some ideas and you’ll start to get the big picture of your blog and how you really want to present it. I find this helps me focus on my best, most challenging ideas rather than just ‘filler content’ which we should all try to avoid. Keep all these notes written down somewhere you can refer back to for inspiration when you need it.

Now that you have an idea of what type of posts you love to write most, you need to break it down. Come up with a few specific blog post ideas for each category/theme. I plan on which days I’d like to have them published on my blog and how often. Planning everything like this doesn’t have to be a chore, in fact; I really enjoy it! Plus this has motivated me to improve my content and I post a lot more often because of this planning now, without any hassle.

Now that you’ve got the big picture of what you want your blog to be, and broken it down into the type of posts you want to write/create; you need to take small actions everyday (or as often as you like!) working towards getting them done. For me this means every single day I have a to-do list. Now that might not work for all of you guys, but for me it means I’m so much more focused on what I need to do.

So for today’s to-do list, I have this;

Schedule tweets for tomorrow (15 mins),
Write blog post on organisation (1-2 hours),
Brainstorm ideas (15 mins).

And as I write this, I’m already half way through this list. I get each task done as soon as possible so that I have the rest of the day to enjoy doing whatever I like 🙂

And there we have it! My three simple steps to blog organisation, which should make it easier for you guys to plan ahead for the next month or so. I really hope it does help, as I find this improves my organisation enormously.

Let me know what you guys think, and don’t forget; blogging should be fun! If this doesn’t seem fun for you, then stick to whatever you find best! 🙂

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April 20 2018

HOW TO BLOG FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE

Now, the thought of taking photos, editing them, writing something worthwhile, and sharing it on social media just sounds like way too many things to add to my already-full to-do list some days. I thought I’d share how blogging from smartphone will really be helpful.

Firstly, you need a smart phone. Then you need some nifty apps. If you’re blogging on WordPress, get the WordPress app. Even if you never intend to blog from your phone, it’s really handy to have to check your comments or make sure a post has been published while you’re out and about or on vacation.

Important handy apps :

  •  Photo Grid
  • PicsArt
  • Instagram
  • Color Note
  • Hootsuite App
  • Facebook Pages Manager App
  • Blog Lovin App

These apps will help you get a good foundation of tools to help making blogging from your smartphone easier.

THE PROCESS OF BLOGGING ON YOUR SMARTPHONE

1. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES

If you’re not in the habit of this already, I recommend this as number one. Too often, lately I think to myself that I can bang out a post from my phone while I’ve got a second here or there only to realize I would have no pictures for that post. Lame. When in doubt, take pictures 🙂

Pictures are not the basis of most posts, but without pictures, I feel like I can’t even post anything because it’s just lacking. At least for me.

2. EDIT PHOTOS ACCORDINGLY

Whether you just need to touch up some images because your smartphone camera is not the best or you need to create a graphic for a post, photo editing apps on your phone are a must.

3. WRITE THE POST

This is the easy part to me. If I’m going to write an entire post from my smartphone, I usually keep it pretty short. I do find that using a stylus helps me type it out faster if I have a lot to say, though.

I find that my smartphone-written posts usually contain spelling errors, so be careful not to write too quickly. I think this is because the spell check option doesn’t pop up when using the WordPress app.

4. PUBLISH & SHARE THE POST

This is easy, but can get tricky in the WordPress app. If you’re writing a post to schedule later, make sure you change the post “status” from publish to draft.

Maybe I just go through the motions too quickly when I’m on my phone, but too many times I’ve meant to create a draft but accidentally published it or I’ve tried to publish it and it’s stayed as a draft. Just make sure you double check it.

Sharing is also a cinch on smartphones these days, as most phones are created to share social media with ease. After the post is live, I usually go to the post on my blog through the internet (not the app) and click my shortcuts button, where a “share” option comes up right away. This will look different on every phone, but the feature should be easy to access. After that, click share and share on whatever platforms you want. This is actually much easier to me on my phone than my computer because the phone does all the work of copying & pasting.

5. NOT A PERFECT SYSTEM

I already mentioned some of the issues with uploading photos above, but there are a few other issues with this system. It’s definitely not flawless. All the issues I find tend to be with formatting.

The full editing toolbar is not available on the app. The only options are to bold, italicize, and underline words. I use different size headings a lot, and there is no option to change the headings.

You also can’t create bulleted lists from the app, which literally drives me crazy since I typically end my posts with a list of questions in bullet format.

While it’s not great, these features are missing because the apps are only meant to do the bare minimum. Most people wouldn’t use all the features in full WordPress in the app, and there’s probably just not the capabilities to make it mobile friendly anyway.

Overall, the system is good enough that if I am behind on blogging and have some photos ready, I can put something together which is better than having no content at all!

HOW SMARTPHONES CAN MAKE BLOGGING EASIER

Besides actually blogging from your smartphone, utilizing your smartphone for blogging can make your blog/life balance a little better. I’ve found that if I use little bits of time here and there to check up on “blog stuff,” I have less blog related work to do when I get home.

Some things I use my smartphone for for blogging are…

  • checking my blog email about once a day
  • checking & replying to blog comments on my lunch break
  • reading blogs through Blog Lovin on my lunch break
  • Making sure my posts have published if they were scheduled in advance
  • Maintaining an active presence on social media even while I’m away
  • Keeping lists of blog topics in my notes
  • Making blog to do lists if I have a lot going on that week

The advantage of having a smartphone for blogging is not so you can be on your blog in bloggy land all day. I find that using it when needed, in a time crunch, or when you have some extra time away from home is really handy, though.

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by  Healthwealthbridge.com,  Fashionablefoodz.com Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be re-purposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

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April 20 2018

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

One of the Yazidi women abducted and raped by Isis has told of her harrowing experience in her book. Nadia Murad, recounted how she was one of approximately 7,000 Yazidi women and girls abducted from their villages in northern Iraq during the group’s advance in 2014.

The terrorists stormed the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar where they ordered the men to convert or die and took the women to be sold into sex slavery. ISIS, who follow a brutal, distorted version of Sunni Islam, believe the Yazidis are devil worshippers because they worship a peacock deity.

The then 20-year-old, who was captured from her village of Kocho, was forced to watch as members of her family were driven away in trucks and heard loud bursts of gunfire for over an hour.

Six of her brothers and her mother were killed in the massacre – though two of her family survived with serious wounds – and she was forced to get on a bus to be taken to Mosul.

Writing in her memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, she described how the sexual violence began the moment she got on the bus as one militant reached out to grope her breast.

“It felt like fire. I had never been touched like that before . . . my tears fell on his hand, but still he didn’t stop”, she wrote.

She was then taken to a slave market where she was lead away by a judge who said she was his going to be his fourth sabiya (sex slave) and repeatedly raped.

Murad said while she was held captive in the judge’s house she was treated with horrific cruelty – being subjected to rape and beatings every day.

She described how she was ordered to epilate, wear make up and put on a party dress to serve tea to guests.

At other times he would hit her if she shut her eyes while being raped and he forced her to lick honey from his toes.

After a few days she attempted to escape but was caught and was gang-raped by six of his guards as punishment.

She was eventually able to escape when her captor’s left the house unlocked while he was out. She was then taken in by a neighbouring family who managed to smuggle her out of Isis territory.

From there she went to a refugee camp in Duhok in northern Iraq where she first met Western journalists and was eventually one of 1,000 women selected for a refugee programme run by the regional government of Baden-Wuttemberg in south west Germany in 2016.

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