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Angry Book review for blogging for books : Sleepy Hollow Children of the revolution by keith r. a. DeCandido

First Off let me start out by saying i love blogging for books. Now let me get into why i am upset. I always get soooo excited to see i have a new bok delivered to my door. I love the feeling i get when I open a box and see a bright and shiny new cover of a book staring back at me. I didnt get that with my new book that i got from random house books through Bloggingforbooks.com. Yes, it’s free but I opened my box and found a book with cracked binding, lacerations on the cover and tears in it too boot. I take pride in all of my books so i always have a hard time seeing books like this.
On a side note i absolutely love this book. I havent had the oportunity to start watching the series on tv but im one of those people who prefers reading first watching second. I do not do spoilers but to anyone who enjoys sci-fi type books and old stories made new with a twist this is a great read. Like always ill post the synopsis for those interested and a buying link on amazon!

When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave, more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.



Blogging For Books Book Review #2

As a young kid i always looked forward to coming home from school and watching Ripleys believe it or not. There was just something about seeing weird people all around the world that made me feel a little more normal around other people. As much as it helped me feel average compared to all the other little booger pickers, I never put any thought to who Robert Ripley was… Honestly I thought his name was Ripley… odd name for an odd guy… it fit right?
I explained last post about Blogging for Books and i honest to Pete love this site… and its only my second book!lol But its a start to making my “Beauty and the Beast” library. Anyway, this week i ordered A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley. I had my heart set on one book but saw this and clicked faster than my brain could say stop… But compared to my last book i loved it!!!!
I think what did it for me was the fact that the author didn’t seem to keep details out of the picture… You get what could possibly be the entire story of Mr. Robert Ripley. Neal Thompson covered everything from his complicated childhood, to his heyday as a one-man multi-media powerhouse to the unfortunate personal decline and demise, and finally, through his still-vibrant legacy. To any fans, or people like me ( a 90’s kid) this is a definite read…. well of course unless you have never heard of him… in which case… good him, read about him and then one click this baby and read more about him!!! Thanks for spending some time with me and he if you wanna know more about Blogging for Books or just wanna say whats going on… HIT ME UP!!!! I love getting to know people and who follows me! Below is the book synopsis and the amazon page in which you can buy it or sample it!

**A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley Synopsis**
A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world’s strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable.

As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world. After selling his first cartoon to Time magazine at age eighteen, more cartooning triumphs followed, but it was his “Believe It or Not” conceit and the wildly popular radio shows it birthed that would make him one of the most successful entertainment figures of his time and spur him to search the globe’s farthest corners for bizarre facts, exotic human curiosities, and shocking phenomena.

Ripley delighted in making outrageous declarations that somehow always turned out to be true—such as that Charles Lindbergh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that “The Star Spangled Banner” was not the national anthem. Assisted by an exotic harem of female admirers and by ex-banker Norbert Pearlroth, a devoted researcher who spoke eleven languages, Ripley simultaneously embodied the spirit of Peter Pan, the fearlessness of Marco Polo and the marketing savvy of P. T. Barnum.

In a very real sense, Ripley sought to remake the world’s aesthetic. He demanded respect for those who were labeled “eccentrics” or “freaks”—whether it be E. L. Blystone, who wrote 1,615 alphabet letters on a grain of rice, or the man who could swallow his own nose.

By the 1930s Ripley possessed a vast fortune, a private yacht, and a twenty-eight room mansion stocked with such “oddities” as shrunken heads and medieval torture devices, and his pioneering firsts in print, radio, and television were tapping into something deep in the American consciousness—a taste for the titillating and exotic, and a fascination with the fastest, biggest, dumbest and most weird. Today, that legacy continues and can be seen in reality TV, YouTube, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Jackass, MythBusters and a host of other pop-culture phenomena.

In the end Robert L. Ripley changed everything. The supreme irony of his life, which was dedicated to exalting the strange and unusual, is that he may have been the most amazing oddity of all.

**AMAZON** http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Man-Strange-Brilliant-Believe-ebook/dp/B00A5MS0ZA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

The Beginnings Of Testing and Sampling

     So in my introduction post I told you about who I am and what I like to do. As a stay at home significant other i get bored 99% of the time. So a friend of mine asked why I didn’t sample and coupon to save money? And I thought well I don’t coupon because i don’t have a printer but I guess I could sample. And it has now become an everyday thing!

    One thing i have learned so far with sampling and testing is IT ALL TAKES TIME!!!! I can not express that enough. With some of the sites that I go on you are required to participate in all or most activites. But that doesnt mean your doing millions of surveys and getting no where. Another thing is, YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT! But it’s okay because you still get a ton of really great stuff! It is a hobby that takes a lot of time and even more patience. Below are some tips for starting and sites I am a regular visitor of.


  • Create an email specifically dedicated to your sampling and testing!         When i started sampling I didnt think about the long term effects of what would be my new addiction and soon my primary email inbox was full of confirmation emails and notifications for the samples and testing sites I signed up with. If you set up a new email you always know that the emails are coming in for a reason.
  • Do your research!       If you were to go to youtube and search free stuff like i did you get thousands of hits. You will see so many videos of what samplers call weekly or even monthly “hauls”. A haul is what you get in a general time frame. When you start out your beginning hauls may or may not be exactly what everyone elses are but it all depends on the time and effort put into it.
  • Get excited!        Just like everything else in life, if you dont love what you do, it seems more like a chore than anything… So you start getting to the point of not wanting to do it anymore… Right? So get excited about the amazing things you get in the mail for free! 
  • Write it down!       I have a notebook dedicated to to my sampling and testing. Every time I sit down at the computer to sample I write down the date and what the product is and its estimated delivery date. ( 99.9% of the time when ordering samples they will give you a time frame of when it will be delivered.)
  • Keep an eye on your neighbors!      Now I know this sounds weird but if you live in the type of neighborhood I do you would understand why I say this. I have neighbors who are not the nicest of people and are always stealing our mail! I recently spoke with someone at the post office and they suggested the following: If you put a note in your mailbox for your postal worker to put anything that does not fit in your mail box or mail slot they can either hold it for you at the post office or put it somewhere on your property you think will be safe. 



~Testing SITES~

  1.  INFLUENSTER    One of my absolute favorite site is http://www.influenster.comI guess you could classify Influenster as a testing site but it really doesn’t feel like it some times. Here’s how it goes. Sign up with influenster and you have the option to link your other social accounts, keep in mind what ever extra activities you do later on influenster your friends and family will more than likely see. That said, if you do not want friends and family to see that you do these things… don’t like your accounts. However the accounts you do link give you a higher impact score. An impact score how you qualify for programs! After signing up you get to unlock badges! they have four different types of badges,  Expert badges: you get 6 of these. Life stage badges: as far as i know  you can do any and all of these. Vox Box badges : you get these when you get your first voxbox, and brand badges, when you get a voxbox especially one brought in by a certain brand you get brand badges. Influenster sends out many different types of voxboxes each month to thousands of people but depending on the badges you unlock you get an email when you qualify for a vox box… I have been a member of this site since October of last year and have gotten 3 voxboxes and one virtual voxbox which i’m still getting more info on at the moment.
  2. BZZAGENT     My second favorite testing site is https://www.bzzagent.com . This is another testing site where you do surveys and each of the surveys you do all go with certain categories, (example: Food surveys get you into food campaigns). i have been a member of bzzagent for a few months now and qualified for 3 different campaigns and only received one. i love this site because you don’t have to do much after receiving your product and they are full sized products not sample size but i haven’t had the best luck with receiving my campaigns 2 of the 3 times. so i contacted customer services and after MANY emails i got responses saying “due to how many people are on the site and get into each campaign they don’t have extras to send out”. Super bummer but who knows you might get everyone you apply for! Another good thing about bzzagent is on most surveys or campaign participation you get MYPOINTS to send to your mypoints account however they do expire after a month or so.
  3. PINCHME        Another testing site is https://www.pinchme.com . Pinchme has slowly gone down on my list because they issue samples at 12:00 pm  every Tuesday and due to my Fiance’s work schedule we don’t get up till later on. But when i am able to get on at noon there never seems to be any samples left and tells me they are out of stock. Lame. I have gotten many boxes in the past and do recommend them as long as it fits into your schedule.


With the links i am about to give you they are just sample sites or forums that collect free samples for you and provide you links to get these samples and most usually do a great job of letting you know if its expired or not. Most dont require you to sign up but if i newsletter is available jump on it. i say that because you can get a rough estimate of the types of things you can get from that site on that day or in that week.

  1. https://www.samplesource.com Website. They send out boxes of samples or 1- 6 different products once every month or couple of months.
  2. http://www.freestuffchannel.com Forum.
  3. http://ifitsfreegivemethree.com Blog.
  4. http://www.freebie-depot.com Blog/website
  5. http://www.freenclearstuff.com Blog/website
  6. http://www.icravefreebies.com/ Forum
  7. http://www.freestuffheadquarters.com/ website
  8. http://www.thefreesite.com/ website
  9. http://www.freebiesreward.com/ website
  10. http://www.freesampleshub.com/
  11. http://www.getitfree.com
  12. http://www.sallysaves.com/
  13. http://www.samplebuddy.com/
  14. http://www.freebieshark.com/
  15. http://www.allyou.com/coupons-deals/daily-free-samples
  16. http://www.mailmefreesamples.com/
  17. http://womanfreebies.com/
  18. http://www.facebook.com/

If you ever need help with sampling, testing or have any questions leave a comment or email me at the email address provided in the contact me links 🙂 Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!!