If you’ve stuck around I think you! I’m getting some things in order.

So if you’re reading this – I appreciate it. My life has done a bit of a 180 in the last 6 months. I really can’t believe I’m where I’m at right now. It’s been something that I didn’t know how to really broach on here, so in true JustJennifer style I ignored it… Easier to not talk about it than have to explain something that’s really difficult. But I need to open myself up. I think I’ve gotten my life into a somewhat regular schedule now – and I’ve adjusted to my new. So I’m planning on becoming much more active again. I’m working on a post that will explain a bit of what has changed in my life – because it’s going to change how I approach JustJennifer moving forward. So thank you again for sticking with me and being patient. I really appreciate it.

-Jennifer

Review: EDUBoard.com

When I was in high school I LOVED math. I still enjoy math, but once I passed Trigonometry I was a little lost. Calculus was a struggle for me – although I did pass Calc 1 I never went any further than that. I think that had I not been so stubborn and took advantage of the on campus tutors they had I could have done much better and had a much more thorough understanding of Calculus. But now thanks to the wonderful internet you don’t need to worry about meeting up with a tutor. You can have one at your fingertips. The EDUBoard website lets you post your questions for qualified teachers. To me it seems like having one on one help from your instructor without having to make an appointment or hope they have open office hours coming up soon.

This site could have been a great help to me when I was first  in college. Maybe if I’d had help (and hadn’t drove home twice a week to see my boyfriend) I would have done much better and stayed in college the first time! And EDUBoard offers more than just Calculus help. They have help in many subjects:

  • Math
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Essay Writing
  • and more

I remember how hard it can be to grasp some of the more obscure concepts in math. But I know that having a resource like EDUBoard.com would have helped me a lot. Especially since I wasn’t always on campus. With this service you can post your question and when there’s a response you can access it anywhere. I know it was only 15 years since I graduated, and that the internet was around then – but I am still amazed almost daily how much of an impact there is on our daily lives now. Getting tutoring help like this would not have been so simple – nor so easily available.

Guest Post: Author Joshua Silverman

Today I am excited to introduce you to author Joshua Silverman. Joshua is the author of Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet. See the entire blog tour on Promotional Book Tour.

I’ve always thought that the reader can tell when a book is well researched and when it’s not. Even a good plot can be ruined by inaccuracy. I know that writing a book is a long process, but if you want to do it right then research is an essential part of that process. And as the saying goes – if you’re not going to do it right don’t bother doing it. Or in my home growing up – if you’re not going to do it right be prepared to do it over and over until you get it right :-) (Lots of time has been spent rewashing dishes at my dad’s house!) I’m glad though that I’m not the only one who lives by this creed. Author Joshua Silverman shares with us just how important research is for an author.

There are several keys to writing. Some I’ve covered, some I haven’t. Some are easy, some aren’t. But one of the most overlooked areas of writing fiction is research. Most writers I’ve come across
don’t think of themselves as “researchers”. They just want to tell the best story they can. And that’s admirable, but I believe that to make a story convincing it has to be realistic. To be realistic, it has to be researched. Most research is simple, straightforward, and can be found through a Google search in less than ten to twenty minutes. If a book is not properly researched, as a reader, it takes me out of the action. Here are some things that I’ve found in other people’s books which a simple internet search could have avoided.

1. A man hears a shot from a gun then sees the victim fall. If properly researched, the author should have known most modern day ammunition travels twice the speed of sound so the action would have happened in reverse. The man would have fallen and then the witness would have heard the gunshot. [Read more...]

Review: Desolation by Travis J. Simmons

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DESOLATION by Travis Simmons

Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York.

With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.   

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My Review

I have always loved a good zombie story – be it reading or watching. I would have to say Desolation falls into the good zombie story genre. In addition to the zombies there’s a love story brewing. And add to that the necromancers and it makes for an entertaining read.

My knowledge of necromancy and necromancers was very limited – like I heard it in an ICP song when I was much younger. Never knew what it was, never really cared. But I can say that I now understand what a necromancer is. I don’t know that I’d want the ability to control the dead, but it makes for a good twist for a zombie story.

I fell in love with Asher. He was such a real character. I’m not sure how I would react in a zombie apocalypse, and honestly despite my zombie knowledge, I’d probably be a zombie within a few days. Much like Asher – being bit multiple times. However Asher’s apparent immunity to zombies is something that makes him a much better character than I would be. The love “square” that Asher is in is a nice twist to the story. He wants to do what feels right, but I don’t think any of his options are “right” given the circumstances he finds himself in. However it makes for a good story in between the action packed zombie scenes.

I think it was a pretty good story. It was pretty fast-paced and quite entertaining. I liked the characters and the idea of the story was well executed. It was a new take on the old zombie story and I found it to be a nice change of pace.

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Review: Into the End by Bonnie R. Paulson

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About the Book

Rachel Parker in Into the End can IDENTIFY fear, she can DEFINE it, but she doesn’t feel it. Not anymore. Not since the tests.

Her inability to feel fear may be the reason why the rest of America is screaming in terror.

America’s end is near.

No one knows why, but the great country is under attack.

After being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.

Rachel loses the love of her life in a house fire as they escape with their children to the nearby Rocky Mountains following the first round of air raids. In refuge, she faces her husband’s best friend, Joshua, but doesn’t want to face his ill-harbored feelings or her own inability to face fear.

Her sister, Brenda, escapes the fallen city, and, mistaken for Rachel, is captured. Terrified and alone, Brenda is protected by the enigmatic Daniel even while he helps keep her captive. Through torture and mind games, Brenda discovers information about her sister’s work that could spin the free world into a tumultuous frenzy where the unknown is safer than reality.

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Giveaway: Signed Copy of Hazardous Material – Ends 7/7

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Bucky Dawson is a HazMat specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA–an area populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities.

Bucky–divorced and lonely–struggles with painkiller addiction. One night Task Force 103 is toned out to support a Sheriff’s raid on a meth lab. Bucky thinks

he sees his sister at the door of a double- wide trailer in the Mojave Desert just before it explodes.

Bucky’s life is in chaos. While he searches for answers to his sister’s death, he is drawn into a conflict with the Vagos, who are selling drugs in the Mojave Desert.

After a confrontation in which the Vagos nearly kill him, Bucky exacts an unusual revenge that only a HazMat firefighter could accomplish.

The novel twists and turns, bringing together firefighters, a sinister aerospace engineer, the Vagos — led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a surprise ending you will not anticipate but you will certainly enjoy.

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You can read my review of Hazardous Material here – it’s a pretty good book!

Happy Father’s Day

Today I wanted to just quickly say Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – including my own 2 dads. I have my Dad and my Indiana Dad. They are both amazing men in their own ways. I know some people don’t have even one dad in their lives and I’m lucky enough that I have two great fathers.

My dad is quite and unassuming – but not someone I’d want to meet in a dark alley. He can be kind of intimidating – which I guess can be a good thing when you have three daughters :-) I know he’s scared quite a few young men just by being in the room. He’s got a self-deprecating sense of humor and is always good for a laugh – even if it is at himself. But he’s got a good head on his shoulders and does what’s right for him and his family. He’s always tried to teach me to stand on my own while also making sure I understand that he’s there if I ever do fall. No matter what I do my dad will always be there for me. And I love him for that.

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There’s my dad – sadly there’s no denying I’m his – we look so much alike…

Then there’s my Indiana Dad. Mike has been a part of my family since I was pretty young. Even before he was my “step-father” he was an integral part of my mother’s life and therefore a part of my sister’s and my lives when we were growing up. It only took him 13 years to finally talk my mom into marrying him, but at least they finally did it! Mike is one of those guys that loves to have his friends and family around him all the time. I don’t think he could handle living on a deserted island – he’s to social. He’s also the kind of guy that would do anything for those he loves. Literally he’d give you the shirt of his back if you needed it. He may run right into the house and get a new one, but he’d make sure you had what you needed first.

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My Indiana Dad – looking spiffy :-)

 

So those are my dads. I love them both and am blessed to have two wonderful fathers in my life. So if you’re lucky enough to even have one wonderful father in your life make sure to take the time to let him know you love and appreciate him today. And if your wonderful father is no longer with us – make sure to keep his memory alive in those around you who also love him.

Happy Father’s Day!

UStatesLoans.com – get a payday loan online

Despite our best planning and intentions accidents happen. And when they happen with your money they can have cascading and sometimes catastrophic consequences.

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I know I’ve had to deal with unexpected expenses that threw a wrench in my budget. It’s not a fun experience, that’s for sure. But there are ways to make sure that a catastrophe doesn’t take you down. UStatesLoans.com offers fast payday loans that can help you cover that unexpected expense.

The process is fairly simple and straight-forward.

  1. Fill out an application
  2. Receive your approval – generally within an hour
  3. Get the needed money transferred
  4. Repay your loan on your next payday

I’ve had to get a payday advance in the past. My experience was not nearly so simple. I wish this site would have been around when I needed it. The place I called made me wait 3 days for an approval – my crisis had already hit by then. Having the money within 24 hours would have made a world of difference for me at the time.

So if you’ve gotten yourself into a sticky situation, or just need a few extra bucks to make it till payday check out UStatesLoans.com. They will do what they can to help you get yourself out of that sticky situation. What’s even better than getting the money you need fast? They will match you with a lender who is best suited to your situation.

Don’t beat yourself up over money issues. There are ways to take care of those problems before they wreak havoc on your finances.

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This is a sponsored post. It includes my honest thoughts, experiences and opinions. Please use your judgement when deciding as my experiences and opinion may differ from your own. Just Jennifer is not responsible for content included on sites linked to in this post.

 

Giveaway: Cuisinart Single Serve Keurig Brewing System – Ends 6/30

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Welcome to the Cuisinart Single Serve Keurig Brewing System Giveaway!

brought to you by BuyDig and Kate n’ Kaboodle

I’ve told you before that I’m not a fan of coffee. But there are some awesome drinks that come in K-Cups. I LOVE the hot chocolate and I am dying for some of the hot apple cider. I want a Keurig! Well at least I have the chance to give one away. I can live vicariously through my readers. You don’t care, right? Good Luck!
Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can take advantage of the daily entries and maximize your chances of winning!

The Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System is powered by Keurig and perfect for personal use or entertaining. Using the Keurig K-Cup, this single-serve home-brewing system offers consumers fresh gourmet coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more in under one minute. In addition to the over 200 varieties of K-Cups, the Cuisinart Brewing System includes the My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter that can be filled with your favorite ground coffee.

My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter can be filled with any gourmet ground coffee – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_bar/ss-700bk.html#sthash.nBA43QFM.dpuf

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Giveaway: 15 Minutes Release Day Giveaway – Ends 7/3

15 Minutes

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’senough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

 

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