FIVE STARS from Readers Favorite!

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Reviewed By K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite

Dark Harvest (Dark Moon Series Book 2) is a paranormal, urban fantasy written by authors Shelly M. Burrows and Michael S. Stewart. Mike and Bentley were exiled from their home for all eternity. They knew there would be things they would miss, the sun, their friends, but they certainly wouldn’t miss the trouble. They had each other and that was all that really mattered. They looked forward to a fresh new start, intending to take full advantage of the opportunity to simply be together. But whilst they may have left trouble behind, it isn’t finished with them yet. Chess and Soren have located a recently unearthed relic. An obsidian sacrificial knife and it is just what they needed. It was rumoured this knife was once used by the Aztecs and is said to retain the souls of all killed by its blade. Now they have their own purpose in mind for this ancient relic. They are hell bent on revenge. As the only ones to survive from their brood, they have spent centuries avoiding their sire, Cronus, but the odds are slowly tipping in their favour. Soon will come the time to face him, but first they must gather power, and there are few who would dare stand in their way.

Dark Harvest is an action packed read, filled with vivid, interesting characters. Shelly M. Burrows and Michael S. Stewart write in a way that clearly shows the depth of creation in both world, back stories, and characters. Clearly a lot of time and attention has been spent not only on the gripping main plot, but character arcs and stories. The more you read, the more you feel you know these characters, and thus the more invested in their plights you become. The characters mentioned above aren’t the sole focus of the story, there is a wide cast, each with their own roles to play in events. The paranormal market, being in high demand, has become saturated of late, but this is one story that breaks away from the restrictive notions and breathes fresh life into a genre which is quickly becoming stagnant.

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Book review: Dark Harvest (Dark Moon Series Book 2)

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Darrienia: The Forgotten Legacies Series

Dark Harvest (Dark Moon Series Book 2) is a paranormal, urban fantasy written by authors Shelly M. Burrows and Michael S. Stewart.

Mike and Bentley were exiled from their home for all eternity.  They knew there would be 51c9nb1n3tlthings they would miss,  the sun,  their friends,  but they certainly wouldn’t miss the trouble. They had each other and that was all that really mattered. They looked forward to a fresh new start, intending to take full advantage of the opportunity to simply be together. But whilst they may have left trouble behind, it isn’t finished with them yet. Chess and Soren have located a recently unearthed relic. An obsidian sacrificial knife and it is just what they needed. It was rumoured this knife was once used by the Aztecs and said to retain the souls of all killed by its blade. Now they have their own purpose in mind for…

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The Polish website Allegro may have just won the tearjerker prize.

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You don’t like flag burning? How many ways are you disrespecting the flag?

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If you’re going to say this is disrespectful you should probably look and see how you’ve disrespected the flag. #SorryNotSorry

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

The flag should never have placed on it or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

If you want to read more, go here: https://www.aflag.com/us_code.asp

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This 11-Year-Old Composer Is About to Debut Her First Opera — TIME

(VIENNA)— Alma Deutscher is a composer, virtuoso pianist and concert violinist who wrote her first sonata five years ago and whose first full opera will have its world premiere next month — and she’s only 11. Time-worn associations with Mozart, who wrote his first symphony at age 8, may come to mind. So can questions…

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The @ACLU’s Open Letter to the @RealDonaldTrump, and It’s Spectacular!

“Dear President-Elect Trump,

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as this nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all.

As you assume the nation’s highest office, we must ask you now as president-elect to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made.

Specifically, you promised to:

  • amass deportation forces to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants
  • ban the entry of Muslims and institute aggressive surveillance programs targeting them
  • restrict a woman’s right to abortion services
  • reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture
  • change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression

These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed. They are unlawful and unconstitutional and would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution, as well as other statutes and international treaties.

Many of our country’s most cherished rights are the result of ACLU litigation and advocacy. They include the Scopes trial (the right to teach evolution in public science classrooms) and the following Supreme Court cases: Korematsu (challenging Japanese American internment); Miranda (the right to remain silent); Griswold (the right to contraception); Loving (the right of interracial couples to marry); Gideon (the right to a court-appointed attorney if you can’t afford one); Windsor (striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act); and Obergefell (the right of same-sex couples to marry) and others. We have worked with and battled American presidents of both parties to ensure that our country makes good on it’s founding premise as the land of the free.

If you do not reverse course and endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at your every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers, and millions of supporters stand ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.

One thing is certain: We will be vigilant every day of your tenure as president. And when you ultimately vacate the Oval Office, we will do likewise with your successor.”

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I certainly hope this is the case.

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Found this on Tumblr. Enjoy.
 
I’ve been thinking a lot about the meeting between Trump and Obama at the White House, and here’s the thing.
 
Obama used to be a law professor. This is key.
 
Law school is so, so different from college.
 
In college, everyone expects there to be a “syllabus day,” kind of a grace period where they can show up and get the lay of the land, figure out the bare minimum that they can get away with, the TA gives everyone their office hours, there’s an introductory lecture, and everybody leaves a few minutes early to go take a nap or something. You do the bullshit assignments, you say something in class now and then to get your participation check mark, and figure out how badly you can do on the final and still pass.
 
But see, in law school, all the methodologies you’ve spent the last 17 years operating under go out the window. Day one of law school is you being thrown into the deep end of the pool—you’ve had a homework assignment for two weeks now, and it’s to read the first 200 pages of your casebook. And now it’s you and the teacher (who is usually as smug as Alex Trebek) gauging and assessing what you managed to absorb while you skimmed through all those pages of reading so you could hurry up and get to the other 150 pages of reading for your next period class, in front of 50 people who are all smarter than you. And if you fuck up, or you didn’t do the reading, you are at the mercies of not just the professor, but the silent satisfied judgment of your peers.
 
Law school is hard, and it will make you feel stupid and tongue-tied and like you don’t know anything and can’t form an argument—because you don’t, and you can’t. Everybody there has had a 4.0 since birth. Everybody there was the smartest kid in their class, and you’re all rabidly competing for a sliver of a chance at something down the road. It’s petty, and savage, fiercely entrenched in a culture of formalities and ceremony, and exactly like Washington DC.
 
Yesterday when I was driving home, the NPR reporter talking about the Oval Office meeting mentioned that Trump had thought it was going to be a “getting to know you” type meeting, but that he was surprised when Obama stretched their talk out to 90 minutes before sending him along to the Capitol building where he met with congressional leaders for more lengthy meetings and stuff he didn’t want to do.
 
And he hasn’t even gotten to the actual job yet.
 
So think about that as we go into this.
 
Trump walked into the Oval Office like a two-pump-chump freshman thinking it was syllabus day, and what he got was the first day of law school, and he hadn’t done the reading like everyone else had, and Professor Obama decided to put him in the hot seat.
 
This was Obama’s chance for the most perfect revenge that would never be picked up on as revenge at all. He was gracious, polite—everything he needed to be for a peaceful transition and a good review from the press. And that would continue when the doors were closed because that’s the key. Not a Come to Jesus meeting, oh no. If Obama were smart—and he is very smart—he would have treated Trump like an equal and brought the discussion to a level that assumes far more of Trump than anyone has so far. Assumes that he’s an adult who’s been paying attention. Statistics, esoteric minutiae about the executive branch procedure, economic growth numbers, labor figures, domestic policies, countries Trump has never even heard of, shit that would never in a million years have been in Trump’s campaign soundbites or digestible summaries.
 
No way to escape. No aides to remember any of it for him. Just the two of them.
 
Because that’s what would strike a precise chill into Trump. The thundering realization that he’s woefully unprepared for the hard, boring, thankless reality of this and Obama’s version of a smooth transition won’t and shouldn’t include remedial civics.
 
That’s what I saw when they shook hands and Trump stared at the floor instead of looking back into Obama’s face. He’s just figured out how little he knows about any of this.
 
And that should give you a small glow of satisfaction, because, after those meetings, Trump definitely has the 1L Terror Shits. In January, the night sweats and insomnia will show up, but for these first few weeks—nothing but diarrhea and self-doubt.
 
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