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Book Review: The Blood Of Faeries By Dan Rice

I signed up to read books for Black Phoenix Book Tours and this happened to be the first one up. The Blood of Faeries by Dan Rice. This was actually the second book in his series The Allison Lee Chronicles. I went and read his first book Dragons Walk Among Us before reading this second installment.

The Blood of Faeries continues the story of Allison Lee. She’s found out she’s half skaag and her long lost mother (a skaag assassin) is now living with her and her dad. Oh, and the world knows Allison is a shapeshifter who saved the world from other skaags invading Earth, so every time she goes out of her house, she has to fight the media mob.

For a teen who just wants to live a normal life and be left alone to enjoy her hobby of photography, her new found celebrity status is really cramping her style. It’s also not so fun being followed around by a bunch of body guards, especially when she has super strength and can fight of most baddies all on her own.

Allison tries to adjust to her new life, but it’s a struggle. Things go from bad to worse when one of her best friends goes missing. Allison gets her team together to find him, but ends up in far more trouble than she was looking for.

In a prison halfway around the world, Allison comes face to face with some of her darkest fears. She also learns that skaags and dragons aren’t the only alien species that walks the Earth. Allison has to dig deep to save herself and her friends before their captors kill them all.

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Guest Post: Make Your Move and Grow Your Digital Nomad Small Business Enterprise

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by Lance Cody-Valdez

Digital nomad entrepreneurs are changing the face of business in America, and remote work trends continue to accelerate. Reliable and fast internet access and affordable living typically top the list of desirable features prized by seasoned digital nomads. Think about the wonderful places you’ve always wanted to experience — do they roll out a digital nomad welcome mat? This article highlights four welcoming digital nomad destinations to help you on the road to prosperity in this exciting new work and travel lifestyle.

The Big Apple

The world’s most intense business environment welcomes digital nomads with good public internet connectivity and a myriad of museums to visit and other interesting things to do, such as taking in a game at Yankee Stadium. Search for discounted tickets online. Some online discount ticket seller sites provide an interactive seating chart of Yankee Stadium, so you can check 360-degree virtual in-seat views before you buy. Finding a place to live can be a challenge in New York, and many nomads use co-working or co-living arrangements to get ahead.

A Texas-Size Welcome

In Texas, Austin ranks highly as a preferred digital nomad destination because of plentiful internet cafes, entertainment venues, and housing options. Search online rental sites for an apartment downtown or in one of the surrounding urban villages. Nature lovers and festival goers are naturally attracted to the Barton Hills neighborhood adjacent to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Park.

Is Carolina Calling?

Historic Charlotte is the economic and cultural center of North Carolina and a premier digital nomad destination. Quality of life is high, and the cost of living is relatively low in Charlotte compared to the cost of living in New York City. Start your search early, and match your desired lifestyle to one of the nearly 200 neighborhoods available. Diversity is a top draw in the Queen City!

Add Scenic Idaho to Your List

Idaho is a hot digital nomad destination. Explore the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and find inexpensive housing nearby in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, or Idaho Falls. Apartments go quickly, so watch the market carefully before making a move. Consider using a local property management company or rental agency for best results.

Nomad-Friendly Business Structures and Practices

Freelance digital nomads often form their own limited liability company to separate personal and business assets. LLCs offer flexible tax filings and simpler professional banking and credit arrangements, but rules and regulations differ by jurisdiction. File the paperwork yourself, or use a low-cost formation service to reduce legal fees.

Online tools are a boon for digital nomad entrepreneurs. Project management, marketing, bookkeeping, and customer relationship management tools are available in free or low-cost online versions. For example, an invoice maker free tool can help you keep accurate books. Choose a suitable template, and include your own logo, visuals, and text in the format you prefer. Customer account notifications can be automated, so you always know when payments are received or are overdue. Recurring payment invoices let you stay on top of your cash flow.

Follow Your Dream

Find your dream of unique travel experiences and stimulating entrepreneurial work in welcoming and interesting digital nomad locations from New York City to the Carolinas, Texas, Idaho, and points between. 

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Book Series Review: Chronicles of an Urban Druid By Auburn Tempest and Michael Anderle

I started this series almost two weeks ago, and I’m still not done, but I loved it so much, I decided to go ahead and do a review. Yep, it’s that good.

I was looking for a series on Kindle Unlimited that had a strong female lead, magic, and lots of adventure in it. This series hasn’t disappointed on those expectations. It also had plenty of other unexpected (fun) surprises too.

Chronicles of an Urban Druid starts out with a young woman living in Toronto who is from a large family of cops, but is disappointed because she doesn’t seem to really fit in that life. She’s a big supporter of her father and brothers, but being a cop really isn’t for her. Little does she know that a mugging in the back alley of the pub she works at will lead Fiona to her Irish heritage and Druid one as well.

Thrown into a whole new life, Fiona finds herself with a lot of catching up to do, but she’s excited for the task of learning to become a Druid and especially excited to find her true calling. The only thing is it comes with a lot of dangerous new enemies that stalks her, kidnaps her, and gives her quite a few near death experiences.

As Fiona learns to handle the new responsibilities and challenges of becoming an urban Druid, she also finds new friends and love that fills her life and heart. She’s excited by the magic that she’s now allowing herself to see and be apart of as she welcomes fae creatures to live in her backyard and becomes the mother of twenty-three rambunctious dragons.

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Guest Post: Your Guide to Starting a Small Business as a Stay-at-Home Parent

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By Virginia Cooper

Studies show approximately 20 percent of American parents choose to stay home with their kids, which can be rewarding. However, it’s perfectly natural to want goals of your own, and starting an in-home business can provide an additional sense of purpose as well as income.

What Are the Steps to Starting Your Own Business?

Starting a business is easier than you think. Once you have a solid idea, you can create a professional space and legally register your company.

Create a Home Office

You need a space to work without distractions and meet with clients, so creating a home office is a good idea. Having a separate room for work also helps you “check out” when off the clock.

Choose a Business Structure

If you’re a one-person operation, you can choose a sole proprietorship or limited liability company as your business structure. Many entrepreneurs choose LLCs for the benefits:

  • Considered a separate legal entity from the owner
  • Numerous tax advantages
  • Flexible ownership

The process for registering an LLC varies by state, so you’ll need to do research before filing. The good news is, you can do it yourself or with a formation service, so there’s no need to spend money on a lawyer.

Find Funding

Starting a small business requires money for fees, supplies, and marketing. If you have savings, you can tap into those. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply for financing.

Market Your Services

To get clients, you need to put your business out there. Fortunately, there are many marketing techniques small businesses can use:

  • Create a website
  • Post on social media
  • Join local groups

What Kind of Businesses Can You Run From Home?

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A Thank You For All Who Have Reached Out To Our Family

It’s been a rough couple of weeks since my husband passed. He was such a huge part of my life. I didn’t even realize how much until he was gone. The sadness and tears come when I think about what I’ve lost. And I think about it all the time because he is everywhere I turn.

He’s fixing our favorites for breakfast––bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls. He’s sitting on the couch laughing at something funny on the tv. He’s sitting next to me on the porch drinking his coffee while I drink my tea. He’s giving our dog Bella lots of love and belly rubs. He’s standing right next while I’m washing the dishes.

I know that eventually things will settle down. That time will heal the loss, but it feels very far away sometimes.

Surprisingly, I’ve been able to move forward to some degree. Some moments I even manage to feel okay. One of the things that has helped is remembering all the time we had together. We had twenty-one years of marriage. That’s a lot of memories, and a large majority of them were good ones.

Another help has been the large outreach of love from many friends and family. If there could be a good side to this whole experience, it would be the amazing amount of phone calls, texts, facebook messages, and cards I’ve received in the last two weeks.

I wanted to take a moment to send out this thank you to all who have reached out to me, all who allowed me to call/text/message to express my grief, all who were kind enough to send much needed donations, and those who were able to come and spend a little time with Caleb and myself last week. All of it has been such a huge blessing, and I appreciate it very much. It’s helped make an unbearable experience a little easier.

I’m slowly starting to make some plans for what comes next. There’s still a lot of uncertainty, but it’s getting a little easier to move forward. I know Dean would want Caleb and I to do what makes us happy, so at least I know what to shoot for. I’m just trying to adjust to what happy looks like without him there too.

Appreciation helps me stay positive, so I try to live there as much as I can, because even though this is a hard transition, there’s still so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for the great memories I have with Dean. I’m grateful for all the love I’m receiving from so many people. I am thankful for the new (and closer) bonds I’m making with friends and family since Dean passed. And I am thankful that I have grown enough to see the good spots even in the bad.

Above is a video Caleb and I put together for the family memorial we had for Dean last week. It’s a little long (what can I say, I love taking pictures), but I’m sharing it for those who would like to get a small taste of some of the awesome moments our family has had. I hope you enjoy.