A Good Resource for Stock Photos

Okay, so I usually try to make my posts about the general reader and things that might interest a wide variety of people, so this one might come off as being a little bit self-serving. But, I think that one I am about to provide is actually helpful for anybody that ever intends on using a blog post, or writing any type of online content, because it deals with something that I know quite intimately and often struggle with.

It’s no secret that stock photography can be a really tough aspect of creating engaging online content. Sometimes, you have the best article that you are so proud of, or you have a post that you really can’t wait for the world to see, and then all of the sudden you can’t find a proper photo that does Justice to the post that you’ve made. To be honest, this happens to me all the time.

For years I have really struggled to find Stock Photos  that I actually appreciate and enjoy. So off and it feels like I am spoiling the piece of writing that I am putting out by attaching a haphazard photo to it, but there is no other way. You have to use stock photography, there’s no other option. So, I recently stumbled upon EyeEm and I have to say that I’m quite pleased with my experience so far. All of the mediocrity and annoyances of other stock photography resources which I have not enjoyed having to use in the past do not exist on this platform.

And, I have to say, the quality of the images is simply remarkable. Instead of choosing between a whole lot of photos that don’t work for what I’m trying to get across, now I am supplied with an abundance of amazing content, and it is actually difficult to choose because there are so many that would work well, rather than the office it. Obviously, this is the problem to have, and I’m very grateful to be in this new situation due to EyeEm. So, if you are involved in a field like blog writing, article creation, or general website work, I absolutely endorse this new solution EyeEm. For me, it’s been a total game-changer, and I hope that others start to use this platform as well.

I can only see it growing and becoming bigger and better as time goes on, but there is no point in not jumping on early. Seriously, I love it. So happy with this new stock photography option.

As for my next move after discovering this, I should be improving my website too, and I definitely need a great website builder agency for that.

Till next time!

 

Forbidden (Teen Book Scene Blog Tour)- Author Interview

 

Today I am happy to be hosting Ryan James, co-writer of the all-new paranormal book Forbidden!

Hello, thank you for joining us today! My first question is what was the inspiration behind Forbidden, and what led to the collaboration between you & your mother in writing this book? 

Several years ago, my mom had wanted to write a book about a teenage girl who begins getting psychic messages from a mysterious source, and falls in love with a boy at school who she enlists to help solve the mystery. Around that same time, we also co-wrote a screenplay about a young, lonely, supernatural action hero in a dark world, whose heart’s desire is to be human and lead a normal life.

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Review: Kiss the Morning Star

The summer after high-school graduation, a year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna has no plans – beyond her need to put a lot of miles between herself and the past.  With forever friend Kat, a battered copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS, and a car with a dodgy oil filter, the girls set out on an epic road trip across the USA.  Maybe somewhere along the way they’ll prove or disprove the existence of God. Maybe they’ll even get laid . . .
It’s a journey both outward and inward. Through the Badlands and encounters with predatory men and buffalo. A crazy bus ride to Mexico with a bunch of hymn-singing missionaries. Facing death, naked in the forest with an enraged grizzly bear . . . Gradually, Anna realizes that this is a voyage of discovery into her own self, her own silent pain – and into the tangled history that she and Kat share. What is love? What is sexual identity? And how do you find a way forward into a new future – a way to declare openly and without fear all that lies within you?

 

I fell in love with the cover of this book, which made me want to read it without even reading the summary. When I reread the summary, after I began reading the book, I was rather surprised that I had signed up for this tour. It is not the type of book that I usually enjoy, and it deals with some thing that are a bit outside of my comfort zone. However, I did end up enjoying this book, although I did not love it.

Anna irritated me a lot. I get that her family life absolutely sucked, but I felt like that was not an excuse for her behavior. She was rude, indecisive, and frustrating. That pretty much lasted for the entire book, but, thankfully, I loved Kat. Kat was pretty much the opposite of Anna in every way. She was adventurous, caring, and thoughtful. I felt like Anna abused Kat’s friendship throughout the book, but at the same time, I did enjoy the bond between them.

I generally love books about road trips, but this one did not wow me as much as many do. I liked Kat, and some of the people that Anna and Kat meet were interesting. The journey is just somewhat random, strange. I disliked the author’s tone regarding religion. It did not seem as much a natural part of the story as the author’s own beliefs being impressed upon it.

Overall, I think this may have been worth the read, but I am not sure if I will read the author’s next book. There were elements of the story that I enjoyed, such as Kat! I loved her, cannot say that enough, but there were so many things I disliked. Anna is the perfect example of this, I could not relate to her at all, and she was supposed to be a sympathetic character. I am not sure I would recommend this one, but I am sure that there are some who will find it enjoyable.

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Review: In Honor

Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

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Q & A- Julie Kagawa

please welcome new york times best selling author julie kagawa

 

After writing the Iron Fey series for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?

It was…very different.  I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real world — a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world nonetheless.  Things had to make sense, for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the group?  I had to have logical reasons for everything; I couldn’t just make something work “because of faery magic,” lol.

Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron Fey series, the main character in The Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of girl.  Is this intentional? What woman – real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?

Yes, Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase.  Meghan’s upbringing was pretty normal; Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to live, so she couldn’t afford to be weak.  While Meghan had to learn to “take charge and kick butt,” Allison’s first impulse is stab first, talk later.

As for female role models, the first that comes to mind–when it comes to kicking vampire butt, anyway — is Buffy Summers.  Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit. ;)

You mention in your acknowledgements in The Immortal Rules that at the beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a vampire book.  What changed your mind?

Well, there were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many stories and ideas, I thought I didn’t have anything new to add to the masses.  I was actually toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a vampire series.  I wasn’t intrigued with the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place.

Allison claims she hates vampires and believes they are monsters yet when faced with a choice of die or become one, she becomes a vampire.  Would you have made that same decision?  

Me personally?  No.  I’m like Zeke in the belief that there is something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best until it’s time for me to go.  Besides, I love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.

Who do you think the most complex character is in The Immortal Rules?

Probably Kanin, Allie’s sire.  He’s a vampire who has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of moral rules.  He warns Allison about getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to.  He is tormented about something in his past that he refuses to share with anyone.  He is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most complex.

How many books will be in the Blood of Eden series?  When will the next book be coming out?

At the moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.

Before you starting writing full time you were a professional dog trainer.  Do the professions share any similarities?

Lol, well you have to think on your feet a lot.  And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins, but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of creativity and problem solving.

When starting a new series, like Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let the story develop book by book?

I have a high point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has to happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.

And for the speed round:

What book have you read and re-read, and read yet again? 

Any of the Harry Potter books.

Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?

My “favorites” change daily.  Right now its “Awake and Alive” by Skillet.

Worst job?

Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas.  It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small.  I was like a bull in a china shop.

Best vacation spot?

Walt Disney World

Sweets or salty?

Sweet.

One thing most people don’t know about you – and would never guess!

I used to play the flute when I was a kid.  I was really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and I never went back to it.

 

Don’t forget that her new book, The Immortal Rules, will be released on April 24th!

Add it on Goodreads or pre-order your copy from Amazon!

And check back here later this month for your chance to win a copy!

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