Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealismby Mark Crilley



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A captivating, step-by-step guide that teaches artists to draw and paint exact duplicates of common objects, rendered in the trompe l'oeil, hyperrealistic style of artist Mark Crilley's popular YouTube video series. 

Are You Up to the Challenge?

With just watercolors, colored pencils, and white gouache, artist Mark Crilley takes you step-by-step through his process for producing stunning, hyperrealistic recreations of everyday items. Based on Crilley’s mega-popular “Realism Challenge” YouTube videos, The Realism Challenge contains thirty lessons demonstrating how to render mirror-like duplicates in the trompe l'oeil tradition of everything from shells, leaves, and candy bars to your very own still life arrangements. Each lesson builds off the previous one, as you’ll master essential artistic techniques like creating drop shadows, adding highlights, and building from light to dark. Learn the secrets of one of hyperrealism biggest stars. Come take . . . The Realism Challenge!

About the Author
MARK CRILLEY is the author of nearly twenty books and graphic novels, including Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several series, including Akiko, Miki Falls, Billy Clikk, and Brody’s Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” in 1998, Crilley has developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, which have received well over two hundred million views on YouTube. His books have been featured in USA Today, the New York Daily News, and Disney Adventures magazine, as well as on CNN Headline News.

Cassandra's Review- My teen really enjoyed checking out this book with me. It has a great introduction and can really help out. It is a bit advanced though so kind of intimidating.  This book would be great for every artist, but might be more helpful to the more advanced. 

Patterns of Evidence Exodus Giveaway

Patterns of Evidence Exodus Giveaway

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Patterns of Evidence Exodus Giveaway
About Patterns of Evidence Exodus: For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world's most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible. In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible's account. This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world. The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?" He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach. After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand. The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film. This scientific documentary's goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.
The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God's Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought of Patterns of Evidence Exodus.
Would you like to win the Patterns of Evidence Exodus DVD? This giveaway runs through 8/14/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email).
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At Any Cost by Mike and Hayley Jones @Worthypub @JonesDozen #AtAnyCost


ISBN 9781617955372
Trade Paper
List Price: $15.99
240 pages
In-Store Date:
August 4, 2015


AT ANY COST
by Mike and Hayley Jones
Overcoming Every Obstacle To Bring Our Children Home

When Mike and Hayley set out to adopt a child from Sierra Leone, Africa, never in their wildest imaginations did they dream this venture would lead to the “Jones Dozen.” This dramatically moving story will amaze and inspire any reader. Their stunning observation: “It was the least we could do!” Mike and Hayley Jones set out to adopt one, or maybe two, African children. They had no idea where this chaotic, inter-continental road would take them. How could a search for a child explode into a tribe of eight young kids—who didn’t speak English? The nation of Sierra Leone had no formal adoption process, causing Mike and Hayley to spend many months in Africa that involved more than ten lengthy trips. at any cost traces a heart-wrenching 34-month journey in response to God’s call to Africa. They escaped Sierra Leone before the Ebola crisis racked that nation. You will be inspired.

Cassandra's Review-  I was delighted to spend time with this family.  While I believe that there are so many children here in the USA that desperately need homes and food etc and that our nation needs to take care of itself before trying to help anyone else.  I do understand that not everyone views this issue the same way.  I am not against helping other countries at all, it is just that I see so many children even in my own state and town that could really use the help.   The book is an inspiration to all to go and spread your faith and love to every child all over the world.  It is a reward in itself.  




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike and Hayley Jones already had two biological sons (ages 1 and 5) when they decided the time was right to pursue adoption. After a 3-year process, the family now calls themselves the “Jones Dozen.” all eight adopted children (ranging in age from 6 to 16) are biological siblings, comprised of seven boys and one girl, who came from a family where the father had died and the mother was unable to support the family. the Joneses make their home in Thompson Station, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.

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Skinny Life by Crystal Hansen @Worthypub @CrystalVision #SkinnyLife

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The real skinny about how to be naturally thin, fit, and healthy!
Are you ready to change the story of your life? Through her Skinny Life® program, life coach Crystal Hansen has been changing lives around the world with the bottom-line truth about weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. It's not a diet-diets don't work. It's not a workout-exercise regimes fall by the wayside. The real key to changing your body-and your life--is changing your mind.

With practical tools, solid research, and focused affirmations, Crystal guides you to:


Get honest about self-defeating thoughts and habits
Replace guilt and shame with a mindset of freedom, self-care, and self-respect
Nourish your body with foods that energize and protect it from disease
Learn what kind of movement brings you joy and integrate it into your daily life
Make weight issues a think of the past
With your new Skinny Life® lifestyle, you will uproot destructive beliefs that sabotage weight loss and replace them with positive tools that improve your total health and well-being. Get started now on becoming lean, healthy, and happy-for life!

About the Author
Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur and founder of CrystalVision, Ltd. and Skinny Life ®. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a wellness and nutrition expert. Through Crystal's personal life-change coaching, speaking, CD programs, videos, books, and articles, people all over the world have experienced profound and lasting transformation in relationships, career, health, and wellness. She and her husband, best-selling author and entrepreneur, Mark Victor Hansen, live in Newport Beach, California.



I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Eye opening freshness that filled me more then food could.  The author really kicks into overdrive with getting to the roots of the problems at hand. 


Looney Tunes RABBITS RUN Original Movie DVD Giveaway

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to work with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment to bring you a New Release Original Movie "Looney Tunes Rabbits Run DVD". This giveaway will have one lucky winner who will receive their very own copy of this DVD.
What happens when Bugs Bunny becomes embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly sought after invisibility spray?. The result is a mad-cap adventure set in New York City and Paris titled Looney Tunes Rabbits Run. This brand new, original animated
film will be released by Warner Brothers  Home Entertainment August 4,2015 and will retail for $19.98 SRP.




In Looney Tunes Rabbits Run, Bugs Bunny is a New York City cabbie who picks up the beautiful but bumbling perfume salesgirl, Lola Bunny, after she’s lost her job at a department store. Bugs, who drives Lola home from work in his taxi, has no idea he’s about to embark on the longest ride of his life!
In her spare time, Lola is an amateur perfume maker who’s convinced one day she’ll concoct the world’s most beautiful fragrance and sell it to the House of Moufette in Paris. Unbeknownst to Bugs, Lola, in one of her attempts to create the next big fragrance, has inadvertently invented an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails to steal her precious concoction!
On the run to Paris, Bugs and Lola must outsmart everyone from government officials, to Lola’s greedy department store boss, Giovanni and even Yosemite Sam, all of whom are after Lola’s “scent-sational” invisibility spray. Will Bugs help Lola thwart the bad guys and help her realize her dream of launching her own signature fragrance line? It’s a heart-stopping, looney adventure that animation fans won’t want to miss! Joining Bugs and Lola is a lineup of favorite Looney Tunes characters including Speedy Gonzalez, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and many others.
“Bugs Bunny is an enduring character with timeless appeal, who is loved by generations of fans. Looney Tunes is a powerful brand among consumers and it’s one of our most important franchises. We’re excited to offer this wonderful new film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Looney Tunes Rabbits Run is a clever, entertaining new story that’s perfect for family viewing.”  My Grandchildren truly enjoyed this movie from start to finish, with laughter and a great time. I would recommend this  DVD to any age group young or old.
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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5) $50 Book Blast Giveaway

Jack Templar 5   Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5). With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre's Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.
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jeffAuthor Jeff Gunhus Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.
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