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Product Review & GIVEAWAY: TruSkin Naturals’ Professional Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Review & GIVEAWAY (USA Only): TruSkin Naturals’ Professional Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Hi Lovelies!
Recently I had the opportunity to try out 20% Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Serum by TruSkin Naturals (click HERE to purchase on Amazon). And this time one of you, my readers will have the chance to win one too! (USA only) This is the second serum of this type that I’ve tried. While the first one I tried both smelled like oranges and was tinted the color orange, this one is clear with a slight medicinal scent. I think the scent may be the witch hazel. And while the scent isn’t unpleasant I don’t find it to be quite as nice as the previous one I tried with a scent of oranges.
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Many of the included ingredients such as the high concentration of Vitamin C in addition to Vitamin E, Hyaluronic acid, Witch Hazel, Aloe, and Jojoba oil are either soothing (in the case of Witch Hazel and Jojoba oil or supposed to be anti-aging compounds. Hyaluronic acid is known to be able to retain a significant amount of water compared to its molecule size which is supposed to help keep more moisture in and around ones skin along with helping to minimize wrinkles.

I’m told constantly (as in several times a week) that I look significantly younger than my age. The consensus from my peers and professors (in my college courses), the high school girls I’ve helped coach in gymnastics, and people in general I’ve gotten is that I look a good 7 years younger. Not that I’m complaining or anything, I just get a bit of a kick whenever I see a surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them my actual age. In the last 10 years or so my dad has also been told frequently that he looks younger than he is. It is a very good problem to have. That said, I’d like to take care of my skin to keep it looking young so I’m very interested in any anti-aging product. And as I have chronically dry skin all year round, I’m all for trying a serum that is supposed to help keep moisture in and around my skin.
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The directions for use state, “Wash and pat skin dry. If using a toner, apply toner first. Apply a small amount to entire face, neck, and decollete. Allow to dry. Follow with a moisturizer.” 
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I’ve really enjoyed being able to use this serum (and ones like it) for the last 6 weeks or so. I do think I’ve seen an improvement in the unevenness of my skin tone. My skin is quite light, any redness or darkness (ie under the eyes) shows quite easily. Since I’ve been faithfully using this serum I’ve found my skin to have a bit less redness. I’ve gotten into using a lighter coverage foundation in recent months and find with less redness in my skin, I don’t particularly need to use a full coverage foundation. And with the weather here in So. Cal like being on a roller coaster (about 2 weeks ago, it was 100 degrees here, then 5 days later is was 65 degrees) ride, I find medium to full coverage foundations to ‘melt’ off whereas the sheerer foundations stay put better.

Now, how would YOU like to win your very own bottle of  Professional Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Serum by TruSkin Naturals? I’ll make entering very easy. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below! (USA only)

TruSkin Naturals is generously offering all of you, my fabulous readers, an exclusive coupon code to get 15% off when you purchase on Amazon.com All you have to do is enter DNG2L3NU at checkout!!

Do you follow any sort of skin care regimen? Do you or have you tried a Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic acid serum before? Why would you like to try this? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

~Jaclyn~

**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox November 2013 Edition

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox November 2013 Edition

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Recently I was fortunate enough to be sent Starlooks’ November Starbox. For those who’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I LOVE Starlooks! I first reviewed their Starbox back in June of 2012 which incidentally was their launch. This is a cosmetics company that I have been lucky enough to watch blossom and grow. Both Starlooks cosmetics on their own and Starlooks’ Starbox have been included in my first (annual) Jaclyn’s Musings Holiday Gift Guide!

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Now onto the box. The theme for this month’s box was Monaco. Near the beginning of each month Starlooks releases a new looksbook which has all of the products included in the look. Some months its relatively easy to guess items that may be included and other months not quite so much. This month was awesome in that in addition to the typical photoshoot photography, we were also shown through a series of photos how to do a particular eyeshadow look. I guessed that we were likely to be receiving all or most of the shades used and thought that might be through a 5 shade eyeshadow palette. Well, my guess was correct and we were introduced to a brand new 5 shade eyeshadow palette called Monaco.

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Severals months ago Starlooks revamped their packaging switching from black boxes to white ones with prominent lettering that really makes a statement. This months box was all white with a silver Starlooks logo tied with a silver elastic cord.

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Included in this months box was the 5 shade eyeshadow palette, slanted liner brush #824 and an infinity pot liner. As a bonus there was a small pencil sharpener with Starlooks’ logo on it. I just wish that the sharpener had a plastic cover so that it isn’t necessary to hold it over a waste bin.

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The 5 pan eyeshadow palette included the follow shades (from left to right):

a matte white -a sheer white that is easily built up to more opaque and is perfect both as a base and as a highlighter

a shimmery taupe – a beautiful medium taupe with golden/bronze shimmer that is very pigmented

a matte navy blue – a highly pigmented deep navy blue that is buttery and soft in texture

a matte red – a pigmented bright red that is smooth and soft in texture making it easy to apply sheer or more opaque.

a shimmery gold – a beautifully rich gold with more pronounced glitter than the shimmery taupe, perfect alone or layered over another shade.

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I was very impressed that the mattes were so easy to work with as mattes have a tendency to be on the dry side making them harder to work with than shimmers. The look shown on the looksbook and front of the information card included in this box is very easy to self apply. I would never have thought to pair bright red with deep navy blue mattes to create a cohesive look! The retail value for this super palette is $41!

No eye look is complete without eyeliner and also included in this box were the perfect tool and gel liner to get the job done. I love Starlooks’ makeup brushes. I have the 15 piece set, which I’ll be posting a review of soon, and that makes applying any look so much easier. BUT a girl can never have too many brushes so I was quite happy to see one included this month.

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The Slanted Liner #824 brush is a perfect staple for effortlessly lining your eyes whether you like thick or thin eyeliner looks. This brush coupled with the included gel liner is a fabulous way to finish any bold eye look. The retail value of this fabulous brush is $18.

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Before trying the included Infinity Pot Liner in Orion I did not know what I was missing! Orion is the most deep blue-green liner I’ve ever seen. On days when I’m in more of a hurry I’ve skipped applying eyeshadow and just apply color liner. I’ve been reaching more and more for this one than any of the others I own since I received this a couple weeks ago! This is definitely my most favorite item in this box although I didn’t dislike anything. The retail value for this amazing gel liner is $13. Which brings the the total value of this box an incredible $73! All ONLY for the cost of $15 (+ $2.68 shipping)!!

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I can hardly wait for the December Starbox as we’ve been told that it’ll contain 15 pan custom selection of eyeshadows that regularly retails for $99! All I’ve been told that the colors are quite different than last years were. If you like to see what some of the other 15 pan eyeshadow palettes look like you can do that by clicking HERE.

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And this amazing December box could be yours IF you sign up for Starlooks’ Starbox BY Tuesday, December 10th! If you ONLY want to order this one box for yourself or a gift you can use the code ILOVESTARLOOKS to get it for $19 (+ about $2.68 in shipping). If you’d like to purchase a 3 or 6 month (gift) subscription you can do that at a slight discount by using the same code. These options only apply to U.S. orders. If you’d like to sign yourself or someone else up for a continous subscription you can do what regardless of where you live (although if you live outside of the U.S. you need to call the office directly) for only $15 (+$2.68 shipping) a month. To subscribe just click HERE (this is a referral link). If you would please use my referral link, I will receive a special bonus Starbox filled with lip and/or eye items. I would greatly appreciate it if you would please use my link, it will NOT change anything for you at all.

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From now until December 15th you can use the code ILOVESTARLOOKS for a whopping 40% EVERYTHING on Starlooks.com!

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Do you subscribe to Starlooks’ Starbox or any other subscription box? I’d love to hear what you thought of this and/or other boxes you’ve received!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Jaclyn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013!!

Jaclyn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013!

I know I’m a bit late getting this posted, but between midterms, extra credit papers, and my first final in 9 years blog posts haven’t actually made it onto my site although I have written a few. If only I had a magic wand that would allow me to skip any sort of formatting….ah well, better late than never!

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Also if you don’t know, Chanukah falls very early on our secular calendar. For the first and only in my lifetime, Chanukah begins BEFORE Thanksgiving! This Wednesday, November 27th at sundown begins the festival of lights. While the least important Jewish holiday, it is the most recognizable because of when it falls. The incredible thought is that at sundown in two days, Jewish families all around the world will light two candles on the menorah (one for each night and one is the shamesh, the helper candle) and say the brachas (blessings).

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So without further ado my (first) holiday gift guide! I’ll also include a wish list so you can see what items I have my eye on. I’ll also try to add on to both lists as weeks go on. As I write this I’m listening to Chanukah music on Pandora, the first such music this season. My mom loved decorating for Chanukah. When I was little she would make sweatshirts with menorahs for me, my best friend from pre-school, and herself.

Beauty products- for the woman who would still love playing with Mom’s makeup! I’m including links to where you can purchase items (some contain referral links) and reviews if I have posted any.

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Starlooks Starbox - a monthly subscription of 3-5+ FULL size products. Pro quality products at lower prices. Subscription is $15 a month plus approximately $2.68 in shipping (within the USA, call or email for international shipping) Amazing customer service. Order until the 10th of the month to receive that month’s box, order by Dec. 10th to receive the incredible 15 shade palette which retails for $99! If you sign up PLEASE consider using my referral link as I will receive a bonus surprise box of items which I will review for you here. Read my review for October 2013, HERE and November 2013 HERE

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Ipsy Glam bag – a monthly subscription of 4-5 deluxe sample and full size products plus a cosmetic bag all for $10 a month! I’ve heard and read amazing things about this subscription. A great way to try a variety of beauty products without buying full sizes.

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Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions – a fabulous mascara and primer to extenuate lashes without fussing with falsies! Read my review HERE

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Measurable Difference Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum – an easy to apply serum that nourishes, hydrates, and conditions lashes and brows for captivating alluring eyes. Read my review HERE.

Measurable Difference Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner – This liquid eyeliner applies like a dream and is a very deep black. It truly stays put until I decide to remove it and then it comes off so easily! Definitely the best of both worlds, my review coming soon!

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Studio Gear Holiday Palette – I just received this beautiful palette a couple days ago! Right now it is on sale for $25 (reg. $40). This very slim palette contains 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush. Instead of a mirror, there are directions for creating two gorgeous smokey eyes perfect for holiday parties! The blush is super pigmented and the name Snowy Glow perfectly describes the pinky-coral tone. The smooth and pigmented eyeshadows come in Frost (a light silver-white shade), Platinum (a darker grey silver), Coal (a charcoal grey with duo chrome silver and blue shimmer), and Glimmer (a golden shimmer sheer shade perfect as a topcoat or highlighter or on its own). Read my review HERE.

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Urban Decay’s Naked & Naked2 palettes – $52 each palette contains a dozen FULL sized natural and neutral eyeshadows. The is a little overlap between the two palettes, as both have the shade Half-Baked, which is one of my favorites, so that is okay. Both palettes contain super smooth, buttery, and richly pigmented shades. I use both of mine regularly. There IS a NEW Naked palette about to be released with completely new and exclusive shades all slightly rose gold toned. The Naked3 is high on my wish list. There is also a Naked Basics palette $27 with 6 matte shades to complement the Naked palettes or to stand alone.

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Benefit Hervana blush – $28 this still remains one of my all time favorite blushes. It was this blush that changed my entire perspective on blushes! Before I was sent this blush, I pretty much thought blush was evil for someone with naturally rosy tinted cheeks, but how wrong I was. Now I absolutely LOVE blush. So thank you Benefit! What a fabulous gateway blush. Highly recommend for a naturally rosy tinted look.

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Benefit Brow Zings – $30 I absolutely LOVE this little compact! I got this for my birthday 9+ months ago and still have quite more than half left. This little compact sure packs a huge punch when it comes to filling in ones eyebrows. Everything you need is included from powder, to setting wax, two mini brushes, and a mini tweezer. While I don’t care for the included tweezer, it does work in a pinch. But the mini blushes are fantastic! Those are by far my preferred brushes to use for my brows even over my full sized counterpart.

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Benefit They’re Real! Mascara & Watt’s Up? Highlighter – $23 and $30 for full sizes. I am putting these together because that is how I tried them. The minis of these are in the birthday gift from Sephora for Beauty Insiders (free to join) for this year. I absolutely LOVE both items! The brush on this mascara is unlike anyone I have ever used before. There is a little spiky ball on the end of the wand which is perfect for my short and sparse lashes. The highlighter is a gorgeous warm cream colored stick with a golden sheen. Both minis are perfectly sized to carry in ones purse.

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Lancôme Teint Idole 24hr. Foundation – $45this is the foundation I am currently using thanks to a Sephora gift card. It is beautifully lightweight full cover foundation that is extremely easy to apply with fingers, brushes, and/or sponge. This one is fairly sweat resistant and is smudge resistant throughout the day.

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Starlooks Cosmetics – I have their 15 piece brush set which is just amazing! I love to quality of their brushes. Actually everything I’ve tried from Starlooks has been excellent quality. I would highly recommend their lipstick, gem pencils, gel liners, blushes, bronzers, and brush sets. I’ll be posting a review of the brush set coming soon!

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Bath & Body Works – I love their products! My most favorite scent is their limited edition Summer Vanilla series specifically the Summer Vanilla Lemon! Overall I dislike perfume and so I tend to prefer body sprays since they are generally lighter scents. I wish I had gotten a second Summer Vanilla Lemon body spray as I use the one I have everyday! You can’t go wrong with getting BB&W items as every woman (and man) bathes.

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Prada Candy Eau de Parfum – $82 for 1.7 oz This is the ONLY perfume I’ve come across that I truly love the scent of! I’ve only gotten samples of this so far because of the high price tag, so this will also be on my wish list, a girl can dream! Maybe because this scent is much lighter than many traditional perfumes, its sweet scent is one that I enjoy. I just don’t think the bottle is as pretty as say Marc Jacobs perfume bottles are. I wish there was just ONE of his scents that I liked as I’d enjoy that bottle indefinitely. I love the way perfume bottles from before the 60′s looked.

Books- Including some of my favorite reads since I started this blog. And for some reason trilogies seem very popular!

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Clockwise series by Elle Strauss – I LOVE all three of books in the Clockwise series and hope that Ms. Strauss will write another story or two or ten. Beautifully written story about 16 year old Casey Donovan who has a little problem of time traveling at the most inconvenient moments. She always travels back to the same time loop, in the 1860′s in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Things get even more complicated if she is touching someone skin-to-skin when she “trips” back in time, she’ll take them with her! Read my reviews of Clockwise, HERE, and ClockwiseR, HERE.

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Fractured Light trilogy by Rachel McClellan – When 16 year old Llona Reese learns that her parents were killed by Vykens (evil personified), she knows that as an Aura (light personified) she is in danger. Without training or guidance Llona does her best to learn about who and what she is in hopes of saving her life and the lives of those around her. The concluding novel is scheduled to be released in about April 2014. You can read my reviews of the first two novels HERE and HERE.

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Beckoning Light trilogy by Alyssa Rose Ivy – When 16 year old Charlotte moves back to Charleston, South Carolina, she is inexplicably drawn to a locked gate in her back yard. One night she finds the crystal key that opens this mysterious gate and enters another time and place. There she finds that she really didn’t know her mother as well as she thought. You can read my reviews of the first two novels HERE and HERE.

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Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth – Soon to be a major motion picture, the concluding novel in this exciting trilogy was recently released. Tris lives in a society where everyone belongs to a faction, like a micro society inside another one. Tris happened to have grown up in Abnegation where selflessness is valued higher than anything else. When it is Tris’s turn to go through the simulator in order to decide what faction she should belong too, something odd happens and suddenly Tris is told that not only is she Divergent, but that she must NEVER tell ANYONE what she is.

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The Warrior Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima -The first book is from the point of view of Jack Swift who unbeknownst to him that he has magical abilities. Even among others with these special abilities, Jack is unique. This leads to him becoming the hero in this coming-of-age series. Each subsequent novel is form the point of view of another one of the main characters.

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Delirum trilogy by Lauren Oliver – This dystopian trilogy is set in the future where falling in love is outlawed. In fact the government strips its citizens of their ability to love when they reach a certain age. So what happens when one teen does the unthinkable! She falls in love with someone.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Probably my very favorite sci-fi novel. I’ve at the very least, liked every Orson Scott Card book I’ve ever read. Nowadays we’d likely also cross-reference this as YA dystopian.

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Tempest series by Julie Cross – A time travel series about Jackson who is able to travel back in time, but this also gets him in trouble. And have serious consquences for this friends. As Jackson realizes the implications of time travel the risks become greater.

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Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke – It is only when a young man begins reading a book out loud for his wife and young daughter does he realize that he has a unique ability to make things (living and not-living) appear, but everytime something appears, something else has to disapear. And then he finds that he is in danger because of this ability.

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Alicia, My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman – This is an extremely powerful story of survival. When I was in 9th grade Ms. Appleman-Jurman came to the Jewish high school bureau programming to tell us her story. I dare you to read the first page and not be hooked. Ms. Appleman-Jurman’s story is one of love, scarifice, and the will to live.

Other Great Gift Ideas:

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Netflix – Netflix is a great gift for the movie and tv show fan! While I discontinued the dvd portion of the service, I did subscribe to it for many years and very rarely had any sort of problem with the service. I still subsribe to the streaming part of the service and watch many tv shows and movies on it.

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Hulu Plus -Hulu Plus is perfect if you have a device (ie Nintendo Wii, Playstation, Roku, etc) that allows you to stream directly to your tv. While I dislike the commercials especially sicne it is a service I’m paying for, I do find being able to use it to watch many (excluding CBS) of my favorite tv shows on demand.

Scorpio Rising Whirlwind Tour Information

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel
Publicity, the price of the Scorpio Rising eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this
week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many
awesome prizes, including 2 Kindle Fires, Amazon gift cards up to $100 in amount, 5 autographed copies
of the book, and 5 autographed copies of its recently released sequel, The Sting of The Scorpio. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 23rd, so you don’t miss out.

 

To Win the Prizes:

  1. Purchase your copy of Scorpio Rising for just 99 cents on A
    mazon
    or Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity
    to enter for the prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift
    card!
  4. BONUS: If you leave a comment on this blog post, you have another chance at $100!

 

…And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The
blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when

you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so
I can get a point in the poll.

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The Gaia Wars Whirlwind Tour Information


As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of The Gaia Wars eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift cards up to $100 in amount, 5 autographed copies of the book, and 5 autographed copies of its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 9th, so you don’t miss out.

 

To Win the Prizes:

  1. Purchase your copy of The Gaia Wars for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity to enter for the prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift card!
  4. BONUS:  If you leave a comment on this blog post, you have another chance at $100!

 

…And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.

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