Writers of the Future Volume 30 Review plus new Webundle!!

Title: Writers of the Future Volume 30writers of the future volume 30

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Anthology

Publisher: Galaxy Press

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 400 pages

About the Book:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Writers of the Future Contest and the 25th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future Contest.

Thirteen Award-Winning Stories take you to places you’ve never been before

On a distant world —

Amba, a girl afflicted by a rare disease that leaves clouds in her eyes, develops the gift to do what no one else can. . . .

Life on the Doleful Comet is hell. But then, that’s what it is supposed to be. . . .

A mail-order bride can bring nothing with her between the stars—except all kinds of heartache and a secret hope. . . .

There are many kinds of trophy hunters, but only one kind of kill. . . .

In a new future —
A cyborg forest ranger is saving the world—just not the people on it. . . .

When a Supreme Court judge prepares to die, the most valuable thing that he has to bequeath are his memories. . . .

A bike trail leads to a vast desert, alive in its own way, and beyond that the world is unknowable. . . .

One lonely man finds out what it is like to become a god, and lose the love of those that he has created. . . .

In a world like no other —

There are only a few basic emotions, and a chemist with the right tools can create the one that could save your life, while you wait. . . .

All kinds of people want to take a trip to the End of the World, but what do they hope to gain?

As a shifter, Fat Reggie can be whoever he wants to be—but identity comes with a price. . .

.Mirrors have strange powers, but only Lacra knows how to use them. . . .

Most people care little for the world’s endangered species, but some would give everything for them. . . .

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AmazonMy Review:

Last year, I was given the opportunity to review Writers of the Future Volume 28 and Volume 29.  I loved them both so much!!  I was beyond excited when I was asked to review this year’s edition, Volume 30.

As usual, the stories were all first-rate.  My favorites from the contest winners were Animal by Terry Madden, about the last zoo in the world, and The Shaadi Exhile by Amanda Forest.  How would the concept of an arranged marriage work over light years?

In addition, there was another batch of insightful articles about writing and illustrating from some of the greatest in the business.  The essay Synaptic Soup by Val Lakey Lindahn, an illustrator of over 40 years, who was born blind, was awe inspiring.

And, of course, there were a few choice stories from some of my all time favorite authors.  Beyond All Weapons by L. Ron Hubbard, was first published in the January 1950 issue of Super Science Stories.  This story, about the losers of an interplanetary war, has a jaw dropping twist, that will leave you thinking.  Carousel by Orson Scott Card, tells the story of a world where the dead refuse to leave. How do the living go about their daily lives if the dead keep getting in the way?

This year, the anthology is available in e-reader versions and trade paperback.  The added bonus this year is that in addition to the black and white illustrations that accompany each story, there are also full color versions in the back of the book (of course, you’ll need a color e-reader to experience this).

I give Writers of the Future Volume 30 four and a half stars!!!  It’s an awesome romp through the width and breadth of historic and current science fiction and fantasy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Contest:

Each quarter three winners each are picked for the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests.  There are cash prizes and the winners compete for a $5000 prize (one for writers and one for illustrators).  For more information and to enter, go to Writers of the Future.

Petunia Skincare Anti-Aging Trio Review #petuniaskincare

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Ever since I had my cataract surgery back in August, and stopped wearing glasses, I’ve really been aware of the dark circles under my eyes.  They’re especially noticeable first thing in the morning, when I’m getting ready for work.  I’ve learned all the tricks for covering up these ugly blue spots, but I really wanted to find out what causes them and how to eliminate them.

What Causes Dark Under Eye Circles?

According to Real Simple, blue circles result from oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eye skin.

Skin here is very thin and almost transparent, so blood shows through. This is more noticeable in the morning: When we’ve been horizontal for a while, fluids accumulate and the veins expand to hold more blood. Blue circles may get worse with age. “As we get older, we lose subcutaneous fat, which can mask blueness below the surface of the skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.

Now I knew the cause of my dark circles, but how to fix them?  Enter the people at Petunia Skincare, who asked me to review their Anti-Aging Trio of a derma roller, eye serum and anti-aging serum.

About Petunia Skincare

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 1.0 mm Derma Roller

The derma roller is made of medical grade stainless steel.  It has 540 microneedles, which when rolled over your skin, allow serums to penetrate deeper and absorb faster.

Revitalize Eye Serum

The eye serum is made with Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, caffeine, B3 and other natural and organic ingredients.  Used twice daily, it can help diminish dark circles, puffiness and swollen eyes, as well as hydrating, firming and plumping the skin.

Professional Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Made with highly concentrated hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, and Vitamin C, the professional hyaluronic acid serum can help your skin retain moisture, reverse skin damage and prevent future damage.

My Review:

First let me say that I was very skeptical about rolling tiny needles over my skin.  I did a lot of research before I even started using these products.  Turns out, dermarolling is perfectly safe, as long as you use medical grade stainless steel, only roll your skin once or twice a week, and thoroughly rinse and dry the roller after each use.

So I steeled myself (no pun intended) and started rolling.

Petunia skincare anti-agingThe micro-needles don’t hurt at all, just feel like a small poke.  It’s best to roll omnidirectionally, that is in every direction.  Be careful around the under eye area, as that is more sensitive.  I have very sensitive skin, so I only roll about four times per section of my face.  Only roll on freshly washed, patted dry skin!!

After rolling I applied the hyaluronic acid serum all over my face, then the eye serum under my eyes, and finished off with my usual moisturizing cream.

I have been using the products for about three weeks.  I can say that the derma roller definitely helps the product absorb into the skin faster.  Without the roller it feels like the serums sit on my face for a few minutes before sinking in.

In the three weeks since I started using the anti-aging trio, I have noticed my dark circles are lightening up.  But most importantly, my skin is much softer and more hydrated.  Also, it just feels younger to me.  I hope that as time goes on I will continue to see improvement.

I recommend the Petunia Anti-aging Skincare Trio for all those who are starting to see a decrease in skin hydration or who are dealing with dark circles and discoloring of the skin due to aging.

I received complimentary product from Petunia Skincare for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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