Sunday, May 27, 2012

Free Israel 101 eBook

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Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (We...
Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), the Golan Heights, and portions of neighbouring countries. Also United Nations deployment areas in countries adjoining Israel or Israeli-held territory, as of January 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Israel 101 is one of the most comprehensive resources available to better understand Israel's geo-political history and the Middle East conflict. This is a must-read and it's free.
Fill out the form on their site to receive your FREE ebook!


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Game Giveaway Today: Wild West Story: The Beginnings

Wild West Story: The Beginnings screenshot
Game Giveaway of the Day. Today: Wild West Story: The Beginnings: "Join Bella and Coyote Cub on their amazing journey to help rebuild their hometown in this exciting Wild West themed game! Use your Match 3 skills, awesome powerups, and quick wits to repair all the buildings and get people to move back into your town! Work your way through awesome Hidden Object scenes and save the gorgeous town!"

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Do Something! Get Help With Your Project or Cause At Bootcamp If You Are Age 25 or Younger!!

Wow, this sounds so cool! How great it would be to meet with other folks doing things for causes, projects etc.! 
The goal of the Boot Camp is to offer a platform for young world-changers (25 and under) to learn, think big and share their passion for social change with other like-minded peers. 
But us older folks have chances to help too, just see the info about "speed catchers" below.

Do you have a special organization, project or cause? Or an idea or a plan for a great one?
Then wants to help!

Here are their details:

Boot Camp!

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th (Register by this Friday, May 25!) in New York
August 18th - Los Angeles
WHO: Join a diverse group of young community leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs for a day of networking and training. 
WHAT: staff-ers will give each attendee tools to grow and sustain their ideas, projects and organizations. Boot Camps are designed for youth 25 and under who have started their own community (local and/or global) projects/organizations or are in the process (with specific ideas in mind) of starting one. Attendees who get the most out of our Boot Camps are those who have a solid well thought out project plan, have already begun to turn their project ideas into action, or have an existing project or organization.

Head to New York City and hang with us.

Just go to and register to get cool info like: 
  • Branding and Marketing: How to Tell Your Story
  • Starting your Own Not-for-Profit 101
  • Building a Website
  • ... and more! 
And they can help you get here! If you can't afford to make the trip to one of their Boot Camps, apply for a travel stipendAll travel scholarship applications are due by Friday, May 25th for the New York event. I'm not sure when the deadline is for Los Angeles one.

ABOUT SPEED CATCHING (as described by

To cap off the day, we bring in the “old people” (anyone over 25) for our Speed Pitching session. Modeled after speed dating, the attendees spend 2 minutes pitching their cause or project, get 2 minutes of feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their pitch from the catcher (you), and then move on to the next catcher…they do this about a dozen times. The attendees learn a ton and the catchers love helping out in a real, hands on way. 

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I Remember When...Finding Summer Jobs for Teens

Has anybody else noticed that with this economy, finding a summer job seems harder than ever for teens, whether in high school or college age?
     In my family even my college age child has had trouble finding a job to help her survive in school. I pray she does soon (pray with me, ok?) especially since she just applied for one that would be perfect for her. :)
     In the "old days" when I was a teenager, it was easy to get babysitting and other gigs. Plus a lot easier to get part-time jobs to help myself through college. I always had something to do, whether passing out American Express applications around campus, typing for a Temple Beth (and learning some Hebrew in the process :) ) working at a sleep-in summer camp, writing feature stories for a large daily, doing a journalism intership at a small weekly, or working as a secretary for an insurance agent (among other jobs.) So I was blessed.
     Now, though, it seems even adults have trouble getting jobs, let alone younger folks without any job experience.
     So I like some of the suggestions in this blog entry on Vocalpoint:
Finding Summer Jobs for Teens: . Ways to help your teens get a great summer job.

     One avenue I did NOT have when I was young was the internet and sites like Etsy or Yardsellr to sell my arts and crafts, or I likely would have pursued that. Plus I think there are other ways for teens to make money online selling their work, such as an ebook perhaps.

     Good luck to all of you!

Here are some other articles I've found that might help too:
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"Spoil Yourself" Contest Plus Dulcolax® $3 Coupon

Dulcolax®: is having a contest and offering coupons to print out:

As they put it:
 " it’s about time you make yourself comfortable and get something unexpected in a good way! Enter the “But, You Weren’t Expecting This!” sweepstakes* for a chance to win one of their fabulous prizes, including:

“Mama Needs a Break” comfort-filled trip to Los Angeles for the red-carpet premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting
“Spoil Yourself” swag bags filled with ultimate comforts, such as a digital camera, gift cards, and more
“Just Because” instant win prizes"

Save $3.00 now on ANY TWO Dulcolax® Products
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Daily Tip: What do Cosmetics & Gadgets have in Common?

Daily Tip: What do Cosmetics & Gadgets have in Common?: Makeup bags, pencil pouches and coin purses are a great way to carry cords for all your favorite gadgets - like phones, digital cameras, electronic readers, etc. Using the same colorful bags you might use for cosmetics gives you tidy, easy access to the many accessories you need. This also makes it easy to identify whose accessories are whose when they start floating around the house! If you throw everyone's chargers and accessories in one bin, you just get a tangled mess. Now everyone can have their own zipped bag, making organization a snap!

Watch "Mighty Fine" opening weekend then Enter to win an iPad!

Mighty Fine The Movie
Don't forget to go see "Mighty Fine" this weekend when it opens in select cities.
(Did you catch my review of it here the other day?)
Help end the cycle of abuse with this important film based on the life of writer/director Debbie Goodstein.

Go here to see how you can enter to win the Ipad:
(94) Could you be the next Fine scribe? Enter to win an iPad!:

Could you be the next Fine scribe? Enter to win an iPad!

by Mighty Fine The Movie on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:39am ·
Could you be the next Fine scribe?

Enter to win an iPad! See 'Mighty Fine' this weekend, then mail your ticket stub, postmarked by 5/29/12, to Adopt Films, 2-01 50th Avenue, Suite 29J, Long Island City, NY 11101. Visit us on Facebook for terms and conditions. Winner will be announced June 9 2012.

Mighty Fine Scribe Contest Rules 


1. Eligibility Fine scribe (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of adopt films and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

2. Sponsor The Sweepstakes is sponsored by adopt films, located at Adopt Films, 2-01 50th Avenue, Suite 29J, Long Island City, NY 11101, Long Island City, New York 11101. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free Climate Literay Ebook! Nature Fans, Homeschool, Class Teachers!

Climate Literacy Cover

About this Climate Literacy Guide:

I think this guide, which features some excellent and beautiful pictures of the environment etc., would be great to inspire homeschool or classoom lessons about. It would also be interesting to anybody wanting to learn about climate and how it affects us and nature. 

Here's how they describe it:
Climate Literacy about"The Essential Principles of Climate Science" presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as part of their science curricula.
Climate Literacy:"The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences:

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Free Vintage Labels for Collage, Scrapbook, Altered Art Etc.

     I found a wonderful blog today called Magic Moonlight that has some freebies I'm so excited about. You will be too, if you are into Vintage images etc. to play with.
     Check out this link to get the wonderful Vintage labels above plus many more:

Enjoy and have an artsy day!
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Distressed Scrapbooking Drama -- A New Page And Some Tips

"Lifelong Friends" NSD Scrapbook Challenge Entry by Joan McCray, 5/2012

     Anybody out there distressed about distressing your treasured scrapbooking, card making and assorted paper crafting materials?
     I admit to being that way sometimes.
     It can be scary, seeing and holding that beautiful, brand new piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper, for instance:
-  So crisp and perfect
-  such a cool design
-  so lonely (since you could only afford to buy one.)
- Such a nice happy, honored member of your stash you enjoy staring at
-  so comfortable in its 12x12 pink or green or whatever color scrap nook holder you have it nestled in.
     But then, lo and behold, the urge hits.
     Say, like me, you have this great antique style photo your dad took of you and your lifelong best friend from childhood. It's sepia-toned like those original photographs of days gone by. You need pink because that's her fave color, but plain shiny new pink just won't do, even if it does have a faint bit of white hatching on it.
     Woe is me, it needs to look old too!
     Plus, it just has to coordinate with those great brown frames etc.
     Besides, you could use some "creative therapy" -- maybe crumpling up that huge piece of beautiful paper will help you take out some of your frustration over the latest drama of your life.
     You can check out some of the materials I used to distress my National Scrapbook Day sketch entry this month (plus comments some folks there made below...share in that fun please :) ) at the following link:
Lifelong friends 2 Revised from other day
by AllTheWorldIsArt

You can also check out other layouts in my gallery there at the same time if you like :)

     To find out more on this particular Distressed Distresser saga, please come back soon here, where I will include more detailed hints, how-to's and tips from this layout and many more.

Thanks for dropping by!
Have an artsy day!
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today's Free Software Perfect For Nature Fans Forest Life 3D Screensaver - This screensaver will immerse you into the peaceful environment of the forest life!

Hurry, it's available for free download and activation today only. (Otherwise you have to pay the regular price.)
Sounds great for tree, nature, camping etc. fans. Not to mention homeschool and classroom. :) Are you working on forest life in science maybe?
Here's how the makers describe it:
Let your screen take you away to a quiet place in the forest. Watch the little peaceful bugs and ants running about their business. This screensaver will immerse you into the peaceful environment of the forest life that will make you forget about all your problems!

Key features:

  • Full 3D environment;
  • Photo-realistic colorful graphics;
  • Ear-pleasing music and sound effects;
  • Choose the background yourself;
  • Digital clock;
  • FPS counter.

To download your copy click this entry's title link. :)
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Win a Green Your Town Makeover and Other Prizes

Enter Now

 US Residents can enter a sweepstakes from Seventh Generation to win all kinds of cool earth-friendly stuff. They also have another another great sweepstakes right now open to both US and Canadian residents (excluding the Province of Quebec). Click here to enter the Lorax Generation SweepstakesWina

For this contest, you can click here:
Happy Earth Day! | Seventh Generation:

  • A green home makeover for you.
    A green makeover for a school of your choosing.
    500 green home makeover kits for your neighbors.

  • 500 winners will receive green
    home starter kits.
    Winners will be drawn weekly.

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Earn Free Stuff With The Bing Rewards Program

Let's Tweet!Amazing Rewards

Scrapbook And Paper Crafters! Way Cool Clever Ideas & Tutorial Inspiration From Graphic 45!

1 Nicole Eccles Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Apothecary cart
Wow, I just adore this blog I found and its oh so clever amazingly fun papercrafting ideas! Today's post with a gorgeous altered art journal and a cool circus parade cart tutorial are a blast!

Clever Ideas & Tutorial Inspiration From Graphic 45!

Free Stickers And Animal Collector Cards with Aqua Kids Club

Aqua Kids: has a great television show that even I as an adult learn something from each episode. You can join their club to get cool free stuff too. You could even become an eco hero and be on tv!
     As they put it, "Aqua Kids is an award-winning children's program dedicated to
educating young people about the importance of protecting
marine environments and the animals that live there."
Parents Television Council - Seal of Approval

Aqua Kids motivates young people to take an
active role in preserving aquatic environments
and wildlife, by showing how other kids just
like them can do the same. Whether it's saving
sea turtles or participating in a beach cleanup,
the Aqua Kids demonstrate the real and lasting contribution children can make in protecting
the future of their community and the world.

You can instantly become a member of the Aqua Kids Club by signing up now and downloading all of your cool new stuff!
Here’s what you’ll get:
* Your Aqua Kids® Club Membership Card
* Your Aqua Kids® Club Membership Certificate
* An autographed photo of Molly, the Aqua Kids® host
* Collector cards with photos and bios of all the Aqua Kids® to save or trade
* The Aqua Kids® Club Pledge
* A BONUS Weird Waters© aquatic animal collector card

Club Members can log back in monthly to receive additional collector cards of new cast members, more Weird Waters© aquatic animals, Water Sense Tips, and much more!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Mighty Fine" Does a Fine Job At Exposing One Father/Husband's Abuse

English: Andie MacDowell at the Cannes film fe...
English: Andie MacDowell at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Chazz Palminteri at the Vanity Fair p...
English: Chazz Palminteri at the Vanity Fair party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Drama Sheds Some Light On Important Family Issues

     How's this for irony? The week I'm scheduled to review the movie "Mighty Fine" for Mom Central via a special showing at for Mom Central bloggers, I find out from a Sheriff's deputy that this time my estranged husband has made a public death threat towards me -- in front of my youngest son and that son's school officials. (He'd done it several times in the past in front of just me, but hadn't "graduated" to doing so in public yet that I knew of.)
     Scary. But why ironic, you may ask? The reason is that "Mighty Fine" is a movie that exhibits how a "ticking time bomb" of a father and husband can be abusive behind closed doors (and sometimes in the open.) Just like mine was off and on for 14 years we were together. It also demonstrates in some way how this can affect all family members.
     I have to admit I've actually been afraid to tell you the above personal fact, since I have often been stalked online by my abuser since I had to leave. But I decided I need to mention it, so you'll have a small idea of where I'm coming from with this particular movie review. Particularly, how important I think it is to expose abuse and some of the effects on those abused.
     I recommend this movie, premiering in select cities May 25th, because it has an important message. I don't see it as a "comedy" as it's listed on for sure. It's definitely more a "powerful drama" as described elsewhere on the site. But it has some great acting by all 4 family members, and an interesting story line, narrated from the youngest daughter's viewpoint when she's all grown up.
Mighty Fine Photos   
  If you haven't suffered from abuse of any kind, this drama may open your eyes. If you have suffered abuse, it can help you see you're not the only one.
     I also admit that I was almost afraid to watch it. Being abused is really depressing and scary. I still have horrible nightmares. I was afraid this movie would be graphic and add to those. So when my computer chose over and over not cooperate and not let me hear or see the movie for several days, I thought maybe it was a sign from God He didn't want me to see it.
     But thankfully this movie is not graphic or physically violent. It focuses more on the mental and emotional abuse, but not in an exploitive way. I know first-hand these are just as horrible as the physical violence, but as portrayed in this movie it probably won't add to my nightmares since it frequently wasn't as bad as I've been through.
     It is of course a sensitive topic though, so probably not suitable for children, especially with a potential suicide and a scene where the father almost runs down his own daughter.
     More of my opinions below, but here's some more info about the film's background:
The film, based on writer/director Debbie Goodstein's childhood experiences, touches upon the controversial and difficult roles that anger and aggression can play in a family. Mighty Fine tells the story of a 1970's family, who move from Brooklyn to New Orleans in search of a better, more prosperous life. The movie paints the picture of Joe Fine's (Chazz Palminteri) love for his wife (Andie MacDowell) and daughters (Jodelle Ferland and Rainey Qualley), juxtaposed against his explosive, rage-filled side, which he often takes out on those closest to him. The emotional abuse leaves Stella, Maddie, and Natalie conflicted between their love for this charismatic, generous man, and their vulnerability in the face of his unpredictable mood swings."
     Palmintieri plays a father and husband who has the traits of many abusers. At times, and usually in public (for example with his Dr.), he appears to be ultra sweet and extravagantly generous and complimentary to his wife and children. Right down to buying them a mansion of a home and a new and large wedding ring years after they've been married. (Another irony, my husband did the ring thing too, lol.)
     But the father is also quick to anger, especially when alone with his family. Rage is always ready to rear its ugly head. They never know when he will snap. So much so that the eldest daughter has an escape plan, and the youngest sees a secret passageway between the girls' rooms as a good place to hide if necessary. (I know first-hand we feel like we must walk on egg shells.) One of his daughters in the movie calls him a monster. (I meanwhile have likened mine to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.) 
     Andie MacDowell, an actor I have always enjoyed watching, plays the mother, who enables her husband's abusive ways in that she thinks she loves him so much, that her job is to keep him happy so that he doesn't take things out on everyone. She understands her husband has an illness and stands up for him with her daughters, to the daughters' dismay.
     I was disturbed she let some of the things that happened go on before, well, you will see. But it's easy to become brainwashed in those situations. Plus her husband "saved" her from the holocaust and was a good provider monetarily, which made her believe him a wonderful man.
     When the father's business starts to have troubles,  the film also tries to show a connection between economic uncertainty and its impact on people whose mental health is already precarious.
     While I agree that stress, economic or not, can negatively affect people's mental health including that of abusers, I hope people who aren't or haven't been exposed to abuse don't think of it as an "excuse" for someone to be abusive to them. There is no excuse in that nobody ever deserves to be abused.
     I'm glad the movie mentions the importance of the abuser "getting help." I wish it somehow showed it can be important for family members to get help too, but perhaps in the time period it was set in that wasn't done. Besides, it's a movie, not a documentary or how-to film.
     It's an hour and 20 minutes that won't waste your time and is well-written so it can be considered "entertaining." Go see it. Support independent film. Help bring out the truth. As Mom Central puts it
"There has been a conspiracy of silence among people who have experienced emotional abuse. Many families cover up the fact they have hostile home environments. Forced to walk on eggshells due to flaming tempers and abrasive personalities, these families go through their day-to-day routines pretending to ignore the tension in the household. The film, Mighty Fine, explores The Fine family dynamic and how the effects of an explosive parent can ripple through a family. The film strikes a chord among those who've experienced the often incomprehensible behavior of an abusive parent."
     It struck a chord with me.

You can check if "Mighty Fine" is playing near you here:
can check to see if there is a theater near them here:

Don't forget to also check out more info on their website:
the Mighty Fine website:

Also like their Facebook page:

You can also see videos of actor interviews on Youtube 
(there's an example below.) I unfortunately missed the live Q&A session because my computer wouldn't let me hear it. (Boy was that a bummer.) But you can see interviews by other Mom Central members of Palmantieri and the actor who plays a daughter.

Disclosure:  Please note that I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mighty Fine and the distributor. I received access to an online showing of the film and a promotional item to thank me for participating
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Free Licensed Software Today Only eMagMaker PDF Editor

Today's software Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. eMagMaker PDF Editor - Edit text, images, shapes on PDF pages! looks cool!
     I imagine homeschoolers and classroom students alike will find it handy:
     As the developers describe it: "eMagMaker PDF Editor is an easy to use, yet powerful PDF editor tool that works on Windows. eMagMaker PDF Editor allows users to review and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, fill PDF forms, add hyperlinks and more. There are powerful but easy-to-use functions in eMagMaker PDF Editor, which can help you to create outstanding PDF with ease."

System Requirements:
Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
Publisher:Emagmaker Software Co. Ltd.
File Size:28 MB
Price:The program is available for $79, but it will befree for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

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Earn Free Product by Helping VideoText at GHC

Do you live near or will you be attending the Great Homeschool Convention in Long Beach, CA next week (May 24-26)?
Would you like to earn some free product from VideoText for helping at a convention booth?
If this sounds like something you would like to do, read below for details, and then send them an email or call to tell us that you are interested! They will contact you in return.
1. VideoText offers parents a chance to help out in our booth at some homeschool conventions across the US. A VideoText representative will also be in the booth, and will be able to show you anything you will need to know to be a helper.
2. If you are selected, for each day that you help, VideoText will give you your choice of one free Module of our Algebra or Geometry program (a $99.95 value), or monetary compensation may be given if you require no more VideoText product.  
3. VideoText prefers that no young children accompany you at the booth.
4. If you are going to the convention, and need time to shop or attend some of the workshops, VideoText may still be interested in using you for just one day.
If you would like to help contact them at the contact info below.

Sharon Lawyer, Convention Coordinator
VideoText Interactive Math
1-800-ALGEBRA, Ext. 120

VideoText Interactive

Really Cute Free Copyrighted SVG File Art for Scrapbooking

Go to the link to get this free Cute Copy-righted Paper Piecing SVG file for yourself from:


:): New FREEBIE: Enjoy this cute freebie for MOM Please click the link below to download file

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Win a cooking trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico

(103) Cacique USA:

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Hooray! My Madagascar 3 Digital Party Kit Arrived Today!

Woohoo! I guess this makes me an official "Zooster!"
As Crowdtap put it, of which I'm a member, "Congratulations on being accepted to host your very own circus party for the release of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in theaters June 8th!
Looks like there are plenty of fun activities in the Madagascar 3 Circus Circle’s Most Wanted party kit my youngest son will especially enjoy, perfect since his birthday is this month! (Young and old will enjoy, in fact :) ) 
I'll keep you posted with another entry soon about all my dreams for the party and ideas you can also use to have one of your own :)
We can't wait to "move it" "move it" lol.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quaker Oatmeal Squares Are Yummy! Get your Free Box!

Try Quaker Oatmeal Squares on us!

Yum! I told you all about this a while back, but it's worth another mention. Don't forget to try your own box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares for free by clicking here to go to Facebook and sign up:  (106) Quaker Oatmeal Squares:

As you may or may not have read last time I talked about it quite some time ago, when I got my free box in the mail from BzzAgent and I tried them, I loved 'em. NO cinnamon, which I'm allergic to. Yay! Nice mild brown sugar flavor, just like the regular maple and brown sugar hot meal that's normally my favorite. I found they made a great "munchie" snack that's also healthy and full of fiber, something that's really important for one of my health conditions.

The big test, though, is when I had my teenager try them. His unvarnished report back to me: At first he thought maybe they were a little blah. But then he got into them. And when he brought them out when his friend was over, they went almost through the whole bag really quickly in one sitting while playing video games! This from a couple of guys who usually forget to eat when they're playing :) So that seems a pretty good compliment to Quaker, lol.

Anyhow. Get your free little box sample on Facebook. Well worth a try!

P.S.:As a Bzzagent I received a regular-sized free box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares plus some coupons (which I shared with others.) Hence I was able to review it :)

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Free Orbs of Magic Video Game Today Only: Aveyond: Lord of Twilight

Aveyond: Lord of Twilight

     If you don't mind magic and the playing games about the underworld, you can get a video game worth $18.99 for free today over at GOTD.
Game Giveaway of the Day - Aveyond: Lord of Twilight: is about "A street thief steals an orb and finds herself on the run from an evil vampire lord, intent on plunging the world into darkness and enslaving humanity
 Can the Mel, the thief, find safety before the vampire lord finds her? Traverse a vast, snowy wilderness, rugged mountain ranges, and get a glimpse into the Underworld on your adventure.
 (Orbs of Magic Series, Part I)"

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