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Elijah wakes up in a cage, and can barely remember anything about himself or his situation. He fights his way alone to escape a building full of bizarre and deadly monsters, while learning disturbing truths about himself. Once he finds the way out, he has to pass it up and keep fighting to rescue hiw wife and child from his nemesis.

Author Bio.

has previously published three other books and various short stories, as well as spending two years as a journalist for The Michigan Daily Newspaper. He studied creative writing under the tutelage of Jonis Agee, author of “Strange Angels” and “South of Resurrection.”

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Melissa6 portrait Growing up in Ontario, Canada, M.J. was the only child of a single mom.  Her passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends.  The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing.  Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County. M.J. currently lives with her husband and young son in Caledon, Ontario.  She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio.  In addition she writes articles and edits freelance as she continues her own creative writing working toward completing the next book in the Chronicles Series. Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is M.J.’s debut science fiction novel.  She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she wouldn’t be half as organized as she needs to be to get everything done from one day to the next.

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Ways to give back for christmas

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Here’s Stuff’s top 10 ways to give back:

1.) Give your time. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, resthome or hospice. Such places rely on caregivers who also need a break over the summer holidays.

2.) Donate to a foodbank. City missions or the local Salvation Army are a good place to take a food parcel. Many provide families with Christmas Day packages which include treats, so don’t limit your donations to tinned food and other staples. The SPCA, which often gets unwanted pets after Christmas, is another deserving place to take donations.

3.) Get your gifts wrapped by a fundraising stall. Many charities, including Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington, are providing gift-wrapping in exchange for a gold coin donation. This writer is wrapping outside Borders on Wellington’s Lambton Quay this Sunday!

4.) Buy charity Christmas cards or gifts. Oxfam offers itsunwrapped gift service where you can purchase “presents” such as goats, ducks, or seeds for planting. The recipient then receives a voucher stating the gift they have donated.

 

5.) Swap Secret Santa for Charity Santa. Instead of spending $5 on some unwanted item for a colleague why not get everyone in the office to put $5 in and then put their name and chosen charity into a hat. Who-ever’s charity is selected then gets all the money to donate to their selected cause.

6.) Clean Your closets. Do your children have toys or clothes that have been sitting, untouched, for a few years? Why not give these items to a charity store so other children can benefit.

7.) Visit a neighbour or elderly person. Christmas can be a lonely time, especially for the elderly living alone. Why not pop next door and say ‘hello’ and while you’re at it see if you can help with the Christmas shop, or perhaps posting some cards.

8.) Offer to babysit for friends or family so they can have a “date night” or a bit of a break from the kids during the busiest time of year.

9.) Make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved in your community. Sign up to coach a local sports team, dog walking for others or tutor kids with their exams.

10.) Do a random act of kindness! Buy some scratch tickets, pop them in an envelope with “Merry Christmas” on the outside and deliver to people on the street with a big smile.

How To Raise Money In 8 Easy Steps

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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How To Raise Money In 8 Easy Steps

How to raise money in eight easy steps

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. And no matter how deep their pockets are, most people have been faced with a situation where they’ve had to raise a large sum of funds before. If you’ve ever had to do it, you know that sorting out how to raise money as well as the fundraising process is no walk in the park.

So for all you first-time fundraising organizers, or anyone who just feels lost or overwhelmed with figuring out how to raise money, we’ve come up with some steps to successful fundraising.

1. Define a goal

You don’t have to get carried away with setting a specific monetary goal, but it’s good to think about what you hope to achieve with your fundraiser. The main purpose of this is to give your potential donors a clear idea of where exactly their donations will be going. Setting a goal is also a good way to keep you focused and motivated in your fundraising efforts.

2. Know your options

The fundraising well is deep, friends. Depending on what your goal is, there are vast and varied ways to raise those necessary funds. To list just a few, there’s loans, grants, restaurant fundraisers, trust funds, nonprofit partnerships and online fundraising. It’s important to research all your options before starting your fundraiser, to be sure the method you’ve chosen is really the best way to reach your goal.

3. Choose a platform (or platforms)

Once you know all your options, you have to choose which platform is best suited to your needs. You can host your fundraiser either online or in person, with a whole trove of specific fundraising ideas in each category. We recommend using a combination of tactics to raise more money. Many of our most successful fundraisers combined both on- and offline efforts to maximize their reach and total money raised.

4. Organize your campaign

We know it seems like there are a million things to keep track of when you’re raising money. This is why we call our users “organizers” – it’s very important to stay organized when planning a fundraiser. Consider investing in a fundraising notebook to jot down ideas, keep track of donations, remind yourself of your final goal and schedule mini-goal deadlines.

5. Consult professional resources

The best way to get the most from your fundraising efforts is to consult a professional. GiveForward provides all our fundraising organizers with personal fundraising coaches, who have advice on anything from how to maximize views for fundraising pages to how to most securely get money to the beneficiary.

6. Enlist a team

Just to hammer home the benefits of collaboration, we want to stress how important it is to have help when you fundraise. By now you’ve gotten the point that fundraising is a lot of work. Building a team of co-organizers can help you smooth out the rough edges of your fundraiser. Studies have even proven that a fundraiser has better chances of success if organized by a team. For example, a GiveForward fundraiser with multiple organizers raises on average five times more money than one with a single organizer. There really is power in numbers.

7. Get word out

If a fundraiser falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? …We think it’s probably better not to leave this one to chance. So after you’ve planned out your fundraiser, either online or in person, you have to advertise. Share your fundraising page on social media, through email and by word of mouth. Contact your local newspaper to see if you can advertise and get media coverage. Solicit help from local businesses – sometimes they’re willing to donate or help organize fundraising events. The more visible your fundraiser is, the more donations you’ll receive.

8. Show your appreciation

This seems apparent, but it really is very important to remember to show gratitude to your donors. The fact that people chose to give their hard-earned money to help you reach your goal, when they certainly didn’t have to, is incredible. So give back! Simple, personalized thank you letters are an easy way to show your appreciation and strengthen those relationships with your donors.

The bottom line

The most important thing to remember when navigating the challenge of how to raise money online is that it’s okay to ask for help – including initially asking for donations and also organizing a fundraiser. The beauty of fundraisers is seeing people come together to help reach a common goal – and with a little help that goal doesn’t have to be hard to reach.