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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dan Landis' Top Ten Tips For Being A Better You: Brought to you by The Reapers blog tour

He’s given you tips on making Mom’s day super-special, given you tips on dealing with werewolves and even talked to you about Singles Awareness Day! He’s back baby! The one and only DAN LANDIS!

This is not Dan Landis. This is Justin Tully.

 Hello Ladies, 

Ever since these books were introduced, it seems like everyone wants to be Dan Landis. Whether it’s my electric wit, smooth charm or mastery of the hidden art of love…everybody wants a piece of the Landis. 

This is Chris Winters. Everyone wants a piece of him too.

Sure, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but let’s get serious for a minute. 

This is my serious bear.

Are you happy? Right now, at this minute, are you happy with who you are? If not, then just like laundry day, it’s time for some change!

 Step 1) Buy a box...

Dan Landis’ Top Ten Tips For Being A Better You

1) Your Shoes: Now ladies, I realize it’s going to be a challenge, but I want you to go shoe shopping. Guys, make a date of it. See, folks say “Clothes make the man”, but I say it begins and ends with your shoes.  

Guys, shoes are like a never-ending box of fruit loops for women. 
And now I want some fruit loops.

Not only can a great pair of shoes take any outfit from mediocre to outstanding, but it can make you feel amazing. 

 Trust me, this woman has self-esteem down to a SCIENCE!
Thanks to those boots.

Now, here’s the thing boys and girls. Your shoes can’t just look good, they have to feel good, too. I have three types of shoes: Work, Gym, Play. I’m a runner, so my shoes tend toward something I can feel comfortable running in, whether it’s running down a perp, doing a 5K or hoofing it out the window before the husband comes home, I need a good pair of shoes. And so do you!

2) Finding Friends: Now, I’m sure you got plenty of friends. But, let’s be honest here. Yeah, I’m sure you have thousands of friends on Facebook, thanks for the add by the way, but how many of them would you want to have dinner with? 

 This is not Dan Landis. This is Kendal Tuttle. He loves dinner!!

I’m not suggesting you register for “Bang With Friends” or anything, but maybe it’s time to have a cup of coffee. Maybe reconnect with an old friend. Or an old flame. Or reconnect with one of my old flames. There’s plenty of them.

 She goes by Stanley now.

If you want to be a better person, you need to start being around more people. Humans are social animals, and just as man cannot live off of Ramen noodles and Mr. Pibb, you can’t live off of your Twitter feed and brief conversations with Larry the Copy Guy. It’s time to take a step back, unplug, and meet some great people. Or at least some mediocre people. Or, worst comes to worst, people who aren’t Larry the Copy Guy.

3) Accentuate the Positive: You might find this hard to believe, but I’m a cynic at heart. I know, it’s probably unfair to look this good and be anything less than a glass half full guy. Well, I’m also not the one getting life advice from a fictional character. 

With that in mind, it’s time to focus on the positive. I know this is going to be difficult, and you may have to do some serious soul-searching, so go ahead and make an appointment. Maybe mark it in your Google calendar or something. 

I got this calendar for Chanukah.(Ed: This is a real calendar)

I want you to find one thing that you are really good at. You don’t have to be better at it than someone else, because no one else is important in this conversation. Make a list, find what works for you, and most importantly stop selling yourself short. 

You got this.

4) Get Out: If you really want to start meeting people, maybe find something that you are good at, or if you just want to get some fun and sun, you need to leave the Batcave. 


Now, the key here is to combine meeting friends with going out. Whether its movie night, bowling, laser tag or putt-putt, there’s always something you can do. 

Now when you go out, try to find something you will enjoy and maybe succeed at, or at least hold your own. It’s fun to win, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just as fun to lose. I am a world class putt-putter, but my partner Abbey just KILLS IT! She can sink a fifteen footer past the clown, around the Wind Mill and off the astronaut’s foot. And nothing’s better than losing to a beautiful woman. 

And if she shows up dressed like this "IT'S A TRAP!"

5) Do Good Works: If you want to feel good about yourself, you need to start by doing good for others. Work at a charity, volunteer at your local church/synagogue/mosque/temple/house of the flying spaghetti monster, or wash dishes at a soup kitchen. 

 Everyone loves "Secret Santa Llama-Claus"

Trust me, the more good you do, the better you will feel better about yourself.

What’s even better is that you’ll be doing something good for someone else. And believe you me, nothing is sexier than charity. 

Except Eartha Kitt. Nothing is sexier than Eartha Kitt.

6) Get a Hobby: Hey, if you’re really serious about becoming a better you, maybe you can start by bettering yourself. Get a hobby, and the world is your oyster. 

Or if you don't like oysters, chocolate cake.

I play the guitar in my spare time. It took a lot of years and bleeding fingers to get decent enough to play “Dust in the Wind”. Though if you’re going to woo a gal, I recommend selections of Bryan Adams more than Kansas. Or Dave Matthews Band if you’re really desperate. 

I'm going to get so many letters.

It doesn’t have to be a guitar. It can be fantasy football, darts, hockey, or even kickball. I met one of the nicest guys playing kickball. Even if he does keep calling me “Not Dave”. 

Point of fact: Daleks are terrible at kickball.

7) Find Your Style: Yeah, I realize I’ve already talked about shoes, but there’s definitely something about finding your own style. 

For instance: Try facial hair!

I wear all black, because it looks cool, it’s comfortable, and it goes with anything. Even my neon green socks.

Or slippers. Whatever floats your boat.

But you need to find your own style. You need to decide what colors make you look good, what clothes you feel comfortable in, and what clothes do you look good in. 

8) Don’t Stop Learning: I’m up to my ears in really smart people. My extended family includes an MD, a Ph.D. and a soon-to-be Ph.D. It’s really easy to feel like the Dunce in the corner. 

So, I counter this by continuing to learn whatever I can. Granted, being an insomniac helps, and I’ve been down the Wikipedia rabbit hole many times. 

 Don't even get me started on the musical stylings of JEM!

By pushing yourself, by continuing to never stop learning, you would be amazed at how good you feel. Self-improvement leads to strong self-esteem. Because trust me, if there’s one thing I know it’s self-esteem. 

And David Tennant. I got those two down pat.

9) Exercise: Alright, this isn’t one of those crazy “Run until you puke” kind of things. You don’t have to have a gym membership to improve yourself. You can walk around the neighborhood. Or ride a stationary bike. 

I love running, though I’ll be the first to say it’s not for everyone. But if you want to get those old endorphins running, exercise is the best thing. 

Ok, second best thing. But that’s a whole other post

10) Think Positive: Life can be terrible. Bad things can happen. I acknowledge that, and would never encourage anyone to live in a giant cloud of fluffiness. But, if you’re serious about being a better you, then you got to start thinking POSITIVE. 

You need to develop a healthy attitude, and one of the key’s to that attitude is focusing your thoughts more on the positive and less on the negative. Try smiling every now and then. 

Remember, no one else can make you be a better person. It begins and ends with you. And if all else fails, fake it till you make it. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I got a surprise birthday party to attend, and it takes a while to get into the cake. 

Step One: Remove pants

And speaking of awesome!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the start of the 'Staccato Publishing Autumn Family' book tour! Our first week we get to meet the lovely author Jacinta Maree and a look into her series 'My Demonic Ghost: The Reapers' book 2!! Check it out and make sure to enter the giveaway below! 

The Reapers by Jacinta Maree

Book Blurb:
The day you die is meant to be the end, but for 18 year old Jordon Hastings, his death was only the beginning.

In a dark and twisted world, lost spirits known as Reapers remain behind after death to help collect the spirits from the realm of the living. A new Reaper, Jordon struggles to accept his fate and lingers in the shadows of his mortal life. But when a demon wolf starts to live through his shadow, hunting his family and friends Jordon has no choice but to leave. As soon as he accepts his new role the truth behind the relationship between Reapers and Angelic Hunters is revealed. His loyalty is tested, making him choose between a corrupted God and a single Banished Spirit.

Where can you find the first book 'My Demonic Ghost'?  
Amazon / Smashwords / Kobo / B&N/ Goodreads

Author bio: 
Self confessed chocaholic, Jacinta was born and raised in Melbourne Australia with her loving family of five. Even as a child Jacinta had an itch to write. Writing was the one constant hobby she clung to, also trying her hand at piano, flute, tennis, horseback riding and drama.

Jacinta works full time in the family business and spends her afternoons either playing basketball, reading, writing or hanging out with friends. She is always happy to try something new; getting her real estate license, practicing ninjitshu, Zumba and parkour to name a few.

For her future, Jacinta sees herself writing. It is a large part of her identity and something she hopes to continue. Aside from her love of stories she loves Japan and its unique and beautiful culture and history. From their delicious sushi dishes right down to their wooden sandals and kimonos. She is also a huge cat person and loves to snuggle up in front of the fire for a good movie or book. Her favorite genres are paranormal and fantasy but she also loves anything written by thriller writer, Stephen King.  

Author links:
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Schedule for the entire tour of Staccato Publishing Family Autumn tour:
 Sept.18 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
Please don't feed the Mimsey ~Mimsey-style post

Sept. 19 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
Wine Relaxation and MY Kindle ~Review & Spotlight
Sinful Review ~Review

Sept. 20 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
BookEnd 2 BookEnd ~Review & Guest Post
Oh My Shelves ~Spotlight

Sept. 21 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
World's of Wonderment ~Spotlight & Review

Sept. 22' THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
Random Musesomy ~Spotlight
Becca Anne's Book Reviews ~Review & Character bio

Sept. 23 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
Our New Generation for Reading ~Spotlight & Review

Sept. 24 'THE REAPER'S' by Jacinta Maree
Tam's Two Cents ~Review & author top 10 scarey movies
E.C. Hibbs ~Spotlight & Review

Sept. 25 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
Please don't feed the Mimsey~Spotlight & Author interview
Oh My Shelves ~Spotlight

Sept. 26 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
BookEnd 2 BookEnd ~Review & Playlist
Becca Anne's Book Reviews ~Review & Character bio

Sept. 27 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
Jacinta Maree ~Spotlight
Wine Relaxation and MY Kindle ~Review & Spotlight

Sept. 28 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
The O'Raven Chronicles ~Spotlight and excerpt

Sept. 29 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
Random Musesomy ~Spotlight
Sinful Review ~Review

Sept. 30 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
Our New Generation for Reading ~Spotlight & Review

Oct. 1 'APHRODITE'S WAR' by Donna Milward
Tam's Two Cents ~Review & Authors top 10 Greek Gods
E.C. Hibbs ~Spotlight & Author Interview

Oct. 2 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Please don't feed the Mimsey~Spotlight & Guest Post

Oct. 3 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
BookEnd 2 BookEnd ~Spotlight
Crystal & Sara ~Review & Spotlight

Oct. 4 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Wine Relaxation and MY Kindle ~Review & Spotlight

Oct. 5 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Random Musesomy ~Spotlight

Oct. 6 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Our New Generation for Reading ~Spotlight & Review
Sinful Review ~Review

Oct. 7 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Jacinta Maree ~Spotlight

Oct. 8 'AN UNDYING OATH' by HK Savage
Tam's Two Cents ~Review & Authors top 10
Oh My Shelves ~Spotlight

Oct.9 Pre-release tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
Wine Relaxation and MY Kindle ~Review & Spotlight

Oct.10 Prerelease tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
Jacinta Maree ~Spotlight
Becca Anne's Book Reviews ~Review & Character bio

Oct.11 Prerelease tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
BookEnd 2 BookEnd ~Spotlight & Top 10
Sinful Review ~Review

Oct.12 Prerelease tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
Random Musesomy ~Spotlight
Oh My Shelves ~Spotlight

Oct.13 Prerelease tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
Our New Generation for Reading ~Spotlight & Review

Oct.14 Prerelease tour 'THE GRAY GHOST INN' by Jay Mims
Tam's Two Cents ~Review & quirky mimsey post

Bookend 2 BookEnd
Tam's Two Cents
Jacinta Maree
Please don't feed the Mimsey
The O'Raven Chronicles
Oh My Shelves
Romance Bookworm's Reviews
Random Musesomy
Our New Generation For Reading
Wine Relaxation and MY Kindle
Becca Anne's Book Reviews

Sinful Review


  1. Replies
    1. Any opportunity to work in a sloth photo is a golden opportunity!

  2. HA HA! This is awesome, Love the advice great work like always.

    1. Thank you so much! I was going to do something more in keeping with the theme of your book, but felt like I'd be stepping too much into your territory. I will gladly leave questions of mortality, spiritualism and the inner struggle entirely to you. Bring on the Nutella jokes!