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I'm a Freelance Music Photojournalist from NYC and Founder of the Heavy Metal website; I created this blog site to showcase the other things in life that keep my interest or catch my attention. Believe me that is a lot of stuff to talk about when it comes down to it. I hope you enjoy what we are delivering because there is so much to share as a resident of this bustling metropolis.

Happy National Hot Sauce Day 2018

You’ll have to forgive me for the late wish on this most auspicious of celebrations since I didn’t actually even know it existed until just a little while earlier this morning. With that said, I wanted to wish you all a very “Happy National Hot Sauce Day”. Isn’t it funny how everything seems to have a holiday of its own nowadays? I don’t mind this one since its more playful than anything else and helps support those concoctions that help set aflame the most fiery of palates. In honor of the occasion I’ve lined up some of my favorite flavors of hot sauce. All of the ones in the photo right below are the High River Sauces stuff. Some of these are hotter than the others but there is such flavor to them all which is a bonus.

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BookCon Expands Adult Fiction Programming w Stellar Sci-Fi, Mystery & Thriller Authors

Hey there my dear readers, I am back once more with another Press Release about the ReedPOP event known as “BookCon”. I figured that with our covering the event on this website nowadays that sharing the notices about the upcoming convention was a good idea as well. There is a lot to digest here so grab a fresh cup of coffee and make sure the reading glasses are on if you need them. Here we go.

The Press Release:
ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, today unveiled an impressive lineup of bestselling Sci-Fi and Mystery & Thriller Authors joining BookCon 2018 as it continues to broaden the reach of the #1 consumer book event in the U.S. The lineup, which includes David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Brad Meltzer among others, will give Fans unbelievable insight into these authors’ creative visions while celebrating the fiction they create through a variety of Panels, Autograph Signings, Workshops and Meet & Greets. BookCon 2018 will take place on June 2 and 3, 2018 at the Javits Center in New York City.

ReedPOP has tapped leading publisher Hachette Book Group to introduce a renowned roster of Mystery & Thriller authors including David Baldacci (End Game, The Fix), Sandra Brown (Seeing Red, Sting), Walter Mosley (Down the River Unto the Sea, Charcoal Joe) and Brad Meltzer (The Escape Artist, The House of Secrets). These luminaries of the mystery world will be joined by moderator Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me and writer for HBO’s The Deuce, to discuss the keys to writing a truly thrilling thriller, transforming their characters from page to screen, what it’s like to spend so much time thinking about murder, and much more. Additional Mystery & Thriller authors will sit on two separate Panels that focus on up-and-coming authors and female writers.

Additionally, Science Fiction & Fantasy lovers will have the opportunity to attend Panels and Autograph Signings with popular authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky, The City in the Middle of the Night), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), S.L. Huang (Zero Sum Game), and V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic series).
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On Shelves: Hasbro’s “Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny” Adventure Figures

I’m a little late to the table about these Hasbro Toys “Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny” Adventure Figures since they were apparently discussed at the 2017 NY Comic Con. In my defense, I really don’t manage to hit any of the panels based on all the running around the overall convention that I am doing and the taking of about a thousand photos. If you doubt me just hit the PiercingMetal Instagram because its dizzying ;p – With that said, I am getting you all into gear as 2018 manifest and share a bunch of the images I downloaded from the folks at Amazon. These “Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny” Adventure Figures are going to bring your little ones playtime into far reaching galaxies for sure. Dig in.

I believe this is the first series of these figures and love how they are referred to as “Adventure Figures” as opposed to the “Action Figures” title that I am so very used to. Since I have shared both the packaged and out of the package images below, I don’t think I need to line out every figure. I’m fairly certain that readers of the website will recognize them immediately.

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Robinsons, Iron Maiden & Help For Heroes Join Forces To Launch Light Brigade In The U.K.

Fans of the Iron Maiden group of beers might be interested in this new flavor and collaboration. I’ve placed the press release here since The Chronicles Lifestyle Blog has been upping our Food and Drink content to keep your hungers and thirsts sated. Check it out.

The Press Release:
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS announce the creation of LIGHT BRIGADE, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. Available in the U.K., LIGHT BRIGADE has been developed in support of HELP FOR HEROES, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service. 6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life.

HELP FOR HEROES met with ROBINSONS in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. ROBINSONS and IRON MAIDEN, who jointly launched TROOPER Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of TROOPER’s name, which comes from the classic IRON MAIDEN song, ‘The Trooper’, based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band’s well-known interest in history.

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As ever with the TROOPER range of beers, ROBINSONS’ Head Brewer, MARTYN WEEKS, and IRON MAIDEN lead vocalist and ale aficionado, BRUCE DICKINSON, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at HELP FOR HEROES’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.

BRUCE DICKINSON said: “We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways’ flight simulator ‘Flying Heroes’ days for HELP FOR HEROES Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. LIGHT BRIGADE is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of TROOPER but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well.”
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Happy New Year 2018 Readers!!!

Well here we are my friends, “Happy New Year” and “Welcome To 2018”. It’s my hope that you are on the way to recovery from a rousing good time last night with friends or at least finding yourself rested if you had a chill night. I waited until just past noon to get this online so my own hangover would be less impacting, oh who am I kidding. I chilled out on the couch and watched bits and pieces of “The Honeymooners” and “The Twilight Zone” marathons that were airing before I finally fell asleep. With the bright shiny New Year here, I’ve done my annual photo with my model Miss Spooke and offered up a bunch of principles that will hopefully guide you in being a better person during the course of the year. Check them out below.

1. Keep up with Family. Some are farther away than we’d like but the phones, Skype and the old traditional mail work fine on staying in touch. There are also those things we call visits. Goods stuff.

2. Keep up with Friends. I mean that you should do this in the real sense and not just liking a status on Facebook. That is not keeping up at all. Okay sometimes its hard to do but give it a shot. Another thing you should do with regards to friends is be wary of the Energy Vampires or those ones who manage to find fault in everything. Spend less time with those sorts because they will only be happy if you are miserable as well.

3. Love your Pets. Sadly, our little furry friends are not with us as long as we hope them to be so while you have them in your personal world spoil them. They deserve nothing but absolute love from you. If you are considering using this year to become a pet owner, consider rescuing one that needs you more than others.
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