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Ronda Rousey Named Most Dominant Athlete Alive by Business Insider

Ronda Rousey Working the Pads

Ronda Rousey

Rousey is the first ever female fighter for UFC — having two wins lasting 15 seconds. From that alone, there’s no wonder why the 28-year-old was put in the top spot by Buisness Insider for being the most dominant athlete alive. Even in her first five UFC fights, she was the only opponent to finish the first round without getting knocked out. Rousey has given rise to women’s MMA by making it a vital counterpart of UFC, which was unheard of almost five years ago. This just goes to show you that hard work truly pays off. 

J.J. Watt

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Coming in at 11 on the most dominant athletes alive list from Business Insider is the Texan, J.J. Watt. Missing out on the 2014 MVP won’t stop him from doing his thing on the field. Watt ended his season with 78 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and returned an interception for a touchdown. He’s one of the most versatile players — catching three offensive touchdowns. NFL player Ernie Conwell says, “He would be an absolute nightmare to deal with on offense if he was out there full-time.” We’ve got to wonder what to expect next season with this talented athlete. 

Floyd Mayweather

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Everyone loves to hate Money Mayweather, especially after his unanimously decided win against Manny Pacquiao. Business Insider gave Floyd the 14th spot. He’s a talented athlete who also beat Marcos Maidana twice in 2014. Now that he’s 38, The Champ doesn’t fight that often, especially against big compeition, but he’s been undefeated since the 1996 Olympics. Not many athletes can say that. 

 

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10 Gifts for the Fitness-Focused Mom

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Louis Tomlinson Flips The Bird & Parties All Night Long With The Ladies Of Los Angeles! Is He Nursing A Broken Heart Or Just Living The Single Life?!

Take a look at this party animal!

Louis Tomlinson arrived in El Lay not too long ago and he’s already hitting the nightclubs like it’s nobody’s business!

The 23-year-old did as the Los Angelinos do on Cinco de Mayo and stayed up all night celebrating with a bunch of friends on Tuesday evening!

[ Related: Louis Takes FOUR Girls Back To His Hotel! ]

Granted, the One Direction cutie probably had no idea what drink-o de Mayo was for, but hey! Any excuse to get a little schwasted with friends and bring a couple of girls back to the hotel, right??

Louis was feeling EXTRA sassy after the long night out — the singer even flipped the bird at the photographers taking photos of him and his friends!

[ Photo: 23 Of Louis' Sassiest Moments ]

This guy is certainly living up the single life after being unattached from his ex-girlfriend of four years, Eleanor Calder — but it IS getting a little concerning.

Especially since it seems like Lou has been going out a lot more than usual! Maybe he’s just nursing his broken heart.

You know what they say, treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol and an inside wound with drinking alcohol.

[Image via Ginsburg Spaly.]

Kindle Daily Deals 05/06/15

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Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, save up to 70% on Jewelry Gifts for Mom + Free One-Day Shipping, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more from brands like kate spade new york, CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane, and more.

In the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 60% Off Cubavera Men’s Clothing.

Today’s MP3 Album Deal is Little Big Overtures Box from eOne Music [Vanguard Classics] for $0.99! It’s worth the price for the first track, if you don’t have it, which means the rest of the 4+ hours is essentially free.

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is four fiction classics by Flannery O’Connor for $2.99 each [Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan]; also on sale at at B&N and Kobo.



Wise Blood – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate, this tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdoms gives us one of the most riveting characters in twentieth-century American fiction.

The Complete StoriesWinner of the National Book Award

The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O’Connor’s monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O’Connor put together in her short lifetime–Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

O’Connor published her first story, “The Geranium,” in 1946, while she was working on her master’s degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, “Judgement Day”–sent to her publisher shortly before her death–is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of “The Geranium.” Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O’Connor’s longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.

The Violent Bear It Away

First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O’Conner’s work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle–that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber’s young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop’s soul.

O’Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.

Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories

Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.




More Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the US
Romance Red River Deep ($0.99) by Carolyn Brown [Vintage Publishing]
SciFi & Fantasy The Song of Albion Trilogy series by Stephen Lawhead for $1.99 each [Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins Christian Publishing]:

NonFiction How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years ($1.99) by Julie A. Ross, M.A. [McGraw-Hill]
Kids The Shark Whisperer: A Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians Novel ($1.99) by Ellen Prager [Scarletta Junior Readers] – Age Level: 9-12 | Grade Level: 3-7


        

Kobo Daily Deal – Eternity



Eternity: The Montgomery/Taggert Family #9 ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Jude Deveraux [Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle.

Book Description

The ninth captivating historical romance in the Montgomery series from New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux.

Carrie Montgomery had grown up with seven adoring older brothers, and she was used to getting her way rather easily. Joshua Greene was only looking for a hardworking, practical mail-order bride to help with the farm and feed and clothe his children. Yet from the moment Carrie saw his photograph, saw his devastatingly handsome, sorrowful smile, the petite and pampered beauty knew she was the perfect wife for him.

Josh didn’t see it that way. Wed by proxy, he refused to be charmed by his new bride’s blond curls and effervescent laughter, or impressed by her trappings of wealth…even if his son and daughter believed she was a fairy princess come to life. He was furious—and ready to send her packing, until a near tragedy convinced him that her beauty was more than skin-deep. But even after he had yielded to the wild desire that surged between them, Josh could not admit how much he truly needed her. Then an old scandal threatened to re-emerge, and he realized that he could lose her forever….

About the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, Secrets, Someone to Love, Wild Orchids, Holly, The Mulberry Tree, The Summerhouse, and Temptation. To date, there are more than 50 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


        

Miley Cyrus Smokes, Drinks, And Wields Guns In Zoe Kravitz’s SeXXXy New Music Video! See The Controversial Footage HERE!

That’s one hell of a Party In The USA!

Miley Cyrus seems to have found her newest gig as hype girl for gal-pal Zoe Kravitz‘s band, Lolawolf.

On Monday, the edgy group released their newest music video, Bitch, that features the Wrecking Ball singer popping champagne, rocking sexy black lingerie, and messing around with guns.

[ Related: Anna Wintour's Selfie Ban Was NOT Followed At The Met Gala! ]

Whoa! She’s certainly not, Hannah Montana anymore!

The besties were spotted celebrating the launch of the vid at the Met Gala. The pair took to Instagram that evening to share countless selfies for their self-proclaimed, “date night.”

No one is shocked at the party girls’ collaboration — since the Divergent star’s band mates, Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy, previously toured with the former Disney darling.

Now, the video might not be for the faint of heart — but it certainly screams rock ‘n’ roll! We’re excited to see what else comes from Zoe and Miley’s AH-Mazing new friendship!

Be sure to ch-ch-check out their FIERCE video (below)!

[Image via Andres Otero/WENN.]

Ashton Kutcher Gives His Mom The Best Surprise Of Her Life By Renovating His Childhood Home For Her!

What a sweetheart!!

Mila Kunis and Wyatt are in good hands, because Ashton Kutcher is such a loving person!!

Srsly, we were brought to tears after watching this video — even though it was clearly also used for commercial purposes — it still had a good message, nonetheless!!

[ Related: Ashton & Mila Take A Cute Selfie At The Dodgers Opening Day ]

In honor of Mother’s Day and to say thanks to his lovely mom, the 37-year-old decided to renovate the basement in his childhood home for her and his step-dad to enjoy!

But it was mostly done for his mommy. LOLz!

Ashton opened up in the video and explained why he decided to tackle this project:

“It’s my way of saying thank you to my mom. My mom has been the greatest influence in my life—my parents gave me everything. They went to great sacrifices to give me the life that I have and anything I can do to say thank you is the right thing.”

That’s so sweet!!

Watch the AH-Mazing Ashton get together with his step-father to surprise the #1 woman in their life with something special (below)!

[Image via Houzz.]

50 Shades Of AWFUL! 68-Year-Old French Man Arrested For Tricking Women Into Having Sex With Him!

If you were ever wondering what a Fifty Shades Of Grey/ Catfish mashup would be like, it would probably look a little something like this…

A 68-year-old man who went by the moniker Anthony LaRoche was arrested for lying about his age and appearance in order to trick women into having sex with him.

Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Catfish knows EXACTLY how this works.

He first started by using photos of a young model and a fake name to hide his identity, and would lure women to his home via text and email.

Once they got there, he would insist that they have sex in a dark room and that the woman be blindfolded to give it a more 50 Shades of Grey feel, but these ladies quickly found out he was no Christian Grey.

[ Related: Did Amber Tamblyn Catfish Tyrese Into Thinking She Was Amber Rose?! ]

Despite multiple women coming forward, Anthony claims he did nothing wrong since all of the women consented in the sexual activity they engaged in.

However, the 68-year-old is being charged with what’s known as “surprise rape,” which means although these women consented, they did so under false pretenses.

Police say the man can face up to seven years in prison if he’s convicted, which hopefully means he wont be catfishing anyone else any time soon.

Chrissy Teigen Has A Cookbook On The Way — But According To Friends And Family — John Legend Is The Better Amateur Chef! What The WHAT?!

Now that’s just plain rude! Chrissy Teigen‘s the pro cooker in this family!

But according to their friends and John Legend‘s family, his mac and cheese is so much better than hers!

Um, can we be the judge of this? Someone send us a version of John’s and a version of Chrissy’s for us to test!!

[ Related: John Keeps Chrissy Close To Him At The Met Gala ]

In a recent chat, the Sports Illustrated model revealed her cookbook will include a few of her hubby’s recipes!

Here’s how the interview went down:

Do you and John ever work on recipes together? Not really. The recipes that he’s great at and that he loves are, you know, his fried chicken and mac and cheese. Something fun about the book is we’ll have his take and then we’ll have my take. For example, everybody in his family and all of our friends love his mac and cheese, but I think they only love it because John Legend is cooking it, like, Oh my God! This is amazing! But it’s a little thick for me — I like a creamy mac. So I’m making my version, too.

So the book will have a special section, like his and hers?
Yes, but of course everyone is still going to love his more.”

Well, in John’s friend’s case, who wouldn’t want a cooked meal from the legendary singer?! LOLz!

But we totally promise to be unbiased!! Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out so we can be the judges of this John vs. Chrissy: Mac & Cheese battle!

[Image via Chrissy Teigen/Instagram.]

Free Book – The Richard Wilson MINIPACK

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The Richard Wilson MINIPACK™ is free direct from Wildside Press.

Book Description

Richard Wilson (1920–1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians, a New York group of science fiction fans, many of whom became editors and writers. The Futurians were based in New York City and were a major force in the development of science fiction writing and fandom in the years 1937-1945. Members who rose to later prominence included Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Virginia Kidd, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Judith Merril, Frederik Pohl, Larry Shaw, and Donald A. Wollheim.

Included in this MINIPACK™ are: “Murder from Mars,” “Stepsons of Mars,” “Dateline: Mars,” “Visitor from the Void,” and “The Venus Papers.”

Get the free ebook from Wildside.