YA Author Tim Tharp and eBay Promo Codes to Save on Books

Tim Tharp

You are most likely familiar with author Tim Tharp from his third novel, The Spectacular Now which was released in 2008 and turned into a feature length film in 2013. He has written 5 books, mostly in the Young Adult genre. We’ll go over several of his books today, and we also have promo codes for eBay where you can often pick up books for less that are still in fantastic or even brand new condition!

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If you are anything like me, you own a lot of books. I have an entire closet that is just books, as well as several overflowing bookcases and assorted shelves. It’s such a privilege to be alive in a time when books are plentiful and easily available, but when you buy as many as I do it can definitely add up. That’s why I like to get clever and purchase books from resellers and make use of promo codes to keep my costs as low as possible. The less I spend per book, the more books I can buy! I have used many different book buying/trading websites and my favourite is still one of the originals: eBay. I really like that you can see the rating of a seller before you purchase to make sure you are getting your book from a reputable source, and they have excellent consumer protection policies just in case. However, I haven’t had an issue with buying books off of eBay to date. Everything has arrived well packaged, in excellent condition, and exactly what I ordered.

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Tim Tharp: the early years

Tim grew up in Oklahoma and started writing from a young age. As a child he enjoyed creating his own comic strips, perhaps influenced by the newspaper that his father was an associate editor at in Midwest City. As he moved into high school he enjoyed two hobbies: football and writing for the school newspaper. In addition to being the newspapers editor, he also contributed a regular column and a serialized mystery story. He wrote short stories inspired by his favourite authors in his spare time as well. Having realized at a young age that being a writer was his true passion in life he attended the Oklahoma State University and majored in both journalism and psychology.

However it was not a simple path for him and he dropped out after the first two years. He spent some time on the road travelling to Chicago, California, and Miami before returning home to Oklahoma. After spending some time working the night shift at a mental hospital he went back to school but bounced off it again after a semester, finding it too restrictive. He spent the next five years working and writing, experimenting with different styles. For the first while he didn’t submit his stories to any publications, and just put them away immediately after writing them. When he did start submitting his stories he was rejected which is a rite of passage for any writer, however he wasn’t sure how to improve. So, he decided to return to university one more time and formally study literature. This time he graduated with a BA and went on to get an MFA as well.

Books By Tim Tharp

Falling Dark: This is a story about what happened to the idealists and the hippies after the 1960s. This is Tim’s first novel, and is not young adult fiction It deals with some pretty dark themes and alcoholism, set against the backdrop of a deteriorating commune in rural Oklahoma.

Knights of Hill Country: This book is about Tim Tharp’s other passion: football. Set in a small town in Oklahoma the Friday night high school football games are must-attend event for the locals. The story follows the star linebacker of the team, who is a hero on the field but having a tough time off of it. He is struggling with his family life at home as well as his best friend, who has suddenly started acting differently. He finds himself drawn to a girl at school, but worries what dating her would do to his image.

The Spectacular Now: This is another story set in high school, centring on a boy who is popular and well-liked but struggling on the inside. He doesn’t like to think about the future, his only focus is having a good time right now. After his girlfriend dumps him and he wakes up on the lawn of the girl next door he starts to wonder if they might not be a good fit. Will he be able to overcome his fears and develop a relationship with her?

Badd: This poignant story is about a girl who’s brother returns from the Iraq war a completely changed person. He was dishonourably discharged for drug possession, drinks and acts recklessly at home, and spends all of his time with a local man nicknamed ‘Captain Crazy’ who had lost a brother during the Vietnam war. She and her brother had originally planned on skipping town when he had returned from service, and she mourns the version of her brother from before.

Mojo: Mojo follows an unpopular boy who is desperate to gain that ‘mojo’ that will make others like him. After finding the dead body of a classmate, he decides to start looking into the disappearance of a rich girl. He recruits two fellow outsiders to help him and starts to figure out that the girls disappearance may be related to the murder of his classmate. A hardboiled detective story set in a modern high school and told with a modern twist.

eBay Discount Codes and 7 Other Ways to Get Textbooks Cheap (or Free!)


College is expensive, sometimes prohibitively so.

One quick method to save money on textbooks is from the biggest bookseller in the world: Amazon.com. You can search for amazon promo code textbooks and find a Media Temple coupon code that’ll save you 40% or more off the cost of a textbook. But a textbook at 60% of the regular price is still astoundingly expensive. You can also look on eBay, which has lots of second-hand books available. Plus if you search for promo codes you can save 20% off or more.

Tuition can cost tens of thousands of dollars; there’s no need to add on another few thousand in textbooks. Luckily, there’s a few ways that college students can get textbooks at a discounted price.

1. Off-campus Bookstores.

Official university bookstores tend to inflate prices for everything from scarves and mugs to school supplies and books. Instead of shopping at your university’s official, on-campus bookstore, search for bookstores within the area. The staff at local bookstores often know which books are required for classes and will order them to sell at their store. Almost always, the prices will be lower at the off-campus bookstores.

2. Buy Off Amazon and eBay.

These two websites sell everything under the sun, including college textbooks. They sell new and used copies of books, and getting a used copy will help students save some money if they don’t mind highlighting or other marks in their textbooks. Additionally, Amazon will rent some textbooks to you, which is cheaper than buying them.

3. Visit Some Secondhand Bookstores.

Just like on Amazon and eBay, used books found in secondhand bookstores will be cheaper than brand new ones. Going to a physical bookstore can be better than finding your book online because then you can see the exact condition of the book you are buying.

4. Online Cheap Textbook Suppliers.

If a local bookstore does not have the book you need, you may be able to find it online. One benefit of online discount book shopping is that you can instantly compare prices of books across the world and choose the one best for you. Sites like Thriftbooks.com and AbeBooks are your best bets.

5. Your Local Library.

Libraries often carry books that you may be using in your classes, which you can borrow and use to read and study. While you might not be able to write in the library books, you can still use sticky notes and flags to mark up the book if you need to annotate it. To maximize your chances of finding the books you’re looking for, try to search in the library local to your family home, the local library close to your university, and your university’s own library,

6. Interlibrary loan.

If a library does not have the book you need in circulation, it may be offer a service that sources the book from other libraries in its network. It may take a little bit of time for the book to arrive, but you’ll still be able to get the book for free. Most libraries will even cover the cost of shipping the book.

7. Other Students.

Other college students can help you save money on textbooks.

In almost every case, you’ll be able to find students on your campus who took the courses you’re taking during a previous semester. If you can get in contact with them, they may be willing to sell you their old books. Some universities have groups or forums specifically for students to offer used school materials for sale, which can make it easier for you to find someone who is selling the materials you need.

Costs of college can mount up, and it’s difficult to spend up to thousands of dollars on textbooks when you’re already spending so much on tuition and housing. It can be easy to save a lot of money on your textbooks: you just have to know where to look.

How to Use Daily Deals sites like AbeBooks to Save money on Books.

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There is no denying that most people use daily deal sites, or at least a discount code, to try and save money. One of the best ways, and which has become a favorite, is the use of daily deals sites. With this initiative, a shopper can save up to ninety percent of his or her cash, which is not a bad figure in these hard financial times. You could use that to get a top 200 dollar pair of headphones!

However, most people wonder how precisely these websites help shoppers save money. Utilizing daily deals sites are an effective way of reducing expenditure and saving lots of cash in the long run.

Abebooks Promo Codes = Extra Savings

Daily deal sites like Abebooks.com also offer promo codes on top of their deal offerings, so you can save twice over.

There’s also lots of coupon sites that offer savings on things like web hosting. These Host metro coupons will save you hundreds of dollars per year.

Moreover, working with these sites is also pretty easy and does not require an individual to become an extreme couponer or anything like that. All it takes is straightforward signup after which you will receive daily emails updating you on any specific offers that are available within your area. Most importantly, these coupons last for several days, thereby giving shoppers the flexibility they need.

There’s Lots of Different Daily Deals Websites:

Most of daily deals sites give shoppers a lot of advantages given the fact that they are quite social. In addition to that, different manufacturers have to spend enormous amounts of money in order to spread their products or services. These websites work with retailers and propose to them to put their special offers on their respective websites.

While some are very specific regarding product or service offerings, other daily deals websites offer a wide range of deals on different types of items. As a shopper, all you need is to figure out your favorite website and subscribe to it. Be sure that you provide this kind of information only to reputable websites that cannot compromise your confidentiality and security.

Just like any other online deal, it is essential to conduct thorough research before settling on any site. Finally, all you need is an email address and the willingness to learn the daily deal finders. Nevertheless, a lot of precaution needs to be taken to avoid hurting your credit card score.

The numbers of local businesses that return to these deals and group buying service after their first experience define the effectiveness of these deals. This is not something we are making up to lure you into these deals, the facts and figures speak for themselves.

A survey conducted by leading deal websites has confirmed that group buying and daily online deal sites are now the most effective marketing mediums, especially for local and small businesses. According to the survey, the following facts were revealed.

Before choosing any discount offer, it is crucial checking whether the local business that the discount offer applies to is located within your home area. No matter how weighty the discount offer is, it makes no practical sense take a long journey just to avail daily deal offers. This is because the cost of going there could surpass the actual amount that you are supposed to save.

To get the most out of these daily-deal sites, it is essential that you be open-minded and select deals that can give provide massive discounts. Alongside that, you need to act pretty fast to take advantage of the opportunity. By utilizing daily deal sites like Livingsocial.com, and then applying promo codes, you can keep your book budget under control.

Short Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula


Set in far away Transylvania and Victorian England between the months of April and November, Bram Stoker’s original novel is a series of 27 separate journal entries, diary extracts and letters plus one final note, a catalogue of intrigue, horror and inhuman goings on. Together with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) it completes what might be called a 19th-century trilogy of original gothic horror written in English.

It starts innocently enough with a journey undertaken by a young solicitor, Jonathan Harker, from London to Count Dracula’s castle in eastern Europe, and climaxes with the pale aristocrat’s extermination on page 447, ‘the whole body crumbled into dust and passed from our sight.’

Stoker’s ability to control the narrative from different angles using various personalities – Dr. Seward, Lucy Westernra, Mina Murray/Harker, van Helsing – helps build scene after scene into a complete and powerful whole. There is repetition in parts but it has a personal slant, bringing more colour and detail to the flow. Descriptions of Dracula are spot on. Thin,pale, with an aquiline nose and intense eyes. Picture actors Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken and Jack Nicolson as one character, in a black cape with makeup, and you’ll understand how alarming charm, hypnotic hype and malevolent malice can be perfectly combined. Little wonder Victorians were gripped when the book was first published.   

Things begin to turn a bit weird for the reader when an already imprisoned, stressed-out Harker spots the Count climbing down the castle walls to his coffin in the vaults one night, like some demented giant bat. Add to that a sensual dream involving three women with ‘voluptuous lips’ and sharp teeth, who come to tease the poor, already engaged Englishman and you can understand why some modern critics contend that sexuality is a theme throughout this story. In fact, critics over recent years have gone much further and alluded to sub-themes of rape, homosexuality, misogyny and promiscuity. They see the act of driving a 3ft wooden stake through the heart of a woman for example as a clear representation of sexual intercourse, the stake being a phallic symbol. And the swallowing of bodily fluids and use of the Sacred Wafer, well, this could be nothing more than a parallel with transubstantiation, wine and bread forming the blood and body of Christ.

Religion apart, feminists have opened up the debate about male fears of female influence, especially in matters of sex, claiming that Stoker was a typical repressed Victorian middle-class man who loathed the idea of being dominated by women. Hence, he created the blood-lusty King-Vampire to control all the potentially rampant women but needed good, clean Christians – Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Arthur Holmwood, Quincy Morris –  to make sure the world didn’t end up nosferatu.

It’s fascinating to note that Dracula’s way into the new environment he sought – the city of London, capital of the British Empire – was via the mind of a crazed inmate called Renfield, under the watchful eye of Dr. Seward. Renfield is the conduit through which the evil Count channels his dark energy as he prepares to threaten the moral order of society.

Renfield’s diet of flies, spiders and birds, all taken raw in his cell, relate to the animalistic nature of the shapeshifting Dracula, ex-alchemist turned bat, then wolf, then corruptor of souls.

Whilst it is true that Victorian ideals meant much repression – women were supposed to be angels of the household, for instance, men in charge of matrimony – is it right to pin postmodern values – ok, our obsession with sex – on what is nothing more than a good old horror story? Since Freud and company got to work on the underlying energies within our psyches however, it’s hard not to dismiss these critical suggestions.

On the other hand, don’t forget that Bram Stoker just happened to be sitting in Whitby library (on the Yorkshire coast of England) one day in 1890, researching into east European history for his new book. He came across the surname of Dracula and liked it. He is likely also to have known that a short story written by William Polidori in 1819, called The Vampyre, could have been a portrait of no less a person than poet Lord Byron, the infamous womanizer. The horrendous crimes of Jack the Ripper in the dark streets of east London in1888 must have been known to him too.


All the ingredients were there. Stoker’s book was published with the author declaring that there was nothing base in it.

So, we’re left with the notion that Dracula is a book about a changing world, the possibility of a disturbing diabolical new order, obscene and irrational, without love, a toxic threat to the established norms. Sounds serious and all too familiar.

To counteract this evil all you need is garlic, a bit of wood, a crucifix, a sharp knife and a steely determined scientist from Amsterdam who says things like : ‘This is no jest, but life and death, perhaps more.’