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ABOUT THE BOOK Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair. At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder. Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had h...
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Your Real Life Will Always Bleed Into Your Fiction

Excellent thoughts about making your writing relatable here. “Write what you know” is about feelings *and* experiences, not just the latter. Novelty Revisions Some of the best stories I’ve written started out as fictional retellings of things that had actually happened to me. Stories morph over time, of course, and what starts out as a close reflection of your reality usually transforms into something a lot more … dramatic. But writing things that hit close to home makes the whole process different somehow. It’s so much easier to insert yourself into that world, to think about the things your characters are thinking about. To feel what they are feeling, and convey those feelings with nothing...
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Music Monday: “Rattlin’ Bones”

Hi, everyone. As we approach Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share this piece by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Enjoy! Original link

Czech pilots of the RAF

In my last article I explained how the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, reached an agreement with Hitler in September 1938, an agreement which resulted in Germany annexing the Sudetenland and eventually taking over the whole of Czechoslovakia. There were many brave Czechs who wanted to fight against the Nazis but could not do so once their country had fallen; this article explains what happened to some of them. In the weeks after Germany occupied Czechoslovakia thousands of soldiers and airmen managed to escape the county and joined the French Foreign Legion until the Second World War finally began in September 1939. Czech airmen then transferred to the Armée de l’Air and fought ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “X”

IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “X” “Xavier’s xylophone was xenolithic in melody.” For the next 26 days we’re going to focus on the English alphabet. Base your subject on the ‘letter of the day’. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Note: I am up to my eyebrows in work at the moment, so I’ll be MUCH slower to answer your posts. I encourage everyone to read through and respond to other people’s contributions and check out their blogs as well; you’re a talented group of people!  The post Six-Word Story Chall...
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Goddess Fish Ten Years Anniversary Tour

Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration! Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do?  We're glad you asked! We didn't want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries: Marianne: Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. I'm awful at poetry. Coffee. Judy: Twitter and Facebook got you down? Come see us, we're the best around. We'll get your book out so people can see What a wonderful author you happen to be. Yeah, for some reason, Judy won! Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer twitter and Facebook promotions as one of our services ! Check out our  test...
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Insomnia movie: Dead of Night (1945)

Who doesn’t like a good scary movie once in a while? What better way to go through a bout of insomnia? And this is the season for scary movies and creepy stories, so I went and finally watched an old movie that’s been on my list forever, and that only recently I got in the restored version. Because it’s a film from 1945, and it’s baffling and disquieting and a beauty to behold. It’s called Dead of Night and you should really check it out. The plot: a man drives to the British countryside, to stay in a place he is being contracted to refurbish. He’s greeted in a very friendly manner by the master of the house and his guests – people he’s meeting for the first time, but that he’s seen in his d...
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My Favorite #Ghost Movies! #Halloween #Haunting #Paranormal

I have a bit of an obsession with ghosts, as anyone who has read my books knows -- three of my novels feature a haunting as well as some steamy romance -- and my latest ghost story, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is coming out in a few short weeks!  I've made lists before of  my favorite ghost stories  in terms of books, but I do enjoy the movies as well...whenever my sister comes to visit, we usually have a marathon watch of creepy films.  Anything paranormal will do, but the ones with a spooky and convincing ghostly presence get top billing.  Over the years, a few have really resonated with me, and helped inspire my novels.  Keep in mind, I'm no movie critic...I just found these films to h...
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Where Have I Been?

Author Don Massenzio Sometimes you reach a point in life where you face that you are not super human. For the past four years, I’ve been able to balance working full time (and then some) along with writing and curating a fairly active blog. During the past couple of months, however, the load became a bit more than I could bear. Throw in difficulties with regulating my diabetes, an infected tooth and travel from Florida to Southern California every week and something had to give. Unfortunately, it was the things that I love most that brought me the least in terms of sustainability that had to take a hiatus. Writing and being active with my blog are things that have brought me through some tou...
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SundaySnippets, #WeekendWarriors, 'Dancing With Fate' - "Don't tell me because I'm a woman I don't know how to fight"

Hello fellow Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to my  Weekend Warriors  post. I'm continuing  with another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far, and been kind enough to comment. Sorry I didn't manage to get around as many blogs last week as I wanted to, it was a really busy week. I'll try to do better thi s time. Weekend Writing Warriors     Eight Sentence Sunday                                              Snippet Sunday Facebook  Group Don't forget to visit the other authors at the link above, there's something for all tastes. BACKGROUND: Having fulfilled the mission set by Apollo, Terpsichore the muse of dance  i...
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Dead in a Pickup: Leah Norwood Mystery #3

Dead in a Pickup is now available for preorder on most retail sites. The release date is November 8, 2018. When Leah Norwood finds the body of Brandy Perez in a pickup parked outside a house for sale, she is once again drawn into the hunt for a killer. Brandy was a party girl with a questionable reputation. She dated a lot of different men including local bad-boy Marcus Cantono. At the time of her death, Brandy claimed to be in a relationship with a wealthy businessman, and there are only a few men in Reed Hill who fit that description. Marcus is already dealing with vandals trying to close down his restaurant, his mother’s sixty-fifth birthday party, and family members restarting their drug...
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The Waterfall’s Wife, a preview

And so here it is, ready to be posted to my Patrons. The Waterfall’s Wife is a story based on a snippet I caught in a documentary a few days back, about a couple of waterfalls, in Japan, that are married according to Shinto tradition. Nice idea for a story, I thought. Something different, not the usual orcs in the caves sort of story. It goes like this… Halfway along the valley, on the northern side, a small groups of houses hung to the rocks of the lower bastions of the Abode of the Snows. Once, at the time of the last war, a stream had fed the small village, but in recent years the water had dried up, and the inhabitants had packed their things and moved, with their children, their dogs an...
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As my part in a group competition, it’s my day for sharing information. I am too daft to reproduce the page as it should be, but you can win books and a gift card for $50 to spend on anything you like on Amazon. Do remember, if you click on a name to subscribe to … Continue reading QUICK EXTRA Original link

Chasing Votes, Not Rainbows

My novella  Look for Me Under the Rainbow  about the killing of harp seal pups in Canada and the group of environmentalists and activists trying to save them is still competing in two contests . It would be a great help if you could spread the word because you can only until October 26  vote for the semi-finals of the AUTHORSdb Cover Contest 2018 for Look for Me Under the Rainbow. This is why it needs as many as possible  VOTES NOW . In another TCK Publishing contest for the book of the year, Look for Me Under the Rainbow is on the second place in YA and Middle Grade category. It needs 48 votes to take the leading position! Do you think we can do it together? Can you help Danny become a lead...
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© Bernard Jan

The Mall in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta)

Stores? Of course. Our favorite is the Liverpool department store. Click here Decorations? Of course:   And fun for the kids! There is also a “jumping place” ie trampoline area that the munchkin particularly loves. For more about the mall click here         Original link

In Cuba, during the war

It can be argued that Ernest Hemingway was one of those authors that turned their own life into a story they were writing and selling. Whether it was a conscious effort or an unplanned consequence of a number of circumstances I cannot say, but it’s certain that “Hemingway” was not just a set of books, but also a style, an attitude, a lifestyle. A brand and a platform, modern marketeers might say. Look at all those photographs. We don’t have as many shots of, say, Raymond Chandler or Dorothy Parker, they are not so widely circulated. It is not surprising then if Ernest Hemingway became the subject of other people’s fiction. Two nights ago I read in a single sitting Cayos in the Stream, by Har...
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Special Guest Interview with Historical Fiction Author Jenny Barden

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is to escape England for a fresh start in the New World, where nobody has ever heard  of the Duchess of Somerset. I'm pleased to welcome author Jenny Barden to The Writing Desk: Tell us about your latest book Thank you for welcoming me to your blog, Tony.  My last book out was The Lost Duchess centred on the ‘Lost Colony’ of Roanoke and England’s first attempt to found a permanent settlement in North America. What happened to the colony remains a mystery, and my novel explores one possible explanation for its apparent disappearance.  It follows t...
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One up for the apostrophe!

We have discussed the use and misuse of the apostrophe before on this blog. In brief, is should generally be used to show possession or a missing letter, and it should not be used to show that a word is plural or between a date and an ‘s’ – as (not) in ‘during the 1980’s, mobile phone’s were almost unheard of.’) The use and misuse of apostrophes keeps grammarians in a constant state of alert, if not agitation – see Simon Griffin’s book F***ing Apostrophes. But they don’t usually attract the attention of local politicians, going about their official business. Unless that is, they are hoping to represent one of the newly formed districts in Cornwall UK. Ninety minutes were put aside for counci...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “W”

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IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre     Today’s challenge is: “W” “Wand?” Winston warily waved willow. “Woosh.” For the next 26 days we’re going to focus on the English alphabet. Base your subject on the ‘letter of the day’. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Note: I am up to my eyebrows in work at the moment, so I’ll be MUCH slower to answer your posts. I encourage everyone to read through and respond to other people’s contributions and check out their blogs as well; you’re a talented group of people!  The post Six-Word Story Ch...
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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES... from Owen Thomas Fiction; Asheville, NC Edition: Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: Asheville, North Carolina How long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit Asheville, NC then here is a good place to start…  BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANGE & CHAMPAGNE BAR IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “We are a Used Bookstore and Champagne Bar ...
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