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Weekend Reads: “The Bookshop on the Corner”

The Bookshop on the Corner
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was utterly, completely charming. (I could add more superlatives, but that would only serve as a digression.) First, any book that makes recommendations about places to read before you ever get to the story tells me that the author loves reading just as much as I do. That Jenny Colgan admits to preferring her bathwater only lightly cooler than the surface of the sun, among other traits we share in common, told me that I was about to read the work of a soul sister. And boy, did I ever. Nina Redmond loses her librarian job when the system closes several branches, so she begins abducting books that are going to be thro...
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Sales Blitz: Worst Case by Beck Anderson


Worst Case by Beck Anderson Genre: Young Adult Romance Cover Designer: Caroline Tse Release Date: January 16, 2018 Will she risk the fall and take a leap of faith? Vivi Lewis just wants to stay in one place for more than a minute. It’s April of her senior year, for crying out loud, and here she is again, packed into a beat-up white Toyota with her anxiety-ridden single mom, fleeing the Washington coast. She hopes that this move—the one that’s taken them inland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—will finally be their true fresh start. There’s little to indicate this time will be much different from all the others…until Vivi meets Win Kemper at the city bus stop before her first day of school. Win and Vi...
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Writing Tip — 16

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When it comes to writing your book the opening sentence is the most important thing you will write. That sentence needs to hook the reader and reel them in. It needs to make them WANT to continue reading to find out what is happening or will happen. That opening sentence should set the reader to wondering and have them continue reading to learn the answers. Finding the opening sentence can be a royal pain in the rear. With it, you introduce the main character, set the tone of the story, and the setting. The sentence can be short or long, but don’t overdo it. Don’t stress out if you don’t get it right the first time.  Once you finish the first draft of your story, you will have plenty of time...
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Today’s Featured Author – A.V. Boyles


Today I welcome author A.V. Boyles to my blog. Her debut book, The Phazor’s Tale: Gems of the Dragons, came out in 2014. The second book in the Tales of the Four Realms series will be out later this year. Interview Tell us a bit about yourself.  Hi!  I love to tell stories and fantasy is just right genre for me.  My fascination with dragons started about a decade ago, with the first book I bought on dragonology.  I don’t know what possessed me to do so; maybe it was the unique embossed cover, or the impeccable illustrations.  Whatever it was that enticed me, I’ve been hooked ever since.  For me, the entire enchanted realm is completely enthralling.  Spin it all together with witches or wizar...
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Meet Pamela S. Thibodeaux and Read About her Paranormal Romance KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH, for our #eggcerptexchange


About Pam Pam is an award-winning author, Co-Founder and lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s  newsletter  and get a free short story! Five Facts about Keri’s Christmas Wish Keri’s Christmas Wish is the first, original fiction story I’ve written in its entirety since 2009. Although I don’t normally write “paranormal”, Keri’s Christmas Wish is the second book I’ve written that contains paranormal elements...
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MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES/BETTER DEAD TOUR


MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith Genre: Cozy Mystery In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals--but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . . "... readers are immediately drawn to main character, Daisy Swanson, and her beloved Aunt Iris."
- Suspense Magazine Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective--so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy's Tea Garden was caterin...
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Trieste: Marzapane and Horse Meat


It was dark and cold when I woke at 7:00am, the final morning of Daylight Savings Time made even more somber by the layer of gray clouds that had rolled in a couple of days earlier. The radiator had not yet kicked on, and the frosty air made me want to do nothing but snuggle under my blankets and go back to sleep. With only two more days left in Trieste and no more day trips planned, there was no real urgency to get up. It had been raining on and off that week, so I was quite content to spend my mornings hanging out at Pasticceria Penso and my afternoons in my apartment writing. I burrowed under the covers for another hour, shivering to stay warm, until I finally managed to drag myself out o...
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Are You Aware of Business Lessons Leading Up to A Crime Scene?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: A day off to celebrate an occasion turned into one of concern as we slowly approached the crime scene. There were business lessons to learn on several levels. My Story It was my turn to celebrate a special day off. My choice was to visit the Native American museum in D.C. I found the experience to be highly inspirational and enjoyable. A smile came over me as I saw a sign mentioning Quechua, the language of the Incas. One of my first business meetings took place in San Francisco. There, I met a woman who was born in Peru. Anna was taken by complete surprise as I recalled a sentence in Quechua that was learned in college. We quickly considered ourselves as ...
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Being Bold for Christ

It seems appropriate that Billy Graham passed away during the Olympics.  After all he had run a good race, had run with endurance and had fought the good fight!  Now, he could receive the accolades due him, not a gold … Continue reading → Original link

…Authoress friend, Dorothy Anne Spruzen, illustrates how easy it is to misuse ‘period’ WURDS…


As an author of historical fiction, I’m always on the lookout for things like this. You need to consider the linguistics of the region and the era alike. Seumas Gallacher …today’s Guest Blog is by courtesy of my dear friend, Authoress, Dorothy A. Spruzen… an erudite piece on writing, from a spectacularly insightful scribbling lady… enjoy: Welcome to you all, and thank you for having me. Seumas invited me to write something for his wonderful website, so I thought that I would share some of the tips I pass on to my creative writing students concerning historical research for writers of fiction. I know some of you are readers rather than writers, but I hope this will nevertheless prove interest...
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Joni Dee: Unfathomable Treachery


Recently I’ve been reading novels by newer, largely unknown indie writers. By way of helping them along, I’ll be introducing some of them here. These authors are up-and-coming, at varying stages in their development as writers. They may not all have the polish of traditionally published authors, but I think they all have potential and deserve encouragement. Espionage, political corruption, and international terrorism are a potent and frightening mix. Joni Dee dares stir in with them news still fresh in many people’s memories to deliver a seat-of-the-pants thriller centered in London but stretching around the world. It begins when Yochanan (John) Daniel, an Israeli computer programmer living ...
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Rugged New Mexico


dontravis.com blog post #273 I’m still on a New Mexico kick. This time we visit the southwest, Bootheel country of New Mexico, the setting of the third book in my BJ Vinson Mystery Series. I probably overdid it so far as length goes once again, but try to stick with me to the end. ***** Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons From The City of Rocks: Chapter 2 I headed for Deming, hoping to locate some of the dead man’s family or familiars, who might be able to give me a lead before driving to the M Lazy M Ranch. The sixty-mile stretch between Las Cruces and Deming was relatively flat and dominated by creosote, honey mesquite, and yucca. An ungodly amount of cacti and spiked plants of every size and de...
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Writing Quotes — Stephen King

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MEET ROBERT FEAR (FRED)

This week’s guest author I know from chats on FB, particularly in the groups Indie Authors Support and Discussion and We Love Memoirs. I’ve also read many of his books and enjoyed them. How many of you will pick up on the word ‘time’ in one of his titles? I’m really pleased to welcome Robert/Fred … Continue reading MEET ROBERT FEAR (FRED) Original link

The Gods of Gondwane

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Yesterday my friend Alex ran a piece on his blog about Dariel Quiogue’ Gods of Gondwane, and I realized I have never reviewed this small, fun independent roleplaying game. And really, can we ignore a game that is pitched to us as Think Spartacus meets Flash Gordon in The Land That Time Forgot Obviously not. So, let’s get a look at this baby. Gods of Gondwane is a slim indie game presented as a 46 pages pdf file you can get from free through DriveThruRPG . The game runs on Dariel’s own VIVID System, which is a nice balance (to me, at least) of crunch and freeform. Players get to draw up a character assigning a number of dice to non-list, open descriptors: your character can get, say, three di...
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Lost and Found Pets Mystery Novellas and Giveaway


I love my Lost and Found Pets series. They are so much fun to write. Originally, I had an idea for a female private investigator whose office was in the building own by a wealthy man with a daughter. He was going to be the love interest. I actually wrote about half of the novella with that story line, but it just didn’t flow. In that story, she had a dog that was trained for search and rescue, and the man’s daughter hired Alex to find her lost cat. If any of you have read The Lost Great Dane, you will recognize some of the plot. The more I thought about it the more I wanted the dog to play a part in the stories. That gave me the idea of an investigator that specializes in finding lost animal...
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Special Guest post by Derek Wilson, Author of The Queen and the Heretic


Available on Amazon UK The dual biography of two remarkable women - Catherine Parr and Anne Askew. One was the last queen of a powerful monarch, the second a countrywoman from Lincolnshire. But they were joined together in their love for the new learning - and their adherence to Protestantism threatened both their lives. This book explores their lives, and the way of life for women from various social strata in Tudor England. Question :    In terms of Tudor history what is the significance of the following:                                     24, 3, 1.15, 0.5, 1.75, 3.5 Answer: they are (roughly – I’m no mathematician) the reigns, measured in years, of Henry VIII’s six queens. We can see, at...
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#APC #Spotlight: Spirit Of The Lone Horse By Ani Manjikian!


Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Ani Majikian in my APC spotlight, today! Ani is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her time travel, military action, mystery sci-fi/fantasy novel, Spirit of the Lone Horse, looks great! Here's the description: A horse. A woman. A dream. And so much more.Time travel, drama, military action, mystery, and intrigue. This is science fantasy and a bold initial statement from an author with a passion for words.Jo Mason was going to be the first woman to raise the USMB International Championship trophy above her head. Double tragedy strikes the beginning of her quest. First, she finds her longtime companion dead in his ...
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Getting personal with Lee Todd Lacks

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Lee Todd Lacks seeks to blur the distinctions between rants, chants, anecdotes, and anthems. He is one of the friendliest and kindest people I know, he has a great sense of humor and loves his family very very much. I had the honor of getting to know him while working on his release party. I highly recommend you send him a friend request and read his book!   Please help we welcome Lee Todd Lacks to Roadie Notes…..   1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? Seven? 2. How many books have you written? Two, counting Trixie and June. My first book, entitled Underneath, was released by Fermata Publishing in 2016. 3. Anything you won’t write about? While spanking is but one of man...
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