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The Murder Hobos – Episode 31 – Diak’s First Strike

The sound was the first thing to penetrate his slumber. A single wheel creaked, once every rotation. The noise chased the blackness from his brain.Jinnaari tried to move his hands, but they wouldn’t budge. Working his jaw, he felt the gag. Opening his eyes, he raised his head and hit it on something solid. He was in a box of some kind.The wheel creaked again.Shifting, he felt the rough wood against his scales. Was he naked? That didn’t make sense.“Dyointy hai, Diak,” a female voice said. Jinnaari didn’t understand the language that was spoken. He tried moving his hands again, testing the rope that tied them together. The smooth fiber cut into his wrists, but held fast.He tried moving his leg...
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Book Review: “Life Has a Way” by Dwayne Jenkins.

This is a novel dealing with depression, so well written that the reader may feel drawn into the protagonist’s life. Isn’t that what we look for in a work of fiction? Well, yes. But its realism can touch those suffering from depression, like Earl. So, a word to the wise. Earl Veares life goals have … Continue reading Book Review: “Life Has a Way” by Dwayne Jenkins. →Original link

Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 15 ‘only almost everything’

And just as soon as she was gone Inteachán came back.Mac heard her coming up the stairs to her flat.‘And so you’re here again,’ he said as she opened the door.‘I am,’ said Inteachán, ‘I’m back from I don’t know where.’Inteachán could see that Mac was upset.‘What did I miss?’ she asked tenderly.‘Oh,’ replied the elderly professor, ‘only almost everything.’Original link

Author’s Inspiration: “Around the World in 80 Pages”

Hi, everyone. This week, I’ll share the story behind the stories in Around the World in 80 Pages, which is permafree on Smashwords.I had 10 short stories, each written about a different era and location, that I put together in a collection. Each story has a different origin.“Heart of Stone” was my first attempt at urban fantasy. In this story, a lonely young woman finds herself confiding in the stone gargoyle on her apartment building’s roof … and then learns that he is listening.“No Eyes But Mine Shall See” is written from the perspective of Gilbert Rochambeau, one of the characters in the Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series. This tale was originally written for one of the Bestseller Bou...
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How to gain followers on Instagram...

That was the first thing I Googled when I decided to finally spring for a shiny new Instagram account one year ago. And you know what I learned? There are tons of articles about how to represent yourself by posting uniform content and using the same filters so that people will easily recognize your brand. Also, posting at a specific time of day when people are most likely to see your content isOriginal link

A book blast for The Road to Delano by John DeSimone

It’s 1968, and a strike by field workers in the grape fields has ripped an otherwise quiet central California town down the middle. Jack Duncan is a Delano high school senior who is on his way to earning a baseball scholarship, hoping to escape the turmoil infesting his town. His mother has kept from him the real cause of his father’s death, who was a prominent grower. But when an old friend hands Jack evidence indicating his father was murdered, he is compelled to dig deeper. This throws him and his best friend and teammate, Adrian Sanchez, whose father is a striking field worker, into the labor conflict led by Cesar Chavez. Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their...
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The Twelve Days of Christmas – Kissing Strangers by D.S. Dehel

Today, I’m hosting author D.S. Dehel and her latest release, Kissing Strangers, a paranormal historical romance, and book nine in the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday special published by eXtasy Books.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway because there are lots of prizes!  And don’t also forget to check out the deals from eXtasy … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

The Occult Detectives are back

I am passing this along because it’s great news – the new issue of Occult Detective Magazine (formerly Occult Detective Quarterly) is currently available in print on Amazon. An ebook edition is forthcoming.This is a big fat mag filled with supernatural thrills, and it’s just what the doctor ordered to have some fun for the end of the year.And no, there is no work of mine on this one – but hopefully I’ll be able to sell some more stories to this fine magazine in 2020. Original link


1 Prey Who will save us from The Dead_
 I must escape this hellWhere The Dead trap me,Try to snare meWith their evil ways. I must find a wayOut of this dungeonTo the world above. PREY FOR THE DEAD  Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Weekend Reads: “Christmas in Whistler”

Christmas in Whistler: A Christmas Romance Novella
Christmas in Whistler: A Christmas Romance Novella by Kim HornsbyMy rating: 5 of 5 starsDaria’s looking at a lonely Christmas, with her two daughters at her ex-husband Robert’s house … with his horrible new girlfriend, Suzanne.So, when Daria’s long-time friend Jo invites her to spend Christmas in Whistler, British Columbia, she leaps at the opportunity to get out of the Seattle suburbs and see some new sights.One of those sights turns out to be Pierre Charbenaud, a long-time friend of Jo’s partner, Sheila. When Suzanne starts being nasty to Daria during a Skype call with the girls, Pierre pops in and pretends to be Daria’s new flame. And that’s all fine with Daria, because sparks started fly...
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Oh, well…

A story I submitted last month just bounced back… because the magazine I submitted it to went out of business. This is the second time this happens to me – in the first case, it was a story I had already sold – between the acceptance letter and the publishing, the publisher went belly up. I could be cynical and say that’s the reason why you should always aim at paid-on-acceptance markets, but really it’s no laughing matter.Every time a magazine or a publisher goes out of business, we, as writers and as readers, are a little poorer.The only up side of this last sorry matter?I had mistakenly mailed the same story to two prospect markets at the same time. Now tat problem’s solved.Original link

How to seduce an alpha man ?

What happens when a man finds a woman who is equal to him? It means she can reply sharply to his demands and she will not obey. Usually, alpha men are not got used to such kind of women, because they prefer gentle ladies who will shut up and smile accord his wishes.Ken and Tina always found a reason for conflict. He was egocentric and believed he knew everything the best. Tina was educated and hot-tempered, she could not allow a man to underestimate her. Even they argued, they attracted each other. Ken learned to give her respect, and Tina learned to stay silent when it is necessary.How to seduce an alpha man?Let him believe that he is the boss.Stay calm. Alpha men don't like hysterical wome...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – "Timing"

#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller #worldbuildingToday’s challenge is “Timing” Flash. “Boom.” Storm concealed the gunshot.I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. RogersOriginal link

Announcement: The Magic of Stories By Karen J. Mossman!

Hey Everyone!!My friend, Karen Mossman, is back, today, with a new announcement, and this one is by her! So, Karen, take it away!Karen:The Magic of StoriesDescriptionIn conjunction with The Magic of Stories website, multi-genre author Karen J Mossman, brings you this delightful collection of short stories, poetry and flash fictionVisit The Magic of Stories website where there will be a week-long celebration of articles relating to the stories of this book.Website - LinksAmazon UK US Bio and Social Media LinksKaren J M...
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Book Launch: The Ghost of Madison Avenue, by Nancy Bilyeau

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US* * *  A Christmas Ghost Story in Old New York  * * * In this compelling and poignant story, bestselling author Nancy Bilyeau takes readers to New York City’s Morgan Library in December 1912, when two very different people haunted by lost love come together in an unexpected way.Helen O’Neill, part of a tight-knit Irish-American family in the Bronx, is only too happy to report to work at the spectacular private library built on Madison Avenue by millionaire financier J. P. Morgan. The head librarian, the brilliant and beautiful Belle da Costa Greene, had hired Helen away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art after she witnessed Helen’s unusual talent with handling ...
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 14 ‘The Phoenix Park Tunnel’

The audience from the fateful concert were discovered the next morning in the Phoenix Park Tunnel when workmen opened an old section due for development.To their astonishment they found 80, 000 people standing silently in long lines, as if waiting for something.Mac watched amazed as the television news report showed streams of dazed people being led blinking into the daylight.Original link


Too many suspects can be as bad as no suspects at all . . . Lark Davis, horse trainer and reluctant amateur sleuth, is sure that her crime-solving days are behind her. At least that’s what she told her grandmother. However, when her Homeowners Association President and owner of the local hardware store is found dead the day after she had a public fight with him, Lark is back in the last place she wants to be — the middle of a murder case.But this is Barrow Bay, and things are never as they seem. Gerald Pratchett had a list of enemies a mile long, and each one had a very real reason for wanting to see him gone. When the police get overwhelmed with too many suspects, including herself, Lark re...
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Falling Up released

The first novella in the Flying Crooked series was SUPPOSE WE. Commissioned by LL-Publications (the publisher of the ARIA science fiction trilogy) to bring back the passion in space exploration. In Suppose We a ship crashlands on a faraway planet, but the natives are so far ahead of Earth that they ignore the hapless humans in need of help. The human crew follow the native Keps to their habitats only to find strangeness beyond their experience. If you read Suppose We and you thought it as original as writers such as Jaine Fenn did, then just wait until you read Falling Up. Well, the title tells you, doesn’t it?Why is Em flying up as in the cover picture? An anomaly, obvs, but what kind and w...
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Short and sweet review for my WWII romantic suspense novel, Dancing with Air:Janie5.0 out of 5 starsOutstandingReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA wonderful and excellent romantic WW II novel.I loved the characters. A wonderful story between two people who have faults but their love is stronger.Original link

What, no RPGs for Christmas?

It’s been pointed out that my list of Christmas gifts for the masses was fearfully lacking in the Roleplaying Games department. To set that straight, I’ll post here three suggestions for the roleplayer that has everything.Because what’s better than spending Christmas day reading a new RPG handbook?Here goes…Scheherazade is a fantasy roleplaying game set in the world of the Arabian Nights. The setting is a nice mix of fantasy and historical accuracy, the system matches the mood of the game perfectly. Character creation is fast and fun, and the game offers endless opportunities for action, adventure and wonder. And the art is absolutely stunning.And yes, it was designed by my friend Umberto Pi...
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