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Pre-order Release Feature: Lara’s Story by author Diane Merrill Wigginton

I am pleased to announce a great new release by Diane Merrill Wigginton, an author I met during my journey! Her young adult sweet historical romance, Lara’s Story, officially went up for pre-order and will be released on January 4th! … Continue reading → Original link

Fearless Women

Before Mallory Kane, the black ops soldier and fictional character of the movie Haywire, played by Gina Carano — and Jill Oliver, the audacious fictional character of the Deception series — there have been real-life fearless women. A heroine and a group of them, immediately come to mind. They are women who showed up to the plate in the game of life and hit the ball out of the park. If you don't know who Margaret Moth is… you should. She was a true champion of life! In 1990 she became a camerawoman for CNN. She specialized in filming war zones. In July of 1992, she was severely wounded in Sarajevo. Two years later, she returned to the war zones to continue her mission to show the world what w...
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My new series: Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance

I'm so excited to share the news with you! My new series, Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, will hit the shelves come January, with two books.  Both of them will be available to you sooner, in preorder mode, so please stay tuned... Coma Confidential Ashley finds herself in the ER diagnosed with coma. She has no memory of what has happened to her. Despite what everyone around her may think, Ash can listen to the conversations of her visitors. One of them in particular strikes her as a possible suspect in her recent rape.  For Ash, there is little time to gather clues: blackouts are happening not only in the hospital but in Irvine and other places in California, and the Russian ha...
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Music Monday: “What’s Up”

As you all know, I love Playing For Change. Here is their live performance of 4 Non Blondes’ big hit. Enjoy!   Original link

Keeping a Writer’s Notebook – Do You? You should! – Part 3

Author Don Massenzio This is the third post in my series on keeping a writers notebook. I can’t emphasize enough how important this tool is for cataloging and organizing ideas. I take most of my ideas for this tool from the book,  The Writer’s Notebook  by Ralph Fletcher. This book helps you organize your notebook and use the information you record for various purposes. If you want to read  Part 1  or  Part 2  of this series, just click on the links. Keep Lists of Interesting Words Did you ever come across a word while playing Words with Friends or while thumbing through a magazine article or the vocabulary quiz in Reader’s Digest and think that it was an interesting word that you’d like to ...
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Release Blitz - RJ Scott - Home For Christmas

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK   Length: 45,000 words approx. Cover Design: Meredith Russell Texas Series Book #1 - The Heart of Texas - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #2 - Texas Winter - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #3 - Texas Heat - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #4 - Texas Family - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #5 - Texas Christmas - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #6 - Texas Fall - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #7 - Texas Wedding - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #8 - Texas Gift - Amazon US | Amazon UK Blurb Can Connor show River a real family Christmas? When Connor finds River on the roof of the campus admin building, he doesn’t know what to do. His friend is drunk, and shouting into a snowstorm, a bottle of v...
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Release Blitz - Nell Iris - Under The Felt Mistletoe

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | JMS Books Length: 13,000 words. Publisher: JMS Books Blurb The most wonderful time of the year is about to get even better. On a cold, rainy December morning, Finn’s beloved Grampa, his best friend and rock, makes a friend outside their home who he invites in for coffee. The last thing Finn expects is Nelson, a man with a painful past, who is beautiful and generous and turns Finn’s knees into jelly. What starts out as a chance to get out of the rain, soon becomes more as Nelson helps Finn get ready for the Christmas market. They bond over coffee and fabric and Mariah Carey. Can handmade Christmas ornaments and an understanding heart give Nelson the love he’...
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Release Blitz- Ari McKay - Designer Holiday

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK Length: 40,000 words approx. Blurb It’s never too late for a second chance at love… or is it? Rayne Sadler left the tiny town of Holiday Pines and his childhood sweetheart, Emilio Rives, to make a name for himself in the world of interior design. For twelve years, he never looked back. Now he has the successful career he wanted, but no one to share his life. Emilio isn’t happy when Rayne returns to Holiday Pines to renovate the local playhouse. The town wants to stimulate the failing tourist industry, but Emilio has no interest in reviving the ashes of his relationship with Rayne. Yet shared memories and experiences are powerful things. As the playhouse is re...
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ABOUT THE BOOK To Fetch a Thief, the first Mutt Mysteries collection, features four novellas that have gone to the dogs. In this howlingly good read, canine companions help their owners solve crimes and right wrongs. These sleuths may be furry and low to the ground, but their keen senses are on high alert when it comes to sniffing out clues and digging up the truth. Make no bones about it, these pup heroes will steal your heart as they conquer ruff villains.

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 Title: To Fetch a Thief Authors: Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, and Rosemary Shomaker Genre: Cozy mystery Series: Mutt Mysteries Publisher: Bay Breeze Publishing, LLC (November 8, 2018) Print length: 263 p...
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Welcome Back Author Angela Fattig!

It’s been a while but she’s back! The author of World Deception and The Broken Series plus many more. Now under her married name, Angela Novak is ready and better than ever. She has all new ideas and is ready to get them out to you. Amazon will still have all her previous books under the name Angela Fattig. To change that would be a nightmare! Below you will find new links to keep up to date on her latest books. Facebook Nova Beta Readers Group Goodreads Amazon - All of her books are on KU. Check them out! ***Remember her last name used to be Fattig FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME - All I Want For Christmas Is You Amazon US   UK   CA   AU   Audible US Audible UK Roping His Heart: Claiming My Cowboy ...
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Six-Word Story Challenges – “Fourth”, “Fifth”, “Sixth”, “Seventh”, “Eighth”, & “Ninth”.

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Fourth” “Little hands reached for another cookie.” Today’s challenge is: “Fifth” “She added the scotch to mix.” Today’s challenge is: “Sixth” “I didn’t make the winner’s podium.” Today’s challenge is: “Seventh” “No rescue yet.” He added notch. Today’s challenge is: “Eighth” “Do we have enough place settings?” Today’s challenge is: “Ninth” “The golfer quit halfway through game.” Wow, the week slipped by – sorry about that. December is proving to be busy. Here’s a six-pack to bring me up to date. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. I look ...
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Learning more stuff

Here we go again: end of the year, new lists of MOOCs and online courses get published. So much to learn, so much knowledge availabe. And I realize that, as a product of the 1970s/1980s Italian school system, what I learned, deeply and inescapably, in school, is how to l earn. I like learning stuff. And so I went through the list of December MOOCs you can find on the OpenCulture website , and after spending half an hour checking the links and weighing the offer, I enrolled in two new courses. One, is an interesting thing called How music can change your life , offered by the University of Melbourne, and it sounds (aha!) like the sort of fun thing that might actually suggest new story ideas. ...
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A Whale of a Tale: Kirk Douglas, 102 y.o.

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The oompa loompas are on strike

The KDP version of the latest BUSCAFUSCO ebook is taking forever to filter through the Amazon validation system. Is something wrong? Is the fact that in this adventure Buscafusco tackles the Chinese Triads and the Italian Copyright regulation authority part of the problem? Is the reference to the dark web and gambling? Are there nipples or other banned elements hidden somewhere in the book, of which I am unaware of? The mystery remains. It’s good to see that after these many years, Amazon keeps screwing up my accurately plotted launches. If you really need a fix of BUSCAFUSCO and you can’t wait for the oompa loompas to drag their backsides to work and do their job, you can of course go to Gu...
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The longest five days…Operation Compass, 9th December 1940

Mersa Matruh
When we think of the early months of the Second World War we often focus on the setbacks suffered by the Allies in Europe including the disastrous fall of France and the heroic rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. We also think of the losses we suffered in North Africa against Rommel and his Afrika Korps; but what is often forgotten is that our first adversary in Africa was not the Germans but the Italians and, for a time, things there were very different. Both Britain and Italy were intent on protecting their colonies in Africa. There were skirmished between the two sides but the Italian commander, Graziani, was doubtful that his largely un-mechanized force would be capab...
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Moment of the Muse

How often do you struggle for something to ‘write about’? or face the so-called writer’s block because you cannot find a topic for your next piece? I know many writers frequently struggle with finding subject matter. It is something I hear often via author groups and writing associations. I am a prolific writer, yet have never suffered from either of the above. Most often, I can be found tapping away on my keyboard as I continue my ‘works in progress’. I usually have a few of these on the go at once; non-fiction, a novel, some short stories, a compilation, it is pretty much par for the course. I have files called ‘stuff & stories to read’; ‘story Ideas & notes’; ‘more writing notes’; ‘other ...
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Parking in Mexico

  Found this fellow parked on the street in town the other day. When I approached he pulled back abruptly. His owner, a little old lady, told me that he only liked her, no one else. I’m guessing that these two have been together for years. The owner changed from a baseball cap to the hat you see on the saddle, before mounting and riding away with her bags of groceries hanging from the saddle horn.                                 Original link

The Woodsman – a story for a winter evening.

            It had been a convivial evening. The young couple were pleasant, if the girl was a bit giggly and the young man rather ponderous. They said they were new teachers and were walking Hadrian’s Wall, at the start of the winter holiday. Arthur met them whilst out collecting firewood, got chatting, and invited them back to have supper with him and his wife. They didn’t get many visitors to their isolated cottage at this time of year, he said. He and Martha would love to have a bit of company.             Martha’s stew easily stretched to four helpings, along with the loaf of homemade bread. They opened a couple of cans of Strongbow, and then whilst they chatted about the history and ge...
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Setting goals: why do you need them?

 Do you have a dream?  First,  you must know what you want. What comes next?  You need to set your goals. Why should you set goals anyway? Here are my thoughts on goals. If you don’t have them, how do you know where you’re headed? To me, it seems like you’re driving around without an idea of your destination. Isn’t that a waste of time and energy. Let’s imagine you want to be a dancer. First write your goal down and post it where you can see it every day. That way, you remind yourself of your plan. What do you need to do to become the exquisite dancer you’d like to be? I would think you need a schedule for practice. Remember, the more you practice the better you become.  Mom and Daddy at Swe...
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery Series – Mary Anne Edwards, Diana J. Febry, Judy Penz Sheluk and Toni Pike

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine : Time for some more book gift ideas from the Cafe and Bookstore and here is a selection of novels that any book lover would enjoy. As always when there is a series I will share book one and that is the case for the first author Mary Anne Edwards… Original link