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Music Monday: “Do Right Woman”

I am still thinking a lot about Aretha Franklin’s passing. We have lost a treasured icon of soul music.  Luckily, we have her recordings by which we may remember her. Sometimes, I think I should teach a course on the pioneers of rock and soul.  I worry that they will be forgotten. Today, please enjoy Aretha’s rendition of “Do Right Woman.”   Original link

Release Blitz- Megan Reddaway - A Position In Paris

Release Blitz- Megan Reddaway - A Position In Paris Original link

Release Blitz - RJ Scott - Last Chance

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK Length: 5660 words Blurb It’s the last year of college and Luke can’t forget the captain of the hockey team, or the kiss they shared as freshman. Justin has to decide if hockey outweighs his attraction to Luke, because this might be the last chance he’ll have of making things right.   *This short story was previously released in the Love For All Seasons Charity Anthology. RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after. RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance o...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Gremlin”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Gremlin” “AMC’s ‘Gremlin’ lived on in ‘Spirit’.” 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 Image: “Gremlin Gas Cap” CZmarlin — Christopher Ziemnowicz, releases all rights but a photo credit would be appreciated if this image is used anywhere other than Wikipedia. Please leave a note at Wikipedia here. Thank you! – Own work, Public Domain, Original link

My Guest, Author and Editor Kaycee John Tells Us How to Catch An Editor's Eye, or Ear, or Heart

My guest Kaycee John is a Renaissance woman with many talents and a very full plate! Authors, read her advice that’s invaluable at any stage of your career.  About Kaycee Published author and editor Kaycee John honed her presentation skills the same way she learned most of life's lessons—the hard way. As the director of a victim advocacy agency she often found herself standing at the front of classrooms filled with raw police recruits, women's studies and criminal justice majors, and emergency medicine providers, dispelling the myths that surround sex crimes and teaching effective techniques for dealing with victims of violence. Then came press conferences, op-ed pieces for the local papers ...
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The first bullet whizzed by my head

The first bullet whizzed by my head. I saw a flash of light but couldn’t make sense of what was happening even when the shell found a target behind me. I stood, frozen in place, on the front porch of the elegant private cottage Aunt Letty’s lawyer reserved for me. I hugged Marlowe who was barking fiercely and took a step backward into the foyer. Marlowe wriggled free and jumped to the floor.  A hand holding a white Stetson whacked the porch light, shattering the fixture and the bulb. The owner of the Stetson bumped into me as he bounded indoors. That sent me sliding over the polished wood floor of my rustic chic suite. I yelped as I landed on my well-padded derriere. A barrage of bullets fle...
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How to Protect Yourself against Dating Scams by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All There seems to be no end when it comes to people searching for love, romance or a lifetime partner on social networks, chat rooms and popular dating sites. And many great relationships and marriages have been created. But one must also be mindful that there are folks who have underhanded motives when it comes to meeting someone, which is scamming you out of your money. When it comes to online dating, a person who pretends to be a love interest and immediately requests money is without a doubt a con-artist. You can protect yourself from being ripped-off by observing the following signs: ·        Once you meet the individual, he or she will want to leave the dating site prompt...
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Reviews & The Hating Of Goodreads.

You a writer, I understand the importance of reviews. I need them, not only as a marketing tool, but as a tool for growth as a writer. Constructive criticism has been invaluable in helping me improve my craft. But here's the thing. It seems to me that book reviewing has become a bloodsport, where the objective is not to review a book in good faith. Rather, it has become an exercise in grandstanding - of unloading with the snarkiest take downs, of maligning the writer with the slickest burns possible. It's been apparent on #Goodreads for a while - (Like, what is it with these *reviewers* and gifs??) It's also an emerging trend on Netgalley - (minus the gifs). Here's the thing. I gen...
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The Codex Arundel, by L. Da Vinci

You can now read Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebook, a.k.a. The Codex Arundel, online.   Original link

P.C. Hodgell on writing

I am having a wonderful time reading the God Stalker books by P.C. Hodgell 1 , and it was ages since I had enjoyed a fantasy series so much. Sprawling is a word that comes to mind, but in a good way. P.C. Hodgell therefore went straight into my short list of authors whose technique I admire, and whose skills I’d love to emulate. So, fueled by my fanboy-ish enthusiasm, I did a little search on YouTube, and found these two snippets of interview, that I think I am going to share. Always interesting, listening to writers talking about their work. I hope you’ll like ‘em, and maybe check out her books. in case you are interested, you can get the first four in the series as two hefty paperbacks by ...
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The Countdown is on! ==> 11 Days

Down the Rabbit Hole is coming soon! There are some things in this world we are not supposed to fully understand as outsiders. Ellie Masters takes us to those places with the magic of her words. Down the Rabbit Hole is an amazing journey into the world of BDSM. A curious outsider or long time insider, you’ll want to read this incredible journey. ✮ ✮ ✮ PRE-ORDER ALERT ✮ ✮ ✮ # ContemporaryRomance   # EllieMastersNewRelease # DowntheRabbitHole Pre-order links for DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: a second chance romance by Ellie Masters are now available! Releasing 23rd August with the below retailers ✦ iBooks → ✦ Nook → ✦ Google Play ...
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Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance

**Spoiler Alert** I try not to write anything about a book that might spoil it for someone who hasn’t read it. I don’t think there is much of that in this post, but I do reference a couple of things that you learn in this novel. Just a warning. I recently finished the latest installment of Karen Chance’s Dorina Basarab series. I read a few of the Cassandra Palmer novels. I liked those okay, but I really enjoyed this series set in the same universe. Fury’s Kiss was the last full-length novel in this series. It was released almost six years ago so I’ve been waiting for Shadow’s Bane for a while. This is the longest one, and that is the only thing I didn’t like about this book. Too much back an...
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4 Ways Travel Can Enrich Your Writing | The Creative Penn

You all know I’m an avid traveler, and that I believe putting boots on the ground in your story’s setting makes all the difference in the world.  Here’s another author’s example of how it works. I also think traveling is one of the best ways to find stories out in the world, and meet people who might turn into characters. You will experience sights, smells and tastes that you may never encounter at home. And traveling could change your life – as it has done for me.  via 4 Ways Travel Can Enrich Your Writing | The Creative Penn Original link

Here Are Your Winners! Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest (July 2018)

I’ve had it under my hat that I was a finalist for a while, but today I’m pleased to announce that “Ghosts of Tupelo” was 4th place in this competition, and will appear in an anthology later this year. I’ll keep you posted. Congratulations to my fellow awardees! Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR Here Are Your Winners! It seems like the wait gets longer each time, doesn’t it? Why is that? Because I need a lot of time to read and critique the amazing stories you send, that’s why! I KNOW you want to get right to the winners and believe me, so do I. These are really good stories and they’ll be getting invited to take part in our horror anthology that will be published in October! That’s kind of a big deal. ...
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Jungle beauty alive and well in Victoria, BC

Russel, these are for you. Victoria Butterfly Garden more here Original link

On using a not uncommon turn of phrase.

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A police officer was recently reported as saying, “The community [must be able to] go about its daily business not unduly impacted by demonstrations taking place.” She was referring to demonstrations against President Trump whilst he was in Britain. Cue the grammar police attack of the vapours for her use of ‘not un…’ George Orwell was a leading literary figure who riled against this way of phrasing things – in fact he felt it should be banned; would you, he asked, write about a ‘not un-black dog?’ Obviously not! But he had got his own grammar a bit wrong, as who would refer to ‘an un-black dog’ in the first place, let alone a ‘not un-black’ one? Jane Austen, by contrast, used the format wit...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Fear”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Fear” “Shhh, listen! The drums have stopped.” 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 Original link

The Red Baron

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Change the world with music

No, this is not a post about some 1970s disco extravaganza. In a post about the late Robert F. Young a few days back I mentioned his influence on a Japanese anime called RahXephon. I was first interested in the thing when it was described to me as Evangelion’s smarter brother. Confessions of an Anime viewer: I was never able to get Neon Genesis Evangelion. I know it was a huge success and a smash hit and all that, but I tried it and I did not like it. The fact that there were at the time self-styled otakus shouting ceaselessly about how the series was better than anything that had gone before and anything that would come afterwards sort of cooled my already not-very-hot enthusiasm. But RahXe...
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Sun King on Amazon

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And finally the Asteria in the Court of the Sun King ebook is available also on Amazon. It took a while, but now everything should be set. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Feedback of any kind is, as usual, very welcome. Original link