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Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts)

Don Travis: Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts) : blog post #334     Courtesy of Pixels Well, what did you think of last week’s post? Any guesses about this one?... Original link

Blog Tour Feature: Wicked Wager by Beverley Oakley

.•*´¨❥¸.•*´¨ NEW RELEASE¸.•*´¨❥¸.•*´¨ What if one kiss is not enough? I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by Beverley Oakley, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your new historical … Continue reading → Original link

Wally and Me (Part 2of 2 Parts) blog post #334     Courtesy of Pixels Well, what did you think of last week’s post? Any guesses about this one? Part 1 ended with someone falling from the cliff at Webber’s Lake. Shall we see what happened? ***** WALLY AND ME         I paced my room for the next couple of days, unable to sleep or read or watch TV… anything. Calls stacked up on my cell phone, but I didn’t have the courage to answer them. All I could do was relive the moment a body fell from the cliff and my absolute premonition it was Wally. The deputy determined everyone had been drinking, and some of the boys were horsing around wrestling near the edge of the cliff to see who’d chicken out first.          ...
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Special Guest interview with Toni Mount, Author of The Colour of Lies: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery (

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US It is late summer and London is all a-bustle for St Bartholomew’s Fayre, with merchants arriving from faraway lands. When an old friend returns with fabulous items for sale, it can only mean one thing: trouble. As thievery, revenge and murder stalk the fayre, Sebastian Foxley – artist and sometime-sleuth – has mysteries to solve. In uncovering the answers, he becomes enmeshed in a web of lies and falsehoods. Today I'm pleased to welcome author Toni Mount to The Writing Desk: Tell us about your latest book The Colour of Lies is the seventh Sebastian Foxley medieval murder mystery. Seb is an artist-cum-scribe whose eye for detail that others miss make him fifteen...
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Will they? Read it? Like it? Review it?

will they? Read it? Like it? Review it?
The life of an indie author can be a lonely one. Not just in a physical sense, but that applies to me living in the Philippines. You write, research, edit, rewrite, send it out to beta readers then a final edit. It’s now ready to hit the publish button but then the hiatus … will […] The post Will they? Read it? Like it? Review it? appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Do No Harm: Outcome by @BarbaraEbel

Diana Devlin scanned the September night from the window of her Cessna 402 as the twin-engines purred. She enjoyed listening to the smooth and familiar motors. The mechanical music was like a fine symphony to her ears and part of her fastidious nature wanted to make sure nothing sounded amiss before she commanded her plane to cruise at 200 knots. Her passengers seated themselves in four of the six seats and placed their equipment, paperwork, and white jackets on the available floor space. She smoothed a soft wisp of butterscotch hair away from her forehead and peered outside to the FAA control tower and fixed-base operator office at Standiford Field. She would be back home in Louisville by m...
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!

Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale : The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day! You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to ...
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Elba: Ten Great Things to Do on Napoleon’s Isle of Exile

This piece was originally published in the May 2011 issue of Dream of Italy. Stunning beaches and glowing sunsets attract countless vacationing Italians to the island of Elba, located off the coast of southern Tuscany. While July and August are the busiest months—and perhaps the ones to avoid—there are plenty of spots to escape the crowds (and heat) during the less sweltering months of May and June. In fact, all the major sights are open from April to October, so consider an off-season trip for maximum tranquility. Feel free to spend your vacation in exile, enjoying il dolce far niente—but if you begin to yearn for a bit more exploration, here are ten terrific things for you to discover. 1. ...
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A Little Advice for New Authors

Fellow author Amy Neftzger recently wrote a column for a writer’s group that I belong to called BookDaily in which she provided some good advice for novice writers. Amy is an author of fiction for both adults and children and you can find out more about her and her work at her website: I thought I would share her prescient thoughts with you so I am turning my blog over to her for today. Amy Neftzger Starting Out As a Writer: 5 Things You Should Know By Amy Neftzger Becoming an author is a long road to walk, and most people have no idea how long it takes to become successful or what they need to do when traveling this road. There are a lot of different ways to get ...
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Better than TV

I've lived without a TV for over a decade. Apart from refusing to contribute to the outrageous salaries of BBC staff, I object to being told what to think. What and how I think is the last true freedom I have. Not being glued to a television means I can read, cook delicious meals from scratch  walk my dogs for hours on end, listen to some snappy guitar playing and enjoy after supper scrabble. We argue and laugh a lot playing scrabble and we're happier for it. Photos copyright SvD. Original link


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Blogging from A to Z: U is for Underpinnings

I’m reblogging this 2017 post on historical underpinnings; Claire’s corset from In The Eye of The Beholder is referenced. Enjoy! Sharon E. Cathcart As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I primarily write historical fiction.  This means researching not only social mores, foods, and events, but also fashion.  When you are looking at the various women’s silhouettes that were en vogue throughout history, you have to also look at the underpinnings that created them. Fashion Institute of Technology I’m not going to lie; women essentially wore two full sets of clothing throughout most of history.  The underthings were almost as heavy as the outer garments.  Corsetry and petticoats were made to fit...
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series

The Eleventh Film XVII This was the world’s last great expedition. The territory was not uncharted. All was familiar. But it was just no longer feasible. She reached the Library and spent her days and nights exploring texts, poring over cuneiform – desperately trying to decipher long-lost languages without so much as a phrase book. She probed and pondered. For a while she was certain of making progress. A letter here. A symbol there. Sometime a sentence promised to offer up a partial truth. Other times that same sentence became devoid of anything. The process became so arduous that one by one the lexicographer’s party fell prey to unknown ailments. One person fell asleep awake forever. Anoth...
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The Queen’s (or her heir’s) English?

The Prince of Wales was in the news last week. As he isoften written about, that fact is not, in itself, newsworthy – at least not fora blog about writing and writers. What drew literary minded people’s interestwas his letter to President Macron after the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral inwhich he used a number of Americanised spellings, namely –ize instead of –ise. Theprince’s fuddy-duddy reputation as a traditionalist was under threat – had he fallenunder the influence of his new American daughter-in-law? Was he trying too hardto be ‘down with the kidz? Was ‘Westerncivilization’ (as he wrote) under threat from his expressions of sympathyfor the French in this ‘most agonizing oftimes’? As one ...
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U is for Uncouth #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge , I have chosen the theme of character flaws – something all characters need. U is for Uncouth . This character lacks the most common of social graces. They may eat with their mouth open, laugh loudly, scratch themselves in public, or not respect other people’s privacy. Uncouth characters can be offensive without realizing it. Others may see them as not just uncouth but unintelligent though the lack of social skills doesn’t have to correlate with their smarts. Looking for an example? Here are two from the animated world – Barney from the TV show The Simpsons and Shrek from the Shrek movies. Neither thinks anything about belching in public and their personal h...
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The review - Leaving Pandora - Bibiana Krall This is an excellent story about two people who love their freedom more than romance.  The author creates an original idea without passion in this relationship where love is platonic, not physical. They are a spiritual couple. What makes me fascinated is their distance when they were together. Even he introduced her to his family, they stayed between their boundaries. This is a paradox in this story, two people who are so independent but yet emotionally restricted.  There were respect and loyalty, but ego is a big obstacle to build a mature relationship. Maybe this couple is still on the level of the childish...
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ABOUT THE BOOK On a remote Scottish island, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton wrestles with her own past while sleuthing a brutal killing, staged to recreate a two-hundred-year-old unsolved murder. Autumn has come and gone on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth, and the islanders gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Spirits are high. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small Hebridean resort community. On the guest list is American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton. Kate returns reluctantly to the island where her husband died, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s luxe countr...
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Do You Believe In Karma?

Attract the Right Job or Clientele : A surprise email from Jason after many years and a conversation had him say, ‘I believe in karma.’ Many years have passed since we initially met at a business class and several years since speaking to one another. Old acquaintances should be brought to mind. My Story When Jason and I initially met, Nice Girls DO Get the Sale was in the process of being published. The purpose of our call was to hear my advice about writing books and the benefits of seeking out a publishing house. Similar to working with prospective clients, I asked questions of Jason to gain a better understanding of his goals for writing a book. And then I inquired about his current exper...
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Book Day

Today is the international book day, or so I am told – good internet practices require a blog post about the joy of books. The book that changed your life, the first book you read, the book you hate, the book you are reading right now… And yet, it’s not like we never talk about books hereabouts. Today, on the other hand, I was discussing with a friend and she asked me Why? More specifically: Why do you write? And it turns out that when you write, at least part of the reason has to do with why you read – and why other people read. So it fits perfectly the book day theme. And the answer to the question is not so simple. Because of course right now I can say “I write to pay the bills.” And I do...
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New Release Feature: Redeemed by author Maggie Blackbird

•.☆.•Redeemed by Maggie Blackbird•.☆.• There’s nothing he isn’t willing to do to win back his son–and Bridget… I am pleased to announce a great book release by Maggie, a talented author I met during my journey! Her new erotic multicultural … Continue reading → Original link

Author Interview

Author, Anca Vlasopolos Today I’m not posting about my own books or commenting on the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. I’m interviewing the fascinating former Michigan author, Anca Vlasopolos. Welcome to “Painting With Light,” Anca. Thank you. Glad to be here! You have a fascinating but somewhat frightening background. Can you tell us a little bit […] Original link Original author: Ron Herron