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    If you dare step inside, there’ll be nowhere to hide. A new dimension you’ll cross on the back of a black horse. Are you ready for this? Lean in for my first kiss. ♦THE DEAD GAME♦ by Susanne… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Is John Wayne a Racist Symbol?

I wrote John Wayne’s obituary for the Chicago Tribune in 1979. At the time, I was the newspaper’s West Coast Bureau Chief, and the “Duke” had just passed away at age 72 from stomach cancer. It was a tough obit to write. I had grown up on John Wayne movies—especially classics like 1956’s “The Searchers,” and director John Ford’s iconic “cavalry trilogy” (“Fort Apache,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” and “Rio Grande”). There are so many unforgettable Wayne films that I can name from the 200 or so he made. There is 1948’s “Red River” about the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. There was 1949’s “The Sands of Iwo Jima” in which he plays tough and demanding Sergeant Jo...
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VIRO – the Book Series – NEWS FLASH

As a viral outbreak turns the world into bloodthirsty creatures, a boy with special needs looks for his missing mum. ‘The writing style is beautifully compelling, and after the first couple of pages I couldn’t put it down. The author very skilfully creates a world and characters through deceptively simple prose that draws the reader right in. It is a fascinating blend of one-after-the-other edge-of-the seat scares, alongside a haunting narrative about what it is to be human.’ ‘Capturing the voice of a young character with special needs (I spent 25 years as a special education teacher/administrator), Taylor’s story of a group of young people coping with a world disintegrating in front of them...
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The day that Churchill sank the French Fleet

On July 3rd 1940 the British Fleet fired on the French Fleet which was at anchor in the North African port of Mers el Kebir, near Oran in Algeria. The attack lasted for only 10 minutes but in that time hundreds of French sailors were killed and their ships crippled. Yet only days before France and Britain had been Allies fighting against Hitler’s Germany, so what went wrong? The German Blitzkrieg was unexpected and totally devastating in its speed and France fell to the Germans which left the British in a difficult position. Many of the ships in the French Fleet were still at sea or in port and Churchill realised that it was vital to keep these resources out of enemy hands by any means possi...
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Book Launch Spotlight: Map of the Impossible (Mapwalkers Book 3) by J.F. Penn

Pre-order now. Available in ebook and print on 21 July 2020Amazon UK and Amazon USA journey through the realm of the dead.A threat that will change the world.A choice that might save everything—or end it all.As natural disasters sweep Earthside, a mutant army rises in the Borderlands, driven by the dark force behind the Shadow Cartographers. Sienna and the Mapwalker team must use the Map of the Impossible to journey through the realm of the dead and face the nightmare at its heart.But when one of their number is taken and the team begins to break apart, each Mapwalker must face their greatest challenge.Can the Mapwalker team reach the Tower of the Winds before the Shadow claims Earthside?Wil...
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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale – Get Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect for 2 Bucks #romantic suspense #thrillers

Until July 31st, you can get Reflection for FREE, Retribution for $1.00 (75% off) and Resurrect for $1.00 (75% off) during Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!  “(Reflection) Holds you captive to the very end.”– New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love “(Retribution) Delivers twists until the very last word.” — Stacy Green, international bestselling author of Tin God “(Resurrect) A swiftly-paced page-turner that pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the gripping end.” – Rick Mofina, International Bestselling Author of LAST SEEN **Reflection has some graphic sex scenes**   Original link

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    From here I can see the wonderful sea. I step through the door and stand at the shore. But the sun soon leaves, and the ocean heaves. Sharp hail hits my face. I won’t win this race. THE… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Another Diploma!

After creating two characters who are travel writers (Diana Corbett in Bayou Fire and Stephanie Marlowe in my current work-in-progress, Pompeii Fire), I decided to learn what they actually do! Feedback Form Sent By: Eva Chelmsford Course Title:     Travel Writing Business Diploma Overall Grade:  Distinction Overall Percentage:   94% Overall strengths of assessment including understanding demonstrated: An outstanding result, your answers were knowledgeable, explanatory and well written which outlined an overall knowledge and comprehension of the course material.  Congratulations!  Areas for improvement if necessary in this assessment: Not applicable.  Original link


  A gingerbread house so quaint. Disguised with colorful paint. An evil group lives here. And our town is so near. They are Watchers for The Dead. I’m afraid to go to bed. Come and take a quick look. Or… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Music Monday: “Down on the Corner”

Well, here we are on Day 10 of the challenge. I am trying to get past my dislike of the new “block editor” here on WordPress. We’ll see how long that lasts. Anyway, today’s challenge is “a song that’s been stuck in your head.” This could be for good or ill, I suppose. In any event, here’s one of mine: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Down on the Corner.” Enjoy! Original link

Alpha Titles Book Challenge O

Here are my favorite "O" titles for the #alphatitles book challenge:Out of Control ~ Suzanne BrockmannOne Wish ~ Linda Lael MillerOn Mystic Lake ~ Kristin HannahObsessed ~ Delilah DevlinOpen for Business ~ AnthologyHave you read any of these books?Share your favorites in the comments!❦        amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_search_bar = "Original link

Book Launch Spotlight ~ 1520: The Field of The Cloth of Gold, By Amy Licence

Available for pre-order from Amazon UK1520 explores the characters of two larger-than-life kings, whose rivalry and love-hate relations added a feisty edge to European relations in the early sixteenth century. What propelled them to meet, and how did each vie to outdo the other in feats of strength and yards of gold cloth?Everyone who was anyone in 1520 was there. But why was the flower of England’s nobility transported across the Channel, and how were they catered for? What did this temporary, fairy-tale village erected in a French field look like, feel like and smell like? This book explores not only the political dimension of their meeting and the difficult triangle they established with ...
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The Remarkable Life of a Reluctant Hero

All authors are emotionally engaged with their protagonists. I am no exception. I want readers to love my characters as much as I do. That means creating a flawed, three-dimensional protagonist who still has “things to work out.” The Finding Billy Battles series follows Billy from his roots in Kansas, through his career as a journalist, to his final years. Along the way, Billy makes both good and bad choices–just as we all do. He does some extraordinary things–things that some might call “heroic.” But is Billy a hero?  Today’s post is meant to introduce the topic of “heroes”–and heroines–and get us all thinking about what kinds of heroes and heroines readers will love. What Is a Hero? The Ca...
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Love #Paranormal? 46 #Free #Books in the #Supernatural Book Fair! #amreading #angels #vampires #shifters

Art of the Arcane has organized an all-genre book fair with two common threads...first, all titles have a supernatural element, and second, they are all FREE with author newsletter sign-up!  Vampires, Shifters, and the Supernatural runs from July 6th to July 20th, and 46 books are up for grabs!  I'm thrilled one of my titles, Divine Fall, is included in the fair...this award-winning paranormal romance involves angels...or rather, the Nephilim, which are the forbidden race of half-humans, half-angels mentioned in the Bible.  Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel collide in DIVINE FALLVisit the Vampires, Shifters, and Supernatural Fair HERE and fill up your e-reader for free!  Original li...
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Vacationing during the pandemic

Well, if you have watched the news lately, you know that COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing here in Texas. In fact, San Antonio is in the top 10 COVID hot spots in the U.S. This is not the list you want to be on. Originally, before this whole mess came about – way before 2020 started my parents, brother and I planned a June trip to New Orleans. That went out the window when New Orleans was listed as a hot bed for COVID 19 cases in April. In May, as things were going well in San Antonio, we planned to replace the New Orleans trip with one to South Padre Island so the kids could enjoy the beach, which had recently opened. We had no clue when we booked the trip what restaurants would be open. All ...
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Ennio Morricone – 1928-2020

Ennio Morricone wrote the soundtrack for dozens of movies and basically provided musical accompaniment for the dreams of a lot of people out there.He is gone now, but his music remains. Music like this… Original link

Beth Bolden – Extraordinary Things

Today, I’m hosting author Beth Bolden and her latest release Extraordinary Things, book four in the Star Shadow series, a m/m rock star romance. **** Book Title: Extraordinary Things (Star Shadow #4) Author: Beth Bolden Publisher: Beth Bolden Books Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood Designs Genre/s: MM Rock Star Romance, Existing Couple Heat Rating: 3 flames … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


#1 Bestselling author, Steven Manchester, is excited to announce the release of his long-anticipated, soul-awakening novel, The Menu. ABOUT THE BOOK
 Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involving more than just a man and a woman; it is a modern-day tale that reaches far beyond the boundaries of reason. Book Details: Title: The Menu Author: Steven Manchester Genre: l...
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Asa Leveaux, America’s No. 1 EntreQueerNeur Coach has said yes to a television show opportunity! The name of the TV show is “House of Leveaux™” where the category is EntreQueerNeur. This show will serve as a weekly gag for those divinely queer humans who are business-minded. Viewing options for the show will include (but not limited to): ■Roku■Apple TV■Fire TV■Android TV The show will air weekly. 30 minutes will be broken down to 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of commercial time. The first season will have 20 episodes! Asa will be reaching out to brands individually but...If you would like to be the brand to believe in this next stage of his life, he would like to offer that at $200 (t...
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