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Beeping on the bus


Beeping noise on the bus. Every few seconds. I thought it was my tinnitus taking on a new player, but others talked about it. Finally, at a stop, the driver announced his apologies. I shouted, “Turn your bus off and on again.” Everyone laughed, but it worked – as the driver probably knew it would. It reminded me of the opening to ARIA: Left Luggage. One man with buzzing in his head, on a bus. By the time everyone disembarked they all had it, and the driver. Infectious amnesia. Imagine the ramifications. See how it works out for only 99 cents or pence in ARIA smarturl.it/1fexhs I thought ARIA was mainly a medical mystery with its infectious amnesia being so unique, but others tell me it is sc...
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Present day Xaghra & what’s beneath them


Literally beneath them. This innocuous, quaint and historic square is in the town of Xaghra. Only by chance did I spot a queue form near the church steps, disappear down under the car park and apparently never to emerge. Whoa, I had to be part of this since I was writing a historical novel on why more Gozo folk didn’t hide when the pirates came in the 16th century. I joined the queue, parted with half a euro and down I went into a labyrinth carved out of limestone. Beds, store spaces, lights, all what you’d expect for a bomb shelter. Yes, that is what it what they said for the second world war when the brave Maltese sided with the British rather than German and Italian sides. Butbutbut I ins...
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Xaghra’s Revenge is here


Rabat the old name for Gozo’s main town, Victoria built entirely of limest The day has come for revenge. Is revenge sweet? Find out how 5000 islanders were abducted in 1551 and what are the repercussions today. Follow two modern lovers who discover their heritage.A rare insight into Libya, past and present.How the tiny, beautiful Mediterranean island of Gozo, with one of the oldest buildings in the world, might be the centre of the spiritual world.How a harem in Constantinople treated slave girls and how some rebelled.Kindle http://myBook.to/XaghraPaperback: http://hyperurl.co/y953ga#historical fiction #fantasy #horror #paranormal romance Turgot Reis by Ali Sami Boyer Yes, pirates abducted e...
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K.A. Meng Blog Tour


Hands up if you think you’re superior. Note that my hand remains down. I’m sure some species of dung beetle might be superior to me and those bacteria that will eat my body when I’ve done with it. Anyhow, one writer has plunged into the good, better, superior race with a series of novels. Here she is gamely responding to my interrogation:  Today I have the honour of hosting K.A. Meng, an experienced writer from North Dakota. The thing is I’ve just returned from a writers’ retreat in Greece and am curious where other writers would retreat to. Here’s what Karrie said: I would like to go to a cabin in the mountains for a writing retreat. I want to be secluded, but not too far away from society....
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XAGHRA’S REVENGE is sweet

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XAGHRA’S REVENGE I’m delighted to report that my latest novel, Xaghra’s Revenge, was published on July 25th 2017 by the publishers of my THE CHAOS OF MOKII surreal short story, Solstice Publishing. So, what is XAGHRA’S REVENGE? Overall, it is a historical fantasy within which are contemporary political scenes such as in present-day Libya, horror, humour and a titanic and epic religious struggle. We have pirates, slavery, a harem, revenge and retribution. Fact: In 1551 the Turkish buccaneer, Rais Dragut, sailed a pirate fleet to Gozo, abducted the population of 5000 and sailed them to North Africa. The abducted were kept on the ships while Dragut won a siege against the Knights of St John at ...
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#Win a copy of ARIA: Left Luggage


Above Minera looking south towards World’s End It’s been a while since the notion of infectious amnesia wheedled its way into my brain while I cycled up Horseshoe Pass in North Wales. I was thinking about how mother suffered yet with comical moments, when a stroke robbed her of memory episodes. Another shove of my legs up that hill and I thought: “Thank goodness amnesia isn’t infectious!” I stopped. Jotted it down before I forgot it, but surely someone has written a story involving infectious amnesia? Maybe with retrograde aspects so memory is lost backwards, steadily, say at a year’s worth per week. Let’s have it so contagious everyone has it with no cure. An alien suitcase is discovered on...
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Timmy the Tornado


My infant grandson loves tornadoes but I failed to find a picture story book featuring them. A pal said, “You’re a writer, so write your own.” You could say being a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society is an overqualification for a booklet aimed at infants, but this is fiction, mostly. Timmy is a little twister, living in a storm cloud with his mum and dad. Timmy likes eating sheds and trees but gets into bother as most little kids do. There’s a problem to solve, observations to make and a little fun info. The drawings are inexpertly done, but the kids love them, perhaps because they know they could do better! I uploaded the 10 illustrated pages to payhip, rather than Amazon. Authors g...
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Is everything fiction?


Nothing is what it seems When a writer in one of my groups asserted that all non-fiction becomes historical fiction I took umbrage. My umb had never been so raged. Perhaps she meant the newspapers. I recall my school in Cheltenham setting us a week’s homework whereby each of us in the class asked our families to take a different daily newspaper. We were shown how to detect the difference between pure factual reporting, opinion, advertising (often disguised to look like news) and how to measure the column inches. Even the sceptics among us were astonished how little in newspapers was straight information. Perhaps 10%. The Financial Times came out best with 30% factual reporting. We thought it...
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#Review of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods


American Gods by Neil Gaiman Paperback: 736 pages Publisher: Headline Review (19 Sept. 2005) ISBN-13: 978-0755322817 This review is of the extended paperback book not the upcoming TV series. Plot summary from somewhere, probably Wiki – edited by me. ‘Shadow Moon served three years in prison for assault. He is given an unexpected early release after wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man calling himself Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Arriving home, Shadow finds that the life he thought was waiting for him is gone. He accepts Wednesday’s offer. At first, it appears that Wednesday is nothing but a con artist who ru...
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Here comes Leah Hamrick

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This is the final week of the Solstice blog tour and I give up my page to the effervescent Leah Hamrick. Hello, everyone! My name is Leah Hamrick, and I’m the author of Frost on my Pillow, numerous short stories of all genres…amongst other unpublished novels that I have yet to grace the world with. (He-he) I live in Michigan with my husband, daughter, and plethora or turtles, fish, and a spoiled tree frog named Sticky. I decided to start writing one day because I was bored… yes, I had nothing better to do than sit at the computer all day and type this nonsense that was spilling out of my little mind. Well, I’m going to tell you about my novel, Frost on my Pillow, book one of the Fire Bringer...
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KA Meng hops on my blog

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I loved that TV series, Northern Exposure set in Alaska and often wondered how my poor circulation would cope in those climes. Here, a lass from Northern Dakota, explains somewhat about how she can write and be a mum in the frozen north. Finding the Time to Write with a Busy Schedule  K.A. Meng, writer keeping warm in the frozen north          Thank you for letting me take over your blog today. It’s been a great pleasure to be a part of the Solstice Author Winter Blog Tour. I want to talk today about finding the time to write with a busy schedule, but I’ll start by telling everyone about myself first. You can see how crazy my schedule it. My name is K. A. Meng. I live in the frozen tundra of...
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#Chester’s #Climate updated

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Cheshire Life 2017 March You have to laugh. In 1985 Cheshire Life misquoted me and spelt my name wrong about my Chester’s Climate book. I was interviewed last month by them for my updated edition and oh how we laughed about those errors. Today, I see they’ve got my name wrong in exactly the same way. Good thing we writers have a sense of humour. If you’re interested in acquiring Chester’s Climate: past and present in its updated ebook form for only £1.50 it is at https://payhip.com/b/62pM   River Dee, Chester in 1929   The post #Chester’s #Climate updated appeared first on Geoff Nelder - Science Fiction Writer. Original link
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Nelder on a blog tour

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There’s a group of writers from Solstice Publishing who are in a blog tour and they’re a daring bunch because they asked me to contribute a piece – and this is it. Writers’ Delusions by Geoff Nelder This is the question Mrs Nelder stabbed me with when she once peeped over my shoulder at my list of story rejections being three times longer than the acceptances. “What on Earth made you think you could be a writer?” Answer: I didn’t  know I was okay at writing until a teacher made me stand in front of the class and stumble through an essay I’d scribbled. A silly tale about a red squirrel scrambling on the gnarled boughs of the village’s oldest oak tree, stealing an acorn from a tree spirit to b...
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Email from Space!

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Leroy Chiao, US astronaut, wearing a Russian space suit on the ISS. NASA’s Astronaut Leroy Chiao relaxed on comms duty on the International Space Station when a ping! alerted him to an incoming email. I had no idea my query would be routed off-world and yet it happened. You see, I was researching about the nature of the struts supporting the ISS. Specifically, the aluminium photovoltaic array supports. In ARIA Left Luggage I had an enigmatic piece of alien luggage lodged in the struts and I needed to know if they were magnetic. Of course I’d searched the NASA and JPL archives but only found the specification that had been sent out to industry for their bids, but not the final decision on con...
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Writer Christopher Davis takes to my blog

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This week, I am handing the reins of my blog to a Californian Native – his words, see below. You’d not think so because his writing style is so English and I mean that in a good way. I’m always pleased to greet writers who’ve yet to appear on these pages so hello there, Christopher Davis. Good Morning and thank you for having me. I’ve two novels on tap so far for 2017—one short and one full length—and both will be published by the good folks at Solstice publishing. Walking to Babylon—the first up and released February 2nd—is the longer version of a story that I wrote for the Multiple Myeloma Research charity anthology Paladins. My story in the anthology was titled Low and Outside and as you ...
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CJ Warrant chases me round the desk

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This week my blog page has been usurped, wrenched from my tender hands by a writer, CJ Warrant, whose speciality is dark romance. Does this mean I am to be chased around my writing desk, again? We’ll see. In the meantime let’s see what she says for herself. +++ First and foremost, I want thank you for having me. It’s a great pleasure being here and to take over your blog. There is some much I want to say, but mostly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is CJ Warrant, and I write Dark Romantic thrillers and Suspense. I’m half Italian and half Korean—and yes, I do eat kimchi and pizza, and sometimes both at the same time. I was born just outside of Seoul Korea, and my first language was ...
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#Review Unmaking Atoms by Magdalena Ball

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Unmaking Atoms by Magdalena Ball   (2017) ASIN B01MR0KHBS ISBN-13: 978-1760412821 Ginninderra Press Link to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Unmaking+Atoms&node=341677031 You know me, I am to poetry as a banana is to a wheelbarrow. However, sometimes a tome lands in – or is that on – my lap that makes me sit up and admire the way words can be arranged, re-arranged, and a magic wand applied to give added fictive value. I’ve admired the poetry of Magdalena Ball for many years and I was honoured to include some of her science fiction  poetry in Escape Velocity magazine. This collection is a wondrous mix of passion, and emotion crafted in such a way only a poet with ...
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Guest Writer: Rachael Tamayo

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The blog tour continues and this time it is that writer extraordinaire, Rachael Tamayo that wrenches the steering wheel from my hands, throws me out of the car and takes over. When Writing: All Those little details by Rachael Tamayo As a reader, or a writer, have you ever read something that just seemed to be….missing something? Can’t put your finger on it? Grammar looks good, plot seems okay….but…..just not quite feeling it? This has happened to me when I’m working on my own books, or reading the unfinished manuscripts of others. Occasionally I’ll see it happen in published works as well.  So, what on earth am I talking about? Those missing details. That’s what I’m talking about. The things...
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#free #story STELLAR SENTINELS

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STELLAR SENTINELS    by Geoff Nelder  Science Fiction first contact short story submitted to the Writer’s of the Future Award in 1987. It didn’t win but came close and was awarded an Honourable Mention and a hand-written note from L. Ron Hubbard.   Note this story is nearly all dialogue, the reason for which becomes clear in its reading.   Stellar Sentinels by Geoff Nelder   ‘What are you thinking, Jwerk?’ ‘Can’t you tell, Zatl?’ ‘My brain hurts too much.’ ‘Think pain killer.’ ‘Funny.’ ‘…I’m waiting… ‘ ‘Someone’s coming.’ ‘Of all the time to get a blinder. Are you sure, Zatl?’ ‘Sure I’m sure.’ ‘How can you be sure? We’ve not intercepted anything but clutter since we’ve been here?’ ‘Clear you...
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Debbie De Louise grabs my b…

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Yes, writer extraordinaire, Debbie De Louise grabs my blog! Have you seen this? No sooner have I managed to pull on my bouncer’s armband and booted out Nicole from usurping my blog then another one sneaks in under the radar. Here she is Debbie De Louise. Such a good writer she can write herself onto anyone’s website. Let’s see what she has to say… Debbie De Louise, writer + + +   It’s my pleasure to participate in the Solstice Publishing author’s group winter blog tour by sharing a post about myself, my books, and my feelings about writing. As a librarian, reader, and author, books and the written word have been very important in my life. I can’t imagine a world without them. Writing transpo...
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