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RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour!


Today, ForeignCorrespondent is pleased to host author John Fioravanti during his Spotlight Author Blog Tour. John’s topic today is Fear, or more precisely, Does Fear Own You? The topic comes from John’s book, Reflections: Inspirational Quotes and Interpretations. It is just one of fifty thought-provoking essays in the book that cover a multitude of topics. The book is available in the Amazon book store, but for now, here is John’s reflection on the theme of Fear. The REFLECTIONS Blog Tour By John Fioravanti I’m grateful to my host of this sixth post of the REFLECTIONS TOUR, and to Nonnie Julesand the #RRBC Team who arranged it all! Reflection 40: Does Fear Own You? “If you want to conquer fe...
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Predictions About the Future In Historical Novels


One of the more enduring activities of human beings has always been to imagine what the future will bring. We all do it, some more than others. It’s what separates us from the rest of earth’s creatures, most of which are too consumed with daily survival to think past their last meal or their next one. As authors of historical fiction we invent characters and put them in various bygone eras. Then we create conflict for them to deal with, people to love and to hate, obstacles to overcome, tragedy to rise above, and joyous moments to take pleasure in. But how often do we have our characters speculate about what the world will look like in the future? Not often, I am sure. And the reason is prob...
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America, the Neo-Tribal Nation


It is unsettling and sad to witness what is happening in our great country today. Never in my lifetime—and I’m older than Methuselah in dog years—have I ever witnessed such hysteria over the occupant of the White House. No, not even during Watergate—in which a real crime WAS committed, albeit a two-bit burglary. I covered the fallout from the Watergate break in, so I know of what I speak. What bothers me about the frenzy on the left is its capitulation to identity politics rather than to the rational and intelligent liberal ideology that used to define the Democrat party. What attracted me to the Democrat party when I was young and guileless was its issue-oriented, logical approach to dealin...
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Here Are 11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t


Those of us who write historical fiction are always striving to make sure our characters are part of the period in which our novels are set. A farmer in 19th Century Kansas, for example, had to know how to hunt and fish, how to forage and how to butcher livestock, pluck chickens, and shoe a horse, etc. There were no supermarkets, no computers or online shopping, no clothing stores or malls. Yes, there were Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs where women could order ready-made dresses and men could order pants and shirts, but ordering from them was considered an infrequent luxury. I recently received an e-mail from Ancestry.com, the online genealogy service that asked:   “How old school are yo...
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Just for Fun: A Story & Some Obscure & Generally Trivial Information

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Today I am sharing some obscure knowledge with you, as well as a short and dubious yarn. Just what’s needed for a Blue Monday. Enjoy! Yesterday I got my permit to carry a concealed weapon. So, today I went over to the local gun shop to get a 9mm handgun for home/personal protection. When I was ready to pay for the pistol and ammo, the cashier said, “Strip down, facing me.” Making a mental note to complain to the government about gun control wackos in California running amok, I did just as she instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader! I do not get flustered often, but this time ...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to the final day of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I have featured a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author  Bernard Foong and his collection of four short stories, VIGNETTES PARISIAN. Bernard Foong Vignettes Parisian By Bernard Foong [Vignettes Parisian is a collection of four short stories about the Author’s past and present experiences in the French City of Love and Romance, commonly known as Paris.] Christian DiorCouturier Du Reve It isimpossible not to have a close encounter with fashion when I am in Paris. Even ifI had to wait in the freezing cold for an hour and a half to enter the ChristianDior Couturier Du Reve (Christian DiorCouturier o...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 15 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my turn on the tour. So if you have a moment and are so inclined, please take a read of my short story, BURNING OUT IN TOKYO. Ron Yates Burning Out in Tokyo By Ronald E. Yates Clayton Brandtstood just behind the glass doors of the Ministry of International Trade andIndustry building waiting for a let-up in the storm that pummeled the hot Tokyopavement. Wisps of vapor rose into the air as the rain hit the warm ground. He searched the eight-laneboulevard in front of the MITI building for an empty taxi. He knew it could be along wait before an empty cab came down Sakurada-Dori. Thou...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 14 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Karen Ingalls and her moving short story, NATURE SPEAKS. Karen Ingalls NATURE SPEAKS By Karen Ingalls Whydid my life spiral into darkness in a second? One minute I am married to mysoulmate, a mother to a beautiful daughter, and owner of a successfulbookstore. My friends asked me, “How do you have the perfect life? It isso easy for you.” They were right. I had the perfect life. Myhusband was an engineer, and I opened a bookstore naming it Mile HighBooks offering old and new books, coffee or tea. Leather chairs andcouches provided comfort to the patr...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 13 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Suzanne Burke and her exciting short story, THURSDAY’S CHILD. Suzanne Burke THURSDAY’S CHILD By Suzanne Burke © Copyright 2019 She hadn’t really intended this to happen. Oh, sure,she’d thought about it often enough, but thinking about something didn’tmake it a crime. A convergence of circumstances had prompted her choice. Regretwas such an outmoded commodity. She checked if her latex gloves fit well and flicked her dark-eyed gaze across to where Peter Cameron lay, still and silent. “You brought this on yourself, Peter. Did you think me a complete f...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 12 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Fiza Pathan and her powerful short story, THE STAR PUPIL’S DIARY ENTRY. Fiza Pathan The Star Pupil’s Diary Entry by Fiza Pathan Dear Diary, I had a wonderful day at school today. I got a star and I’mgoing to tell you all about it. I’m eight years old, but I’m the tallest boy in the class. I, and the other kids in my neighborhood study at the school down the block. Actually, our school was once something terrible; it was a disgusting Christian church, something called “Catholic.” The school officials tore it down and made it into a proper school for...
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The Lost Years of Billy Battles wins a Book Excellence Award


I am proud to announce that my book, The Lost Years of Billy Battles was just named a Book Excellence Award Winner in the Historical Fiction/Faction Category. Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the  Book Excellence Awards  competition, Lost Years was selected for its high-quality writing, design, and overall market appeal. To view my complete award listing, you can visit:  https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/The-Lost-Years-of-Billy-Battles-Faction/p/143373851/category=36034730 The book was released in 2018 as the third in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, which tells the story of a mysterious man’s incredible 100-year-long life of adventure, peril, transgression, and r...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 11 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 11 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Beem Weeks and his short story, DYING FOR A KISS. Beem Weeks Dying for a Kiss By Beem Weeks It’s like one of thosestories you’d read about in Ripley’sBelieve It or Not. I mean, who ever heard of anybody dying from a kiss?Seriously! But that’s what happened to me—well, except for the dying part. Twoweeks in the hospital—that’s the souvenir I brought back from myspring break. Okay,let me back up to the beginning. Myparents’ hushed words pierce the wall that separates their bedroom from mine.This particular conversation doesn’t warrant status as an ar...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 10 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 10 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Jan Sikes and her short story, SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY. Jan Sikes SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY By JAN SIKES Gertrude McNabb placed a gnarled hand onher arthritic back as she bent over to take a chocolate cake from the oven. Sheinhaled the sweet aroma and put it on a rack to cool. A black-and-white photograph of adark-haired man with twinkling eyes sat nearby on the cabinet. “This is foryou, Hiram. I didn’t forget it was your birthday. It’s your favorite. I’ll alwaysremember how your face would light up when I baked this special recipe for you.” Gertru...
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A commencement speech that every college graduate should hear


Unfortunately, this commencement speech has never been given, but it should be. It was written by former syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz in protest of never having been invited to give a commencement address. It became the springboard for his first book, “The Commencement Speech You Need to Hear.” Later he produced an audio CD of the speech complete with crowd noise and applause, which was aired on his radio program. Read on. You won’t be disappointed. Neal Boortz “I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tasse...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 9 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 9 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Mary Adler and her short essay & poem, BLACK NOTES BEAT. Mary Adler BLACK NOTES BEAT By Mary Adler I have studied and observed crowsfor years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more I admire theircomplex family and flock relationships. They are intelligent, create and usetools, and they teach their skills to other crows. As Rev. Henry Ward Beechersaid, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be cleverenough to be crows.” Over the years, I have told myfamily and friends more than they ever wanted to know about crows. One ...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 8 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 8 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Wendy Scott and her short story, THE AWAKENING. Wendy Scott The Awakening (An excerpt from ‘Prophecy and Pirates’ my unpublished first fantasy novel). by Wendy Scott Evarna gazed at the tinker’s sleeping form and resisted the urge to trail her fingertips through Rick’s locks. For both their sakes she had to leave now before he awoke. They lived in contrasting worlds; he roamed the forest with a free spirit, but as an aristocrat’s bastard, she battled the protocols and restrictions of the Baron’s Court. As satisfying as this romantic interlude had be...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 7 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 7 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure today to introduce author Nonnie Jules and her poem, SILENT TEARS SILENT TEARS by Nonnie Jules I cry these silent tears for her For her loss, for her pain, for her heart Breaking when she looks into their eyes Her children – she feels their loss, their pain, their heartsbreaking. The memories – the hardest Yet, there’s no getting away from the reminders ofwhat used to be. There once was a HE HE sat, parented, loved, even laughed Yes, towards all ends there is laughter some say But his chair is empty now Just as their hearts Hollow as the tree he chose. He left it all t...
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Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop…


I am re-posting a commentary from a young woman–a millennial–named Alyssa Ahlgren. Her views are certainly antithetical to most of her millennial comrades who have decided socialism is the path to the future. Take a look. She makes a lot of sense. By Alyssa Ahlgren I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of political candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it d...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 6 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 6 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Linda Mims and her short story, SOLACE. Linda Mims Solace by Linda Mims Eighteen precocious kindergartners stared as Carly walkedinto the colorfully decorated classroom. Carly hoped her smile was more reassuringthan she felt. Was this a mistake? She spotted two six-year-olds who’dbeen in her charge on the first field trip she’d chaperoned. They gave her afriendly wave, and a true smile parted Carly’s pursed lips and lightened her heart. Ms. Jones, the principal, asked all of the children to filearound and shake hands with Carly, but some of them hug...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 5 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 5 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Gwen Plano and her short story, THE ROSARY. Gwen Plano THE ROSARY By Gwen M. Plano Young or old, we are all children at heart. This truthbecame apparent to me last December when I had neurosurgery. Prior to the operation, a clerk handed me a stack ofdocuments to sign—billing forms for the hospital and the doctors and several medicalrelease forms that included a list of potential risks. My apprehension grew asI fingered through the papers and provided my signature. It was then that I wishedthat my mom could be with me. Like any child, I thought she c...
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