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Twelve Hours Later — BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY Reader Views

The authors have all done an excellent job of creating intriguing characters that sparked my interest. I enjoyed following the heroes and heroines as they set out to find answers to mysteries and challenges with which they are faced. via Twelve Hours Later — BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY Reader Views The publisher of Twelve Hours Later, Thinking Ink Press, sent the book to this agency quite some time ago, and just received their review. I was part of the editorial staff on this project, as well as having two stories in the book (“Nous Sommes Deux Heures” and “Nous Sommes Quatorze Heures,” now available separately as “A Light Across the Lake” in my Pocketful of Stories series). I’m honored to have r...
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Music Monday: “Love You ‘Til The End”

Hi, everyone. I had a different song in mind for today, but I woke up with this one running through my head over and over. I took that as a sign that I should share it with all of you. Please enjoy The Pogues’ “Love You ‘Til The End.” Original link
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Sample Saturday: “Two Days in June”

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Today’s sample is from my latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, currently available for pre-order via Amazon and Smashwords . Enjoy! —– Bahorel bought another round of wine for the group; it was his turn, after all. At least Grantaire was late; that meant the bottle would last longer. The veteran-student was always drowning his sorrows. Combeferre and Feuilly were playing dice, while Courfeyrac and Prouvaire loudly debated a point of philosophy. It looked to be just one more night in the dingy tavern on the rue de la Chanverrie. Until Grantaire entered, his face solemn as a judge, followed by an equally subdued Enjolras. Grantaire picked up the nearest glass — which happened to be Bahorel’...
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“Two Days in June” is Available for Pre-Order on Smashwords!

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Hi, everyone. I’m excited to report that latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, “Two Days in June,” is available for pre-order via Smashwords (click the link). Other outlets will follow soon. The book will be published on June 5, the anniversary of the 1832 Student Rebellion in Paris. Back cover copy: Starvation. Fear. Fighting in the streets. It’s June 1832, and Paris is once again at war. The students of the Sorbonne rise up against those in power, believing that right and the people are on their side. But King Louis-Philippe has other plans. Read “Two Days in June,” the latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, and enter the world of Les Miserables. Editing to add the Amazon US pre-order l...
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Weekend Reads: “First Blood”

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First Blood by David Morrell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had the pleasure of taking a workshop from author David Morrell in 2018. Yet, I had not read his debut work. I finally took care of that this year. Wow. I think it’s important to point out that I was not a fan of the “Rambo” movies. There were continuity errors galore, as well as errors about weaponry, etc., that were obvious to me from my time with the Dept. of Defense. The good news here is that the films have very little in common with the book. Rambo has come home from Vietnam with a Medal of Honor and a bad case of PTSD. He wants to get lunch in a tiny Kentucky town, and runs afoul of Sheriff Wilfred Teasle. Teasle doesn’t want any ...
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Reblogging: What Writing Fanfic Can Teach You — A Writer’s Path


by Sarah Pesce Fanfic tends to get a bad rap and sometimes is cast as the shameful secret that writers hide about their past for fear that it might damage their reputation as a serious author. It’s “unprofessional” or “just a hobby” or “silly” or “not creative enough.” Anyone who’s ever been in […] My first novels were set in the world of the Phantom of the Opera. I guess that tells you where I fall on this matter. via What Writing Fanfic Can Teach You — A Writer’s Path Original link
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Welcome, New Readers!

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The past 24 hours have seen an uptick in blog subscribers, which is awesome! I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to get a free copy of Last Stop: Storyville, the first tale in my Pocketful of Stories series, so please be sure to sign up for my newsletter as well. Just click the link and add your preferred email address; the story will show up automatically. Thank you! Newsletter Sign-up Original link
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Music Monday: “Don’t Stop Me Now”

Hi, everyone. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have with this series of the most uplifting songs, according to science . It’s been nice starting each week with something that makes me smile and tap my feet. We’ve reached the number 1 song on the list now. Please enjoy Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Original link
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Special Memorial Day Promotion, May 12-26

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Hi, everyone. Bayou Fire is part of a Memorial Day promotion via the Kindle Book Review site. Would you like to win $200 in Amazon cash?! Here’s your chance from The No. 1 Site for #Reader #Giveaways~~The Kindle Book Review. Just click the link and enter the Memorial Day Giveaway. It’s easy & fun. If you love #reading, enter now; giveaway ends May 26th, 2019. Click here and enter every day ~> http://ow.ly/GFCF50u8BHK Original link
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Sample Saturday: In The Eye of The Storm

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Hi, everyone. I had a great time celebrating the 10th anniversary of In The Eye of The Beholder during April. However, this year is also the 5th anniversary of its award-winning sequel, In The Eye of The Storm. This week’s excerpt sets the tale. October 1948 San Francisco, California Clarice waited quietly in Sam Wo’s restaurant; her friends would be joining her any time now, just as they did the first Saturday of every month, for lunch. When Clarice first sought permission to join some of the other senior class girls at their luncheon club, Daddy quizzed her extensively. Yet, it was her mother whose expression softened when Clarice mentioned the name of the funny little restaurant where the...
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Weekend Reads: “Okay Fine Whatever”

Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things
Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of my best gal-pals mentioned that she was reading this book, and saw a lot of herself in it. Curious, I requested it from the library. Wow. Former radio host and author Courtenay Hameister lives with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). She decided that she would spend some time doing things that had previously frightened her, such as talking to strangers, trying on-line dating, and doing a flotation therapy/sensory deprivation tank, to get past some of it. Hameister’s authorial voice is spiked with good humor, and she doesn’t pull any pun...
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Hyper-Modern First Editions

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Hi, everyone. Every now and again, I google myself. It’s not just for vanity; it’s a way to see what’s out there in a variety of arenas. Today, I found a copy of the out-of-print, first edition/first version of Music, Mayhem & Bad Decisions on a resale site. In case you’re wondering, not one dime of that cost (should the book sell) will come my way. There is a big market in what’s called hyper-modern first editions. It’s entirely speculative, but some people do collect them on the assumption that they will increase in value. There’s an excellent article about the boom/bust of hypermoderns at this link . I don’t know whether to be flattered that this seller thinks I’m so collectible, or amuse...
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Reflections on the 2019 Blogging from A To Z Challenge

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Hi, everyone. As is traditional after the annual Blogging from A to Z challenge , I’m doing a reflection on the experience. My theme this year was a celebration of 10 years in print for In The Eye of The Beholder, my debut novel. I enjoyed sharing excerpts, facts gleaned in my research, and other information about the book. Readership was up 1 percent over last year’s challenge, where the theme was the music of David Bowie . I shared my posts each day in the comments section of the main A to Z blog, on my Facebook author page, in a group of Phantom of the Opera fans, and on Twitter. I gained some new followers, and followed some new blogs myself. I responded to about 99 percent of comments I...
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Music Monday: “Dancing Queen”

Hi, everyone. It’s the start of another week, which means it’s time for the number two song in our countdown of the 10 most uplifting songs ever recorded . This time, it’s one I’ve referenced before . Please enjoy ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” Original link
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Exclusive Interview with the Phantom of the Opera and his Paramour.


Here’s a little “Blast from the Past,” in honor of the 10th anniversary of “In The Eye of The Beholder.” Blackfriars Courant Greetings, My Literate Darlings! Much has happened these past few weeks. Ah, 1890s Paris in the fall… tres magnifique! I must admit I tarried a bit longer than I should… So many things to do, so many sensational stories to set in motion…catching up with Kwazimodo over chocolate and croissants up on the gables of Notre Dame, scintillating literary conversation with Monsieur Verne over tea…but I digress. The purpose of my using the Through Time Traveler’s Coat and Story Key was to seek out that elusive creature…the Opera Ghost of the Palais Garnier… Rakish good looks, ti...
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May 4, 2019


Here’s a lovely post about former Kentucky Derby winners and contenders, via the Old Friends blog. If you’re ever in Kentucky, you really should visit this lovely retirement farm. It’s filled with racing legends living out their lives in an atmosphere of peace and affection. Old Friends Blog Kentucky Derby Day On this Kentucky Derby day, the twentieth anniversary of 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic’s victory, we lovingly remember the brilliant racehorse and bright, proud, friendly stallion who all too briefly lit up the farm with his presence. 1999 Derby winner Charismatic at Old Friends in 2016 With joy we celebrate the Kentucky Derby winners and contenders living at the Georgetown fa...
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Sample Saturday: “Two Days in June,” with Bonus Cover Reveal

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Hi, everyone. I’m in final edits on my next release for Pocketful of Stories. “Two Days in June” was originally published in a 2016 anthology, 30 Days Later. It’s a deep dive into the world of two characters from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. I’ve also finalized the cover design; you’re the first to see it! Enjoy today’s sample, below. They called themselves the Friends of the Abaissé, an adjunct of the Society of the Rights of Man. To Grantaire’s cynical eyes, they were just another Sorbonne fraternity: wealthy young men playing at philosophy and high-flown ideals of revolution and war without having the slightest idea of the true cost of either. Each time they agreed to meet at the ABC Tav...
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Weekend Reads: “A Negro and an Ofay”

A Negro and an Ofay (The Tales of Elliot Caprice)
Hi, everyone. I met the author of this amazing noir detective story at Left Coast Crime . I had already made up my mind to a) read more “own voices,” stories by authors of color (in 2018, that was a paltry 20 percent or so of my reading), and b) to step outside my comfort zone in terms of my reading habits. When it comes to mysteries, I usually read either cozies or historicals. Noir is a departure for me, and one I found myself really enjoying. I realize that the title uses terms we don’t hear anymore; author Danny Gardner did this on purpose. It’s thought-provoking, and before we even turn a page we’re in the Jim Crow world. Talk about setting up the atmosphere for us! A Negro and an Ofay ...
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“Bayou Fire” Cover Model Jason Aaron Baca is Retiring

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Hi, everyone. My husband called out from the living room this morning that Jason Aaron Baca was on the news. Jason is the cover model for Bayou Fire, and he lives locally.  Hence, his appearance on the morning news to announce his retirement from the book cover model business after 11 years. It’s thanks to Jason that one of Bayou Fire‘s many accolades was for its cover, and I wish him all the best with his future endeavors. KRON 4 article, with video interview, here: Goodbye Romance: Longtime Bay Area Romance Novel Cover Model Retiring Inside Edition interview here: Original link
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Frequently Asked Question: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

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Today’s question comes from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group . When we’re little kids, we learn the rhyme “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That rhyme is wrong. I was bullied a lot through school. We didn’t have much money, many of my clothes were home-made, and I was on the free lunch program. In elementary school, the “class president” distributed the lunch tickets daily. Some of them did so discreetly, but others shouted out in front of the class. The shouters were all about humiliating the kids who couldn’t afford to buy lunch. On days that the cafeteria was serving something I didn’t like, I brought a box lunch from home. By the time I got to junio...
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