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Weekend Reads: “The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday”

The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday by David Corbett My rating: 4 of 5 stars When attorney Lisa Balamaro agrees to help her former client (and current crush) Tuck Mercer ensure that a friend of his gets her unusual inheritance, she’s in for way more than she anticipated. The inheritance? A set of love letters between Doc Holliday and his cousin Mattie … letters which may or may not be forgeries. Soon, Lisa’s up to her neck in bad guys … some of whom want the letters themselves, and other who just want to see the letters destroyed. Along the way there are subplots involving immigration, art forgery, and veterans with PTSD who also have a stake in the game. There are abductions, fist fi...
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3 Challenges to writing historical fiction – by Margaret Skea | A Writer of History

Firstly, my passion is for historical authenticity – providing a ‘you are there’ experience for the reader. Now, of course, they aren’t there and neither am I, but I want readers to be so immersed in the period and the story that for a time they forget the 21stcentury and feel as if they are. One of the keys to that is extensive and rigorous research. Along with lively and cinematic writing. via 3 Challenges to writing historical fiction – by Margaret Skea | A Writer of History Original link
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A New Retail Partner in Illinois

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Hi, everyone! I’m excited to report that my books are available via Love’s Sweet Arrow, a romance-focused bookstore in Tinley Park, Illinois. Click here to visit their site (opens to the shopping list for my titles). Original link
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Music Monday: “Defying Gravity”

Hi, everyone. Yesterday, my husband and I saw “Wicked” for the first time. Now, I know we’re a little late to that party … but it’s okay. I am not ashamed to tell you that this song made me weep. Please enjoy Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel’s performance of “Defying Gravity” during the 2004 Tony Awards.     Original link
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Today’s the Day!

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I hope that some of my local readers will join us! There will be giveaways, trivia, chocolate, and mimosas (not kidding!). Original link
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On This Day in 1977 …

Elvis Aaron Presley passed away at the age of 42. He’s now been gone for as long as he lived. Visiting Elvis’ homes in Tupelo and Memphis was an enlightening experience for me. I came to understand the man a great deal better than I had from just reading about him. I can’t really articulate it any better than this: Imagine that you were so poor that your family recipes include ways to cook opossum (I have the cookbook …). Imagine that you only ever had oversized denim pants to wear and resented it. Then, imagine that you had more money than you’d imagined possible because of the gift of your voice … and that you could buy anything you wanted. That you’d never have to wear blue jeans again un...
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Marilyn Vix Will Be On Self-Publishing & Marketing Panels at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019


Marilyn Vix is a member of my local Romance Writers of America chapter. If you are at Silicon Valley Comic-Con this Sunday, you should check out her panels. Marilyn Vix Just announced! Marilyn Vix will be speaking at this year’s 2019 Silicon Valley Comic Con on the Self-Publishing panels and the Marketing Your Book Panel on Sunday, August 18. The self-publishing panel will be in Rm 111 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Come and find out how you can start self publishing. The panel will go over all aspects, platforms, formats, what to write with, how to find editors, cover designers, and basic marketing. The Marketing For Self-Publishers Panel will be after on the same day at 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Rm 114. ...
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Weekend Reads: “A Place of Fog and Murder”

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A Place of Fog and Murder by T E MacArthur My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ever stay up way too late reading a book, telling yourself “Just one more chapter, and I’ll turn out the light”? Well, that was me two nights running, because this book is just that good. Newly-licensed private investigator Lou Tanner is up to her well-dressed neck in a mess. She’s being blackmailed by a government agent, trying to find a missing woman on her very first case … and trying to be taken seriously in the man’s world of 1930s San Francisco. Author T.E. MacArthur has created an alternate history in this dieselpunk “whodunnit,” with its unexpected forms of public transit, weapons straight out of sci-fi, and character...
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Paperback Price Reduction, “Bayou Fire”


Hi, everyone. Amazon has temporarily reduced the paperback price of my award-winning novel, Bayou Fire, to $8.44. Now is a great time to buy! Back cover copy: Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE? Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart presents her first full-length historical paranormal tale, set against the backdrops of modern-day and 1830s New Orleans. Click here to purchase ! Original link
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Author Appearance Reminder!

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Hi, everyone. Bookstore Romance Day is this Saturday! I hope to see some of my local friends at the signing! Original link
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Music Monday: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Hi, everyone. It’s release day for Flowers of Europe (click through for the Amazon US link). Plus, I have a busy week ahead with a book signing on Saturday (more to come on this) and a performance of “Wicked” to attend on Sunday. I had another serendipitous song recommendation this week; my favorite guitarist, Laurence Juber , playing “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a thing of beauty. Plus, you get some explanations of how the alternate DADGAD tuning works. Enjoy! Original link
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Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. — Afroculinaria


Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Hi! My name is Michael W. Twitty and I’m one of those interpreters who has watched you squirm or run away. I’m not a reenactor, because G-d forbid I reenact anything for the likes of you; but I am an interpreter, a modern person who is charged with educating you […] This is a super-important read, friends. I had to deal with my own discomfort when I researched Bayou Fire, because I had to better understand (to the best of my modern ability) what slavery was like for enslaved people of color. This is the real history of America, and we can’t ignore it. via Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. — Afroculinaria Original link
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Weekend Reads: “Murder She Knit”

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It has been a challenging couple of weeks, my friends. I had the battery replaced in my car yesterday because it was taking a while to start. Hooray for AAA’s roadside assistance, which will bring a battery to your office! Anyway, I got home … and then the car refused to turn over at all. Same AAA guy came out, and between him, my husband, and the neighbor, we determined that the starter has gone out. So, I’ll be arranging a tow this morning. That’s on top of all the bad news in the world. Plus, I realized that lately I’ve been reading a lot of serious books. I suspect that, like me, you’re ready for something a bit more light-hearted and fun. Hence, this recommendation. Murder, She Knit by ...
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Frequently Asked Question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

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Hi, everyone. Here’s this month’s question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group . The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit more involved, as you might expect. In my debut novel, In The Eye of The Beholder, is a character named Gilbert Rochambeau. Gilbert was originally going to be a minor character. He had a function to play, and that was going to be that. Bye-bye, Gilbert. However. I wrote myself into a corner at one point and realized that the problem was with Gilbert: he wasn’t done talking yet. He needed to play a far greater part in the story … and so he did, carrying right over into the award-winning sequel, In The Eye of The Storm. The lesson I learned from all of this wa...
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6 words: If you could freeze time for 5 minutes but still move, what would you do?


Hey, everyone! Check out my six word story — and those of many others! The prompt was fun to contemplate, and I loved seeing all of the different responses. Coach Daddy This one’s been on ice for a while. Six Words posts sprung up on here every month. I had one with triple-digit entries! How in the name of Harry and Helen is going on here ?  Like a lot of stuff I could do younger, I can do this – you’ll have to wait longer for it, that’s all. I ask friends, strangers, bloggers, and strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt in six words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it with his assertion you could tell any story in six words. Exactly. View original post 625 more words Original link
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Music Monday: “A Change is Gonna Come”

Hi, everyone. Over the weekend, I watched a documentary about the late Sam Cooke. This was, of course, in between reports of the latest mass shootings by self-avowed white nationalists. I am really struggling with the revitalized racism of this country. Anyway, Cooke’s beautiful song is an anthem that reminds us to carry on. As Theodore Parker said, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Original link
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Nellie Bly, Pioneering Female Journalist


Nellie Bly was one of the most amazing women in US history. She was a determined investigative journalist, and pretty much fearless. I admire her greatly. Please enjoy this delightful article! Nicholas C. Rossis Nellie Bly. Photo: Library of Congress With all the controversy surrounding fake media and fake news , it’s easy to forget that real journalism not only has existed for a long time but has many forgotten heroes. One of them is Elizabeth Cochrane, a pioneering female journalist who’s finally getting her dues. As The Washington Post reports, Nellie Bly, as Elizabeth’s pen name was, volunteered for an assignment so horrific that no one else had dared attempt: to infiltrate the notorious...
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Sample Saturday … and a Thank You

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Hi, everyone. Before we get into Sample Saturday, I want to thank everyone who follows this blog. When I got this little badge today, I reflected on how I started this blog a few years ago with no expectation that anyone beyond my personal circle of friends would look at it. And here we are today! So, thank you. Today’s sample is from Flowers of Europe, my new steampunk release. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords , with other outlets soon to come. Enjoy! Thaddeus Flowers awoke in a bed not his own, head pounding. He’d definitely taken too much ale at the White Horse last night, and was not entirely sure where he was. The pub was in the Seven Dials, but he might be anywhere...
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Weekend Reads: “Why Smart People Hurt”

Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative
Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative by Eric Maisel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have to be honest; I nearly abandoned this book. Then, about halfway through, it was as though I suddenly grasped what the author had been getting at the entire time. Author Eric Maisel, whose brilliant The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression was a life changer for me, posits a concept he calls natural psychology. Through this framework, he explains that intelligent, creative people often have crises of meaning. Because their available personality (the one that has developed over time) may cause these crises as a perfectly normal response to awful ...
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“Flowers of Europe” Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Hi, everyone. I’m delighted to announce that Flowers of Europe, the sixth entry in the Pocketful of Stories series, is now available for pre-order on Smashwords. Other outlets, such as Amazon, will follow shortly. You’ll receive the book on its official release date, August 12, 2019. Back cover copy: Thaddeus Flowers, American inventor and charming rake, is chasing adventure and romance across Europe. English scientist Arabella Abingdon is always one step ahead of him. Join the excitement in these steampunk-tinged historical tales that take you from Hyde Park to the Place des Vosges. Click here to place your order ! Original link
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