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When I am not writing…

The road to Oban
“What do authors do when they are not writing?” This is a question I asked myself while pottering about in the garden. It may seem like a simple question, one which has a very simple answer; the likes and the things we do listed, almost ‘bullet-pointed’ as a reply. Sure. That’s fine, for most people. But I am an author, a writer. To me, even those simple answers have hidden depths, more meaning and a thousand stories each to be told. Here is where my writer’s mind went after I asked myself that question… I know what I do, but I wondered if that was ‘just me’? You see, I love travelling. I love to explore other countries, sampling their food, their culture, being amazed at wonderful vistas, c...
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Sample Saturday: “Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions”

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Hi, everyone.  This week’s snippet is from my memoir, Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions:  Three Years in the Portland Punk and New Wave Scene.  Enjoy! By the time my birthday rolled around, I was sick and tired of Jimmy Paris. I wanted to have a quiet evening out with friends that did not feature him getting drunk and maudlin, an increasingly frequent occurrence. Drowning himself in Old English 800 malt liquor, he would sob and cry more than any woman I’ve ever met, listen to hardcore punk way too loud on my stereo, and generally annoy the hell out of me. I had also started to notice that my wallet sometimes contained less money than I thought it should, but thought my memory was faulty. Then...
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Visiting the Tomb of Mary Tudor, Queen of France


Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, was the youngest surviving daughter of King Henry VII and the younger sister of King Henry VIII.  Mary was also grandmother to Lady Jane Grey. I spent four years researching her life for my books, as she is born in my book Henry - Book Three of the Tudor Trilogy , and is the subject of my latest book, Mary - Tudor Princess . Mary is also a central character in my next book, about the life of her husband, Charles Brandon. Mary Tudor died at Westhorpe in Suffolk after a long illness, a little before eight in the morning on the twenty-fifth of June 1533. She was thirty-seven years old. She was laid to rest in the abbey church of Bury St Edmunds. Her alabaste...
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Kudos!

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Congratulations to the 2018 RITA and Golden Heart awardees.  The announcements were made during the Romance Writers of America annual conference, which is currently taking place in Denver, Colo. Original link
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Weekend Reads: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
Hi, everyone.  I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy reading books on business, leadership, and personal growth.  This is one of the best I’ve encountered. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars My day job supervisor asked our entire team to read two business books. One of them ( 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class: The Thought Processes, Habits and Philosophies of the Great Ones ) is a slog for a variety of reasons, but this one was such a joy that I picked out two other books by the author to read at a later date. Maxwell maintains that there are 21 basic “laws of leadership” that we can all practice...
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Book Review – Pulp: A Novel by Charles Bukowski

Book Review – Pulp: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
Pulp by Charles Bukowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars Pulp: A Novel by Charles Bukowski is one of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read. It’s irreverent, witty, hilarious and sad. It’s sad because the author knew he was dying from leukemia at the time of writing. The book reflects his own […] The post Book Review – Pulp: A Novel by Charles Bukowski appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Making the Transition From Non-Fiction to Crime Fiction

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Making the transition from non-fiction writer to crime fiction writer wasn’t easy. That’s why I am so thrilled with this latest review of Who The F*ck Am I? (Book 1 Steve Regan Undercover Cop), and it’s from a British crime writer! Pat McDonald 5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read. 19 July 2018 Format: […] The post Making the Transition From Non-Fiction to Crime Fiction appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Writing A Memoir: Five Common Misconceptions


I am pleased to share with my readers this post from award-winning author Marylee MacDonald, author of Bonds of Love & Blood  and Montpelier Tomorrow. Marylee is also a teacher and writing coach and is the author of 7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp, a short course on writing. You can find out more about Marylee at her website: http://maryleemacdonaldauthor.com/ By Marylee MacDonald Marylee MacDonald So you’ve always dreamed of writing a memoir. Where should you start, and how can you get a handle on the big and small turning points, traumas, and people that constitute your life? Are You Confused? Writing a memoir is not simple. The writing itself takes far longer than beginning writers think it will....
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How Amazon Loads the Dice Against UK Indie Authors

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Look! I’m not an Amazon-basher per se. The behemoth is far from perfect. I happen to believe that Amazon loads the dice against UK-based indie authors. Though I live in the Philippines, I consider myself UK-based when it comes to all things Amazon. My books sell better on Amazon UK than Amazon US. Not too […] The post How Amazon Loads the Dice Against UK Indie Authors appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter

Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter
My book review of All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter. I’m a bit of a fan of this author having now read three books in this series. Well recommended! All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L. Porter My rating: 5 of 5 stars All Saints: Murder on the Mersey […] The post Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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MEET RACHEL WRIGHT

Another featured author on A Reader Recommends was Rachel Wright. I think all these graphics are amazing and capture so much information. Find out more about Rachel and her books    www.authorrachaelwright.com    Till next time, take care. Advertisements Original link
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Writing the Memoir (Part 2)


This week I am focusing on memoirs–or more accurately, what they are and how to write them. I have written about this in the past and today and tomorrow I am going to share two posts on the topic that I wrote a while back. Then, on the third day, I will share a splendid post on memoirs written by a fellow award-winning author, Marylee MacDonald. If you are like millions of others who are thinking of writing a memoir, I hope you will take a look at these posts. They contain valuable insight and some excellent advice.  In my last post, I talked broadly about what a memoir is and what it isn’t. Now I want to focus on the fundamentals of writing that you need to master to produce a compelling me...
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New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma

New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma
After much deliberation I came to the conclusion a new book cover was needed for the latest book in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series. It’s Book 2 and titled Dilemma. There have been some early reviews of Dilemma too. I hope you like it as much as I do. My wife commented, “it looks […] The post New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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A Place for Readers and Writers

For the past few months, I’ve been a member of Medium.com and have been posting stories there, some fiction, some nonfiction.  The idea behind Medium is simple. Writers post stories, then readers read them and “clap” for the ones they like. (There’s a little hand icon you can click repeatedly to signal how much you like a story. That’s “clapping.”) Writers get paid based on how well their work is received, measured by story views, time spent reading a story, and claps. How do writers get paid? Medium could have splashed ads all over the place, but they don’t do that. Instead, they charge a small subscription fee. You can read three stories per month for free, but to really use the service yo...
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Writing the Memoir (Part 1)


This week I am focusing on memoirs–or more accurately, what they are and how to write them. I have written about this in the past and today and tomorrow I am going to share two posts on the topic that I wrote a while back. Then, on the third day, I will share a splendid post on memoirs written by a fellow award-winning author, Marylee MacDonald. If you are like millions of others who are thinking of writing a memoir, I hope you will take a look at these posts. They contain valuable insight and some excellent advice. Many of us at one time or another have been tempted to write our “memoirs.” Perhaps it was a family member or a friend who said: “You need to write your memoirs–you have led an i...
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Book Launch Guest Post by Sarah Dahl ~ Tower: Unchained by Love (A Tales of Freya Short Story Book 6)


New on Amazon UK , Amazon US and Amazon DE In a world of crackling fires and rough landscapes, long winters and bloody raids, the immediacy of life and death ignites undeniable passions. Warriors and monks, healers and housewives – all follow the call of their hearts and bodies to indulge in pleasures that may forever change their lives. Young Viking Myskia lands on Irish shores to rescue his lover Adisa from the clutches of his family's enemy Raven. After a fierce duel, Myskia finds himself in the confined walls of a strange tower, facing Adisa. Their reunion turns out to be very different than what he imagined. Can the passion they once shared break down the walls that have grown between t...
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Book Review: Post Office – A Novel by Charles Bukowski

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My review of Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski. In the author’s own unique style, he writes what is a semi-autobiographical account based on his own experiences working at mundane jobs with the United States Post Office. What I found most remarkable about this short novel (162 pages) is how enjoyable the author made […] The post Book Review: Post Office – A Novel by Charles Bukowski appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Discover the Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham, The Duchess Imprisoned For Witchcraft


Available in paperback, eBook and audiobook  on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US   England 1441:   Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester, hopes to become Queen of England before her interest in astrology and her husband’s ambition leads their enemies to accuse her of a plot against the king.  Eleanor is found guilty of sorcery and witchcraft. Rather than have her executed, King Henry VI orders Eleanor to be imprisoned for life.  More than a century after her death, carpenters restoring one of the towers of Beaumaris Castle discover a sealed box hidden under the wooden boards. Thinking they have found treasure, they break the ancient box open, disappointed to find it only contains a book, with...
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Music Monday … With a Side Order of Philosophizing

We grow too soon old and too late, smart. – Amish proverb The internet is an amazing tool.  We can look up just about anything without having to plow through a card catalog at the library.  We can look up people without the phone book. Sometimes we find the people with whom we hope to reconnect.  Sometimes we find people we want to avoid for reasons of personal safety. Sometimes we find obituaries. And sometimes we find people with whom we need to make amends. The simple truth is that as younger people our coping tools are not all they could be. We use our limited life experience to do things that make sense at the time, but that may hurt others. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the value ...
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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing: Annotated

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At least once every year I find it useful to take a look at the late Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. It is sage advice from a master. Every writer should read these rules and remember them. I’m doing my part by posting them here for your edification and enjoyment.  I began reading Elmore Leonard’s books before I knew anything about writing or even that I wanted to be a writer. Back then, a lot of his books were westerns filled with gritty characters, powerful stories, and tough, convincing dialogue. I remember reading Last Stand at Sabre River and Hombre, both of which were made into successful movies. Later, after Leonard had moved from westerns to crime and suspense stories, I read M...
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