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The Story Behind, “Blue Suede Shoes”


Sam Phillips encouraged his artists to record songs for which Sun Records, under the auspices of Hill & Range Publishing, held the rights … because it meant a double payment to the organization (once for the record and once to use the song). This is an outstanding brief history of one such example. Old time rock and roll In 1955, up and coming musician Johnny Cash pitched a song idea to friend and fellow newcomer, Carl Perkins. Perkins, who had made some what of a name for himself in the country western genre, was due for a hit and aspiring to exude a more rockabilly sound. Cash divulged a tale from his Air Force days, about a comrade named C.V. Write. Write was an energetic man that once to...
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Bonus Track: “Abraham, Martin & John,” performed by Dion DiMucci and Aaron Neville

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Reblogging: Yesterday at the Lorraine Motel

Quote from my original blog: I spent a lot of time choking back tears … which I was no longer able to do once I reached the exhibit for rooms 306 and 307.  The balcony at room 306 is where Dr. King was murdered. via Yesterday at the Lorraine Motel Original link
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Music Monday: “Lucky Lips”

I’m investigating some of the bands who will be on hand for Viva Las Vegas in April.  This group, Nadine & The Lovers, is from Russia.  Check them out! Original link
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CHURCHES AND CINDERELLA

TRAVEL Now I’ve had to scramble looking for where I left off before Christmas and the Best Reads posts, and yes, DH and I were in Vienna. In my usual boring way, I had sussed out what there was to see and do, making copious notes before we left. We didn’t hang around but walked into … Continue reading CHURCHES AND CINDERELLA Original link
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Book Review ~ Copycat by Alex Lake


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house. I've always felt a little uneasy about sharing personal details on Facebook - but what would you do if you found someone had stolen your Facebook identity?  It seems there is little you can do unless you can prove criminal intent. This is how Copycat, the latest thriller from author Alex Lake begins. It's great to find a book you can't put do...
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Book Review: An Engineered Injustice by William L Myers Jr

Book Review: An Engineered Injustice by William L Myers Jr
An Engineered Injustice by William L. Myers Jr. My rating: 4 of 5 stars An Engineered Injustice is the second novel in the Philadelphia Legal series by author William L. Myers. Let me say at the outset it isn’t quite as good as the first: A Criminal Defense. That is not surprising because I said […] The post Book Review: An Engineered Injustice by William L Myers Jr appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Why You Should Consider Writing a Trilogy #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US For most writers, completing one book would seem more than enough of an achievement, so why would anyone make a commitment to writing three?   There are real benefits of tackling any story as a trilogy and now I’ve written one I’m convinced it’s something any novelist should consider. The scope of a trilogy offers writers a liberating sense of space and freedom, as ideas hinted at in the first book can be developed and explored over the rest. This means the writer has space to explore the complexity of relationships that evolve over time, as well as the shifting social, political and economic context over years – or even generations, offering readers a mo...
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Sample Saturday, “The Rock Star in the Mirror” … plus a bonus track


Today just seemed like the right day to re-blog this previous iteration of “Sample Saturday.” Enjoy! Sharon E. Cathcart Today’s sample is from my 2012 award-nominated novella, The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) , which is also available as an audiobook narrated by Matt Haynes.  I’ve included a bonus track at the end.  Enjoy! Every month, Lynnie drives her rattletrap Ford Maverick up to Portland. She uses her tip money from George’s Place, supplemented by part of what Mom pays her, to get the coolest vintage clothes she can find. She has some guy up on Glisan, in the Alphabet District, who does her hair. “No way I’m going to the Cut-n-Curl,” she says, which I can...
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Book Review: A Criminal Defense by William L Myers Jr

Book Review: A Criminal Defense by William L Myers Jr
A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr. My rating: 5 of 5 stars A Criminal Defense (Philadelphia Legal) Kindle Edition by William L. Myers Jr. (Author) This debut novel is a scorcher of a legal thriller. If you only read one book this year then this is truly a must read. In the writing […] The post Book Review: A Criminal Defense by William L Myers Jr appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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The very Worst Riding School in the World – Book 2 by Lucinda E Clarke

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Thank you so much for this Tanya T. R. Robinson Publications As is clear from the title, this is the second part in this amusing and informative account of the author’s experiences during her unwitting ownership and running of a riding school in Africa. Note 1: Details of where Book 1 may be obtained will be found at the end of this review. Note 2!: The author has stated this – Book 2 – will only ever be available to her newsletter subscribers. Further information is provided at the end of this review. Anyone who has read any of Lucinda E Clarke’s books will appreciate she is an excellent writer and conveys information, both factual and fictional, in a very readable style. This book is no ex...
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Chrys Cymri: Strange Incursions


Recently I’ve been reading novels by newer, largely unknown indie writers. By way of helping them along, I’ll be introducing some of them here. These authors are up-and-coming, at varying stages in their development as writers. They may not all have the polish of traditionally published authors, but I think they all have potential and deserve encouragement. Penny White is a faithful and caring Anglican priest with a bit too much familiarity with alcohol. That might explain why, coming upon the scene of a traffic accident, she finds herself giving last rites to a fatally injured dragon. Yes, dragon. Curiously, inebriation didn’t conjure this situation. The deceased dragon is real, and her pas...
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Weekend Reads: Murder in July

Murder in July (Benjamin January #15)
I have read every book in this series now.  The detective is a free man of color in 1830s New Orleans; he’s trained as a physician, but works as a musician because no one will hire him.  The Benjamin January series is outstanding. Murder in July by Barbara Hambly My rating: 5 of 5 stars The newest Benjamin January novel sees us looking at yet another New Orleans murder with ties to Benjamin’s past in Paris — this time during the July 1830 revolution. Benjamin is asked to look into the disappearance of an Englishman who has run off with stock certificates and hard currency … after buying up a great deal of useless, swampy land. When the name in the man’s personal effects is that of someone Ja...
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“Elvis Presley: The Searcher”


This three-hour, two-film presentation focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, and includes an original musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready. via ‘Elvis Presley –...
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Special Guest Interview with Adam Kluger Author of Desperate Times: Short Stories


New on Amazon UK and Amazon US Desperate Times: Short Stories, is a compendium of previously published flash fiction and short stories by Adam Kluger, inspired by the works of Bukowski, Hemingway, Fante, Mamet, Salinger & Fitzgerald. , Desperate Times is also an eye into the American culture. Published by Belphegor Editions, edited by Whiskey Down Press, Desperate Times was inspired by the likes of Bukowski and Hemingway, to name a few.  Today I'm pleased to welcome author Adam Kluger: Why did you choose Bukowski?  There are a lot of reasons. The humor, the honesty, the accessibility. When you find a writer that speaks to you-- like music - you just really appreciate it. Bukowski deserves al...
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Book Spotlight: For the Winner, Book 2 of 3 in the Golden Apple Trilogy Series by Emily Hauser


Available on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Some three thousand years ago, in a time before history, the warriors of Greece journeyed to the ends of the earth in the greatest expedition the world had ever seen. One woman fought alongside them. Abandoned at birth on the slopes of Mount Pelion, Atalanta is determined to prove her worth to the father who cast her aside. Having taught herself to hunt and fight, and disguised as a man, she wins a place on the greatest voyage of that heroic age: with Jason and his band of Argonauts in search of the legendary Golden Fleece. And it is here, in the company of men who will go down in history as heroes, that Atalanta must battle against the odds – and the ...
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MEET BARBARA CARTER

Barbara - May 2017
I’m sure many readers will resonate with this week’s guest Barbara Carter, living with a burst of creativity inside and not knowing how to express it – life always gets in the way! BARBARA CARTER was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a visual artist and writer and is currently working on a series of memoirs focusing not only on her personal journey but highlighting important issues such as: anxiety, depression, loss and grief and the not so great ways of dealing with inner pain. Also living with a narcissistic mother. Barbara has an amazing ability to shed light on the sometimes dark subject matter with her ability to use humor. She also instructs art classes and offers guidance in writing...
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Special Guest Post by Ralph Webster, Author of One More Moon: Goodbye Mussolini! One Woman's Story of Fate and Survival


Available for per-order from Amazon UK and Amazon US Scheduled for release on February 28 2018 Goodreads Choice Nominee Ralph Webster tells the true story of his grandmother’s desperate journey from her life at the Pensione Alexandra in Naples to America - after Mussolini and the Fascists join with Hitler - and as countries across the world close their doors to Jewish refugees fleeing the spread of Nazi evil. Whose voice?  A woman’s or a man’s? This past week I was asked “how was writing One More Moon different from what I’d experienced when I wrote my last book?”  It’s a curious question - one that I find myself reflecting upon now that One More Moon is finished and I sit here not so patien...
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Bonus Track: “Ring of Fire”


Last week, I wrote that two of my goals for 2018 were to spend more in-person time with friends and to hear more live music. Well, Saturday night we saw James Garner’s excellent Johnny Cash tribute band .  I’d seen the act once before, at a harvest festival, but this was a more formal concert setting.  Garner shared historical information about several of the songs he performed, as well as how he came to be a Johnny Cash fan himself. This show also helped keep me in the right mode for working on It Happened in Memphis and Other Stories; I’m at the stage of editing that makes me wonder what the hell I was thinking.  Every author experiences it, with every book … but it’s still painful while i...
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Henry VII & Elizabeth of York: A Faithful Love

Henry VII & Elizabeth of York: A Faithful Love https://t.co/CeRvNoB9dn #Tudors pic.twitter.com/UcCSo8ACJk — Tony Riches (@tonyriches) January 10, 2018 Original link
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