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Vote for My Book in Authorsdb #firstlines Semi-Finals Contest


I’ve entered my book, Vampyrie, in the AUTHORSdb First Lines Contest and would very much appreciate your vote. Go to AUTHORSdb and scroll down to Submit your Vote/ Review. Voting ends May 28, 2018.   Judging is based on three questions: Do these first lines pull you into the story? As a reader are you … Continue reading Vote for My Book in Authorsdb #firstlines Semi-Finals Contest → Original link
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Reblog ~ 49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors


I was thrilled to be Hugh Roberts‘ guest last month on his 49 Days In 1988 series. He shares snippets from his 1988 diary and takes us on a trip in his Music Time machine, featuring songs from the 1980s chosen by his guests. Buy Hugh’s book HERE I enjoyed being a part of this … Continue reading Reblog ~ 49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors → Original link
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Tech-Savvy Ghosts?

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This year’s Mother’s Day was not the most festive I’ve experienced. I spent the day at the funeral of a friend of the family. This incredible lady (we’ll call her Sally), who was stolen away from us at ridiculously young age from a sudden illness, has touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands in her short, fifty-one years. Her younger brother (we’ll call him Will) and I are particularly close. Will and I met for the first time about ten years ago and in that moment had a “Hey, wow, there you are!” kind of weird recognition. A communion of spirits. Yesterday, we followed Will and Sally’s family, proceeding in a long line of vehicles to the tiny cemetery very near, ironically, to the tow...
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The Mysterious Fate of Talcott Hall

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I grew up in Middletown, N.Y., a medium-sized burg about sixty miles north of NYC. We had an insane asylum there at one time . . . well, it actually went by the name Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital. Basically, it was a place where they sent those suffering from illnesses not of the body, but of the mind. By the time I graduated high school, the facility, which had been in operation since 1866, was more or less defunct. Many of the buildings stood empty, but some had been re-purposed for use by other state agencies. The grounds still maintained a firehouse, as well as security guards. I actually dated one of the nighttime security guards for a time. The asylum was always a creepy, haunt...
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Reblog: On Facing Death

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Author and blogger Karen Ingalls featured my article On Facing Death last week, and I’d like to share this with you now. Karen has received several awards for her blog, as well as for her book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir . Visit Karen’s blog HERE Buy Karen’s books HERE Many thanks to Karen for sharing my article. Please visit her blog, comment and share. Thank you for stopping by ************* My mother faced death many times and had three near-death experiences. She said, “There is nothing about death to fear.” In the last year I have had several friends and a family member pass away. It is always difficult for those of us left behind, but I am at peace knowing that they are free of...
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Island of the Dead

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Hart Island, a sliver of land in Long Island Sound in New York, is eroding away. Nature reclaims its own, right? What’s heartbreaking–and eerie as hell–about the natural reclamation of this particular island into the sea? The fact that along with the dirt and sand, the ocean is reclaiming the remains of the dead buried there. Perhaps even those of one of my kin. Hart Island was purchased by New York City in 1868 with the intent to use the land as a “potter’s field” –a place to bury dead whose bodies go unclaimed at the morgue, or whose families cannot afford the price of burial in a traditional cemetery. Since then, the land has also housed a workhouse for wayward boys, a Civil War Prison, a...
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#Author Interview: Gigi Sedlmayer

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Gigi Sedlmayer is an author, architectural drafter, and maker of soft toys. Her Talon series has won several awards, including Book Excellence Awards Finalist. Find Gigi’s books HERE Please join me in welcoming Gigi to my blog. Tell us a little about yourself.   I was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, Germany. My family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. We moved around a lot in Germany and I had to change Schools a lot. Have lost track about that. But it influenced me, not to make any friends anymore, because I would lose them anyway again. Finally settling in Munich where I studied architectural drafting. 1965 I met Albert in the drafting school. 1...
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Writing Links…4/30/18 – Where Genres Collide

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Traci Kenworth is an author-blogger who regularly shares a roundup of writing links. Her posts are a massive undertaking that consumes a good deal of time in preparing. Thank you, Traci. You exemplify the heart and soul of thoughtfulness ************* Writing Links…4/30/18 woman with symbols, rope Writing Links…4/30/18 Traci Kenworth Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF: http://colleenchesebro.com/2018/04/22/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-militant-negro/ http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/04/why-editor-isnt-bad-guy.html “It seems in Hollywood and even in other circles (not to give a rap and not to say that all self-pubbed authors are like this but this is frequently the case in self-pub...
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Dead in a Dumpster Promo

Dead in a Dumpster  is being featured on Friday May 4th 2018 at  www.ebooksoda.com . Check out the site. They list free and bargain ebook deals! Original link
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Blind the Eyes Sneak Peek

Ebook preorders now open. Ebook and paperback on sale June 1, 2018. Audiobooks coming soon. Chapter 1: Remnants Cadence found me the night I surrendered to the Mara. I got lucky. They devoured only my disobedience. Cadence’s luck wasn’t so good. She’s been with me for over a year now, and I’m starting to think she’ll be the same impossible child forever. “So I had this dream last night,” she says. “It was about trees. I miss trees. I miss climbing with . . . w-with—I just miss them. We should go find some. Let’s go now. Okay? Now. Let’s go now. Now-now-now-n—” “Stop it.” I don’t have time for her lies. Regulation 3: Distraction is destruction. I must not allow myself to be distracted, nor be...
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The Alchemy of Consciousness | Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary

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We are living in a time of great upheaval, the time prophesied across many cultures and religions. One of the most important things we can do is stand in our personal power and envision a world whose moral force is love and peace. Sue Dreamwalker is a woman who exemplifies this dynamic. Her writing is uplifting, always encouraging us to come from our hearts. Her latest post suggests we consider the power of thought in the now, with an eye toward the future. I hope you will visit her inspiring BLOG ************* The Alchemy of Consciousness The alchemy of consciousness that created you and me Is nudging us to lift our hearts to open and begin to see That the branches we stand upon within the ...
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Memoir Bytes – #Domesticabuse – how to recognize the signs and leave

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Debby Gies, aka D.G. Kaye , recently published an article on domestic abuse. She shares a personal experience and lists the signs of an unhealthy relationship. In case any of you missed it, I’m sharing this important post.  #Recommended Debby is the author of six outstanding memoirs that cover the topics of a neglectful mother, traveling tips, menopause, relationships, and more. Buy Debby’s books HERE Visit Debby’s superb BLOG   to learn more about her ************* “Oh c’mon Deb, you never give a guy a chance,” my bestie Bri lectured on. “You have too many stipulations about dating before you let anyone into your life.” I was managing an office for a PR firm when I met ‘him’. He’d drop by o...
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Smorgasbord New Series -Starting this Saturday – Meet the Book #Reviewers.

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Because Amazon has made it difficult for us to post reviews on multiple sites, Sally Cronin ~ better known as the Energizer Bunny of the Blogosphere ~ is starting a new series that will showcase reviews written and received by authors. Hop over to her blog for details.  #Recommended Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life Now that Amazon is blocking us from posting on multiple Amazon sites unless we spend $50, it is up to us to spread reviews as widely as we possibly can. Whilst my followers are not in the millions, they do come from over 40 countries on all the continents.. except from the frozen north. I did notice today that at the bottom on my account on Amazon UK for each of the book...
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Chaos: Blessing or Curse? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco

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My thanks to Chris Graham , The Story Reading Ape , for hosting me once again as a guest on his excellent and supportive blog How do you deal with the chaos in your life? Do you face it, ignore it, deny it, or run from it? Share your thoughts with us     This past winter was a difficult time for me. Family issues, chronic illness, and an irrational and unpredictable government challenged me to cope on a daily basis and left me depleted. I wanted to shut the door on the chaotic energies flooding my being, but empaths do not seem to have a choice in this matter. We can, however, choose the way in which we cope. Cope! I was in coping overload and heading for a meltdown. Then I came upon the two...
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Updates, ARCs, and Giveaways!

Reminder: join the newsletter to be the first get content like this and more exclusives. Here’s a quick list of what’s going on: Kindle Scout update ARCs are coming~ Giveaways So, about that Kindle Scout campaign . . . First off, thanks for all your nominations! You pushed BLIND THE EYES to the trending list on Kindle Scout! . . . Unfortunately, they announced their plans to cancel the whole program on the last day of its campaign, so . . . yeah. Corporations . . . mumble grumble Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your support in this prelaunch phase. It’s been a long wait, but we’re finally nearing the end – aaand, on that note: ARCS are coming!! . . . for real this time! I’m not quit...
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Lost and Found Pets Paperback


The Lost and Found Pets series is now available in paperback. I really like the way the book looks. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Pets-1-4-Blair/dp/1944639179/ Original link
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Some Spooky Alabama History

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Since my latest release, CIVIL HEARTS, is set in rural, western Alabama, I naturally have done quite a bit of research on the region. Aside from all the antebellum mansions that have survived, some in better condition than others, there are other potentially haunted locations. The Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge in Livingston, Alabama is one such place. This is the oldest covered bridge remaining in the state. It was built in 1861 (yes, right at the start of the Civil War), and was used by Confederate forces to access Mississippi. Built under the orders of a Confederate Army Captain, this structure consists of yellow pine timbers joined by wooden pegs. And yes, there is a legend about the b...
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THE STARLING Release Week Giveaway

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GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY Thanks so much for all of your support. The Starling releases tomorrow and what better way that to celebrate with a giveaway! I have an eCOPY of The Starling to give away if you let me know your favourite piece of art (I need a picture!). Mine is definitely the mental image I have of The Lovers, if it had ever been finished by Van Gogh. It’s a central part of the story in The Starling, so it must be my favorite. For bonus points sign up to any of my social media links. I have a ONE stop stalker link.  https://linktr.ee/ellie_masters Comment where you’re following me for bonus entries. What will you get with The Starling? If you fancy a romance that features a swoon...
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Marion On My Mind – Guest Post by, Emily Gmitter…

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Emily Gmitter shares her memories of and love for her elder sister, Marion, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge a short while ago. Losing a loved one can be devastating and makes us consider our own mortality; but Emily lightens this weighty subject with humor and beauty. #Recommended Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog “ Sing it out … sing it out!” My sister Marion would encourage me as I practiced a song I’d hoped to perform at karaoke some night. “That was beautiful! You should absolutely sing that one!” she continued, scrunching up her face and pumping her arm in the air with earnest enthusiasm. Then came the day when I realized she was tone deaf. How did I learn that? Well, we had another sis...
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Civil Hearts (Haunted Voices) by Claire Gem and Giveaway


Viviana MacKade This book means business. The story is great, I’m an adopted southern girl who LOVES reading of books set in the South, but it’s not what makes me want to read this book. It’s the Hero, and the Heroine who stays at his side. The book is  Civil Hearts (Haunted Voices)  by Claire Gem, and let me introduce it to you like this. In a world of alpha, supercool men, strong, successful in their manly endeavor (and don’t get me wrong, I DO love them and their stories) this Hero feels different. He had health issues, something that doesn’t come across often in books and messed up with his marriage; his job is far from the excitement and drama of law enforcement. He’s a normal man, deal...
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