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Silent Song coming to life by Jaci Wheeler


A guest post by Jaci Wheeler , author of Silent Song, giving us an insight into deafness. Well worth the read even if you’re not into YA books. Many authors I know pull from events or people from their own lives for inspiration or storyline. I’ve never been that way personally. I’m an extremely private person by nature, so it’s very unusual for me to use any of myself in my books. That is actually my favorite thing about writing, I’m able to fully create worlds and people out of thin air. It allows you to become whoever you want for the moment. I usually create a main character who is nothing like me because it allows me to be and do all the things I’ve always wanted to. I’ve had a very even...
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Stella Bruno Investigates – Book 5


Abduction, Suspense, and a Strange Demand. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the abduction of eight-year-old Julia Ryan, taken from her nanny at gunpoint. When the kidnapper demands something outside the control of Julia’s family as ransom for her release, Stella is determined to find him before it’s too late. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes is confident the kidnapper will make a mistake. If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you’ll love Taken, book five in Peter Mulraney’s Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads. BUY from  AMAZON Original link
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World-Building 101 by Simon Lindley


A guest post by fantasy writer Simon Lindley,  author of Mannethorn’s Key. I write and read a lot of crime fiction but I also read a lot of fantasy and thought you might like to explore a new fantasy voice with me. The Realm, The Land, Middle Earth, Narnia – I presume you have spent some time visiting at least one of them. I know I have. And, if all goes well with the ‘travel brochures’, Drageverden will soon be another fantasy ‘tourist’ destination. However, I expect people will only visit if the place promises immersive adventure! World-building in fantasy is as critical to a plot as character development. When done well, it can transport the reader so absolutely that they yearn for the pl...
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I am refreshing


A reflection on ‘I am refreshing’. An extract from my collection of reflections on the I am affirmations. I am being made new again. This is a meaning that’s come to me from the world of computers. It seems every other day there’s an update to refresh the operating system or one of the programs on my computer. If I open the web browser, there’s a button to click for refreshing the webpage I’m viewing in case it’s changed since the last time I looked at it. Meditation is one way I use for refreshing my operating system. Reading is a way of updating my programs by refreshing my beliefs. If I do not engage in refreshing activities I remain the same. I go stale. Unless I refresh, I continue to o...
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Wise Before Their Time


A guest post by Ann Richardson , author of Wise Before Their Time: People with HIV and AIDS talk about their lives. “As Powerful As Any Great Classic Of Fiction” So said Sir Ian McKellen in his Foreword to my book. And it is. Do you remember the terrible times of AIDS and HIV in the 1980s and 1990s? If not, are you curious to learn what it was like for those diagnosed? Wise Before their Time, first published in 1992, shows in moving detail what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS when there was no real treatment for this life-threatening illness. It tells the true stories of over forty young men and women from all over the world, attending an international conference of people with HIV and AID...
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Where do your stories come from?


Guest post by Paul Toolan, author of the collection of short stories: A View from Memory Hill: Stories of ‘a certain age’. If only I received royalties every time a reader asks me this! Here, there and everywhere is the true but unhelpful answer. In ‘A View from Memory Hill’, there’s a story called Old Man, Young Pub that was triggered by seeing…an old man in a young pub! I was at the Brighton Festival [Brighton, England – I used to live there] with old friends/fellow retirees. We dropped into a wonderful, low-ceilinged pub called The Basketmakers, whose decor has barely been touched since it opened. I remember thinking we were the oldest people there, among many young and lively folk, some ...
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Who The F*ck Am I?


Crime Fiction About An Undercover Cop By a Former Undercover Cop A guest post by Stephen Bentley , former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel) and now writer and author, on Who The F*ck Am I?, the first book in his new Steve Regan Undercover Cop series. ‘Crime fiction about an undercover cop by a former undercover cop’ is roughly how the blurb goes on the Amazon listing for my latest book ‘Who The F*ck Am I?’ The title may be a tad controversial to some, but it is part of the very fabric of an infiltrator. Identity confusion among undercover agents is a medically recognised condition. It is Book One in a trilogy featuring Steve Regan, a fictional British undercove...
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Her Brother’s Keeper


Have you ever helped out a stranger only to have it turn your normal life into something that resembles a nightmare? Arina did.   A guest post by fellow Aussie writer Kitty Boyes on Her Brother’s Keeper, book 3 in her Arina Perry Series. After a dead man is discovered in one of Arina’s motel units, his only relative, an older sister, asks Arina to help her. The sister believes her brother was murdered. Despite being dissuaded from getting involved, true to form, Arina dives in. Head first. Without knowing exactly what she is getting into, she inadvertently puts lives on the line. Including the life of her two-year-old son, Ben. Money laundering and multi-million-dollar tax evasion scams are ...
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A Deadly Game of Hangman


Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting. Each book in the series only takes around an hour and a half to two hours to read. So, there’s no waiting for days to find out who did it. The series is set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, and centres on criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno. I have the inside information on Adelaide – it’s my home town. Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams, and distracted by Shaun Porter from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to all the crime, the stories ...
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Behind The Cost of Survival.


An insight into The Cost of Survival by J L Stowers, author of the Genesis Rising series, for those that like a bit of dark post-apocalyptic science fiction. The Cost of Survival is a science fiction thriller exploring the dark side of human nature from a world on the brink of destruction. It asks the question, “What if humankind could no longer reproduce?” The answer is shockingly disturbing, but perhaps not too far from the truth if our dark history repeats itself. The main character, Walt Marshall, is cynical and distrustful of the very government that hired him. Yet he can’t say no to a once in a lifetime mission to a remote area devoid of the masses and their overwhelming use of technol...
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Happiness is a choice – not an outcome.


There is no point in pursuing happiness, despite what you’ve been told. It can’t be found because it’s not out there somewhere for you to find. You can’t become happy by doing anything or buying something or being with someone special or having some wild experience in some faraway exotic location. You can have fun doing all of those things but none of them will bring you lasting happiness. None of them lasts forever: events finish.new stuff gets old.people move one.holidays end. The only way to be happy is by decision – by choosing to be happy. Happiness is a mindset or an attitude that’s available to you at all times and in all circumstances. Choosing to be happy is an act of self-empowerme...
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Need a change? Read a new author.


We’re creatures of habit, and that applies to our reading habits as well. When was the last time you consciously chose to read a new author, someone you haven’t read before? You’ve probably come across that statement, rightly or wrongly attributed to Einstein, reminding you that if you keep doing the same thing you’ll get the same results, or words to that effect. Applies to ideas and beliefs, too. If you keep reading books by the same authors, how do you expect to have your ideas or beliefs challenged? Most of us are caught up in thought bubbles where ‘birds of a feather have flocked together.’ If you want to experience how someone else treats your favorite subject or type of story, try a n...
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Some Good News


People are buying my books. My top five selling titles for 2017 New releases in October   It’s real buzz for writers to know that people are reading and enjoying their books – and I’m no exception to that. These days, e-books are so inexpensive you can buy one for less than the cost of a coffee and blueberry muffin. And, if you want, you can read them on your phone in the coffee shop or on your commute. Enjoy your reading.     Original link
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That’s not diplomacy.


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Costs of Retail Therapy


Photo by Parker Burchfield on Unsplash A little self-indulgent shopping can’t be bad for you, can it? We’ve all bought ourselves a little something to distract ourselves from the reality of our lives. That’s one of the benefits of living in a consumer society where there’s stuff to buy and easy access to credit. My weakness is stationery. There is something about paper and pens I find irresistible. The upside of my self-indulgence is I always have a pen and something to write on. The downside is some of those stationery items can be expensive. Fortunately, I do not turn to retail therapy very often. But, if your self-indulgent shopping involves fashion accessories or clothes, your retail the...
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The Cannibal Hymn and the Secret of the Great Pyramid | Laurence O’Bryan

Here’s some thing a little different from Laurence O’Bryan…. I visited the Great Pyramid of Giza in February, 2017. The passages inside were very different to what I had imagined. They were smaller and narrower. But the Grand Gallery, shown above, is … Read the full article at: The Cannibal Hymn and the Secret of the Great Pyramid | Laurence O’Bryan Original link
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Phoenix


Phoenix by Mark Dawson Mark Dawson is the author of the John Milton and Beatrix Rose thriller series. In Phoenix, written to help fund a friend’s medical expenses, Mark brings his two two heroes together for a plausible but highly improbable mission – the usual stuff of thrillers. It’s even got a touch of a POTUS 45 tweet about it, with the Brits doing the dirty work for the CIA. It’s a quick and enjoyable read. You can find Phoenix on Amazon  and read about Mark on Mark Dawson. Original link
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Crime fiction set in Australia


The Stella Bruno Investigates series is set in and around Adelaide, South Australia. A few things to bear in mind when reading The Identity Thief . Australia went metric in 1975. The units of measurements are the same ones you encounter in Europe. Distance is expressed in kilometres (and we spell it that way too), temperature in degrees Celsius, weight in kilograms, and height in metres or centimetres.   Some older Australians still think in terms of feet, so you might come across a phrase like ‘She was five foot nothing!’ – meaning she was short, or ‘He was about six foot four.’ – meaning he was tall, in the dialogue of an Australian crime novel. Australians don’t think it’s hot until the m...
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Fredrik Backman


Every now and then you come across a book you really enjoy. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of those books for me. On the surface, it’s a grumpy old man story. Maybe that’s why my wife suggested I read it. But, underneath the surface story, it’s a story of love and redemption. If you’re ever feeling down, like Ove is at the start of the story, reading this book will remind you that the secret is to get outside of yourself. Think of other people. Do things for them. Be with them. A Man Called Ove is a wonderful story of how Life intervenes to get Ove’s attention and reopen his heart. Some of it is sad, some of it is touching, and some of it is really funny. I enjoyed it. You can fi...
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From the Hay House World Summit 2017


Over the last few days, I’ve been listening in to the free Hay House World Summit 2107 .  A really smart way of showcasing the work of one hundred of their authors. You can still register to listen in to the last week of so of the summit. If you enjoyed My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living you might appreciate the three books I’m currently reading as a result of what was available for the first session of the summit. A Course In Miracles Made Easy  by Alan Cohen. The overview you always wanted if you thought A Course In Miracles was beyond you. The Abundance Code by Julie Ann Cairns An introduction to a different way of thinking about abundance. Be Your Potential by Jo...
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