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Evie Drae – Beauregard and the Beast

Today, I’m hosting award-winning author Evie Drae and her latest release Beauregard and the Beast, a m/m contemporary romance, book one in the Once Upon a Vegas Night series.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. **** Title: Beauregard and the Beast Series: Once Upon a Vegas Night (Book 1) Author: Evie Drae Release Date: August … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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Imps & Minions anthology is out!


I am pleased to announce that the anthology Imps & Minions, edited by David F. Shultz, Don Miaesek and K.M. McKenzie is now available for purchase both in ebook and as a paperback via Amazon . A hefty 500+ pages book, the volume collects 34 short stories about imps and other unusual critters in the service of powerful masters, and includes my short story Bottled Up. If you are looking for some insight in the day-to-day lives of those who serve the evil overlords and carry out the nefarious errands of the black sorcerers… well, now you know what you need to read. Original link
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Cass Ford – Prince of Sin

Today, I have fellow eXtasy Books author Cass Ford guesting at my blog.  She’s talking about her latest release Prince of Sin, a contemporary, erotic romance. **** The Fifty Shades trilogy opened the doors for erotic romance writers and readers like me, but there’s still plenty of shame surrounding women and sex and porn. With Prince of … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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Upcoming Multicultural Bridal Event


World Bride Magazine (WBM) has partnered with BibiMagazine to present the best of what the industry has to offer for all your bridal needs, during the New York Fashion Week Bridal at Manhattan Manor, which is steps away from Times Square , in the heart of the Theater District. Date : On October 9, 2019   The prestigious staff of Manhattan Manor wants to help you celebrate your wedding day. R egister now at The Style Salon . Original link
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Killer Crisis – an idea for a story I’ll inflict on my Patrons


When I was young and foolish, I used to write short stories based on a picture, a photograph or a song, as a form of exercise. I would hammer the story out on my mother’s Olivetti typewriter, and see what I was able to put together. I had read somewhere that pulp writers in the days of the magazines often wrote stories to the cover (typical example, Fritz Leiber’s Schylla’s Daughter), and I thought it would help me develop my writer skills. The first story I actually finished was based on an illustration by Boris Vallejo (hey, it was the 80s! I was 16! Give me some slack!) This one, to be precise… Sometimes I still do, in a way: I use photo references and a soundtrack for my stories. But a s...
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Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet Sunday - The Matchmaker's Mare - Sion's Camp


Continuing snippets from my fantasy novel 'The Matchmaker's Mare which takes place in Wales. The  story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is again from Rhiannon's p.o.v. and takes place in the distant past, a few chapters along from the last one. Some very creative punctuation to comply with the ten sentence rule. Don't forget to visit the other authors at the link below, there's something for all tastes. Weekend Writing Warriors     Eight Sentence Sunday                                              Snippet Sunday Facebook  Group Snippet:  At last, with only a few hours left before daylight, Rhiannon reached the clearing where Sion had made his camp. A glowing fi...
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Twitter (and other social media channels): the secret of success


I've been asked, quite frequently, how to gain followers on Twitter. At the time of writing this answer, my audience is 43K and growing, and all along the way, this growth has been organic, without the use of any type of paid ads to sustain it. You can achieve it, too -- if you put your mind to it. Don't tell me, "But, but I only have a handful of followers." I started at 0 followers and build it up from there. You can do it too. The secret of success — on Twitter or other social networks — is quite simple.  Find partners: 1. Be generous to others, retweet what they say, and  2. If they don’t reciprocate, try someone else. If managed well, this can grow your audience over time. If you find p...
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Racked by Sue Coletta


Racked is the fourth book in Sue Coletta’s Grafton County series, based on the lives of crime writer Sage Quintano and her husband, Niko, the Sheriff of Grafton County. I imagine being the wife of a sheriff would be trying enough but, somehow, Sage Quintano manages to bring more excitement into her life by attracting people intent on doing her or her family harm. The story in Racked centres around the unsolved disappearance of five boys and Sage finding out they were all given a similar item prior to their disappearance – a stuffed animal like the one someone has mysteriously given her two-year-old son, Noah. There is plenty of tension, much of it generated by the actions of Sage, who takes ...
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CAST OFF – Stories for the beach?


CAST OFF is my collection of short stories based on female characters in plays by Shakespeare. It was published by Solstice in 2017. In each of the thirteen stories I take one of his characters and imagine what she might be thinking and doing when not on stage. So we have Kate, from the Taming of the Shrew, thumping her creator for writing such horrid role for her; Nerissa, from The Merchant of Venice, delighting in dressing up in men’s clothes and cavorting round town with her mistress, Portia; Cassandra, from Troilus and Cressida, revelling in poor personal hygiene and loud wails; Hermia, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, getting blind drunk and passing out under a tree in a pub beer garden; H...
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The Memory Painter – Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter: A Novel by [Womack, Gwendolyn]
                        A mind-bending drug, a series of time-travel dreams — or are they reincarnations? — take the reader on a dazzling trip around the world into history. Reading these segments that gift Bryan with unusual skills and the ability to speak obscure languages is, for the reader, akin to “living” history. When Bryan meets Linz, he senses that they have loved in the past. Encountering her brings on more dreams. He is determined to convince her of their connection. Initially skeptical and even afraid of Brian, she takes the drug, and together they find the truth. The Memory Painter is a well-written intriguing story, which I enjoyed for the most part. Unfortunately, the connecti...
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“A bland book most suitable for female readers”


The Tar-Aiym Krang was a great way to spend a couple of afternoons reading old science fiction: adventure, intrigue, strange aliens, mysterious technology, a surprisingly sympathetic protagonist that manages not to be irritating despite being so damn good at everything… great. Also, it was like making an acquaintance again with an old friend. Two, actually, both Pip and Flinx. The idea at this point was to go through another Alan Dean Foster book recovered from one of my emergency stacks, but then something interesting happened. Well, interesting… When I picked a few books from my box, together with three Alan Dean Foster books I also picked a terribly second hand copy of Robert Silverberg’s...
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Ana Raine – The Anima Series

Today, I’m hosting author Ana Raine and her latest release The Anima Series, a m/m urban fantasy romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** I live in Michigan and there is a constant joke that there are only two seasons: construction season and wintry season. But for those of us who brave the … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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FEATURED AUTHOR: ANNABELLE HUNTER


ABOUT THE BOOK Peace and quiet is underrated. After her last brush with murder, Larklyn Davis is relieved to be spending her time with the talented new horse at her stables instead of tripping over body parts. While she’s trying to figure out why her newest horse has lost his mojo, she’s also puzzling over her relationship with the brooding, uncommunicative Detective Brecken Wilson. But then, disaster strikes, and both Lark’s reputation and business are on the line. Once again she finds herself pulled into a murder case and in close proximity to the handsome detective. Throw in a dashing veterinarian plus a matchmaking town, and Lark’s life spins out of control. As clues pile up and all evid...
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#WorldCon in Dublin 2019


The international science fiction convention WorldCon is in Dublin as we speak! I can’t be there because I am recovering from a hernia op but my books are there for me. I hope they’re having a blast. Authors who are there who know of my SUPPOSE WE is Jaine Fenn who said the book has original touches, and Jon Courteney Grimwood who once said I wear science fiction like other people wear clothes – haha. My books are in the main hall on a stall manned by the facebook authors’ services group BooksGoSocial. So if you’re in Dublin please pop in, say hello and pick up a 5 euros copy of Suppose We. If you cannot do that it is on sale as ebook or paperback at https://mybook.to/SupposeWe   You can rea...
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Maureen O’Hara’s Birthday


Yeah, I know, I said I’d take the weekend off and not post, but then, stuff keeps happening. And today it’s the birthday of beautiful, spirited and talented Maureen O’Hara, Miss Technicolor herself, and one of the part-time muses of Karavansara as she is the one that coined the term Tits & Sand. So tonight I think I’ll watch Sinbad the Sailor one more time. Original link
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Celebrating #BlackCatAppreciationDay and Researching Superstitions ~ Love My #BlackCats #Rescue #Cats


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Tina Donahue – Well Endowed

Today, I’m hosting award-winning and fellow eXtasy Books author Tina Donahue. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have your own jinn?  Great, huh?  The wishes.  The riches.  The problems. That’s what Cari faces when she inherits Jez. As an alpha jinn, he refuses to serve anyone but a man.  As far … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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Barry Hughart, 1924-2019


I have just learned of the death, at the age of 95, of American writer Barry Hughart, whose Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox is easily one of the series of books that had the strongest impact on me as a reader, as a writer (for what I am worth) and as an individual. Looking back, I can see the roots of a lot of my interests and passions to the first meeting with the wonderful strangeness of Bridge of Birds, the fist Chronicle of Master Li. With its strange mixture of fantasy and history, its roots in folklore and legend, it sometimes science-fictional twists, and it humor, Bridge of Birds remains one of my favorite fantasies, and it’s the sort of thing I have in mind when I start wr...
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Moment of Zen ↓ Falling Awake


When hope wears thin, love can fill in the blanks...Would you wait around for Josh like Carli did in Falling Awake?amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true";amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "rachellevaughnblog-20";amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual";amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart";amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon";amzn_assoc_region = "US";amzn_assoc_title = "Keep a Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: JIM NESBITT


ABOUT THE BOOK Dallas private eye Ed Earl Burch is an emotional wreck, living on the edge of madness, hosing down the nightmares of his last case with bourbon and Percodan, dreading the next onslaught of demons that haunt his days and nights, including a one-eyed dead man who still wants to carve out his heart and eat it. Burch is also a walking contradiction. Steady and relentless when working a case. Tormented and unbalanced when idle. He’s deeply in debt to a shyster lawyer who forces him to take the type of case he loathes -- divorce work, peephole creeping to get dirt on a wayward husband. Work with no honor. Work that reminds him of how far he’s fallen since he lost the gold shield of ...
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