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Quote of the Week – Dec. 12

Writers aren’t exactly people…They’re a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald Original link
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The Tao of Seneca


This post started as something completely different. It started with me trying to put together a list of gift suggestions you guys might like. This led to my decision to send a book as a gift to a friend (let’s hope she likes it), and then through circuitous ways to a book I think I mentioned before, and finally to the author of The 4-Hours Workweek, and finally to Seneca. Isn’t this world wide web thing a blast? So, let’s start with a book suggestion, to wit the book I already mentioned (and NOT the one I sent as gift) – Teach Yourself to Live , by C.G.L. Du Cann, a book originally published in 1955 that I always found delightful, and I re-read at least once a year. Du Cann steals extensive...
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The Content Guidelines

I’ve been asked to post the contents guidelines from Amazon so that you get an idea and maybe will be able to tell me what’s wrong in BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games. This is indeed an interesting read, I guess, because after all it has to do with my writing life.  The actual document is pretty large, but what’s pertinent is – I think – the following, that goes under the Offensive & Controversial category: Violence, Intolerance, and Hate Products that contain violent or offensive material that has no historical significance. Amazon reserves the right to make a determination on the historical value of the item.Products that promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group. Thi...
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Pre-order Release Feature: Lara’s Story by author Diane Merrill Wigginton


I am pleased to announce a great new release by Diane Merrill Wigginton, an author I met during my journey! Her young adult sweet historical romance, Lara’s Story, officially went up for pre-order and will be released on January 4th! … Continue reading → Original link
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Blocked!


Well, this is a first. BUSCAFUSCO: Fun & Games has been blocked by the KDP Guardians, for reasons undisclosed. I asked around, and apparently this is the standard: they block your book, and they do not tell you why. Hell, they don’t even send you a mail. You have to check the KDP dashboard (something that, admittedly, you do every two hours when your book is overdue), and find out the book’s been blocked. So now I’ve sent a mail asking Amazon for explanations. Based on what I’ve been told by friends that have been there already, I’ll probably get an automated response along the lines “your content violated our guidelines”, with a copy of the guidelines. As a friend said… “They basically tell...
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"A gripping story w/ plot twists and turns" Ghosts + #Romance #amreading #Book Review


It's always a thrill to hear a fellow author enjoyed your book!  Love this review left on BookBub for Gull Harbor , so I'm sharing it here!  Authors and editorial reviewers tend to leave more detailed reviews, since authors enjoy writing and editorial bloggers are doing their job...but we writers truly appreciate hearing someone liked a story even in a quick one-liner.  It's what keeps us going.  Writers often say they "write for themselves", and that was part of what started me on this journey with Silver Lake .  I had the plot in my head, I knew the characters intimately, scenes and dialog constantly ran through my mind, and in the end, my husband pushed me into trying.  I decided to see i...
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My new series: Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance


I'm so excited to share the news with you! My new series, Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, will hit the shelves come January, with two books.  Both of them will be available to you sooner, in preorder mode, so please stay tuned... Coma Confidential Ashley finds herself in the ER diagnosed with coma. She has no memory of what has happened to her. Despite what everyone around her may think, Ash can listen to the conversations of her visitors. One of them in particular strikes her as a possible suspect in her recent rape.  For Ash, there is little time to gather clues: blackouts are happening not only in the hospital but in Irvine and other places in California, and the Russian ha...
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Digging ditches


I’m writing a 30.000 words story that will not be published under my name. Work for hire, paid in three months time (If they’ll pay me at all). I’m 10.000 words short and today I just scrapped 3500 words because, let’s be honest, they sucked. I’ve a three days deadline. I can do it. It’s being a fun ride. The story is not my usual genre, so there is a component of challenge, but also the reason why I am ditching so many pages: sometimes the ideas are right, and cool, but the tone is off. It’s like playing a different instrument from the one you usually play, like driving somebody else’s car. The fact that is fun is, at the moment, even more important than the fact that I’ll be paid. Mind you...
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Keeping a Writer’s Notebook – Do You? You should! – Part 3


Author Don Massenzio This is the third post in my series on keeping a writers notebook. I can’t emphasize enough how important this tool is for cataloging and organizing ideas. I take most of my ideas for this tool from the book,  The Writer’s Notebook  by Ralph Fletcher. This book helps you organize your notebook and use the information you record for various purposes. If you want to read  Part 1  or  Part 2  of this series, just click on the links. Keep Lists of Interesting Words Did you ever come across a word while playing Words with Friends or while thumbing through a magazine article or the vocabulary quiz in Reader’s Digest and think that it was an interesting word that you’d like to ...
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Short Story – Chop Shop

The sky morphed from fiery orange and hellfire red to dense charcoal as the setting sun dipped below the horizon. Gusts of wind howled across the fields like a pack of prowling wolves baying into the night. Jagged flashes of white-hot lightning tore through the sky and loud booms of thunder destroyed the silence as … Continue reading Short Story – Chop Shop Original link
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Release Blitz - RJ Scott - Home For Christmas


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK   Length: 45,000 words approx. Cover Design: Meredith Russell Texas Series Book #1 - The Heart of Texas - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #2 - Texas Winter - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #3 - Texas Heat - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #4 - Texas Family - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #5 - Texas Christmas - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #6 - Texas Fall - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #7 - Texas Wedding - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #8 - Texas Gift - Amazon US | Amazon UK Blurb Can Connor show River a real family Christmas? When Connor finds River on the roof of the campus admin building, he doesn’t know what to do. His friend is drunk, and shouting into a snowstorm, a bottle of v...
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Release Blitz - Nell Iris - Under The Felt Mistletoe


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | JMS Books Length: 13,000 words. Publisher: JMS Books Blurb The most wonderful time of the year is about to get even better. On a cold, rainy December morning, Finn’s beloved Grampa, his best friend and rock, makes a friend outside their home who he invites in for coffee. The last thing Finn expects is Nelson, a man with a painful past, who is beautiful and generous and turns Finn’s knees into jelly. What starts out as a chance to get out of the rain, soon becomes more as Nelson helps Finn get ready for the Christmas market. They bond over coffee and fabric and Mariah Carey. Can handmade Christmas ornaments and an understanding heart give Nelson the love he’...
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Release Blitz- Ari McKay - Designer Holiday


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK Length: 40,000 words approx. Blurb It’s never too late for a second chance at love… or is it? Rayne Sadler left the tiny town of Holiday Pines and his childhood sweetheart, Emilio Rives, to make a name for himself in the world of interior design. For twelve years, he never looked back. Now he has the successful career he wanted, but no one to share his life. Emilio isn’t happy when Rayne returns to Holiday Pines to renovate the local playhouse. The town wants to stimulate the failing tourist industry, but Emilio has no interest in reviving the ashes of his relationship with Rayne. Yet shared memories and experiences are powerful things. As the playhouse is re...
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FEATURED BOOK: TO FETCH A THIEF


ABOUT THE BOOK To Fetch a Thief, the first Mutt Mysteries collection, features four novellas that have gone to the dogs. In this howlingly good read, canine companions help their owners solve crimes and right wrongs. These sleuths may be furry and low to the ground, but their keen senses are on high alert when it comes to sniffing out clues and digging up the truth. Make no bones about it, these pup heroes will steal your heart as they conquer ruff villains.


 Book Details:
 Title: To Fetch a Thief Authors: Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, and Rosemary Shomaker Genre: Cozy mystery Series: Mutt Mysteries Publisher: Bay Breeze Publishing, LLC (November 8, 2018) Print length: 263 p...
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Welcome Back Author Angela Fattig!

It’s been a while but she’s back! The author of World Deception and The Broken Series plus many more. Now under her married name, Angela Novak is ready and better than ever. She has all new ideas and is ready to get them out to you. Amazon will still have all her previous books under the name Angela Fattig. To change that would be a nightmare! Below you will find new links to keep up to date on her latest books. Facebook Nova Beta Readers Group Goodreads Amazon - All of her books are on KU. Check them out! ***Remember her last name used to be Fattig FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME - All I Want For Christmas Is You Amazon US   UK   CA   AU   Audible US Audible UK Roping His Heart: Claiming My Cowboy ...
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Six-Word Story Challenges – “Fourth”, “Fifth”, “Sixth”, “Seventh”, “Eighth”, & “Ninth”.


#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Fourth” “Little hands reached for another cookie.” Today’s challenge is: “Fifth” “She added the scotch to mix.” Today’s challenge is: “Sixth” “I didn’t make the winner’s podium.” Today’s challenge is: “Seventh” “No rescue yet.” He added notch. Today’s challenge is: “Eighth” “Do we have enough place settings?” Today’s challenge is: “Ninth” “The golfer quit halfway through game.” Wow, the week slipped by – sorry about that. December is proving to be busy. Here’s a six-pack to bring me up to date. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. I look ...
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Learning more stuff


Here we go again: end of the year, new lists of MOOCs and online courses get published. So much to learn, so much knowledge availabe. And I realize that, as a product of the 1970s/1980s Italian school system, what I learned, deeply and inescapably, in school, is how to l earn. I like learning stuff. And so I went through the list of December MOOCs you can find on the OpenCulture website , and after spending half an hour checking the links and weighing the offer, I enrolled in two new courses. One, is an interesting thing called How music can change your life , offered by the University of Melbourne, and it sounds (aha!) like the sort of fun thing that might actually suggest new story ideas. ...
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A Whale of a Tale: Kirk Douglas, 102 y.o.

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The oompa loompas are on strike


The KDP version of the latest BUSCAFUSCO ebook is taking forever to filter through the Amazon validation system. Is something wrong? Is the fact that in this adventure Buscafusco tackles the Chinese Triads and the Italian Copyright regulation authority part of the problem? Is the reference to the dark web and gambling? Are there nipples or other banned elements hidden somewhere in the book, of which I am unaware of? The mystery remains. It’s good to see that after these many years, Amazon keeps screwing up my accurately plotted launches. If you really need a fix of BUSCAFUSCO and you can’t wait for the oompa loompas to drag their backsides to work and do their job, you can of course go to Gu...
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The longest five days…Operation Compass, 9th December 1940

Mersa Matruh
When we think of the early months of the Second World War we often focus on the setbacks suffered by the Allies in Europe including the disastrous fall of France and the heroic rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. We also think of the losses we suffered in North Africa against Rommel and his Afrika Korps; but what is often forgotten is that our first adversary in Africa was not the Germans but the Italians and, for a time, things there were very different. Both Britain and Italy were intent on protecting their colonies in Africa. There were skirmished between the two sides but the Italian commander, Graziani, was doubtful that his largely un-mechanized force would be capab...
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