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Short Story/Serial Monday – First Impressions – Part 4


Author Don Massenzio This week, I bring in a familiar character from both my Frank Rozzani and Brad Rafferty series. He is a genius hacker/attorney and sometime drummer that has a reputation that is well-deserved that makes him much sought after. Throwing him into the mix of this story creates a bridge in my book and short story universe that connects my works. It’s also fun to fall into writing for an old, familiar character. I hope you enjoy the developments in this installment of First Impressions The swells were unusually high off Jacksonville Beach. At five feet, the surfing was still sedate, but more challenging than usual. As the sun made its final escape from the ocean horizon to the...
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Miss Know It All Answers Your Questions on Dating, Love, and Romance


Miss Know It All Do you believe in love at first sight and why? AK As to whether I believe in love at first sight, I can’t really say that I do. I think it is more of an infatuation or attraction to that person. Sometimes it is called lust. You can be turned on by someone but whether it is love, at first sight, has a different meaning depending on the person and what you are really seeking. Have you ever had a horrific breakup and, if so, how did you handle it? SG I have never had a horrific breakup, but you may find this post helpful: http://www.oneworldsinglesblog.net/2017/04/when-relationship-is-over-that-ship-has.html In your opinion, what is the biggest mistake most people make after a ...
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FEATURED AUTHOR: LIDA SIDERIS


ABOUT THE BOOK Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry. They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed wi...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Letter”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Letter” “Her wrath coalesced articulately in ink.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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The Wuthering Heights of July 1978

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I have just sold a piece to a music magazine about an old record that’s part of my youth. I am quite happy, thank you. And now, I don’t often speak about music on Karavansara, but when I do, it’s about artists that tell stories with their songs. In the end, if I look at the records and artists that I consider part of my education (for better or for worse) I find that, while often very different for genre and approach, they all are, in one way or another, storytellers. Case in point, Kate Bush, and her record The Kick Inside, the 1978 debut album I have just retro-reviewed for a magazine. I will not get into an in-depth analysis or whatever. Re-listening to it I realized the amount of storyte...
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Dangling Participles.

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I don’t want to get too personal, but how do you feel about your dangling participles? Do you reel back in horror at the sight of them? Feel there’s a time and place for them if used wisely? Or wonder what on earth I am talking about? If you are in the last group, a dangling participle occurs when a clause in a sentence relates not to the noun or pronoun that follows it, but to one in a previous clause. As in: ‘Mary thought Mr Brown was a misogynist and she vowed she would never work for him; then again, being a woman, he probably wouldn’t employ her anyway.’ Sometimes a dangling participle will cause confusion, but few readers of the above sentence would assume that Mr Brown is female. Bein...
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No, this is not Syria

No, this is not Syria
Downtown Victoria, BC, next door to the Inner Harbor, the demolition crew provides grand entertainment for locals and tourists on a sunny Saturday. But why are they tearing down this old building?   Customs House, which takes up an entire city block framed by Government, Wharf and Courtney streets, was built on the harbour between 1894 and 1898. It has been variously known as the Federal Building, Post Office and Customs House, the latter for its role in processing goods leaving and entering the country. Its important historical features include the façade’s sandstone walls, quarried from nearby islands in Georgia Strait. It also has what might be considered an eminently forgettable element ...
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Can he tell, somehow, who I am?


The old man calls my name, and I advance in the darkness in the direction of his voice, bumping against a shelf here, a bench there. First, near the entrance, I touch the cold surface of an hourglass, nearly tipping it over. A leather scroll drops down accidentally and spreads across my path. Meanwhile the wind is flapping, slapping across the canvas, a bird comes squawking overhead, and with every step I can hear a sound that is even higher than all that: my heart, racing wildly.  At last I reach his bed, above which I can see two open tears in the canvas. Slanting down from there are two long rays, the rays of morning light, the glare of which beams down directly upon his eyes, his odd, bl...
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To Hades with her demented half brother!


Hi fellow  Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to  my  Weekend Warriors  post. I'm continuing this week with another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far. Don't forget to visit the other authors at the link above and also below this post, there's something for all tastes. Last time: Terpsichore, muse of dance, was given a new mission by Apollo, to restore joy and the love of dancing to the Celts of 5th Century Wales.  Now she has completed her task and looks forward to returning   to  Olympus, but then her annoying brother turns up, trying to get her to drink his wine. Eventually she persuades him to leave.  (As usual...
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Lizardmen vs the Mole People

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I’ve just presented a very early first draft for a new project. There’s not much I can say about it right now, but let’s say there’s dinosaurs in it, and a lost world of sorts, and I’m trying not to do a rehash of The House of the Gods, and have fun. My outline includes Mole People. Because I loved that old movie, and Mole People are just cool, and I’d love to do a bit, as part of this project of mine, called Queen of the Mole People – featuring a character I cannot but envision as Sza Sza Gabor. But it was suggested I use Lizardmen instead. And of course, as long as weird, non-human antagonists go, Lizardmen are perfectly fine. Indeed, we have seen a few fine examples of Lizardmen in the pa...
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#Spring Into #Reading #Giveaway! $120 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-) There's a new giveaway for Spring!  Please take a moment to check out the Spring Into Reading Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 40 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details: a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-) Original link
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BLOG TOUR FOR PAUL DEBLASSIE III

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It is a great honor to present the revamped Award winning book, The Unholy, by Author Paul DeBlassie III! '' The Unholy , an excellent novel by Paul DeBlassie III, keeps the reader engaged throughout in mystery, suspense, and church politics. In addition to vividly depicting the beautiful landscape and culture of New Mexico, it exposes and strengthens the traditional work of the medicine women of the Southwest. I am looking forward to Dr. DeBlassie's next book.'' --Eliseo ''Cheo'' Torres, author of  Curandero: A Life In Mexican Folk Healing , professor, and university administrator. A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-de...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Depression”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Depression” “Mute, overwhelmed, she made herself invisible.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS


ABOUT THE BOOK A controversial tourist resort. An unsolved beachside murder. Does she have the pipes to blow the whistle on a deadly conspiracy? Everyone wants a piece of Ava’s skyrocketing star power… including her serious boyfriend and her deadbeat baby daddy. But when she visits the future site of a controversial resort and stumbles upon a dead body, Ava thinks she’s finally found a worthy cause for her newfound celebrity. Determined to catch the killer and stop the construction of the eco-unfriendly tourist trap, she plans to put her sex symbol status to good use. Infiltrating the resort chain gala’s celebrity guest list, she teams up with a heavyweight boxer to dig up dirt on the invest...
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Review of “The Black Swan Company” by Luna DeMasi

I’m not an automatic sucker for any vampire book, but this one won me over quickly.  I loved the focus on investigative journalism as a way to dig deeper into the conspiracies and injustices committed by the authorities in this … Continue reading → Original link
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Pure Ice Cover Reveal


Pure Ice, book #8 of the Razors Ice series, is finally here!Landon Turner puts everyone else first and has dedicated his life to caring for his quadriplegic brother and working his butt off at his full-time job. There’s nothing glamorous about his existence, but all that might change when he meets a woman who makes him realize how much he’s sacrificed. And then he gets the opportunity of a Original link
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The Mana Brothers

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Portrait by Paolo S. Cavazza, esq. In which turns out I look like Bajie from Into the Badlands. Original link
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Emotional Layers: The Gateway to Deep Point of View – From the Writers in the Storm Blog


Author Don Massenzio By Guest Blogger Lisa Hall-Wilson Deep point of view lets your readers experience story through a virtual reality headset. Readers want to take an emotional journey alongside the main character in every scene. This style puts readers IN the story as much as possible. To achieve this, writers have to avoid summarizing or telling how a character feels. Instead, they must present evidence to the reader about how the character feels. Not enough evidence and the reader is lost, too much and the reader is bored. To effectively write in deep point of view, the author must know the WHY in every scene. Why did your point of view character (POVC) say that, do that, hide that, run ...
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Today’s Featured Author – Joanne Otto


Please welcome author Joanne Otto to my blog. Joanne is on a virtual book tour to promote her books The You-Song and Daughter of Jerusalem.  The You-Song The You-Song celebrates, in a way young children can understand, the unique and vital place each of us occupies in God’s world and encourages them to fill their place in it with joy. Written by a teacher who’s helped many children overcome reading challenges, “The You-Song” is user-friendly, consisting of words that are either familiar or easy to decode. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 50 heart-warming photos, it’s also fun to read aloud to pre-readers. Juvenile Nonfiction Daughter of Jerusalem Daughter of Jerusalem” takes its 21st-century...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Motive”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Motive” “You drank my cup of coffee?” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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