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Holiday Nut Mix ~ #recipes Homemade Gift idea #Christmas


I am not a crafty person.  I'm creative, in terms of dreaming up plot twists and developing characters, but the closest I usually get to designing gorgeous gifts or beautiful centerpieces is adding pictures I love with instructions I know I can't follow to my  Pinterest boards .  I'm in awe of people who have that kind of talent. But I *can* follow simple recipes, and a few years ago, my sister-in-law, who always hosts Christmas with a dazzling display of gourmet food and stunning displays, served a nut mix that I just couldn't get enough of.  And hey, it's nuts--a good for you food, packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  Even with the seasoning, it'...
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Hussars & Hackers – return to Drachenstahl

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Back in… oh, it was probably 1984, I first tried my hand at a series of short stories set in a post-catastrophic future, in which micronations (but they were not called micronations back then) were the last surviving bastion of order in a world in which environmental and economic disaster had created billions of refugees. I had just read a book about the coming ice age (it looked legit), so I threw that idea in. I had been reading The Prisoner of Zenda for the first time, too, and I sort of wanted to mix the small operetta nation/state of the book with a sort of futuristic and cyberpunkoid stories. Hussars and Hackers, if you will. So I imagined this small Alpine nation, called Drachenstahl ...
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Jolanda and Me

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It is always a pleasure receiving your author copy of a book you contributed to. When the book was edited by the likes of Franco Pezzini and Fabrizio Foni, it is an extra pleasure because you know it’s a high-quality volume. So here I am, in my very messy library… … with my copy of Jolanda & Co – le Donne Pericolose, a far-ranging survey of dangerous women in popular fiction. I contributed a piece about a classic trope, the Queen of the Lost City in fiction from Haggard to the 1930s – and took the opportunity to once again show my affection for the Egyptian Amenartas. And now the book’s here, and it’s a beauty, and I am very proud of being part of this beautiful project. Original link
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Pregnant or the start of Menopause?


I stood staring at the boxes lining the top shelf. I hadn’t done this in over ten years, and it seemed odd to be standing in the grocery store once again to buy a pregnancy test. Oh, I knew the chance of me being pregnant was infinitesimally small, but when your menstrual cycle is off by a week, you need to rule out the possibility. I say the chance is infinitesimally small because my husband had a vasectomy nine years ago after the birth of our daughter. The chances of getting pregnant after a vasectomy are less than 1% but there are so many stories out there of it happening, I had to rule that out. Thankfully, the test came back as negative. My kids are 9 and 12. I am happily done with the...
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THE DOLAN GIRLS are on my blog--Western Romance by S.R. Mallery


THE DOLAN GIRLS by S.R. Mallery Genre: Western Romance The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Added to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and of course, romance. Two, in fact! …The two sisters shifted into their usual standoff poses: Cora annoyed, self-righteous, her hands on her hips; Minnie, wiry, know-it-all, breathing hard. Just then, one of their ladies...
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Absolution


Writers Envy absolution hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh bundled and warm     cold crisp air     stings with each inbreath hmmm hhuhhh tears drawn away by the cold     or are they hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh muffled     but heightened     as within the confessional     silence descends as Nature dons her alb hmmm hhuhhh a puff of warm air     echoing     as through a long narrow cylinder     the absence of sound     amplified by the tenuous fall of prayers     returning to earth’s chapels hmmm hhuhhh this soft white blanket of compassion     buries weed     dirt     death     while above the shroud hmmm hhuhhh trees     stark against blue pure sky     arms beseeching     beseeching     beseeching hmmm hh...
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Spirit Animals: The Raven


Every time I think of a raven, I think of Edgar Allen Poe.  The raven is sort of mysterious.  People often associate the arrival of a raven to be a warning.  They are messengers.  That’s true, but what does it mean when one flies into your life?  Again, see the crediting in the reference section if you are interested. Ravens signal the arrival of magic in your life.  A raven arriving means that there are changes that can be made in your life, and if you have dreams that you want to make a reality, now is the time.  The raven will take you to the darkest places of your inner conflicts and open doors to your healing abilities. The raven totem symbolizes intelligence, mystery, and the ability t...
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Earhart in the Marshall Islands?

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I started reading about Amelia Earhart back in university, after stumbling on a slim book called I Was Amelia Earhart, a fictionalized account of Earhart’s final days. Most obviously fictionalized because nobody knows exactly what happened to Earhart after she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in 1937, together with her navigator Fred Noonan. The book was strange, not exactly what I had expected, but what the heck, there was a mystery in there, one I had heard mentioned for ages, but never got into. So I started reading on the subject. In recent years, the fate of Earhart has been variously studied and analyzed, and the general consensus seems to be the aviatrix went down in the general...
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How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?

How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?
  Uzo and I discuss the flood that forced him out of his house. I sympathize with his predicament and comment that I have some understanding of living in rough conditions. When I was a child we lived on a farm in Saskatchewan—no electricity and no running water. In the warm weather my dad lowered pails with butter and cream and milk down the well to just above water level and that acted as a fridge, but no freezer of course so vegetables, fruits, meat and chicken had to be canned. Our house was very small – 2 rooms and we had to fight the cold in winter. Water came from a well and my mother melted snow in big pots on the stove to do laundry and wash dishes and bath us. If she hung clothes on...
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Sent to Coventry

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Coventry UK has just won the bid to be City of Culture for 2021. The official announcement was made just as the audience was settling down to a play in my local theatre. The production was delayed slightly for the artistic director to tell everyone the news, which was greeted by a huge roar of approval and clapping – a good way to get the actors geed up for their performances too! I have lived in Coventry, with its world famous new cathedral, for over twenty years – longer than I have lived anywhere else in England or Wales. What surprised me most when I first moved to the city was how down beat everyone was about the place. “Why made you move to live here?” was a regular question, not utter...
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A fascinating and well-crafted family saga


It's wonderful to find a new review by Piaras for The White Piano : 5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and well-crafted family saga By Piaras on December 6, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Uvi Poznansky is an accomplished author, poet and artist, and any ink that flows from her pen is highly recommended reading. This work, The White Piano (Still Life with Memories Book 2), is no exception. Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a ...
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#WeWriWar, Sunday Snippets: Beloved Enemy - Cat needs to find out what's going on


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to read and write! We've got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their work. Writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet on Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the other writers - they're listed below: Weekend Writing Warriors for Eight Sentence Sunday Snippet Sunday Facebook Group If you'd to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, whether published or not, follow the link and sign up. It's a great community to be a part of!  Here's the second snippet from the third book in the Destiny Trilogy. Thanks so much to everyone who has been following this series, and ...
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The Stalls of Barchester


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Santa's Little #Authors #Christmas #Giveaway! $160 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-) There's a new giveaway for the holidays!  Please take a moment to check out the Santa's Little Authors Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 50 prizes, and the grand prize is $160 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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Belgravia by Julian Fellowes


Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond’s now legendary ball, one family’s life will change for ever. Right from the start Belgravia immerses the reader in life in Victorian times with its detailed descriptions of two families. The initial scenes at a grand ball on the eve of Waterloo cleverly introduce the families who will become the mai...
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FEATURED AUTHOR: GAYLE LEESON


ABOUT THE BOOK The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . . It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning. As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her...
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My fantasy Christmas


Today’s #MultiTalented “22 Days of December” #Author is Donna Maree Hanson Donna Maree Hanson, Author and PhD Candidate I love the Christmas season….but! I don’t like all the stress. So my Christmas fantasy is that there really is a Santa Claus and he/she/it buys all the presents and maybe cooks the dinner as well. Photo by Fionna Sullivan Talking about fantasies leads me to think about wishes…I wish that Christmas wasn’t so commercial and that we were less materialistic generally. We live in a capitalist society where the dollar is the key. At times I think it’s a great machine that has run mad, eating up everything in search of profit, destroying the planet, churning through people and sel...
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Fretting


Writers Envy Ripples in a pond fret amid damp earth’s fragrance whose deep-anchored tendrils curl around and around and up and up to caress and nurture. Focusing on the footpath, rigid muscles and throbbing temples. Panting. Impeding scales fall away as sunlight breaks through a misty veil. Pause. Beyond the trees a beckoning forest and a horizon, and mountains soften into hills. Renewal. Gaining the horizon. Footpath sweeps along.       View original post Original link
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Signing #Books in #Mashpee! Holiday Fair - Open House #CapeCod #Fitness Co.


As promised earlier in the week in my post on my local events , I'm doing a quick update on the Holiday Vendor Fair and Open House we're doing tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. the 9th, at the gym where I work (my day job, lol) - Fitness Company for Women on Rt. 130 in Mashpee.  While it's a women's gym, this event is open to ALL, men shopping for gifts, non-members, etc., so come on by if you're in the area! I'll have my book table set up, and I can sign and personalize copies of any of my novels--a great and thoughtful gift, for yourself (we all deserve to de-stress during the holidays, and what better way that shutting the outside world down, putting your feet up, and getting lost in a page-turnin...
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Patreon: the New Deal

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As Styx used to sing, Nothing Ever Goes as Planned – I launched my Patreon page on the 1st of December 2017, and about a week later Patreon announced they are changing the payment system. The following is the suggested text I should post for my followers, to explain to you what’s going to happen: In the past, I was covering Patreon’s 5% fee and all of the processing fees in full for all of my patrons. This meant that every month I saw anywhere from 7-15% of my earnings taken out to cover those processing fees. Starting December 18th, Patreon will apply a new service fee of 2.9% + $0.35 to each of your individual pledges. This service fee helps keep Patreon up and running and standardizes my ...
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