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The Inspiring Muse Award – May 2019

The Inspiring Muse Award
#JIRogers #IndieAuthor #Inspiration #Muse #Award #Blog #Poet #Share #Motivation #Writing #Art #AwesomeAuthor @ jeanneRichard11  The Brief History of ‘The Inspiring Muse Award’ I’ve been ‘Shamelessly Promoting Someone Else’ for as many years as I’ve been online and I decided to take it one-step further. Despite the internet’s reputation for trolls, I’ve found that I interact with a brilliant collection of people on a daily basis. Each offers a gift whether it’s art, knowledge, a story, or just a well-timed joke. I wanted a way to thank them for inspiring me that was more permanent than a typed ‘thank you’. This is a personal award that I bestow on people who I feel are excellent examples of d...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Flare”

"Odd readings. Probe sent. Signals stop." Image of a fractal solar flare.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Flare” “Odd readings. Probe sent. Signals stop.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: CHARLES SALZBERG


ABOUT THE BOOK When Henry Swann is asked by his quirky partner, Goldblatt, to find a missing psychic who's swindled his ex-wife out of a small fortune, he just can't say no. Although he doesn't actually expect to get paid, he figures it might give him a chance to finally learn more about his partner's mysterious past. His search takes him into the controversial, arcane world of psychics, fortunetellers, and charlatans, while raising questions in his own mind about whether or not there is an after-life. 

While working his partner's case, he's approached by a former employer, attorney Paul Rudder, to track down a missing witness who might be able to provide an alibi for his client, Nicky Diam...
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How To Become A Full-Time Filmmaker - Mark Harris


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Snippets from Mexico – Part Two


Munchkin’s school project: A tasty treat: Tortilla factory: Munchkin made a traditional plate cover: Happy rescue cats: http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Coming Soon


… and I find the illustration for my story just beautiful. Original link
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Writing Dialogue – What Not To Do.


Most novels include dialogue. It helps to reveal character; move the plot forward, break up the wordy bits of exposition, and a lot more. What it isn’t is an exact exposition of how people actually speak. Done well, it’s an illusion of how people speak that sounds completely authentic. Here are three tips from the experts for what NOT to do when trying to create this realistic illusion. Don’t use any other verb than ‘says’ or ‘said.’You may have swallowed a Thesaurus and want to ‘expostulate’  ‘extrapolate’ or ‘explain’ etc. but more thana couple of clever alternatives to ‘said’ and the reader will start to find ittiresome.Don’t sink into parody. Your character may be a crafty Cockney, a tou...
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I touch my belly and feel the beginning, the very beginning of change


Staring at that corner I know one thing, and I know it real clear, at once: this lovely dress, made of heavy satin and trimmed with lace and beading and what not, which I’ve dyed, the morning after the wedding, orange at the top and purple at the bottom, so it can still be used in the future—like, at dances and parties and stuff—this dress isn’t gonna to fit me no more.  Up to now I’ve pictured it in my head, shining awful brilliant, just like a rainbow, and swirling all around me; and with every step, billowing between my legs, and like, making me adorable, so adorable in Lenny’s eyes—but now that I touch my belly and feel the beginning, the very beginning of change, right here around my wa...
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God bless Mr Bradshaw


I spent a good part of my Saturday night trying to find a train from London to Manchester in March 1903. Because that’s when (and where) my Holmesian pastiche is set, and that’s what I need – a train from London to Manchester, possibly a night train, for Doctor Watson to board in a hurry. Easy, right? Now while on one tab in my browser I was researching the old timetables and taking notes, in another I was chatting with a friend that was telling me how he spent his Friday night researching early 20th century Serbian infantry artillery. Which led us to ask ourselves – why bother? There’s tonnes of drivel out there, poorly researched rubbish in which Scotland Yard is closed after 5 pm and on w...
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Odds and Ends #19


On the latest issue of Odds and Ends, we’ve got Italian and international music, an old classic and its eldritch re-incarnation, enough Steven Spielberg to last you a week, and all you need to stay as fit as it was 1959. Plus, a nice serving of gyudon. Because it’s good to be my Patrons. Original link
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Red as blood, white as bone


I did not feel like working this afternoon, so I did a bit of writing for a project I’d like to see take off in the next days (due date the last of May), and then I brew me a cup of tea and dug out one of the (virtual) stack of Tor.com novellas I have here. Short, high quality fantasy fiction – what’s better on a rainy Saturday afternoon? Red as blood, white as bone is a fairy-tale story by Theodora Goss, a wonderful writer with a great catalog of excellent books. It is a deceptively simple story about stories, and their importance and value. It starts like a re-telling of Cinderella, then swerves in Angela Carter territory (but better, in many respects, than Carter’s Blood Chamber stories),...
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Book Review: The Impaler’s Wife by Autumn Bardot


If you haven’t checked the updates to our review policy, please do. I am taking over in the meantime. Our latest I Love Romance Blog review selection is The Impaler’s Wife by Autumn Bardot. What a great read! 😀 The … Continue reading → Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: KATE YOUNG


ABOUT THE BOOK Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
 
 For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
 
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the o...
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Do No Harm: Unlawful Harvest by @pdworkmanauthor


MacKenzie reached for the ringing phone, trying to drag herself from sleep, but her hand encountered only the empty base of the phone, the wireless handset missing.   She pried her eyes open while feeling for it on the bedside table, knocking off keys and a glass and an empty bottle and other detritus. She swore and blinked and tried to focus. Where had she left the handset and who was calling her so early in the morning? The phone rang five times and went to her voicemail. Too late to answer it. She sank back down onto her pillow and closed her eyes. Whoever it was would have to wait.   But no sooner had it gone to voicemail than it started ringing again. MacKenzie groaned. “Are you serious...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, vol 1


And so it’s here, in all its glory, the first volume of the definitive edition, in English by Vertical, of the manga version of the old Mobile Suit Gundam. A gift for my fifty-second birthday. And I have already discussed how, at the tender age of fifty-two, it feels weird to be so excited by a comic based on a cartoon I watched when I was fourteen. But like in that old song, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. Or I’ll enjoy Gundam. A quick recap, in case you missed the thing. In the near future, Earth has colonized the near space using O’Neill cylinder colonies in the Lagrange points of the Earth-Moon system. The farthest colony secedes, the leader of the secession dies (heart attack? ...
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A #99c #sale! "Haunting. Forbidden. Dangerously sexy." Romance + Ghosts #Paranormal #FridayReads #Books


Hurry - Haunted Souls is on sale for just 99c!  At 75% off the usual price, this steamy second-chance romance with a haunting mystery is now less than a latte...check out the blurb below and grab your copy! A damaged soldier,  a secret baby,  and a haunting mystery  collide in HAUNTED SOULS "Packed with angst, turmoil, danger, and romance...captivating" ~ Splashes Into Books Reviews 5*s "Haunting.  Forbidden.  Dangerously sexy.  This book is incredible...everything a 5* read should be" ~ Nom de Plume Book Reviews 5*s "These two are smokin' hot...love scenes are filled to the brim with heat, passion, and tenderness...Everything you could want, from romance to suspense...I found it hard to put...
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For the Love of Writing


Throughout my lifetime, my mind has often been at work, creating a story. I did this long before I ever identified as a writer. But it wasn't until I'd written my first full-length novel when I realized how truly exciting writing can be. There is a feeling of empowerment which derives from creating a world spurred solely by way of one's imagination, a world in which the author alone determines the players, the chain of events and the outcome. Storytelling is addictive. The bridge between fantasy and reality, the path of a writer is a visionary's dream. Reality is that which can never be fully escaped from, even when our imaginations are hard at play. For me, this has meant different things a...
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Meet Award-Winning Author Judy Ann Davis and Read About Her New 19th Century Romance, WILLIE, MY LOVE


ABOUT JUDY ANN Judy Ann began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career. Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. To date, she was written five novels, a collection of short stories, and a novella. Her works encompass romance, mystery, western, and paranormal in the historical as well as the contemporary arena. Her last novel, Four White Roses, was a finalist in the Book Excellence and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie awards. ...
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New beginnings, temporary goodbyes


It’s Thursday. Outside, it’s raining. Which isn’t anything new for this part of the world, but we were dry (and warm) for a time. It’s been a crazy few weeks since my last post. I haven’t gotten far on either of my wips, which I need to change. I need to stop putting the writing on the back burner. It’s hard, though, when so many other things seem more important. We said a temporary good bye to one of our gaming buds. Ed’s job changed shifts on him, and he wasn’t going to make it to the table on Saturdays because of it. Work does take precedence. Gaming’s great, but it doesn’t pay the bills. So, head over to my page for D&D stories and read up on what Jinnaari’s up to while Ed’s on hiatus. H...
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‘La Mesnée d’Hellequin’


I’m reading two books, as one does. One is a mystery set here in the place where I live, and I’ll talk about that another time. The other is Claude Lecouteux’ Phantom Armies of the Night: The Wild Hunt and the Ghostly Processions of the Undead, a very thorough coverage of the legends and folklore connected with the Wild Hunt, a medieval European legend with its roots in a much deeper past and with echoes that reach us today. And apparently the Mesnée d’Hellequin, as it was called in Old French has acquired some recent popularity due to a bestselling series of fantasy novels and an equally popular video-game franchise – but I don’t care. I’m doing some research for a story (or five) and I wan...
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