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THE CUTIE-PIE MURDERS -Chapter 1


dontravis.com blog post #396 Courtesy of PinterestIf you’re reading this, then I suppose the Prologue to the Cutie-Pie Murders did its intended job. Seriously, I hope it worked for you. Now we go to Chapter 1 of the novel, and I warn you, it’s a long read. But I hope you’re drawn in. If you want more, it might help the process if you emailed Dreamspinnerpress.com and told them to hurry up and publish the full book. Now to Chapter 1. ***** THE CUTIE-PIE MURDERS Chapter 1 New Mexico State Penitentiary, Santa Fe, Thursday, March 8, 2012           “B. J. Vinson, you’re an idiot!” I told myself for the umpteenth time. Why in the hell was I driving up to the state penitentiary to see an inmate I r...
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Trying to stay on task…again


You would think with the COVID-19 pandemic run rampant in San Antonio, Texas that I would have all the time in the world to write, to finish my first draft of my latest book. We are after all supposed to be staying home…again. Yet, here it is that time is slipping by and I am not getting as much done as I would like on the writing front. Sigh. This is a typical problem for me. And I am sure it is a problem for many Independent Authors who do not write full-time. It is my other life that is encroaching on my time. As I have said before on this blog, I have a problem saying no when it comes to volunteering. I am involved in four different school related boards – 2 local Parent-Teacher Associat...
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VIRO – Proposal for TV Series – Introduction


Introduction And so the task begins, as I start to turn the highly successful VIRO book series into a proposal for a TV series. Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing insights and updates as to how this process is going.  So let’s begin at the beginning. VIRO – The TV Series Proposal GENRE: Horror/Science Fiction – Post-Apocalypse TAG LINE: Four Kids, One Apocalypse LOG LINE: As a viral pandemic turns the world into bloodthirsty creatures, a boy with special needs looks for his missing mum. VIRO tells the story of Jake, a boy born with special needs who wakes one morning to find that the world has been catastrophically overrun by a deadly virus and his mum has not come home after work. Det...
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Meet Marlene Wagman-Geller, Author of Many Biographies of Strong Ladies Who Made a Difference


Marlene and I have something huge in common, she's been at it a long time, I recently started: we write about strong ladies throughout history. While my books are fiction, hers are biographies. I'm featuring WOMEN OF MEANS, FASCINATING BIOGRAPHIES OF ROYALS, HEIRESSES, ECCENTRICS, AND OTHER POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS, which I am currently reading and enjoying.Meet MarleneMarlene is the author of several books, including Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most  Intriguing Dedications (Perigree/Penguin 2008), Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World (Perigree/Penguin 2010), and And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the ...
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Holly Gunn – Shifter Kings L.A.

Today, I’m hosting author Holly Dunn and her latest series release Shifter Kings L.A., a paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title:  Eagle Series:  Shifter Kings L.A. Book 1 Author:  Holly Gunn Genre:  Paranormal Romance He’s prideful, rich, and next in line to be king of the eagles. She’s an eensy … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Sum of all Tears Series Book Tour and #Giveaway! July 8 -August 8 #booktour #reviewersneeded


EastfallSum Of All Tears Book 3by Kim CresswellGenre: Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian/Paranormal ThrillerA destroyed world. A discovery that will reveal the dark truth.In the third exciting installment of the Sum of all Tears series, the last of humanity needs a hero as chaos rises to dangerous levels inside Liberty, threatening the future of civilization.Fans of The Day after Tomorrow, Mad Max, Divergent, and The Hunger Games will enjoy this enthralling post-apocalyptic dystopian series with a paranormal twist. Join the epic life-and-death battle for survival today!**On Sale for only $2.99!!**Goodreads * AmazonSeries book trailerhttps://youtu.be/p2AAdBhOkko Liberty Sum Of All Tears Book 2In the ...
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Developing ideas and characters

A nugget of wisdom I found in a book I am greatly enjoying.Talking about a short story published in 189, the author says she used it to “get a feeling” for a setting she’d later develop in a series of novels, and to try and develop the kind of character that would later appear in one of those novels. It’s a scheme I heartily recommend. Get paid developing the ideas for your novels! Indeed, it seems to be an excellent idea, and I have used it in the past, without really knowing.I’ll have to write more stories, and use them to explore a few of the ideas I’ve here simmering. Original link
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VIRO – ‘a new take on the zombie genre’


‘I absolutely loved this book. Powerful and poignant, VIRO packs a punch. Sad and haunting, VIRO is a new take on the zombie genre.The characters are dynamic and interesting, finding strength despite their horrifying circumstances. Jake is a character that will stick with you long after the final page. The action sequences are thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat!’ Get Your FREE copy of Book One HERE Original link
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Brancalonia at the University of Edimburgh


Brancalonia, the “spaghetti fantasy” roleplaying game has been a runaway success on Kickstarter – which means the writers and illustrators are hard at work on these hot summer days to get everything ready.But meanwhile, back when the Kickstarter was still running full tilt, the History & Game Lab at Edinburgh University took an interest in us. As a result, you can listen to an interview on the subject of games, history, the interplay of the real world and fantasy, and a lot of other things, on this podcast. Brancalonia art by Lorenzo Nuti My voice is horrible, I am quite obviously clueless, but hey, you might find something interesting in my ramblings. Original link
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Brigham Vaughn – The Midwest Series

Today, I’m hosting author Brigham Vaughn and her latest release The Midwest Series, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** The Midwest Series by Brigham Vaughn It was more than a decision, it was serendipity. A former college hockey stars decision to come out of the closet and reunite with … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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VIRO – the Book Series – NEWS FLASH


As a viral outbreak turns the world into bloodthirsty creatures, a boy with special needs looks for his missing mum. ‘The writing style is beautifully compelling, and after the first couple of pages I couldn’t put it down. The author very skilfully creates a world and characters through deceptively simple prose that draws the reader right in. It is a fascinating blend of one-after-the-other edge-of-the seat scares, alongside a haunting narrative about what it is to be human.’ ‘Capturing the voice of a young character with special needs (I spent 25 years as a special education teacher/administrator), Taylor’s story of a group of young people coping with a world disintegrating in front of them...
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The day that Churchill sank the French Fleet


On July 3rd 1940 the British Fleet fired on the French Fleet which was at anchor in the North African port of Mers el Kebir, near Oran in Algeria. The attack lasted for only 10 minutes but in that time hundreds of French sailors were killed and their ships crippled. Yet only days before France and Britain had been Allies fighting against Hitler’s Germany, so what went wrong? The German Blitzkrieg was unexpected and totally devastating in its speed and France fell to the Germans which left the British in a difficult position. Many of the ships in the French Fleet were still at sea or in port and Churchill realised that it was vital to keep these resources out of enemy hands by any means possi...
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Permanently dead


I am putting together the preliminary information and notes for a story I will write this week, because Mr Publisher and Mr Editor are waiting for it, and we do not want to keep them waiting, do we? The story is an adventure thriller with some urban fantasy elements (proper urban fantasy, not vampires shagging werewolves), and it’s planned to develop across a fair portion of Europe as the main character keeps one step ahead of her antagonists.A pursuit story, in other words. For this sort of thing, considering I have a pretty detailed outline already approved by the editor, I will need a few things: a location in the Carpathians for the opening chaptersplans and photos for a believable Carpa...
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Thom Collins – North Point

Today, I’m hosting author Thom Collins and his latest release North Point, book one in the Jagged Shores series, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: North Point Author: Thom Collins Publisher: Pride Publishing Release Date: July 7, 2020 Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Thriller and Suspense Trope/s: Going … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Color change

And then you wake up and find your blog color palette has been changed. Not that I had anything to do about it – apparently during the night WordPress changed its “website identity” settings, and changed my dark brown accents to pale blue, as you probably can see. I find it ugly and, also, irritating.An off-handed reminder that by hosting Karavansara on their free servers I am not, after all, the owner of this place, nor do I really have any control of this blog. Now I’ll have to throw away some time trying to work out a way to bring back the look of “my” blog.I have checked out the new tools and options – now WordPress comes with a series of pre-set color palettes that are, in general, unif...
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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale – Get Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect for 2 Bucks #romantic suspense #thrillers


Until July 31st, you can get Reflection for FREE, Retribution for $1.00 (75% off) and Resurrect for $1.00 (75% off) during Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!  “(Reflection) Holds you captive to the very end.”– New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love “(Retribution) Delivers twists until the very last word.” — Stacy Green, international bestselling author of Tin God “(Resurrect) A swiftly-paced page-turner that pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the gripping end.” – Rick Mofina, International Bestselling Author of LAST SEEN **Reflection has some graphic sex scenes**   Original link
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July Updates

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Liberty (Sum of all Tears – Book 1) is coming to Audible! #audiobooks #dystopian #series

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The audiobook version of LIBERTY (A Sum of all Tears – Book 2) has been approved (narrated by Erin Robertson) and will be available to purchase in the next few weeks at Audible, iTunes and Amazon. In the meantime, get caught up by grabbing a copy of ICEHAVEN so you are ready for LIBERTY! You don’t want to miss this one. Liberty (Sum of all Tears – Book 2) Weeks after a failed climate change experiment triggers a new Ice Age, a dangerous resistance is growing at Liberty, the Mars prototype biodome settlement in Rhode Island after Graysen Marx is removed from power. Trying to cope with the reality of the icy new world, August and a group of survivors are forced to make a perilous journey to Bo...
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Alpha Titles Book Challenge O


Here are my favorite "O" titles for the #alphatitles book challenge:Out of Control ~ Suzanne BrockmannOne Wish ~ Linda Lael MillerOn Mystic Lake ~ Kristin HannahObsessed ~ Delilah DevlinOpen for Business ~ AnthologyHave you read any of these books?Share your favorites in the comments!❦        amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_search_bar = "Original link
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Love #Paranormal? 46 #Free #Books in the #Supernatural Book Fair! #amreading #angels #vampires #shifters


Art of the Arcane has organized an all-genre book fair with two common threads...first, all titles have a supernatural element, and second, they are all FREE with author newsletter sign-up!  Vampires, Shifters, and the Supernatural runs from July 6th to July 20th, and 46 books are up for grabs!  I'm thrilled one of my titles, Divine Fall, is included in the fair...this award-winning paranormal romance involves angels...or rather, the Nephilim, which are the forbidden race of half-humans, half-angels mentioned in the Bible.  Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel collide in DIVINE FALLVisit the Vampires, Shifters, and Supernatural Fair HERE and fill up your e-reader for free!  Original li...
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