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FEATURED AUTHOR: GARY DICKSON


ABOUT THE BOOK 
 He has always lived in mystery; will she be the one to discover his secret?Robert Valmer moves from Rome to Beverly Hills in 2015, where against his better judgment, he falls for Alexis Roth, PhD, psychologist to the stars. But Alexis wants to know everything. Start from the beginning, she says. The beginning? Can he really tell her about how he fled France during the French Revolution in 1789 or about Italy during World War II? If he tells her even a little, will she think of him as a liar or a freak rather than a lover?He tries to deflect her probes, pleading shyness, but she knows that reticence is often the veil behind which secrecy lurks. His practice of stonewalling on...
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Until another round of gunshots blasts the air.


If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/yP1tvA Ed lies still on the sidewalk, his eyelids open but unflinching. The only thing about him that moves are the lapels of his corduroy coat, flapping slightly this way and that across his neck as the wind floats chilly feelers over his body.Timmy gasps—but his eyes are not tearful, not yet. In that second, when time slows, the driver side door is swaying with an annoying noise. With each squeak, the child takes a gulp of air as if about to ask, “Dad, will you get up? Will you grab the door handle?”No blood is visible, at first. So, I too allow myself to wonder: Will Ed climb back into his seat, dust off his shoulders, an...
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A Kace for Inglish Spelin Refawm?


The argumentative and somewhat loquacious dramatist, Bernard Shaw, was an ardent advocate of spelling reform. “It may interest you to know,” he once wrote to The Times, “that your leading article contains 1,761 letters. As these letters represent only 2.311 sounds, 450 of them are superfluous and could have been saved had we a British alphabet.”  He was an early supporter of the English Spelling Society (EPS), a pressure group for spelling reform. One only needs look at the variations in pronunciation for the words spelt with an ‘ough’ ending to see the idiosyncrasies: Bough, cough, dough, enough, thorough, though … And to see that he might have a point. The EPS argues that it takes longer f...
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Quote of the Week – September 30

Your success and happiness lie in you. ~ Helen Keller Original link
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K. Evan Coles – Open Hearts

Today, I’m hosting author K. Evan Coles and her latest release Open Hearts, book three in the Stealing Hearts series, an erotic GLBTQIA+ romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: Open Hearts, Stealing Hearts Book 3 Author: K. Evan Coles Publisher: Wicked Fingers Press Cover Artist: K. Evan Coles Release Date: … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Necessary Bridal Accessories for Your Wedding Day: a guest post by Mia Ackerson


Necessary Bridal Accessories for Your Wedding Day   After you’ve done the most important things like picking the dream location and the dress, it is time to pay attention to details. Accessories are often forgotten about, but they are little details that will complete your look. That is why every bride needs to have a… Continue reading Necessary Bridal Accessories for Your Wedding Day: a guest post by Mia AckersonOriginal link
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Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur Free 9-29 thru Oct. 1!


Have you met Wilbur the tractor? Did you know his story is FREE from Tues. Sept. 29th. thru Friday, Oct. 1? You can read is story and enjoy his award-winning adventure. A great bedtime tale for the little ones. copyright 2020: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne The post Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur Free 9-29 thru Oct. 1! appeared first on Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. Original link
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Samuel King – Darkwater House

Today, I’m hosting author Samuel King and his latest release Darkwater House, a m/m paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to check out the excerpt. **** Book Title: Darkwater House Author: Samuel King Publisher: Pride Publishing Cover Artist: Louisa Maggio Release Date: September, 29 2020 Genre: Contemporary Paranormal M/M Romance Trope/s: Macho neighbour turns out to be … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Meet Kara O'Neal, Author of Western Romance THE SHERIFF'S GIFT, Book Two of Texas Brides of Pike's Run


My blog guest today is Kara O'Neal, who recently hosted me on her blog. Meet Kara and read about her Western romance THE SHERIFF'S GIFT. The Pike's Run series is Texas romance that will touch your heart and give you hope. About Kara Born and raised in Texas, the state had to be the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can r...
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Escaping the pull of the past


A lot of people I know are re-reading old books. About two hours ago, I caught a vlog from an old friend, about how he’s re-reading some old Terry Brooks, because there’s nothing new that he finds attractive.he probably read too much fantasy way back when, he said, and today’s offer is only urban fantasy or paranormal romance, and he does not care about that. And I thought… really? And do not get me wrong – I am pretty sure much of what’s being translated in my country right now is drivel, but the idea that “there’s nothing new” still makes me cringe.There is good stuff out there – like, in cartloads. And of course, as my poor mom used to say, “if you never read it before, it’s new”, and I’m...
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Shark teeth and having the dentist pull baby teeth


If there was a contest to see who could have the most baby teeth pulled by a dentist, I think my son is winning. I’ve lost count how many teeth he has had pulled but I feel safe to say that 14 of his 20 baby teeth have come out at the dentist office. One of them during a cleaning but the rest we had her pull. It just seems none of his teeth wanted to come out on their own. He didn’t lose his first tooth until he was just three weeks shy of his 7th birthday and had the four remaining baby teeth pulled when he was 14. I always tell him that his teeth just love him and don’t want to come out. Why did we have so many of his teeth pulled? It is because he had shark teeth. (No, not pointy teeth of...
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DJ Jamison – Faking a Groom

Today, I’m hosting author DJ Jamison and her latest release Faking a Groom, book three in the Marital Bliss series, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: Faking A Groom Author and Publisher: DJ Jamison Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design Release Date: September 24, 2020 … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Death on the Nile - Official Trailer (2020)


Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.   Death on the Nile" reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017's global hit Murder on the Orient Express, and stars five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh as the iconic detectiv...
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I hope the cat did it…


There’s this photo a mate sent me, posted on some social or other by a Good Writer (and no, I don’t know who) somewhere here in Italy.And no, I will not post the photo.But to give you an idea, we see a desktop, with a flat screen, a sleeping cat and a keyboard. There’s an open notebook by the side of the keyboard, filled with scrawled notes (very neat) and a pile of books. Six books. On the screen, what I think is Microsoft Word, with two pages of manuscript side-by-side. Yes, you know that sort of photo. Maybe it’s not even a stock photo (like the ones you’ll find in this post), but it looks and feel likes one. It’s the classic “writer at work” photo you see posted around the web by Good Wr...
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Cover: Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion


In case you missed it yesterday at Joyfully Jay’s, here’s our GORGEOUS cover for The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion. This was done by Jacqueline Sweet. The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion comes out October 26th. This book isn’t primarily a romance. It’s more of a scifi adventure. But it does feature a romantic subplot between two men. You can preorder it here. 000 The post Cover: Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion appeared first on Marie Sexton. Original link
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American Dirt


  In my last post, I ranted about media hype for books and blithely announced that I was going to read American Dirt instead. At that time I did not know American Dirt was an Oprah Book Club recommendation. (No, I didn’t notice the little yellow sticker on the cover.) Nor did I know that the book was mired in controversy. As a non-Latina, I will not comment on the controversy, but I will say that I’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico and learned from a variety of sources (some much more reliable than others) a few details of crime and corruption at all levels of government and society, so will comment with that perspective. American Dirt started out very strong and I was quickly immersed in the...
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Yuko Takeuchi (1980-2020)


I am shattered at the news of the death of Japanese actress, writer and photographer Yuko Takeuchi, that was absolutely wonderful as a female version of Sherlock Holmes in the TV series Miss Sherlock. She was 40 years old. Original link
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Marie-Claude Bourque – A Vampire’s Spell

Today, author Marie-Claude Bourque is guesting.  She’s interviewing the hero from her latest release A Vampire’s Spell, book one in The Order of the Black Oak series, a paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Marie-Claude’s Interview with hero Immortal Valerian St-Amand: “So Valerian, tell me more about this witch you met … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Time to create some magic


Good morning! It’s going to be an interesting day today. There’s no gaming, and we thought we’d have a weekend where it was just the two of us around the house. Then, our son decided to surprise us and come home from college last night…right before his sister went back to her school. We’re still working on that weekend without kids. LOL. Anyhow, I do plan to get some writing in. I recently got rid of the majority of our Halloween decorations. They were geared to younger kids. As our youngest is now 18, it was time to upgrade to a less kitschy decor. One of the things I went for is some throw pillows. This one in particular I fell in love with. As a writer, it’s my job to create magic. To giv...
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A work (as yet) without a title


Three weeks ago I started writing just for the fun of it. Writing has always been a relaxing thing for me, a good way to quiet the mind and just let the words go from the brain, through the fingers and the keyboard, to the page. I did it as a kid, when I was learning to type on my mother’s Olivetti Lettera 32, and for a long time it’s been a way to get away from it all for a moment. So I started writing, and for starters there were just two things – a piece of diary-like writing about an out-of-work actress/dancer looking for a job, any job, and an old dark house. That, and the idea that this would be a ghost story. But Old dark house is, of course, shorthand for a certain genre of story, th...
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