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India & California

A little music today.It’s Sunday, after all.Let’s relax and enjoy…(this one goes well with Hope & Glory, my Indian steampunk roleplaying game)Original link
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Ayden K. Morgen – Kill for You

Today, author Ayden K. Morgan is guesting. Find out who her favourite book detectives are.  And be sure to check out her latest release Kill for You, book two in the A Warrior For Her series, a romantic suspense. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** My Favorite Book Detectives Guest Post by Ayden … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Enough of this


When this whole quarantine/lockdown started, I set out to write a mini-series of short stories, 4 stories in 8 days. It was fun, sort of a show of strength. I wrote and published the first three in less than a week, and then all of a sudden the body count started rising, and we were all locked up at home, and I decided the last of the series could wait.Meanwhile, over my social networks, everybody tarted publishing post-apocalyptic stories about viruses, pandemics and assorted infections. And I sort of got tired of the game.It’s a method to exorcise the fear and the anxiety, sure – but as people keep dying and jobs vanish leaving people with bills and mortgages to pay, anxiety and fear can o...
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Sara Reinke – Forsaken

Today, I have author Sara Reinke in the interview chair.  We talk about her latest release Forsaken, book one in The Netherworlde series, a paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? I’ve … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Murder in the countryside


It all started with a nice article on CrimeReads, about British cozy mystery TV series we could binge-watch during the lockdown. Because, really, what’s better than having a cup of tea and two biscuits, and watch some gruesome murder being investigated in Britain’s green and pleasant land. Now I like mysteries and I like cozy mysteries when they don’t get too silly or saccharine – and I have tried, once or twice, to write one, but find the genre very hard to pull in a convincing manner. A pity, because from the look of the Amazon lists, cozy mystery is one of those genres that never get old, and always find readers. Currently they seem to be filled with witches and cats playing detective, bu...
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Stepping into a dead man’s shoes is a tricky thing


If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/KkEpAw“It must have been their way to bid him farewell,” I say. “Perhaps, you should be grateful to them—”“You’re right. I really should. Conveniently, they left no trace of him.”I try not to raise an eyebrow. “Conveniently?”“Once they were done with him, there was no way to exhume the body or find out the cause of death.”“That’s too bad.”“Physically, I resembled him, to the point that people would often mistake me for him. So, taking on his identity was effortless, at first.”I recall what he said to me on our first date. I find a delicious irony in the idea that an impostor can be better than the real thing.In the face of m...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 64 – Mind Games – The Final Push

The water pummeled Thia’s body, driving her to the floor. The large drops fell in a torrent, pushing the breath out of her lungs as it washed over her. In the growing light, she saw the blood flow away from her as the deluge subsided. The rivulets began to run clear, no longer tainted. Her soul, though, was still drenched with guilt.Nothing would wash that away. And she knew it.“Get up,” a woman commanded her. A towel was thrown down near her hand.Thia sat up, grasping at the rough fabric, and covered herself. Herasta stared at her. “Thank you,” she muttered.Her mother snorted, “For what? A towel? I knew you’d be weak when you came out of me. I should’ve kept you, or made sure you died. Bran...
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Inteachán – Book Four: The Strikethrough Lemniscate 4: 9 ‘as if baptizing the flicker’


Inteachán blew as gently as you would on a baby’s cheek.As furiously as you would on a piping hot drink.She breathed.Exhaled.Sighed.Inteachán insufflated, as if baptizing the flicker but also unaware of the sacramental nature of her action.She caressed the tinder, delicately placing and replacing, cajoling as she did so.It was very cold underground and Inteachán was not only wet but also freezing yet something seemed to saying that a fire would not be welcome here. This something was not a wind or a draught, more a sense, an instinct; a feeling that Inteachán knew all too well but could not yet find the words for.Original link
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Colette Davison – Forgotten

Today, I’m hosting author Colette Davison and her latest release Forgotten, book two in the Heaven and Hell Club, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: Forgotten (Heaven and Hell Club Book 2) Author: Colette Davison Publisher: Independently published Cover Artist: Colette Davison Release Date: March 25, 2020 … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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My new project – back from the dead after 82 years


I have just mailed a signed contract and then I’ll start working seriously on the outline of a 10.000-words story that promises to be fun to write, challenging, and might be the start of a series. Which is a nice way to try and dispel the lethargy this lockdown brought about. What happened was this: Pro Se Productions, a publisher so reckless they even publish my stories (I mentioned Explorer Pulp a few days back, but there’s more), apparently went and licensed forty-two characters thatwere intended to form the stable of a little-known pulp magazine publisher based in St Louis, Missouri, a fly-by-night publishing company that was born and fizzed out in a matter of a few months, back in ’38. ...
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Guaranteed Happily Ever Afters! Lucky in Love #Romance #Book Fair! #amreading


Right now I think we could all use some Happily Ever After stories, and when writing Romance, that's a requirement of the genre.  I actually think this presents quite a challenge, especially to authors of Romantic Suspense like myself.  I have to work really hard to make readers fear for my characters when on some level, readers of romance know that at least the main characters will survive and be happy...if not "ever after", then at least "for now" (unless it's a series with a sequel to continue the story, but I write standalone novels).  So in addition to vengeful ghosts, murderous villains, and other external dangers, I also throw all sorts of internal conflicts at my characters (for exam...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 63 – Called Away

Adam nodded, knowing no one else in his group saw his Patron. None but him heard the voice. “I understand. And I will comply. But why now?”The Solar pulsated once.Letting out a deep breath, Adam nodded again. “Caelynn, as well? But,” he hesitated, “you know what’s about to happen. I’d like to see this through if possible. Please.”The celestial pulsated again, brighter and more insistent.“Adam? What’s that?” Caelynn asked.“You see it?”She nodded.“It’s my Patron. You and I are needed elsewhere. Stay here, I’ll go tell Jinnaari.”“What about Thia?” she grabbed his arm, stopping him.“He says all will be well. I have to do what he says, Caelynn. We both do. If we don’t, Thia’s doomed.” He looked a...
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The Drama Club-Part 2 (The Stagehand-Finale)


dontravis.com blog post #382  Stage SpotlightsCourtesy of publicdomainpictures.netWell, has Jarrod ripped his britches with Kahn (please don’t try to make anything out of that comment, it’s a good Oklahoma saying)? Let’s see how things progress.*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 2 – The Stagehand (Finale)Later that afternoon, Jarrod watched from his perch as Kahn built a mockup of his first set. He had removed his shirt and worked bare-chested. Jarrod replayed last night in his mind while watching the muscles play beneath that golden-brown skin. Kahn glanced up at him occasionally but continued working. Not wishing to confront the boy, Jarrod went to one of the lighting banks and began to clean the rig...
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The Drama Club-Part 1 (The Jock)


dontravis.com blog post #380Courtesy of en.wikipedia.orgGot a lot of hits on last week’s post (My Personal Hero). Hong Kong particularly liked it. I had more visitors from there than I did the US. Hope they enjoyed it.Some time ago, I wrote a series of 5 stories under the title of The Drama Club, each with a subtitle. I pulled them out and took a look at them, deciding I want to publish them as blog posts. Here’s the first one, called “The Jock.”*****THE DRAMA CLUBPart 1 – The Jock          A tricky, fast-paced scene, the kind Jarrod Gray liked. He got the lighting right more often than the actors hit their lines correctly. This was only the second play of the year at Casa Verde College, but...
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Wartime wisdom

Because I follow the best vloggers out there…Original link
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Inteachán – Book Four: The Strikethrough Lemniscate 4: 8 ‘a barely flame’


Had Mac been down beneath the hill with Inteachán he would have been thrilled to point out that the presence of vegetation in such a hypogean environment would have indicated an entrance and therefore exit somewhere.‘Biospeleology,’ he would told Inteachán, ‘is the scientific study of cave organisms and the ecosystems that support them.’ Inteachán would have smiled in silent admiration.But Mac wasn’t here and Inteachán didn’t feel much like smiling right now. The impressive height of the weeds she had gathered in a pile now taunted her with its looming presence as she struggled to keep a barely flame alive.Original link
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#APC #Spotlight: Wolfgang (The Wolfgang Trilogy Book 1) By F. D. Gross!


Hey Everyone!! :-)I've got FD Gross in my APC spotlight, today! FD is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and his gothic, vampire, horror, fantasy novel, Wolfgang, looks great! Here's the description:Sixteen years have passed since the death of Lord Egleaseon, the vampire lord who sought to be human again, defeated by the famous noble lord, Wolfgang. One day after cleansing the surrounding countryside of vampires, Wolfgang returns from his latest expedition only to be faced with the horrible reality that everything he held dear to his heart has been taken from him. His wife is dead, his home is burned, and his son is nowhere to be found. Only the...
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Tainted Love

Today, I am hosting an LGBT anthology that will benefit the Save the Children charity:  Tainted Love, a dark folklore anthology.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: Tainted Tales (A Dark Folklore Anthology for Save the Children) Authors: Claire Marta, Anna Edwards, Faith Ryan, Sara Dobie Bauer, Emma Jaye, T.S. McKinney, … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Review of “Dagmar of the Northlands” by John C. Adams

An epic-length book, this story is filled with fantastical lands, intriguing characters, and a complex history of kingdoms and gods. I really enjoyed the vivid imagery and excellent characterization of both the heroes and villains. The plot itself builds and draws you in as you begin to understand how everything might come together. The scenes... Continue Reading →Original link
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 62 – Mind Games pt. 2

The blackness was thick. Even with her ability to see within the darkness, she couldn’t make out her own hand in front of her face. Thia kept her left hand on the wall; her fingers trailed against the smooth surface, ready to warn her if it changed. She didn’t know how she got here, but it wasn’t that bedroom where Aust’s ghost was. Nor was it the cocoon Lolth had wrapped around her.It could be an illusion. Trust nothing. Lolth’s going to twist everything until I see it Her way.        The texture of the wall changed. Thia stopped, turning toward her left. Her fingers began to trace the outline of a door.  Her heart beat a little faster with the hope that it was a way out. Her right hand fou...
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