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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 4 ‘the tides of the Liffey’


From Mac’s window Inteachán could see Front Square flooding twice a day as the tides of the Liffey turned in and out again.This Biblical turn of cataclysmic events was particularly hard on Mac as he had always veered away from the sensationalism of the religious education from his childhood.‘Don’t tell me that I am now going to have start believing all those stories about end times that I have spent a lifetime rejecting?’He looked over at Inteachán.‘I am at a loss, my child.’Original link
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The Language of Cyberspace.


We all know how the Internet has changed our access to knowledge (two clicks on the laptop rather than a trudge to the local library), and our access to readers (how else would you be aware of this post?). We also know that language constantly evolves – and has done so since the start of time, or at least since the beginning of speech.Always, in both speech and writing, there have been two styles: informal for communicating with friends, formal for oration and essays. What the Internet has done in recent years is speed up the pace of evolution and added a third dimension – cyberspeak.Take, for example, the keymash – in this context  a random bashing of the keys (e.g. afshjkf) to signify inte...
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Radio drama: The Hex

Here’s something spooky for a cold winter night: The Hex, based on M.R. James’ Casting the Runes (which was made into a movie called Night of the Demon, by Jacques Tourneur).Enjoy!Original link
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Calling Readers + Reviewers! Join Winter Games ~ #free #books #giveaways #amreading


If you love to read and enjoy discovering new authors, we have an event for you!  Winter Games is a month-long, fun-filled event designed to bring readers willing to review books together with authors who can supply free review copies of their titles.  It all takes place in our Facebook group, where readers get to view titles and select the ones that interest them!  Plus, it's a community affair, with FB parties, games with the authors, gift card giveaways, book swag, etc.  How many of the 60 titles can you read?As one of the participating authors, I'm helping spread the word--I also participated in the same type of event last summer, and it was a blast.I'll be offering Dangerous Currents to...
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I know you’re up to something. I can just feel it.


Coming back to life is a tough undertaking. I’m in over my head.Michael says I should put what happened out of my mind. Now that I’ve recovered, there’s no point in trying to bring back into memory my stay in the ER, only to dwell on it to no end. He does his best to distract me from my agonizing thoughts, not only by sending me chocolate, wine, and flowers but also by sweeping me off my feet, straight into his fantasy worlds. Michael invites me into imagined adventures, which he constructs using the virtual reality software he’s developing. There is nothing he enjoys better than riding upon the scaly backs of dinosaurs, surveying a prehistoric landscape, or flying a spacecraft through the m...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 3 ‘Black slime and waste water’


One canal.Four dates.1751. 1756. 1804. 1960.Conceived. Started. Opened. Closed.A new date added now as the Grand Canal begins to flood beyond control.Basements fill first and fast. Black slime and waste water rises. Drains clog. Sandbags are deployed but do not work.Boats are floated to save the elderly.Helicopters pluck corpses from ruined trees.Original link
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Kate Rudolph – Mated to the Alien

Today, I have author Kate Rudolph in the interview chair.  We discuss her latest series release Mated to the Alien, a sci-fi romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Braxtyn, your most latest release? Braxtyn features Braxtyn NaZade and Vita Minnick. … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 41 – Herasta’s Plan

“Well?” Herasta asked her guest. Her back was turned away from Diak, but even the Yathtallar couldn’t sneak up on her in her own home.The tall woman eased into a chair across from Herasta. “It’s done. Now, we wait.”“Where did you last see them?”Diak shrugged. “We let the paladin go near enough to them that he’d be found easily. Last time I saw them, they were enjoying Vizeran’s hospitality.”“Ishacte went into his tower? She loathes him.”Diak leaned forward. “Ishacte wasn’t with them, Herasta. And Thia wasn’t cowering like you thought she would by now. That one’s stronger than she looks.”Herasta narrowed her eyes. It was possible Ishacte tried to hurry up the timeline and ended up dead. The g...
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The Rose of Tibet


As expected, the effect of Christopher Fowler’s The Book of Forgotten Authors is making itself felt, causing my reading list to explode as I discover writers I have so far ignored.First it was Margery Allingham, and now it’s the turn of Lionel Davidson.A writer that was highly praised by Graham Greene and often compared to Eric Ambler, Lionel Davidson had three Gold Dagger Awards and was considered for a while a highly favoured contender, if an outsider, for the title of best British thriller writer. One of his books was even made into a TV series by the BBC and his last book, published in 1994, received rave reviews.But then for some reason he fell out of sight.Of all of Davidson’s books me...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 2 ‘Amaranthine’


And so it rained.Rained like never ever before.Falling hard and straight and long.Dark clouds lay low in the sky like a hateful pall.Spewing.Incontinent.Unchecked.Endless.Unceasing.Amaranthine.Filling the streets.Original link
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Taylin Clavelli – Hathonatum

Today, I have author Taylin Clavelli in the interview chair. We are celebrating her release of Hathonatum, book one in the Pelethus Series, a m/m sci-fi contemporary romance.  Be sure to check out my review of her novel.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Hi, Taylin. First off, readers have an … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella)

Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella): dontravis.com blog post #373     Courtesy of svgsilh.com It finally happened. They got together, and it was explosive. Wonderful. ...Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: LYNN STEIGLEDER


ABOUT THE BOOK Aon, a solid core planet made from the priceless and most dense element in the galaxy (caladium) is under silent attack. Plans are made by off-worlders to dissolve the unbreakable core using crude oil obtained from 19th century earth. Once the oil is refined the byproduct, gasoline will soften the caladium, allowing it to be collected. It is soon discovered the core is made from living beings created from caladium itself. The off-worlders employ a band of corrupt inhabitant’s to carry on this work. They find themselves in a constant struggle with a small coalition of Aonians bent on saving their home world. Both factions clash with the indestructible core creatures. With horre...
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A bit of whimsy to counterbalance the passion and angst


Dan Strawn took up creative writing after a long career in business and education. In addition to Dan's longer works, his stories and essays have been published in a number of editions of Idaho Magazine and Trail Blazer Magazine. I am delighted to find his review for my WWII romance trilogy, Apart from War.Dan Strawn5.0 out of 5 stars Your chance to read Uvi Poznansky at her literary bestReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020Format: Kindle EditionRead Uvi Poznansky at her literary best in this bundle of three related stories. Follow Lenny, a World War II Marine, and Natasha, a concert-caliber pianist, through a passionate, tinged with war's intrigue romp of caring that end's three...
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Review of Uncle Willy; Topsy Turvy book 3


 Extraordinary fun and learning for the little ones!Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Sarah Mazor writes wonderful, educational and entertaining stories for young children and book 3 of Uncle Willy’s Bedtime Story: Topsy Turvy won’t disappoint you. The setting is a mixed up town called ComeGo, where people and animals are never quite what you’d expect. For example, at night, instead of wearing pajamas, the little ones sleep in their best suits. Generally, you’d see a horse pulling a cart, but in ComeGo, you’ll be surprised to see the horse sitting proudly on the seat,while a person tows the cart! When you meet the cows, they don’t moo. ...
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It's not fantasy


I just found out my old paperback copy of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Italian edition published by Rusconi, which I bought in 1983 or 1984, goes for up to 150 bucks, second-hand, online.I could give it a thought, really.Apparently all the old editions of Tolkien’s doorstop novel are being called back and destroyed, or so it seems, as part of a complicated copyright infringement lawsuit that also branches out in a legal battle about slander and what not.The crux of the problem: the current Italian publisher of Tolkien commissioned a new translation, and all hell broke loose. The old translation’s been accused of being inaccurate, the new translation’s been mocked for some choices and som...
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Review of: Once Upon a Time: Bedtime with a Smile Picture Books (Bedtime Stories with Uncle Willy Book 1)


 You’ll Love this bedtime story!Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019Format: PaperbackI loved this “Once Upon A Time” bedtime story starring Silly Uncle Willy. The enchanting rhymes will keep you smiling and have young children enjoying every second of the story. They’ll want to read it over and over again. You’ll have trouble choosing a favorite part. It might be the pail delivering the mail, or the chimney dressed in a blouse, or the chubby cookbook stirring the kettle. You’re sure to find this book delightful from cover to cover. And, not only that, but at the end, you’ll enjoy riddles to engage children and help them gain knowledge. I give this book my highest recommendation.Re...
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Review of "Flight of the Spark" by Evelyn Puerto

Dystopian YA fiction often has something to say about our current society or mankind in general, and this book did a great job of illustrating several different evils. The leaders in this dystopia rule by keeping the populace ignorant and afraid, and it was easy to believe that that could happen, even to this extreme.... Continue Reading →Original link
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Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella)


dontravis.com blog post #373  Courtesy of svgsilh.comIt finally happened. They got together, and it was explosive. Wonderful. Magnificent. What comes next? Do they try it again and find the novelty wore off? Or do they try it again and find it better than ever? Or do they try it again at all? Read on.*****IMPOTENTThey repeated yesterday’s work pattern except the count was wrong in two pastures and they spent hours patiently hunting down the missing livestock. Once again, De la Roche was impressed by the deliberate, unhurried, efficient way Austin went about taking care of his animals. They found a late calf on the ground, and the rancher spent half an hour with the mother making certain the ...
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Why writers must be readers


I’m sure you have heard it – from teachers, other writers and in books on writing – “Writers need to be readers.” Or something to that effect.Writers work with words and it is in their best interest to know them well. A writer who doesn’t read is like a musician not listening to music or a chef who never samples other foods. Reading and writing go hand in hand.Reading is not simply important for writers. It is essential to making them better writers.Benefits of reading:Reading other works of fiction can give you strong fundamentals in story structure and plot development. You can learn many techniques just by reading a variety of other works.Reading allows you to see what works and what does...
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