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Signing #Books in #Falmouth! Holiday Shopping, Bingo, Raffles #CapeCod Cape Cod


I have a couple of events coming up this week...Wednesday the 6th, I'll be in Falmouth, at a Bingo Night and Holiday Shopping Event .   This is always a good time!  The suggested donation is $20 (proceeds this month go to West Falmouth Preschool), and that gets you 20 games (wear red and green or something holiday-themed for a bonus card!). Complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar and buffet too! The entire room is lined with vendor and artist tables, and in December, the shopping will extend to other rooms as well! Where do I fit in to this event?  There are a whole bunch of local artists and vendors setting up for shopping before and in between the games, and we've all donated to the ...
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Amazon Steps Up Its Antifraud Efforts


Nicholas C. Rossis Image: frostmediasolutions.com Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. As I first reported in 2015, foremost among these were fake reviews , but a couple of months ago it upped the ante by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals who it says offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading platform for financial gain. Amazon is demanding a combination of injunctive relief, account termination and, in some cases, triple damages. As Publishers Weekly reports , Amazon alleges that five people used a number of prohibited strategies to manipulate customers reviews and worked to...
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Buying a New Car


When you go down to the store to buy a shirt, pillow or even a carton of milk, you can look at the price on the item or shelf and know how much it costs. You can then weigh whether the item is worth the price, or if you have the amount of money for your purchase. But there are a few items such as the purchase of a house or car where this ease of knowing your exact price ahead of time just don’t exist. These are major purchases, and for many they don’t happen too often. We have purchased two houses in our 22 years of marriage. In that same time period, we have purchased nine automobiles, including the latest over Thanksgiving weekend. We are a two-car family. So even this divides out to a car...
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YOU MUST HAVE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVEN IF IT’S A DISASTER

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I’m taking a break this month from the usual travel, history and ‘buy my books’ blurb because it’s the festive season and if you were ever going to buy my books, you probably already have them.   With all the talk this year about refugees and religious difference I was surprised to see that Christianity still has the largest number of followers worldwide. Not that religious practices seem to be the main focus on 25th December. No, it’s all about spending money – possibly even going into debt – to give our loved ones presents. It doesn’t matter that they don’t even know what they want, or that they don’t need anything, they MUST receive a present from everyone near and dear on the festive day...
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The Treasure of Gwenlais By M.T. Magee

The Relentless American by Sarina RoseAlt="The Relentless American"The Relentless American by Sarina RoseSynopsis:The Relentless American is the story of Hannah, Daniel, and Sal. In some way or another, all three are victims of the Vietnam War. Will the wounds they suffer hinder a chance for Romance?Chick Lit Cafe’s Review:Insightful, Meaningful & Intriguing!Love during the time of war.The Vietnam age is creatively brought to life in this wonderful story written by Sarina Rose. With that era being full of anxiety, fear, wrongdoing and disaster, our author captures the essence of the life experience for many during that time.The main character Hannah O’Brian, is a zealous anti-war advocate an...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Apple Gidley


Available from  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Fireburn tells of the horrors of a little-known, bloody period of Caribbean history. Anna weathers personal heartache as she challenges the conventions of the day, the hostility of the predominantly male landowners and survives the worker rebellion of 1878,  thirty years after Emancipation. Today I would like to welcome author Apple Gidley: Tell us about your latest book Fireburn was an event on St Croix, in the Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands), which took place on October 1st, 1878. It was the worker rebellion that finally changed the labour laws, thirty years after emancipation. Though a short-lived riot, it was bloody and resulted in...
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Blog Tour: Stone Circle, by Kate Murdoch


New on Amazon UK and Amazon US Is the ability to read minds a blessing or a curse? When Antonius's father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga.  Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status, and Antonius has limited opportunities. When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer's son.  The two men compete for their mentor's approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 2


Visit the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways blog to win great prizes including eBooks, gift card, swag, and more! Today’s featured giveaway is a Great Dane Gift Pack. https://12daysgiveaways.blogspot.com/2017/12/great-dane-gift-pack-from-b-l-blair.html Our grand prize giveaway is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit each day for more chances to win! Original link

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib: Midwest Book Review

Take a deep breath, because Gun Kiss's special brand of high-octane action is on its way to market, and it's a hell of a ride especially recommended for thriller readers who like their action not only nonstop, but tempered with a bit of romance and a lot of world-hopping political confrontations.The tension begins in the first paragraph as a Lincoln re-enactment event in Washington, D.C. results in a hostage and a bomber intent on thievery. Rick achieves his goals with almost casual precision: it's clear he's not only planned his escapade down to the second, but that he's a pro.As a missing Deringer from The Ford Theatre Museum involves a host of special interests, the story heats up to beco...
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5 Reasons Why Chocolate Makes the Best Romantic Gift by Vijay Dhawan


When it comes to gifting, chocolate is easily one of the most popular choices in the world. This is to be expected considering that nearly everyone loves chocolate. It is also considered to be one of the most romantic of gifts. That is why chocolate sales tend to skyrocket during the Valentine’s season. However, it is easy to wonder why chocolate has managed to become one of the most sought after gifts for any romantic occasion . The fact is that there are several reasons that have contributed to the popularity of chocolates. Here are some of them. 1.     Chocolate is Healthy It is a well-known fact chocolate is healthy when consumed in moderate amounts. Dark chocolate is particularly benefi...
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The busiest time of the year


Jolie touched her stomach and smiled with sadness. “You never stop missing those who have gone before—but after a time, the memories don’t hurt as much. You can think of them with love.” Zoe hugged Jolie. “Thank you. Now, on to a happier thought so that I don’t spend the rest of the evening blue—when is your baby due?” “Just in time for the holiday!” Jolie laughed. “The busiest time of the year.” “Christmas Day,” Heath said in droll tones as he came back up on the main deck. Brayden was right behind him, grinning wide. “And Jolie won’t let me name her Santa.” “Noelle is nice,” Jolie countered. “And you don’t like that either.” “Merry?” Brayden suggested. “Boring!” Zoe and Jolie said in uniso...
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Serendipity and communities

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My friend Claire often talks about serendipity. Me, I’m an old statistical analysis guru, I don’t believe in serendipity. And yet… One of the things I have been worrying these days – and I was not the only one worrying about it, from what I heard – is what will become of Karavansara and strategie evolutive, my two blogs, now that I also have a Patreon page. Patreon is a fantastic platform for doing what it does, but it also has a requirement – it wants me to live there, to do my things there. My patrons are hungry for contents, and I am supposed to provide them a steady flow of contents. But what about my blogs? As luck – or serendipity – would have it, an artist I have been following for a ...
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Shopping with Character: Claire Delacroix LeMaître and Gilbert Rochambeau

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For day three of Blogmas, I thought it would be fun to look at two of my characters doing their Christmas shopping. For those new to my blog, “Shopping with Character” is a series that gives insights to how the people in my books think and behave based on their shopping habits.  When I first learned this technique, the idea was to imagine taking your characters shopping and see what they do.  What I discovered was that I could learn new things from looking at how my characters went about buying things on a day-to-day basis.  What we learn in this snippet is that the recently married Claire doesn’t worry about money the way she used to (notice that they go shopping in a costly department stor...
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Spirit Animals: Dragons


*Crediting:  In every post thus far you have seen a reference section.  In every post for this series you will see one.  Although it is standard, required practice to credit the reference in-text, I am forgoing this measure as this is not a scholarly article or scholarly research.  However, I will always give credit to sources that I use.  So what do you say we start explore spirit totems and spirit animals? Remember that the totem is the manifestation of the entity in your life.  The spirit animal grants the emotions of that animal to the person. Dragons are brilliant, mythical creatures that we attribute to lore.  However, from all lore comes some truth.  It is my personal feeling that at ...
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Playing with words.

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Just a few lines today on words that describe games people can play with words. (More popular perhaps in the time before TV and social media, but could come in useful in a power cut if all you have is pen, paper – and a torch.) An acronym is made up of the first letter of each word in a phrase. It is a comparatively new phenomenon (the first recorded use is in the early 1940s). Radar (radio detecting and ranging), and scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) are acronyms) are acronyms. An acronym needs to be pronounceable – hence RSVP at the bottom of a letter requesting a reply is an initialism, not an acronym. Acrostics is where, in a poem for example, a number of letters form...
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The things we take for granted

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“I can relate with your excitement as a child when you and the rest of your family moved to Edmonton—and my goodness, your story gave me a good laugh,” Uzo writes. (I was 9 when we moved and I had told Uzo that I was so fascinated with the flush toilet that I got up several times to use it until my mother finally told me to get back to bed and stay there.) “The day I left Mambilla plateau,” he adds, “I was so eager to browse the Internet, to watch TV, and to enjoy other modern conveniences. That night in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba, I couldn’t sleep; even as an adult, I was so excited about just everything. Everything looked new. I remember I did stare at the bulb in my room from time to ...
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This Week in Indie Publishing


Author Don Massenzio 3 REASONS TO PUBLISH A BOOK (& HOW TO GET STARTED) More people than ever are self-publishing books on a range of topics—and you can be one of them. In September 2016,  Bowker —the official ISBN Agency (which stands for International Standard Book Number, or the number assigned to every book that is published) for the U.S. and Australia—released statistics showing that 727,125 new ISBNs were issued in 2015. Read the rest of this story HERE . ESSAY: Self-Publishing, Here I Come! Mary Rose Shannon cuddled up with her pink stuffed poodle, her thick strawberry blonde hair spilling over her eyelet pillowcase. It had been a marvelous last day of school! Summer vacation stretche...
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Query Swap Twitter event Coming January 1, 2018


To help you polish your query, Query Swap is running from 8am-8pm EST on January 1, 2018 Your hook is your selling point. It has to be perfect. But getting good feedback can often be difficult or expensive. That's why I'm organizing the Query Swap Twitter party, an all-day event for people seeking critique partners to participate in feedback exchanges on query letters or back cover blurbs. The query swap Twitter party is designed to help writers connect with other writers. And since this is an exchange, both parties will benefit. OMG a new contest? No, it's not a contest. Just an opportunity for writers to help each other. Who are the mentors? Can I read their bio's? No mentors. The party is...
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Giveaway!


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about the latest Canoples Investigations novel—Canoples Investigations Adventures in Space 1. This book is a compilation of the first six stories about these teen space investigators. And you get a never before published tale about how they decided on their name. There’s tons of action for you, the reader. This book would make a perfect holiday gift for your teen, be it a boy or a girl. How do you put your hands on the ebook of this fabulous tale? Well, if you are one of six lucky winners, you can get Canoples Investigations Adventures in Space 1 through a Goodreads giveaway, which begins bright and early December 5 and ends on December 13. ...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Marianne Whiting


Available from  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Enemies from Sigrid's past resurface and pose dangers that can't always be met sword-in-hand. Magic, treachery and intrigue combine to threaten the lives of Sigrid's children and she is forced into a final, desperate struggle. Today I would like to welcome historical fiction author  Marianne Whiting: Tell us about your latest book  Honour Is All, part 3 of the Shieldmaiden trilogy, was published by Accent Press last September. It concludes the tale of how Sigrid Kveldulfsdaughter, a Viking woman, challenges fate and builds a life as respected warrior and farmer among the Norse settlers in Cumbria in the mid-tenth century. Orphaned and destitute in pa...
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