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We Want Protection!

Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. All month, we’re focusing on teens and the trials they face as they move toward being adults. Today, it’s all about school violence and exactly what everyone can do to curtail school violence. The current battle cry for those demanding an immediate end to school violence is to make substantive changes to schools. Just what those changes are hasn’t been really thought out, but there are several that are popular. The first is that schools should have the same level of security as airports. My question to these people is “Have you seen how long it takes to get through airport security recently?” My last venture through this procedure was in 2006 and it ...
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Guest Post by Naomi Finley, Author of A Slave of the Shadows

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies. The inspiration to write A Slave of the Shadows came from my interest in the dark Antebellum era of American history. I’ve been captivated by slavery during this time period most of my life. The courage and perseverance of this group of people has always amazed me. Our problems today seem so minuscule compared to what these slaves endured. My protagonist (Willow) was inspired by the stro...
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Meet Sandile Nene, Founder of Blogging for Love

Sandile Nene, also known as Sandy , popular fashion, lifestyle and entertainment blogger started We Blog for Love ,  South Africa ’s very first blogging community where he and a group of influential South African bloggers share blogging tips and interesting content. After realizing fashion wasn’t his true passion, Sandile moved from being a fashion student to becoming a freelance writer and has worked with South Africa’s biggest blogs and online magazines to shape his way towards entertainment reporting and celebrity interviews. With strong established connections created and maintained throughout the entertainment industry, he found himself doing freelance PR work for people who have made a...
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Five thousand words deep

Two nights ago something happened that has to do with the book I am writing and that I think I will inflict you. You have been warned. Basically, and this is no secret, I am writing a big sea-monster story. A bunch of researchers get on a boat and go looking for a monster. Many shenanigans ensue. There are four “building blocks” to this story, four pieces I must get right for the story to work. The first is the monster. I did some research and I have a clear idea of the sort of critter I want to unleash on the characters. I’ve got the biology and a fair idea of the ecology, and the modus operandi of the critter. Monster, check. The second is the ocean. The Pacific Ocean, that is. Thanks to m...
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Audio #Book Tour, #Review Wars, + #NetGalley! Busy #amwriting week

A tremendously busy week begins today, and I'm excited, nervous, and trying to keep up while also doing everything else that needs to be done, like my other job, feeding kids and pets, laundry, etc.  Wish me luck! Today, Sunday, kicks off a week-long blog tour for Gull Harbor , a steamy romance mixed with a haunting mystery.  This title has been out for a while as both a print and a #1 Bestselling e-book, but it's brand new as an audio book, thanks to my publisher's decision to enter this growing market.  I'm very excited, as I listen to audio books all the time now, and it helps me get through twice as many books on my To-Be-Read list.   After 5 novels and 7 years in this business, I'm havi...
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Exclusive Content: Devin Unchained (Prequel to Lucifer's Game) Part II

He's a Demon. He's a beautiful creature driven my the depths of pure want, but enslaved to the whims of Lucifer.  Before Cora, Devin was free to play, leaving sex in his wake wherever he went. Occasionally, he craved contact with a human woman. Desperate need for skin, for release.   He spots Mae in a quiet bar. Alone, untouched by the darkness of animal desire.  She's to be his next obsession   Did you miss Part 1? Don't fret...   Comment 0 Likes tags / Foster Embry Publishing , Erotica , Romance , Paranormal , Prequel , Rachael Tamayo , Lucifer's Game , Demon Romance Original link

The Second Judy Garland Blogathon: Judgement at Nurenberg

This is the Judy Garland blogathon, and please direct your browsers here  to visit In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood, that is hosting the blogathon and where you will find the entries for all the participants and their posts about Judy Garland’s movies and more. Then get back here, because we are about to go somewhere really dark. Judgement at Nuremberg is a 1961 black and white movie with a truly stellar cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner, and Montgomery Clift. The movie was directed by Stanley Kramer. One does not hear about Kramer very much these days, but his CV includes a stag...
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Why is there a baobab tree on the cover of my book?

Why is there a baobab tree on the cover of my book?
    See a baobab tree and you’re instantly intrigued. How can something grow and survive with its roots in the air? Not only do they survive, they are instrumental in the survival of humans providing food, medicine, shelter, and material to make cloth, ropes, baskets…. The baobabs in Mali fascinated me and it was logical to have a boabab play a role in the parts of the story set in West Africa. Searching for a picture to use on the cover led me to: the fony baobab tree in Madagascar estimated to be over 1000 years old. (photo by David Thyberg) and this: A hollow 3000 year-old baobab in Zimbabwe (photo Christophe Poudras) which can house up to 40 people. and this: Avenue of the Baobabs – west...
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Why Is My Book Not Selling?

Nicholas C. Rossis So, you have written your book and expect royalties to start rolling in. Then… nothing. You start reading about book promotion and realize you need to spend money to make money. You start running free days and countdown deals. You pay for ads and end up paying people to read your book, which is never a good idea. You then start scratching your head. What is wrong with your book? Why doesn’t it sell? I recently received a newsletter from Derek Doepker of  which addresses this very issue. Derek lists his checklist for a book’s success. As he puts it, if you don’t answer “yes” to ALL of these questions, then there’s a good chance whatever you do to ...
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Am I Bad Enough to be Good?

I didn’t know until recently that some publishing houses that are inserting ‘morality clauses’ into their contracts, a phenomenon that has apparently been growing since the rise of the #MeToo movement. Publishers, it seems, are worried that if a writer is found to have behaved badly, it will affect not just sales of their own books, but the whole publishing house. Nicola Solomon, of the Society of Authors, is worried. She cites one publisher warning an author against any acts that indicate ‘moral turpitude.’ That is, they must avoid upsetting the accepted standards and feelings of the community through their life-style, or they won’t get a contract.  This despite the desire to shock the read...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Anxiety”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Anxiety” “Did you like my book?” Silence. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link


ABOUT THE BOOK When teenager Heather Young disappeared from the small town of Himmel, Wisconsin everyone believed her boyfriend had killed her—though her body was never found. Twenty years later, his little sister Sammy returns to town. She begs her old friend, true crime writer Leah Nash, to prove her brother Eric isn’t a murderer. But Sammy has no new evidence, and her brother doesn’t want Leah’s help. Leah says no—but she can’t help feeling guilty about it. That feeling gets much worse when Sammy is killed in a suspicious car accident. That’s when the independent, irreverent, unstoppable Leah takes up her cause. Her investigation takes her to some dark and dangerous places, and the truth ...
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Weekend Writing Warriors #SundaySnippet - 'Dancing With Fate' - ..."Come on, you know you want to."

Hi fellow  Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to  my  Weekend Warriors  post. I'm continuing this week with another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far. Don't forget to visit the other authors at the link above and also below this post, there's something for all tastes. Last time: Terpsichore, muse of dance, was given a new mission by Apollo, to restore joy and the love of dancing to the Celts of 5th Century Wales.  Now she has completed her task and looks forward to returning   to  Olympus, but then her annoying brother turns up.  (As usual, some creative editing of punctuation and slight variation from published v...
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Melalncholy Memories

The Music of Us audiobook cover art
Just discovered this beautiful review for the audiobook edition of The Music of Us : LISTENER Aurora Dawn The Music of Us Still Life with Memories, Book 3By:  Uvi Poznansky Narrated by:  Don Warrick  Melalncholy Memories  Overall    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         5 out of 5 stars Performance    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         5 out of 5 stars Story    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️         5 out of 5 stars Reviewed: 02-19-18 Framed by the departure of his son for Italy and an appointment for his ailing wife's medical tests, a man remembers back to happier days when he first met and fell in love. Beautifully told. Natasha is beautiful, innocent and, even as a 16 year old, a melancholy soul, beautifully crafted by the author'...
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A Moment of Authorial Bragging

So, this pin just arrived in the mail.  It verifies, per Romance Writers of America , that I’ve published five books in the romance genre:  Bayou Fire, Clytie’s Caller, His Beloved Infidel, In The Eye of The Beholder, and In The Eye of The Storm. I am inordinately proud of this. Original link

Sample Saturday: Les Pensées Dangereuses

In the wake of the much publicized suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I realized that I need to share at least a little bit of my own story.  I’ve written about mental health before, here , here , and here .  But I haven’t talked too much about my own struggles, which included suicidal ideation.  I have talked about living with Hashimoto’s disease, which is what we eventually learned was (and is) the proximal cause of said depression — and also why antidepressant medication didn’t help me, since it was working on the wrong mechanism. Back in 2009,I started to write a book about living with depression, and stopped.  I truly did not believe anyone would care about these thoughts, whi...
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Getting personal with Billy Chizmar

Billy Chizmar, much like his father, excels in everything he does. He works hard and plays hard and it shows! This up-and-coming writer/screenwriter is clearly one to watch. I have had the honor of reading his stories and reviewing the book he wrote with his dad. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was completely thrilled reading Widow’s Point. To say it’s good is putting it mildly. It’s brilliant. His writing and Richards mesh perfectly and it was impossible to tell where one stopped and the other began. If you missed reading works by Billy Chizmar I highly suggest you change that immediately. You will love it! Billy is also a very skilled lacrosse player and played in high school an...
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ENCHANTED ROMANCES - Magical Passion by Mimi Barbour, Jacquie Biggar, Rachelle Ayala, Suzanne Jenkins, Dani Haviland, Stacy S. Eaton, Katy Walters, Susan Jean Ricci Genre: Paranormal Romance Come into our world, where guardian angels protect you, Fountain of Youth water revives you, and supernatural beings comfort you. Eight paranormal stories with romance and happy ever after endings by eight award winning and bestselling authors. Enjoy the ride into our mystical fantasies filled with superb entertainment! His Devious Angel - Mimi Barbour A gorgeous man-hater gets mixed up with a hotshot soldier when he runs her down with his convertible. Now she's stuck having to accept help from him and h...
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Her home background inspired a love of history: meet Lisa Yarde

Good morning Lisa, thank you for talking to us today. ​ Thanks so much for inviting me as a guest. I admire you very much. First of all, would you like to tell us when and why you decided to become a writer. As a friend of mine reminded me some years ago, I started writing short stories back in junior high school, but it was not until 2005 when I joined my first critique group, that writing became a passion. It would be another six years before I decided to publish the novel I worked on with the group, the first of a six-part series set in Moorish Spain. I know you like writing historical fiction but what attracted you to that genre in particular? I was born in Barbados, so grew up surrounde...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Author”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Author” Smiles. “You’d make a great antagonist.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link