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Book Launch Interview: La Reine Blanche Mary Tudor a Life in Letters, by Sarah Bryson

  New on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Today I would like to welcome author Sarah Bryson: Tell us about your latest book My latest book is entitled ‘La Reine Blanche Mary Tudor a Life in Letters’. I’m very excited about this book on Mary Tudor, younger sister of King Henry VIII. I have spent years researching Mary’s life, particularly studying the personal letters she wrote as well as documents and dispatches which mention her. I really feel these personal letters are a wonderful insight into the strong and incredibly smart woman that Mary was. I hope that my book helps to shed a brighter light upon Mary who has so often been overlooked throughout history. What is your preferred writing routine...
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In Egypt with Sax Rohmer

Let’s kill two birds with a stone: today’s the birthday of Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, better known to the world at large by his pen name Sax Rohmer – the man who created the original Yellow Peril, Dr Fu Manchu. A lower-class child that started a career as a civil servant before he turned to writing for a living and claimed to be part of the Order of the Golden Dawn, Rohmer would be 135 today. His most famous creation, Dr Fu Manchu, first appeared in The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu, as a serial, in 1912. Two other novels followed,and then the character went on hiatus for about fifteen years, only to return with The Daughter of Fu Manchu in 1928. The mix of exoticism, crime mystery and conspirac...
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#APC #Spotlight: Slither By Valarie Savage Kinney!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Valarie Kinney in my APC spotlight, today! Valarie is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her supernatural, thriller, paranormal romance, horror novel, Slither, looks great! Here's the description: We're often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She's hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark ...
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Release Day: Murder & Mayhem

I’m thrilled to announce the release of Murder & Mayhem, a boxed set featuring six murder mysteries from the following Wild Rose Press authors: J L Wilson, Misty Simon, Michelle Witvliet, Vicki Batman, Cindy Davis, and Joanne Guidoccio. Brownies, Bodies, and Breaking the Code by J L Wilson Jessie Patrokus doesn’t give up…and that might get her killed. To complicate matters, a colleague turns up dead from eating the brownies she brought to the company potluck. Gus Colcannon, a new programmer at the company, starts to ask a lot of questions and Jessie gets suspicious. That’s when she finds she may have uncovered a terrorist plot and discovers Gus is an undercover FBI agent. All Jessie has to d...
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The year is 1978, and the New York fashion industry is an orgy of glitz, glamour, and decadence. New models—especially those as beautiful as eighteen-year- old Anna McKenna—are prime targets for all kinds of predators.

 Anna is already aware of the men who enjoy preying on models. She knows a woman represented by her modeling agent was found raped and murdered—but she tells herself that, tragic though it was, this is New York. Such things happen. Mickey Gallo is less sanguine about the killing, but he’s both a police detective and Anna’s protective uncle. In Anna’s mind, she doesn’t need his protection. Or so she thinks.

 When one murder becomes two, Anna’s confidence is sh...
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A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Channel for your Business

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:  Today’s introduction and infographic are provided by Jess Andriani of ConnextDigital Ever since social media came along, almost everyone jumped on the bandwagon to join the digital crowd. You’d be hard-pressed to name any of your friends that don’t have a profile on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the top social platforms. And it’s true – in a way, as businesses today don’t exist if they don’t have a Facebook page.   But while social media is one of the most popular platforms for getting your business out there, it’s not the best for everyone. In fact, statistics reveal that email still beats social media in terms of marketing prowess, which means you ...
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Go, brother!

A quick post to congratulate my brother Alessandro, that was selected for a scholarship as Android developer with Google and Udacity. Six more months of high-level online education. Original link

Conscious Living

Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing. Cultural stories. We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe. However, what you are told depends on: where you’re born,which religion your parents belong to,who is in charge of the government where you live,what they teach in the schools you attend, andthe messages of the marketplace. Cultural stories are exclusive. They teach us about us and them, where ‘them’ are those living outside our cultural norms. Cultural stories tell us who is in charge and what laws we have to follow so we can live together. But, t...
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Cover Reveal for “Origini”

Some love heals.  Some love consumes.  Which love wins? Learning the truth about the malevolenci war changes everything.  The fairies, jinn, and vampires have already rebelled, and now zealots threaten to go a step further by siding with the enemy. … Continue reading → Original link

Happy Valentine’s Day

I’ve always loved the old-fashioned classroom Valentine’s day cards; here are two for you! Original link

Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 20

Opinion of the 2004 Movie I saw it for the first time 13 years ago today.  I enjoyed it on first watch, but something happened to me the second time I watched it; I really focused on the emotions at hand, and found myself unable to speak to people on more than a perfunctory level for about three days.  I was processing a great many things internally that came up in the film. Graphic (one of my Livejournal icons) reads “It is possible to like the movie and the stage show.  it doesn’t make you a crazy.”  That sums my feelings up very well.   Original link

History of St. Valentine's Day ~ Happy #ValentinesDay

Valentine's Day is here, and in the tradition of dedicating my blog to a bit of history about certain holidays and traditions (See  New Year's ,  Saint Nick and Santa Claus ,  Finding Easter's Date , and  Saint Patrick  for a few others), I decided to look into the facts behind St. Valentine and the reasons we celebrate love and romance on February 14th.  Turns out, there is quite a bit of conflicting information regarding this particular saint and the holiday named for him. Disclaimer: as always, please keep in mind I am a romance author by trade, not a historian!   The name Valentine comes from the Latin word "valens" which means healthy or strong.  The derivation Valentine was a popular n...
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This Week in Indie Publishing

Author Don Massenzio Pros & Cons Of Self-Publishing An Ebook By ISBuzz Team  If you’re considering writing a book now, you have more publishing alternatives than at any other time in history. Among the many options, you can go the traditional route and submit your manuscript to an agent who will work to get you a book deal with a publishing house, or you can do everything on your own. This latter choice has advantages and disadvantages worth exploring, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of self-publishing an ebook. What Exactly is Self Publishing? Self-publishing  is the act of conducting all of the aspects of producing and marketing an ebook on your own. This means you’ll come up wit...
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Blog Share – Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

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Stephen King’s books have sold over 350 million copies. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit that’s impressive. King’s manual “On Writing” reveals that he’s relentlessly dedicated to his craft. He admits that not even The King himself always sticks to his rules – but trying to follow them is a good start. The Barnes & Noble blog recently featured its favorite pieces of Stephen King advice for aspiring writers: 1. First Write for Yourself, And Then Worry About the Audience “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.” 2. Don...
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Quote of the Week – February 14

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. ~ Loretta Young Original link

Is a scapegoat what we think it is?

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A few posts ago (on 4th February), I wrote about how the term whipping boy was used wrongly to mean a scapegoat. Which doesn’t mean to say that people should be called to account if they use the term – of course not; that would just be being pedantic. But why should those of us who now know its false derivation, not view the term with a supercilious smirk? What about the word scapegoat though? Does that still mean, er, scapegoat – a person made to take the blame for one or more others? It seems so. The word was first used in 1530 by William Tyndale in his translation of The Bible from Hebrew. He took the wordAzazel to mean ‘the goote on which the lotte fell to scape.’ (OT, Leviticus, Chapter...
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A Valentine's Day Bucket List Item: The Most Romantic Place on Earth, the City of Love--Venice, Italy

The most romantic place I've ever visited is Venice, Italy. When you get off the train, walk through the station, and open the doors, it’s like stepping into a fairy tale. The streets are all canals, and ornate ancient bridges span the canals, including the famous Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners gazed upon the city for the last time on their way to be locked up. On our last trip to Venice, I planned the trip to coincide with the full moon. When darkness fell, my husband and I had dinner and walked around. No moon yet. We stopped at a café and had gelato and cappuccino. No moon yet. We crossed a bridge and strolled some more. Still no moon. Finally, at 11:30, it rose, glowing and sending shi...
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Happy Valentine's Day

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ABOUT THE BOOK Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan . . . Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

 Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer--much to the chagrin of local law enforcement--when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself become...
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No need for Google

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A bit of fun. This thing happened the other day over Facebook: somebody posted this image… … and I commented that the really scary thing was, I would not need to google at least three of those items. Maybe four. My real problem would be the hits of 2007. Which caused me to think about the huge amount of spurious information, weird factoids and let’s-freeze-the-conversation-right-now sort of things I learned through the years as a reader and a roleplaying game master first, and later as a writer and game designer. And I have already enthused about the joys of research, often, but really it is fun. Consider… I learned about Tarot cards thanks to Roger Zelazny Amber books, and Piers Anthony Tar...
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