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Book Review: “The Strange Curse of Breda” by Steven Arnett

A series of murders, with apparently no pattern or reason, hits a small town in 1971 Michigan. The murderer writes the word ZOSO on the victim’s torso after completing each grim task, giving it the appearance of one of the many cult murders at the time. Suspicion initially falls on a nearby commune, but it’s … Continue reading Book Review: “The Strange Curse of Breda” by Steven Arnett ⭐⭐⭐⭐ → Original link

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Recipe of the Month: December 2018


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Torta Rigojanci (Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Filling), a decadent Hungarian dessert perfect for the holidays. Visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com for the recipe. Original link

Book Launch Excerpt from Sisters of Arden, by Judith Arnopp


Available for pre-order from   Amazon UK and Amazon US England 1536: For almost four hundred years Arden Priory remains unchanged until a nameless child is abandoned at the gatehouse door; the nuns take her in and raise her as one of their own. As Henry VIII’s second queen dies on the scaffold, the embittered King strikes out, and unprecedented change sweeps across the country. The bells of the great abbeys fall silent, the church and the very foundation of the realm begin to crack.  Determined to preserve their way of life, novitiate nuns Margery and Grace join a pilgrimage thirty thousand strong and attempt to lead the heretic king back to grace. Sisters of Arden is a story of valour, virt...
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TCIO Party For Guelph #NaNoWriMo

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Yesterday evening, I joined ten other NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TCIO (Thank Chuck It’s Over) party. A diverse group, we hail from Guelph, Milton, Kitchener, and Wellington County. Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month. My final stats…54,652 words with an average of 1,822 words per day. Original link

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

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I cannot get this story out of my head. The intricacies of the characters’ relationships, the depth of emotion, the shattering of lives left me with an urge to dive into the novel and sort everyone out. If you’d just mind your own business, I screamed in my head, If you only knew. A vivid depiction of the importance of knowing the facts before acting and then asking yourself, “Is this any of my business?” Blurb In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding ...
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Getting Festive


December already and almost time to be thinking of buying presents, the Christmas card list, Christmas day lunch and putting up the decorations. Plenty of households around me have got all this in hand – to judge from the number of twinkling lights in the front room windows. I haven’t got further than pointing out to my husband that my favourite scent is running out. If you need to kick start you Christmas spirit, why not download Festive Treats. It’s free (which might explain why it has been an Amazon best seller continuously since its publication two years ago), and it’s full of quirky, good humoured, not to say humorous, short stories about the Christmas period. (Declaration of interest, ...
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Series Finale Special Pre-Order Price! Book 3 Steve Regan Undercover Cop

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Series Finale Special Pre-Order Price! You know it makes sense. Reserve your copy now before the price increase. The Gripping Fast-paced Series Finale to the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Trilogy Steve Regan is still undercover working for the same UK secret government department. He sets off on what he thinks is a last assignment: seconded […] The post Series Finale Special Pre-Order Price! Book 3 Steve Regan Undercover Cop appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

FEATURED AUTHOR: MICHAEL SHUSKO



ABOUT THE BOOK Up-and-coming news reporter Angie Bryant is determined to get the scoop on what's really happening in Darfur, no matter the risk. After all, it's the kind of story that will catapult her career to the next level. Jason Russo is a disillusioned NGO doctor stationed at a refugee camp in eastern Chad. While he tries to help where he can, Jason finds it difficult to get the support he needs to make a difference. But when the pair witnesses Janjaweed soldiers gun down a dozen Darfurian refugees in cold blood, everything changes. Suddenly, the only assignment that matters is telling the world about the current conditions in western Sudan — at all costs. Angie and Jason find themsel...
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I discovered—mostly by feel—what lay buried in its core


The iron door banged shut behind us. After a while, the slam of boots against the floor, there on the other side, became softer. At last, it faded away. Locked up, we had no will to talk, no patience to listen. In exhaustion, each one of us turned away into himself. The boy curled in one corner, his friend in another. As for me, I paced back and forth, forth and back, trying to locate a spot where the darkness was lighter—finding none.  Now, in the absence of sounds, the only thing I could hear was my heart, pounding. And the memory of her voice, her soft, musical voice. It started reverberating in my skull—but this time it came not in English, not even in French. “ Schnell,” it said, echoin...
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Cold, idle and with a new skill


A very cold day after many weeks of early-Autumn-like warmth, a day spent – once the idea of going for a walk in the fields was cancelled with a deep shiver – mostly in bed, reading, and recharging my batteries. But I have received news about a story of mine, that passed the first round of selection and now will go through a final pass – and we’ll learn if I have a sale or a story looking for a new home. Fingers crossed, but not enough to stop me typing. And in other news, I have started yet another career, adding a new unlikely skill to my already overloaded resume: I am now offering my services as a translator and subtitle-monger (I don’t know what’s the proper name of the job) for online ...
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Hot New Release “Given to Fly” by JD Estrada

Have you ever wanted to read a book that dreams about becoming a Studio Ghibli film?  Well now you can.  Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada and his first full length middle grade … Continue reading → Original link

Sneak Peek of ICEHAVEN (Sum of all Tears) Read Chapters 1-3 for Free!


Be the first to read the first three chapters of ICEHAVEN An enthralling post‑apocalyptic dystopian adventure with a paranormal twist. Download your FREE copy (mobi or epub) at Prolific Works until December 31st Get ICEHAVEN  + 21 other exclusive books when you purchase the Cursed Lands Box Set! Buy Cursed Lands Original link

Available NOW on Kindle!

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Just $3.99, or FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. 26 Tales of Para-Earth Encounters Spanning 150 years answering many questions about your favorite vampyre and his friends such as: – How did a Nathan manage to continue to serve the Union Army in the Civil War after becoming a vampyre?  -How did he and The Professor meet? -Why did Lisa and Marisa drift apart? -Has Nathan or his friends ever met any of the characters from “The Bridge” or “The Ship”? -Who else has had a Para-Earth encounter? Plus much more! So go ahead grab your copy today! *And remember the holidays area almost upon us and you can order Kindle books for family and friends, you can even have them delivered on a specific dat...
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Sample Saturday: “Sui Generis”

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Hello, everyone. Today’s sample is an essay from my sampler eBook, Sui Generis. It’s always free on Smashwords . I chose this piece because it is World AIDS Day. I have lost many friends to this disease, including the man named Byron mentioned herein, who passed away in 2013. This piece was originally written for a 2010 project called AIDS Begone, to be curated by Angela Bowie, which unfortunately never came to pass. Today, in memory of those who have parted, I share it with you. Speaking Their Names “We are here in the memory of those who have parted …” The lyrics float up through the rotunda of San Jose, Calif.’s City Hall. It’s Dec. 1, 2009, World AIDS Day. I am one of the two altos singi...
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December 2018 Giveaway #1


To celebrate the holiday season, each week in December I will be hosting a giveaway. This week is two coasters featuring  The Lost Savanah  and a $10 Amazon gift card. You must be willing to give me your mailing address if you are chosen as the winner of this giveaway. You MUST be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. To enter: If you are already on my email list, simply enter your email address for the first entry in the rafflecopter form below. You will then be offered additional entries. If you are not already on my email list, complete the form on the right side of this page to join. You will receive an email to confirm. After confirming, enter your email address ...
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RELEASE | REFUSING TO SINK BY RAEBETH MCGEE-BUDA @raebethmcgee


Book Title:  Refusing To SinkAuthor: RaeBeth McGee-BudaGenre: Christian Contemporary ****Lily lost her beloved second daughter years ago and was determined to spend every waking moment making memories with Hope and Jax. Christmas was no exception and a favored holiday. However, Lily's faith was shaken and left in pieces when tragedy struck; leaving Hope battered Original link

Release Blitz- Foxes - Suki Fleet


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited Length: 501 pages Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design Blurb  When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable. A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is ...
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NEW RELEASE - ALPACA MY BAGS


Alpaca My Bags: Dying to Leave the Oasis (A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Violet Patton Cozy Mystery First in Series Amazon Digital Services (December 1st, 2018) 231 pages Digital ASIN: B07JX5WHB5   Murder? Romance? Intrigue? The Desert Oasis runs rampant with gossip and secrets. Sweetie Bastard told Hunny Bunny—pack your bags we’re moving to lovely Tucson, Arizona. She didn’t have a choice. He sold her house and bought a park model online sight unseen in the Desert Oasis 55 plus community. The park was more asphalt than oasis—hot—dry—terrible. The trailer was a wreck. No air-conditioning. No beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay. There’s an Arizona room to build. A golf cart to buy...
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Are You Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom Throughout Your Organization?


Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:  Linda Broenniman and Dan Frumkin, Founders of RadiateBuzz.com , provide today’s Blog Story, about sharing knowledge and wisdom throughout your organization.     Linda and Dan are successful entrepreneurs with years of experience in selling and in technology. Through their experiences, they recognize the power of connecting the right people at the right time with the right information. Their goal is to help companies accelerate growth and build lasting value. And their vision is to create such a platform for all companies and people to thrive, ___ B2B selling is a sophisticated human process. It takes experience and human intelligence to deliver resu...
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