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ABOUT THE BOOK R. L. Bartram brings us a thrilling tale of espionage set in the American Civil War. Barely fourteen, Ceci Prejean is a tomboy running wild in the hot Louisiana summer. After breaking the nose of a local boy, her father decides to enlist the aid of Hecubah, a beautiful Creole woman, with a secret past, who takes Ceci in hand and turns her into a lady. Now, eighteen-year-old Ceci meets and falls passionately in love with a handsome young northerner, Trent Sinclaire. Trent is a cadet at the West Point military academy. He acts as if he knows Ceci. They begin a torrid affair, even as the southern states begin to secede from the Union. Only weeks before their wedding, the Confeder...
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A #Free #Book of "Hacks" for the Holidays! #Recipes #Christmas #Lifehacks

Every year, my publisher offers a free recipe book, as a gift to our readers, filled with contributions from the authors of The Wild Rose Press.  We vote on different themes each year, and we've offered Garden Gourmet collections featuring easy meals and snacks, international recipes, cookies and cocktails, and healthy recipes in the past...these books are still available, for free, on our website!  This year, we did something a little different...our "recipes" for Garden Gourmet 2017 are actually "hacks" - shortcuts or tricks to make tasks more simple, whether they involve cooking, cleaning, or just life in general. So grab you free ebook here: A Holiday of Hacks , and discover some new way...
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#WeWriWar, Sunday Snippets: Beloved Enemy - At least she wasn't alone ...

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warrior and 8 Sentence Sunday, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to read and write! We've got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their work. Writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet on Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the other writers - they're listed below: Weekend Writing Warriors for Eight Sentence Sunday Snippet Sunday Facebook Group If you'd to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, whether published or not, follow the link and sign up. It's a great community to be a part of!  Here's the second snippet from the third book in the Destiny Trilogy. Thanks so much to everyone who has been following this series, and ...
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The lion and the puddle

Here are just a few of the pics I took of this gorgeous lion, during  our safari tour in South Africa. Our local guide, who is sitting on an extension out at the front of the jeep, spotted him in the distance. It’s very hard to spot the animals, because their coloring is so much like the vegetation of the savanna, but at this time of the year there are no leaves, so it is easier to spot in the dry season than in the rainy season. The lion came out from behind the branches and bushes, and we followed him on his way to a small puddle. By his limping, we knew he was wounded. He found his way to a small puddle, where he started lapping the little water he could find.  Original link

Inhuman beauty – Kathleen Byron

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I’m re-watching a number of Powell & Pressburger movies, these nights. It started with an article I read on the website of the British Film Institute. That made me re-watch A Matter of Life and Death, which led to a post on my Italian blog, and a mention of my favorite Powell & Pressburger movie, Black Narcissus – so I re-watched that one too, and I will post on my Italian blog about it too. Both movies feature an actress I always found marvelous, but I never followed very much – Kathleen Byron. She was absolutely beautiful in such a strange, somewhat disquieting way. Born in 1921, she was 25 when Powell & Pressuburger cast her as an angel in A Matter of Life and Death, in which she shines f...
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Book Group topics for Xaghra’s Revenge

I attend a couple of book groups in Chester. Often the books generate plenty of points for us to discuss, but sometimes it is useful for the publisher or author to provides questions. Many of these book group topics apply to any fiction so feel free to copy. Possible Book Group topics for XAGHRA’S REVENGE  1. What did you like best about this book? 2. What did you like least about this book 3. What other books did this remind you of 4. Which characters in the book did you like best? 5. Which characters did you like least? 6. If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast? 7. Share a favourite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out? 8. What other books by this author h...
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Sample Saturday: “It Happened in Memphis”

Hi, everyone.  It’s day two of Blogmas.  I decided to share one of the short tales from It Happened in Memphis and Other Stories.  This is still a work-in-progress, so the final draft may look a little different. Fans of Bayou Fire will, of course, remember Amos and Diana … and Amos’ nephew, Jimmy.  This tale takes place several years after the events of the original novel.  Enjoy this little holiday snippet! Winter Nights “Are you sure you’ll be warm enough,” Amos asked as Diana stepped up into the carriage on Decatur Street. “Amos, I am wearing so many layers I’m surprised I can put my arms down. I promise, I’ll be warm enough. If you’re that worried about me, you can put your arm around m...
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Featured Author Spot open for December and January

NOW Looking for December and January!  Are you an author looking for some additional publicity for your latest book? I host guest authors every Friday – any genre, both traditionally and self-published. In the past 5 years, I have hosted 294 authors on my site! The Featured Author post can take one of three formats: author interview, book excerpt or a guest post on any aspect of writing, publishing, or book marketing. Sign up is on a first-come-first-served basis, though I do have a few Tuesday openings to accommodate special requests for dates related book tours, book releases or cover reveals. (Click the Featured Authors link on the left to check out past authors.) If you are interested, s...
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She can see them. They can kill her. GHOST WRITER by Alison Bruce #mystery #thriller

TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the mystery  GHOST WRITER  by Alison Bruce. AVAILABLE AT: amazon   ABOUT THE STORY: Jen Kirby has seen ghosts since she was a child, but she can’t talk to them or help them cross over. And, after a violent death in the family, she doesn’t want to see them anymore. In her role as ghostwriter, Jen joins a Canadian Arctic expedition to document and help solve a forty-year-old mystery involving an American submarine station lost during the Cold War. The trouble is, there are people—living and dead—who don't want the story told, and they’ll do anything to stop her. Now Jen is haunted by ghosts she can’t avoid or handle alone. That means confiding in the one man she doesn...
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We are snowed in

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Santa's Little #Authors #Christmas #Giveaway! $160 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-) There's a new giveaway for the holidays!  Please take a moment to check out the Santa's Little Authors Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 50 prizes, and the grand prize is $160 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details: a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-) Original link

Special Guest Interview with Author Anna Belfrage

New on  Amazon US  and  Amazon UK In this, the ninth book of The Graham Saga, we return to a Maryland presently torn apart by religious conflict – the hitherto so tolerant approach to various faiths is a thing of the past now that the staunchly Protestant William & Mary sit on the throne, and when Catholic friends of the Grahams end up in danger, Matthew and Alex must ride to the rescue. Today I would like to welcome award-winning historical fiction author  Anna Belfrage : Tell us about your latest book  My latest book is called There is Always a Tomorrow and is the ninth book of The Graham Saga. I wasn’t planning on writing a ninth book. To be honest, I am still surprised that first book re...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 1

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 $25 Amazon Gift Card from Heather Weidner. Our grand prize giveaway is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit each day for more chances to win! Original link

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istavan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. a Summary, Discussion, and Review

#SciFi #IndieAuthor reblogging ‘Infinite Text’s’ #BookReview of “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction” by Istavan Csicery-Ronay, Jr. Infinite Text “…science fiction is more than a literary genre or a social passion. It is a way of organizing the mind to include the contemporary world…SF is an art that delights in vision, intelligence, and the infinite possibilities of change.” My overall impression of this book was that it was trying so hard to be exclusive and elite that it almost became nonsensical. Yes, I understand that it contributes to a larger conversation. However, if you look at Joanna Russ’s discourse on feminist science fiction, or Sterling’s, LeGuin’s, and Atwood’s nonfiction wr...
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Are You Ignoring This Business Strategy?

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Highly productive and ambitious people have their eye on business strategy at all times. The problem is the desire to achieve milestones quickly. But there is a price to pay when projects are done too fast. The same applies to online communication. Meaningless messages will turn off potential followers and limit visibility.  Sharing our best at all times increases the likelihood of maintaining and growing our followings. My Story Social media caught my attention the moment it was announced as it opened up the world of sales on a global scale. We can enjoy insights and see beautiful photographs from around the world. As one who had to learn to slow down t...
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A good, busy day

What a day! Today I launched my Patreon Page – and already I have six (count ‘em, six) patrons. Check out the button in the sidebar. I also did the launch for my Self-Publishing online course for the Italian market – offering both VIP and Regular access. And I am happy to announce that the VIP Tickets were sold out in five hours – while Regular access is still available 1 . All of the above meant I spent most of today juggling Mailchimp mailing lists, DoAttend and Google Class accounts, and checking out various notifications. It was a very good day, and I want to thank everybody! Thank you! Now I’ll prepare my first post for my patrons, and then I’ll complete a rewrite of my New York story, ...
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Release Blitz plus Review: Ms Demeanor by Danica Winters

Ms. Demeanor by Danica Winters Series: Mystery Christmas, #4 Genre: Romantic Suspense Paperback Release Date: November 21, 2017 Digital Release Date: December 1, 2017 A cold-case Christmas in Mystery, Montana  Yearning to be known as something other than Mystery's ultimate bad boy, rancher Rainier Fitzgerald isn't pleased when he stumbles upon the remains of a dead body. Especially when Officer Laura Blade catches him with a gun in his hand. Spending Christmas chasing down a cold case with a man she's not supposed to fraternize with isn't granting any of Laura's holiday wishes, either. But could her favorite time of the year be working its magic on Laura's feelings? Or is Rainier truly trans...
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It’s Time to Educate You: Spirit Animals

Do you know what an animal totem is?  Do you understand the significance in spirit animals?  According to Urban Dictionary (2016) spirit animal is defined as an animal who chooses you or you choose it to get guidance & learning.  Furthermore, these animals help you through life, and the Native Americans believe in this phenomenon.  There’s something to be said for the ways of the tribal people. Animal totems represent the way we use our spirit animals to help us.  Moreover, some of those animals are believed to focus on various energy sets that we need to cope with daily life (StarStuffs, 1997).  The animals that attach themselves to us offer us strength, healing, ferocity, and even peace.  ...
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World AIDS Day 2017

I don’t even know how many friends I have lost to HIV/AIDS anymore; I stopped counting. I have friends who live with this disease every day … along with the stigma that comes with it.   It’s World AIDS Day … a time to not only raise awareness but to make some kind of a contribution to help end this disease.   I had many LGBT friends in the early 1980s, when this disease first reared its head in our country.  My friend Anne was a newly-minted RN at the time, and she called me in a state of great concern.   “There’s a new disease that we’re seeing in hospitals. We don’t know much about it or what causes it, but we know it’s killing gay men. Please tell your friends to be careful.”   Some of th...
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