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To review or not to review?

As a reader, when you purchase a book, do you bother to leave a review when you’ve finished it? I do, as I think it’s important to share your opinion with others. Why? Well, if I’ve enjoyed the work, I want others to enjoy it too. If I haven’t, I must admit I chicken out […] Original link

Getting personal with Sadie Whitecoat

Piper Joelle Albus, writing as Sadie Whitecoat, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. In the early years others observed her eccentric style and shy personality. In high school she excelled in art and was chosen to be enrolled for International Bachelorette program, something she found to be enjoyable until she discontinued school to focus on herself after some unfortunate events took place and very well changed her whole life. Known as ‘Pipez’ by friends and acquaintances, Pipez has renamed herself many times and developed each of her sides just like characters- Each one of them totally obsessed with writing dark poetry. Known in her published work as Ms. ‘Sadie Whitecoat’, her first born alias...
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Book Launch Guest Post by Brittany Lewis, Author of Reunited (The Zion Series Book 3)

New on  Amazon US  and  Amazon UK Just as Katie's life is settling into a new normal after leaving Zion and the birth of her son, she is given news that will forever alter her reality. Meanwhile, the moment that Michael has so desperately wished for, but never thought would come has finally arrived. He must make the hardest decision of his life, and if he doesn't choose correctly,  he could lose everything, forever. My latest novel, Reunited, is the third book in my Young Adult series, The Zion Series. This series is about a family that was born and raised in a very strict, cult-like community. One of the children decides to risk everything and leave the community before her baptism. Her par...
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Weekend Reads: “I Give You My Body”

I Give You My Body
I Give You My Body by Diana Gabaldon My rating: 4 of 5 stars I long ago decided that I was never too good to learn something new and/or improve my skills. Hence, the purchase of this book. Diana Gabaldon is most famous for her steamy Outlander series. She draws heavily on examples from her own work to make her points, and the method is effective. She shows what she’s talking about so that readers can understand how she puts her own advice into practice. There are some rather erotic pencil sketches included in the text, so if you’re reading this in a public place you might want to be aware. In any event, the advice is sound and I learned at least one new thing from the book that will help fut...
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Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 15

Favorite ALW Raoul We are halfway through the challenge now, and today’s post is going to be a little different from the others. I have seen some outstanding portrayals of Raoul, notable among them being Andrew Ragone, Hadley Fraser, Storm Lineberger, and Ramin Karimloo .  Today, though, I want to write about a Raoul whom I never saw onstage but who became a friend during a dark and difficult time. Via Byron Nease (1954-2013) played Raoul for 1,700 performances in Canada.  Colm Wilkinson played the Phantom, and Rebecca Caine was Christine.  His rich baritone can be heard on the Canadian cast album.   I met Bud, as he asked his friends to call him, via Twitter.  My first POT...
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On Verne’s Birthday: Michael Strogoff

And this being Jules Verne’s birthday, why not go and reread one of his books – or watch a movie basedon one of Verne’s books? And KeithTaylor mentioned Michael Strogoff, and that’s quite a nice choice for Karavansara: an adventure yarn, set in the heart of Eurasia, and featuring chases, swashbuckling, heroics and derring-do. All in a neat package, courtesy of one of the fathers of science fiction – but here applying his skills to a spy thriller of sorts. It is also one of the titles on which my generation cut its teeth as readers. But we’ll get to that. Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar was published in 1876, and was an instant success. Indeed, it is still regarded today as one of V...
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Why didn’t you write to me?

I figured I had to soften the tension between us. I had to speak out, and do it fast, in my smartest, most eloquent manner, and come up with something, anything that would make her want me back — but somehow I could not find the words.  My heart started hammering. Standing across from her I found myself, somehow, more isolated than ever. I was beset by anxiety, by rage that had been wrought by waiting, desperately waiting on the other side of the ocean months on end for a letter, a word from her. All I could do was burst out with, “Why didn’t you write to me?” In turn she blurted out, “Why didn’t you?” Which set me back on my heels. I gasped, realizing that I should try to start this convers...
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The 2018 Interview Series Featuring Elle Boca

Author Don Massenzio Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year. I am honored to continue this series with fellow Florida author Elle Boca. For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my  Author Directory page. If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Now, please enjoy this interview with Elle Boca: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I stri...
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Notice Me Facebook Party

Notice Me: Holton Series #2 was published five years ago today. Please join me for a Facebook Party from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. central time to celebrate.  Notice Me Facebook Party: Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family. She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed. Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way. She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her. Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never notice...
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Today’s Featured Author – David L. Heaney

Today I welcome author David L. Heaney to my blog. His debut novel, A Yorkie’s Tale: Lessons from a Life Well-Lived, came out in October 2017. Interview Tell us a bit about yourself. I have had, what I think, is a really interesting life. I hope it will continue to be as interesting as it has been so far. I grew up for the most part outside New York City during the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. I look back on my life during that time and like so many others wonder how I survived. It was wonderful but crazy. I had no idea what I wanted when I went to college so initially majored in English then discovered philosophy and loved speculative metaphysics even as the area was gradually falling out of favo...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight: The Forest and The Flames (The Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders Book 2) by Gemma Lawrence

Available on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Autumn, 1066:The Battle of Hastings is done.  The struggle for England begins. Matilda, Lady of Flanders, Duchess of Normandy, rules as Regent of Normandy for her husband, Duke William. William has won the Battle of Hastings, but Saxon England does not wish to surrender to him as King. As William sets England to flame, Matilda waits in Normandy for the time to come when she can claim her crown. Through bloodshed, battle and struggle will England be won, but even as Matilda rejoices for her new power, a prophesy is spoken, linking the fates of her children to the wailing voices and horrific images in dreams which come to haunt her. Matilda comes to unde...
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A Writer’s Life

Yesterday evening, I returned to the Guelph Public Library (Westminster Square Branch) to lead a discussion on the creative life with a lively group of writers and wannabe writers, who braved the cold, blustery temperatures. I shared my experiences and advice on finding inspiration, establishing daily rituals, dealing with writer’s block, and getting published. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of questions and comments. The group was a diverse one with interests in writing poetry, fiction, memoirs, and self-help books. Thanks to librarians Karen Cafarella and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event. L-R: Erin El Masry, Joanne Guidoccio, Deb Quaile, Karen Cafarella Origi...
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ABOUT THE BOOK When journalist Peter Merrick is asked to write a eulogy for his mentor, Jesuit priest James Ingram, his biggest concern is doing right by the man. But when his routine research reveals disturbing ties to sexual abuse and clues to a shadowy deal trading justice for power, everything he believed about his friend is called into question. With the US presidential election looming, incumbent Arthur Wyncott is quickly losing ground among religious voters. Meanwhile, Owen Feeney, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is facing nearly a billion dollars in payments to victims of sex abuse. When Feeney hits on a solution to both men’s problems, it seems the stars have aligned....
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Jules Verne 190th birthday

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Destiny's Gambit - Spotlight, Review and #Giveaway

This is my stop during the book blitz for Destiny’s Gambit by R.J. Wood. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours . The book blitz runs from 5 till 11 February.  See the tour schedule  here . Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1) By R.J. Wood Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Sword and Space/ Space Fantasy Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult Release Date: January 24, 2015 Blurb: Jake Flynn’s parents disappeared when he was a baby. On his twelfth birthday, the mystery of why his parents disappeared begins to unravel when he discovers a glowing talisman with a message from his father. Jake is directed to a derelict sailboat in a field. He watches in awe as the talisman kn...
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Two writing issues

Yeah, I know, I know… I’ve been told years ago that writers write, they don’t talk about writing. But you see, I spent some time yesterday discussing with a young author 1 about two issues I never considered issues in the first place, when it comes to writing: Basing the main character on ourselvesTaking responsibility for what we write I was rather surprised by the responses of my counterpart, and in the end I think he was rather annoyed by my position, so I thought I may as well annoy you guys. Re: basing our protagonists on ourselves Unless we are the Most Interesting Man in the World (but then, what are we doing writing a book?) this is a sure recipe for trouble. Granted, we all started ...
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Passwords: Have you been pwned?

Want to make the world a safer place? Start with your passwords!
If you want to make your world a safer place? Start with your passwords. From logging in to our social media accounts to buying new shoes, we wouldn’t be able to get much done without first logging into an account with a password. The problem is, as more and more of our everyday lives have gone online, particularly as authors and writers, when we need a wide range of internet sites and platforms to market and promote our books. Chances are you have needed to create more passwords than ever, which can cause problems. After all, who uses a different password for each and every site? Perhaps not many of us, if we’re being honest. Indeed, according to  new research from Kaspersky Lab , people te...
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Win a #Kindle, #giftcards, #books, + jewelry! #Raffle #Giveaways #Paranormal #Romance

I'm excited to be a part of the Mystic Worlds Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Giveaway, sponsored by 33 fabulous authors.  We have a bunch of great gifts up for grabs, including a Kindle Fire HD8, e-book prize packs (winner chooses the titles), Amazon gift cards, and a beautiful solid sterling silver Celtic wolf pendant.   by artist Paul Borda Dryad Design You can enter the Rafflecopter below, or enter from our website and peruse our book fair as well!  We have titles featuring shifters, vampires, ghosts, psychics, angels, and witches, most under $2.99!  I featured Divine Fall , which is a YA Paranormal Romance filled with forbidden first love and supernatural secrets, available for les...
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Winning is everything... The schemer by Avery Flynn. A hot romantic comedy

Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritating—until he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refu...
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Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 14

Favorite ALW Christine You would think, given the number of productions I’ve seen, that this would be harder.  Honestly, it wasn’t.  Only two really stood out:  Sierra Boggess, and Celia Graham.  At the end of the day, I decided Celia was my favorite.  I saw her play Christine opposite Earl Carpenter . Here is Celia doing “Think of Me,” from Act 1. This is an audience bootleg, so the picture is not ideal.  However, the sound quality is excellent. I am reasonably sure that Ramin Karimloo is Raoul here.   Original link