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Mister and Miss Belzoni

I was absolutely sure I had done a post about The Great Belzoni, but I was unable to find it. It’s becoming unnerving, this thing that I get an idea for a post, plan it and write it in my mind, and then forget about actually writing it. I am damn scared of Alzheiner, you know… Anyway, here’s the guy, portrayed in all his barbaric style and Oriental mystery. Giovanni Battista Belzoni was born in Padua in 1778, but his family was from Rome, and in Rome he studied hydraulics. He flirted with the idea of joining a monastery, fled when Napoleon conquered the city and ended up as a barber in the Netherlands. From there he moved to London, met and married a woman named Sarah Bane, and they both joi...
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Meet Adriana Kraft and Read About THE HEIST, Sizzling Romantic Suspense

About Adriana Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Whether readers open our romantic suspense or our erotic romance, they can expect characters they care about, hot sex scenes, and a compelling story. Our suspense stories deliver one man, one woman, danger and intrigue. Our erotic romance is edgier and nearly always includes ménage or polyamory, sometimes with two women and a man, sometimes with two (or more) couples. One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspenseline for “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance...
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Meet Adriana Kraft, Writing Sizzling Romance--Here's THE HEIST

ABOUT ADRIANA Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Whether readers open our romantic suspense or our erotic romance, they can expect characters they care about, hot sex scenes, and a compelling story. Our suspense stories deliver one man, one woman, danger and intrigue. Our erotic romance is edgier and nearly always includes ménage or polyamory, sometimes with two women and a man, sometimes with two (or more) couples. One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspenseline for “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance...
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The Condition Of Their Condition

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got a little more of Alyce's adventure to share with you, today! Enjoy! :-) Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel: "One thing we heard was quite common in your healthcare system is a 'wallet biopsy', but we couldn't discern enough about what it was to even begin to create an exhibit about it. It certainly didn't seem credible that it could be a literal descriptive term." I held my stare on Squid-boy for another half a second and then turned to look at the taller alien. With a bitter laugh, I said, "Well, sugar, that's actually almost exactly what it is." "What do you mean?" "A 'wallet biopsy' is when a doctor, or more often a hospital, focuses on a patient's financial cond...
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Getting personal with Luc Vors

Luc Vors is a native Texan with education in Art, Psychology, Biology and Music, and with advanced education in Clinical and Industrial Psychology. He describes himself as “an artist, first, and a scientist, second,” and “obsessed with finding the truly unique.” “I kind of never stood a chance at being normal,” said Luc, who champions his parents as creative and educated in multiple forms of science, computer engineering and art. “Growing up, I was constantly exposed to creative ways of thinking and seeing things. My father is a computer engineer, known for his inventiveness, and was instrumental in solving several computer programming problems that major industries are still using today. My...
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Status report

The Last Stand
Three-thousand and five hundred words in one afternoon is not that bad, and it is a clear sign that I’m back in the game – nothing better than clearing one’s desk to start anew. Maybe it’s the change of season, too – the cold cold winter is over, and now the days are getting longer. Meanwhile, new projects are popping up all over the place, and as I was saying to a friend over the weekend, I’d rather need a few six-packs of 36-hours days. But apparently they don’t make them anymore. And the reading material is piling up – I have here a nice little essay about the Marxist theory of the Cthulhu Mythos that is really what the doctor ordered to find some distraction and possibly a few story idea...
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Stevie Turner: Addictive Personalities

Frances and Martin Andrews have a serious problem: he’s addicted to pornography, and she’s addicted to spying on him to secure evidence of his transgressions. The lack of trust between them has shattered their marriage, and even counseling doesn’t offer much hope. Martin’s repeated lies render impotent his protestations that he’s changed. He desperately wants her back, but she desperately wants to be free of him. That’s the set-up. What follows in this fast-paced and relatively short novel spans a few emotionally-charged years in which husband and wife must face their own flaws as well as each other’s. It’s a compelling read about a life-destroying indulgence that has ensnared all too many p...
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#NewRelease from @CharityParkerso Maksim doesn’t do strings. Marshall doesn’t date men. They’re both about to be proven wrong. Marshall is the golden child. He wins every game he plays—on and off the field. He’s living the dream and knows it. That’s why he refuses to let a thing like preferring men in his bed get in his way. Right now, he’s all about his career. Everything else can wait, or so he thinks, until he meets Maksim. Maksim has it all and basks in it. It’s his job to check out sexy, talented men and offer them lots of money. Sometimes, they’re extremely grateful for his services. What more could a man want? The last distraction Maksim needs is a relationship. Maksim never expects Marshall. Mar...
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Losing a Pet

Her first time with her feet in the water She was not impressed that I did this to her. Our family lost our St Bernard this year to old age. She lived an incredible life, but ran through it much too fast. She was with her pack, her alpha male holding her close, when she passed on. One moment she was small enough to hold in two hands and the next her head filled my laptop. I must say our home is extremely empty now. In the last twenty-two years we've always had a pet, adopting her when our first two babies were in their senior years. Every time we turn around, she's missing. Her trying to figure out why my breath smells like peanut butter. She was not impressed that I didn't share. Owning a p...
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Music Monday: Evangeline Special

Hi, everyone.  I spent yesterday afternoon listening to a fantastic band called Motordude Zydeco .  There is something about this genre of music that just makes me smile. I love it. If you don’t know much about zydeco, here is an article I wrote previously so that you can familiarize yourself. Anyway, today’s song is “Evangeline Special,” as performed by Motordude Zydeco.  This is a live recording, so the audio fidelity is not perfect … but you still get the feel.  Enjoy! Original link

Book review ~To the Edge of the Sky: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Suffering, and the Strength of Human Courage, by Anhua Gao

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US This is one of the most touching, memorable and remarkable books I've read in a long time. My knowledge of life in communist China was the typical western mix of Chairman  Mao's little red book and atrocities in Tiananmen Square, until I read Jung Chang's story,  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China .  Anhua Gao's To The Edge of the Sky is an equally vivid first-hand account of one woman's struggle to against impossible odds. For me, the examples of cruel injustice and betrayal by her own family and colleagues were the most shocking aspects of her story.  Amazingly, Gao and others learn to forgive, and there are many touching examples of people risking th...
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Should You Make That Comment or Not?

Food for thought here. My caveat on item #3 is that when confronting things like racist remarks, I don’t think there’s much (if any) need to question your perceptions first. A Writer's Path [Note from Ryan: While this post isn’t directly about writing much, I think much of what is discussed can be applied to writing. For example, book reviews for other authors and interacting with readers. I enjoyed Stephanie’s article and I think you all will to. Enjoy!] by Stephanie O’Brien I recently had an interesting experience on DeviantArt, and it reminded me of an important principle that applies to both your creative career and your life in general. I was reading one of Zarla’s “Momplates” comics , ...
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Ways to be Wicked

Cynthia Harrison The current writing project is gathering steam. It will be my third mystery and I hope to have an easier time with it than the last two. They say third time’s the charm, right? To that end, I have been doing a lot of plotting and planning. I’m finding Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron a blessing, particularly when it comes to fleshing out my killer. I wanted this killer to be unique to St. Pete, where the book is set, and where I’m lucky enough to be currently holed up alone while my husband works in Detroit. Al should be here soon, but I want to nail down this bad guy (and it usually always is a guy, in books and in real life) before my good guy gets her...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part Two

The Haunted Pen's Guide To...
There are myriad experiences that occur within the realm of the paranormal. The following list is a broad overview of some of the many supernatural phenomena, entities, and activity said to exist. Animal Spirit Guide Native Americans believe that when you are born an animal spirit enters your soul and protects you throughout your life. When connecting with an animal spirit guide, always remember their survival and predatory characteristics – they will help a person grow, make decisions and determine their life path. There are four basic types of animal guides, and some people may have more than one type: Messenger Guide (Totem) – This guide usually appears to guide or warn of a specific situ...
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We were drawn back to the Hofburg like moths to a flame. Looking at the size of it, I was amazed to read later that the Royal Palace in Madrid is even larger, though it certainly didn’t look like it to me. The Hofburg is also home to some very special horses, the ones that … Continue reading REINS AND REIGNS Original link

Being named Alexa in a world being taken over by Amazon’s Alexa

In the beginning of 2015, the Amazon Echo joined our family . The digital assistant for this smart home device is named Alexa. The same name as my daughter. So, of course, we changed the “wake word” (the word to activate the digital assistant) to ‘Echo’ on our device to avoid confusion. Later we got an Echo Show and changed its “wake word” to ‘Amazon.’ (Recently, Amazon also offered the word ‘computer’ as a possible “wake word,” but at this point you must choose one of their pre-selected wake words.) In the three years since we got our Echo, more and more other families have gotten their own Amazon Echoes, and they have not needed to change the digital assistant’s name from Alexa. This means...
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Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’ll be talking about submissions. Oh, yes, this subject has come up again, but only because I’ve noticed a trend that’s troubling. You’ve written your book. It’s taken you quite a long time, but you finally feel it’s ready for to submit to a publisher. But, you’re read all these blog posts about how you should use a critique group or beta readers to make sure you didn’t miss any important plot points. There has also been a lot made of the fact that you need an editor, to work the kinks out or identify missing or misspelled words. You check out critique groups first. Sure, you could go to the one at the local library. They have a couple of op...
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Audiobook Release: A Season for Killing Blondes

I’m thrilled to announce the release of this audiobook! Written by: Joanne Guidoccio Narrated by: Eliza Huberth Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins Genre: Mystery Release date: 2018-03-05 Language: English Publisher: The Wild Rose Press You can now listen to this book wherever you are and with any of your devices. If you take advantage of a 30-day free trial with Audible, your first audiobook is free. You can keep the audiobook if you decide to cancel at the end of the month. Find out more here . Blurb Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and bu...
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When a Review of your Book (The Starling) makes your Heart go THUD!

Review by Kay on Goodreads…. The Starling is available now for preorder on iBooks, Nook, Kobo and Google Play To be notified when available on Amazon, click HERE . Add THE STARLING to Goodreads LINK to Goodreads Review  Shelves:  mystery-intrigue Imagine The Thomas Crown Affair merged with Entrapment and know that The Starling is an Oscar winner beyond those art heist films. What makes a good heist movie even better? A handsome leading man paired against a hot leading lady and The Starling scores BIG in that category. I am completely in love with the leading characters Vivianne Faulks and Paul de Gaules. The Starling has it all; intrigue, secrets, lies, sexual tension, international espionag...
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 During the Spanish Civil War Frank Swiver and his college pal, Max Rabinowitz, both fall in love with Amanda Zingaro, but she and her father are shot by a local fascist strongman. Eleven years later in San Francisco in 1949, Frank, traumatized by the violence in Spain, has become a pacifist and makes a marginal living as a private eye. He is called into a murder case that the cops hope to write off as suicide. Max, who lost an eye in Spain but owes his life to Frank, becomes a public defender and asks Frank to help him build a defense for a Mexican accused of knifing a naked man in a hotel room. Max has also met a woman in the case who is a dead ringer for Amanda, the woman ...
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