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5 Star Review of Book 3, The shadow palace by Jane Steen.

Book 3 in the series was a wonderful conclusion to the series, The house of closed doors.  With no hesitation, I can recommend this book to all readers that love a good historical mystery with a touch of romance. Ms Steen's writing simply leaves you wanting for more from her pen. The characters of Martin, Nell, Sarah and Tess has become mature and easily related to. They became live like in your mind.  The plotline grew from curiosity to maturity over a good time frame that invites you into the lives of Nell, her daughter and their best friend, Tess. Adding more supporting characters it is a well-crafted book that takes you back to the younger years of America and the perceptions of differen...
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Names As Food For Thought?

Shoulder of lamb
What’s in a name? As Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, the growing number of vegetarians and vegans has given some pub and restaurant proprietors a little concern about what to call their establishments. The owners of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in York, for example, felt that name might be deterring non-meat-eaters, so have changed it to Heworth Inn. (I haven’t asked if trade has subsequently picked up or not). Using that logic Devil’s Beef Tub in Moffat, Scotland (named in reference to the cattle thieves who used to hide their stolen animals in the adjacent hollow in the hills) may want to consider a name change. Some meaty sounding place names are ...
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Release Blitz - JM Snyder - Accidentally On Purpose

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | JMS Books Length: 50,000 words approx. Publisher: JMS Books Blurb One morning before work, Alan Travers accidentally bumps into Detective Jim Garrison at a cafe where both men stop for coffee. The handsome younger man interests Alan, but he misses his chance to get to know the detective better and wonders if he'll get another. With the help of his nephew Brooks, Alan concocts a plan to try and get Jim's attention "accidentally on purpose." It works, but as things heat up between them, Alan worries what Jim will think if he finds out their getting together was no accident. Then Brooks goes missing, and Alan's going to have to come clean. But is he the only o...
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Release Blitz Neutral Zone - RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

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INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES... from Owen Thomas Fiction, La Connor Washington Edition: SEAPORT BOOKS

How long has it been since you supported your local independent bookstore or library? I don’t care what your answer is. However long it has been is much too long. We all need to get out there and show some love for those lonely foot soldiers in the fight against illiteracy, literary apathy, and the threat of complete assimilation by the American zero-attention-span-unless-it’s-a-video-zombie-culture that is taking an ever-greater hold of our society. If you live in or intend to visit La Connor Washington then here is a good place to start… SEAPORT BOOKS IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “Seaport Books is a small store with a big heart and a mighty purpose. We sell the best in new titles with a focus on th...
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Anything you damn well want.

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I should be writing, and I’m not

I should be writing, right now: I have a 7000-words story in the works, right now, and I’m on the right track. I’ve got the characters, the voices, the sequence of events, the right imaginings. The deadline looms closer, I have lots of other things to do, and I’d like to post the story ASAP to the editor. I should be writing. But I am in no condition to do it. This afternoon my brother went to see some clients of his – they have a food joint, and he’s doing their website, and went there to discuss some details, including his payment. A person there laughed at his work, and said he could get paid in food. This person in question has nothing to do with the business my brother is working for, b...
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Tea-time with Frankie Drake

I’m sticking to my idea of dropping out of Facebook between 5 and 6.30 PM, and my levels of stress are dropping fast. Just give a wide berth to the socials as people get out of work and pour their frustration online, that’s the trick. During these 90 minutes of freedom, I’m checking my mail, listening to some music, and maybe watching some TV show. I went through YouTube’s Origin in a week, and right now I’ve found another thing that keeps me happy while I detox from the socials: it’s called Frankie Drake Mysteries, and it’s just my cup of tea. Which is quite fitting, considering I’m watching it at tea-time, or thereabouts. The series is being produced in Canada – two seasons so far, I hope ...
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Signed #Books Make Great Gifts! #ShopSmall #SmallBusinessSaturday #ShopSmallSaturday

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and today is Small Business Saturday.  So I wanted to do a quick post to remind people that I will gladly send out signed and personalized books to give to readers as gifts!  It’s a thoughtful and unique gift that supports small business, and my books have something for everyone—steamy romance, spooky suspense, haunting mysteries, second chances, and the page-turning unraveling of secrets from the past.  Both  SILVER LAKE  and  GULL HARBOR  have been #1 Amazon Bestsellers on several occasions, and my Young Adult novel,  DIVINE FALL  (appropriate for teens), is an award-winning RomCon Reader-Rated pick.   HAUNTED SOULS , a Top 3 Read of 2016, combines a...
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Release Blitz - Pia Foxhall - Blackwood (Perth Shifters #1)

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Six-Word Story Challenges – “All”, “Caught”, “Up”, and “Now”.

All Caught Up Now
#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “All” Astronauts waved and humanity waved back. Today’s challenge is: “Caught” “Help Meeee” “Certainly,” the spider replied. Today’s challenge is: “Up” Silk unfurled, drawing her into heavens. Today’s challenge is: “Now” Time stopped, the moment became eternal. I’ve been remiss – sorry about that. Here’s a four-pack to bring me up to date. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Cheers, J. I. Rogers The post Six-Word Story Challenges – “All”, “Caught”, “Up”, and “Now”. appeared first on J. I. Roge...
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Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad

julie's been working for the drug squad
Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad by the Clash is a favorite song for many people of a certain age. Did you know it was inspired by Operation Julie? It’s something I often forget to mention when discussing my own undercover cop memoir Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story. The lyrics of Julie’s Been Working […] The post Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

All About Covers Part 2

Welcome back to the book cover design miniseries! To recap: Part 1 was all about the different types of covers (D.I.Y., premade, and custom) Part 2 is about the process of commissioning a cover design Part 3 (first published in the Nov. 27, 2018 NL) will be about the design for Blind the Eyes specifically. What it’s like working with a cover designer While designing my own covers was good practice and the outcome could have looked (much) worse, leaning too hard into a D.I.Y. ethos can be a mistake. I felt it was important to work with experts where appropriate—and design work (like editing) is one of those areas where it makes sense to recognize your own limitations and invest. In this case,...
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The Roof

Writers Envy On the flight deck, broiling hot sun, bright blue sky, blue sea, whitecaps throwing spindrift with the wind, another day in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom, I’m standing between eighty thousand pounds of Hornet and sixty thousand pounds of thrust at full throttle, two fighter aircraft held back against their will, straining to break free, to pierce the sky, my head on a swivel my nerves strained to the breaking point, float-coat buttoned, cranial on, gloves on, sleeves down, goggles down, muscles taut, engines screaming-screaming-screaming my bones rattle stomach pulled against my backbone teeth clenched marrow quivers in every bone in my body I’m shaking everyth...
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Thanksgiving Sale!

The Wild Rose Press is holding a sale over Thanksgiving weekend. All eBook titles are 40% off - so grab yourself a bargain!  This is the link to my books, but while you're there look at the rest of the site - so many wonderful titles to suit every taste - and all electonic versions discounted! The sale runs from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th November. For insider news and subscriber-only info, subscribe to my occasional Newsletter. I promise not to spam and your in-box will only see an email from me every 3 or 4 months or so - unless of course I have something really Newsworthy to share! I also promise t...
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I'm a USA Today Bestselling #Author! #amwriting #books #Romance #Suspense

This will be a Thanksgiving to remember!  On Wednesday evening, as I was juggling peeling potatoes, chopping vegetables, and preparing stuffing, I got the news...the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set I'm a part of made the USA Today Bestseller's List, coming in at #44 for the week!  One of the authors in the set discovered this online, and the screenshot and the pdf were easy to download, but the Top 50 Bestsellers also go into the print newspaper, and I really, really needed to have my copy. So I dropped everything and ran out the door into the frigid darkness.  I'd already been the the grocery store twice that day for last minute food items, but I started there, braving the jammed ...
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On Progress

The soul of the modern world is torn in two. We have progressed unimaginably far but learned embarrassingly little. This has been the reality for many decades, regardless of whether our societies have realized it or not. The crossroads we are at are painfully obvious, though, and we are seeing a worldwide stir as a result of it. People are afraid. They throw their support behind a new ideology seemingly every day when yesterday’s ideas inevitably fail. They enjoy the fruits of modernity while desperately attempting to reconnect with their ancient history. They fret over the future while totally ignoring the present. They pretend to be experts in everything while crying inside from crushing c...
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Do Not Feed the Trolls

It is not something I like to start the day reading.  Someone posted a nasty comment on my blog.  I suppose I should expect some criticism once in a while, but most people are generally very encouraging so it is … Continue reading → Original link

Look through a peephole

Another crazy art project, inspired by a suggestion from  the amazing artist and thinker,  Chris Hero: I put a landscape with rolling hills, castle towers and a bridge inside a box. It's painted on the floor and inner walls. When you look at the box from any direction, the view would seem distorted. For example, the foremost stair of the bridge (which is painted on the floor of the box) seems grotesquely out of scale compared to the other stairs. But... I invite you to look through the peephole at the front wall of the box. All falls into place, and the view magically becomes three-dimensional, because it is designed to look correct from here: Original link

Black Rose Writing Promotion

My publisher Black Rose Writing is giving 25% off between now and Sunday with the code ROSE25Hy Brasil, Island of Eternity can be preordered with this offer.,Robert E. Kearns