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Do Not Blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust

Do not blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust. It’s untrue, wrong and akin to hate speech. I struggle to comprehend the vehemence of so many people to blame Poland for the Holocaust and for concentration camps built in occupied … Continue reading → The post Do Not Blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust appeared first on Katrina Shawver - Author . Original link Original author: Katrina Shawver

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

New Mexico… My Adopted State blog post #271 A Forties Era motel on East Central Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Regular readers know that I’m born and bred an Okie. I don’t believe I even left the state until I was sixteen when my family moved just across the border to DeQueen, Arkansas where I graduated from high school. After that, I lived in Texarkana, Texas awhile, graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, meandered around Germany for a year or so with the US Army before being shipped to Colorado. After discharge from the military, I took work in Denver where I met and married my wife Betty. Denver was okay, but I wasn’t enamored of it as many people are. So I wasn’t disturbed when my company transferred me to A...
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Do Your Own Research – A Warning to Indie Authors – Guest Post by, Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog Hey Guys! Wow. It’s been a long time. I miss you all! *waves to readers and sits on virtual sofa* This article started out extremely long but then I realized how necessary it was to keep this short and simple.There is so much information out here for Independent Authors and so many made-up commandments it isn’t funny. Everyone has an opinion on what the new author should and shouldn’t do. Everyone has a piece of advice to give or stones to throw. If you move this way you are doing it wrong and if you move that way you are still doing it wrong. There are more laws for the Self-Publisher than there are in the bible. There is something to say about everything....
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Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick

An awkward misfit, nine-year-old Fulke FitzWarin leaves his family for the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Once there, he begins to learn the knightly arts which he desperately hopes will free him from the shadows of his past. Joscelin’s youngest daughter, Hawise, befriends Fulke when he most needs it. But as the years pass, an enemy to Ludlow changes their friendship unalterably, forcing them onto opposite sides of a cruel divide. When the menace to Ludlow intensifies, Fulke must confront the future head on or fail on all counts, all the while desperate to know if Hawise stands with or against him. Shadows and Strongholds is the early part of the story of a family who appear...
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Avoiding Plot and Character Cliches

This post is the twenty-sixth in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. I did not plan out all my posts on novel writing in the beginning so as you will see, some of these posts probably would have been better earlier in the series. Today, I wanted to talk about clichés in writing. A cliché is anything that is overdone and overused. Clichés pop up all the time in movies and books. When you look at the list of cliched plots and characters, you may wonder if it is even possible to come up with something new, something original. Rest assured; It may not be easy, but it can be done. Plot Clichés Plot clichés are the hardest to avoid as ...
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OK, OK, I admit it I have a soft spot for Irish writers, the land of my birth, though I have long since lost the accent.  While we may speak the same language as the English, Welsh, Scots, Americans and the Australians, I maintain we have poetry and words flowing through our veins. Have you guessed … Continue reading MEET BRENDAN GERAD O’BRIEN Original link

How To Increase Book Reviews

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One of the most common questions other indie authors ask me is, “How do I increase book reviews?” This is usually asked by authors with no or very few reviews. All new books, whether independently or traditionally published, start off equal. There are no reviews. The trads soon garner reviews through expensive review sites such […] The post How To Increase Book Reviews appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

An Amusing Anecdote: Historian Ray Swick and My Bio Novel About Eliza Jumel Burr

When researching my biographical novel about Aaron Burr's last wife Eliza Jumel, I came across a quote about Aaron: "He was catnip to women" attributed to historian Ray Swick. I wanted to include that in my book, and figured he'd been one of Aaron's buddies who lived in the 19th century or even earlier, during Aaron's salad days as a ladies' man AND catnip (he was very good looking! Take a gande r, below) I asked one of my Aaron Burr Association  friends, Marty Kakuk, who told me that Ray Swick is very much alive and living in West Virginia! She put me in touch with him, and I asked his permission to use his quote. He graciously obliged.  The book went on sale, with Ray's quote, and he sent ...
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#APC #Spotlight: The #Dragon Dreamer J.S. Burke!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Jenny Burke in my APC spotlight, today! Jenny is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Dragon Dreamer, looks great! Here's the description: The Dragon Dreamer is a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and an unlikely friendship. It's a science fantasy layered for readers age 9 to 99.Arak is a misfit dragon called "Dreamer". Determined to prove himself he leaves on a dangerous quest, is caught in a fierce sea-storm, and crashes on ice. Wounded and alone he faces death. Then a fearless undersea shape-shifter named Scree heals him and an unlikely friend...
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Book Launch Spotlight: The Cold Light of Dawn: The King's Greatest Enemy #4, by Anna Belfrage

Available for pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon US After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer.  Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and...
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Getting personal with J.P. Willie

J.P. Willie was born in Covington, Louisiana to parents Gayla and Joseph Willie on October 30th, 1981. He graduated from Tara High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and joined the United States Army on October 20, 2000. While serving in the Army, he was stationed at: Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Caserma Ederle (Italy), Mannheim (Germany), Fort Benning (Georgia), Schofield Barracks (Hawaii) and Fort Polk (Louisiana). He served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He will retire from the Military in October of 2020. His first novel, Blood In The Woods, was published by Fear Front Publishing on December 26, 2016. The story is inspired by...
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We are thrilled to announce….

Hi y’all, just a quick note to let everyone know that we are officially part of HellBound Books Publishing. I couldn’t be more proud of this fact. We strive for quality as does HellBound. So you will be seeing all of HellBound’s authors and some new characters. We will offer the authors a guest spot on the blog so stay tuned for lots of new and exciting things coming soon!   Much love, Becky Narron   Original link

Do You Pay Attention to Gamification Gurus?

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Today’s Guest Blog is by Toby Beresford: The Gamification Guru Story In October 2011, I was working from my brother-in-law’s room in a farmhouse in West Sussex, England. I had hit a dead end. My wife was pregnant with our first child.  I knew having a family would mean more costs.  Yet my startup business focused on gamification of work was going nowhere. The product was behind schedule, the marketing plan hazy, and the sales strategy unformed. The one marketing activity I was doing was writing a blog. But it was barely cutting through the noise. The content was reasonable yet unremarkable. The target audience was frankly unaware we existed. I wanted to re...
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