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ABOUT THE BOOK Private investigator Charlie Miner, freshly revived from his own murder, gets a call from Homicide Detective Dave Putnam. Self-styled “psychic to the stars” Tamara Gale has given crucial information about three murders, and the brass thinks it makes the Department look bad. Dave wants Charlie to help figure out the angle, since he has first-hand experience with the inexplicable. Trouble is, Charlie, just weeks after his full-death experience, once again has severe cognitive problems and may get them both killed. Earl Javorsky’s Down To No Good is wildly original, wildly energetic, wildly funny – it’s just straight up wild, and I mean that in the best possible way.
 – Lou Berne...
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From Midnight to Moonlight - Paranormal Romance by Nancy Gideon

From Midnight to Moonlight Paranormal Romance by Nancy Gideon I'm delighted to feature this great author on my blog again. If you missed last week's post, here is your chance to find out more about the fantastic 'Touched By Midnight' series - and for a limited time, Book 1: Midnight Kiss, is on sale at the bargain price of only 99c Hunt or be hunted . . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon’s Touched by Midnight serie s. A DARK CURSE Miss Arabella Howland is content to forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing pati...
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How Do You View Business?

  Some people view business as a mere transaction while others see it as a process for developing relationships. Blending the two thoughts will see more people will doing well in their endeavors. My Story Being in business requires on-going learning. Old ideas sometimes transform, or, they combine with the new thought of the day. Sales management and peers were always discounting the prices in their portfolio as anxiety to make the sale overtook common sense. Witnessing how people sold at my first job, I wondered: Doesn’t one need to make more sales to make quota when offering deeply discounted pricing? If the sales representative doesn’t see the value, why would their prospective client? Se...
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Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

I was listening this morning to the song, “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” and suddenly I was singing, weeping and raising my hands in Worship to God all by myself as the powerful message of the words impacted me … Continue reading → Original link

New York and my father

I am putting the finishing touches on a new story, the deadline is two days away. I’m working on another author’s bible, and I’ve enjoyed the writing so far. I like the characters, the set-up, the concept. As I usually do, I used the web to research a bit the canonical elements. In this case, I used Google Maps to reconnoiter the area in New York in which the main character lives. And I found to my surprise that the main character lives about a block away from my father’s place when he lived in New York. It gave me a weird turn. Back in the early ‘60s, my dad left Italy and moved to the US, to New York, where his family had some relations. He was young and bold and had stars in his eyes. He ...
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She can see them. They can kill her. GHOST WRITER by Alison Bruce #mystery

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’t...
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So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Author Don Massenzio Most authors began writing because of a variety of factors. For me, it is a desire to tell stories that have been rattling around in my head for years. The biggest problem is, I don’t have a shortage of stories, I just have a shortage of time to get them fleshed out and published. 2017 has been a bit of a low production year for published works from me. I haven’t published a book and I’m hoping to get one published before the end of the year. This low productivity isn’t because of writer’s block. It’s due to a lack of time. My upcoming book, Blood Match, has been edited with a cover design and trailer for over two months. It has been delayed mostly because of enrollment ...
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Discover Val Rankin Prinsloo: Author Spotlight:

Discover Val Rankin Prinsloo: Author Spotlight:
Val Rankin Prinsloo is a South African author and is the latest writer to feature in the Author Spotlight series. She has written part one of a very personal memoir. I have read it and it is such a moving story from a writer who can certainly write! I will shortly be publishing my review […] The post Discover Val Rankin Prinsloo: Author Spotlight: appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Her Brother's Keeper by Kitty Boyes

Have you ever helped out a stranger only to have it turn your normal life into something that resembles a nightmare? Arina did. After a dead man is discovered in one of her motel units, his only relative, an older sister, asks Arina to help her. The sister believes her brother was murdered. Despite being dissuaded from getting involved, true to form, Arina dives in. Head first. Without knowing exactly what she was getting into, she inadvertently puts lives on the line. Including the life of her two-year-old son, Ben. Money laundering and multi-million-dollar tax evasion scams are uncovered. Ruthless and desperate people will do all they can to avoid detection to protect their interests. Incl...
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Cover Reveal for VOICE OF THE FALCONER & FORTUNE'S FOOL by David Blixt

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Italy, 1325. Eight years after the tumultuous events of THE MASTER OF VERONA, Pietro Alaghieri is living as an exile in Ravenna, enduring the loss of his famous father while secretly raising the bastard heir to Verona’s prince, Cangrande della Scala. But when word of Cangrande’s death reaches him, Pietro must race back to Verona to prevent young Cesco’s rivals from usurping his rightful place. With the tentative peace of Italy at stake, not to mention their lives, Pietro must act swiftly to protect them all. But young Cesco is determined not to be anyone’s pawn. Willful and brilliant, he defies even the stars. And far behind the scenes is a mastermind pul...
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She misses her faraway village, from where she was taken to the palace

Seeing how exhausted I am Abishag takes the feather, ever so gently, from my fingers, careful not to touch the tip, and withdraws from me. Washing the ink off at the other end of the chamber, she bends over the windowsill, glancing at the lush trees swaying down there, in the royal gardens. Without words, she hums a little tune under her breath, and her voice is so sad, so melodious, that it tells me how desperately she misses her faraway village, from where she was taken to the palace.  She must have been eager, at first, to meet the notoriously dashing young hero, the slayer of Goliath, the idol drawn so perfectly out of legends that belong to a dying generation. Only now does she realize ...
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ABOUT THE BOOK It’s December 15th, time to mix up the holiday cocktails in tranquil Bryn Mawr, PA. Then a Samsonite full of gold goes missing, Bootsie’s not-so-bright brother Chip is kidnapped, and shady lawyer Scooter Simmons is offering investors shares in a fake golf resort. For antiques dealer Kristin Clark and her friends, this Christmas is murder…. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT INTERVIEW WITH AMY KORMAN Things you need in order to write: A floppy-eared basset hound, coffee, and preferably some chirpy birds flying by my open window. Things that hamper your writing: The dishwasher, the dryer, gotta ignore these while you’re writing, which is surprisingly hard to do! Hardest thing about being a wri...
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kid’s books: pioneer

What would you do if you were the first ever to do something? Would you feel like a pioneer? Maybe Mikayla Holmgren feels that way because she’s the first young lady to have Down’s syndrome and compete for Miss America. Isn’t that remarkable? Perhaps Mikayla will write good kid’s books to explain her experience. Mikayla won two awards during the pageant. One was The Spirit of the USA award, while the other is the Director’s Award. She received a standing ovation when her name was announced. What does Mikayla think? “”I’m just really excited, it’s out in the world and people are going to know about this,” Holmgren said in April. “I want to do this, on my own and I’m really, really proud of my...
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Stop the excuses!

Hey everyone! Really glad right now that there’s no video involved with this blog. LOL. Just got finished with some time on my bike, and I’m a hot, sweaty mess. LOL. While I was pedaling, I reminded myself that I don’t like to live my life by excuses. Not with my weight any more. In the last six months since my surgery, I’ve learned to embrace the need for exercise each day. Even adjusted my sleep schedule to fit a 15 minute bike ride in every morning before I get working. Why? Because I have to do the work if I want to get to a healthy weight. It didn’t come on overnight, and it’s not going away that way, either. The same ideal can be applied to promoting and writing books. I can list dozen...
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Visiting #Newport #RI ~ #CliffWalk Mansions #Travel #RhodeIsland

My best friend and I have many adventures (or misadventures?) together, and this past weekend was no different.  Although we live 8 states apart, we manage to see each other several times a year.  We've been friends since freshman year of high school, and we've had countless crazy adventures together...seems there's always some sort of bizarre mishap when we're together, too (see the Zip Line fiasco ), and our mini-vacation in Newport was no exception. My friend used some airline miles to book a ticket into Providence, Rhode Island, and I used some of our Marriott points to get us an overnight stay at their Newport hotel right on the water.  Since it was a Thursday night, we asked for--and w...
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Fantomah, Daughter of the Pharaohs

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I was talking with some friends, a few days back, about Public Domain comic book characters. There’s a true army of those – heroes (and villains) that failed to make it big in the heyday of comics, or whose publishers just went belly-up before they could make it big. You can find a list of these gone-but-not-forgotten characters, and details about them, in this Public Domain Super Heroes database. Among the heroes mentioned there is an old… well, maybe old flame is the wrong word. Let’s say a character I was always fascinated with: Fantomah. Quoth the above-mentioned database… Fantomah, the “Mystery Woman of the Jungle,” is a mysterious goddess-like being who protects the jungles of Africa. ...
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Music Monday: Los Peces en El Rio

As we have entered the holiday season, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tunes with you.  This one is a traditional Spanish song, performed by Antonio Banderas and the cast of “Nine.”  It’s on two different volumes of the excellent “Carols for a Cure” series produced every year by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS . Lyrics: La Virgen se esta peinando Entre cortina y cortina Sus cabellos son de oro El peine de plata fina Pero mira como beben Los peces en el rio Pero mira como beben Por ver al Dios nacido Beben y beben Y vuelven a beber Los peces en el rio Por ver al Dios nacer La Virgen esta lavendo Y en el romero tendiendo Los angelitos cantando Y el romero floreciendo Pero mira como beben...
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Meet Eliza Jumel Burr, a True Rags to Riches Story, in my new Biographical Novel

A true rags-to-riches story: how “Bouncin’ Bet Bowen” George Washington’s daughter, became Eliza Jumel Burr, wife of Vice President Aaron Burr  and  New York City’s wealthiest woman While researching Hamilton, I became fascinated with his political nemesis Aaron Burr, which led to Aaron's last wife Eliza Bowen Jumel. Only a handful of biographies of her exist, so I learned as much as possible about her from these books and other sources I found. http://   Eliza Jumel Burr, Vice Queen of the United States--On Sale at Amazon She came from the filthy streets of Providence and wound up owning to the grandest mansion in New York City, which has been Washington’s headquarters during the Revolution...
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Exposing the Narcissistic Parent

This lists every single one of the tactics I was the victim of most of my life. How I wish I had known earlier. MakeItUltra By Dr. Perry, PhD “Having a narcissistic parent is like living life as a human doormat.” ~ Anonymous Children come into the world much like new-born ducklings ready to imprint on their caretakers. They are innocent blank slates waiting to learn the ways of the world. Like a bud on the vine, with proper care, children blossom and grow to be mentally and physically healthy adults. Unfortunately, we don’t get to choose our parents. While some of us end up with loving and nurturing parents, others will end up born to individuals who are incapable of loving and properly taki...
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Freezing Brrrr..itain

Age has caught up with me- rheumatism in winter which gets worse when temperatures dip below zero. Last weekend I felt so cold out walking in open frost-covered fields as unrelenting biting wind stung my face that I actually contemplated abandoning exercise altogether. My favourite thing in the whole wide world is walking which I could do forever and the prospect of not being able to cover ten or fifteen miles a day for fun over the weekend especially, has sent me into a morose, 'poor me' state. I can't say that I am looking forward to my rheumatism getting worse as I age. I don't mind the grey hair, the sagging bits but I do mind not being able to walk. The other option is to emigrate to a ...
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