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Talking with A.B. Funkhauser


Good morning, everyone. Today, I'm letting A.B. Funkhauser take over for a whole and talk about herself and her books. Come along for a wild and crazy ride! I see you around the Twitterverse especially at #FF Character Name. Where do you get those names from? I love Follow Friday’s! They’re terrific for community building and also spark great questions like this one. Character names? Well— I’m Kurt Vonnegut-inspired. That burst of whimsy at the forefront of really big themes. Wow! He was a master at setting those things up. But what really got me hooked were his character names. How they sounded—serious, humorous, threatening—made a difference, I think, so much so that when I started writing...
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Meet Stacy Eaton--Here's LOVE TORN, Book 2 of the Twisted Love Series


LOVE TORN Book 2 of The Twisted Love S eries Written by USA Today Bestselling Author Stacy Eaton Co-Authored Series with Bestselling Author Amy Manemann Genre: Romantic Suspense (Police Procedural) Detective Kali Mann lives by her nickname: The Mann-Eater. She’s a true love them and leave them with no attachments—ever. She’s hard-core, to the point, intense and she doesn’t always play nice with others. When her partner, Keith Harvard, finally gets her to take notice of him, the case they are working goes awry, and suddenly Kali is having emotions she’s not sure she wants. A major part of her past will come back to haunt her and just as she beings to open herself up, her life will be torn apa...
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The Irrationally Sane


Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got a little more of Alyce's adventure to share with you, today! Enjoy! :-) Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel: "But words have meaning! You can't just decide something means something that it doesn't or that it doesn't mean something that it does. Facts are facts. They exist independently of belief or approval." I shrugged. "Sure. But just because something is true and you can prove it to an objectively measurable standard, that doesn't mean that another person can't refuse to look at your evidence or believe that it's real." "But that's insane!" "No, it's irrational. But, then, I never claimed that human beings are rational creatures, did I?" "I think what my colleagu...
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Special Guest Interview with Philip K Allan, Author of On The Lee Shore (Alexander Clay Book 3)


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US I'm pleased to welcome author Philip K Allan: Tell us about your latest book On the Lee Shore My Alexander Clay books are set in the Royal Navy of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. On the Lee Shore is the third book in the series. Alexander Clay is asked to take command of a troubled frigate, the Titan which has mutinied against its previous sadistic captain. The ship is sent to join the Channel Fleet blockading their French opponents in Brest.  Stationed amongst the reefs and rocks of the Brittany coast, he finds the dangers of this notorious lee shore and its French defenders are the least of his worries. Corrupt officers, determined mutineers and ...
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Vote for My Book in Authorsdb #firstlines Semi-Finals Contest


I’ve entered my book, Vampyrie, in the AUTHORSdb First Lines Contest and would very much appreciate your vote. Go to AUTHORSdb and scroll down to Submit your Vote/ Review. Voting ends May 28, 2018.   Judging is based on three questions: Do these first lines pull you into the story? As a reader are you … Continue reading Vote for My Book in Authorsdb #firstlines Semi-Finals Contest → Original link

A few nights with the Ace of Wands

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A few nights ago, for the usual reason that I was suffering from one of my bouts of insomnia, I went browsing on Youtube, looking for something interesting. In particular, I was looking for episodes of a very old British TV series called The Tyrant King, that I saw as a kid and which is part of those many shows that influenced my growth (or lack thereof), it being a mystery/espionage story featuring a T. Rex. I was able to find very little on Youtube, but through a succession of links and cross-references and spurious serendipity, I discovered Ace of Wands, which is something I am sure some old friend mentioned twenty-odd years ago, but here I am now, and the series had been keeping me compa...
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Music Monday: “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”

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Hi, everyone.  I’m back from my business trip to Jersey City, where I attended a conference related to my day job.  I arrived after dark due to plane delays caused by bad weather, and thus had no idea what the view from my room was until the next morning. I was surprised by my emotional response to seeing the Statue of Liberty.  I did not have time to go see her up-close and personal (so to speak), but I found myself crying in my hotel room.  I spent a lot of time contemplating her message and feeling like we’ve kind of broken her promise to the world, you know? The message in question is a poem by Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus,” which was written in 1883 to raise money to build a pedestal...
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Crazy Decision – Becoming PTA President


I’ve been on the executive board of my kids’ elementary school since Jase entered kindergarten seven years ago. I only have one year left on this board until we are done with this school. (Jase moved on last year and Lexie only has one more year to go.) This year has been stressful, and I want to focus more on writing, so I had thought that I would drop being an officer (which I have been for the past 4 years) and just go back to a simpler committee chair job. I knew what position I wanted. All I wanted to do for my last year was throw my daughter and her classmates a great party at the pool as part of their graduation onto middle school. I wanted to be fifth grade party chair. Then as talk ...
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Recommended Read – Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims: (Book 1) by Toby Clements


An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful. The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader.’ Hilary Mantel February 1460 In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear of their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history, where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight – just to stay alive … I was influenced in choosing to read this novel after seeing a glowing review of it by the historical novelist Hilary Mantel and am pleased that...
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PALACES AND PRINCIPALS

TRAVEL The next morning in Vienna we set off to visit the Belvedere Palace a complex of palaces built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Yes, there are two palaces plus an orangery and stables. We walked from the hotel so I was pretty exhausted by the time we got there, it … Continue reading PALACES AND PRINCIPALS Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Hero” & “The Mystery Blogger Award”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Hero” “Checks under bed. “No monsters here”.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. And now, onto our next feature. “According to Okoto Enigma, ‘Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.’ ” The rules: F...
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Meet J.L. Sheppard and Check Out her Paranormal Fantasy Romance DEMON KING'S DESIRE


DEMON KING'S DESIRE Elemental Sisters Series#1 by J.L. Sheppard Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance Jenna Jenson’s spent her life wondering why she’s different. The only people who may help her find out have been lost to her since their mother’s death. When she’s attacked by a man whose supernatural abilities supersede her own, she’s rescued by the devastatingly handsome demon king, Lucas Thaler. While she’s inexplicably drawn to him, powers she never knew she possessed are unleashed, leading her to discover she’s part of a new breed of immortals who can either save or destroy life. After a war in his demon plane and home, Lucas has dedicated his life to battling Malum Inmortalis, rogue immort...
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Don't Bash Cover Art


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing a disturbing trend, one that has caused a lot of pain for many authors. Every author’s delight is sharing their cover art. It has a twofold purpose. First, you’re getting a glimpse of a book you’ve heard about for months as this author went through the final steps before submission or to prepare for self-publishing.   You’ve waited with bated breath in anticipation of a cover that will be different from all others in that genre, will wow the world, and will leave you breathless with its beauty. For a week, you’ve liked the author’s posts about this coming cover art. Their teasers about what it may look like. The hi...
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Book Launch Spotlight: Queen of the North, by Anne O'Brien


Available for pre-order on Amazon UK and Amazon US ‘O’Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale’ The Times To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor. 1399: England’s crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King – her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family’s rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. But many, including Elizabeth’s husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth...
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The Love Scam That Preys on Your Fears by Vivienne Diane Neal


Just when you think you have heard all of the scams out there, there is always another one waiting in the wings.  And this particular scam does not occur on the Internet but through the postal service. It begins with an official-looking typed letter sent to couples, pretending that someone has been discovered cheating, and that affair will be exposed unless you pay to keep it hidden, but you already know you and your spouse have been faithful throughout the marriage. But if you haven’t been faithful, you’re probably wondering how this individual knew you committed adultery.   In a third of all marriages, one or both partners have admitted to cheating. The scammer will capitalize on those num...
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CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH ERIN JOHNSON'S HORACE


ABOUT THE BOOK The big day has finally arrived, and Imogen, Iggy and the bakers head to the Fire Kingdom for Hank and Shaday’s wedding. Imogen is totally fine with it—or so she keeps telling herself. Even the murder of a famous wedding guest can’t stop the impending nuptials. So when Imogen’s repressed feelings magically ruin her baking and she’s banned from the kitchen, she sets herself to finding the killer. Her search leads her through the desert kingdom’s bustling marketplaces and the maze-like raid, to discover underground movements, shady characters, and more secrets about the people around her than she thought possible. Could the killer be the clever journalist or the rebellious palac...
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Reblog ~ 49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors


I was thrilled to be Hugh Roberts‘ guest last month on his 49 Days In 1988 series. He shares snippets from his 1988 diary and takes us on a trip in his Music Time machine, featuring songs from the 1980s chosen by his guests. Buy Hugh’s book HERE I enjoyed being a part of this … Continue reading Reblog ~ 49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors → Original link

Fiction Writing + Publication Course #Hyannis! #CapeCod #amwriting


I'm thrilled to be teaching a new  "Fiction Writing and Publication"  course this June, back at Hyannis Center on Main Street in Hyannis.  For the last five years, I've taught this popular class for both Cape Cod Community College's Center for Corporate and Professional Education and for the Town of Falmouth's Community School in a number of locations, and I've met so many aspiring authors and hopefully helped them on their writing journey.  I've even read some of their finished manuscripts and visited their writing groups, which has been so rewarding.  If you're interested in writing a novel, or exploring publishing options, and you're in the Cape Cod area, consider joining us!  The press r...
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THE CYCLE OF LIFE


Thrilled to find this review by Barbara Mojica, a top contributor (Children's Books, Coloring, Pets) for my Childrens' Book (for the child in you), Now I Am Paper : 5.0 out of 5 stars THE CYCLE OF LIFE By Barbara Mojica Top Contributor: Children's Books on May 20, 2018 Format: Paperback This book is a beautiful commentary on the cycle of life. A tree grows in the forest. It is happiest when a young girl arrives to spend time in it. One day the child carves an arrow in its trunk, but soon after she disappears. Now the tree is lonely and sad. Much time passes until one day someone arrives with an ax to chop the tree down. The tree is ground into wood chips and eventually pressed into paper. No...
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Not an ordinary miracle.


The Winter wheat crop is bolting in our current 'hot' weather. Having survived sub zero temperatures and frost, usually known as the Grim Reaper of agriculture, I am reminded however as I walk past everyday that the crop is weed-free and this thanks to the farmer's once-weekly chemical spraying. I find this image of not a single weed to be quite sad and a reminder of what the planet has endured for us. Photo copyright SvD. Original link

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