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Lessons Learned from Agatha Christie: The Omission Says It All.

#BlogShare #WriterTips #Plot #AgathaChristie #Poitot Jean Lee's World Studying Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries has been a real treat this year. But like any favorite food, its taste has grown a touch stale on my writing pallette. Before I take a good, long break from one of the greatest authors of all time, I wanted to share one of the lessons learned from what many consider to be her masterpiece:  And Then There Were None.  I had written this book because it was so difficult to do that the idea had fascinated me. That people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious. I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had ma...
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#NewRelease from @CharityParkerso The only thing worse than suffering a broken heart is being forced to pretend it never happened. For two years, Mara kept a secret. She was in love with two members of her security team—Landon and Early. As an actress, she’s always in the spotlight. Keeping her reputation intact is more important than anything. Until the day came that she no longer cared. Loving Early and Landon meant too much to keep hiding. That was the day she lost them. For a year, Mara has suffered in silence. The world doesn’t see her loss. They don’t know she’s broken. She’s never been more alone. Her downhill spiral forces Kieran Steele to step in, sending her someone to watch over her. Som...
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Music Monday: Little Saint Nick

I’ve always thought this was a fun song.   The entire album is delightful, but this track is a true favorite.  Enjoy today’s Blogmas entry, “Little Saint Nick,” by the Beach Boys. Original link

Hussars & Hackers – return to Drachenstahl

Back in… oh, it was probably 1984, I first tried my hand at a series of short stories set in a post-catastrophic future, in which micronations (but they were not called micronations back then) were the last surviving bastion of order in a world in which environmental and economic disaster had created billions of refugees. I had just read a book about the coming ice age (it looked legit), so I threw that idea in. I had been reading The Prisoner of Zenda for the first time, too, and I sort of wanted to mix the small operetta nation/state of the book with a sort of futuristic and cyberpunkoid stories. Hussars and Hackers, if you will. So I imagined this small Alpine nation, called Drachenstahl ...
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HIs life is on the line and she's the only one who can save him. ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeAnn Smallwood #amreading #western #cowboy #historical

TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the western historical romance ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeANN SMALLWOOD. WHAT IT'S ABOUT: (SCROLL DOWN TO READ AN EXCERPT) A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law. Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Che...
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Getting personal with Gerri R. Gray

Gerri R. Gray is a poet with a dark soul, and the author of the bizarre adventure novel, The Amnesia Girl (HellBound Books, 2017). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Beautiful Tragedies and Demons, Devils & Denizens of Hell 2 (both published by HellBound Books). She has also contributed to the book, Ghost Hunting the Mohawk Valley by Lynda Lee Macken (Black Cat Press, 2012). She is a lifelong aficionado of horror, dark humor, and camp, and blames her twisted sense of humor on a wayward adolescence influenced by the likes of Monty Python, Charles Addams, Frank Zappa, and John Waters. 1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? I wr...
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Jolanda and Me

It is always a pleasure receiving your author copy of a book you contributed to. When the book was edited by the likes of Franco Pezzini and Fabrizio Foni, it is an extra pleasure because you know it’s a high-quality volume. So here I am, in my very messy library… … with my copy of Jolanda & Co – le Donne Pericolose, a far-ranging survey of dangerous women in popular fiction. I contributed a piece about a classic trope, the Queen of the Lost City in fiction from Haggard to the 1930s – and took the opportunity to once again show my affection for the Egyptian Amenartas. And now the book’s here, and it’s a beauty, and I am very proud of being part of this beautiful project. Original link

Pregnant or the start of Menopause?

I stood staring at the boxes lining the top shelf. I hadn’t done this in over ten years, and it seemed odd to be standing in the grocery store once again to buy a pregnancy test. Oh, I knew the chance of me being pregnant was infinitesimally small, but when your menstrual cycle is off by a week, you need to rule out the possibility. I say the chance is infinitesimally small because my husband had a vasectomy nine years ago after the birth of our daughter. The chances of getting pregnant after a vasectomy are less than 1% but there are so many stories out there of it happening, I had to rule that out. Thankfully, the test came back as negative. My kids are 9 and 12. I am happily done with the...
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To Discover A Divine - Cover Reveal

To Discover a Divine By   Tessa McFionn Rise of the Stria Book 1 Fiery Seas Publishing March 20, 2018    SF Romance When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize. Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the midd...
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So far, this year I have read 126 books. I know this because I have a spreadsheet and mark up when I download, read, review and post. It might seem a bit %^%%^ retentive, but it’s the only way I can keep track. When you get on a bit, it’s easy to pick up a book and be into the second chapter before you realize you’ve read it before. Usually the Big A will tell you if you’ve already bought one, but DH’s friend passes on stacks of paperbacks and occasionally I read one of those as well. The books I’m including in my Best Reads of 2017 include traditionally, and indie published but this last group probably makes up the bulk of my reads. You are not likely to see any romance, fantasy or erotica ...
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THE DOLAN GIRLS are on my blog--Western Romance by S.R. Mallery

THE DOLAN GIRLS by S.R. Mallery Genre: Western Romance The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Added to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and of course, romance. Two, in fact! …The two sisters shifted into their usual standoff poses: Cora annoyed, self-righteous, her hands on her hips; Minnie, wiry, know-it-all, breathing hard. Just then, one of their ladies...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Ammar Habib

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US After the events of DARK GUARDIAN: A NEW DAWN, the world is changing. Following his deadly battle with Vixen's army, Ethan Daniels was ousted as The Guardian and has temporarily passed the vigilante's mantle to William. Ethan now hunts down his creator and the monster of his nightmares: Daken. Today I would like to welcome author Ammar Habib Tell us about your latest book My latest book is Dark Guardian: Legends. It is the third part of my Dark Guardian Series, which was started by my first novel, Dark Guardian. The series is a darker superhero/vigilante series following the adventures of Ethan Daniels and his alter ego called The Guardian. Reborn through...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 6

Visit the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways blog to win great prizes including eBooks, gift card, swag, and more! Today’s featured giveaway is an eBook copy of First Kiss, On the House by Judi Lynn. Our grand prize giveaway is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit each day for more chances to win! Original link

Innclusive Travel News

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ABOUT THE BOOK: The only way out is a long way down. Edmund Mottley, Specialist in Discreet Enquiries, is in a precarious position: his old flame Susan needs his help. Her new fiancé is accused of murder, and she wants Mottley to clear his name. Mottley would rather jump off a cliff than get involved, but when Susan is threatened by a shadowy crime syndicate, Mottley leaps to her aid. Mottley and Baker, his intrepid valet, pursue the case to an island of otherworldly beauty. But the island is haunted by secrets, treachery, madness, and . . . something more. Every clue crumbles under their feet, pushing Mottley's powers of deduction – and Baker's loyalty – to the limit. With his own life on t...
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Writers Envy absolution hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh bundled and warm     cold crisp air     stings with each inbreath hmmm hhuhhh tears drawn away by the cold     or are they hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh muffled     but heightened     as within the confessional     silence descends as Nature dons her alb hmmm hhuhhh a puff of warm air     echoing     as through a long narrow cylinder     the absence of sound     amplified by the tenuous fall of prayers     returning to earth’s chapels hmmm hhuhhh this soft white blanket of compassion     buries weed     dirt     death     while above the shroud hmmm hhuhhh trees     stark against blue pure sky     arms beseeching     beseeching     beseeching hmmm hh...
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Blogmas: Christmas Tag

I saw this come across on several other blogs and thought it would be fun to play.  Here goes! Via The Enthusiast Blog Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas . Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? When I was growing up, the tradition for many years was to open gifts on Christmas Eve, with one gift from Santa Claus on Christmas morning.  When I was around 12, this changed to opening all gifts on Christmas morning.  Nowadays, my husband and I tend to give practical gifts or experiences (like theatre tickets) to each other, so there are no rules.  Sometimes the practical gifts are needed before Christmas. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this ye...
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Spirit Animals: The Raven

Every time I think of a raven, I think of Edgar Allen Poe.  The raven is sort of mysterious.  People often associate the arrival of a raven to be a warning.  They are messengers.  That’s true, but what does it mean when one flies into your life?  Again, see the crediting in the reference section if you are interested. Ravens signal the arrival of magic in your life.  A raven arriving means that there are changes that can be made in your life, and if you have dreams that you want to make a reality, now is the time.  The raven will take you to the darkest places of your inner conflicts and open doors to your healing abilities. The raven totem symbolizes intelligence, mystery, and the ability t...
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Earhart in the Marshall Islands?

I started reading about Amelia Earhart back in university, after stumbling on a slim book called I Was Amelia Earhart, a fictionalized account of Earhart’s final days. Most obviously fictionalized because nobody knows exactly what happened to Earhart after she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in 1937, together with her navigator Fred Noonan. The book was strange, not exactly what I had expected, but what the heck, there was a mystery in there, one I had heard mentioned for ages, but never got into. So I started reading on the subject. In recent years, the fate of Earhart has been variously studied and analyzed, and the general consensus seems to be the aviatrix went down in the general...
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How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?

How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?
  Uzo and I discuss the flood that forced him out of his house. I sympathize with his predicament and comment that I have some understanding of living in rough conditions. When I was a child we lived on a farm in Saskatchewan—no electricity and no running water. In the warm weather my dad lowered pails with butter and cream and milk down the well to just above water level and that acted as a fridge, but no freezer of course so vegetables, fruits, meat and chicken had to be canned. Our house was very small – 2 rooms and we had to fight the cold in winter. Water came from a well and my mother melted snow in big pots on the stove to do laundry and wash dishes and bath us. If she hung clothes on...
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