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Weekend Reads: “Vortexes”

Vortexes by Holly Barbo My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had the pleasure of meeting author Holly Barbo during InDScribe 2018. In this novel, Barbo draws not only on the history of 1930s Germany but also from today’s headlines to bring us a dystopian tale in which those who are of a different faith, have certain genetic ailments, or even make their living via art, journalism, and education are sent to reeducation “farms” or worse. Emma Ando is a scientist working on a cure for diseases like Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor, the latter of which she has herself. Her refusal to use “undesirable” humans as experimental subjects puts her in the sites of the regime, and she is captured and tortured. As a...
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My salad days.

When I was a university student in Bordeaux in the 80s, I lived off three things more or less: shop-bought Moussaka which I shared with my neighbour, Yves, washed down with bottles of beer and followed by numerous Camel cigarettes. The other favourite was Carbonara from the local Italian restaurant where the owner would start ladling extra sauce onto the spaghetti as I walked through the door. For the princely sum of 26 francs, I could eat a huge bowl of Carbonara laden with crispy lardons, a green salad and half a carafe of red wine. The owner was very generous  and ensured that my Carbonara was swimming in the egg sauce although it has remained a mystery to me how a large vat of the sauce ...
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Today’s Featured Author – Tolu A. Akinyemi

Today I welcome author Tolu Akinyemi to my blog. He is currently on a virtual book tour promoting his collections of poetry. Dead Lions Don’t Roar came out in August, 2017. The second poetry collection, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark, just came out in September. Book Blurb #1 Dead Lions Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses. Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future. The uplifting book will appeal to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day to day struggles. Many of the short verses will resonate with readers,...
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Fantastic UK Offer For New Audible Customers!

Fantastic UK Offer For New Audible Customers
Fantastic UK offer for new Audible customers! Get 50% off Audible for the first 4 months Join Audible for just £3.99/month. Offer available until 14th December 2018. What you get with membership One credit per month, valid for any audiobook regardless of price. Your own library to build. Every audiobook is yours to keep. Even […] The post Fantastic UK Offer For New Audible Customers! appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Technology”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Technology” “Password incorrect. One more try, Captain.” 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 Challenge – “Technology” appeared first on J. I. Rogers . Original link


ABOUT THE BOOK Murder, Betrayal, Love Gone Wrong

 With her ability to present clues without giving away the endings and offering surprising twists encouraging the reader to the next page, D. J. Adamson delves into a family tragedy ending up in murder and a teenage daughter missing. When Lillian Dove finds herself involved in the police investigation, she realizes the daughter holds the key to unravel who killed her mother. It is three days before Christmas when Lillian Dove comes across Dr. Conrad standing out in front of his house, covered in blood. When going inside the house to help other members of his family, she finds his wife killed, his son seriously injured, and his teenage daughte...
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The right word for it: Mulligrubs

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Fighting the Kaiser in the American South-West

Alternate history. I like that a lot – you get the best of both worlds, a solid historical background, and a fun science fiction/fantasy/what if angle and plot. I did write a few alternate histories in my time, and of course Hope & Glory is a huge alternate history universe. So yes, I like that. And while I don’t read that much alternate history anymore, I am in the habit of keeping a few books as an emergency stash for bad moments, and one, in one of my surprise book boxes, happened to be an alternate history book. And I’m having a go at it. 1920: America’s Great War is a novel by Robert Conroy, published by Baen Books in 2013. The premise: the Germans win the Battle of the Marne in 1914 an...
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How Do You Challenge the Status Quo?

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note: Al Gomez, President and Founder of Dlinkers , provides today’s blog.  Dlinkers is a company dedicated to providing complete digital marketing services. With more than ten years of experience, Al enjoys supporting smartpreneurs like himself to achieve online success. Productivity lies in challenging the status quo. I started Dlinkers Digital Marketing & Consultancy back in 2008. The company’s very first focus was solely on search engine optimization (SEO), and nothing more. But eventually, after a decade — with the right decisions and a few failures here and there, Dlinkers grew and became so much more than a company that focuses on SEO. How My Challe...
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Don Travis: Mountain Augury, Part 3 of 3 Parts

Don Travis: Mountain Augury, Part 3 of 3 Parts : blog post #311     Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Ah, here comes the ending. All will be revealed. Time to pick up th... Original link

Top Historical Romance Books We Can’t Stop Reading: a guest post by Dating Connections

Top Historical Romance Books We Can’t Stop Reading   Whether you’re in a biker dating rut and need some way to keep things interesting, or are a bookworm that’ll read anything and everything, today we present a short yet comprehensive … Continue reading → Original link

Join the fun! DEADLY SHADOW #Audiobook Tour – Nov. 15-21 #reviews #Giveaway

The DEADLY SHADOW audiobook is on a blog tour with AudioBookWorm! Follow the tour below and don’t forget to enter in the great giveaway! Win 3 audiobooks –  Whitney Steel Trilogy (Audible US)! Audible US Audible UK Audible FR Audible DE Audible CA iTunes and Amazon Nov. 15th: Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Review, Giveaway) The Book Addict’s Reviews (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview) Nov. 16th: In Patti’s Imagination (Review) T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview, Giveaway) Nov. 17th: Bound 4 Escape (Review, Giveaway) The Book Junkie Reads . . .  (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway) Nov. 18th: Bookworms Corner Blog Spot (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excer...
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7 Ways to Write Book Promotion into Your Novel

How To Ebook 1  Author Marketing Experts, Inc.  by Penny Sansevieri It’s an exciting time to be an author, especially as we’ve just entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But whether you’re attempting to write a novel in a month, or you’re just plodding along, trying to finish the book you started writing earlier this year, it’s never a bad idea to consider adding in some book promotion elements that you can tie into your book marketing once the book launches. Speaking of book launches, if you’re getting ready to publish,  I’d love to help you discover your book launch options  and chat about your book marketing goals ! You’ve probably all seen things like product placements, wher...
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Mountain Augury, Part 3 of 3 Parts blog post #311     Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Ah, here comes the ending. All will be revealed. Time to pick up the pace a little. You’ll remember that Teo Oxley, hired to restore two frescoes in a mountain mission, has been wrestling with a phantom in his dreams and observing mysterious shadows in the daylight. He’s lost a lot of his fear but is frustrated because he feels the specter is trying to deliver a message… a message he has not been able to decipher. ***** MOUNTAIN AUGURY AUGURY: (o’gye re) n. – The art or practice of divination from omens or signs (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary) Rodrigo went to work moving the disassembled scaffolding from the nave into...
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Writing your Author Bio and selecting an Author Photo

This post is the sixty-first post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Every author needs an author bio, whether it is for their back matter in their book, their web page, Facebook, author page or when appearing as a guest blogger. The purpose of an author bio is to give readers a clue about who you are and what you are about. Here are a few tips for drafting your author bio. Length I suggest you create two bios. You can use a longer one on your website or author pages on Amazon or Goodreads, but you will need a shorter one for your books or for appearing on other blogs. Typically, your shorter bio should be about 75 words (giv...
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Back Door Down

Good morning and welcome to Thursday Thoughts. This month, we’re focusing on books and short stories that are thrillers and military. Edge of the seat action is going to have you panting for more from these fabulous books! Check out these intriguing stories from a stable of great authors! Today, Back Door Down, a military thriller, comes to us today from John Rester Zodrow… Blurb Arriving on Saipan, SALLY BOLT soon finds that this island in the beautiful South Pacific, part of America and the “back door” to the United States, is deceptively corrupt. From money laundering to shipping illegal drugs, and even a radical Islamist sending a dirty bomb to the California mainland, anything goes. But...
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6 Holiday Travel Hacks to Save Your Sanity

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season. 1. Avoid busy travel days If you're willing to be flexible, there are a few ways to avoid the madness of popular holiday travel days. If your plans permit, take a red-eye, which is the last flight out each night. Red-eye flights are typically cheaper and less crowded. Traveling on the actual day of the holiday can also help you avoid airport congestion. 2. Clear your browser history, cookies and cache before searching flights Are you waiting for flight prices to drop and they just won't budge? Make sure to clear your browser history, cookies and cache before searching. Airlines and travel websites can track ho...
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5 Ways to Treat Your Family (and yourself) and Save Money This Holiday

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending - from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list. There's no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. Commit to doing the holidays differently this year with some quick season's saving tips, so you can treat yourself and your loved ones without breaking the bank! 1. Hold a secret gift exchange: Encouraging a secret gift exchange is a fun, festive way to embrace the...
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5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration This Season

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it's your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn't have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season. 1. Cater in or stock up on pre-cooked holiday favorites Kick back and relax with the rest of your guests while you enjoy a hot and ready-to-eat delicious catered meal. Or, for those who are looking for a little holiday dinner help but prefer to have a hand in t...
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3 Tips for Making Gifting Easier This Holiday Season

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There's no better feeling than watching a loved one open your gift and knowing they're going to love it. Take a step back and think about what the perfect gift looks like for everyone on your list. Whether that person values gifts that...
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