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Reblogging: Executive Order 9066, Signed on This Day in 1942

Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the reason that Japanese-American citizens like actor-activist George Takei and his family were taken to live in concentration camps. Before the camps were built, many Japanese-Americans had to live in the stables at race tracks. One of them, Tanforan (which is now a shopping center), is only 45 minutes from where I live. via Facts from My Fiction: Executive Order 9066 – Sharon E. Cathcart Original link

Reblogging: Dealing with Marriage Age in Historical Fiction

Yes, on average, people (esp. women) did tend to marry far younger than they do today, and it wasn’t after years of dating and cohabiting. People “knew their place,” and as such understood the importance of settling down sooner rather than later, and courting or dating with marriage in mind. via Dealing with marriage age in historical fiction | Welcome to My Magick Theatre Original link

Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 25

Once again, I’ll be combining the challenge with Music Monday. Your Opinion of Love Never Dies Frankly, it’s complicated.  I hate the source material, Frederick Forsyth’s Phantom of Manhattan, with the flaming passion of a thousand white-hot suns.  To this day, it remains the only book I’ve ever thrown across the room in disgust. On the other hand, the voice in my head that said “If you think you’re so much better than the gifted novelist who wrote The Odessa File and Day of the Jackal, why don’t you write your own Phantom book?” resulted in In The Eye of The Beholder .  So. I bought the cast album and, honestly, thought its performers were far better than much of the material, especially th...
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The Windsors at War – Part 1 King George VI


King George VI was a reluctant monarch. He grew up with the expectation that his elder brother would become king, a situation he was more than happy with as he was a rather shy man who suffered from a stutter. Unfortunately for George his plans for himself and his family were turned on their head when his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated in December 1936 so that he could marry Wallis Simpson. George suddenly found himself in a position he had never wanted and, what was worse, at a time of impending crisis. But George also had a profound sense of duty and honour, things he found sadly lacking in his elder brother, and vowed to be the best monarch he could as the world faced up to the grow...
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Getting my kids their own debit cards


When Jase was five we began giving him a small allowance  to teach him about money. In the beginning, I would put cash in his wallet. When he went to store, he paid for his items. We did the same for Lexie when she turned five. (For those of you who don’t know, the kids are now 12 and 9.) Then in 2015, the kids received iPads for Christmas and with that came online purchases for apps and games. As online purchases became a norm and with Jase making money doing yard work, it became easier to keep track of their money on a spreadsheet. As time passed, we ended up just keeping track of their money virtually and stopped putting cash in their wallets. It was easier with online purchases or for th...
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HOFBURG AND MY TV DEBUT

TRAVEL We were about to explore the highlight of our trip so we made for the Hofburg, the seat of Austrian government since 1279. It was stunning, I just love buildings like this they are awe-inspiring. The Hofburg is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. Together with its many squares and … Continue reading HOFBURG AND MY TV DEBUT Original link

Meet Jacqueline Simon Gunn and Read About FOREVER AND ONE DAY, her Contemporary Romance


FOREVER AND ONE DAY by Jacqueline Simon Gunn Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Dates: Paperback on February 6th & Kindle on February 13th Everyone has wondered “what if?” But how many get a chance to live it? Seventeen years ago, Olivia Watson’s world was turned upside down when she discovered Justin, her high-school sweetheart turned fiance, having sex with her best friend, Petal. Unable to muster up any forgiveness, she turns her back on him and every friend connected to that part of her life, leaving many questions about the details of the betrayal unanswered. When Olivia receives an invitation for her twenty-year high school reunion, she decides that she’s been avoiding the past fo...
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Realistic Dialogue


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to be talking about realistic dialogue. When I first embarked on my writing career, I faithfully took online courses, researched how the best way to write a book was, and took all that advice to heart. My office was soon exploding with all the notes I’d taken, references I worked hard to follow. After all, the people giving this advice had to know what they were doing. They claimed to be experts in the field and I was so very new that I needed to know how to present my stories to magazine and book publishers. One thing that was emphasized by certain sites over and over was that you couldn’t use contractions, not even in dialogue. T...
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Spreading Love Will Change The World


I’m happy to welcome award-winning author Kathryn Jane to the Power of 10 series. Today, Kathryn shares an inspiring and timely post about a much-needed shift in our world. Here’s Kathryn!   In light of the horrible event in a high school last week, I am here to talk about how each and every one of us can have an impact on the change we need in our world. My Power of Ten, is all about love. Many years ago, when I was taking a creative writing class in university, my instructor remarked on one of my submissions… “Another good piece, but why do all your stories end up about love?” This was meant as a criticism. She wanted to see more angst and suffering in my stories, more fantasy-like qualiti...
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GUEST POST WITH TRICIA L. SANDERS' CECELIA CAVANAUGH


ABOUT THE BOOK When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer. Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.” After she stumbl...
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New York State Senate Passes Bill Outlawing "Revenge Porn"


The New York Senate recently passed legislation criminalizing “revenge porn.” The bill sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome ), would establish the crime of non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit images, also known as “revenge porn.” Senator Griffo said, “In an era of increased text messaging, social networking, and emailing, people in intimate relationships sometimes share pictures with each other, some of which may be sexually explicit in nature. However, recipients of these images do not always keep the images private and have the ability to widely disseminate the photos on the Internet. Posting these photographs online should be a crime because it damages the reputat...
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Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 24

Well, we’re in the home stretch of this 30th anniversary celebration.  Let’s see what today brings: Favorite Phantom-related YouTube video I suspect that many people have never seen this, to be honest.  Before mounting the original production, Andrew Lloyd Weber created a couple of promotional videos with songs he’d completed.  This is the original version of “Phantom of the Opera,” performed by Steve Harley, lead vocalist of Cockney Rebel, and Sarah Brightman. Original link

Two relics from a forgotten era

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Today I’ve been lucky – a friend sent me two games that I was missing from my collection. In the last few years I started collecting roleplaying games with a pulp theme. Now, the definition is pretty loose – after all, a game set in Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian age would be technically pulp, because Conan debuted on a pulp magazine. The same goes obviously for Call of Cthulhu (that now has its own “pulp” subset of rules), considering Lovecraft’s presence in the pulps. And of course, a Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers influenced game like Slipstream would also be “pulp* in theme if not in substance. So, to clarify the classification, I am collecting roleplaying games, and in particular those that are ...
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Now on #Audible! Ghosts + #Romance ~ #1 #Kindle + #Nook Bestseller Gull Harbor


I'm so excited to announce the release of my first audiobook !  I personally love listening to audiobooks, and I'm a member of Audible, which gives me a credit a month to download a new audiobook for a low monthly fee.  In fact, I'm so addicted to listening to books while I'm driving or doing chores, I often have to take advantage of the extra credit sales.  So I am thrilled that my publisher brought Gull Harbor to the audio format, and I'm even more thrilled that I love the talented narrator we chose, because the narration can often make a break a listener's experience. Loved this review by NDP Book Reviews, and at the bottom that is says "yes, 6 stars" - Things that make an author smile! I...
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The thrill of finding a new (to me) author – Jane Davis


Scrolling through my Paperwhite recently, I happened on An Unknown Woman by Jane Davis and, intrigued by the sample, decided to buy it. “Where has this writer been hiding?” was my first thought as I read. Only later did I realize she’s written several books. I’ve since read her I Stopped Time and have added more of her work to my e-reader. And now this: Jane Davis Launches ‘Unpredictable’ Eighth Novel CARSHALTON, SURREY, 12 February – Fans of Davis’s fiction have stopped trying to predict where she’ll take her writing next. Since winning the Daily Mail First Novel Award in 2008, she’s become known for writing about big subjects and giving her characters almost impossible moral dilemmas. She’...
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Grammar query – Is it I, or me, that’s wrong?

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When to use ‘I’ or ‘me’ in a piece of writing can cause arguments, confusion, and – if you think you’re in the right – a severe dose of smugness about other people’s ignorance. But the correct usage is not always straightforward. Some years ago, in The State of the Language, Philip Howard wrote: “Already, even educated users of English, such as journalists, suffer from chronic uncertainty about the use of ‘I’ and ‘me’ and the other cases of pronouns.” Old school grammarians, like Sir Ernest Gowers in Plain Words, have been quite clear about what they think is right: if the first pronoun is in the object case then the pronoun following ‘and’ must also be in the object case, as in ‘between him...
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Dead in a Dumpster Giveaway

I’m giving away a Dead in a Dumpster Gift Pack which will include a copy of the book, a tote bag, a bookmark, and a magnet. If you haven’t read the previous blog post that has the flip cards, you will need the answer from one of them to enter the giveaway. Here’s the link to the flip cards: https://www.playbuzz.com/blqojz10/leah-norwood-trivia Giveaway: By providing your information you are agreeing to be added to my mailing list. This is MANDATORY for any entry. It is free and you may unsubscribe at any time; however, you must be on my list or eligible to be added to the list at the time of the selection of the winner. If you have been on the mailing list in the past and unsubscribed, I may...
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I found her writing to be irresistible


A short and sweet review for my WWII spy thriller, The Marriage of Us . 5.0 out of 5 stars Historical drama By B Nelson on February 17, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Impressed. This story, “Marriage before Death: WWII Spy Thriller (Still Life with Memories Book 5)” by Uvi Poznansky , is both beautifully told and gritty. I found her writing to be irresistible in that the historical drama is fascinating and yet flows in a stylized blend of literary prose and riveting passages. Great read. Highly recommended. Five stars. Original link

Weekend Writing Warriors - #SundaySnippet - Beloved Enemy, The Destiny Trilogy Book 3 ... The charge still held but it would not be long before it ran down


Writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet on Sunday each week. Be sure to visit the other writers - they're listed below: Weekend Writing Warriors for Eight Sentence Sunday Snippet Sunday Facebook Group If you'd to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, whether published or not, follow the link and sign up. It's a great community to be a part of!  Here's the next snippet from the third book in the Destiny Trilogy. Thanks so much to everyone who has been following this series, and stayed with me xx You can read the previous snippet of  Beloved Enemy  HERE  (This excerpt is a few sentences later.) The story so far - Cat Kincaid has crashlanded on an unknown and seemingly hostile planet, apparen...
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