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Meet my new narrator: voice talent Bob Sterry

I am so excited to present a new talent, with whom I will be collaborating in the next few months to produce the long-awaited audiobook edition of my historical fiction novel, The Edge of Revolt . I went through the audition process, listening to many actors, in an effort to find just the right voice for this fascinating, complex character of David, a king in the winter of his life. And I knew from the moment I heard Bob Sterry that he would be perfect for the role. So, let me tell you about him. Bob is a voice over actor, writer, singer, occasional stage actor and humorist. Originally trained in the UK as research analytical chemist, he immigrated into the United States in the seventies,&nb...
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Where From?

Where Are You From?
I was getting some prescription eyeglasses. They turn dark in the sun. As she helped, she commented that everyone asks her all day “where are you from?” It’s like you were different and everyone was telling you, you are all day. Never happened to me. Hmmm. Caribbean? We were looking eyeball to eyeball, up close. She had a great personality and was professional…and kinda cool. So I said I am going to write a blog about “Where are you from?” Or… where are we all from? Some womb in a room. These days we are paranoid about others being different. It has gotten so confusing as we are not supposed to have an identity that is different than the subject of-the-moment’s identity. We don’t want to hur...
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Wellness for Women Over 40 Series:Part 4

When my eldest daughter Victoria turned twenty-one last week, I thought, wow, my how time flew by. I also wondered did I serve her well as her mother, role model, and teacher. Of course, as parents, we want to do it all, as in work outside of the home, stay healthy, and wealthy in mind, body, and, spirit. So, can you have it all? I say yes! It's all about aligning yourself with God's will and giving him your heart in all things. You see, we are His creation, His people, and His will is for us to be like Him: perfect in our ways, by His grace, through faith and trust in His will. Trust and believe, this life as we know it, isn't for the faint at heart, for, following Jesus isn't a storm free ...
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Understanding interoception.

  It is quite some time since I have written a post about writing, which has its foundation in recent scientific research. Now I have said that, I guess you will want to skip this post and move on to pictures of cute cats, puppies, chocolate cake or large breasted women…dependent upon your personal taste. But, please, bear with me. Those of you who regularly read my ramblings will know I rarely get all technical and boringly immersed in jargon. So…. firstly, let me say it is INTEROCEPTION each of us are trying to achieve with our writing. It is the golden grail, or is that the holy fleece, of what every author strives to attain. Allow me to explain. Basically, Interoception is the body’...
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In the midst of spring blossom

A poem by my father, Zeev Kachel   We pass by each other without speaking, dumbly We look at each other—blindly Loneliness crying out of our eyes But we keep on, silently. Each one of us carrying a load  Each one suffering, utterly slowed Each one going on, down this road   See there, a couple just passed in embrace. We used to walk this way, do you still remember? You looked forward to my coming. In the midst of spring blossom, here's the sorrow of fall. And the recognition that it's all over. Today, between us came a wall. Now, never to return, life has all But passed. That is fall. No one to shake a hand, no one to give a nod. You and me, through this isolation we plod. It'...
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The World Poetry & Forests Day

Today is both the World Poetry Day and The World Forest Day, so it looks like the right time for doing something featuring both verses and forests. But I’m not so hot on poetry – a few contemporaries, some classic Japanese and Chinese poems, and then of course Poe, John Donne and that other chap, that Shakespeare. But I found something that in my opinion fits this blog, and my current mood, and is from a great great writer that is not so popular anymore, alas: George Meredith, who gave us The Shaving of Shagpat and, of course, Diana of the Crossways. He was also a poet, and wrote this, which is called Forest History. Enjoy, and happy Poetry & Forest day. Forest History, by George Meredit...
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The Impact of Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence on Performance Can No Longer Be Ignored

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  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:  Today’s Guest Post, by Jeb Blount, speaks to his new book, Sales EQ.  As a sales professional, Blount’s insights provide guidance for separating the superstars from the average performers.  The information also directly applies to those who are seeking work and have the need to interview. How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal Sales is a process. Sales is a process. I’ve heard and said these words more times that I can remember. Sales is a process is the mantra of sales trainers, the hero and main character of countless sales books, and a shape-shifting chameleon ...
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Facts from My Fiction: Story Board, “His Beloved Infidel”

Hi, everyone.  Yesterday, I shared a little sample of His Beloved Infidel.  This novella ranks among my favorite pieces of work for a variety of reasons.  I got to write about a city I love, share real-world events as seen through the eyes of ordinary people, and learn a great deal about the Persian culture.  I had the opportunity to ask questions of people, as well as studying on my own. I also gathered a great many images to inspire me.  I use Pinterest for my story boards; it’s easy and convenient.  If I found an inspiring image, I could put it up.  I could also put up photos of places I planned to use in the text so that I could find them for easy refer...
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Review: His Alone

His Alone
His Alone by Alexa Riley My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this book. This is the second  one in this series. Even though it's a stand alone I highly suggest you read the first one. To understand the storyline better. Paige thinks she's  to horrible for someone as perfect as Ryan aka Captain. Ryan thinks he's dirty but he will stop at nothing to have Paige aka His Kitten. Ryan can be alpha, possessive and a little stalkerish.  He's not the only one that can be possesive though. Paige can be too. You don't want to mess with her man. What happens when Paige figures out Ryan has been keeping secrets, after she bared her soul to him? I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. View ...
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Book Review - The Du Lac Devil: Book 2 of The Du Lac Chronicles, by Mary Anne Yarde

    Available on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US     The feisty Du Lac brothers are reunited at the old family home in Brittany - what could possibly go wrong?  Well, quite a lot actually. For a start, author Mary Anne Yarde has a liking for deeply flawed characters. Secondly, you need to be thinking George R.R. Martin rather than Sir Thomas Malory. Chivalry is hanging in by its fingernails and treachery is in the air.   Book two of the Du Lac Chronicles would work perfectly well as a stand-alone novel but to really understand the complex web of relationships I recommend starting with the  first book . You also need to keep your wit...
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Meet Trevann Rogers and Read About Her LGBT "Living After Midnight" Series--Caution: Adult Content

About Trevann Trevann writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her books include HOUSE OF THE RISING SON and its prequel novella, AFTER MIDNIGHT. Trevann's stories incorporate an unquenchable addiction to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.    After Midnight   Prequel to House of the Rising Son  Living After Midnight Series     Improbable love. Impossible life. Immeasurable danger.   Jewell’s stepfather thinks she’s worthless. She agrees. When she looks in the mirror she sees an overweight, overemotional, ove...
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    One things covet are their relationships with their friends and family. To an outsider, those relationships might appear as if they’re built on a give and take of harsh words or actions that seem inappropriate. Yet, for many of today’s teens, these relationships are the rocks they lean on in times of trouble.               Alex Starkey is a normal teenager with unfortunate initials. Initials which have been his nemesis his entire life. Initials matter when all the kids call each other by them instead using their names.   If that isn’t awkward enough, there’s Payne, who’s made a career out of bullying kids he thinks deserve it. Alex’s init...
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Featured Author: Janet Finsilver

ABOUT THE BOOK When a local woman is desperate to find a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager, Kelly Jackson, and the crime-solving group of seniors, the Silver Sentinels, offer to help out. They realize there is more to the search than they were aware of after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller and a fellow Sentinel Original link  

Review - Dragons Don't Forgive by D'Elen McClain

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers Book Review of -- Dragons Don't Forgive: Dragon Shifter Romance (Fire Chronicles New Adult Paranormal Book 3) by D'Elen McClain Overall star rating --- 5 About the book: After nearly killing his friend’s bride, Sarn runs from the dragon realm and finds solace in endless bottles of whisky. The only thing growing higher than the pile of discarded Original link  

Getting even more personal with Lisa Vasquez

There is no questions that Lisa Vasquez is a terrifically talented lady. She runs Stitched Smile Publications and also is an amazing writer and makes some of the best book covers around.I am super proud to know her, work with her and be her friend and beta reader. If you have not read anything she has written you are making a HUGE mistake. I highly recommend The Unfleshed one of her newest books. it will have you turning pages and feeling very uncomfortable in your own skin. She is truly passionate about everything she does and is always all in for anything. She is also a mom, grandma and wife and how she finds time to do all she does I will never know. She has helped countless writers just ...
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The Kitchens of Canton, a novel. Ch. 13: New Gary, IN

He pointed at a food tray behind the cafeteria counter. “Oh, you again. Hominy grits?” she asked. “A lot.” “Can’t give you a lot. Only single portions allowed.” “I didn’t ask for a lot. I said there’s a lot.” “What you mean?” “You asked me hominy grits, and I’m telling you how many grits there are in that pan.” “Your humor so bad it’s good. Anyway you can’t eat shit and you can’t fool me on that score. I can serve you a coffee, though. I want to watch that trick of yours again. You seen him do that coffee trick, Akeeshea?” “I’m watching.” Deshondra served Carrot a cup of coffee. “Yep, you folks just lovin’ the sugar,” said Carrot as he opened the dispenser into the coffee and held up his oth...
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Review - Petals by Murray Pura

Murray took a chance. Murray Pura is known for his Amish and Romance novels. He is a best-seller and has won multiple awards. With Petals, Murray took a chance on a different kind of writing. Petals is a collection of poems that tend to be quite personal and more than a little emotional. Murray took a chance outside of his norm and it paid off in the form of a 5-star review.   Petals by Murray Pura is available from MillerWords in paperback and Kindle - click HERE to purchase.             Here is the complete article by reviewer and poet Jim Bennett: twenty-five powerful poems five stars I will give you a quote from the introduction, which is in prose, to p...
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10 Reasons Why I Insist On Scottish Independence!

So, our ungrateful Scottish friends are sick of our marriage and want a divorce! Fair enough. After all we’ve been sleeping in separate beds for years now, though we have somehow still managed to 'bleep' them regularly!  Anyway, I reckon we should insist on their independence and here’s 10 reasons why. Though of course this list is far from exhaustive. HADRIANS WALL. The world has had its knickers in an almighty twist ever since the Donald announced his intention to build THAT wall to keep out millions of gringos who have the bloody audacity to seek a better life. What a shame that nobody has so far thought of a way of building one in the middle of the Mediterranean. Anyway, us English ...
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This week’s featured book for Award Winning Author Gerald W. Darnell: “Dead End” (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13)

The Owl Branch Book Promotions All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road – his ‘Dead End’? Is this Carson’s last adventure? While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud – a deadly feud with skeletons AND bodies hidden in all the family closets. Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search of a client that doesn’t want to be found. In fact, finding the client could turn out to be the worst solution for Carson Reno and his friends. Join Ca...
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