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Holiday Gifts – For YOU!

I have the warmest memories of Christmas at my grandparent’s home in San Jose, California (if you’re LDS, imagine Christmas in the temple—with lots of goodies!). My Grandfather would gather us and read the Christmas story in Luke 2. We would sing, play games, and exchange gifts. My favorite treat was the rocky road candy my grandmother made with marshmallows and nuts covered in chocolate. This year, I’m participating in a Christmas Giveaway Dec. 11th – 18th. You can visit a selection of super authors, download their FREE ebooks, and enter to win a $60 Amazon gift card. You can even enter if you are in the UK! I am offering two free ebooks (pick one): Anna’s Prayer and Muffy & Valor: A Tr...
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Hope & Glory, Analytical Engineer

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Work on the basic handbook for Hope & Glory has accelerated as the end of the year approaches, and I receive daily sketches that will become interior illustrations. So, why not share? This one, for instance, is called Analytical Engineer, and is the work of the excellent Alberto Bontempi. In the world of Hope & Glory, analytical engines based on Charles Babbage’s designs are commonplace, and drive the march of progress. Original link

Getting personal with Josh Schlossberg

Josh Schlossberg Is a new friend for me so we are learning about him together. He plays guitar, has a great sense of humor and is very friendly. He is also an investigative journalist. If you go to his Facebook page you will see some the art that inspires him to write the dark horror stories and poems that you will love. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his stories then please make sure you change this quickly. Please help me welcome Josh Schlossberg to Roadie Notes………….   1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? In my teenage years, I wrote a lot of depressing poetry, mostly about pining after sexy elves and smothering to death under snow banks. I only got semi-seriou...
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George Mayes’ Autobiographical Novel

Recently I’ve been reading novels by newer, largely unknown indie writers. By way of helping them along, I’ll be introducing some of them here. These authors are up-and-coming, at varying stages in their development as writers. They may not all have the polish of traditionally published authors, but I think they all have potential and deserve encouragement. Pen, Please is an intense coming-of-age novel set in Oklahoma. We meet protagonist Andre Young at age sixteen when he returns home from a summer leadership program in Texas to find his father hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung. The first of many trials Andre faces in the novel, it’s far from the first in his life. Through flashbac...
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Naughty or Nice Audiobook Giveaway!

It’s the holiday season, and I’m giving away FREE AUDIOBOOKS! But like Santa, I’m basing your present on whether you’ve been naughty or nice.   How do you play? Simple! If you think you should get the “nice” prize (an audiobook of Winter Oranges), post something nice in the comments. If you think you need the “naughty” prize (audiobook of One Man’s Trash), post something naughty. There are, however, a few RULES: NICE: I’m looking for stories that give us the warm fuzzies. I w ant things that help restore our faith in humanity. People being nice to other people, or to animals, or… whatever. These don’t have to be personal stories (although they can be). You don’t have to tell the whole story ...
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Silent Song coming to life by Jaci Wheeler

A guest post by Jaci Wheeler , author of Silent Song, giving us an insight into deafness. Well worth the read even if you’re not into YA books. Many authors I know pull from events or people from their own lives for inspiration or storyline. I’ve never been that way personally. I’m an extremely private person by nature, so it’s very unusual for me to use any of myself in my books. That is actually my favorite thing about writing, I’m able to fully create worlds and people out of thin air. It allows you to become whoever you want for the moment. I usually create a main character who is nothing like me because it allows me to be and do all the things I’ve always wanted to. I’ve had a very even...
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Our dark winters feed the soul

My daily walk in a vast open field with nothing but the sky for company. This is what I see morning and night while our winter has forced the sun into hiding. The short, dark days where our eyes are dazzled by the faintest ray of sunlight, are the perfect time to commune with our inner being- that true self which is concealed beneath the façade we present to the world. I LOVE my solitary walks where I can distinguish the crows, finches and wrens from the sparrows in the dark as they rustle branches on their return to roost. I feel safe despite being alone or perhaps my age means that I am prepared for anything. A lack of fear is not courage but a knowledge that the universe is more in contro...
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Spirit animals: Eagle

Aren’t eagles beautiful?  As the symbol of my country, I wondered what the animal means to those of us who have an attachment.  The eagle is another one of my son’s spirit animals.  So, as we delve into this study, be sure to note the reference section for proper crediting. When the eagle arrives in your life it is time to find courage and to really reach for the stars.  Don’t accept the words, “It can’t be done.”  Defy them.  this symbolic totem tells you to believe in yourself, and try to see things from a brand new perspective.  However, the eagle also tells us to be patient with what is happening in our lives right now.  It can reassure us that although the current situation is hard, wha...
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The time of deeds

No one can linger in the land of Egypt … The time of deeds on earth is only the occurrence of a dream. (Egyptian Harpist’s Song, XVIII Dynasty) Original link

Blogmas Bonus Track: “Silent Night”

Hi, everyone.  Continuing my theme for the week, Million Dollar Quartet Christmas performances, got a little tricky today.  Carl Perkins (second from left, wearing the blue jumpsuit, in this video) doesn’t seem to have any solo holiday music.  So, I when I found this segment from a Johnny Cash Christmas special, I just had to share it.  Jerry Lee Lewis is also in the video, wearing the white dinner jacket, on the far right.  So, it’s kind of a bonus for the theme in that we have what were then the three surviving members of that famous jam session.  Enjoy! Original link

Old Sassy Pants

This week, another Oklahoma expatriate prevailed upon me to allow him to guest post the prologue to his unpublished novel OLD SASSY PANTS. Donald T. Morgan (how about that, another Don) wrote a comedic drama set in (where else?) New Mexico, featuring a young urban tenderfoot’s first visit to his father’s recently acquired ranch. The life, the people, the culture are all strange to him, but it is his fascination with a “talking mountain ” called Diablo Blanco that represents a danger to him. It all appears to start when he disdainfully dubs the churlish mountain Old Sassy Pants. The following is the Prologue to Don’s novel. ***** Courtesy of Pixabay OLD SASSY PANTS By Donald T. Morgan The Wag...
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The Archivist — Chapter 15

Chapter 15 “I see the two of you are settling in to your new office.” Grant took a seat at the table. “I’ve spoken with Serena and she needs to know the people you have seen here at the Archive with that particular aura. Ryan Jones is one, who else have you seen it around?” “A Scryer, sir.” “Lennie?” “She saw the aura around Stan Myers.” “Has she met Lynda Myers yet?” “Yesterday.” “She didn’t have the outline and neither did anyone else in the Scryers’ office,” Nickie said. “That’s a relief. I think the Head Archivist will have you check everyone associated with the building, Nickie. If someone has a black aura, I doubt that’s a good thing.” “Yes, sir.” I hope This will be after we explore t...
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Feed Import (08 December 2017)

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First Into Action: A Dramatic Personal Account of Life in the SBS by Duncan Falconer My rating: 4 of 5 stars First Into Action by Duncan Falconer This was an enjoyable, informative and delightful read. I picked it up in the morning and had finished it by nightfall – always a sign of a good […] The post appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link


Today’s guest is a prolific writer and I’m going to have to squeeze all her books in in tiny pictures! It’s Patricia Steele and I know a lot of people are already familiar with her work. Patricia says, I’m a west coast girl that moved to the east coast and back again.  Twice. My imagination has always been etched in music, color and rose-colored glasses. I’ve had crazy characters and stories banging and fluttering around in my head, dying to get out, since I was old enough to hold a pen.  I’m a fan of historical fiction filled with adventure and romance.  And I’m addicted to genealogy! My sense of humor runs a little rampant at times, I’m no stranger to laughter, and I love a good anticipati...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Alison Morton

Available on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Carina Mitela is still a young inexperienced officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces of Roma Nova. Disgraced and smarting from a period in the cells for a disciplinary offence, she is sent out of everybody's way on a seemingly straightforward mission overseas. All she and her comrade-in-arms, Flavius, have to do is bring back a traitor from the Republic of Quebec. Under no circumstances will she risk entering the Eastern United States where she is still wanted under her old name Karen Brown. But when she and Flavius discover a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of Roma Nova, what price is personal danger against fulfilling the mission...
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Check Out Paranormal Suspense Romance MAGICK'S PATHWAY by Lauren Marie

MAGICK'S PATHWAY The Haller Lake Series, Book 2 by Lauren Marie Genre: Paranormal Suspense Romance Kris Bennett-Lake’s world, after a year, isn’t what she’d have thought it would be. She’s married, with a three month old baby and magical powers wanted by evil demons, a ghost and an Oracle. Garda, the puppet master, has watched Kris for the right time to take her abilities and turn her to the dark side. He has a plan for her and brings his son, Guillermo, into the mix. Kris is thrown into a maelstrom, from being chained in a dungeon for eight years to making an illegal poison, White Dagger and after a vision that matches her with Guillermo is desperate to keep her husband, Roman, and son, Ott...
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#APC #Spotlight: Valkyrie On Planet Fury by Lynne Murray!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Lynne Murray in my APC spotlight, today! Lynne is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her science fiction fantasy novel, Valkyrie on Planet Fury, looks great! Here's the description: At the mercy of the Furies on a planet where assassination is a popular pastime, Sybil must complete an impossible mission or die trying. An impossible mission. A planet where death lurks at every turn. Sybil of Planet Valkyrie can’t go home until she confronts the rulers of Planet Fury, where assassination is a popular pastime. The Furies demand that Sybil tap the powers of her familiar demons to find an answer that may not exist—or...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 4

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 In Honour Bound by Elizabeth Bailey. Our grand prize giveaway is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit each day for more chances to win! Original link


ABOUT THE BOOK Even knee-deep in planning her wedding, Faith Hunter finds herself distracted by the town scrapbook she was commissioned to create. Eden’s oldest mystery, the founding family’s exodus nearly a hundred years ago, remains unsolved. When a search through the family’s abandoned mansion leads to the uncovering of bones on the property and ex-boyfriend Steve Davis announces a surprise heir has staked a claim, Faith is determined to dig up the truth left behind.

Meanwhile, family friend Wyatt Buford asks Faith to look into his deadbeat father’s disappearing act and his connection to the murder. Her quest for answers unearths secrets past and present that some would prefer stay burie...
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Book Review: Recollections of a Racketeer

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“Recollections of a Racketeer: Smuggling Hash and Cash Around the World” by Patrick Lane and Howard Marks The first thing I find to say about this book is my incomprehension as to why Howard Marks is credited with co-authorship. It appears to be Patrick Lane’s work. Of course I am aware, and it is clear […] The post Book Review: Recollections of a Racketeer appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link