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Family Stories As Multicultural Kid’s Books!

My mom was an avid genealogist. As a child I found the dry dates and names boring (and I certainly didn’t want to look for them on ancient microfilm reader machines!). But in 2007, a publisher asked me to write a children’s picture book about an immigrant child. I remembered that my great-great aunt had immigrated as a ten year old from Sweden and had a remarkable experience when she arrived. Her story was found in her short autobiography and in my great grandmother’s journal. The hybrid book, Anna’s Prayer , was the result (beautifully illustrated by Shari Griffiths). I became hooked on family stories and digged up/cobbled together biographies on about seven generations of my ancestors. I’m...
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Release Day - Dead in a Pickup

When Leah Norwood finds the body of Brandy Perez in a pickup parked outside a house for sale, she is once again drawn into the hunt for a killer. Brandy was a party girl with a questionable reputation. She dated a lot of different men including local bad-boy Marcus Cantono. At the time of her death, Brandy claimed to be in a relationship with a wealthy businessman, and there are only a few men in Reed Hill who fit that description. Marcus is already dealing with vandals trying to close down his restaurant, his mother’s sixty-fifth birthday party, and family members restarting their drug dealing operation. He doesn’t need lead murder suspect added to the list. The evidence against him is stro...
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Beyond the Fall - New release by Diane Scott Lewis

I'm thrilled to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Diane Scott Lewis to the Flight Deck today, with her thrilling new time travel adventure  Beyond The Fall,  which was released on the 5th November.  Here is the stunning cover and blurb, with an exciting excerpt: Blurb: Tamara Ledbetter, dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England to research her ancestors. A trip first planned with her soon-to-be ex. In a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together to read the one beneath, faints, and wakes up in 1789. Certain she’s caught up in a reenactment, she fast discovers she’s in the year of the French Revolution, grain riots in England, miners out of work, an...
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More shopping suggestions from Amazon

Amazon keeps suggesting me books, and I am happy to report the very dubious books and DVDs about the Fascist Regime are gone – and gone are the books about the Arabian Nights and the Tits & Sand movies, alas. Right now, Amazon is pretty sure I need a writing handbook and/or a programming handbook. Which is not all bad: I have just accepted a suggestion from the latest mail and splurged 99 cents on a book about data analysis with Python, because after all environmental data analysis was my “real job”, and I like to keep up to date. Also, turns out data analysis in Python is one of the most requested skills in tech jobs right now – not that they’ll ever hire an old guy lost in the hills somewh...
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Review from Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book

I received an insightful and thought provoking review of A Different Kind of Reunion on the Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book blog. Molte grazie, Lori! Original link

Giving an Author Presentation

Story Empire Hi, SEers! It’s “Mae Day” on Story Empire. I want to thank you for joining me for a post about author presentations. I’ve started doing a few in my area, and hope to do more in the future. The small number of invitations I’ve received thus far have come through networking.  Someone heard me speak to Group A, recommended me to Group B, who recommended me to Group C. I’ve now reached the point where I’d like to start seeking out organizations, rather than waiting for invitations. It’s a whole new level of work and promotion but it is rewarding. This was my most recent event. The venue did the web ad on the left. Isn’t it fabulous? I’m by no means an expert—still a newbie—and, beca...
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Amazon Reviews, an Update

Nicholas C. Rossis Image: I often write about Amazon reviews , as it is one of the most important aspects of marketing for many people and Amazon seems to keep changing the rules! Now, Amy Collins of The Book Designer published an update in the form of Frequently Asked Questions . I’m sharing here the most common ones: Can Anyone post a review on Amazon? To contribute to Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum. May I ask people to write a review of my book? Book authors and publishers may provide free or discounted copies of their boo...
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Day #3 of the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour

Welcome to Day #3 of the WATCH “#RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RRBCWRW Thanks for joining me today on this special showcase tour sponsored by  RWISA (RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS) , an elite branch of the extraordinary  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB ! The showcase will feature 19 talented writers, each featured on their own special day with multiple blogs. I, along with the other hosts, ask that after reading the written work by each RWISA author, that you click on the link designated to take you directly to that author’s profile page on the RWISA site.  On my blog, that link will be the author’s name. Today’s special guest . . . Bernard Foong: . . . and his short story: Stop Worryi...
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Mountain Augury, Part 2 of 3 Parts blog post #310 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Time to pick up the pace a little. You’ll remember that Teo Oxley has been hired to restore two frescoes in a mountain mission. The first night he’s there, he sees something that isn’t and has his dreams invaded by a mysterious specter. He hopes the arrival of the young Indian caretaker named Rodrigo will set things straight. We’ll see. ***** MOUNTAIN AUGURY AUGURY: (o’gye re) n. – The art or practice of divination from omens or signs (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary) It took almost an hour, but we tore down and reassembled the scaffold so that it was much more secure. It would serve my purposes nicely. The youth hovered at...
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Taking your book on a virtual book tour

This post is the sixtieth post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. A popular way to promote your book is to do a book tour. In the technology world where books are now often e-books only, the book tours are now virtual. Virtual book tours (VBT), also called book blog tours or virtual author tours, usually consist of book reviews, author interviews, guest posts and book excerpts on various blogs or podcasts over a set time frame. A VBT is designed to generate interest in your book. A VBT can get your name in front of people and help you build a relationship with your readers and potential readers. In turn this should increase y...
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I’ve lost count of the number of guests I’ve had on my blog, and I have not read all the books featured, but this week is different. My guest is Mark Morey and I have read two of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them and the third, the one set in Japan is on my … Continue reading MEET MARK MOREY Original link

Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton

Cordial Killing by Vikki Walton   Blurb Snuggle up with a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing! Cordial Killing (A Backyard Farming Mystery) Anne is excited for the opening of the Brandywine Inn. Kandi and Hope are her partners in the bed-and-breakfast in Carolan Springs, Colorado, where they also provide homesteading and herbal workshops for guests. As soon as the guests arrive, it’s plain that the five old college chums have bad blood between them. When Anne finds a threatening note, it's clear that someone is out for revenge. Then they find a guest dead. At first, the death appears to be natural, but suspicions begin to grow. When a blizzard threatens the Inn, will it trap them all wi...
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Prudence interrupted

And so I ended up writing an origin story. It all started whit the plot for the wrong story I told you about. I had a character and an idea, and a possible story, and last night I spent some time playing with the bits and pieces I had. In the end I had to drop the work halfway – an urgent request arrived from a client, for a quick-and-dirty translation, and you know how that goes. Bills to pay and all that – paying jobs get the priority over on spec projects. But in the meantime I had got some feedback from my Patrons, that had a look at my preliminary notes. So my character started growing and acquiring depth and nuances, the story started deviating from the set path – as predicted and expe...
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Happy birthday, Jim Steranko

(two days late – but better late than never, right?) Original link

#Kobo Sale Try a New Author Today!

#Kobo Sale Try a New Author Today!
Kobo sale has started! It ends November 14 2018. Try a new author today! All Nook eBooks in the sale are priced at $1.99 or less. That dollar price is in both USD and CDN. If you are a Canadian reader, it’s a real bargain! Books 1 and 2 of the Steve Regan Undercover Cop […] The post #Kobo Sale Try a New Author Today! appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link


BEYOND THE FALL Excerpt: Approaching a fallen headstone, Tamara bent, brushed away dirt, and swore the name Trembeth was etched in the mossy granite. But the years were difficult to decipher. Another stone appeared to be buried beneath this one. She kneeled and strained to move the top stone, scratching her fingers. The wind swirled her hair again. She blew strands from her mouth and continued to scrape the top stone across the bottom to jar it off, the sound strident. Her arm muscles started to ache. A burning smell reached her nostrils, and she glanced up. Suddenly, she grew lightheaded. Dampness soaked through the skirt where her knees pressed the earth. The ground trembled beneath her. A...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Speculative”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Speculative” “Soaring above, the bird contemplated swimming.” 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 – “Speculative” appeared first on J. I. Rogers . Original link

A Peek at the 21 #Books in the LOVE UNDER FIRE Box Set! #RomanticSuspense #99c Limited Edition!

21 new Romantic Suspense Thrillers ~ Every sale helps a Vet get a Pet! Less than 7 days away from the release of LOVE UNDER FIRE , a limited edition box set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers!  I started revealing the individual cover months ago, thinking I'd have plenty of time, but as it turns out, I apparently had so many other things to blog about, I now find myself with more covers to reveal than days left to do it!   So I'm borrowing the wonderful summation one of our box set authors, Casi McLean, already did for her newsletter .  In it, you can see each individual cover of the stories included in the set, along with the blurb.  If you pre-order the set, you get *ALL* 21 stories for les...
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Religion in Fiction

For centuries now, religious institutions across the globe have been under constant scrutiny by scientific and intellectual communities. The clash of science and religion is one that has been a huge part of the religious experience in the modern world. The way we express this and other religious aspects of our lives in fiction is quite telling of our many views on it. Our take on presenting religion is flawed, though, and a fix of these flaws could prove a greatly beneficial thing for us all.   Possibly the most well-known and extensive presentation of religion woven into fiction, besides works dedicated to actual religions and mythologies, can be found in Tolkien's Middle Earth sagas. They ...
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What writers like: Farinata

So we spent a few days last week with my friends Hell and Silvia, and it was a pleasure to introduce Silvia to a local dish – basically a form of street or finger food – that she had never tried before: farinata 1 . This culminated in an evening in the best place in town for this simple dish, with four writers and a Jack the Ripper expert around the same table (yes, we did attract a few worried looks), eating the stuff and drinking artisan beer. So, this being now the official food of local (and not so local) indie writers, I thought it would be fun to post the recipe here. Enjoy! • 300 g of chickpea flour • 1 liter of water • rosemary • 1/2 cup of oil • salt • pepper In a large bowl pour th...
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