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Holly and the Gang blog post #296     Courtesy of Public Domain Pictures I received a lot of page views on last week’s post about rain in New Mexico. Most of the hits were from outside the US. For the week, the most viewers came from Ukraine, followed by Russia, China, and Canada. Domestic viewers came in fifth. I thought that was interesting enough to share. This week, let’s go for a short, short story called “Holly and the Gang.” Hope you like it. ***** HOLLY AND THE GANG           I don’t know why I think of it as Holly and the gang. By rights, it should be Holly’s gang. Gang’s not quite right, either. Can four kids—including Holly—make up a gang? According to some of the neighbors, the answer...
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Imaginary girls on Pinterest, and elsewhere

While you can still read my Imaginary Girls stories only on Instagram and Patreon, I am posting the inspiration images on Facebook (on the pages of my blogs, Karavansara and strategie evolutive – there should be a badge in the sidebar) and on a pinboard on Pinterest. I hope this will bring new readers to discover my work. And it’s fun. Original link

Get 40 #Books for #99c! #BookLoversDay Deal! #Romance #Suspense #Thrillers

As far as I’m concerned, every day should be Book Lovers’ Day!   As a reader and an author, I can’t imagine a day that didn’t include immersing myself in a story.   I’ve been doing a series of individual cover reveals for the Romantic Suspense Box Set that will contain my next novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and right now, you can get an amazing deal if you pre-order this Box Set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers.   These are all NEW stories from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!   The best part?   We’re donating a large portion of our proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs rescued animals with military vets in need of companion animals.   I am so...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Abandoned”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Abandoned” “The sun set when she left.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link

Southern California Friends: Join Me for Lunch in Burbank, October 6, #ReaderRave

Sharon Cathcart
Hi, everyone.  There’s still time to get tickets to my Reader Rave luncheon during IndScribe .  You do not have to be a con attendee to buy a lunch ticket, but I suspect you’d have a great time even with a day pass for Saturday. Those who join me for lunch will receive an “Afternoon in Paris” goodie bag , and we’ll have some great conversations. I’m looking forward to seeing you! Original link

Publishing your novel with Amazon and KDP Select

This post is the forty-eighth in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. During this series, I have covered writing, editing, and formatting your novel for publishing as an e-book. And while I have briefly covered your publishing options, I thought I would take these next three posts to delve a little more into your three biggest options for publishing your e-book. Of course, I should start with the largest e-book retailer out there – Amazon. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s platform for self-publishers. Here you can find all sorts of help on formatting, uploading and marketing your book through Amazon. And with just a click, you...
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Yes, this is me! I just wanted to share the graphics that Melanie P Smith put together for me when it was my turn in the ‘A Reader Recommends’ promo. I was just blown away. A few handy links. Web page – Amazon author page Till next time, take care. Advertisements Original link

The Story of A Man And the Other Woman

I'm thrilled to find this review, written by book reviewer Aurora Dawn, for my Women's Fiction novel and first-in-the-series, My Own Voice . Check it out: 5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of A Man And the Other Woman By Aurora Dawn on August 6, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition This touching and often painful story chronicles the life of a young girl captivated by an older man who is obsessed by the wife he loved and lost to Alzheimers. Told as a first person memoir from the girl's point of view, this story has the same lyrical quality I've come to expect of Poznansky's work. Lenny, the broken and obsessive husband, Anita, the wife and Ben, Lenny's son by his first wife engage in the kind of psycholog...
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ABOUT THE BOOK San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled–the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life is in danger. Julia must unmask the killer before he, or she, takes another life.

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 Title: Tail of the Dragon 
 Author: Connie di Marco
 Genre: Mystery Series: Zodiac Mysteries, boo...
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AudioBook Lovers Rejoice! Deadly Shadow is here! #Canauthors #audiobooks #Audible

I’m excited to announce that Deadly Shadow (The Assassin Chronicles – Book 1) is now available at Audible narrated by Canadian Voice Actor Robin Siegerman ! You don’t want to miss this one! Written by: Kim Cresswell Narrated by: Robin Siegerman Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins Unabridged Audiobook Deadly Shadow Retail Audio Sample Audible US Audible UK Audible FR Audible DE Audible CA “Deadly Shadow takes you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride.” – Dima Zales, New York Times bestselling author Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.   Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s ...
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How to Live.

When I see people buying ready-made meals in the supermarket I want to scream. Cooking is easy and if you want to stay healthy, learning to cook is an absolute necessity. I work full time and I cook every day. Why? Because I love the ritual involved plus I need to know what I am eating. I make my own bread because I loathe supermarket bread. The way I live is not extraordinary, it's how I grew up. Tonight I was inspired to make apple sauce from the orchard outside my kitchen window (the dry summer has forced the apples to ripen months early). And pork and apple sauce are a match made in Heaven. This meal took less than an hour. Broad beans in a parsley sauce, pork chop with a homemade apple ...
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World Cat Day

Today is the World Cat Day and this is the obligatory post about cats. I am usually described as a cat person. Ever since I was two years old I never spent a single day in my life without a cat. My house cats when I was in Turin, and after moving here beyond the black stump in Astigianistan, the community cats that have elected my courtyard as their playground/safe space/whatever. In the last few years the locals have also started to use this area of the village as the dumping ground for unwanted litters of kittens – and basically the feral cat population is growing steadily. One of these days they’ll realize they are the majority, and will seize the power. And it would be an improvement. An...
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From Grit to Humour – How did that Happen?

Guest post from Scottish Crime Writer, Wendy H Jones, author of three very different crime mystery series. Firstly, thank you, Peter, for inviting me onto your blog. It’s a real honour to be here. When I think about writing a blog post, the first reaction is always panic. What on earth shall I write about? Obviously, I want to be interesting, valid, current, useful and every other adjective in between. Do I also want to be gritty and humorous? In this case, the answer is yes. Most definitely so. At least I want to talk about my move from writing on the edge of your seat, gritty, Scottish Noir fiction, to writing laugh out loud, funny, detective fiction. That’s some change or is it? I need to...
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Book Review – Chainsaw by John Bender

Confession time. If it hadn’t been for an interview with John Bender on the Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews website, I may not have been aware of him and his excellent taste in Motorhead shirts. During the course of the interview he spoke about his writing and his novella “Chainsaw.” I was intrigued enough to buy … Continue reading Book Review – Chainsaw by John Bender Original link

Terminal Transit, Chapter II ‘A New Signal,’ Verse 1 [Work in Progress]

Terminal Transit, Chapter II ‘A New Signal,’ Verse 1 [Work in Progress] Priory Hall. Two words that stand as a simple testament to an ignorant nation’s stupid, craven greed – that special kind of breathtakingly galling greed reserved for the self-appointed nobility of this ridiculous island; the bankers and builders and business leaders and breakers and burglars and broadsiders and backsliders and bastards and bollox and buffoons and landlords and layabouts and kiters and cutpurses and swindlers and sweat drippers and debt collectors and drubbers and tally men and tossers and sewage hounds and arse lickers and no-gooders and politicians and pie-dippers and chancers and swindlers and shitflic...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Twist”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Twist” “The antagonist begins the ‘hero’s journey’.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link

This Week in Indie Publishing

Author Don Massenzio The Authors Who Love Amazon Amazon has done a service making self-publishing within reach of everyone. But Alana Semuels’s essay, starting with the subtitle (“The e-commerce giant has finally made self-publishing lucrative”), misleads readers about the true state of things. While self-publishing is a great model for some authors, for many others it is not an option. In particular, journalists, nonfiction writers, teachers, and academics need advances in order to write a book, because they have to take time off from work. Only a traditional publisher gives authors money up front to help them research and write. Amazon self-publishing is not the panacea Semuels suggests. T...
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The smith’s son

We were talking with some friends, the other night, while having a much welcome cup of ice cream, about how come that there’s always a guy called Kowalski that’s tough and military-trained in movies. From Stargate to Gravity via Madagascar to end with Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, there’s always a guy called Kowalski. And what about Kitty Kowalski in Superman Returns? I don’t care about the movie, but Kitty Kowalski was played by Parker Posey, and that’s enough for me. Now, Wikipedia tells me Kowalski is the second most popular family name in Poland (the first is Nowak), and it comes from the word kowal, meaning smith. So Kowalski is basically “the smith’s son”. The name was probably made p...
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Quote of the Week – August 8

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” ~ Winston Churchill Original link

Book Review ~ Pirates: Truth and Tales, by Helen Hollick

New on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Helen Hollick's latest release,  Pirates: Truth and Tales is a clever concept, as she uses a non-fiction book to show how her extensive research has led to the success of her popular fiction. This fun exploration of the history and legends of the world of pirates is packed with interesting facts and fascinating details. Hollywood has, as usual, done it's best to mislead us about what it might have been like to live the life of a pirate. The truth is much more complicated, as an amazingly wide range of seafarers might be termed pirates - but there are plenty of stories which are supported by historical evidence. Improved technology means that long-lost 'pirat...
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