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Blog Tour ~ The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend by Nicole Evelina

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Guinevere's journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years - and it's not over yet. Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than twenty authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience.  Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this b...
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Thank you!

Blog growth is organic, and sometimes slow.  I’m very grateful to each and every one of my readers. Original link

Phantom of the Opera Challenge – Day 21

I’m late making my post; I was finally flattened by the ‘flu that’s been going around.  So, on the grounds that it’s better late than never, let’s go! Favorite part of the 2004 movie It’s “Why So Silent,” with Gerard Butler doing Red Death in a costume inspired by Ingres’ portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (above). Original link

Do You Know House Guests Model Client Meetings?

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Being a house guest is very similar to preparing for client meetings. Only most visitors do not think ahead in this sense. The error is they focus solely on their vacation and themselves. A friend shared her experience that gives valuable lessons to be applied to meetings. My Story via Janelle As I heard Janelle relay her story about visitors, I knew a blog was in the making! Upon being asked which airport is best, Janelle said that one was nearby and only fifteen minutes away. Further explanation conveyed that the other is thirty minutes away with heavy traffic added to the mix. To Janelle’s dismay, her suggestion was ignored. With good humor, the guests ...
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Stargate Origins looks good

Granted, I only saw about half an hour of it (is being released in ten 10-minutes webisodes), but the set-up is quite good: set in 1938, it features the first activation of the Stargate, Nazis, the Goa’uld as sinister as ever, and a good heroine. Production values are quite good for such a small-scale project, and with the exception of a pair of long shots that look as fake as pantomime backgrounds, the whole thing looks like they made the most with what they had in terms of funds. Hopefully they also put down a few bucks on the screenwriting side of the project. All in all, this looks like a fun way to spend a few minutes once in a while – and sure it would be great should it signal a retur...
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Beautiful New Mexico blog post #272     Cracked Eggs Formation: Bisti/De Na Zin Wilderness Courtesy of I know! I know! This post is way too long, but I can’t resist taking you on a trip to Taos and the Four Corners areas of New Mexico. These reminders come from the second book in my BJ Vinson Mystery Series. ***** From The Bisti Business: Prologue: A lopsided moon daubed wispy tendrils of scattered clouds with pewter. Glittering pinpricks of muted light smeared the Milky Way while moonshine bleached the barren landscape silver. Sharp-edged shadows shrouded the feet of mute, grotesque gargoyles of clay and sandstone: hoodoos masquerading as monumental toadstools, spheroid stone...
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Writing Tip — 27

Micro Fiction — Up to 100 words. Very difficult to write, but an interesting exercise for you to try. Like all stories, this needs a beginning, middle, and end. Flash Fiction — 100 to 1000 words. A bit easier to write, since you can go into more detail and dialogue. Short Story — 1000 to 7500 words. You should be familiar with this form of writing from English class in school. Write a short story as an assignment on such and such theme. Novelette — 7500 to 20,000 words. Something like this could be expanded into a novel. Novella — 20,000 to 50,000 words. Novel — 50,000 to 100,000. Accepted lengths in today’s publishing market. On average around 80,000 words. Epics and Sequels — 100,000 plus....
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Free for a limited time: 3 Breaths by LK Collins

3 Breaths brought me to my knees in more ways than one.This beautiful and heartbreaking love story hit every single one of my emotional buttons and made everything around me disappear. -Shayna Snyder, Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads #FREE for two days only! US- UK- CA- AU- #free #sale #bestsellingromancenovel #tragiclove #authorlkcollins --------------------------------------- Author LK Collins Visit LK Collins' website for the complete reading order of all their books. Follow LK on Amazon: Follow LK on F...
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Novel Writing – Endings and Epilogues

This post is the twenty-seventh in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Every story must end. At some point after your story’s climax, your characters will return to their regular lives. Before that there may be some fallout from the climax as the consequences of your character’s choices are played out. But knowing exactly where to stop your story and what you want the last words to be are not always easy. Here are some tips to ending your novel. Ensure the ending makes sense. Don’t cheat and suddenly have everything work out fine. Your ending doesn’t have to be happy (unless you are writing a romance novel in which case there oft...
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I have, I really have! What I mean is that I first met Val on Facebook, we got chatting, we enjoyed each other’s books, then we discovered a real live person we know in common and finally we met up twice – once in Amsterdam and again in Spain. We’re planning another meet up soon, so … Continue reading MEET VALERIE POORE Original link

Warm Up With a Steamy Romance, BITTERSWEETS by Suzanne Jenkins

BITTERSWEETS Oscar & Lisa by Suzanne Jenkins Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance What is the one thing your lover says to you that works immediately? Lisa discovered he didn't even have to speak. It was love at first sight when she touched Oscar for the first time. Nurse Lisa Penn's mother hoped she'd meet a doctor to marry at work, but fate had something else in mind. Never expecting to find romance in the ICU, Lisa knew when patient Oscar Butler was admitted after a near-fatal motorcycle accident, that he might be the love of her life. A chance meeting a few months later would bring them together again. But Oscar's determination not to rush into love, hoping that taking their time will make...
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New Release ~ Cupid's Arrow Vol. 2

Valentine’s Day encompasses romance for all ages. People go out of their way to show their affection for the one they love with flowers, candy, perhaps a special meal. Just how did this day come to be? Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the third century, when Emperor Claudius III of Rom decided young men made better soldiers than those with wives and families to care for. Valentine, a young man who preached the word, felt this was injustice at its worst. He defied the emperor and secretly performed marriages for young lovers in secret. Once his actions were discovered, the emperor ordered he be put to death. Get Cupid's Arrow Vol. 2 on Amazon Today, we honor his memory by celebrating rom...
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Mystery Books

When I was 11 or 12, I had trouble finding something to read. I had outgrown the Nancy Drew/Dana Girls books but wasn’t ready for anything very advanced. This was the early seventies. No Harry Potter or Artimus Fowl. My mother tried to find me something that I could read. She gave me a copy of a regency mystery. She thought it was “soft” enough to work. I can’t remember the name of the book, but I couldn’t finish it. It scared me. I wish now I knew the name. I’m sure it’s not frightening at all. By the time I reached high school, I was reading a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, John Le Carre. My love for mysteries has continued all through my life. I go through pha...
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Book Launch Interview: La Reine Blanche Mary Tudor a Life in Letters, by Sarah Bryson

  New on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US Today I would like to welcome author Sarah Bryson: Tell us about your latest book My latest book is entitled ‘La Reine Blanche Mary Tudor a Life in Letters’. I’m very excited about this book on Mary Tudor, younger sister of King Henry VIII. I have spent years researching Mary’s life, particularly studying the personal letters she wrote as well as documents and dispatches which mention her. I really feel these personal letters are a wonderful insight into the strong and incredibly smart woman that Mary was. I hope that my book helps to shed a brighter light upon Mary who has so often been overlooked throughout history. What is your preferred writing routine...
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In Egypt with Sax Rohmer

Let’s kill two birds with a stone: today’s the birthday of Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, better known to the world at large by his pen name Sax Rohmer – the man who created the original Yellow Peril, Dr Fu Manchu. A lower-class child that started a career as a civil servant before he turned to writing for a living and claimed to be part of the Order of the Golden Dawn, Rohmer would be 135 today. His most famous creation, Dr Fu Manchu, first appeared in The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu, as a serial, in 1912. Two other novels followed,and then the character went on hiatus for about fifteen years, only to return with The Daughter of Fu Manchu in 1928. The mix of exoticism, crime mystery and conspirac...
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#APC #Spotlight: Slither By Valarie Savage Kinney!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've got Valarie Kinney in my APC spotlight, today! Valarie is an active and supportive member of the   Authors-Professional Co-op  Facebook group and her supernatural, thriller, paranormal romance, horror novel, Slither, looks great! Here's the description: We're often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She's hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark ...
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Release Day: Murder & Mayhem

I’m thrilled to announce the release of Murder & Mayhem, a boxed set featuring six murder mysteries from the following Wild Rose Press authors: J L Wilson, Misty Simon, Michelle Witvliet, Vicki Batman, Cindy Davis, and Joanne Guidoccio. Brownies, Bodies, and Breaking the Code by J L Wilson Jessie Patrokus doesn’t give up…and that might get her killed. To complicate matters, a colleague turns up dead from eating the brownies she brought to the company potluck. Gus Colcannon, a new programmer at the company, starts to ask a lot of questions and Jessie gets suspicious. That’s when she finds she may have uncovered a terrorist plot and discovers Gus is an undercover FBI agent. All Jessie has to d...
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The year is 1978, and the New York fashion industry is an orgy of glitz, glamour, and decadence. New models—especially those as beautiful as eighteen-year- old Anna McKenna—are prime targets for all kinds of predators.

 Anna is already aware of the men who enjoy preying on models. She knows a woman represented by her modeling agent was found raped and murdered—but she tells herself that, tragic though it was, this is New York. Such things happen. Mickey Gallo is less sanguine about the killing, but he’s both a police detective and Anna’s protective uncle. In Anna’s mind, she doesn’t need his protection. Or so she thinks.

 When one murder becomes two, Anna’s confidence is sh...
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A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Channel for your Business

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Note:  Today’s introduction and infographic are provided by Jess Andriani of ConnextDigital Ever since social media came along, almost everyone jumped on the bandwagon to join the digital crowd. You’d be hard-pressed to name any of your friends that don’t have a profile on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the top social platforms. And it’s true – in a way, as businesses today don’t exist if they don’t have a Facebook page.   But while social media is one of the most popular platforms for getting your business out there, it’s not the best for everyone. In fact, statistics reveal that email still beats social media in terms of marketing prowess, which means you ...
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Go, brother!

A quick post to congratulate my brother Alessandro, that was selected for a scholarship as Android developer with Google and Udacity. Six more months of high-level online education. Original link