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Teaching my son to swallow pills

Some children learn to swallow pills early while some teenagers and even some adults can’t do it. Lexie learned almost two years ago when she was 8 but that was out of necessity. She takes daily medication for her allergies and for her attention deficit disorder (ADD). For the first year, we did open her capsules for her ADD and put the medicine in yogurt, but this method didn’t work when away from home or on vacation, so when she stayed overnight with her Nana, my mother-in-law taught her to swallow the capsules. Twelve-year-old Jase, on the other hand, doesn’t need daily medication and is rarely sick. Of course, their pediatrician never asks if they can swallow pills and usually prescribes...
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We’d found a good Italian/Austrian restaurant to dine the night before in Vienna, so we earmarked it for the following night, their menu was extensive and the prices reasonable. But although we wandered the streets we were never to find it again! We visited several more churches and I noticed with surprise that they were … Continue reading CAFE AND CASTILE Original link

Blog Tour ~ Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII, by Seamus O’Caellaigh

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Henry VIII lived for 55 years and had many health issues, particularly towards the end of his reign. Historian Seamus O'Caellaigh has delved deep into the documents of Henry's reign to select some authentic treatments that Henry's physicians compounded and prescribed to one suffering from those ailments. Author Interview with Seamus O’Caellaigh How did you go about researching the health of Henry? I investigated the health of Henry VIII by working back from the better-known things about his conditions, then created a more detailed picture by adding letters from his court and the written works of his physicians. We know that his health affected the relatio...
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      SECRETS? by A.L. Simpson   Genre: New Adult LGBT Romance (M/M - Friends to Lovers)           Kyle is a cowboy who has lived on a ranch in the Australian Outback all his life. He is also gay and hasn’t yet found the courage to come out.   Luke’s father owns a prestigious law firm and as the only child and heir, he’s expected to become a lawyer and rule by his father's side. Problem is, Luke has other ideas and one is to be as far away from his asshole father as possible.   Wendy is the only daughter from a ranching family. She has four brothers, is Kyle's foreman and best friend, not his lover. So, why she is at his ranch and not at her father's?   Can Kyle break down the barriers and d...
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CONCEALED LOVE by Kim Hotzon Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing Brooke Anderson dreams of escaping her troubled past and starting her own business as an event planner. When she crosses paths with her childhood crush, Adam, she falls hard for him and their relationship promises to be her salvation. But Brooke's ex-boyfriend, Carlos, is a vengeful drug dealer, who will not let go of her easily. As Brooke struggles to free herself from his control, an earthquake rattles the city of San Francisco, threatening to bury Brooke and her dreams of love in the rubble. Will her ex destroy her chances of love or will Brooke find a way to put an end to the violence and s...
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Meet Jana Richards, and Read About LIES AND SOLACE – Book 1 of the Love at Solace Lake Series, for our #Eggcerpt Exchange

About Jana When Jana read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist. In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin ass...
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Don't Be That Author

Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to discuss when to push a publisher and when to back off. In other words, don’t be the author everyone hates. Just how does one become the author everyone hates? Be obnoxious promoting your book on social media. Post tons of times about your book. Beg people to buy it now. Tell them they’re missing out on a great opportunity if they don’t get your book. That will not get you sales. It will cause you to lose friends and followers. People don’t like to be bombarded with ads to buy a product. Sure, you can post a couple of times a day. Look for the time when your friends are online the most and put up a nicely worded promotion post. W...
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Tyler Perry’s Acrimony Trailer (2018) staring Taraji P. Henson

See what happens when you deceive someone. In Theaters March 30, 2018 Original link

What's in a name: Lace Underwater? Virtually Lace?

I'm in the middle of writing my new novel--a romantic suspense story set in contemporary time with a dash of futuristic flavor. The main character, Michael, comes upon a body one evening in Laguna beach, and he recreates the scene using his virtual simulation software. So at first I came up with the title, Lace Underwater (which is where her body was found.) I even created a first mockup of how it would look on the cover: But here was the problem. When a friend read the title out loud, he confused it with Lace Underwear! lol! So I went back to the drawing board, and came up with a better title: Virtually Lace.  What do you think? Original link

Looking for Guest Posts…

  Running a blog can be tiring work…  and running a second one: “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” link: can be exhausting So having guest bloggers who wish to get exposed to a wider audience is a real plus, plus it gives our readers a better idea of what other books and authors are out there.  So if you’re interested in doing a guest post about writing, or wish promote your work here on this blog, please let us know in the comment section below. Or you can e-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Tell us about yourself and what you’d like to share and how soon you’d like the post to run.  We’ll do our best to accommodate your needs and if we c...
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News from the Mana Bros Skunkworks Shed

So, we were kicking around a few ideas for a roleplaying game or our own, or maybe four. The real instigator was my friend Alex,that is having a nice success with his Italia Doppelganger RPG, based on the universe of a popular series of horror stories of his. And I’ve been talking about an Aculeo & Amunet RPG for ages, now. And then there’s the idea of the RPG spin-off of AMARNA 1 . And a lot of other stuff – some projects I pitched and fizzed, some things I said “one of these nights I’ll do it” and we’re still here and waiting. But not anymore! So, let’s get to work. I talked about this with my brother (who grew up with D&D and is the rules guy), and we decided to bring back from the Limbo ...
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Guest Interview with Author Halimah Bellows

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US The path to a fulfilling new career is a journey of many steps. Champion Your Career has been written to serve as a helpful guide and companion on every step of that journey. Today I'm pleased to welcome author Halimah Bellows: What made you want to write your book?  I was inspired to write Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work because I felt a comprehensive career development book for the 21st century was needed to address the critical concerns of our time—the workers who are victims of downsizing and outsourcing, the “boomers” who are at retirement age but cannot afford to retire and the recent college graduates who are faced with an avalan...
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How to Write Children’s Picture Books: Enrich Your Story With Dialogue

A Writer's Path by Yvonne Blackwood Your Ronnie Rabbit story is progressing nicely and you are loving his intricate moves. Then halfway into the tale, it dawns on you that the story cannot be all narration. There must be interactions between Ronnie and other animals—family members, friends, even enemies. The missing link is dialogue. Your anthropomorphic rabbit, behaving like a human being, must speak to someone at sometime in order to make some scenes come alive. View original post 421 more words Original link

Why do you use Facebook?

Why do you use Facebook? Personally I use it mainly as a marketing tool. With around a billion users, it is a great way to bring my latest books to the attention of readers. However, now that I live in Spain, it is  also a good way to keep in touch with old friends and family members. For example I am now in touch with lots of my Scottish cousins, whom I hadn't heard from in years. According to Ingram Spark's March newsletter, Facebook have recently changed the way in which users receive news. The founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be more family and friends  orientated. He thinks people don't want to spend hours scrolling through hundreds of posts that do not interest them a...
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Count your blessings

Photo copyright SvD. A newborn lamb stares at his mate who froze to death last night. This morning the farmer told me he was lucky to have lost only one. Another lamb had escaped from the field and I helped the farmer catch it. All of this before breakfast. Remember, there is always someone worse off than you. Original link


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The Windsors at War – Part 2 Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was a teenager during the Second World War and life for her was, in many ways, not dissimilar to that of other teenagers. Her father, King George, insisted that the royal family should not have any special treatment, they had the same rations as everyone else and even applied this to visitors to Buckingham Palace – including Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of the American President! Princess Elizabeth was 14 years old when Britain declared war on Germany and her safety as heir to the throne was of great concern to many people. Viscount Hailsham, a well respected former Conservative politician, spoke for many when he suggested that Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, s...
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#March2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

Hey Everyone!! :-) (RRBC) It's the 18th again, so time for my #IndieBooksBeSeen monthly indie author book review!! Enjoy! :-) Angel of Death by Jennifer Hinsman: Two girls from different sides of the track meet in college and find common ground in the fact that they've both dealt with their share of pain. As they move on with their lives, becoming fast friends, finding romance, and then delving into the shadows of the past, the two help to solve a cold murder case. I enjoyed this book. The sex scenes were steamy, the plot was interesting, and I thought the supernatural twist was clever. The only thing I didn't like was how slowly the story moved at times. So, four stars, but I'd definitely r...
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INCONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE The McAllister Justice Series, Book 3 by Reily Garrett Publication Date: March 26, 2018 Genre: Romantic suspense/technothriller Content Warning: 18+ due to explicit sexual content Braiding nanotechnology and medicine equals magic to the psychopathic mind. Megan Chauner has achieved her dream of opening a veterinary practice when she receives a mysterious package with a dire warning from a college roommate turned investigative reporter. Entering a world of advanced surgical techniques, polymer microchips, and nanotechnology, she discovers twisted minds merging the latest science with progressive surgical procedures in a bid for power and wealth. Lucas McAllister faces th...
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A Look at the Storm Rider Series

Good morning and welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’re deviating from the normal blog and looking at the types of westerns available to today’s discerning reader. The Storm Rider series is about a group of individuals caught up in the battles between the Irish and Scots against the English. These are happening during the time of the Jacobite Wars and Irish Potato Famine, when those in Ireland and Scotland were attempting to kick the boot of the hated English from their throats. Get Storm Rider 1 Donovan Versus Cameron on Amazon! In each book, a hero is chosen by Michael to oversee the families involved in these battles. Their duty is not to interfere but to rescue the innocent. They are...
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 ABOUT THE BOOK From the bestselling author of The Devil’s Necktie and Blond Cargo comes the latest title in the Jack Bertolino series.

 Retired inspector Jack Bertolino straddles two perilous worlds. Known for his impeccable police work, Jack has also done a priceless favor for an infamous Mafia Don: he saved the gangster’s kidnapped daughter from being sold into the sex trade and brought her safely home.

 In Jack’s line of work, he can’t help but have friends—and enemies—on both sides of the law.

 So when FBI agent Luke Hunter goes missing after a deep undercover assignment with that same mob boss, the FBI calls Jack in looking for a favor. With his connections and skills, Jack’s the o...
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