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ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES on Sale for Kindle Free This Week, #1 in Biographical

Thanks for your support on my new my bio novel about Eliza Jumel is #1 in the Bio category on Amazon. I became interested in Aaron Burr when researching my Hamilton book, and his last wife Eliza really grabbed me...a woman after my own heart! By age 50 she owned half of New York City, married Aaron and divorced him when he started blowing thru her money. He also had a girlfriend in Jersey City and Eliza charged him with adultery. He died the day he got served with the divorce papers. Who was her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton Jr. of course! (can't make this stuff up!) It's free for Kindle this week. Original link

First Night of Chanukkah

Replica of the Temple Menorah, Temple Institute, Jerusalem.  Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons Tonight is the first night of Chanukkah, the festival of rededication.   From Judaism 101 : The story of Chanukkah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic culture, adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks, in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society. More than a century late...
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Book Launch Spotlight ~ Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, by Nicola Tallis

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution―recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion. "Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and...
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A Perfect 10 with Melanie Jayne

Author Don Massenzio Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Melanie Jayne. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by. Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 and look for an exciting announcement regarding all of the participating authors for 2018. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Wow, let’s jump right into making me sound like a crazy woman. I’m in the process of writing my twelfth book and I’ve finally figured out a few things about my process. I am a slow starter. Although I’m a Planner and I have a very extensive outline, the first third of the book is a grind. I wonder...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Anne O’Brien

Available on  Amazon UK  and  Amazon US From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Choice The untold story of Joan of Kent, the mastermind behind the reign of child-King Richard II. A tale of treachery, power-hungry families and legal subterfuges. ‘What would enhance the pattern of my life further? One word slid into my mind. A seductive word. A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.’  Today I would like to welcome author Marcia Meara: Tell us about your latest book My latest book is The Shadow Queen starring Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, who became Princess of Wales through her marriage to Edward, the Black Prince, and King's Mother when her son Richard II took the throne....
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Sharing My Christmas Reads

After surviving a grueling (but gratifying) November where I focused exclusively on my NaNoWriMo project, I needed to destress and start preparing for Christmas. To get into the mood of the season, I decided to look for Christmas novellas that can be easily read in one sitting. Thankfully, I didn’t have to look too far. Over the past year, six author friends–two Canadian and four American–have released delightful reads that transported me from the west coast of Canada, across the American Midwest and Southwest, to the eastern seaboard. Will a Christmas wish give a lonely author a family? Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeleton...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Day 6

Visit the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways blog to win great prizes including eBooks, gift card, swag, and more! Today’s featured giveaway is a$10 Amazon Gift Card from Ann Livi Andrews. Our grand prize giveaway is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Visit each day for more chances to win! Original link

Music and war, love and memory, and more

I am thrilled to find a five-star review  for my WWII spy thriller, Marriage before Death .  The review  written by top Amazon reviewer and author Sheila Deeth. In addition to her  novel,  Divide by Zero , she has written The Five Minute Bible Story Series, and other books.  With a Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England, she is a a top reviewer  for Amazon, Goodreads, Gather and other reading sites. This is what she says: 4.0 out of 5 stars Music and war, love and memory, and more By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on December 10, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Fifth in the Still Life with Memories series, Marriage before Death takes readers to the dangerous small...
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The Golden Series Blog Tour and #Giveaway

Unicorn Gold The Golden Series Book 1 by Kathryn Celeste Genre: Paranormal Romance Rourke is a unicorn shape shifter and a virgin. Sent back from Alter Earth to rescue the paranormal beings who were left behind when magic left this world he is forced to confront the fact that unicorns seem to have vanished from the world. Kaitlyn is a veterinarian with healing abilities. Unaware of the origin of her gifts she tries to live life under the radar. Then  she meets Rourke. For the first time in her life sparks fly. But Rourke has his own secrets of his own. Secrets that threaten to turn Kaitlyns world upside down. Hunted  by those who fear their gifts will Rourke and Kaitlyn be able to overcome e...
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Inspiration isn’t enough

Hey everyone! It’s gearing up to be a super busy weekend. 6 days until we see the new ‘Star Wars’ movie! Yeah, that’s my fandom of choice. We can discuss that another time, though. Everyone talks about being creative, finding inspiration from the things around them. You can read countless stories on social media about how a writer looked at a situation, did a mental, ‘what if’, and turned it into a story. The thing is, inspiration isn’t enough to make it as an author. You need the self discipline and determination to sit yourself down and finish the story. You need the critical eye and willingness to realize that the first draft is just that – a draft – and changes need to be made. Some will...
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Holiday Nut Mix ~ #recipes Homemade Gift idea #Christmas

I am not a crafty person.  I'm creative, in terms of dreaming up plot twists and developing characters, but the closest I usually get to designing gorgeous gifts or beautiful centerpieces is adding pictures I love with instructions I know I can't follow to my  Pinterest boards .  I'm in awe of people who have that kind of talent. But I *can* follow simple recipes, and a few years ago, my sister-in-law, who always hosts Christmas with a dazzling display of gourmet food and stunning displays, served a nut mix that I just couldn't get enough of.  And hey, it's nuts--a good for you food, packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  Even with the seasoning, it'...
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Special Guest Interview with Author Robert Gately

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US A dynamic book set in small town Pennsylvania which explores the intangible ties that form a family, a community and the influence that one man can make crossing social and economic lines. Readers will fall in love with Henry. Today I would like to welcome author Robert Gately Tell us about your latest book My latest book, South of Main Street, has all the human twists and turns that one comes to expect from a Hallmark kind of story. The trouble begins when our hero inherits a multi-million dollar estate when his wife dies. His daughter sues him for financial control of the estate which sends him on a quest to prove he is normal - not an easy thing to do ...
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“Fever” is out

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The Pro Se Thriller of the Week is, to me, a fine example of a simple idea elegantly executed: four thriller series, new episodes coming out alternatively one er week. The offer includes the techno-thriller of THE OUT OF TIMERS, the police procedural of MURDER, AR, the sophisticated caper thriller of AKA THE SINNER and the supernatural thriller of HARRIDAN. Four series, six episodes each, each episode written by a different writer. A total of twenty-four novellas, one per week for six months, at a ridiculous price. The tag-line of Thriller of the Week is the future of digital storytelling. And I am part of this, having sold four stories to Pro Se Productions, one for each series. And today, ...
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Lessons Learned from Agatha Christie: The Omission Says It All.

#BlogShare #WriterTips #Plot #AgathaChristie #Poitot Jean Lee's World Studying Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries has been a real treat this year. But like any favorite food, its taste has grown a touch stale on my writing pallette. Before I take a good, long break from one of the greatest authors of all time, I wanted to share one of the lessons learned from what many consider to be her masterpiece:  And Then There Were None.  I had written this book because it was so difficult to do that the idea had fascinated me. That people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious. I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had ma...
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#NewRelease from @CharityParkerso The only thing worse than suffering a broken heart is being forced to pretend it never happened. For two years, Mara kept a secret. She was in love with two members of her security team—Landon and Early. As an actress, she’s always in the spotlight. Keeping her reputation intact is more important than anything. Until the day came that she no longer cared. Loving Early and Landon meant too much to keep hiding. That was the day she lost them. For a year, Mara has suffered in silence. The world doesn’t see her loss. They don’t know she’s broken. She’s never been more alone. Her downhill spiral forces Kieran Steele to step in, sending her someone to watch over her. Som...
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Music Monday: Little Saint Nick

I’ve always thought this was a fun song.   The entire album is delightful, but this track is a true favorite.  Enjoy today’s Blogmas entry, “Little Saint Nick,” by the Beach Boys. Original link

Hussars & Hackers – return to Drachenstahl

Back in… oh, it was probably 1984, I first tried my hand at a series of short stories set in a post-catastrophic future, in which micronations (but they were not called micronations back then) were the last surviving bastion of order in a world in which environmental and economic disaster had created billions of refugees. I had just read a book about the coming ice age (it looked legit), so I threw that idea in. I had been reading The Prisoner of Zenda for the first time, too, and I sort of wanted to mix the small operetta nation/state of the book with a sort of futuristic and cyberpunkoid stories. Hussars and Hackers, if you will. So I imagined this small Alpine nation, called Drachenstahl ...
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HIs life is on the line and she's the only one who can save him. ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeAnn Smallwood #amreading #western #cowboy #historical

TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the western historical romance ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeANN SMALLWOOD. WHAT IT'S ABOUT: (SCROLL DOWN TO READ AN EXCERPT) A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law. Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Che...
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Getting personal with Gerri R. Gray

Gerri R. Gray is a poet with a dark soul, and the author of the bizarre adventure novel, The Amnesia Girl (HellBound Books, 2017). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Beautiful Tragedies and Demons, Devils & Denizens of Hell 2 (both published by HellBound Books). She has also contributed to the book, Ghost Hunting the Mohawk Valley by Lynda Lee Macken (Black Cat Press, 2012). She is a lifelong aficionado of horror, dark humor, and camp, and blames her twisted sense of humor on a wayward adolescence influenced by the likes of Monty Python, Charles Addams, Frank Zappa, and John Waters. 1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? I wr...
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Jolanda and Me

It is always a pleasure receiving your author copy of a book you contributed to. When the book was edited by the likes of Franco Pezzini and Fabrizio Foni, it is an extra pleasure because you know it’s a high-quality volume. So here I am, in my very messy library… … with my copy of Jolanda & Co – le Donne Pericolose, a far-ranging survey of dangerous women in popular fiction. I contributed a piece about a classic trope, the Queen of the Lost City in fiction from Haggard to the 1930s – and took the opportunity to once again show my affection for the Egyptian Amenartas. And now the book’s here, and it’s a beauty, and I am very proud of being part of this beautiful project. Original link