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Flash Fiction – Desperately Seeking Kayla

Flash Fiction - The Haunted Pen
Where the hell was she? Shivers of silent panic swept through my body. My heart thumped. Harder. Faster. Adrenaline surged through my veins, senses on high alert. I’d been searching for more than three hours without success. We were on our way to the drive-in to watch American Graffiti when my truck crapped out. Pissed, she got out of the cab. She’d vanished before I’d even gotten around to the passenger side. “What the…” I tried calling her on my cell phone. Nothing. No goddamned signal. I waved the phone above my head like a madman swatting a swarm of angry bees as I tried to get a signal. Nothing. Nada. No bars. Click here to read Desperately Seeking Kayla in full. Original link

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Shotguns

Nicholas C. Rossis This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here . Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark!  A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett Part 5: Shotguns Definition A shotgun is a long gun with a smooth bore, designed to hit either a moving target or a station...
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Tudor Book Spotlight: The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII, by Suzannah Lipscomb

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall. Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped and sealed. The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary and Elizabeth; and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families. It also listed bequests to the king's most trusted councillors and servants. Henry's will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation.  As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing H...
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MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD A Chandler County novel by Cherime MacFarlane Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance Grant remembered waking in a hospital bed with Crystal's hand on his forehead. And no matter how hard he begged, the girl said she must leave. She needed to get away from her father and couldn't stay with his family due to the generations-long feud. Crystal joined the Army. So did he. Then he came home, ran for sheriff and won. The first thing he did when in office was open the file labeled Missing and Presumed Dead. No one had seen or heard from the mother of the Dane children in years. Did her husband kill her as Royce Dane said? If not, how did she disappear without a trace? But thing...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Revenge”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Revenge” “You think that’s pork you’re eating?” 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

Being The Author All The Time

Good morning and welcome to Friday Feelings. Today, we’re talking about being the author in public and especially on social media all the time. Yes, you’re an author if you’ve had even one book published. That you are crowing about it is to be expected to a certain degree, but there are rules for authors. When I had my first book published, I didn’t know these rules. No one has really bothered to put them down in writing, but they are real and if you don’t follow them, you might find yourself in a wasteland when it comes to getting support from other authors… Let’s start with the first rule, which came into being in the early part of this month. As I’ve said, there are no hard and concrete r...
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Guest Post by Bett Rose, Author of A Week in Time

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US Whilst the men and able bodied were away fighting, those left behind faced a daily struggle to keep up a semblance of normal life. The neighbours all 'pulled together' and 'mucked in' as Harold would have it. Eliza enjoyed her independence and Joanie found an inner strength and knew that Reg would be proud of her. Ruby? Well they all knew about Ruby! Francis? Increasingly fragile and a worry to them all.  I was inspired to write A Week in Time after watching so many seemingly dark programmes on TV and wanting to bring a little light into the world. My dad and brothers were all employed in the Coventry motor trade, and many times I would quietly sit behind...
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Interesting Artwork + Compelling Story = Enjoyment for All Ages

Just discovered a great review by Top Amazon Reviewer Dee Arr, for my illustrated Children's Book, Now I Am Paper : 5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Artwork + Compelling Story = Enjoyment for All Ages By Dee Arr Top Contributor: Harry Potter TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 17, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase It is seldom that one finds a treasure that has the power to delight young and old readers at the same time. Uvi Poznansky delivers with an enchanting story enriched by the original artwork that accompanies it. The dazzling watercolors are guaranteed to fascinate children while adults will find themselves lost in the sensitive emotions that wind their way in and out of the story of...
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Signed #Book #Giveaway! Steamy #Romance + Haunting Mystery on #goodreads

Here on Cape Cod, we've had a pretty bleak spring, but it *might* be safe to say beach-read weather is close at hand!  To celebrate, a signed print copy of  Haunted Souls , a steamy romance spiked with a haunting mystery set here on the Cape, is up for grabs on Goodreads !  A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a long-lost spirit collide in this page-turning novel voted the #2 Read of 2016 at Read, and my publisher recently released this title as an audio-book as well.  Check out the blurb below, and if it sounds intriguing, enter to win!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by, and if you need to stock up on some more books for the summer, take a look at some of my other #1 Amazon and...
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New pitch and an old masterwork

I’m currently working on a new pitch – a very long shot, this one, about which the less said the better. An alternate history crossed with a supernatural horror/dark fantasy. The call has some very specific elements, and somehow it got me thinking of vampires and King Arthur. Pendragon… Dracula… I’m using Son of the Dragon as a working title. So I’m jotting down ideas, but in the meantime I was reminded of the beautiful The Dragon Waiting, one of the best fantasy novels I ever read. It was published in 1983, and written by John M. Ford, that always struck me as an author deserving of more success. The novel, subtitled A Masque of Time won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, but never rec...
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Monday, Wednesday, and Friday blog post #285 Apparently quite a few of you like Pedro the Dragon as much as BJ Vinson does. Got quite a few hits. For those of you who are writers, it is a good exercise to take a scene (one of yours or someone else's ) and rewrite it from another point of view. Try it. Today, let’s have an offering that comes in well below 1,000 words. Let me know how you like it. *****                                            MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY           I left the chapel following Charles Farrelson’s memorial service somewhat spiritually fractured. Chuck, thirty years my senior, had been both father figure and lover for the past five years. For at least 250 of the last 260 Wed...
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Book review: Anne & Christopher Rice’s Ramses the Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra

I read the first in this series, The Mummy: Ramses The Damned, shortly after it was published, and this book wonderfully picks up where the first one ended. Julie, Ramses, the Earl of Rutherford, his son, and Cleopatra are seamlessly brought back to life. Two new characters, Queen Bektaten and the author Sybil Parker are great additions to the story line. The development of Bektaten is good: a queen that kiks ass and then takes names. Sybil has a connection with Cleopatra that is well played. While the book ends with most items wrapped up neatly, there is sufficient room to set up another book. See my complete video book review here! The Passion Of Cleopatra

Book review: Jasper Fforde’s Something Rotten

Fforde carries forward the cast of characters from Jurisfiction, Book World, the Goliath Coporation, and Spec Ops, with a greatly increased role for the Neanderthals. The book opens with Thursday & Commander Bradshaw chasing the Page Running Minotaur into Nebraska and into a western shoot out. Thursday has spent 2 years in the Well of Lost Plots. Her son Friday is just over a year old and she decides it’s time to return to Swindon and the real world. Pickwick the Dodo laid an egg, and she too has an offspring, which has a bad attitude. She comes back to find the bank has continued to pay her bills and she’s in deep debt. Jasper has Friday speaking in Lorem Ipsum. Bringing Hamlet and Otto...
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Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s The Well Of Lost Plots

For her own safety from the Goliath Corporation, Thursday has been chased into Book World. She is pregnant with her eradicated husband’s child, and through the Character Exchange Program she is taking over a role in a book under development in the Well of Lost Plots. The Well is where books are developed and exists within the Book World library, administered by the Cheshire Cat. Her role in jurisfiction continues under her apprenticeship under Miss Havisham, and Granny Next helps Thursday address the ever present mindworm planted by Aornis. See my full video book review here! The Well Of Lost Plots

Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s Lost In A Good Book

Fforde continues the wordplay in this next installment of the Thursday Next series with a theme of coincidences. Acheron is gone, but we meet his sister Aornis and she has a major impact on Thursday. Her husband Landen has been eradicated, changing her life so that no one remembers him, and she has to decide if she should rescue Jack Schitt. She also has to attend to her celebrity status due to her work on the book Jane Eyre, while concurrently fighting a court battle in Book World over this. Alongside all of this is the possibility of a new Shakespeare play being discovered. We learn about Book World, Jurisfiction and its members, Granny Next, and others. See my full video book review here!...
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Book Review: Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair

I really like the concept of Literary Detectives having to protect books and their characters. The humor is a bit campy, which is fine by me, but there are few apparent editorial quirks, Dad’s role is a bit distracting, and the love interest was so-so. I withhold a more severe commentary until I see where Jasper takes this concept. See my full video book review here! The Eyre Affair

Book Review of Anne Rice: Prince Lestat and the Realm of Atlantis

In this particular instance, Lestat was not engaging and too wishy-washy, with the book ending in a love fest. Though some of the new characters are interesting, the amount of time spent on Atlantis is too much for this reader. 3 of 5 stars (maybe a little more, since I typically like what Anne writes. )See my full video book review here: Prince Lestat and the Realm of Atlantis

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Cowboy”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Cowboy” “Rode hard, but arrived too late.” 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

Editing Techniques: Taking a Break and Reading Aloud

This post is the thirty-sixth in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Over the past few weeks, I have been discussing revising and editing your novel. You will go through several drafts, and these two tips can be employed at any time to help you refine your writing. Take a Break You have spent a good chuck of time writing your novel. And then you begin editing and revising it. It is easy when you have spent this much time on a project to lose your objectivity or get in a rush to be done with it. This is the time when you need to take a break. Yes, that is right. One of the best tips is to take time off. Whether it is just a few da...
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