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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Adventurer”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Adventurer” “Fingers leafed through notes, discovering treasure.” 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

Plans and changes thereof

The old song Nothing Ever Goes as Planned by Styx should become my theme tune. As I think I mentioned elsewhere, I have been writing like mad and I still am – lots of deadlines, lots of bills to pay. Ugly. And last night I finally decided that it’s thumbs down for Counterspinner, my hard-SF novella aimed at The story is solid, and I like the way it’s shaping up, but quite simply I will not make it in time for the narrow submission window available. Whichis a damn pity, but it is important to recognize one’s own limits. I will still write it, but not now. And on the other hand, renouncing an opportunity like an unagented submission for is simply crazy. But… The call i...
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Taking the kids to their first concert (Imagine Dragons)

Last Thursday, my husband and I took our kids, Jase (13) and Lexie (10), to their first concert. It all came about in March when I heard Imagine Dragons was doing a second leg of their Evolve Tour and would be coming to Austin, TX. You see, my husband and I went to see them in Houston last November. I had bought those tickets in June of 2017 when my son had just begun listening to Imagine Dragon. Ok, he really was only digging the songs because he heard me listening to them all the time. But by the time the concert came around, he was a fan too, but only my husband and I went to the concert. (You can read about that concert here .) Shirts I made for the concert. When we heard they would be c...
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As promised, this is how I would lay out a video script for the same scenario as last week’s radio play. I’ve taken the part where the Green Giant chooses Englebert, the third under trainee front doorstep polisher at King Charming’s Palace to lead the happy peasants against their royal masters. He’s a cute friendly … Continue reading VIDEO FORMATS Original link

Tales of the Amari

Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. This month, we’re going to be featuring fantasy books, both mine and those of other talented Solstice Publishing authors. Today’s tale is from the incredible KateMarie Collins, a woman with a fabulous talent for entangling you in her stories. Tales of the Amari is all about surviving in a world where you aren’t accepted. Fin’s Magic Get Fin's Magic eBook on Amazon Blurb Fin depends on her companions to keep her safe…and out of chains. As one of the Amari, the only race that can harness magic, she longs for a normal life. One where she didn’t have to constantly look over her shoulder, and she could fall in love. Alaric fell hard for Fin from the momen...
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Spotlight on A Match for the Marquess

I’m happy to welcome author Lillian Marek. Today, Lillian shares her new release, A Match for the Marquess. Blurb Decisions, decisions… Should Lady Anne Milhaven marry the wealthy and handsome young marquess, or should she resign herself to living out her life in poverty and disgrace, exiled from the world she was born to? Should Philip Tremaine, the new Marquess of Penworth, redeem his honor and marry the proud and beautiful earl’s daughter whom he has unintentionally compromised, or should he prove himself as dissolute as his contemptible family? They are not fools, but marriage is only the beginning. Now can they learn to work together and thwart the vile plots of their scheming relatives...
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Announcing the World Premiere Film Hero

Inspired by the extraordinary life & times of Mr. Ulric Cross Frances-Anne Solomon, Director Trinidad+Tobago Film/18 Festival , a division of the New World Film Centre, is very excited to announce the World Premiere Hero, directed by Frances-Anne Solomon, at their Opening Night Ceremony on September 18, 2018, at NAPA. This is the highly anticipated docudrama about Ulric Cross, a World War II Squadron Leader born in colonial Trinidad , whose distinguished international career as a soldier, jurist and diplomat spanned key events of the 20th Century when independent African and Caribbean nations came of age. Out of this, a new brand of Black leadership was born and post-colonial societies emerg...
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Author Panel + #Book Signing #Hyannis! #YA #CapeCod #amwriting Cape Cod

A lot has been going on in my writing life this past week!  I had an Author Panel last Thursday evening at Bourne Library, as part of their Beach Buddy Book Club summer program (my Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Divine Fall , was one of their picks).  Friday, a fabulous article came out in a local newspaper, with an interview about my new Romantic Suspense release, Dangerous Currents .  Saturday, I did a book signing at Market Street Bookshop , and admittedly, the rainy weather resulted in a great day for me, as Mashpee Commons, where the book store is located, was mobbed with shoppers who couldn't visit the beach that day.  I hope that everyone who purchased one of my books took the opport...
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Feel the heat

At last Saul snatches a torch from the corner, nearly breaking the bracket that has secured it in its sconce. Then he comes back to shine the light directly in my face.  “Now look, look at him,” he tells the others, over his shoulder. “Who, in heaven’s name, is this impudent child?” One of them leafs through some papers, papers that rustle in his trembling hands. At last, “This,” he says, “is David. David, son of Jesse. In Bethlehem, he’s thought to be a rising star — ” “Who cares. Who’s the idiot who invited him?” “Your majesty, perhaps you’ve forgotten... You gave the order to send for the boy. Music, you said, might do you some good, I mean, it might soothe the ailing spirit. Forgive me, ...
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take risks: More about Sweetbrier

Sweetbrier, showing the barns and indoor ring on the hill. Those of you who know about Sweetbrier would likely remember my dad as an imposing man. He was tall and muscular, with huge blue eyes and wavy hair. Everywhere he went, he commanded respect, but most people may not realize he wasn’t afraid to take risks, and he could think quickly under pressure. For example, one wintry day Daddy drove me home from school. The roads were icy because it snowed all day. Suddenly, a car was sliding toward us. It would’ve broadsided us, but Daddy thought fast and steered the car off the road, but going around someone’s mailbox to avoid colliding. On another occasion, Daddy drove the old green Chevy van d...
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Special giveaway of three copies of Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy on the New Bookery App

Bookery is a new app for readers looking for the best book, featuring deals and novel news.  Instead of searching through your over-loaded email box for book deals, the Bookery App  brings them straight to your phone in one convenient place.  The team at Bookery have also gathered great reading from authors and bloggers for your entertainment. And they are always running contests. There are plenty of prizes: from books to gift cards and much more. The new contest is to win one of three free paperback copy of the best-selling historical fiction novel, Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy England 1422: Owen, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and l...
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Eerie Rhymes Series

Eerie Rhymes Playlist Ann is excited to release the "Eerie Rhymes read by Ava" book in paperback and eBook formats along with the animated series read by her cyber assistant, Ava, for your enjoyment. Get your copy today, and join Ava every Monday night @ 8 pm as she reads from this collection of rhymes.

Asteria in the Court of Minos

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I know you guys are eager to learn what happened yesterday in Nizza, when I crossed typewriters with my friend Fabrizio Borgio for four hours of intense fiction writing. And I’ll tell you, but not right now. Right now, I am happy to announce that the first episode in the resurrected series The Adventures of Asteria is out and about, finally in English. You can buy it right now on Gumroad (epub, pdf, mobi) and it will be up on Amazon in a few days 1 . Asteria in the Court of Minos pits the gray-haired amazon against the king of Crete, and his sinister counselor, the scientist-magus Aischyuras. Danger. Intrigue. Violence. Minotaurs. The Serpent Cult. Giant robots. Inspired by the old peplums a...
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Writing together – a novel experience (1)

Ann Evans and Rob Tysall
I don’t think I’d be very good as a co-author. I struggle to compile a shopping list with my husband without getting irritated, and as for joint authorship of friendly little missives on the Christmas and birthday cards we send out – don’t go there! So I’m always very impressed when I hear about two or more people collaborating on a novel – especially when it all works out and their work gets published. Even more so if they are – and remain – married. There are plenty of examples of successful collaborations. To start with a couple of married couples: there’s the British couple Nicci Gerrard and Sean French who write psychological thrillers together under the pseudonym Nicci French. There ar...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Frenzy”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Frenzy” “Fingers blurred as the muse narrated.” 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


 When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust. Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case. U...
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Book Review: Drug Wars by Neil Woods and JS Rafaeli

Book Review: Drug Wars by Neil Woods and JS Rafaeli
This review is the unedited original review I submitted to Amazon UK. Three edits later, the “review police” at Amazon UK approved a version they deemed suitable. Next thing is Amazon will try to control our thoughts! If you would like to see the edited version click here. Drug Wars: The terrifying inside story of […] The post Book Review: Drug Wars by Neil Woods and JS Rafaeli appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Sneeze”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Sneeze” “In an instant, mucus sprayed everywhere.” 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

Getting Set For a New Adventure

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First I’d like to thank all the guest bloggers, authors, and reviewers who were so kind to supply our blog with posts. It gave me some much needed time to get some rest and help family members who had suffered a terrible loss. It also allowed us to get back to work on our anthology “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time” which will be coming out in early October, a perfect time for creepy stories and tales of encounters with strange beings. With only two stories left to be completed and edited, we will soon be lining up Beta-Readers and then doing our final edits. Work has also been progressing on “The Door” latest full-length novel in the Para-Earth Series, and “The Pass” the first installm...
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