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Further insights into the life of King David through artists’ eyes

Author of  War Songs , Grady Harp is an artist representative, gallery owner, writer of essays and articles on figurative and all Representational art for museum catalogues and for travelling exhibitions, and an Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer. He describes himself as being ever on the alert for the new and promising geniuses of tomorrow. So I am deeply honored that he has posted this five-star review for my art book,  Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine : 5.0 out of 5 stars Further insights into the life of King David through artists’ eyes By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on April 27, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Uvi Poznansky dons another Technicolor c...
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Blogging from A to Z: W is for Wooing

Hi, everyone.  Today, we’re going to talk about something that happens a lot in historical fiction, romance, steampunk, and a whole slew of other genres:  wooing. defines wooing as “to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.”  I thought I’d take a look at how the male protagonists in my books go about it — for better or for worse, if you’ll pardon the expression. In Erik LeMaitre’s case, in the Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series, to say that he has no idea how to go about courtship is to greatly understate the situation.  He has little experience with human interactions and, frankly, gets it wrong a lot.  He makes demands, put his foot i...
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Spotligh Susan P Baker

This week’s author lives in Mexico – another place on my bucket list – Susan I’ll be over soon! No, don’t panic my bank manager would be at the airport AK47 at the ready. We’re in exalted company as Susan was a lawyer and then a judge and so all her books have a legal base, one of my favourite genres. Susan is also a grandmother and is a prolific writer with five novels and 2 non fiction books to date. And she likes chocolate, so we know she is one of us. You can find out more on her website She’s suggested I mention two of her books and the first one is My First Murder, the first book she wrote and it is FREE so you can grab a copy here.
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Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

I absolutely love the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Her newest book is Silence Fallen. I enjoyed this book as well. There has been a lot of talk (i.e. complaints) about one aspect of the book. I'll just say it didn't bother me at all. I wasn't shocked or did I figure it out. It may have been because I had read a lot of the reviews already, but just saying, it wasn't a big deal for me.     Silence Fallen was a good book - not my favorite in the series but still good. I didn't like the fact that Mercy and Adam were apart so much in this book, but the storyline was interesting and the action fast-paced.     If you haven't read any in the series, you need to start at the beginning...
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The strange case of the vanishing post

… which would make for a good, if derivative, Holmes pastiche. But after all, aren’t all pastiches derivative? 1 The fact is, my scheduled post from last night vanished without a trace come the morning – which is somewhat apt, in a fantasy/horror sort of way, but it also means I’ll have to rewrite it from scratch. It’s the second time something like this happens in ten years of blogging. The first was about two years ago, on my Italian blog. I was going through a massive writing bout back then, too. Rule for survival: NEVER schedule your post late at night when suffering from sleep deprivation. In other news, I’ve started re-watching the Jeremy Brett Holmes series, and might, one day, write ...
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Wellness for Women Over 40: Part 9

Essentially there are two kinds of leaders, those who command respect and those who demand respect. However, being a leader in this modern era requires much skill, patience and prayer in order to make an impact on the lives of the people we serve. Women are called to lead in the home, and at times at large. Now a days, it seems like everything we know and care about is politically charged and has racial under tones more than ever. So how do you as a woman think, speak and act to help bring peace, and a sense of order in your homes, work place and even your church? Well, there are no solid answers to this question as you are not responsible for how others behave and choose to display their em...
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Better Never Told: day 3

Third day, and five thousand words done, and it was harder than I expected. In part because all of a sudden I found myself lost, with the classic “where do we go from here?” moment of panic, and in part because my friend Marina (that will be a beta reader when this adventure is over) found a way to distract me at about 500 words from the finish line. But I made it. Now Rose, the main character, is fully rounded, and motivated. We know her background, and know she won’t give in when faced with darkness. The seeds of future discoveries have been planted, and evil has made its first incursion in the ordered and quiet life of Rose. Now the dread “first third” of the novel lurks – and tomorrow I’...
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Do You Balance Fee Increases With A Focus On Long-term Clientele?

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: The idea of fair rate hikes is a reoccurring topic of conversation. Every business owner needs to weigh client loyalty against any fee increase.  Employers need to consider fair salaries being in alignment with employee loyalty to avoid the costly revolving door syndrome. It is smart to also consider alternative solutions. There are three major issues to be carefully considered: Hourly fees One source of income versus multiple The cost of keeping up with changing trends My Story Long ago, I had a word processing business in my home. It was the new trend of the day and an hourly fee was in place. I enjoyed a nice range of clientele to include attorneys an...
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Patricia Loofbourrow

NY Times and USA Today best-selling science fiction author, Patricia Loofbourrow, is creating a transmedia project surrounding the far future domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges, which is now split between four crime families. The centre of this project is a 13 part steampunk neo-noir novel called the Red Dog Conspiracy, which follows the story of a female private eye named Jacqueline Spadros. You’re invited to take a look and join the experiment at  Red Dog Conspiracy  Original link

Blogging from A to Z: V is for Volcano Lady

You may recall from a previous post that I’m a big fan of independent authors .  Today, I’m honored to have steampunk indie author T.E. MacArthur, author of the Volcano Lady series, as my guest.  Enjoy this delightful interview! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a cat person. Yup! That’s me. My cat disagrees but I’m 100% certain I am a cat too. Cats are natural storytellers. Ever look in the eyes of a cat at 1:30 am – they’re starving to death aren’t they, just ask them. So effective are they at storytelling that you get up, go to the kitchen, and find their bowl is still … full. What’s worse is that it isn’t the first time you’ve fallen for this ruse. That’s the power of a well-craft...
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How important is the irrelevant? Crazy question? First… one has to know what is important. The older we get the wiser we supposedly get… hmm… But who determines what is wise? If it were left to us we can be sure some of our beliefs were backasswords. And Mr. Murphy will hopefully set us straight. The political discourse these days… if you want to dignify it as such is disgusting. No more respect for any institution or person. Manners out the window. What is relevant is mocked. Hoods are worn to hide identity. Shame on them. Cowards to their belief. Life is a journey to find the relevant. To find what you can believe in. To find Truth that transcends folly. From poverty to wealth, from pain t...
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Ray Bradbury’s 12 Rules for Writers

The Haunted Pen - Ray Bradbury’s 12 Rules for Writers
Photo – In a career spanning more than 70 years, Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to 50 books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury is one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television’s The Ray Br...
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Meet Author David A Wilson

David Wilson
On my blog today is children’s author, and dragon dreamer, David A Wilson. Like me, David lives in Coventry, UK, and is a member of the Coventry Writers’ Group. What is the title of your recent book? (In a nutshell what is it about?)  Aaron Gray and the Dragon War is a book about an extremely bratty kid called Aaron who says “Crud” a lot. He lives in a children’s care home and has the same dream every night about dragons fighting each other around a castle. One day he gets sucked into the dragons’ world and is sent on a quest with another kid called Julia to try and stop a dragon war.  Julia’s generally quite thrilled about the whole thing. Aaron isn’t.  What are the most challenging aspects...
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#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 539

        Hey Everyone! :-) Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here:  Thoth's Journal Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL) Agent Thoth's Personal Log   Day Five-Hundred-Thirty-Nine:   My hominid-servant keeps a collection of paints with which she decorates the epidermis of her face. I consider this a strange habit, but have concluded she feels the need to compensate for her lack of proper facial fur. Many of these paints are stored in containers that make for a pleasant distraction when they are rolled across a flat...
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This week is one of my favorite subjects, homophones. Exactly what is a homophone? It’s a word that sounds like another word but has a very different meaning. As authors, we are expected to use homophones correctly, or at the least set up our grammar checker to catch those instances when we’re using them wrong.   Nothing is more off-putting to a publisher than reading through an otherwise outstanding manuscript and continually running across incorrectly used homophones. Many publishers will reject the work once they see one incorrect homophone and not bother to tell you why. This is why it’s important to have a trusted beta reader or critique group look over your book before you submit. That...
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Top 10 “Behind-the-Scenes” Facts About Betting On Love in Vegas

I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Stacy Hoff. Today, Stacy shares ten behind-the-scene facts about her new release, Betting on Love in Vegas . Here’s Stacy! Here are my top ten “behind the scenes” facts for my latest release, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS. 1. My husband and I traveled to Las Vegas twice during our marriage (in the “before kids” era). We strolled up and down the Strip in awe of the many hotels. Since we grew up in New York City, we’re used to gawking tourists. It was odd for us to have the tables turned; we were probably the biggest gawkers in Vegas. 2. My husband and I ate at lots of hotels’ buffets. The feasts were heaven for our taste buds, but hell on our waistlines. We co...
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The Road of Kings: Conan and Italian Opera (probably)

Sometimes good ideas are not. Foreign-sounding names for characters, for instance. Apart from the vaguely Welsh/Gaelic/Tolkienoid elves and the alphabet soup of Lovecraftian monsters (of which my favorite, if apocryphal, remains “Shuub-Wankalot”), a name can make or break a character. A basic trick I was taught long ago when naming secondary characters in my fantasy stories is to select a geographic area that somehow has the same feel of the place from which my character comes, get a map, jot down a few place names, and then tweak them a little, moving vocals around or cutting and pasting names. Et voilà, instant names for characters. The method can backfire spectacularly – in the 1959 versi...
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3 Tips For A Successful Book Promotion

Great article on the importance of networking among authors. Look for an interview with a truly fabulous steampunk author on my blog tomorrow, when V is for Volcano Lady! Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR your humble host There is a golden rule of promoting, which I will get to in a second, but first allow me to create a simple analogy to help illustrate the later point. And there’s math, too, so stay with me.   We’ve talked about putting out a quality story as an imperative HERE ; this builds on that, and about being daring in your writing – also a must – HERE . SO… If you tithe 10% of your money to your church (off the top, before taxes), then the Reverend is getting all those 10%’s. Expenses aside – ...
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Better Never Told: day 2

Day two is gone, I did my 4000 words, and I also met a little problem. Nothing technical, really. Just like on day one, I started at 6 pm, and in half an hour I hammered out a nice 500-words scene. Then I stopped, I took a walk – I had been working at a translation all day long – and then prepared dinner. I was back at the keyboard at 7.40, with Imelda May’s latest album, Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, going as background. And I got a call from a friend. I set up her blog about eight months ago, but sometimes in these months she decided she did not like the way it looked anymore, so she tried to change it herself, and basically made a mess. As a result, I spent until 9 pm doing virtual help desk ...
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Are You Motivated to Achieve More?

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: NOTE:  I wanted to share my favorite office essentials with QuickBooks  as part of their #WaysToGrow campaign.  “Positive thought increases positive results.” My Story Previously accustomed to being a part of a high-energy sales team, the first year of entrepreneurship was especially tough. The alone time was good to a point, and then, I began to wonder what I was doing. Suddenly self-doubt became the norm. Thankfully excellent advice quickly came my way which I’m passing along today. Motivational Help for the Office Frame pictures that remind you of past achievements and hang them on the wall. Purchase an inexpensive bulletin board to pin recognition aw...
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