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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

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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.  Dictionary.com 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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Blogging from A to Z: V is for Volcano Lady

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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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#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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Romance for Everyone


    Romance is a genre that has stood the test of time. Women for millennia have enjoyed a tale of love between two people who might or might not be right for each other. Many men have also read these books, but until recently few would have admitted to that let alone allowed the world to know they actually wrote romance novels.   Get Cupid's Arrow Vol 1 on Amazon   Today’s romance has become as modern and open as the world we live in. Yet, many who seek out a romance aren’t looking for a romp in bed or a redefining of societal mores. What they want is an escape into the developing relationship between a couple who are either rekindling what they once had or are discovering each other for th...
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Because of this I wasn’t able to fall sleep all night


“I’m sure that waking us up makes no difference to you,” she said. To which I said, “Why would you think that, Mrs. Horowitz?” “Because,” she said, “you must think that we here in the Big Apple are up and about around the clock, and besides, we can’t wait to get a call from an important persona such as yourself at any time whatsoever, day or night!” Utterly dumfounded I could not bring myself to say another word, which made it all the more difficult to put together a whole sentence, to beg her to wake up her daughter. So I was just about to say goodbye and so sorry, my mistake, this will never happen again, I promise, when all of a sudden Mrs. Horowitz said, “Natasha isn’t here.” “What?” I c...
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Only forever... Be my joy and my pride


When Natasha came back, she sat at the edge of the bed and turned on the radio. And to the faint sound of music, she started unbraiding her hair.  I turned on my side, drew closer to her, and ran my hand along the arch of her back and the fullness of her hips. Never before had I experienced such a complete sense of peace. In spite of the suffering of my flesh, I had no worry, no tension whatsoever in my soul. Until now, my life had been in turmoil, like dust and debris swirling around in the wind. And just like that, a revelation: here, I thought, was something that felt like the eye of the storm. Here was the core. This was us, united not only in love but also in trust. It was a new feeling...
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Avarice Touched Update


The Official Author Site of Sarah Rodriguez If you’ve been following this site for a while, you may be wondering “Where in the world is Avarice Touched?” If you are brand new, Avarice Touched is the fantasy novel I am creating with my cousin, LeTeisha Newton. It is the tale of two very different women and their power and powerlessness in the kingdom of The Closing Fist. So what’s the hold up? Well we got about 66,000 words (around 200 pages) in before we realized that one of our main story hinges was based on something that no longer made sense because of other changes. So we did the only thing you can do in that situation: we brainstormed! The new and reworked world is deeper, more grounded...
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CALLIOPE CREEK by DeAnn Smallwood #romance #cowboy #western


TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK IS THE NEW RELEASE  -  CALLIOPE CREEK  by  DeAnn Smallwood . GET IT ON AMAZON   http://amzn.to/2eVTtlC Trent is a loner, a man of few words. All he wants or needs in his life is his ranch: Calliope Ranch. That is, until Riley stumbles into his life. Riley, who owns Calliope Falls. Riley, a city slicker who’s been left the Circle S by a father she thought dead. Riley, who needs a lesson to even make coffee. Riley, who is unloved, controlled and ridiculed by a demanding grandfather and a selfish mother. Riley defies them by moving to Meeker, Colorado, and fighting to show she can make it on a working ranch, her ranch. Resenting her at first, Trent comes to realize there’...
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Sometimes love will take you by surprise. CALLIOPE CREEK by DeAnn Smallwood #cowboy #romance #western


TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK IS THE NEW RELEASE  -  CALLIOPE CREEK  by  DeAnn Smallwood . GET IT ON AMAZON   http://amzn.to/2eVTtlC Trent is a loner, a man of few words. All he wants or needs in his life is his ranch: Calliope Ranch. That is, until Riley stumbles into his life. Riley, who owns Calliope Falls. Riley, a city slicker who’s been left the Circle S by a father she thought dead. Riley, who needs a lesson to even make coffee. Riley, who is unloved, controlled and ridiculed by a demanding grandfather and a selfish mother. Riley defies them by moving to Meeker, Colorado, and fighting to show she can make it on a working ranch, her ranch. Resenting her at first, Trent comes to realize there’...
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You can’t leave me. Let me come with you


His ravaging kiss stole away anything else she’d planned to say. They were both breathing heavily before he came up for air. “I need you to stay hidden here. I’ll be back in thirty minutes or less.” “No!” She grabbed his arm. “Don’t leave me. You can’t leave me. Let me come with you.” He wrapped his arms around her again. “I’ll be quick. I need to go back and cover our tracks so no one can follow us. I promise I won’t be long and we won’t be separated again, but I have to do this.” Emma sighed. “I’m holding you to your promises, John Weldon. If you break them and get yourself captured or killed, I’ll hunt you down and haunt you even if I have to go all the way to Hanoi Hilton.” Stories of wh...
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You know what to do when we get to our room, right?


As we pulled into the parking lot at the hotel I’d booked for our wedding night, Ellie and I burst out laughing. The blinking light heralding the establishment read, “Poughkeepsie’s Finest Destination.” The building was pretty old and looked tawdry at best. “Guess this isn’t much of a honeymoon,” I said. “I’m sorry.” Ellie skipped alongside of me, as we went inside to register. Her uninhibited behavior reminded me of the girl who’d invited me to play spin the bottle, not so long ago. This time, however, she wore a wedding dress and was my wife. “Hey, Ellie, control yourself,” I told her, taking her hand in mine. “You’re a married woman now.” “Oh, knock it off, husband. Think about what’s in ...
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An Inspired Collection


I am thrilled to find this new review, written by  Catherine Cavendish , the author of Touched by Darkness, Cold Sparks, and other books. This is what she wrote about my art book, Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba : 5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspired Collection By Catherine Cavendish on April 16, 2017 This review is from: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles Book 7) (Kindle Edition) An inspired collection of some of the world's greatest paintings, each of which have inspired the author in writing the book 'A Peek at Bathsheba' - in her series The David Chronicles. A fascinating idea as this book serves to illustrate her novel in a classic and beautiful fashion....
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Blogging from A to Z: N is for Notre Dame de Paris


Catherine paced back and forth in front of the cathedral, trying to keep warm as she waited for Farukh. At least the weather was dry. She had wondered more than once over the course of the week what had made her ask Farukh for supper; she could have bought him some small gift, after all.   But then she remembered his cat-like dance down the institute’s hallway and could not help smiling.   “I hope you have not been waiting too long.”   Catherine hadn’t even recognized him as he approached. She’d been watching for the admittedly dreadful beard … which had been trimmed into chic submission. His thick black hair was wind-tousled.   “No, not long.”   “Your cheeks are red...
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Hey, stop flirting with my girl


Entering the kitchen from the garage, Tammy smelled something delicious. “Hey, Tammy, welcome home.” Lex’s smile was electric. “Hi, Lex. Wow, you look happy.” Tammy returned his smile with a brilliant one of her own. “Hey, stop flirting with my girl.” Danny walked into the kitchen wearing jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt, the ridges and planes of his muscles shown easily through the soft gray material. Sexy. He walked straight to Tammy and wrapped her in his arms. He nuzzled his nose into her hair and breathed in deeply. She felt his heart beating strongly against her cheek and she closed her eyes and allowed herself to relax. This. Is. Where. She. Wanted. To. Always. Be. Danny felt a shiver...
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I imagined I was the woman in the photo


The summer before my senior year of high school, the first where I’d be alone, getting through each day became my secondary objective, my primary still hoping to work at the magazine someday. Part of making it a reality was giving the goal credence by sharing my hopes outside of the family. The situation sprung up out of nowhere, in yet another creative writing class.  The first day of senior year began like any other, that is until it was time to leave for school. I woke up to a quiet house, the sounds of the last day of summer filtering in through my window. A neighbor’s dog barked, traffic picking up on Outer Drive, the echoes of a woodpecker going to town. The sound on the periphery...
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His dark eye falls on me


Michal plops into her seat and graces everyone with a splendid smile. Meanwhile, an army of servants advance towards us, carrying casks of wine, and baskets laden with buttery, freshly baked pastries. She points at a steaming hot pastry, filled with crushed nuts and brushed with egg gloss, and one of the servants drops it onto her plate. She selects her wine, and with a twirly splash he fills her cup.  Then he turns to me. “Here,” he offers, raising the basket to my eyes, and tipping it so I may make my choice. “Won’t you have this one? It’s flaky.” In reply, my stomach starts growling. “And,” he says, in a lower tone, “so is the king.” “What?” I cry. Startled, the servant looks left an...
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#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 527


      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-Twenty-Seven:   As I discussed in my last entry, there is a recent development that is negatively affecting my ability to obtain sufficient rest. Per my description, I enjoy sleeping under the textile my hominid-servant covers herself with while at rest, but on top of her body. In this way, I attain maximum ...
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Love Rises above the Challenge of Dementia


Elaine C. Pereira is a Multi-Award Winning, Best Selling Memoir I Will Never Forget, in which she describes the compelling story of her once brilliant mother’s journey through the dark abyss of dementia. I am honored that she read my book, The Music of Us , and posted this review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rises above the Challenge of Dementia By Elaine C Pereira on April 10, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase This review is from: The Music of Us: WWII love story (Still Life with Memories Book 3) (Kindle Edition) The Music of Life could have been a true story as it deeply profiles Lenny's detailed and romantic journey to find Natasha, clearly a woman worth finding! ...
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Truly, Madly, Whiskey by Melissa Foster #Romance


          TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEYa stand-alone romance by Melissa Foster Genre: Contemporary Romance     A new, emotionally riveting, sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Watch mysteriously sexy Bear Whiskey claw his way to his happily ever after with sassy, rebellious Crystal Moon.   In TRULY, MADLY, WHISKEY…   Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.   Just when Crystal th...
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