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Eric Huffbind – Surrounded by Silence

Today, author Eric Huffbind is guesting.  He’s here to talk about his latest release Surrounded by Silence, a m/m contemporary romance.  Be sure to check out my review of the book.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** A frequent question I have already heard from friends, fans, and other writers is, “As … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Sword-wielding cats


Some split the world into cat people and dog people, and if such oversimplification are worth anything, then I am a cat person – I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by cats, and find the little killing machines both fascinating and charming. Nothing against dogs, of course, but cats are better, in my opinion. And cats have a long tradition with fantasy and science fiction writers – authors as different as H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber and Robert A. Heinlein were cat-lovers, and cats have been featured in a number of stories.Off the top of my head, I tend to remember Greebo, the cat in Terry Pratchett’s Lancre stories, but also Jones, the cat on board of the Nostromo, in the movie Alien. And...
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The Game of Hope – Sandra Gulland


    If you read The Josephine B trilogy, The Game of Hope is a beautiful finishing touch. If you haven’t read the trilogy (and you really should), The Game of Hope is a beautiful introduction. Here, we see the tempestuous years of Napoléon Bonaparte through the eyes of Josephine’s young daughter, Hortense. Gulland’s expertise in the Napoleonic era shines through. It is easy to feel that one has time traveled for we are instantly with Hortense as we read. Gulland, herself, is as fascinating as Josephine. Read more HERE and HERE   BLURB: Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom suffered tragic losses during the t...
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Meet author AA Abbott.


First a few words from the author herself: It’s my second visit to the Writing and Breathing Blog. Since I last dropped by in 2015, a lot has happened. I’m now very settled in the English city of Bristol, although I worked in buzzy Birmingham until the pandemic. This year, it felt like the world tilted on its axis when both my parents died. I channelled much of my darkness into writing Bright Lies, my latest book. In a nutshell what is Bright Lies about? Like moths to a flame, David and Emily are drawn to each other when she’s taken to an exhibition of his paintings. A would-be artist herself, she’s delighted to have a stepfather and mentor. His motives are far more sinister. When 15-year-ol...
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Sahara Roberts – Saving Bonnie

Today, I’m hosting author Sahara Roberts and her latest release Saving Bonnie, book two in the Blood Ties series, a dark mafia romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title: Saving Bonnie: A Dark Mafia Romance Series: Blood Ties #2 Author:by Sahara Roberts Publication Date: November 17, 2020 Genres: Adult, Dark Romance I … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

WALK IN THE SUNLIGHT

Oasis vampires own the night.Now they can walk in the sunlight.Among the tourists, they frolicin scenery that’s bucolic.Don’t turn your head,one might be in your bed. PREY FOR THE DEAD https://amzn.to/2F1IiI2Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Really Good!

Coma Confidential  By  cover art
 LISTENER BookLover5000 Coma ConfidentialAsh Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, Book 1By: Uvi PoznanskyNarrated by: Heather Jane Hogan  Really Good!  Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsPerformance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsStory  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 stars Reviewed: 10-20-20  Who knew that being in a coma could be so exciting? The heroine, Ash, is a crime victim. She has a level of consciousness, of which the doctors and her visitors are unaware. She gradually returns to life and then has quite the adventure. This audiobook is well-written. The narrator gives a great performance too. Original link

Silver Linings

I firmly believe every cloud has a silver lining.My road to publication has been one series of ups and downs, but through all the downs, I tell myself THIS TOO SHALL PASS!And…It’s okay to not enjoy the dips.My favorite part of a rollercoaster ride is the fall. My least favorite is the climb to the next hill, but damn do I love a mean rollercoaster!Why this image?In my books, I write about my life in many ways, twisting them this way and that. I lived in Okinawa Japan for six amazing years. It’s a tiny island south of Japan and if you think Florida or the Gulf are hurricane magnets, you can step that up 10-fold.While we lived there, we experienced multiple Category V Typhoons–on that side of ...
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Thanksgiving 2020


Yes, even this year, with a horrible virus going around, I am thankful for many wonderful things. I suppose we used to take life for granted. This year it's on the top of my list.Being alive and being able to sharelife with those we love is a gigantic blessing. Of course, I miss relatives and friends, but I'd rather know they are snug at home, instead of taking a chance and being exposed to dangerous germs.Fortunately, I also have many virtual friends like you, and I imagine you're staying safe!It's not that I'm oblivious--I'm a writer and I have a great imagination. I can visualize you with a mask on, while you're social distancing!Additionally, I can think of about five thousand other thin...
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New NYC Book Award Video for The Lost Years of Billy Battles

Hey, ForeignCorrespondent followers, check out this new video for The Lost Years of Billy Battles from the New York City Big Book Awards. Let me know what you think. It was part of the prize package for the book’s NYC Big Book Award. The Lost Years of Billy Battles is Book 3 in the award-winning Finding Billy Battles Trilogy. The trilogy is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI/-/e/B00KQAYMA8/ You can find out more about the New York City Big Book Awards here: nycbigbookaward.com and here: https://www.youtube.com/c/IndependentPressAwardSpringNYCBigBookAwardFall Thank you for stopping by! Original link

What we learned in Lankhmar and Shadizar (and other places)


About two years back – if memory serves – when a lot of kids started manifesting and asking for better environmental policies and immediate action, someone observed that it wasn’t surprising if a generation that had grown up with fantasy novels in which kids confronted authoritarian governments now wanted to take direct action to right what they perceived as wrongs. And indeed, I have always said, when talking about the positive effects of roleplaying games, that you can’t spend one afternoon every week, for years, playing a hero, without some of the principles rubbing off on you.Yes, we’ve all played rogues and adventurers, but in the end we were the good guys and – if the master was worth ...
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Recommended Read – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival. Pachinko is a classic family...
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DJ Jamison – Naughty & Nice

Today I’m hosting author DJ Jamison and her latest release Naughty & Nice, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title: Naughty & Nice Author: DJ Jamison Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood Release Date: November 19, 2020 Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance Tropes: Ex-stepbrothers, snowed in, holidays Themes: Christmas, family, making … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

FACE THE FIRE

Round and round we must go. Our fantasies take us higher. Will we meet friend or foe? Take the ride and face the fire. THE DEAD GAME http://amzn.to/1lKvMrP http://bit.ly/1lFdqNjOriginal linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Going to the toilet in historical fiction – The History Quill

Why does no one go to the toilet in historical fiction? Well, of course they do, but we don’t mention it. Writers are happy to offer detailed descriptions of wine, tea, and coffee consumed, water scooped from streams, juice squeezed from fresh oranges, et cetera, but we are, on the whole, rather coy about how our poor characters might deposit all of that liquid. And heaven forbid that any of them might need to … er … pass anything solid. Some of our best thoughts, finest plot twists and character quirks have probably been thought up in the smallest room. And if we allow our characters to take a trip to the toilet too (even if only in our imagination and not on the page), then as writers of h...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight ~ The Shadows of Versailles: A gripping tale of seduction, loss, and revenge, by Cathie Dunn


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USSeduced at Versailles. Broken by tragedy. Consumed by revenge.Fleur de La Fontaine attends the court of King Louis XIV at Versailles for the first time. Dazzled by the opulence, she is soon besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. When she believes his words of love, she gives in to his seduction – with devastating consequences.Nine months later, when the boy she has given birth to is whisked from her grasp, she flees the convent and finds shelter at the brothel of Madame Claudette.Jacques de Montagnac, a spy working for the Lieutenant General, investigates a spate of abducted children from the poorer quartiers of Paris when his path crosses Fleur’s...
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NEW RELEASE- Hairlarious Cat Tails


I am so excited to announce my latest release Hairlarious Cat Tails. It's filled with beautiful cat images and great cat information. Who can't resist a sweet kitty cat face?https://www.amazon.com/Hairlarious-Cat-Tails-Sharon-Kleve-ebook/dp/B08NWJYB2P/Available in paperback soon.Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels. Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, o...
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November 22, 1963...THE END OF CAMELOT


  November 22, 1963, a day that changed America forever. Who killed President Kennedy?   I've been a HUGE JFK assassination buff since that very day. Everyone who was alive on November 22, 1963 knew exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I was in my first grade classroom. The teacher got a call on the classroom phone and told us ‘the president was shot.’ A collective gasp went around the room. I was 6 years old and in first grade. It was ten years before I saw the footage of Ruby shooting Oswald, on an anniversary documentary.            But it was my grandmother who got me interested in the biggest mystery since 'who killed the princes in the Tower?' (I'm...
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Here Are the Winners of the 2020 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards went off without a hitch again last night, which was pretty amazing considering the entire ceremony was held virtually because of the pandemic. Using livestreams of the judges, the winners, NBA members, and the charismatic host, Jason Reynolds—plus some help from celebrity voices such as Rosie Perez and Natasha Lyonne—in some ways, the awards show was the best one yet. Here Are the Winners of the 2020 National Book Awards Congratulations to the winners! There are some great titles on this list. Original link

Weekend Reads: “I’m Not Dead … Yet”

I'm Not Dead... Yet!
I’m Not Dead… Yet! by Robby BensonMy rating: 5 of 5 starsFilm and stage star, director, musician … and author. Robby Benson seems like a real Renaissance man, and possibly an indestructible one at that (he always did his own stunts)Yet, this latter descriptor is far from the truth; Benson has undergone for open heart surgeries. The intended audience for this medical memoir is his fellow patients, to help them understand what to expect, and to share his experiences both good and bad.True confession time: I had a photo of Benson, carefully clipped from Tiger Beat magazine, taped up in my locker when I was in junior high. He’s definitely more than just a pretty face, though; Benson’s narrative ...
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