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How to Recognize When You’re Being Deceived on Your First Date by Vivienne Diane Neal

Image by 1820796 from PixabayWhen a person shows you who he is, believe him the first time; don’t be fooled by his drop-dead gorgeous features, his way with words, and his dress to kill apparel, and the first topic of discussion is money. However, you ignore this sign because it’s love at first sight, and you want to see him again. On the second date, you are slowly being played by a master manipulator. He invites you to his place for dinner and will make you a memorable meal. The food is most likely frozen dinners, and all he has to do is heat it and serve it. And this where you should you recognize that this relationship is doomed right from the start when he gives you a sob story that he ...
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The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

I have vague memories of hearing about the Spanish Civil War and Hemmingway, but it wasn’t until I read Domingo’s Angel by Jenny Twist, that I had some understanding of what really happened.In Twist’s novel, a tall, thin, pale English girl wanders into a remote Spanish mountain village, meets a young villager and stays. This is not just their love story. It is the story of the personalities and dynamics of a small community and of the worsening conditions under Franco’s rule.The Fountains of Silence brings even greater understanding of the harsh conditions and tyranny of Franco’s regime. Ostensibly this is a YA or NA novel, bit it doesn’t feel that way as you read. Daniel comes to Madrid wit...
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Lee Child Reaches Out.

Lee Child comes from Coventry, the city I have lived in for the last 30 years. He is the author of the fantastically successful Jack Reacher series in which his hero tours America righting wrongs. Child has been in the news recently as he has announced that he will no longer be writing Jack Reacher novels, but that his brother Andrew will continue the series – provided that he uses the surname Child rather than the family name Grant. Andrew, perhaps not surprisingly, has agreed to this condition.Why has Child taken this decision? A clue may be in a book he wrote last year, The Hero, analysing the role a hero has played through time and story-telling. He has also agreed to be a Booker prize j...
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Guest Interview with Wayne McKinstry, Author of The Two Hands of The King

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USI'm pleased to welcome author Wayne McKinstry to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest bookSir Donald and Lord Overton are bitter rivals for the favor of King Phillip deRoyale. But now their world is threatened by evil creatures, who intend to make this world their own. Now the two rivals will be tested like never before when their King orders them to work together to deal with this new enemy. Can these rivals work together? They will have help from Prince Luke, who is the third son of King DeRoyale. Also they will work with a Witch and Wizard who have to sort out their romantic feelings while saving the worldWhat is your preferred writing routine?Mor...
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 47 ‘Someone has to not’

The power of the crowd was such that Inteachán found it hard not to join in the singing.She looked at Mac and he shook his head.‘Someone has to not,’ he said. ‘We came only to observe and hopefully record.’The family turned to look at Mac and he stopped talking. It just seemed easier.Inteachán looked back towards the middle of the fort and gasped. Hundreds of old televisions had now been arranged in an enormous pile.The kind that only showed programmes in black and white and don’t work anymore.Original link

LC Lowe – Bionic Passion

Today, I’m hosting author LC Lowe and her latest release Bionic Passion, book one in the Bionic Evolution series, a sci-fi romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Title:  Bionic Passion Series:  Bionic Evolution Series Book 1 Author:  LC Owen Genre:  SciFi Romance Blurb:  Avery King is the most eligible bachelor in District M. … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

The Murder Hobos – Episode 40 – Acid Rains Down

Adam hovered near the wall, his feet above Pan’s head, and watched as the black dragon moved on Thia. Jinnaari kept pace with the beast, his sword already covered with the creature’s blood.He let loose a barrage of magic, hitting the creature with each bolt. It flinched, and bellowed in pain, but kept moving.Adam watched in horror as the dragon inhaled sharply, then unleashed a storm of acid right on his friend. Thia stood her ground, her cloak disintegrating around her. The black beast then slammed a tail into Jinnaari. The paladin grunted at the blow, his legs shifting to keep his balance.Thia’s voice, barely audible, chanted out a phrase. Adam watched as she dropped to her knees, her own ...
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Lime pie noir

Having spent most of the last 72 hours running around – mostly on trains – all I have to post today is this great little noir movie…Original link

Judging a book by its cover...

"If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss out on an amazing story."It's a saying you've probably heard a million times. And I've noticed that there really is meaning to it. A lot of my favorite books have the most ordinary/plain/downright odd covers. (I'm not going to post photos for examples because it's all a matter of opinion!) So, do you think this by design? Or simply aOriginal link

Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 46 ‘the song of the abattoir’

As the ambulances continued to unload, the assembled crowd began to sing.With a low moan at first, a collective mumbling, the sound of the crowd soon found a common purpose.Gradually the full range of the human voice found expression on this awful night as father and mother, son and daughter, friend and stranger joined in.At first the driving rain damped the singing but it wasn’t long before the voices of the gathered triumphed, winning the night as they sang the song of the abattoir.Original link

Fran Connor – Passarinho and the Highlander

Today, I have author Fran Conner guesting at my blog.  He talks about his latest release, Passarhino and the Highlander, a romantic historical adventure.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** I moved to France when I retired from a UK police force having served thirty-three years and I took up writing as a … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Weekend Reads: “The Story Keeper”

The Story Keeper (Carolina Heirlooms, #2)
The Story Keeper by Lisa WingateMy rating: 5 of 5 starsWhen New York acquisitions editor Jennia Gibbs finds a manuscript on her desk, it shouldn’t be too surprising … except that the postmark on the envelope is 20 years old, and it’s clearly from the Slush Mountain pile that no one is supposed to touch. She’s immediately pulled into the story of Rand and Sarra, which takes place in the Appalachian Mountains where Jen grew up.Stylistically, the work reminds her of reclusive author Evan Hall, so Jen’s boss decides to send her to Appalachia, where Hall lives, to find out whether he wrote the partial manuscript that so intrigues both of them.I was pulled into the tale immediately. Jen has basica...
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Warm Up with #Romance #Book Fair! #FridayReads #amreading #99c #KindleDeals

Love Romance?  There are dozens of different sub-genres of romance, and many are represented in the Warm Up with Romance Book Fair!  Thirty-one titles, all priced between 99c and $3.99, including Contemporary Romance, Limited Edition Box Sets, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Rom-Com, Sci-Fi, MC (Motorcycle Club), Sports, get the idea!  I have two titles in the fair, DANGEROUS CURRENTS (on *sale* for 99c or free w/ KU!) and HAUNTED SOULS.  Many of the sale pricing ends in a few days, so fill your Kindle now and stay warm!WARM UP WITH ROMANCE Book Fair"There's going to be a lot of readers making Dean Slater their book boyfriend" ~ Reading Review Wars"Eerie, romantic, and totally b...
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Coming soon: Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives

Two volumes, 200.000 words, 21 stories (including one by yours truly)Original link

Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 45 ‘We have moved beyond Thought now’

As each ambulance stopped its back doors opened and a small army of orderlies began unloading people on stretchers. Once emptied the ambulance pushed its way back through the crowd to then collect its next load.A line of nurses now moved into view, leading the infirm, pushing their wheelchairs. Those that could manage were seated on long low benches. Those that couldn’t were asked to lean or lay on the ground.‘What could they ever even be thinking what will happen?’ asked Inteachán.‘But that is exactly it,’ replied Mac. ‘We have moved beyond Thought now.’Original link


ABOUT THE BOOKWhen single mom and recent widow Cameron Chandler takes a much-needed job at Penny-wise Investigations, a detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Her first case is to locate a runaway girl, something her predecessor had been pursuing before he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, the trail leads to a survivalist camp on a remote island in northern Puget Sound. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and her quirky on-the-job training as a suburban sleuth, Cameron uncovers more than she bargained for. She soon finds herself in a fight for her own survival in this lighthearted mystery set in Seattle and the San J...
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The Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon: the Two Godfreys

Hold on tight to your seats, ladies and gentlemen, because this is the day of the Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon, and if you’re ever been around here before, you know I worship Carole Lombard, that we lost too soon and was absolutely irreplaceable.The Blogathon is hosted by The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Carole & Co, so be sure to check the link, and you’ll find a wealth of posts about Lombard, her movies and her life.And then come back here, because we are about to discuss My Man Godfrey, and also, My Man Godfrey.It’s going to be a gas.Let’s get the personal details out of the way from the start, My Man Godfrey, directed by Gregory La Cava in 1936, saved my life. This is not ...
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Proposed Book Banning Bill in Missouri Could Imprison Librarians – PEN America

“Every reader and writer in the country should be horrified, absolutely horrified, at this bill,” said PEN America’s Tager. “The fact that a librarian could actually be imprisoned under this act for following his or her conscience and refusing to block minors from access to a book, that tells you all you need to know about the suitability of this act within a democratic society.”via Proposed Book Banning Bill in Missouri Could Imprison Librarians – PEN AmericaOriginal link

20/20 Memphis Fund Raiser

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Hi, everyone. I wanted to take a moment to share information about a fundraiser for a worthy organization and cause. As you know, the greater Memphis area is near and dear to my heart. I spent some time there researching what eventually became It Happened in Memphis and Hard-Boiled Blues.Well, there is an organization there called 20/20 Memphis, whose goal is to help obtain surgical eye care for low income/indigent patients at imminent risk for blindness. I mentioned in a previous post that the greater Memphis area has the highest poverty rate in the nation, so this is a quite a worthy cause.Right now, in conjunction with 901Tix, 20/20 Memphis is holding a fundraiser. If you send $20.20 via ...
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Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 5 (A Serial Novella)

Don Travis: Impotent-Chapter 5 (A Serial Novella): blog post #372     Courtesy of The power dynamic shifted considerably in Chapter 4. Does t...Original link