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That was seventy years ago

Black Narcissus is a movie by Powell & Pressburger, the British film-makers also known as The Archers. It is a gorgeously-filmed psychological drama set during the last days of the British presence in India. It is my favorite Archers movie (with A Matter of Life and Death coming a close second) and it’s the sort of movie about which I can bore you to death forever (did I already do a post about it? If I didn’t, I should). The film features Deborah Kerr and the often overlooked but absolutely stunning Kathleen Byron. I was boring some people to death about this movie last night, and I got an observation that caused me to pause. It’s a 70 years old movie. It’s not relevant anymore. We’ll wait ...
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Book Review: Dear Heart by Linda Lingle

This week’s I Love Romance Blog review selection is Dear Heart by Linda Lingle. This is an interesting story laid out as a compilation of diary entries that tell the story of responsibility overcoming true love. The narrator is married … Continue reading → Original link

Getting Personal with Mike Ennenbach

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story? Twenty or so. It was horrific. So bad. It was mostly just an exercise when I look back at it. I put my friends in the most ridiculous situations. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good to create. 2. How many books have you written?  As of right now, the collection and one novel. Add in the thousand and some odd poems, a novella and the two books in progress and we can round it to three. 3. Anything you won’t write about? Not really. Sometimes there is a clear path from beginning to end. But I have found once the words start to flow they can ceer sharply away. So while I may not want to write about something, I may find myself in the ...
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Prayer Hotline – Prayers for When You Feel Down, Need Peace, Happiness, Are Suffering; Travelling

Our “Prayer Hotline” series continues today, as we continue to pray Scripture back to God on a variety of topics.  As I said in the first post in the series, praying God’s Word back to God gives me a peace and … Continue reading → Original link

Blog Tour Feature: Indigo Knights Series by A.J. Downey

I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by A.J. Downey, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your contemporary romance series! When a series is completed, it is both a … Continue reading → Original link

These are not the cavemen you are looking for

The things one learns! While I juggle writing jobs (having divided my day in three chunks – morning, afternoon and after-dinner), I am reading – mostly at lunchtime – and looking for missing bits of documentation. And considering I am revising a neolithic-style story, I thought it might be fun to check out a few novels about the primitive world. I love Burroughs’ Land That Time Forgot and Pellucidar series, and I think I have already mentioned Lin Carter’s Zanthodon. And then, in a totally different league, there’s Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman. But I am game for more – this might be the right time to go to the library and check out a copy of Clan of the Cave Bear. Is there anything else? Le...
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Three novels -- a whole life, from youth to old age -- in a single book!

The paperback edition is out! If puts three novels -- a whole life, from youth to old age -- in a single book.  The David Chronicles  describes the life of one of the most fascinating figures in history, starting from his youth, his ascension to the throne, and his struggles with his heirs during his old age:  Rise to Power: Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugi...
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Don Travis: Bifurcated man – Part 2 of 2 Parts

Don Travis: Bifurcated man – Part 2 of 2 Parts : blog post #325 Courtesy of TO MY READERS : The “Contact” section has been restored to my W... Original link

Bifurcated man – Part 2 of 2 Parts blog post #325 Courtesy of TO MY READERS : The “Contact” section has been restored to my Web Site. I can now respond comments. Thanks. Last week, we met Joseph Hunter, a handsome young banker, and his beautiful wife, Valdy. Happily married, Joe’s eyes occasionally stray… not to another woman, but to a man. Rick Ailman, a contractor customer of Joe’s bank, sends him into a panic whenever he’s around. Last week’s installment ended with Rick announcing that he wasn’t interested in Valdy. He was interested in Rick. As this second installment picks up, they are still on the golf course where Rick made this astounding revelation. ***** BIFURCATED MAN “Joe, mo...
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 This is a legal mystery of murder and vengeance. A retired judge, Robert Tilson, has been murdered in his office at night. At first, the police look for a prior client or someone who had appeared before the judge, who is now a private mediator and arbitrator. They interview some suspects, but the police are stumped and they have no real clues. The judge's daughter, Kathy Lamb, refuses to accept this state of affairs and begins to search for the killer on her own. She meets with several possible suspects. Meanwhile, Judge Robert Hansen has been shunned by the other judges after he was tried for murder and the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The case involved the murder ...
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From Lemuria to Opar

I am putting the finishing touches on a 12.000 words novella in what I, being old-fashioned (or just plain old) would call the science fantasy subgenre. It’s something long overdue, that I promised to my Patrons a lifetime ago, and that was caught up in too many complications to write here about. But now here it is. I have a cover, and I am going through a bout of rewriting – which means the story might end up being longer than planned. I hope nobody will complain. The novella is basically sword & sorcery with a thin patina of science – I took some inspiration from the Recent Dryas Impact Event and some theories about the extinction of the Clovis culture in the Americas, and then threw in a ...
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Hump Day Hunks Ryan

Today's Hump Day Hunk is Ryan from Riley's Rebel. He's a rugged bad boy who will make you weak in the knees...amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true";amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "rachellevaughnblog-20";amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual";amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart";amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon";amzn_assoc_region = "US";amzn_assoc_title = "#REBEL"; Original link

The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series

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The Eleventh Film XII We should beg, said some. Plead for our very existence. We need do nothing of the sort, said others. We have been too weak for too long. We should engage with them on equal terms. Someone thought he could cut a deal. Others disagreed. We have never left to bargain with, they argued. What could we ever offer in return for our lives? There was no answer to this question. The angels saw the distress flare generated by the bees.It was faint and inconsequential. A sputter in the void. An ancient dial tone rang out in the darkness. It sang like a song from the grave. It was the angels. They had deemed to respond. A broken desktop computer flickered into life. A grudgingly gra...
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Quote of the Week – February 20

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. ~ Steven Wright Original link

Write what you see.

One of the first things you are told when you want to be awriter is to ‘write about what you know.’ Really? It’s a good tip, but it onlygoes so far, and most good writers ignore it – Shakespeare never visited Italyor ancient Troy; he was never a crowned king; he didn’t go mad. Anyway, whatyou know can be expanded by trips to the library – or, more likely these days,browsing on the Internet. The tip doesn’t place much value, either, on a writer’simagination: did Terry Pratchett live on the back of a tortoise? Did Ruth Rendelljoin the Police? Or go round murdering people for dark psychological reasons?Better, perhaps, is the tip to write convincingly, having done enough research foryour needs ...
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Delightful pets you have.....#Book Hook' from Beloved Enemy - #MFRWHooks

I'm posting another excerpt from the third book in the Destiny Trilogy, the award winning 'Beloved Enemy',  which will soon be joining the first two books Starquest and Children of the Mist as an audio book, as well as in eBook and paperback. Each book has a hero and heroine with there own 'happy ever after' but each story features some of the same characters and a link to  the starship Destiny EXCERPT (carries on a little further from last week's excerpt) She waved her weapon in the direction of the rocks, where the firing had come from earlier, while bending to retrieve her supply pack and thermal blanket, still keeping her gaze fixed on him. “We need to make sure whoever was shooting at y...
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Voting's Open! Dangerous Currents up for #Book of the Month! #amwriting #romance #suspense #amreading

One fateful night tore them apart... will they get a second chance before a killer strikes? I'm thrilled that my Romantic Suspense, Dangerous Currents, is one of six books chosen for February's Book of the Month shortlist at Read  Voting is open for the next week and I'd love if you could take a moment to show some love to Dangerous Currents!   Link to vote is here:  Read's Book of the Month An email is required to vote, so no one can vote twice, but the site is very safe and reputable (and if you're an author, you should be taking advantage of their free and low-cost promotional services!).  In fact, my ghost mystery/romance Haunted Souls made it to their best books of the ...
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Pheonix Rising Series by Alexandra Christian - Spotlight and #Giveaway

Naked Phoenix Rising Book 1 by Alexandra Christian Genre: SF Romance OUT OF THE STACKS Librarian  Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange  medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts  toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well,  wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave  new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves  her life. … AND INTO THE FIRE Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St.John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and te...
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Are You Unwittingly Stopping Client Loyalty?

Some people are so focused on their own goals; they are unwittingly stopping client loyalty. They fail to consider how their communication is being received. It is the thought-provoking conversations designed to become familiar with one another’s thinking will differentiate us from most. The extra step, also a winning strategy, is becoming known for integrity. My Story About Client Loyalty The better instruction given to me on my first job was to strive to become an order taker. Asking for more details, I learned that when clients believe you are working on their behalf, they will be the ones who offer a surprise call along with a request for extra services. While the concept could sound too...
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Exclusive Interview with author Lisa Doughty, plus a look at historical romance, ELLA AND THE EXPERIMENT!

Hi, readers! I am beyond pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. We’re doing something a little different. This is our fourth official author interview on this romance blog! I know in the past, we did character … Continue reading → Original link