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Review: The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia


From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel—her first to be translated into English—about a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.From the day old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican village forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gif...
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Review: The Farm: On Practical Wisdom by George Benda


The Farm, set in the second global energy crisis, juxtaposes Jack's high-flying energy career with his pursuit of an idyllic life with his new bride, Anna. Together with Jack's old philosophical friend, Ben, and Ben's wife, Rebecca, the couples explore a path to practical wisdom in the nuclear age. Jack and Ben, learning from their jobs and their marriages, distill out from the noise and tumult seven essential criteria in achieving happiness and a good life, the measure of practical wisdom in all ages and cultures. “This pulls it together for me. The things that look like they cloud practical wisdom sort of gravitating to narcissism. I’m right; you’re wrong. I’m important; you’re not. My fri...
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Interview with Marie Lavender


1. What makes you proud to be a writer from Indiana? Hmm…tough question. Being a Hoosier is a condition. We’re more grounded, yet somehow backward hicks at other times. LOL. For example, I heard a story once about someone who went Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Quite a few of the girls around the group were going topless, and when they were asked to do the same, they all said, “Nah, we’re from Indiana.” So, I rest my case. It’s a thing. We also tend to mispronounce words, which really drives me nuts as a writer. I catch myself doing it in conversation now and then. So, as for being proud of where I come from? There are disadvantages, but I guess one upside is that I can look at some crazy situat...
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The Fourth Year Spell by Amanda Jeffery


  Synopsis Declan Devereaux is finally ready to complete his Fourth Year Spell so he can move on to the next year of studies. All that's left is one ingredient and he's ready to get it from the Mayor's Manor. Unbeknownst to Declan, the local Thieve's Guild also has plans to rob the Manor on the same night. When they meet mid-robbery, Declan casts a spell that sets the four of them on a path that may end at the gallows.  Meet the author Amanda Jeffery is an Author and Freelance Writer. She was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, where she resides with her husband, two children and family pets. When not writing, she can be found reading or working on her latest cross stitch project. Amanda wri...
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Book review: Arcadia’s Children 3 : Pushley’s Escape is the third novel in the Arcadia’s Children series.


Arcadia’s Children 3 : Pushley’s Escape is the third novel in the Arcadia’s Children series.The other two are:- Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s RevengeArcadias’s Children 2 :The Fyfield Plantation.The main characters remain the same. Mick Tarmy, Claire Hyndman and Nonie Tomio.Ed Pushley is an archaeologist but his mind has been taken over by a spettro that Mick Tarmy dubbed as Irrelevant. (My name is Irrelevant, Mr Tarmy.)Irrelevant and Pushley are now one. Following Irrelevant’s death their minds have fused. Kept captive by Alton Mygael, Pushley frantically tries to find a means of escape.  Damaging his isolation helmet during a moment of frustration, Pushley realises that with perseverance ...
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Book release: Responsibility Rebellion by Kain Ramsay & Cinzia Dubois. An unconventional approach to personal empowerment.


Many of us crave more fulfillment in life, but we don't know how to find it. We try everything to feel better, from changing jobs and dating new people, to attending therapy and taking pills. We grasp at the superficial, and externally overcompensate for our internal voids and self-doubts. What we don't realize is that avoiding responsibility only postpones the inevitable—that nothing about our life changes until we change. You will not become empowered until you choose to take responsibility for the role you've played in undermining yourself. Finding more fulfillment, satisfaction, and inner-peace is your responsibility because no one else cares. In Responsibility Rebellion, author Kain Ram...
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Free to Download ... All books of Lynelle Clark FREE on Smashwords!


Download in the Format of your choice.Tanya’s life was turned upside down when her son, Steve was attacked by renegades and she had to dig deep facing her worst fear to save them both. It is the year 2048, 30 years after a devastating quake had changed Gauteng’s geographic features. The effects of the acid water, that covered most of the area, was visible to everyone but the government. The silent death crawling closer leaving devastation in its path. Nothing is excluded from the terror. Tanya and Steve’s path of survival meet up with the rebels in their search for clean water and she had to face much more than just acid water to stay alive. A thrilling story of courage and survival.       S...
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A Moveable Feast is a memoir from a young Ernest Hemingway’s pen.


It was recommended to me by an online writer’s masterclass I attended in January 2020. I need to add that I have never read any of Mr Hemingway’s books though I know him through the many quotes that frequent the writer’s world. I have learned to have respect for what he had achieved and the legacy he had left behind. So, I went in with great expectation but… there is always a but, correct. My expectation quickly turned to confusion. Since I had done the writer’s masterclass in January, I cannot remember why it was recommended. It could be that we talked about memoirs and how to write it…   Maybe it has to do with the time difference, though I love a beautifully written historical. So, it can...
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Sin and Zen by S.W. Stribling


WILL STRIEF is an American in the French Foreign Legion who was recently injured in a bad parachute jump and recovering at a Legion retreat in the South of France: Marseille. After a few months of adjusting to a slower lifestyle, he meets a very strong and independent woman, CLAUDIA, who doesn’t seem impressed by him, nor does she pity him as the lost boy he really is. The first time they really go out, they end up making love in the bottom of an empty bathtub. This sexual relationship remains a secret  amongst mutual friends for nearly a month before it is revealed that CLAUDIA is somewhat of a femme fatale with the men she has been with and has a long-term boyfriend back in her home countr...
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Book Review Living in the Middle by A Robert Allen. Based on true events.


This is the fourth book in the series, The Slavery and Beyond Series. Based on true events, the story swept me away into the lives of Jimmy Montgomery III and the choices he had to make as an eighteen-year-old.  On the brink of a new life, he faced a devastating truth about himself, a truth that was sending him on a different path from what he had planned. During this turmoil, he faced life-threatening situations while figuring out who he truly was. He could no longer hide his race and took a bold step. That boldness, however, almost cost him more than his life. Tulsa, Oklahoma was a boiling pot in 1921. Though Greenwood flourished financially they were always seen as Darkeys who were bad. T...
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Book recommendations : Something for every reader that loves a good book.


At times, circumstances force a person to make decisions, just to be safe or survive. After a fort massacre, a small group of people found them in that exact place. Either they comply with the half-breed's wishes or die. Simple enough but when a woman is used as a bargaining chip for their safety then consequences will follow. Afterwards, those choices become burdens, even scorn when normality returns. A heartfelt story with so many twists that your empathy for the main character strengthened through the storyline. The first book laid the foundation for all three the books within the boxset, and I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense-filled/ adventurous stories when Louisiana was still in its in...
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Book review: My kind of Guy by Paddy Bostock. A witty political fantasy.


  The publisher recommended this book to me, for an unbiased review. A story I thoroughly enjoyed. The spy-ish fantasy plotline transported me to the political landscape which stretched across the board. In the typical tongue-in-the-cheek humour or sarcasm this author is well-known for. Through the quirky lines, you got to know Doctor Mervyn, his trusted Suzi, and Lizzie and her trusted Jurgen to be the spilling point of the spy-rescue-Leo story which took me from London to Munich with quick dashes into the White House and Downing street extravaganza. As I received in-depth descriptions of their way of thinking.   It all spelt political nightmare, if not for the intervention of Jurgen, a fie...
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Interview with Sonia Main, Love at War. An Inspirational drama.


Skip to content LYNELLE CLARK   Multi-genre Author MENU Sonia is the principal character in Lynelle Clark’s latest book, Love at War. Since the world is still in lockdown, I interviewed Sonia via Skype one afternoon. Sonia is everything I thought she will be. Well dressed and sophisticated, she gave nothing away of her experiences. Her confidence visible in every gesture. Her curly hair falling from the loose bun and the green eyes sparkled with wisdom and joy. One cannot help but respect her. Strength resonated from her.The story made many changes before it settled into the plotline it is. Even your name had undergone a few changes until Sonia stuck. What is your take about all the changes ...
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THE ARCHER'S DIARY by Liam Cadoc


THE ARCHER'S DIARY  by  Liam Cadoc Release Date:  17 April 2020 This is Book One of a 2-book set. ebook pages: unknown, but there are 81 chapters. Paperback pages: 634 Hardcover pages:  534 Genre:  Historical fiction, murder, mystery, action, adventure, thriller, crime Since the 14th century, Robin Hood has proven to be one of the most enduring and versatile folk heroes. Medieval historians believed Robin lived during the 12th or 13th centuries, but despite decades of intense research by contemporary scholars, solid evidence has never been found. Until now. Logan Daggett, son of Donald Daggett, well-known CEO of one of Australia's largest wine producers have his 21st birthday celebrations di...
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Invitation to a writer's workshop and other news.


What are you thinking? We have entered Stage four Lockdown in South Africa. This means that certain industries can reopen while others must remain at home or move their office to home. This is a challenging time that causes us to rethink our manner of business.   When this year began, no one had foreseen this. The global impact of Covid-19 had changed our doing. Since I am at home, the loss of travel did not affect me as much as fellow citizens. I had lots of time to concentrate on my book’s ending. Since it is an inspirational drama, I really had to pray and meditate about the story and the message. Stories can challenge people’s ways as we pioneer through a plot and your life lessons becom...
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THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED by James Lingard


It is a fact-based historical novel set in Britain in the 1930s and continuing through the Second World War and the 1940s and 50s.Emily living with her strict parents in Halifax falls in love with Walter Lingard but on bringing him home, her father throws him out of the house and tries to force her to marry someone else. Emily elopes with Walter during the night to escape her domineering father. They start their married life in America but move back home for Walter's career at Lloyds Bank. Their lives are turned upside down by the Second World War. This is a fascinating novel set in a turbulent time, using a woman's voice on her thoughts and feelings of war. Her character grows as time passe...
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INK IN AFRIKAANS DIGKOMPETISIE 2020 vanaf 1 Maart 2020 – 31 Julie 2020


Ink Skryf in Afrikaans ( www.ink.org.za ) bied hierdie jaar ‘n digkompetisie aan waarvan die beste gedigte in ‘n spog bloemlesing, INKSPRAAK I, gepubliseer gaan word. Daarna word beoog om elke jaar verdere bloemlesings te publiseer. Die INKSPRAAK bloemlesing sal direk na die gala aand te koop aangebied word aan die digters en belangstellendes. (Prys sal later bekend gemaak word.) Die hoofdoel van hierdie kompetisie is die bevordering van gehalte poësie in Afrikaans. Besoek ook gerus die webwerf om meer van INK te lees. www.ink.org.zaReëls:  1. Die kompetisie is oop vir alle persone van enige ouderdom. Hierdie is ‘n (Inter)nasionale kompetisie en nie slegs vir INK-lede nie. Inskrywings word p...
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HOT NEW RELEASE Beautifully Scarred by H.P. Davenport is LIVE! Don’t miss this emotional read which tells a story of two people destined to be more!


 BLURB With her past firmly behind her where it belongs, Juliette has made a career out of turning her scars into art. She uses her skills to help others cover the evidence of their pain, too.   But some scars are too deep, too painful for anyone to hide completely.   Juliette has everything she could ever need--great parents, her dream job, the best friend a girl could ask for, and a new body to warm her bed whenever she wants. With her focus firmly on the here and now, she never expects a kiss from a stranger to throw a bomb in the middle of her carefully constructed life.   Every wound leaves a scar.   Every scar tells a story.   Her story left her beautifully scarred.   Cover Designed by...
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Book review Fubars by Paddy Bostock. Uncanny and crafty writing.


Tracing various meanings of the acronym “fubar,” the story chronicles the adventures of an array of characters from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, all of whom strive to leave their mark—at times in legitimate and at times in iniquitous ways. Among them are Fergus Ulysses Barr, the timid scion of Britain’s selfish aristocracy, Dwayne Junior Zobinsky, the offspring of an unscrupulous New York tycoon and an iconoclastic abstract artist, Tosh, a half-caste renegade and troubadour, Tosh’s loyal—and heroic—pooch, Mutt, and their respective girlfriends and assorted parents, as well as big-world politicians and their associates. As the adventures unfold, one message emerges: wherea...
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Rise to The Rhythm: Awaken The Beat and Live Your Life's Highest Capabilities by Joey L. Dowdy


What’s your prized possession? It’s your ability to think and speak things into existence. Joey L. DowdyUnleash The Gift of Your Full PotentialAre you tired of living a life that’s going nowhere? Been down for too long? Have you lost your life’s rhythm and need to get back on the beat? Well, if so, your “Hope Has Arrived!” In Rise to the Rhythm, Joey L. Dowdy AKA Dr. Dancer demonstrates how you can get out of this rut and “Groove to Improve Your Life.” Since he has suffered several physical disabilities at one time in his life, he knows how to rise above setbacks and challenges. Through stories, humor, and many practical steps, the famed Backstreet Boys & Take-Five original choreographer and...
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