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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 14 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Karen Ingalls and her moving short story, NATURE SPEAKS. Karen Ingalls NATURE SPEAKS By Karen Ingalls Whydid my life spiral into darkness in a second? One minute I am married to mysoulmate, a mother to a beautiful daughter, and owner of a successfulbookstore. My friends asked me, “How do you have the perfect life? It isso easy for you.” They were right. I had the perfect life. Myhusband was an engineer, and I opened a bookstore naming it Mile HighBooks offering old and new books, coffee or tea. Leather chairs andcouches provided comfort to the patr...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 13 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Suzanne Burke and her exciting short story, THURSDAY’S CHILD. Suzanne Burke THURSDAY’S CHILD By Suzanne Burke © Copyright 2019 She hadn’t really intended this to happen. Oh, sure,she’d thought about it often enough, but thinking about something didn’tmake it a crime. A convergence of circumstances had prompted her choice. Regretwas such an outmoded commodity. She checked if her latex gloves fit well and flicked her dark-eyed gaze across to where Peter Cameron lay, still and silent. “You brought this on yourself, Peter. Did you think me a complete f...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 12 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Fiza Pathan and her powerful short story, THE STAR PUPIL’S DIARY ENTRY. Fiza Pathan The Star Pupil’s Diary Entry by Fiza Pathan Dear Diary, I had a wonderful day at school today. I got a star and I’mgoing to tell you all about it. I’m eight years old, but I’m the tallest boy in the class. I, and the other kids in my neighborhood study at the school down the block. Actually, our school was once something terrible; it was a disgusting Christian church, something called “Catholic.” The school officials tore it down and made it into a proper school for...
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Music Monday: “To Love Somebody”

Hi, everyone. It’s been a tough few days at our place. I’ve averaged about four hours of sleep a night for the past five days. We had two more cats at the veterinarian on an urgent basis, so I’ve spent $1K on vet bills in the same period (most of it for lab work). The good news is that the other two cats are okay except for some tummy trouble, which may be due to stress in the wake of us losing Paddy. I am sure you also noticed that I primarily reblogged stories over the weekend. Honestly, I didn’t have the mental energy to do much else. I’m trying to be gentle with myself during a difficult time (and I’m not always very good at that). So, this week’s song. As has happened so many times in t...
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Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy: On Special 99p / $1.24 Kindle Summer Reading Promotion


Available from Amazon UK and Amazon US Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history. England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector. They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors? This is the first historic...
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Writing Historical Fiction: The Forgotten Golden Egg of Writing | FreelanceWriting

Writing is hard work; it’s not for the faint of heart. Writing historical fiction is even harder, as it is more than just crafting an intriguing plotline. There’s the laborious task of researching the history that drives the story. Any authentic historical reference that I used in the book, I researched at least three times. If I could not validate something I had written in the book with three different sources, I would continue looking until I could, or I found alternatives to what I had written. This is hard; after all, I was trying to get this book published. via Writing Historical Fiction: The Forgotten Golden Egg of Writing | FreelanceWriting Original link
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The Impossible Task of Writing Historical Fiction

The study of history is tricky, not least for that fact that its two primary difficulties are antithetical: both too much and too little information. Starting with the latter, there is plenty we simply do not know. When I’m not writing, I work in a museum archive handling research requests and I can tell you that half the time what people are looking for simply does not exist, though they spend years searching. Records burn, get tossed or, more often, were not kept in the first place. Journals kept in the past were, of course, written by literate people with the leisure for self-contemplation. In the 1850s, in the early days of photography, guess what the rich people who could afford it were...
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Accuracy Vs Authenticity: 5 Tips For Writing Immersive Historical Fiction | The Creative Penn

The trick is to understand the distinction between authenticity and accuracy. Yes – historical fiction readers want to be immersed into an authentic world. In other words, a world that feels accurate. Very often, this means creating a historically accurate depiction. But, when accuracy becomes alienating or confusing – or when it counterintuitively detracts from the feeling of authenticity – you’ll have no choice but to fictionalise the past. via Accuracy Vs Authenticity: 5 Tips For Writing Immersive Historical Fiction | The Creative Penn Original link
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#OperationJulie – First Choice Actor For Undercover Cop Stephen Bentley?

irst choice actor for undercover cop Stephen Bentley
Just had super exciting news regarding #OperationJulie. Our first choice actor for undercover cop Stephen Bentley likes the script and we cannot wait to get this film started with such brilliant cast! #Wales — feeling excited They were the words that greeted me in my Facebook Newsfeed. It was a post from Worldmark Films with […] The post #OperationJulie – First Choice Actor For Undercover Cop Stephen Bentley? appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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I’m the Featured Author at Pages of the Past This Week!

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Have a look at the interview in Trisha Fay’s delightful newsletter. Click here to read the PDF … and then make sure you subscribe to her newsletter yourself! Original link
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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2019 #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


Few of us have the time to search for the most useful websites for writers, so it's helpful that for the past six years, followers of The Write Life nominate the best 100, which are listed here: https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2019/   The 2019 list is organised into ten categories: freelancing, inspiration, writing tools, blogging, creativity and craft, editing, podcasts, marketing and platform building, writing communities and publishing. All sites are listed in alphabetical order within these categories, with numbers for ease of reading (not ranking). Take a look and subscribe to your favourites. Do you have recommendations for other useful websites for writers you w...
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Weekend Reads: “Love Saves the Day”

Love Saves the Day
Hi, everyone. As you know from yesterday’s post, it was a tough day. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet. As I thought about what book to share today, I knew I wanted it to be something that focused on a kitty … and then I realized just which book it should be. This precious story moved me to my core. Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gwen Cooper’s “Love Saves the Day” is the story of Prudence, a little brown tabby cat who is rescued in a rain storm by Sarah. When Sarah passes away, Prudence goes to live with Laura (Sarah’s daughter) and her husband Josh … who don’t seem to really understand how to live with a cat. Of course, there’s more to the story than...
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The Lost Years of Billy Battles wins a Book Excellence Award


I am proud to announce that my book, The Lost Years of Billy Battles was just named a Book Excellence Award Winner in the Historical Fiction/Faction Category. Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the  Book Excellence Awards  competition, Lost Years was selected for its high-quality writing, design, and overall market appeal. To view my complete award listing, you can visit:  https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/The-Lost-Years-of-Billy-Battles-Faction/p/143373851/category=36034730 The book was released in 2018 as the third in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, which tells the story of a mysterious man’s incredible 100-year-long life of adventure, peril, transgression, and r...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 11 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 11 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Beem Weeks and his short story, DYING FOR A KISS. Beem Weeks Dying for a Kiss By Beem Weeks It’s like one of thosestories you’d read about in Ripley’sBelieve It or Not. I mean, who ever heard of anybody dying from a kiss?Seriously! But that’s what happened to me—well, except for the dying part. Twoweeks in the hospital—that’s the souvenir I brought back from myspring break. Okay,let me back up to the beginning. Myparents’ hushed words pierce the wall that separates their bedroom from mine.This particular conversation doesn’t warrant status as an ar...
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I Had to Make The Call All Pet Parents Dread

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This morning, I got up with plans to tell you all what a great time we had at the Paul McCartney concert, and maybe share a photo or two. That changed when I saw that our elder kitty, Paddy, had crashed hard. As I wrote a bit over a year ago, he has kidney disease . He was diagnosed with stage 3 (of 4) last year. We didn’t know how much time we would have left with him. Today, we know the answer, exactly 15 months and three days post-diagnosis. We have until 4:30 this afternoon. Hug your loved ones. Original link
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Harlequin’s Romance Includes You Mentorship » Romance University

Today, Harlequin launched a mentorship initiative that offers aspiring romance writers from underrepresented communities the chance to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year on writing a romance novel and includes an offer to publish their book and $5,000 (US) to support their writing. The Romance Includes You Mentorship is part of Harlequin’s active efforts to find new talent and bring more stories representing diverse and own voices to romance readers. via Harlequin’s Romance Includes You Mentorship » Romance University Original link
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 10 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 10 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Jan Sikes and her short story, SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY. Jan Sikes SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY By JAN SIKES Gertrude McNabb placed a gnarled hand onher arthritic back as she bent over to take a chocolate cake from the oven. Sheinhaled the sweet aroma and put it on a rack to cool. A black-and-white photograph of adark-haired man with twinkling eyes sat nearby on the cabinet. “This is foryou, Hiram. I didn’t forget it was your birthday. It’s your favorite. I’ll alwaysremember how your face would light up when I baked this special recipe for you.” Gertru...
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Author Appearance: Save the Date!

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A commencement speech that every college graduate should hear


Unfortunately, this commencement speech has never been given, but it should be. It was written by former syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz in protest of never having been invited to give a commencement address. It became the springboard for his first book, “The Commencement Speech You Need to Hear.” Later he produced an audio CD of the speech complete with crowd noise and applause, which was aired on his radio program. Read on. You won’t be disappointed. Neal Boortz “I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tasse...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 9 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 9 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Mary Adler and her short essay & poem, BLACK NOTES BEAT. Mary Adler BLACK NOTES BEAT By Mary Adler I have studied and observed crowsfor years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more I admire theircomplex family and flock relationships. They are intelligent, create and usetools, and they teach their skills to other crows. As Rev. Henry Ward Beechersaid, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be cleverenough to be crows.” Over the years, I have told myfamily and friends more than they ever wanted to know about crows. One ...
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