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Guest Interview with Sam Taw, Author of Pagan Rage (Tribes of Britain Book 4)


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThree Perilous Journeys.Two Treacherous CaptivesOne Dead LeaderWise woman, Meliora blames herself. She did all she could to treat her nephew's fractured skull. How could she have known that it would leave him open to an evil spirit?His volatile mood swings and confusion leave her exhausted and upset. His raids into enemy territory risk their only chance to call a truce with their neighbours. Now her whole tribe's in danger.Can they rid him of his affliction and finally achieve a lasting peace?I'm pleased to welcome author Sam Taw to The Writing DeskTell us about your latest bookThe thing about writing pre-Roman historical fiction is that you are wholly reliant o...
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America Doesn’t Need a New Revolution


For the next several days I am reposting commentaries from Americans of all races and occupations who are as concerned as I am about this ongoing attempt to rewrite history and obliterate our country from within. I hope you will find them as illuminating and significant as I have. America Doesn’t Need a New RevolutionBy Ayaan Hirsi AliOutrage is the natural response to the brutal killing of George Floyd. Yet outrage and clear, critical thinking seldom go hand in hand. An act of police brutality became the catalyst for a revolutionary mood. Protests spilled over into violence and looting. Stores were destroyed; policemen and civilians injured and killed. The truism “black lives matter” was jo...
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GUEST POST TOM BENSON

You will be hearing more from me about Tom Benson in the next few weeks as he’s putting a book of short stories together and he’s included one of mine. I don’t think this is Tom’s first guest post, as we have been virtual friends for years and it’s thanks to him I have a … Continue reading GUEST POST TOM BENSONOriginal link
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Frequently Asked Question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

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This month’s question from the Insecure Writers Support Group calls for a great deal of speculation. I am not The Amazing Kreskin, so this is not my strong suit. All the same, I have some thoughts.1. An understanding by authors that, while it’s perfectly fine to run your business as you see fit, there are a lot of reasons to use wide distribution rather than going exclusive with one retail partner. One of those reasons is that it’s narrow, short-term thinking. Not all partners hold the same market share around the world, and it’s a good idea to make sure that more people, rather than fewer, have access to your work.2. Monetizing your work is not the endgame. Writing for the love of it is fin...
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Racism Redefined, Etc.


For the next several days, I am reposting commentaries from Americans of all races and occupations who are as concerned as I am about this ongoing attempt to rewrite history and obliterate our country from within. I hope you will find them as illuminating and significant as I have.RACISM REDEFINED, ETC.By: Marvin L. Covault, Lieutenant General, US Army retiredPolitics, combined with bad events too often leads to a rush to bad policy. This is not breaking news, but it is, unfortunately, too often true. Why is that the case?One of the principal reasons is that we get caught up in the moment and consumed by emotion and perceptions rather than taking a deep breath and looking at the facts associ...
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Blog Tour ~ A Thin Porridge, by Benjamin J. Gohs


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USWhen 19-year-old Abeona Browne's renowned abolitionist father Jon Browne dies in summer of 1860, devastating family secrets are revealed, and her life of privilege and naiveté in Southern Michigan becomes a frantic transatlantic search for answers—and someone she didn't even know existed.Still in mourning, Abeona sneaks aboard the ship carrying her father’s attorney Terrence Swifte and his assistant Djimon—a young man with his own secrets—on a quest to Africa to fulfil a dying wish.Along the journey, Abeona learns of her father’s tragic and terrible past through a collection of letters intended for someone he lost long ago.Passage to the Dark Continent is fraugh...
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The Lost Years of Billy Battles Wins Award

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Happy to share some good news regarding Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy. In case you aren’t familiar with the trilogy or Book #3, here is a little teaser about both:About the Finding Billy Battles TrilogyThe Finding Billy Battles trilogy tells the story of a man who is born in 1860 and who dies in 1960. In between Billy Battles lives an improbable and staggering life of adventure, peril, transgression, and redemption. At one point in his life, Billy mysteriously disappears. For several years his family has no idea where he is or what he is doing.Finally, with his life coming to an end, Billy resurfaces in an old soldiers’ home in Leavenworth, Kansas. It is there when he is 98 tha...
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OMG, the United Kingdom is Sunk

I recently received the following commentary from one of my followers in the UK. The author wishes to remain anonymous. I have left the British spelling intact. We have had a minute’s silence in the House of Commons for George Floyd. The mark of ultimate respect from the highest political authority in the land.Respect for a man who was a drug addict, a father of multiple children he abandoned, a lifelong criminal, a violent thief, and a man who placed a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman.All the honourable gentlemen and self-professed feminists of the House supported that kind of man. Respected him. Honoured him.How many wonderful people have died, British people, without such a tribute? H...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight: Melusine (The Heirs of Anarchy Book 2) by G. Lawrence


Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USSummer 1128:  Matilda, once Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, daughter and heir to the King of England, has been married for the sake of politics to Geoffrey, heir to the Count of Anjou; an untested, untitled boy.Through hard years of marriage, Matilda seeks to maintain her position as heir to the thrones of England and Normandy, and to be seen as a worthy successor to her father. In this time she will encounter monsters, in herself and in others, and will face darkness, deceit and danger as each step on this path takes her closer to the crown.Melusine is Book Two in the series The Heirs of Anarchy by G. Lawrence.# # #About the AuthorGemma Lawrence is an i...
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State of the Author: Hanging On By My (Colorful) Fingernails


I wrote this on FB earlier today:Acknowledgment and accountability moment: I have reached the point where I must admit I’m in depression. I recognize that it is situational. As we approach four months in shelter-in-place, I miss the presence of colleagues in the office. I have not been able to keep up my walking program between my now-healed injury and the heat wave, although I hope to do a little today. And please don’t get me started on all of the police brutality incidents. I am having a hard time focusing on things, and it takes longer to accomplish things. I haven’t written a word in a couple of weeks that isn’t a planned blog post.Thank you for reading; I sometimes find that if I tell ...
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Music Monday: “Play That Funky Music”

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Hi, all. It’s Day 9 of the challenge: a song that makes you dance. There are several, but this Wild Cherry tune from my junior high school days tops the list. Please enjoy this this 2017 live performance by Rob Parissi of his band’s 1976 hit, “Play That Funky Music” … and see if you don’t wind up dancing yourself!Original link
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A Black Man’s Letter to Black Lives Matter


For the next several days, I am reposting commentaries from Americans of all races and occupations who are as concerned as I am about this ongoing attempt to rewrite history and obliterate our country from within. I hope you will find them as illuminating and significant as I have. A Black Man’s Letter to Black Lives Matter  By Lt. Col. Allen West In the aftermath of the George Floyd incident, everyone seems to want to have a conversation about race in America.Just recently, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, asserted that if you couldn’t decide whether to vote for him or President Trump, “you ain’t black.””So, let me clarify something: I was born in ...
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Here’s a Real Blast from the Past

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I had to reach up to take the photo, since I couldn’t reach well enough to take it off the wall for a scan! This is my diploma, with honors, from the Defense Information School‘s Public Affairs Officer Course 4-90.Original link
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The Elites Are Revolting

When I observe what is happening to America—the country in which I grew up, in which I was educated, and that I served in the U.S. Army—I am appalled. Anarchy, violence, looting. This is NOT the country I know and love. This is an aberration, a disfigurement of our Republic. America’s past is a checkered one. No doubt about it. Slavery, discrimination, lynching. They are stains on our history; blemishes on an imperfect nation. Yet, America remains the only country where people can strive freely for a more perfect union, where they are free to speak their minds, to protest, to worship as they wish, to be individuals, to pursue happiness, and to hold elected officials accountable without fear ...
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Surprising Tudor Birth and Death Coincidences


King Henry VIII was born on the 28th June, 1491 at the Palace of Placentia – by chance the same day as Anna of Cleves was born in Düsseldorf.  Henry VIII died on January 28th, 1547, ninety years to the day after his father, Henry VII, was born on January 28th, 1457. This got me thinking about some of the other Tudor coincidences.Henry’s mother, Elizabeth of York was born on the 11th February, 1466 at the Palace of Westminster – and by coincidence, also died on her birthday in 1503 at the Tower of London, after giving birth the week before, perhaps prematurely, to her eighth child – a little girl, who did not survive long.Henry’s grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, was born on the 31st May, ...
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Sample Saturday: “In The Eye of The Storm”

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Hello, everyone. This week’s snippet comes from my award-winning second novel, In The Eye of The Storm. In this scene, Claire and Veronique (the narrator) are living on the Presidio of San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake.  Claire takes a stand against bigotry while helping serve earthquake stew to her fellow refugees.The earthquake was a great social leveler. Nabobs and poor folk alike stood in long queues for food and coffee. On a particular afternoon, Maman and I were helping to serve food when some of the society ladies took it upon themselves to try to tell her how to behave.They whispered about Maman as she ladled another spoonful of pale stew onto a plate and handed i...
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These are nutty times

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I apologize if this offends you.But I’m sincerely struggling with the following question:Is it racist to include an organized crime character in a book who is defined by ethnicity or nationality?I don’t know. These are nutty times…On one hand, we have Jeanine Cummins, an American-born, mostly Caucasian novelist, author of American Dirt, being lambasted for daring to speak sympathetically on behalf of Mexican immigrants.On the other hand, an esteemed colleague tells me that it is offensive to refer to a character in my upcoming book as a “Jewish mobster.”Identity is a prevalent theme in my novels. In The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, the main character is disabled and stutters, ther...
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Weekend Reads: “Too Much”

Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today
Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today by Rachel Vorona CoteMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThe day that I read an excerpt from this book, wherein the author talks about the Ramona books, I cried. I am not exaggerating. She describes how Ramona, whom I adored as a child, is larger than life — and how this challenges the people around her.I cried because I’ve been called “too much,” “larger than life,” and more, for as long as I can remember. “Pipe down!” was constantly aimed in my direction. Another friend says that I emote like Niagara Falls.I knew I had to read this book.In it, I found a series of essays about Too Muchness across areas like sex, food, mental health, and more. I ...
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Vote by Mail: Turning the Clock Backwards


When I observe what is happening to America—the country in which I grew up, in which I was educated, and that I served in the U.S. Army—I am appalled. Anarchy, violence, looting. This is NOT the country I know and love. This is an aberration, a disfigurement of our Republic. America’s past is a checkered one. No doubt about it. Slavery, discrimination, lynching. They are stains on our history; blemishes on an imperfect nation. Yet, America remains the only country where people can strive freely for a more perfect union, where they are free to speak their minds, to protest, to worship as they wish, to be individuals, to pursue happiness, and to hold elected officials accountable without fear ...
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Free Speech is Under Full Assault


When I observe what is happening to America—the country in which I grew up, in which I was educated, and that I served in the U.S. Army—I am appalled. Anarchy, violence, looting. This is NOT the country I know and love. This is an aberration, a disfigurement of our Republic. America’s past is a checkered one. No doubt about it. Slavery, discrimination, lynching. They are stains on our history; blemishes on an imperfect nation. Yet, America remains the only country where people can strive freely for a more perfect union, where they are free to speak their minds, to protest, to worship as they wish, to be individuals, to pursue happiness, and to hold elected officials accountable without fear ...
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