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Reposting from Twitter: Some Brief Thoughts on Awards

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“Ghosts of Tupelo” earned this ribbon in the WordWeavers competitionHi, everyone. Yesterday, I created a thread on Twitter that I never imagined would be necessary. Here’s what I wrote:#ProTip to my #WritingCommunity peeps: don’t say you’ve won awards if you haven’t. You’d think this would go without saying, right? Well, today I saw a fellow author here on Twitter tell someone that “95 percent of people just put ‘award winning author’ in their bio whether or not it’s true, so just go ahead and say it.” This is such ludicrously bad advice that I don’t even know where to start. I asked him for a source for his assertion, and then he claimed that “a lot of people have told me that.” This is, of...
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Music Monday: “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”

Hi, everyone. I thought I would combine a little seasonal music with my ongoing series of artists I’ve seen perform live.Laurence Juber has been my favorite guitarist since the late 1970s, when he was a member of Wings. I’ve been fortunate enough to see him in person about half a dozen times, and he blows me away with every show. He’s a classically trained player, and a tremendous talent. Please enjoy this lovely performance.Original link
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LUCINDA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (2)

Last year, 2018, I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 100 books. I only managed to achieve that by cramming in a couple of children’s books in December – well I wasn’t really cheating, was I? This year and last I read more than the totals as I could not include beta reading or other … Continue reading LUCINDA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (2)Original link
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Why I Wrote Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?

The story behind Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway is a 30-year unfolding tale of suspicion, intrigue and questions.  My quest for truth started innocently when I first became a believer in the Messiah.  One of the doctrines I first became indoctrinated to was the practice of paying ten percent of my income to the coffers of the institutional church as a command from God.  As the years passed by I began to question this overtaxing financial obligation.  Although it was tough to pay this kind of money year after year, I dutifully kept my obligation to pay God ten percent no matter the circumstances.   Even in the face of not being able to pay my bills and struggling to feed my fam...
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Author’s Inspiration: “2010 Hindsight”

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Hi, everyone. I’m feeling quite a bit better, but still coughing a lot. I’m staying home from a lot of social obligations, and possibly even a concert tomorrow, because I don’t want to distract people around me with my barking!Anyway, this week I want to talk about the inspiration behind another memoir/essay book, 2010 Hindsight: A Year of Personal Growth, In Spite of Myself.2010 was the year I gave myself a set of challenges: take more exercise, and learn French cookery. I was struggling to write the next fictional work, and fell back on my role as a journalist/essayist by writing about some of the things I experienced in the process of doing those things. Each chapter covered a month in th...
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Weekend Reads: “A Town Like Alice:

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A Town Like Alice by Nevil ShuteMy rating: 4 of 5 starsJean Paget comes into a great deal of money … but it’s held in trust for her until she turns 35. Her trustee is solicitor Noel Strachan, who is also the book’s narrator. It’s not hard to tell that, despite the significant difference in age, Noel is in love with Jean, who is smart, organized, and kind.Through Noel, we learn about how Jean was on what amounted to a death march in Malaya (this is based on actual events in Sumatra, and in which one of author Nevil Shute’s friends was involved). When Jean learns about this inheritance, she wants to go back to Malaya to dig a well for some villagers there, in memory of an Australian stockman n...
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Historical Fiction Spotlight: Pirate Code (Capt.. Jesamiah Acorne Book 2) by Helen Hollick


New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThe Time : The Golden Age of Piracy - 1716The Place : The Pirate Round - from the South African Coastto the CaribbeanEscaping the bullying of his elder half-brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crewmates unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa.He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh an insignificant girl, or so he assumes - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer, a midwife - and a white witch.Tiola and Jesamiah become lovers, b...
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FREE AUDIBLE PROMO CODES

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I have a number of free Audible Promo Codes for you audiobookphiles (if there is such a word). My audio book catalogue has just been increased with Death Among Us: An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories and Dilemma, Book Two in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller series. Yes, they are freebies, but a […]The post FREE AUDIBLE PROMO CODES appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link
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Frequently Asked Question: “Want to Play a Game?”

Hi, everyone. I’m at home recovering from bronchitis. As a result of being ill for the past several days, I nearly forgot that it’s time for a Frequently Asked Question. The full text of this month’s question from the Insecure Writers Support Group is:Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?Can I be real for a minute? Everybody has a different idea of living the dream, obviously. However, we know that, statistically, most books sell fewer than 100 copies — eve...
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The World in Charts: Eye-Opening!


There is an old saying that says “figures lie and liars figure.” However, I don’t think it applies to the collection of eye-opening charts that I have provided a link to in today’s post.Among other things, these charts have adroitly added perspective to the statistics, facts, and figures that define and illuminate our world. I urge you to take a look at them (there are 10).The charts are from howmuch.Net, a cost information website:  https://howmuch.net/. The howmuch.net website contains dozens of similar charts that visually explain the economy, real estate, business, personal finance, cryptocurrencies, cost guides, etc.Just click on the link below to see understandable visualizations about...
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#Mercy #Netgalley Review Copies For Genuine Reviewers

#Netgalley review copies for genuine reviewers
Mercy, a Detective Matt Deal Thriller, is off to a flying start with numerous Amazon reviews already. There are also #Netgalley review copies for genuine reviewers. You will find it here on Netgalley. The book is available at all digital online stores including Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Apple iBooks. The following gives you an idea […]The post #Mercy #Netgalley Review Copies For Genuine Reviewers appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link
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How Many??


I’ve finished creating my 2020 multicultural children’s books catalog. I really thought I’d been a slacker in 2019, but—HOLY GUACAMOLE—turns out, I created 17 new products this year (for a total of 130 since 2004)!Publishing sure has changed! It used to be that getting books to readers required the vast resources of a major publishing house. Today, technology has almost leveled the playing field. While I currently reside and work in (practically) unheard of Midvale, Utah, my books are found as far away as the Philippines and Africa.The big publishers still have muscle behind their promos. But, with 15 years’ experience, I’ve managed to not only survive in (perhaps) the most competitive genre...
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Music Monday: “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”

I swear, the years I lived in Marin County were some of the best for live music. I could walk down the street and catch amazing acts. One of the greatest opportunities I had was to see the late Mick Ronson (performing with Ian Hunter from Mott the Hoople) in a tiny club.Please enjoy Ronno’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.”Original link
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BOOK AWARDS 2019

I have been very quiet on my blog this year. Keeping up with social media on Facebook and Twitter, writing more books and (attempting to) market them plus the twice a week blogging wore me out. Life also gets in the way too, and I’ve even ventured out of the house a few times in … Continue reading BOOK AWARDS 2019Original link
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“FOREVER HAUNTED” Is Now “LIVE” on Amazon…


Helen’s latest book is out and here’s your chance to grab your own copy of this growing 5 star series…Forever DetectiveJust in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the second installment of the Forever Detective Series.The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, he’s trying to continue his work as a detective, while attempting to adapt to and understand his condition. Now he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is… and the ghost needs Rafael for help and...
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KINDLE COUNTDOWN – UNDERCOVER: OPERATION JULIE – THE INSIDE STORY

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You can grab my UK bestselling undercover cop memoir for as little as 99 pence/99 cents if you are quick off the mark. It’s a Kindle Countdown for Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story. KINDLE COUNTDOWN Here is how it works and the full schedule. Please note Amazon only permits this type of promo […]The post KINDLE COUNTDOWN – UNDERCOVER: OPERATION JULIE – THE INSIDE STORY appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link
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COMING TOMORROW (December 1st), The Next Installment of “THE FOREVER DETECTIVE” Series


Just in time for the Christmas season, a good old fashion ghost story is the theme of the Helen’s second solo book…The year is 1947 and private investigator Rafael Jones has already learned the hard way that the supernatural is all too real. Having been turned into a vampire, albeit one who has no problems with holy objects, he’s trying to continue working as a detective. While back on the continent his Interpol love, Clara Thomas, is using her considerable “occult” contacts to find a way to help him.In the meantime he has a new case to deal with. A friend has asked him to prove a mansion he’s inherited is NOT haunted. Unfortunately, it is and the ghost has reached out to Rafael for help and...
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Author’s Inspiration: “Sui Generis”

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Hi, everyone. This is going to be kind of a short post; I’m literally out of my sickbed to write to you all this morning.Sui Generis translates to “one of a kind.” I wanted to create a sampler of essays and short stories to give people a flavor of my writing. So, there’s an urban fantasy, the one and only vampire story I’ve ever written, and a handful of essays. Because I wanted the sampler to be a promotional tool, it’s permafree on Smashwords.So, now you know. I’m heading back to bed. Enjoy your weekend!Original link
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Weekend Reads: “Bella’s Christmas Bake Off”

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Bella’s Christmas Bake Off by Sue WatsonMy rating: 5 of 5 starsBella and Amy were best friends when they were young. Their lives diverged as teens, and Bella eventually became a TV celebrity chef. Amy, on the other hand, became a math teacher.When Amy’s husband leaves her right before Christmas, the only comfort she sees in store is watching Bella create yet another beautiful holiday dinner on television. To her shock and horror, she realizes that the recipes Bella is sharing this year belonged to Amy’s late mother.Determined to find out why Bella thinks she has the right to do such a thing, Amy enters a contest to be on the show … and wins. The angry sparks fly when Bella and Amy reunite, b...
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My Go-to Writing Books for Historical Fiction by Deborah Swift | A Writer of History

When I’m talking to beginner writers about writing, I’m always amazed at how many think they ‘just have a talent for it’ and do no research into the craft of writing itself. As writers producing books, I’m amazed at how few pick up a book to help them with their craft.I think I’m the opposite, in that I love to read books on writing, and have learned a lot of useful tips from other writers through their books and blogs. I have a large collection of writing books on my shelf, which I also share with the people I teach, but some are better than others for my particular genre, which is historical fiction. So here is a short list for those embarking on writing a historical novel.I plan to get so...
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