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Twelve Hours Later — BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY Reader Views

The authors have all done an excellent job of creating intriguing characters that sparked my interest. I enjoyed following the heroes and heroines as they set out to find answers to mysteries and challenges with which they are faced. via Twelve Hours Later — BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY Reader Views The publisher of Twelve Hours Later, Thinking Ink Press, sent the book to this agency quite some time ago, and just received their review. I was part of the editorial staff on this project, as well as having two stories in the book (“Nous Sommes Deux Heures” and “Nous Sommes Quatorze Heures,” now available separately as “A Light Across the Lake” in my Pocketful of Stories series). I’m honored to have r...
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Music Monday: “Love You ‘Til The End”

Hi, everyone. I had a different song in mind for today, but I woke up with this one running through my head over and over. I took that as a sign that I should share it with all of you. Please enjoy The Pogues’ “Love You ‘Til The End.” Original link
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“Forever’s Too Long” Book Trailer…

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These days, books as well as movies are often advertised with trailers that use images and sound to give you an idea of the flavor of the book, as well as sharing information about genre, storyline, and availability. Allan Krummenacker was a huge help with this, doing the actual production based on music and images I chose, and a few finds of his own, but I especially like his vocal work– since the book is almost entirely first person narration, I decided to script the trailer that way, so he’s giving the voice of Rafael Jones. *And remember the book will be available on June 1st, but you can still pre-order an e-copy at the following links: Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forevers-to...
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Introducing ‘@Open24’ a resource for authors.

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I do not use Ramblings from a Writers Mind for direct promotions because it is not the raison d’etre of this blog. These ramblings are about sharing knowledge and experience. They are about in-depth consideration, informative articles, about highlighting the good and bad regarding writing, publishing and indie authorship. It is not a place for advertising. Considering the above, the following may seem directly opposed to this ethos. But read on, you will see I am seriously designing something to help and aid writers and authors like ourselves. What is more, I am asking for your views and feedback on this project, a project I have called, @Open24. @Open24 is an online Amazon store, my online ...
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Sample Saturday: “Two Days in June”

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Today’s sample is from my latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, currently available for pre-order via Amazon and Smashwords . Enjoy! —– Bahorel bought another round of wine for the group; it was his turn, after all. At least Grantaire was late; that meant the bottle would last longer. The veteran-student was always drowning his sorrows. Combeferre and Feuilly were playing dice, while Courfeyrac and Prouvaire loudly debated a point of philosophy. It looked to be just one more night in the dingy tavern on the rue de la Chanverrie. Until Grantaire entered, his face solemn as a judge, followed by an equally subdued Enjolras. Grantaire picked up the nearest glass — which happened to be Bahorel’...
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Hot New Release – Grab it Now at Only 0.99

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Check out this hot new release. Watch the Mini Movie first. Death Among Us Pre-Order Link Special Pre-Order Price Who knew death could be so eclectic? Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories. The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story ‘The Rose Slayer.’ Murder and mystery have been the […] The post Hot New Release – Grab it Now at Only 0.99 appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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“Two Days in June” is Available for Pre-Order on Smashwords!

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Hi, everyone. I’m excited to report that latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, “Two Days in June,” is available for pre-order via Smashwords (click the link). Other outlets will follow soon. The book will be published on June 5, the anniversary of the 1832 Student Rebellion in Paris. Back cover copy: Starvation. Fear. Fighting in the streets. It’s June 1832, and Paris is once again at war. The students of the Sorbonne rise up against those in power, believing that right and the people are on their side. But King Louis-Philippe has other plans. Read “Two Days in June,” the latest edition of Pocketful of Stories, and enter the world of Les Miserables. Editing to add the Amazon US pre-order l...
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Weekend Reads: “First Blood”

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First Blood by David Morrell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had the pleasure of taking a workshop from author David Morrell in 2018. Yet, I had not read his debut work. I finally took care of that this year. Wow. I think it’s important to point out that I was not a fan of the “Rambo” movies. There were continuity errors galore, as well as errors about weaponry, etc., that were obvious to me from my time with the Dept. of Defense. The good news here is that the films have very little in common with the book. Rambo has come home from Vietnam with a Medal of Honor and a bad case of PTSD. He wants to get lunch in a tiny Kentucky town, and runs afoul of Sheriff Wilfred Teasle. Teasle doesn’t want any ...
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Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media!


Today, I am running a column about journalism written by historian Victor David Hanson. You will find his complete bio at the end of the post. For the past few years, I have struggled to understand, if not accept, what has happened to the practice of journalism in America. It has devolved into something that I no longer recognize. When I began my professional journalism career at the Chicago Tribune in the early 1970s, the concepts of fairness, balance, and objectivity were required components in the newsroom. If I inserted my opinion in a story or if it was perceived as biased, I heard it from any number of Tribune editors. “Yates, you can’t say this,” they would bark.” Where’s the attribut...
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Death Among Us : Book Video Trailer Release

Watch the trailer. Pre-order for only 0.99. Price increases on July 7 release date. The post Death Among Us : Book Video Trailer Release appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Reblogging: What Writing Fanfic Can Teach You — A Writer’s Path


by Sarah Pesce Fanfic tends to get a bad rap and sometimes is cast as the shameful secret that writers hide about their past for fear that it might damage their reputation as a serious author. It’s “unprofessional” or “just a hobby” or “silly” or “not creative enough.” Anyone who’s ever been in […] My first novels were set in the world of the Phantom of the Opera. I guess that tells you where I fall on this matter. via What Writing Fanfic Can Teach You — A Writer’s Path Original link
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Beware Cheryl Jenner Accepting Book Review Requests

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Beware Cheryl Jenner … and her emails. Who? She, if it is a she, sends out hundreds of emails just like his one with the header Accepting Book Review Requests: Hi, I hope you are well. I am a 23 year old student of English literature. I love reading new and exciting books. Right now […] The post Beware Cheryl Jenner Accepting Book Review Requests appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Stephen King: On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft #AuthorToolboxBlogHop


Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ is a useful read for anyone who writes – or would like to.  I grew up on Stephen King’s thrillers without really knowing anything about the man who wrote them.  I read ‘On Writing’ when it was first published but have written many books since then, so it was interesting to see if it was still as good. It was better.  The years have done nothing to diminish the power of the story telling that runs through this book.  There are also some great quotes that passed me by on the original reading (or perhaps slipped into my subconscious)  such as ‘the editor is always right’ and ‘2nd draft = 1st draft – 10%.’   It’s easy to see how King has drawn on his childhood experie...
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Welcome, New Readers!

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The past 24 hours have seen an uptick in blog subscribers, which is awesome! I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to get a free copy of Last Stop: Storyville, the first tale in my Pocketful of Stories series, so please be sure to sign up for my newsletter as well. Just click the link and add your preferred email address; the story will show up automatically. Thank you! Newsletter Sign-up Original link
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Music Monday: “Don’t Stop Me Now”

Hi, everyone. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have with this series of the most uplifting songs, according to science . It’s been nice starting each week with something that makes me smile and tap my feet. We’ve reached the number 1 song on the list now. Please enjoy Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Original link
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Special Memorial Day Promotion, May 12-26

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Hi, everyone. Bayou Fire is part of a Memorial Day promotion via the Kindle Book Review site. Would you like to win $200 in Amazon cash?! Here’s your chance from The No. 1 Site for #Reader #Giveaways~~The Kindle Book Review. Just click the link and enter the Memorial Day Giveaway. It’s easy & fun. If you love #reading, enter now; giveaway ends May 26th, 2019. Click here and enter every day ~> http://ow.ly/GFCF50u8BHK Original link
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Pre-Orders Being Taken NOW…

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Welcome to the first solo novel of Helen Krummenacker, co-author of the Para-Earth Series. Adventure, humor, film noir, and dark urban fantasy blend in a unique vision that will appeal to fans of Harry Dresden or Marvel’s horror comics. Enter the world of The Forever Detective Series… Raphael Jones’ love of adventure took him into police work, military service, and finally a career as a private eye. But when his first couple of cases combine to drop him into deep trouble, can his sense of adventures survive? For that matter, can he? A practical man with a kind heart, he never expected to encounter supernatural evil threatening the people he cares about. “I was reading along enjoying the Raym...
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Sample Saturday: In The Eye of The Storm

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Hi, everyone. I had a great time celebrating the 10th anniversary of In The Eye of The Beholder during April. However, this year is also the 5th anniversary of its award-winning sequel, In The Eye of The Storm. This week’s excerpt sets the tale. October 1948 San Francisco, California Clarice waited quietly in Sam Wo’s restaurant; her friends would be joining her any time now, just as they did the first Saturday of every month, for lunch. When Clarice first sought permission to join some of the other senior class girls at their luncheon club, Daddy quizzed her extensively. Yet, it was her mother whose expression softened when Clarice mentioned the name of the funny little restaurant where the...
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One Paperback’s Life Story Born in the Land of POD

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This is one paperback’s life story. That paperback is me. Some eggheads may call me an inanimate object. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a book – paperback book to be precise. And I have recently discovered I’m quite a special book. Taraah! That was a drum roll in case you didn’t hear […] The post One Paperback’s Life Story Born in the Land of POD appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link
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Weekend Reads: “Okay Fine Whatever”

Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things
Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of my best gal-pals mentioned that she was reading this book, and saw a lot of herself in it. Curious, I requested it from the library. Wow. Former radio host and author Courtenay Hameister lives with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). She decided that she would spend some time doing things that had previously frightened her, such as talking to strangers, trying on-line dating, and doing a flotation therapy/sensory deprivation tank, to get past some of it. Hameister’s authorial voice is spiked with good humor, and she doesn’t pull any pun...
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