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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 2 ‘Amaranthine’


And so it rained.Rained like never ever before.Falling hard and straight and long.Dark clouds lay low in the sky like a hateful pall.Spewing.Incontinent.Unchecked.Endless.Unceasing.Amaranthine.Filling the streets.Original link
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A bit of whimsy to counterbalance the passion and angst


Dan Strawn took up creative writing after a long career in business and education. In addition to Dan's longer works, his stories and essays have been published in a number of editions of Idaho Magazine and Trail Blazer Magazine. I am delighted to find his review for my WWII romance trilogy, Apart from War.Dan Strawn5.0 out of 5 stars Your chance to read Uvi Poznansky at her literary bestReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020Format: Kindle EditionRead Uvi Poznansky at her literary best in this bundle of three related stories. Follow Lenny, a World War II Marine, and Natasha, a concert-caliber pianist, through a passionate, tinged with war's intrigue romp of caring that end's three...
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Review of "Flight of the Spark" by Evelyn Puerto

Dystopian YA fiction often has something to say about our current society or mankind in general, and this book did a great job of illustrating several different evils. The leaders in this dystopia rule by keeping the populace ignorant and afraid, and it was easy to believe that that could happen, even to this extreme.... Continue Reading →Original link
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Impotent-Chapter 6 (A Serial Novella)


dontravis.com blog post #373  Courtesy of svgsilh.comIt finally happened. They got together, and it was explosive. Wonderful. Magnificent. What comes next? Do they try it again and find the novelty wore off? Or do they try it again and find it better than ever? Or do they try it again at all? Read on.*****IMPOTENTThey repeated yesterday’s work pattern except the count was wrong in two pastures and they spent hours patiently hunting down the missing livestock. Once again, De la Roche was impressed by the deliberate, unhurried, efficient way Austin went about taking care of his animals. They found a late calf on the ground, and the rancher spent half an hour with the mother making certain the ...
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Why writers must be readers


I’m sure you have heard it – from teachers, other writers and in books on writing – “Writers need to be readers.” Or something to that effect.Writers work with words and it is in their best interest to know them well. A writer who doesn’t read is like a musician not listening to music or a chef who never samples other foods. Reading and writing go hand in hand.Reading is not simply important for writers. It is essential to making them better writers.Benefits of reading:Reading other works of fiction can give you strong fundamentals in story structure and plot development. You can learn many techniques just by reading a variety of other works.Reading allows you to see what works and what does...
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Inteachán – Book Three: Operation Turnback 3: 1 ‘Clanbrassil Bridge’


So those cosmic cogs and folds and gears and sinister synapses beyond the sense of those of us still left alive continue to grind and grate and turn and as they do so the Second of TheFive finds the moment opportune and duly crosses over fresh with purpose to surprise the world by taking the form of the bridge over the Grand Canal called Clanbrassil.Original link
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Elle W Silver – Broken Triangle

Today, author Elle W Silver is guesting at my blog.  She is here to talk about her latest release Broken Triangle, book one in the Eternal Soulmates series, a m/m paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** An Accidental Author: Or is this Fate? Do you believe in fate? Think about it … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Two-Guns Bob at 114: on the need to start reading Robert Howard again


The first thing I ever read by Robert E. Howard was People of the Black Circle, the opener in Conan the Adventurer and still my favorite Conan story today. I bought the Italian edition in the early ’80s, the sturdy hardback with that gorgeous Karel Thole cover that gave me a lot of problems both at home and in school.Indeed, the first thing I was asked when a schoolmate saw I was about one third into the book was…“Has he already raped someone?”That was when I learned that sword & sorcery was considered on a par with pornography by those that did not read it.Forty years on, I sometimes get the impression that a lot of those that do not read sword & sorcery are still under that impression – bu...
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Our Anglo-Saxon Linguistic Heritage.


Diversity is an important issue for policy makers and all types of businesses. Even – or especially – novelists, playwrights and poets need to be mindful of the rich tapestry of human life and history, and publishers actively seek out books that celebrate cultural diversity. The problems arise when the desire to be inclusive is contradicted by historical fact.Alfred the Great – Rex Angul-Saxonum (King of the Anglo-Saxons)Take, for example, the International Society of Anglo Saxonists (no, I hadn’t heard of it before, either) who voted in September 2019 to delete the term Anglo-Saxon from their title to encourage a wider range of people to work on their subject. There was a danger, they felt,...
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 50 ‘From above and without’


The world looks small from above and without.Now as ever, but imbued with a new poignancy.Tide and pull begin to change and slightly, ever so slightly, the world hangs different on its axis now.Just to one side.Askew.Original link
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WIP Wednesday

As I’ve mentioned in previous WIP Wednesday posts, I always schedule in advance.  So I’m actually writing this blog post on January 6, 2020.  Currently, I finished my edits with eXtasy Books for Dressed for Success, my latest short story that will soon be released.  To celebrate, I’m going to share an excerpt for this … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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FEATURED AUTHOR: KELLY BRAKENHOFF


ABOUT THE BOOKWill Dead Week kill Cassandra's career?VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems and it's not even Thanksgiving break.Cassandra's new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra's mentor thinks he's a superhero in a senior citizen's body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai'i, can't crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska. Cassandra faces end of semester pranks, stray dogs, winter storms, and viral news stories in her fight for justice for a group of student activists. But that's nothing compared to the wrath of a Helicopter Mom!If you like academic cozy mysteries with funny BFFs, hilarious student shenanigans, and small town drama, ...
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#99c Deals + Gift Card #Giveaways at the New Year New #Book Fete! #Rafflecopter #Kindledeals #giftcards


"There's going to be a lot of readers making Dean Slater their book boyfriend" ~Reading Review WarsI'm thrilled to be featured today on one of my favorite sites, N.N. Light's Book Heaven, as part of their New Year, New Book Fete!  Dangerous Currents is a bookstore recommended read, and it's on *sale* for 99c right now (or free if you have KU!).  This is a steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense...set on beautiful Cape Cod, where a killer has shaken a quiet beach-side community.  As part of the month-long event, multiple gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble are being raffled off via Rafflecopter.  There are 5 gift cards up for grabs, totaling over $100!  You get one fr...
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Happy Book Birthday to Submersed!


💧"Submersed was an ethereal painting of a woman underwater, her hair swirling around her, shrouding her face.There had been some debate about who or what the woman was, but only I knew the truth behind what I’d painted..."Submerse yourself...A private island in the South PacificA man who specializes in sexual healingA woman drowning in the pastCome on in...the water's warmOriginal link
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Recommended Read – Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson


January 1069. Less than three years have passed since Hastings and the death of the usurper, Harold Godwineson. In the depths of winter, two thousand Normans march to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred a Dinant, an ambitious and oath-sworn knight and a proud leader of men, is among them, hungry for battle, for silver and for land.But at Durham the Normans are ambushed in the streets by English rebels. In the battle that ensues, their army is slaughtered almost to a man. Badly wounded, Tancred barely escapes with his life. His lord is among those slain.Soon the enemy are on the march, led by the dispossessed prince Eadgar, the last of the ancient Saxon line, who is determ...
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The Blue Nightingale, a new Tale from the Frontier


I have just posted a new story to my Patrons, the fifth short in the Tales from the Frontier series – a short fun piece, written in a single sitting and set this time on the other side of the Abode of the Snow, in the not-exactly-Chinese-empire of the northwest.A story about honor, duty and common sense, called The Blue Nightingale.Because it’s good to be my patrons.Original link
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Inteachán – Book Two: A New Signal 2: 49 ‘a new snow’


‘I saw it!’ someone suddenly shouted.‘Look! Just there!’‘You’re right,’ shrieked someone else.‘I saw it too.’‘And me.’‘Me too.’‘You’re not the only ones,’ said another.‘We saw it too.’‘Ooooooh!’ oooooohed the crowd.‘Aaaaaah!’A silence fell as everyone stared at the pile of televisions.Inteachán strained to see and had to duck beneath someone’s arm to get a good look.A single screen in the pile came to life, spilling its static onto the faces of those right at the front. Then another.And another.Another again.One more.Then all the screens filled with static and together anointed the gathered with a new snow.  Original link
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Cheryl Headford – Project X

Today, fellow eXtasy Books author Cheryl Headford has hijacked my blog.  Check out her guest post and character interview that are all about her latest release Project X, a new adult, science fiction, erotic romance. **** In Project X Matthew and Morgan engage in Mooting, at least Matthew prepares for one and Morgan takes part … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird
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Cultural illiteracy


Werner Herzog, not exactly the latest newcomer, used to joke that kids coming out of film school had wasted three years and a lot of money, and thought the history of cinema started with Star Wars, they had no idea of who Elia Kazan was, or who D. W. Griffith was.And about half an hour ago I was talking with a friend, and she was aghast: in a TV quiz show, the participant was asked to give the name of “the Sergio who directed Once Upon a Time in America“, and the participant drew a blank – this person had no idea of who Sergio Leone was.Now I told my friend that it may not be a good idea to use quiz shows as a measure of the general state of the nation, but… damn!This is much worse than the ...
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A new multi author series, coming soon!!!


If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/3KDB3AHere is a first glimpse into what I've been up to lately: heading a new multi-author series where each author contributes a thriller, and—get this!—weaves in scenes with guest characters penned by the other authors in the team. The principal characters in the series are all high-tech crime fighters, even if they are amateur sleuths. They are connected to several plots in this series, lending their state-of-the-art skills to solve several of the mysteries.The authors are a team, and so are their characters!With this in mind, I wrote several brand new dialogs for my thriller, Virtually Lace. This book will be taken out o...
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