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The Earphones Diaries are back


I am pleased to announce that The Earphones Diaries, my daily unrequited and mostly unwanted reviews of the records I am listening to, is back online after a two-weeks hiatus due to somebody signalling my Instagram account. You can find The Earphones Diaries here , or down at the bottom of the sidebar. It’s music. Maybe music you don’t like, maybe music you don’t know, maybe music you’d like to check out. Original link
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Drabble and Double Drabble!


Orson Welles said that the absence of constraints is the enemy of art Orson Welles and I cannot deny he was right. He knew, after all, a thing or two about art and constraints, and he was Orson frelling Welles! I was reminded of Welles quote this morning, as I got a call for a horror anthology looking for Drabbles and Double Drabbles. A Drabble is a thing Monthy Python invented for a lark: a novel in 100 words – not one less, no one more. A Double Drabble is, as you can imagine, a novel in 200 words. And by novel I mean it has to have character development, dialogue, stuff happening, like a proper 500-pages blockbuster. I wrote my story, called The Girl Who Knew, and mailed it at lunchtime. ...
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Blaise Ramsay – Bane of Tenebris

Today, I have author Blaise Ramsay in the interview chair.  We discuss writing, publishing, and celebrate her latest release Bane of Tenebris, a paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Do you see writing as a career? Actually, I don’t do much writing nowadays. Since opening FyreSyde to accepting submissions, I … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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Writing to make sense of the world – Bella Hardy in Yunnan

Here’s an interesting by-product of my continued exploration of what music can be found out there (and of my currently-on-hiatus Earphones Diaries). Bella Hardy is an award winning British folk singer, and I do listen to folk music, so I was interested in checking out her recordings. I became even more interested when I discovered that Hardy’s 2017 album Eternal Spring was written and recorded in Yunnan Province, China, and included English lyrics set to traditional Chinese music. Then I found a short documentary about Hardy’s Chinese adventure – it’s called From the Mountains to the City Lakes, it is extremely on topic here on Karavansara, and here it is, for your enjoyment. Original link
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Love #audiobooks? ICEHAVEN is now available at Audible! #audiobook #dystopian


ICEHAVEN (Sum of all Tears – Book1) is now available at Audible narrated by Jennifer Swanepoel. Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins Genre: YA/NA Dystopian Get ICEHAVEN Today! Audible US Audible UK Audible FR Audible DE Audible CA Coming soon to Amazon and iTunes. Original link
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Doing business the punk way


While I like the metaphor of the writer as liar and cheat, as stage magician and cat burglar, there is no denying that, as a writer, I am a business. I am a one-man company that builds stories, and then sells them. Sometimes I sell to publishers, that (hopefully) will take care of the marketing and distribution of my work, sometimes I am a self-publisher, meaning that “my company” has to handle most of the aspects of distribution and marketing of the specific products. In both cases I need to be able to keep my company going. Build more stories, develop my brand and expand my reach, find new clients. Not necessarily the part that I like of being a writer. For this reason I am reading Carolin...
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A Kickstarter for a Clark Ashton Smith-based movie


OK, guys, we need to move fast: the Kickstarter for The Last Incantation, an indie fantasy movie based on a short story by Clark Ashton Smith will last only 9 more days and the crew needs still about 500 dollars to hit the target and actually make the movie. You can see all of the details here. If you read this blog, I don’t need to tell you who Clark Ashton Smith was, what an indie fantasy movie is, and why these could be the best ten bucks you spend this year. Original link
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Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part II of II Parts

Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part II of II Parts : dontravis.com blog post #351     Courtesy of PNGtree.com You guys are strangely silent. Maybe not into Fantasy. Or perhaps, your a... Original link
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Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part II of II Parts


dontravis.com blog post #351     Courtesy of PNGtree.com You guys are strangely silent. Maybe not into Fantasy. Or perhaps, your author’s not into it, and the posts show it. Whatever the case, you are now being exposed to the second and final installment to the story. ***** MIXTERNS           I didn’t hear them, but Brute did. He hopped off the couch and ran to the front door barking his head off. And from outside the door, came, “Yip, yip, yip!” He scuttled back to the couch and wiggled his way underneath it.           Something brushed against the back door.           “Go ‘way! I shouted.”           “Go ‘way!” the thing echoed.           I heard others at the windows. The creatures had sur...
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Action sequences, Indiana Jones-style

Nice overview of how it’s done… Original link
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Crazy Country Living and a New Lease on Writing


I've always dreamed of living in a more secluded area than the one in which I grew up. The yard I played in as a child was full of trees, many of which collapsed during hurricanes. The same was true of our neighbors' yards, and though living in the suburbs isn't exactly the same as living in the city, I still longed for that feeling of seclusion one can only get from being in a remote, wooded area. I've always written my best work when surrounded by beautiful scenery. To have it all around me, what excuse could I have not to write the best book possible? When my husband and I started looking for a house, it came as no surprise to me that the ones capturing my attention were in rural neighbor...
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Sara Dobie Bauer – Broken News

Today, I’m reviewing Broken News, a m/m contemporary mafia romance by bestselling author Sara Dobie Bauer.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Book Title:  Broken News Author:  Sara Dobie Bauer Release Date:  August 22, 2019 Genre/s:  M/M Romance, M/M Thriller, M/M Mafia Heat Rating:  4 flames Length:  62 000 words He was supposed … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird
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A character in 15 words

She was one of those people that order their books on the shelves by color. Original link
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FEATURED AUTHOR: ROBIN LAMONT



 ABOUT THE BOOK A rookie investigator working undercover for an animal protection group suddenly vanishes. But when his handler Jude Brannock goes searching for him, she discovers that he might not be who she thought he was. Determined to find the truth, Jude unearths a drug company’s deadly secret and is forced to confront some dark secrets of her own. Book Details: 
Title: The Experiment
 Author: Robin Lamont
 Genre: Suspense
 Series: The Kinship Series, book 3 
Publisher: Grayling Press
 (May 16, 2019) Print length: 288 pages On tour with: Partners In Crime Book Tours        
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH ROBIN LAMONT Things you need in order to write: a clear idea of where the scene is going...
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Recommended Read – A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir


Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history, the Princes in the Tower. Lady Katherine Grey has already suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Newly pregnant, she has incurred the wrath of her formidable cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who sees her as a rival to her insecure throne. Alone in her chamber in the Tower, she finds old papers belonging to a kinswoman of hers, Kate Plantagenet, who forty years previously had embarked on a dangerous quest to find what really happened to her cousins, the two young Princes who had last been seen as captives in the Tower. But time is not on Kate’s side – nor on Katherine’s either … The use of dual timelines has...
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Publishers Weekly Review of ICEHAVEN #dystopian #paranormal #Canauthors


I am absolutely thrilled to have received this wonderful review from Publishers Weekly for ICEHAVEN (Sum of all Tears – Book 1)! “Crime writer Cresswell (Deadly Shadow) and romance author Chester (Tied Together) successfully step into the postapocalypti c genre with this tale of good intentions and terrible results. August Madison is in the audience for the unveiling of her father’s technology to fix Earth’s warming climate when the auditorium comes crashing down on her. When she next opens her eyes, she sees nothing but snow and ice. Soon she learns that she’s somehow come back to life several weeks after the disaster—and that her father’s intended climate repair has instead turned the enti...
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Portrait of the artist with a young cat


My brand consultant tells me it would be a neat move to enhance my impact to have a FinkoPop mini of myself on sale at fairs and conventions, and also via Amazon and this blog. After all, he said, if David Lo Peng from Big Trouble in Little China has a FunkoPop doll, why not me? And it turns out that one can actually preview how such a thing would look like. In this case, like this. Incidentally, this is the last silly post of the vacation period. We’ll resume posting about stuff that really matters, such as the top kn/hrs speed of the average camel, tomorrow. Original link
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter II ‘A New Signal’ Verse 2 The audience never came home from the homecoming concert. Not one single member. For a country well versed i...
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What is an ‘Easy Rider’?


Peter Fonda died last week so, not unnaturally, most newspapers carried articles about him and his most iconic film Easy Rider. Both he and his co-star explained that they chose the title because ‘an easy rider is a person that is not a pimp, but lives off a woman,’ (Hopper). Fonda went further, saying it was a comment on the state of America at the end of the 1960s. The film was hugely popular, but not with the Hollywood moguls, and Fonda struggled to find films and roles that would bring him equal fame. But were they right about the meaning of easy rider? Originally the term meant an expert horse rider, or horse that was easy to ride. (Transfer this to a motorbike and the film title seems ...
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Quote of the Week – August 21


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