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Santa's Little #Authors #Christmas #Giveaway! $160 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)There's a new giveaway for the holidays!  Please take a moment to check out the Santa's Little Authors Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 50 prizes, and the grand prize is $160 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details:a Rafflecopter giveawayThank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)Original link
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Forgive me, forgive my long absence


If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/AfgpCO During the year of writing my two novels, My Own Voice and The White Piano, I discovered several ways of advancing the story. It originated from a short story about a twelve years old boy coming face to face, for the first time in his life, with the spectacle of death in the family. I set it aside, thinking I was done with it. But this character, Ben, came back to me and started chatting, chatting, chatting incessantly in my head. So I asked myself, what if I ‘aged’ him by fifteen years? Where would he be then? Would he still admire his father as a hero—or will he be disillusioned at that point? What secrets would com...
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He's not for you, and I told you so


It was then that I heard something, the whoosh of roller skates coming down the road in my direction. And as I turned, the incredible happened. Gliding with grace, there she was, coming at me with her hair glowing red, blowing backwards in the wind. Before either one of us knew what was happening Natasha ended up tripping on a loose stone, flying straight into my arms.That moment I sensed the same rhythm, the same beat pounding in her chest and mine, which convinced me of one thing: despite messing up a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, or maybe because of it, I was—without a doubt—the luckiest man alive!But unfortunately, as moments often go, this one did not last. By instinct I drew clos...
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She lied to protect herself. Can she trust him with the truth? UNCONQUERABLE CALLIE by DeAnn Smallwood #western #romance #historical

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Today's REVOLVING BOOK is the historical romance UNCONQUERABLE CALLIE by DeANN SMALLWOOD.Sometimes a lie can lead to love.http://www.amazon.com/Unconquerable-Callie-ebook/dp/B00BLWBDF2/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1362083762&sr=8-10&keywords=deann+smallwoodSYNOPSIS:Callie Collins, a proud woman in the late 1800’s, is a liar and a darned good one, a master of the dubious art. She is also a dreamer. Her greatest hope is to reach a new life in South Pass City, Wyoming, where she can open a bakery and live an independent life. To be successful, she will need her greatest deception to date, a mythical fiancé who waits at the end of the line. As a woman alone, she has to prove to Seth McCallister, the ...
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#APC #Spotlight: The 11th Percent By TH Morris!


Hey Everyone!! :-)I've got Terrick Heckstall in my APC spotlight, today! Terrick is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and his paranormal fantasy novel, The 11th Percent, looks great! Here's the description:Jonah Rowe, a bored accountant and aspiring novelist, is sick and tired of his job as an accountant. He is burnt out from all the office gossip, politics, and double talk, and he longs for his life to matter. Truth be told, Jonah wants anything besides the lame routine of coasting through his workday....only to psych himself up enough to do it all over again the next day. He only wishes that his life had some meaning.Amidst the combination of...
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What inspired me to write Still Life with Memories?


What inspired me to write the series, Still Life with Memories?Natasha, the renowned pianist suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's in my book Apart from Love (volume I and II of the series, woven together) kept coming back to haunt me. Her character was not an easy one to develop. The primary challenge is that she has no voice. She is utterly silent, which makes her son Ben hope—at first—that she can be reached, that he can 'save' her. “There is no way to tell if she has heard me. Her gaze is fixed, as steadily as before, on the same small pane of glass, through which the sun is blazing; which makes it hard to figure out what she sees out there. I push forward, aiming to view it, somehow, f...
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I was puzzled at the craziness in this place


If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here https://chirb.it/fAcGyfI spotted haystacks at the edge of a distant field and pictured myself lying there in the hay with my sweetheart, weaving flowers in her wavy, red hair. I watched the sky darkening and imagined her in my arms. If this were a time of peace, we would gaze together at the stars, rising ever so slowly over both of us. Above me, birds were chirping as they flew over mud, blood and the stench of dead bodies. I was puzzled at the craziness in this place, where beauty coexisted, strangely enough, with horrific ugliness. For a moment, I recalled the stories my dad had told me about trench warfare, dating back to his service in ...
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Can they find their way to love? MONTANA ROSE by DeAnn Smallwood #western #cowboy #historical


Today's REVOLVING BOOK is the historical western romance MONTANA ROSE by DeANN SMALLWOOD.GET IT ON AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1URhufWABOUT THE STORY: Rose is a rancher at heart. There’s no doubt in her mind that if given another chance, she can make a success of homesteading. She will not fail this time.People scoff, saying ranching is too much of a job for a lone woman to undertake. But Rose is no ordinary woman. She may be petite, stylish, and beautiful, but she is also strong and driven. Every aspect of ranching brings joy to her heart. Then why is she here in Wise River, Montana, taking orders from a mean-spirited school board and attempting something she has no clue how to do? Teaching?Jess...
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She saved his life. Can she heal his life? MONTANA MAN by DeAnn Smallwood #cowboy #romance #historical

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Today's REVOLVING BOOK is the historical western romance MONTANA MAN by DeANN SMALLWOOD.GET IT ON AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1TgKbBK4 AND 5 STAR Reviews on Amazon!  http://goo.gl/McngqyABOUT THE STORY: Ben McCabe has only one thing on his mind when he’s released from the Yuma Territorial Prison for a crime he didn’t commit: Revenge. Four years of his life gone, spent in a torturous hellhole. He wants the man responsible brought to justice, regardless of the cost. When Wisteria Bush finds an unconscious man next to the Colorado River, she knows she has to help him, no matter how dangerous he may be. She nurses him back to health to find he is a threat to her, but not in a way she’d ever imagined....
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Music and war, love and memory, and more


I am thrilled to find a five-star review for my WWII spy thriller, Marriage before Death. The review written by top Amazon reviewer and author Sheila Deeth. In addition to her novel, Divide by Zero, she has written The Five Minute Bible Story Series, and other books. With a Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England, she is a a top reviewer for Amazon, Goodreads, Gather and other reading sites. This is what she says:4.0 out of 5 starsMusic and war, love and memory, and moreBySheila DeethVINE VOICEon December 10, 2017Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseFifth in the Still Life with Memories series, Marriage before Death takes readers to the dangerous small towns of France ju...
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#NewRelease from @CharityParkerso


http://mybook.to/HardHit11The only thing worse than suffering a broken heart is being forced to pretend it never happened.For two years, Mara kept a secret. She was in love with two members of her security team—Landon and Early. As an actress, she’s always in the spotlight. Keeping her reputation intact is more important than anything. Until the day came that she no longer cared. Loving Early and Landon meant too much to keep hiding. That was the day she lost them.For a year, Mara has suffered in silence. The world doesn’t see her loss. They don’t know she’s broken. She’s never been more alone. Her downhill spiral forces Kieran Steele to step in, sending her someone to watch over her. Someon...
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HIs life is on the line and she's the only one who can save him. ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeAnn Smallwood #amreading #western #cowboy #historical


TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the western historical romance ONE SHINGLE TO HANG by DeANN SMALLWOOD. http://amzn.to/2wbqQgU WHAT IT'S ABOUT: (SCROLL DOWN TO READ AN EXCERPT) A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law. Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Che...
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A fascinating and well-crafted family saga


It's wonderful to find a new review by Piaras for The White Piano:5.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating and well-crafted family sagaByPiarason December 6, 2017Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseUvi Poznansky is an accomplished author, poet and artist, and any ink that flows from her pen is highly recommended reading. This work, The White Piano (Still Life with Memories Book 2), is no exception.Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mesme...
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once upon a time…

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Once upon a time a group of people fought one huge land developer and won. Back in 1988, artists, politicians, and environmentalists—concerned that the big developer kept carving out more and more  of the beautiful canyon walls surrounding Laguna Beach in order to build more and more homes—organized a protest to save a pristine area along the  Orange County coastline they believed to be a treasure trove of wilderness trails and scenic vistas.Some 11,000 people turned out to build “The Tell,” a 636-foot wall mural that captured the ridgelines of what is now the Dilley Preserve.The Tell Image credit: LagunaBeachIndy.comSadly, much of the mural succumbed to a 1993 wildfire. But back in 1989, th...
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Santa's Little #Authors #Christmas #Giveaway! $160 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)There's a new giveaway for the holidays!  Please take a moment to check out the Santa's Little Authors Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 50 prizes, and the grand prize is $160 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details:a Rafflecopter giveawayThank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)Original link
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Wrapping my arms real soft, around me around him


“What matters is only what’s here. I touch my skin right under my breasts, which is where the little one’s curled, and where he kicks, ‘cause he has to. Like, he don’t feel so cosy no more. Here, can you feel it? I reckon he wants me to talk to him. He can hear me inside, for sure. He can hear every note of this silvery music. It ripples all around him, wave after wave. I can tell that it’s starting to sooth him. It’s so full of joy, of delight, even if to him, it’s coming across somewhat muffled. Like a dream in a dream, it’s floating inside, into his soft, tender ear. I close my eyes and hold myself, wrapping my arms real soft—around me around him—and I rock ever so gently, back and forth,...
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#Interview With Vanessa Ravel!


Hey Everyone!! :-)Vanessa Ravel is with us, today. Vanessa, can you please tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?Vanessa: I’m an epidemiologist by trade and training but a fiction writer at heart. Recently I’ve chosen to focus more on my writing, which I have unfortunately up to now neglected in favor of more traditional career choices. Truth be told, I’ve been a storyteller as long as I can remember (scientist, not so much). Before I could hold a pencil straight, I used to write and draw story “books” bound with staples and scotch tape. While I don’t write about about Disneyland and dog picnics anymore (my subject material is a bit heavier nowadays), I do still enjoy th...
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An urge to leave behind some clue


I turned on my heels and hastened away. Soon I found myself in a wooded area. Worn out by the long, sleepless night I curled over my knees down at the root of a Beech tree. It was smooth to the touch, which brought back a memory of another forrest. I recalled how as a child I had been caught there, scoring the bark with my pocket knife. At the time, I had promised my father never to do that again. And yet here I was, all these years later, with an urge to leave behind some clue, some evidence of my being here, just in case this journey would end badly for me. I took out my bayonet and with it carved a big heart, into which I wrote, Natasha. One day when I am long gone, she might come here to...
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The busiest time of the year


Jolie touched her stomach and smiled with sadness. “You never stop missing those who have gone before—but after a time, the memories don’t hurt as much. You can think of them with love.”Zoe hugged Jolie. “Thank you. Now, on to a happier thought so that I don’t spend the rest of the evening blue—when is your baby due?”“Just in time for the holiday!” Jolie laughed. “The busiest time of the year.”“Christmas Day,” Heath said in droll tones as he came back up on the main deck. Brayden was right behind him, grinning wide. “And Jolie won’t let me name her Santa.”“Noelle is nice,” Jolie countered. “And you don’t like that either.”“Merry?” Brayden suggested.“Boring!” Zoe and Jolie said in unison.“The...
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The lion and the puddle


Here are just a few of the pics I took of this gorgeous lion, during  our safari tour in South Africa.Our local guide, who is sitting on an extension out at the front of the jeep, spotted him in the distance. It’s very hard to spot the animals, because their coloring is so much like the vegetation of the savanna, but at this time of the year there are no leaves, so it is easier to spot in the dry season than in the rainy season. The lion came out from behind the branches and bushes, and we followed him on his way to a small puddle. By his limping, we knew he was wounded. He found his way to a small puddle, where he started lapping the little water he could find. Original link
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