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These Fragile Things – Jane Davis

These Fragile Things: A Novel by [Davis, Jane]
    I’ve been a Jane Davis fan ever since I read “Smash all the Windows” and I intend to read all of her books. So far each lives up to the high standard I came to expect after reading just one of her books. Davis has a brilliant talent for placing her characters in unusual circumstances that show us the vast array of human emotion and reactions to life and the intricacies of friendship and love. I will not rest until I have read all of her work. PS She has a wonderful way with words and a laugh out loud sense of humor in her FB posts. BLURB As a London suburb reels from riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones finds fatherhood a frightening place. How can he protect his family from the o...
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#Vegan in #Prague


Two big surprises for me in Prague. Everyone knows it’s a cultural city, steeped in history both ancient and modern. Even before the Slavs occupied Bohemia in the 6th century, there were Celts and German peoples living there. The city became a hub for culture, science, arts and the Hapsburgs over the centuries. Upheavals during the first and second world wars and a mix of feelings over Communist rule until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 saw through many changes. Ironically, the city kind of stayed the same, physically, since then. That is, the buildings, streets, trams, bridges, the large student population and an esprit de corps inhabit the city like a warm glow. First surprise is the abunda...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Mythic”

firebird wing fractal
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Mythic” “From ashes, life flares… smolders. Extinguished.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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6 Degrees of Separation – connecting books


Inspired by Davida Chazan’s post, I decided to give this a try. See her chain here The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog — Davida writes, “This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best . Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.” See the graphic below. FIRST DEGREE — I start my chain with a favorite, Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell (1963), a book I’ve read many times for the sheer pleasure of laughing out loud. Written in diary format, sometimes with incomplete sentences (befitting a diary, of co...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Claws”

Fractal design - 'claws'
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Claws” “The scratching and scrabbling grew closer.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers,  J. I. Rogers Original link
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Housegirl – Michael Donkor

Housegirl: A Novel by [Donkor, Michael]
  I didn’t like Housegirl as much as I wanted to. Set in Ghana (where I have been), it ticked all the boxes. The sample did too as it depicted Belinda’s life working as a housegirl for a wealthy family. But, for me, it broke down when the setting moved to London, where Belinda was sent to sort out Amma’s problems. As the story progressed I felt sympathy for Belinda and the young friend she left behind, but didn’t care enough about the other characters and had to force myself to finish the book. That said the writing is strong with some exquisite phrasing. eg “A loud child was silenced with a sweet that crackled out of its wrapper.” I believe this book has appeal for others, just didn’t work ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Past”

Ancient Roman City Streets.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Past” “Vivid lives… voices. Just echos now.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Valli by Ben Nayanar (link in post)

Valli: Personal Journal of Valli Pillay, a Living Dead Pandemic Survivor. by [Nayanar, Ben]
  Why every young teen in North America should read Valli Now imagine you live on the island of Mauritius. I’ll give you a minute to look it up on Google Maps. Found it? Good. Imagine a peaceful life with family and friends, speaking French with your cousin because her attempts and Creole and English are funny and hopeless. Imagine you were, as your mother said, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate brown, but now, after seven years of surviving outside, facing the elements you have a dark chocolate hue like your dad’s. Imagine your idyllic life on that tiny island you loved demolished because of a pill. Imagine killing your boyfriend by stabbing him in the head with a wine bottle opener. Imagine fle...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Change”

Butterfly cocoon.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Change” “Cocoon spun. Transformation. Butterfly, or moth?” I look forward to your responses.  This challenge has a hidden message in it. I’ve been considering updating my site and using a static page with my book information on it as the front page. I would still post the ‘daily six-word story challenges’, and monthly ‘Inspiring Muse Award’, I’m just not certain of how things will update or if you’ll be notified when the new posts go up. Are you willing to let me try the experiment, or do you think I should leave things well enough alone and just meddle with the menu? Your...
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Excerpt from SUPPOSE WE


From Chapter 12 in SUPPOSE WE Science fiction novella by Geoff Nelder Setting: An exploration mission from Earth on Kepler-20h goes wrong. Their ship, Alt cover for Suppose We by Peter Baldiccino Suppose We, crashlands and they need local assistance but are ignored. Their commander becomes unhinged during the 1062 years hibernation sleep and their AI has become weird too. French science officer befriends an alien butterfly and he can’t help quoting the Flying Crooked poem by Robert Graves and yet, unbeknown to him the butterfly is a virtual part of the planet’s most ancient Kep (a few thousand years old) and not the infant Kep the Frenchman thinks he is. Scene: alien planet. The four humans ...
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Two words: Duck Parade.


Live & Learn One surefire way to bring a smile to anyone’s face? Two words: Duck Parade… Patients in the continuing care wing of the University of Rochester‘s Thompson Health hospital in Canandaigua, New York, were treated to just that last week. According to the hospital’s Facebook page, a mother duck parades her new ducklings through the hospital every year. “Every year, without fail, a mama duck chooses one of the enclosed courtyards at our M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to lay her eggs and take care of her babies.” “She lets us know when she’s ready to go by tapping on the glass, and this morning, it was time for this annual rite of spring.” The duck follows the same path every year, ...
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The Inspiring Muse Award – May 2019

The Inspiring Muse Award
#JIRogers #IndieAuthor #Inspiration #Muse #Award #Blog #Poet #Share #Motivation #Writing #Art #AwesomeAuthor @ jeanneRichard11  The Brief History of ‘The Inspiring Muse Award’ I’ve been ‘Shamelessly Promoting Someone Else’ for as many years as I’ve been online and I decided to take it one-step further. Despite the internet’s reputation for trolls, I’ve found that I interact with a brilliant collection of people on a daily basis. Each offers a gift whether it’s art, knowledge, a story, or just a well-timed joke. I wanted a way to thank them for inspiring me that was more permanent than a typed ‘thank you’. This is a personal award that I bestow on people who I feel are excellent examples of d...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Flare”

"Odd readings. Probe sent. Signals stop." Image of a fractal solar flare.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Flare” “Odd readings. Probe sent. Signals stop.” I look forward to your responses.  Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Snippets from Mexico – Part Two


Munchkin’s school project: A tasty treat: Tortilla factory: Munchkin made a traditional plate cover: Happy rescue cats: http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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SUPPOSE WE is released!


Is there anything special about May 20th? Yes! Five important events occurred on that day: 1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India. 1609 Shakespeare’s sonnets are published for the first time. 1932 Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. 1972 Gaynor Smith marries Geoff Nelder in Latchford Methodist Chapel tucked in between the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. Yes 47 years ago! 2019 SUPPOSE WE is published – the first surreal science fiction novella in the Flying Crooked series. Blurb: When a ship crashlands on a faraway planet the crew needs local help. Unfortunately, the natives are a million years ahead of us. Ignored, the cre...
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Motorbikes and Camels – Nejoud Al-Yagout


  At first one doesn’t know what to make of this book. The author never reveals what country it is, but it’s obviously a Muslim setting which makes so much of the revelations re attitudes to dating, sex, marriage, and traditions like the hijab rather astonishing. An eye-opener that is definitely worth reading. Blurb: Diverse tales, diverse characters. Sometimes intertwining. There is Salma, facing a spiritual crisis in a country steeped in dogma; Hussam – a billionaire’s son who tries but fails to conceal his gay relationship; Mohammed, a bigamist, grasping tightly to antiquated patriarchal ideals at the expense of his love life; Mike, who adopts cultural appropriation to provide him with a ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Mary-Sue”

Someone spinning the planet Earth like a basketball on their finger.
#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Mary/Gary-Sue” “I’ve got this.” Saves universe… again. I look forward to your responses. Feel free to have multiple, this challenge lends itself to them. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Snippets from Mexico – Part One


A shady corner to relax: Walking the dog: Birthday piñata: Spring Carnival parade: Uninvited guests: http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Shadow on the Crown


  I like historical novels. I especially like them when it’s not yet another Anne Boleyn or Louis IV. Shadow of the Crown fits the bill as Bracewell takes us back to the years 1001 to 1005. Building on the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Bracewell relates the story of young Emma of Normandy, sent by her brother to marry the much older King of England, an alliance that should benefit all. But the Danes hover over both England and Normandy causing havoc. That Emma survives the brutality and triumphs is rather miraculous. Throughout the story you will be cheering for this vibrant smart young queen. Blurb: In 1002, fifteen­-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King A...
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Some News


#ChanticleerReviews #CIBAs #CAC2019 #CYGNUS #Sci-Fi #BookAward @HIndenburgNews @ChantiReviews @PublishDrive I attended a book convention in Bellingham, Washington, this weekend. Last year, I entered the Chanticleer International Book Awards (otherwise known as the CIBAs). “The Korpes File” had the rare distinction of surviving the slush pile, the long list, the short list, and was chosen as a semi-finalist in the CYGNUS Sci-Fi Category. That, was exciting. Sitting at the table, listening to them read off the names of those who placed first in the category was fun and to be fair, I didn’t think I’d hear my name… but I did. I cried, but thankfully my make-up didn’t turn me into a raccoon. “Wow...
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