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A Plugin Ooopsie.

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Introducing Sales Tax on Patreon

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May Update: I’ve been quietly working…

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Patreon Goal: DIY Funko Pop Figures Video

Here is the promised creation video. As I settle into being half-moved and having to #stayhome, I’m assembling a working schedule to get caught up on everything. I’d like to offer a HUGE thank you to Nick Mower for all his hard work on this vid, and on animating my logo. “The Korpes File Series” […]Original link
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AKIN — Emma Donoghue


Absolutely marvelous! Noah is about to celebrate his eightieth birthday in Nice — the city where he was born, the city he hasn’t seen since he was four years old – when his eleven year old great nephew is foisted on him by a desperate and persistent social worker. Noah, determined to get to Nice and unravel the mystery of his mother’s photos, refuses to give up his trip and takes the boy along. The ensuing adventures of this unlikely pair take the reader on a wild ride through Nice and back to WWII as they search for the answers Noah needs. A story of adventure, bonding, and finding home. BLURB Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but bor...
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#Lockdown on Malta then and now


The Maltese islands on which Xaghra’s Revenge is based is faring well in these times. My friends there tell me tourism between Gozo and Malta has reopened so that will help to stimulate their economy a little. Of course in the main they need overseas tourists but I know several folk living on the main island of Malta who have holiday lets on Gozo, who until this week have not been able to travel there. I miss the gorgeous scenery and history there so much. So lucky that I was able to visit Malta and Gozo before the lockdown. Today, May 20th 2020 Malta had only 569 confirmed cases, sadly 6 deaths with 460 recovered. Ironically, in 1551, the island of Gozo had lockdown procedures as did many i...
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Tacos de birria – Canadian style


One of our favorite breakfasts in Mexico can be found at the taco stand a couple of blocks down the street. Tacos de birria: Shredded meat served with onions (cooked or raw), broth from the meat if you like, and your choice of hot sauce (the red one) or salsa suave (the green one made from avocado). Well, we’re back in Canada and found these treats at our favorite coffee shop, La Roux Patisserie, in China Town, Victoria, BC. I know,> A french pastry shop in China Town!? But, hey, you can’t argue when everything is so tasty.. https://laroux.ca/   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Churros on the street corner – Mexico


On our way home from dinner, we stop at the corner for churros. Our timing is perfect as the chef is just starting to heat the oil. The batter: I won’t presume to recommend a recipe. There are many on the Internet, but I have no idea which might be close to this original.   Using the pastry funnel to put the batter into the oil. :   Cooking:   The finished product: To be dipped in a large shallow bowl holding a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and (the chef’s secret ingredient) chocolate powder.   By the time the chef wraps our churros in a large sheet of brown paper a long line up has formed behind us. These treats are definitely worth the wait.   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com     Original l...
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Voyage of Dreams – Ariel Lawhon

Flight of Dreams: A Novel
Wow! Just wow! Lawhon has brought the story of the Hindenburg’s last flight to life in a stunning creation. Based on the actual passengers and crew on board, she has woven a beautiful portrayal of passion and intrigue in her creative imagining of what could have happened before the enormous airship burst into flames just as it landed in the US. There is nothing in Lawhom’s story that rings false likely because of her intensive research about the Hindenburg itself as well as the bits and pieces of information that she could find about the passengers and crew. One small complaint. I wish they hadn’t put a picture of Emilie on the cover. I prefer my own version of what she looked like and it’s ...
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Coronavirus and Fluevog shoes


I had no intention of blogging about the virus until I came upon this little bright spot. We love Dr. Henry. We even have a Dr. Henry fan club. Fluevog designs ‘The Dr. Henry’shoe inspired by B.C.’s provincial health officer Vancouver shoe designer John Fluevog says pre-sale of new pink heel set to begin next week The Canadian Press · Posted: Apr 16, 2020 1:40 PM PT | Last Updated: April 16 B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is adding another title to her long list of credentials — shoe muse. John Fluevog Shoes is launching a limited edition shoe called “The Dr. Henry,” inspired by the public health official. The Vancouver designer says the pink-heeled tribute was made with Henr...
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A Spool of Blue Thread — Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel
Are family lives really held together by a fragile thread? Tyler’s exploration of this concept is brilliantly and beautifully executed through the minute details of family life. And who is the center of the family? Mom? Dad? The wayward brother? Reading this book creates an urge to jump in and become a part of this family as they work through their lives and sort out the circumstances that threaten their bond. BLURB: “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. ...
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Tinacos – aka water tanks – Mexico


Virtually every building in our area of Mexico has a Tinaco or water tank on the roof. Water is pumped up to the Tinaco and gravity feeds the water to your taps. If you want more than a drizzle in your shower, you add a water pressure tank to the system. Modern tinacos look like this.     You sometimes see a cement tinaco on the roof of an old building. They can be as much as 100 years old. I wonder if the modern ones will last as long?   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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One Word Titles – intriguing reads.


EDUCATED Tara Westwood. REBECCA – Daphne Du Maurier   MUDBOUND – Hillary Jordan.  BEARTOWN – Fredrik Backman  419 – Will Ferguson http://www.darlenejonesauthor.comOriginal link
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Honesty in advertising – seen in Victoria, BC, Canada


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Writing news in the lockdown


Yeay, I am an April Featured Writer in The Horror Zine with my COTARD short story set in Venice. I’m honoured also because the Bram Stoker Award winner Elisabeth Massie is in there too.Cotard is a real syndrome where people think they are already dead – what a theme for a short story, I couldn’t resist it. FREE for those of you who fancy a mild horror tale to escape the more grim real life horror out there. https://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/April2020/GeoffNelder/GeoffNelder.html Nelder News Having to stay indoors except for a bike ride or hike in a day is normal life for most of us writers. Yes, we need food and whisky to be brought in by someone younger and healthier and the news is rat...
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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill = Abbi Waxman


An absolutely delightful romp through the typical and, in this instance, the not so typical journey to “happily ever after.” Waxman had me anxious to turn the page to see what Nina would do next and in many instances, laughing out loud. Nina and her world is full of wonderful adventure and quirky characters – the kind you would like to call friends. Blurb: Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell. The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book...
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March 2020 Update


A bit of this, a bit of that...Original link
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Tree Art – Mexico


Love the “feel” of Mexico in these trees. The last one is my favorite.       http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com   Original link
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A Girl Like That – Tanaz Bhathena


  Born in Mumbai, living in Jeddah, Zarin dares to defy the constraints placed on her by both family and society–and her peers with dire consequences. A powerful, well-written novel that raises the reader’s awareness of the world millions of girls and women live in–the limitations and dangers they face often insurmountable. Author Tanaz Bhathena, who was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Toronto, writes, “My own story is different from Zarin’s and Mishal’s. Yet it does not make their stories any less true, nor does it diminish the reality of living in a world that still defines girls in various ways without letting them define themselves.” Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia i...
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Travelling with animals – Mexico style


With apologies for the not so great photography. Yes, the cowboy is on a motorbike. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com .     Original link
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