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Balance in Writing


s a gibson Over the years I’ve worried about crossing lines in my writing. Sometimes I have the job of writing funny material. Once, I was taken off my column in a company newsletter because my humor was too biting. I was nervous when experimenting with fiction writing about creating villains. I feared falling too deep into the minds of the evil-doers. And today, I wonder if compromising my story vision might gain me more readers, and bring in higher income. I want to revisit these questions for my own enlightenment. To recap, the questions for a writer are: What not to put in Stories?; To thine own self be true, but how much?; and What to compromise for success? The first question for me re...
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Look what we found in our harbour – all 238 feet of her


The Cloudbreak can be leased, so collect your pennies and 11 friends — a week is only $1.1 mil Canadian. https://www.yachtcharterfleet.com/luxury-charter-yacht-35085/cloudbreak.htm http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Xaghra’s Revenge is here


Rabat the old name for Gozo’s main town, Victoria built entirely of limest The day has come for revenge. Is revenge sweet? Find out how 5000 islanders were abducted in 1551 and what are the repercussions today. Follow two modern lovers who discover their heritage.A rare insight into Libya, past and present.How the tiny, beautiful Mediterranean island of Gozo, with one of the oldest buildings in the world, might be the centre of the spiritual world.How a harem in Constantinople treated slave girls and how some rebelled.Kindle http://myBook.to/XaghraPaperback: http://hyperurl.co/y953ga#historical fiction #fantasy #horror #paranormal romance Turgot Reis by Ali Sami Boyer Yes, pirates abducted e...
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Out & About—The bad guys don’t drive bright red cars


Russel Ray Photos Some readers might have seen the news over the past couple of weeks about a giant baby in Mexico peering over the border wall into the United States. It’s over in Tecate at coordinates 32°34’46.8″N 116°35’20.6″W or 32.579667, -116.589056 Yes, we already have a border wall here in San Diego County. Some of it, like in the pictures above, is about ten years old. Other sections, like the numbered panels in the picture below, are even older. Border Patrol agents like to park their vehicles in hidden locations on the top of mountain peaks, which, I’m sure, often results in the following conversation: BP Agent 1: I see movement. 773.Agent 2: I see it, too.Agent 3: Copy.Agent 2: O...
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“Why Votes And Stickers Don’t Prove Your Book Is A Winner.”


#IndieAuthors #BookAwards #Scams #Rant My junk-mail/spam folders runneth over with invites to enter my self-published book in award contests. I’ll state up front that I’m a natural cynic. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve already entered a few of the forty dollars or less ones – I’ve even placed well – but I urge those of you who are just starting out not to get caught up in collecting the shiny stickers. I encourage you to research the company, read up on what you’ll win, who has won in the past, and what you may be giving away before you pay for it by hitting ‘send’. I advocate that people check this site out and familiarize themselves with some of the info that’s there.Links checked/Page updated: ...
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K.A. Meng Blog Tour


Hands up if you think you’re superior. Note that my hand remains down. I’m sure some species of dung beetle might be superior to me and those bacteria that will eat my body when I’ve done with it. Anyhow, one writer has plunged into the good, better, superior race with a series of novels. Here she is gamely responding to my interrogation:  Today I have the honour of hosting K.A. Meng, an experienced writer from North Dakota. The thing is I’ve just returned from a writers’ retreat in Greece and am curious where other writers would retreat to. Here’s what Karrie said: I would like to go to a cabin in the mountains for a writing retreat. I want to be secluded, but not too far away from society....
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Blurbs are still tough to write. What do you think of these?

Blurbs are still tough to write - what do you think of these?
    Her dream was to go to university. Instead she’s working in a nursing home hunting a killer. When high school graduate, Bittany Wright, gets a job cleaning at Happy Hearts nursing home, she is terrified of old lady Flo and desperately wishes she could be in college instead. An unlikely friendship develops between the two. Brittany discovers that Flo, who may or may not have Alzheimer’s, is in grave danger. But, from whom and why? As Flo’s condition worsens, Brittany scrambles to save her. But, ironically, it may be Flo who saves Brittany. When the Sun was Mine: If you like suspenseful mysteries with complex and strong characters you’ll love this adult read, hopeful and humorous in spite ...
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Blurbs are tough to write – what do you think of these?

Blurbs are tough to write - what do you think of these?
  ~~~~ EMBATTLED ~~~~ Gifted with superpowers she can’t refuse, her life spirals out of control. Bounced from a jungle battle, to an Islamist stronghold, to a corrupt Columbian trial, Em Roberts, your average school principal, knows that something is dreadfully wrong. Now she must challenge “the voice” in her head— the voice that transports her around the world, forces her to face unbelievable danger, and insists she can stop wars. Will she outwit that voice and end the nightmare, or will she die trying? EMBATTLED is book one of the Em and Yves series. If you like “soft” science fiction with a touch of romance, then you’ll love the harsh reality and magic of Darlene Jones’s series. Buy EMBAT...
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Sept updates and a few snippets of interest.


#Updates #SciFi #IndieAuthor #IndieBooks #SocialMedia #Petition #AmazonReviews #Newsletter overview September is shaping up to be a busy month for me; revisions on books two and three are picking up again, I’ve agreed to put together a large-scale, gallery exhibition for next summer, and I’m in the process of completing two separate illustration commissions. I’m also gathering material and images for the first issue of my quarterly newsletter/zine. All of this abundance, and I have the privilege of participating in a month long promotion with fourteen fantastic indie authors. For more information, click on the image. a worthy petition Back in June, a petition requesting that Amazon reconside...
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XAGHRA’S REVENGE is sweet

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XAGHRA’S REVENGE I’m delighted to report that my latest novel, Xaghra’s Revenge, was published on July 25th 2017 by the publishers of my THE CHAOS OF MOKII surreal short story, Solstice Publishing. So, what is XAGHRA’S REVENGE? Overall, it is a historical fantasy within which are contemporary political scenes such as in present-day Libya, horror, humour and a titanic and epic religious struggle. We have pirates, slavery, a harem, revenge and retribution. Fact: In 1551 the Turkish buccaneer, Rais Dragut, sailed a pirate fleet to Gozo, abducted the population of 5000 and sailed them to North Africa. The abducted were kept on the ships while Dragut won a siege against the Knights of St John at ...
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Invasion of the critters aided and abetted by the rescue kitten

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Yes, you read correctly. This sweet, innocent looking little kitten, a scrawny bit of body on legs when we found her in an empty lot in December,   is responsible for the influx of critters which occurs each night just before we are about to go to bed. She drags in bugs of various sorts, most of which we have never seen before. They are alive and squirming. One of us has to capture the cat while the other, with broom and dustpan, encourages the critter to come along for a ride to the garden where, hopefully, the cat will not find it again. At least not until tomorrow. Then there are the geckos and lizards, some of which are at least half the kitten’s length. Holding these critters captive wi...
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Stories that won’t quit


Okay, here’s the thing. Ever since you were a kid you wanted to write a book. You write that book and publish it. BUT, the story just won’t quit and suddenly (or not so suddenly as you don’t write that fast) the one book morphs into four—never had you dreamed of writing a series, a sci-fi one at that. Okay, that’s done. What next? A compilation of short, mostly humorous, bits. And then?  Another story, of course. Never had you dreamed of writing a mystery, but here it is. BUT, this too, does not want to quit and a few months later you have a sequel. You don’t think these two will become a trilogy or a series, but you never know for you’ve learned that it’s the story that has the control, not...
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Help.


Live & Learn A Nigerian man holds his baby on their way to Italy after being rescued by the Spanish aid organization Proactiva Open Arms on the Mediterranean Sea. The organization on Thursday rescued more than 600 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in packed boats from Libya. (Emilio Morenatti, AP, wsj.com, June 16, 2017) View original post Original link
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Stories behind the door challenge


The challenge, should you choose to accept, is to write one of the stories holding its secrets behind this door (300 words maximum). I’ll post your stories here and send you copies of my newest books — When the Sun was Mine and Whispers Under the Baobab (neither of which were found behind this door) — as a token of appreciation for your writing . Please send your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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What does Uzo have to say about my new book?


Always exciting when “the book” is finally edited, formatted, and published. Holding the print copy in your hands never fails to make your heart beat a little faster. You’ve done it.   Whispers Under the Baobab, my seventh book, is as gratifying as my first. Perhaps even more so for not only have I honed the craft of writing in the process, I’ve set much of this one in West Africa including Mali, a country that has been dear to my heart ever since I lived there many years ago. Even more gratifying are the comments from my Nigerian friend, who graciously agreed to be a beta reader. As an African currently living in Nigeria, my country, I could relate especially with the African setting. Aside...
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Rubber ducky reading


My little granddaughter has a collection of rubber duckies. She came home from her walk with Grandpa and showed me the latest addition – the pink one. “Grandma, her name is Darla and she found your new book and is reading it.” Gotta love the kid. Here’s the book she’s referring to. If you’ve read When the Sun was Mine, my new book, Whispers Under the Baobab is a sequel of sorts (perhaps companion piece would be a better description), for they do not have to be read in a particular order.   When high school graduate, Brittany Wright, gets a job cleaning at Happy Hearts nursing home, she is terrified of old lady Flo and desperately wishes she could be in college instead. As an unlikely friends...
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Guess.What.Day.It.Is?


This picture could have come from the pages of my latest novel – Whispers Under the Baobab. http://ow.ly/RDJk30bKCSh Live & Learn Notes: Photo: Tony’s Backpacker Trip with Camel and Sunset in Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again View original post Original link
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Timmy the Tornado


My infant grandson loves tornadoes but I failed to find a picture story book featuring them. A pal said, “You’re a writer, so write your own.” You could say being a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society is an overqualification for a booklet aimed at infants, but this is fiction, mostly. Timmy is a little twister, living in a storm cloud with his mum and dad. Timmy likes eating sheds and trees but gets into bother as most little kids do. There’s a problem to solve, observations to make and a little fun info. The drawings are inexpertly done, but the kids love them, perhaps because they know they could do better! I uploaded the 10 illustrated pages to payhip, rather than Amazon. Authors g...
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Looking for a good book?


  Avid readers are always looking for a “good” book. Of course what makes a book good to one reader is not necessarily going to appeal to the next, but we all search for that sometimes elusive read that will have us turning the pages into the wee hours of the night. We read reviews, seek out books on-line, watch for our favorite authors latest releases, and most importantly look for suggestions from fellow readers for word of mouth is said to be the best advertising off all.   And so I present three books I’ve read recently for your consideration.      French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain A letter that arrives 33 years late, a rock band that missed a chance to touch fame, the members of that g...
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The winter that won’t quit

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Back in February, I moaned and complained about the snow when we should have been enjoying the cherry blossoms. Well, the cherry blossoms still aren’t here and I’m not the only one impatiently waiting for spring to chase away the dark and dreary days.   “Care to go for a swim?” “No thanks. The water’s much too cold.” http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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