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Indie author Ellen Khodakivska

Dear readers and indie authors, let me introduce you to outstanding indie author Ellen Khodakivska. I was reading her books, and it was a significant experience.It bases her plot on actual stories; she writes emotionally, and her story brings an important message to value your life as a special gift. She is a romantic writer and love stories are sensitive with a touch of sadness. Ellen is dancing with life and death, joy and sadness, and metaphors like "forget-me-not" are a part of  her special style. It will attract you with colorful sentences, easy reading and romance that are old-fashioned but emotional in a greatest way. We forgot about traditional love stories through this age of techno...
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TREETOP INFERNO blog post #399    Courtesy of PikistFirst, a bit of news. Dreamspinner Press notified me today that they are accepting my seventh BJ Vinson novel called The Cutie-Pie Murders. Readership last week was mediocre, but the story got several comments on my private email. And yes, it was quite a change of pace for me. As is today’s offering. ***** TREETOP INFERNO           “Told you I didn’t want to come up here this weekend, anyway.” Lou’s chin trembled as she eyed the smoke rising just beyond the hill.           “Don’t get your nylons twisted,” Fred said, a cigarette dangling from his lips. “You always like the mountains, and this cabin is one of the best.” He gave a dry cough. “Wh...
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I have two connections to this week’s guest. We are both Irish and we are both long time members of the FaceBook group Indie Authors Support and Discussion. (It’s a secret group for authors to do secret author things) I’ll leave that to your imagination! But we are a great bunch of people always willing … Continue reading GUEST BLOG MAX POWEROriginal link

D.S. Dehel – The Baron Regrets

Today, I’m reviewing The Baron Regrets, a contemporary romance by fellow eXtasy Books author D.S. Dehel. Title:  The Baron Regrets Series:  N/A Author:  D.S. Dehel Page:  261 Word Count:  77,402 Publication Date:  June 26, 2020 Heat Level:  3 Genre(s):  Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Cozy Published By:  eXtasy Books Regret nothing. Blurb:  Tessa Winthrop, an art restoration … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


  LOST AT A CARNIVAL A clown leers at me. The knife-thrower aims  and misses. I run into a tent. Mirrors surround me. I flee into the darkness and crash through a mirror. I stand in a dark room. The floor… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Cute Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding: a guest post by Maggie Holmes

Cute Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding When it comes to such an important event as your wedding day, it’s natural that you don’t want to leave your beloved pet out. Still, planning a wedding is hard enough as it is, and adding a pet to the mix comes with some extra work.… Continue reading Cute Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding: a guest post by Maggie HolmesOriginal link

Last of the trio: Annie Ross, 1930-2020

With the death of Annie Ross, the last surviving member of the wonderful Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, a significant part of my youth is gone – because these guys were the sort that made it fun to be a jazz listener. So, here’s Lambert, Hendricks & dear Annie Ross, for your entertainment. Original link

Dr Don’t Know wants the world to be as stupid as he is.

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‘This beautifully written dynamic book is perfect for kids and adults alike. It’s quirky and offbeat with a big heart. It has all the wonder and magic of classic children’s books with the innovation of contemporary literature. Falcon Boy is not to be missed!’ Don’t let stupid win! Dr Don’t Know hates knowledge. He wants to steal the answer to every question ever asked. Dr Don’t Know wants the world to be as stupid as he is. We can’t let this happen! Only Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird can save the world from Dr Don’t Know. The bad news is that they have been kidnapped. The good news is that they can’t stay kidnapped for long otherwise this story will never get started. Will Dr Don’t Know succe...
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Alpha Titles Book Challenge S

🎕Here are my favorite "S" titles for the #alphatitles book challenge:Sighs Matter ~ Marianne StillingsSummer Pleasures ~ Nora RobertsSlave to Sensation ~ Nalini SinghSome Kind of Wonderful ~ Maureen ChildShow No Mercy ~ Cindy GerardSnowbird ~ Stef Ann HolmStormwalker ~ Allyson JamesSatisfaction ~ Marianne StillingsHave you read any of these books?Share yourOriginal link

Quote of the Week – July 22

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt  Original link

How To Rate Your Cousins.

As a child I read a book. I read lots of books in fact, but this one has stuck in my mind even though I can’t remember the title, the author, or the plot. Or any of the characters apart from a rather grand small girl who came to stay, for some reason, with the narrator – a far less posh little girl. The grand young lady was said to be related to royalty; she claimed that she was the Tsar’s (or was it the King’s) cousin five times removed. Her less grand acquaintance assumed from this that she had tried to visit five times and been forcibly removed from the palace before gaining access to the royal presence. I was sure this was wrong, but couldn’t think of a better suggestion. I had no idea h...
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Kristoffer Gair – Falling Awake III: Requiem

Today, I have author Kristoffer Gair in the interview chair. We’ll be discussing his latest release Falling Awake III: Requiem, a m/m suspense novel. **** Kristoffer Gair on Falling Awake III: Requiem 1. How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? Kristoffer: I had a plot bunny for using an … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


  Can I hide my fear as the vampire draws near? I feel his surprise as I raise my eyes. He hands me a red rose as I rise on my toes. PREY FOR THE DEAD linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Book Feature: Brown Unicorn by author C L Cunningham

I am pleased to announce a great book by C L Cunningham, an author I met during my journey! This talented writer is stopping by to tell us about her literary romance/poetry book, Brown Unicorn, which released back in 2019! Woo hoo! It’s always fun to discover romance authors and books. 😀 C L is… Continue reading Book Feature: Brown Unicorn by author C L CunninghamOriginal link

Bits & Bodhis #1

Welcome, brave souls, to Bits & Bodhis, where you will find little astounding facts to help you to carry on during the dark night of the soul. Shedding the shadow and awaking spiritually is not for the feint of heart. If you ever doubt it, here are religious initiations from around the world that you must NOT TRY THIS AT HOME: Fathers of the Crocodile tribe in New Guinea hold down their boys while loved ones slash off little pieces of their flesh…. Photo: Peter Mugubane In West Africa, initiates are known to die while undergoing a rebirthing ceremony under the influence of a psychoactive plant substance….   Tibetan monk’s were once required to sit naked on frozen lakes at the height of winte...
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Jane Austen and the Wolfman

It was ten months ago that I mentioned The League of Extraordinary Ladies Writers, a crowdfunding project of the French publisher Les Moutons Electriques – a series of novellas pitching famous writers against classic monsters.At the time I was too broke to support the crowdfunding, but even without me the project landed 195% of the target figure, and despite some delays due to the COVID-19 thing, now the books have finally hit the shelves. And how could I resist?After all, it’s for a good cause – to wit, the improvement of my shaky French skills.So I went, and bought myself a copy of Jane Austen contre le Loup-garou… And boy do I need exercise! But the good news is, when the story is intrigu...
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Character in Historical Fiction – a deeper dive | A Writer of History

Core need – the single need at the core of who a character is. “We’re born with them and during our lifetimes, we mold most of our behaviour to meet our core need. This is something essential to a person, an automatic striving within him that, when denied, results in whatever constitutes his psychopathology.” — Write Away by Elizabeth George Some core needs are universal and irrespective of time period. The need to be loved, for example, or the need for a father’s approval. The desire for competence. Others may be influenced by time period or historical events shaping a particular era. Character in Historical Fiction – a deeper dive | A Writer of HistoryOriginal link

Smithsonian: Hard work and nuclear family are signs of ‘whiteness’

When I read this I couldn’t believe it. The Smithsonian Institution, one of the most revered places in America, has succumbed to political correctness—and worse. It has decided that the values most of us grew up with: hard work, self-reliance, family, and politeness are signs of (gasp) whiteness and white privilege.  Say what? Read on.  Smithsonian: Hard work and nuclear family are signs of ‘whiteness’ By Andrew Kerr Daily Caller News Foundation  A taxpayer-funded museum in Washington D.C. says on its website that objective thinking, self-reliance, and planning for the future are among the signs of whiteness that have permeated throughout American culture. Whiteness and the normalization of ...
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Blog Tour: The Last King: England: The First Viking Age (The Ninth Century Book 1) by M J Porter

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThey sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough. Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.I'm pleased to welcome author M J Porter to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest book.The Last King is set in AD874, in Mercia, and tells the story of Coelwulf and his war band as they battle against the Raiders (Vikings) following the abdication of King Burgred (King Alfred’s brother in law). It’s a relentless, blood and gore fest action story, as Coelwulf sets out to drive the Raiders from Mercia, even as they try to hunt him down to put an end to his attempts to keep Mercia independent. It’s sweary and brutal and not...
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Teaser Tuesday

I got some great news.  I signed the contract for the second book in the When We Were Young series, Toy Soldiers, on July 2, 2020.  This is the continuing saga of Billy Redsky and René Oshawee. I am now in edits with Devine Destinies for its upcoming release.  Here is a teaser for you … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

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