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Quote Of The Day – Jack London

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Today’s first Quote Of The Day of the New Year comes from San Francisco Bay Area native author, journalist, short story write and social activist Jack London, who was one of the first fiction writers to actually earn big bags of cash and obtain worldwide celebrity status from his writing efforts alone. He might be best known for The Call of the Wild, White Fang, To Build a Fire and The Sea Wolf. In 1906 he published an eye-witness report of the San Francisco earthquake in Collier’s magazine titled: “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!” (Okay I made up that last part. The actual headline was The Story Of An Eyewitness, but I think my version was far more engaging and probably more accurate.) He ...
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#Haunted Barnstable ~ Cape Cod History + Hauntings #CapeCod


I love old, spooky places, especially when there's some fascinating history involved.  My latest ghost story/romance, Haunted Souls , was inspired by a visit to the Old Jail , the country's oldest wooden jailhouse, built circa 1690 and considered actively haunted.  This historic gem is located in Barnstable Village, on Cape Cod, not far from where I live. Over the summer, I was honored to be part of an author panel at a charity event which also included very big names in the industry: Mary Higgins Clark, Hank Phillipi Ryan, Sally Gunning, and Jacquelyn Mitchard to name a few!  It was an exciting night, and as you can imagine, these famous authors helped draw a large crowd. During our panel d...
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Do I Need to Copyright My Book?

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Like ISBN, copyright questions are common and the legalities of it can be complex. In most cases, copyright is something an author won’t need to spend much time worrying about. The tasks to copyright a book are straightforward, starting with simply writing a book. If you have any concerns, this fact alone should give some relief; By writing your book, you own the copyright. In 1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was signed as an international agreement on copyright. Your creation is your intellectual property. Think of it like this: only you have the “right” to “copy” your work and sell it; nobody else has the right to copy your work and sell it. Your ...
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PI Clients Are Not Always Pleasant (A reprint)


   I chose to reprint the following from near the beginning of Chapter 1 of THE BISTI BUSINESS for this week’s post because DSP Publications will be releasing this book before long.   In the scene, BJ is working late one evening when he receives a phone call from an individual looking for his son who—together with his traveling companion Dana Norville—is overdue from a vacation trip to the great state of New Mexico. The passage makes plain that confidential investigators occasionally end up dealing with clients they don’t personally like and, just as in any other profession, come face to face with bigotry on occasions. It also points out that PIs generally prefer to deal with ...
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Resolutions?….Don’t Make Any Promises!

Fast food, missed visits to my gym, and gossiping behind neighbours’ backs. These are the qualities that make me an unpredictable, free-spirited and brave person. It’s New Year once more, the time we all make a host of bad conscience inducing promises also known as  New Year resolutions, like ‘I will never get fat again’, ‘I will help the wife around the house,’ or ‘I will spend at least one day per month away from the pub.’ Let me tell you that on New Year’s Eve, a friend of mine stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well, it was kind of embar...
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Books of 2016


Welcome tomy surprisingly fulsome sixth annual New Year's Book List! I read a lot in2016, surpassing my original goal of 60 books in early summer when I upped mygoal to 100. I blew past that in autumn and kept right on reading.Grand total: 134 books. I'm honestly not sure where I found the time… but Iknow I've enjoyed myself (and Sam has enjoyed the lap time).Here's thebreakdown of Original link

Review of “Discovery” by J.B. Taylor


I’m a sucker for any opportunity to read about a new alien world, and the one in this book is pretty good.  In a few short pages (most of the book is set on Earth), the author does a great … Continue reading → Original link

Recipe-of-the-Month: January 2017

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For my Recipe-of-the-Month, I have chosen Presnitz ( Trieste-Style Pastry Spiral ). Named after the Slovenian Easter cake presnec, this snake-like spiral of puff pastry is filled with dried fruit, nuts, and spices. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com . Original link

Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® 2017 Speaking Tour February & March Public events

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Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® 2017 Speaking Tour February & March  Public events Naples, Florida    Friday, February 10 at 7 PM Evidence of Eternity: Healing Grief Through Spirit Contact Mark will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit Unity of Naples 2000 Unity Way Naples, FL, 34112 SEATING IS LIMITED!      CLICK FOR UNITY OF NAPLES TICKETS Or call: 239-775-3009 ************************************************************************************************* Indialantic, Florida      Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM Evidence of Eternity: Healing Grief Through Spirit Contact Mark will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit Aquarian Dreams 414 N. Miram...
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Ice Flambé Cover Reveal


New Year. New Romance.Ice Flambé, the 7th book in the Razors Ice series, is now available for pre-order!When love-resistant hockey player Lucas Leighton develops a taste for chef Morgana Rossi, his legendary willpower is put to the ultimate test.Available for pre-order at: Original link

Mixed Media Inspiration: Lack of Inspiration — writings by Ender


It is not often I repost blogs/links here. I do have invited guest bloggers, but rarely do this. The reason I have is it is an honest, origanal post which I think is worth sharing…it is that simple I’ve found I’ve been lacking inspiration the last few days. It’s common writing practice to linger around until inspiration hits you, but that’s not what I do. It’s not what working writers do; we don’t have the time. In times of an inspiration deficiency I seek three simple pleasures: reading, music, and social interaction. Reading […] via Mixed Media Inspiration: Lack of Inspiration — Writings By Ender Original link

Cover reveal and chance to win


Coming March 15, 2017.... Jonathan thinks Cin is too perfect to be real. He’s right . As the top investigative reporter for Global Daily, Jonathan travels all over the world. Three weeks in Tortola, covering the story of the disappearance of twelve women, sounds like heaven. After all, the island is one of the most beautiful in the world. He doesn’t have many leads. The women only have one thing in common. They all went missing from the same club—Consume. Fifteen minutes into visiting the club, Jonathan sees him, and the world slips away. Cinaed, better known as Cin, spots Jonathan the moment he walks through the club’s door. It’s obvious the man is out of place. Cin slips into Jonathan’s mi...
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Self-publishing

Is self-publishing really an insult to the written word? Who is Laurie Gough? A random post on my Facebook feed caught my eye today. A fellow author posted about an op-ed piece in The Huffington Post by someone called Laurie Gough. I should say up front that I have no idea who Laurie Gough is […] The post Self-publishing appeared first on PORTALLAS . Original link

January Featured Author


I'm very humbled and honored to be chosen JANUARY'S FEATURED AUTHOR. Check out the interview at https:// knowyourauthorblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/jan uarys-featured-author-calvin-dean/   … via @KnowYourAuthor Original link

Happy New Year!

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Thank God that’s over. May this New Year bring you luck and prosperity and immense happiness in all you do in 2017. Happy New Year! Filed under: Odds & Sods Tagged: new year , New Year's Day Original link Original author: Thomas Kelleher

And, as they say in Mexico


EMANDYVES Próspero año nuevo! The Twelve Grapes ( Sp . Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”) is a Spanish tradition that dates back from at least 1895, but became established in 1909. In December of that year, when vine growers popularized this custom to better sell huge amounts of grapes from an excellent harvest. The tradition consists of eating a grape with each strike of the bell at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. In some areas, it is believed that the tradition wards away witches and general evil, although this “magic” is treated like an old heritage, and in modern days it’s viewed as a cultural tradition to wel...
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Happy New Year

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2016 had its ups and downs for all of us, wherever we live. But 2016 is over and we face a new year full of new promises and new possibilities. We all have our hopes and dreams for the coming year, and I hope that 2017 brings you all that you wish for yourself. Wishing you a happy, fulfilling, peaceful and prosperous New Year, Dorinda Original link

Review of 2016 and Happy New Year! #2017

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2016 is probably the year most people want to forget. With the loss of so much talent in the film and music industry we were left asking ourselves what the hell happened? I can’t say I ever remember a year filled with so much sadness, heartbreak and disbelief. It is the end of the year and I can finally say, “Goodbye 2016. Get lost. Hit the road. You suck!”. This past year has taken me on a journey I certainly won’t forget. From horrible medical issues due to Lyme Disease and Bartonella to a personal journey triggered by a “not so wonderful” relationship. The one thing I have learned from 2016 is…it’s amazing what humans can endure and overcome. I’ve battled through a TIA (mini-stroke), an a...
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To resolve to do better…


Originally posted on KATE JACK'S BLOG : ? …or just go ahead and do it? Well, the snow is falling again on my blog, which means that time of year is rapidly approaching, and no, I don’t mean Christmas.  ? It’s New Year, of which I speak. The time when we all decide to make a… Original link

Soon to Release: The Gracious Wife by RaeBeth McGee-Buda


Title: The Gracious WifeAuthor: RaeBeth McGee-BudaGenre: Christian LivingPublish Date: Feb. 5, 2017****Book Description:Marriage can be surreal, unpredictable, and enticing all at the same time. We find and fall in love with our best friend, and all of our dreams seem to be coming true. We've heard of the princess being rescued by her prince and they ride off into the Original link