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Plots & Schemes Vol 1

  Mystery and intrigue, your local town to international locations—mysteries abound in this collection of stories from ten very talented authors!             Get Plots & Schemes Vol 1 on Amazon!     Her child vanishes in a puff of smoke.   When Murder is on the Itinerary   An eavesdropped comment leads to an impossible scheme!   Mysterious events pull Dana into danger.   A rock star’s murder leaves Emlyn Goode questioning everything she knows about herself.   Murder most foul puts this cop to the test   One murder, one plan, two possible outcomes.   Losing your mind is scary...   If you're not at the beach, the Tough Luck stories will take you there.   Trail Town Texas leans heavily on t...
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Your Book's Copyright

There have been quite a few new authors lately crying “plagiarism” from their books because they swear someone has copied how a character reacts, the clothing, actions, and/or certain items they believe are unique. Most of these cases aren’t copyright infringement and most authors quickly realize that when someone more experienced in the writing field points it out to them.   For others, the path to discovering their claim of theft of their intellectual property continues, with pervious friends becoming enemies when they don’t support the individual. In fact, everyone who doesn’t fall into line becomes the enemy, despite their clear knowledge on this subject.   One can easily go on the inter...
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Top 10 Places to Travel

I’m happy to welcome author Vicki Batman. Today, Vicki will share her favorite cruise stops and a romantic short story from the anthology, Just You & Me. Here’s Vicki! I love to visit new places, especially on a cruise! No packing and repacking, someone cleans, someone cooks, someone takes you to nice places to visit. I’d always wanted to go on a cruise and then my sister told me her hubby was taking her for a BIG birthday. I said I wished I could go. She called him up and he made the trip happen. Since, I’ve been addicted to this special way to travel.   1. Alaska – for the majesty of the mountains meeting the sea 2. Italy – duh, the food, and yes, there are great spots to see 3. Greece...
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Motive Leads to Truth

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele Over time, I realized that detective shows provide an excellent training ground for sales. Investigators work relentlessly to discover the motive behind each crime in question. Slowly but surely a replay of events leading up to the questionable circumstance takes place and is examined from multiple angles. As they begin to question events leading up to the catastrophe, all of the people connected to the presumed murderer are interviewed. My Story I find that successful sales calls and job interviews follow a very similar process. We need to find the motive for having the meeting. A problem exists, otherwise, the meeting would not be held. The other party ...
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I will never let that happen to me

His head is now barely visible; eyes and nose already submerged, he seems to struggle for air. Mud is flowing into his white mouth, and at the surface, froth starts regurgitating.  “Fallen angels are a dime a dozen around here,” grumbles a throaty voice from above. Her foot kicks some more muck in his direction. “Some,” she says, “have no names at all.” Startled I look up, and by her diamond-studded high heel sandals I recognize her. “This one,” I point. “What’s his name?” Leila hisses at me, “Who cares.” “Doesn’t he have one?” “Don’t you?”  Which gives me pause. My name is at the tip of my tongue and yet, I cannot utter it. Sigh. Somehow it has been erased from memory.  “Unlike you,” I reto...
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Featured Author: Teresa Trent

    ABOUT THE BOOK   Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed.  The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town of Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor.  Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column! 
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Wellness for Women Over 40 Series: Part 10

Hi, I know you think I have a set of principles to reach your highest potential, and achieve your wildest dreams, right? Well, not exactly. I mean, we must have principles to live by, and the self-discipline to carry them out, thus, whatever we desire to happen in life must come from a place of truth. Let's start with truth: what do you know to be true about yourself? Who are you? Where did you come from? Who do you belong to? Why are you here? Where are you going? Once you can begin to answer and firmly believe in the answers to the preceding questions, life will become one with you. Yes, you will know that you are life, and you do life, it doesn't do you! Indeed, when we fail to realize th...
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Crime Fiction with Conviction – 5-Star Review for “Dead End” (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13) by Gerald W. Darnell

The Owl Branch Book Promotions You can find “Dead End” (Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 13) by Gerald W. Darnell at: Amazon – FREE on Kindle Unlimited Audible Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million BookDaily Kobo Lulu Smashwords View original post Original link

Meet Whitney Steel! GET Reflection (Book 1) for #FREE #IAN1 #ASMSG

Happy 3rd Book Anniversary! It was three years ago this month when Reflection, the first book in the action-packed Whitney Steel series was published. It’s been an incredible journey thanks to thousands of readers who have enjoyed the series so far. Thank you! To celebrate this wonderful anniversary, I’m offering Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One) for FREE for a limited time! It’s a great time to meet investigative reporter Whitney Steel and friends. What Others Are Saying “Reflection is a deeply emotional romantic suspense that starts bold and holds you captive to the very end.” – New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love “This was definitely an intriguingly phenomenal read. Cresswe...
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Writing Tip — 63

Keeping notes for your story is important. A list of the characters that appear, and how they are related to the protagonist and antagonist will help keep you from getting confused as the story progresses. If you have a lot of minor characters, these notes are important. The information in these notes can contain a few important details, or you can write up a complete dossier for each one. Remember, keep the back story of the characters to a minimum in your story. If something doesn’t relate to the plot or why a character acts a certain way in a certain situation, don’t add it to the story. Notes on locations, any special technology, or weapons will help to keep things factual. There are rea...
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Getting personal with David Simpson

Ok I’m going to do this interview a little different that the rest and open with something David Simpson said to me about his interview….. “One of the main purposes of an author doing interviews is to reach out to new people, hopefully sell a few more books and maybe make some fans. I’m not a good salesman, it seems weird to pimp my own book but here is some information about it if you are interested. The book is free if you have KU and only three bucks on Amazon. I got the phenomenal Eric Shelman to do the narration for the audio version and it’s only $1.99. He really brings the characters to life. Paperback is available also at cost, I make nothing from it. The book was released in Februar...
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You never know what life can throw at you in PASSION'S RACE by Christine Mazurk #amreading #romance #womensfiction

  TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the women's fiction/romance  PASSION'S RACE  by  CHRISTINE MAZURK. "A stunning debut!" WHERE YOU CAN GET IT:  Amazon  B&N  Kobo  ibooks.   THE STORY: The heart of change is the change of heart. Life is about never-ending choices. Yet some people never have the courage to choose change. CJ Fallon has struggled with a family that she’s never quite fit into and a negative body image poisoned by her toxic, emotionally-distant mother. CJ’s mom finds fault with every choice CJ has made in her 27 young years. From earning her degrees; to climbing the corporate ladder; to her love of...
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Curious about how to breathe life into a story?

I am thrilled to have the talented narrator of my historical fiction book, The Edge of Revolt , here with me for an interview. If--like me--you are curious about the craft of breathing life into stories, come join us to hear what Bob Sterry has to say about his craft. And be sure to take a listen to one of his touching poems at the end of the interview.   Interview with  Bob Sterry   Narrator   Uvi: Just from reading your online profiles I am curious to know how you found your way to narrating books. Your background is intensely technical and your career in sales reflected that.     Bob: I think I am fortunate and unfortunate, blessed and cursed, to be one of those people whose left and righ...
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Renewal of Faith

      Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re examining the anthology with faith based stories.   Stories about Christian faith took a back seat for a few years, with many afraid to publish them due to what quite a few saw as unwarranted criticism. Not much has changed, except the seat of power in the United States, but it appears that stories regarding Christian Faith are now in favor and more people are speaking out about their beliefs while at the same time no longer turning a blind eye to the extremists within this religious base.       Get Renewal of Faith Vol 1 on Amazon here!   Renewal of Faith Vol 1 explores faith lost and found again in a series of stories revolving around ordin...
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Now out in paperback: Swords and Swordsmen, by Mike Loades

  New on Amazon UK and Amazon US This magnificent book tells the story of the evolution of swords, how they were made, how they were used, and the people that used them. It doesn't claim to give comprehensive coverage but instead takes certain surviving examples as landmarks on a fascinating journey through the history of swords.  Each is selected because it can be linked to a specific individual, thus telling their story too and giving a human interest. So the journey starts with the sword of Tutankhamun and ends with the swords of J E B Stuart and George Custer. Along the way we take in Henry V, Cromwell and Uesugi Kenshin, and there is the most detailed discussion you'll find anywhere of ...
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Rich insight into David and Bathsheba!

Jan Romes  is the author of witty contemporary romance books, and a part-time fitness trainer. She also enjoys growing pumpkins and sunflowers. I am thrilled to find her review of my art book, I nspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba : 5.0 out of 5 stars Rich insight into David and Bathsheba! By Jan Romes on April 30, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase This review is from: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles Book 7) (Kindle Edition) I love the classic depictions of David and Bathsheba portrayed by the various artists, but I was equally intrigued by the modern canvasses of the famous couple. The paintings and captions beneath them in this book are a brilliant ...
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Historical mystery set in the Boxers’ China

Here’s something you might be interested in. I’m working on the translation of a very short mystery story by my friend Shanmei – that writes Oriental fantasies and mystery stories set in China. The story, that in Italian is called Un Gioco di Pazienza 1 is set in the aftermath of the Boxers’ Rebellion, and centres around an Italian army officer serving in China. The story is the first one in an ongoing series. The fun bit is, Shanmei 2 based the main character in her story about her grand-grandfather, who actually served in China after the Boxers’ Rebellion – and she was able to tap into the old man’s correspondence and papers for the documentation. So this is a proper historical mystery, wi...
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Depraved Desires – An anthology

WOAH….STOP THE PRESS!!! HOLY SHIT is this book HOT and very twisted! As you all know I am not into reading romance and this is not romance but believe me when I tell you that cold showers are needed when reading this book! Is it dark? YES! Is it twisted? HELL YES! Do I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY!!! There are 27 tales in this book and not one of them disappointed me. Most of the authors I had not heard of before but sometimes we all know that this can be a delightful thing as we get some new reading material and get to know new friends. Most all of my friends have heard of David Owain Hughes who wrote All Wound Up. He has a story in this anthology and this story alone is worth getting the book....
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Join Carson as he follows clues and stumbles down a road of mystery. A road with a bad ending – a ‘Dead Ending’!

The Owl Branch Book Promotions All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road – his ‘Dead End’? Is this Carson’s last adventure? While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud – a deadly feud with skeletons AND bodies hidden in all the family closets. Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search of a client that doesn’t want to be found. In fact, finding the client could turn out to be the worst solution for Carson Reno and his friends. Join Ca...
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Reflections on Blogging from A to Z

At the end of March, I made an impulsive decision to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge . I didn’t even know such a thing existed until a friend and fellow author revealed her theme for the project, so I was already a little bit behind the power curve.  However, I hurriedly came up with a plan and jumped in with both feet. So, what happened during April?  I posted at least one blog article every single day except one (my most active month).  I doubled my readership (which wasn’t huge, but still … more eyes!).  I was able to share facts from my various historical fiction projects, and create some buzz about the release of Bayou Fire … which happens today!  Most importantly, I m...
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