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Figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprisingly unexpected. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. War does not determine who is right--only who is left. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit...wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. In filling out an application, where it says, "in case of emergency, notify;" I put DOCTOR....
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five sisters, four seasons...

My window overlooks a park and junior school, meaning my quiet writing time is often punctuated by the sounds of children at play or by rowdy summer soccer games. I welcome those noisy moments, reminding me to get up, move around, breathe the fresh air! At quieter times, I often catch myself staring out the window, lost in thoughts about the little grove of trees across the park. Do trees have Original link

Over 20,000 Books Sold and 500 Amazon Reviews!

We featured Allison Maruska on Blogging for Authors and Newbies back in 2015. Now her book has sold over 20,000 copies and has 500 Amazon reviews! That’s beyond exciting. That’s a dream come true for most writers. And you can do it too! Here’s what she had to say back then, and below is a link to what she’s learned since. Allison, it’s always nice when your full name exists as a custom URL. Did that make your decision easy? I figured using my name would be the quickest way for my book readers to find me. How long have you had it and how often do you post? I’ve had this blog for a little over a year, but I had a Blogger site for a couple years before that. I try to post at least weekly, usual...
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#Contest with @PassionateInk

Passionate Ink’s 2nd Annual SEXY SCRIBBLES CONTEST 2017 Give us their first meeting: their first kiss, or even their first time… We want to see your prowess at developing sexual tension in a scene of 3000 words or less. This contest is for published and unpublished authors of erotic or sexy/steamy romance. Published works must have a copyright year of 2016. Any works previously published must be significantly altered and published with a new copyright year of 2016. The excerpt submitted must be from a completed work of any length, (i.e., a short story, novella, or novel). You will be given feedback/critique for each entry. PLEASE NOTE:  This isn’t a contest for sex scenes, it’s about the ten...
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#WWoW! The Author's Craft: Promoting #Audiobooks

With my first two audiobooks released this year, I changed up my marketing strategy. Locating audiobook readers in a place specifically for them brought me to new facebook groups , promoters and marketing services . The best experience has been with Audiobook Boom . Potential reviewers sign up for the email that provides a listing of audiobooks available FREE with REVIEW. As an author, I paid a small fee to have my new audiobooks part of the email blast. Reviewers place their requests through the company. Then authors get a link to a database that includes links to the reviewers' audiobook account. Using this information, authors determine whether to share the book's free audio code in excha...
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Questions for Cathy #12: What are the Top Three Reasons for Infidelity?

I realize that limiting top reasons for cheating to three is simplistic (unfortunately, there are a multitude!), but I thought it would be easier to digest and perhaps make a reasonable impression–I can only hope. As a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, Cathy sees infidelity in many forms. Here’s the bite-sized version of my inquiry. I asked: What are the top three reasons for infidelity? Cathy: The top three reasons for infidelity based on my experience are: a. Unhappiness in the relationship and not having the skills to handle it, or make it better. Someone becomes so unhappy that they start to feel connected to another person .   b. Their spouse has checked out se...
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Unequaled Re-releasing today! No Rival book 3 Kerry has hated Rhys from the moment she set eyes on him. They’ve never had an encounter that didn’t end with them both enraged. Paired up at his brother’s wedding, their clashing personalities come to a head and a daring wager is made. Rhys agrees to submit to Kerry for a single evening if she will do the same. Considering the sexual flavors Rhys has enjoyed in his past, it’s one bet Rhys is sure he can’t lose. But Kerry has a few secrets of her own and her plans for him land Rhys in a place he never expected—the arms of sexy Italian solicitor, Asher D’Ettore. Asher becomes an obsession Rhys can’t shake. His alpha ways and confi...
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Meet New Blood’s Sophia Nelson

Sophia Nelson from contemporary romance new blood by lorna peel
Thirty-three year old Sophia Nelson is about to start work as tour guide at Heaton Abbey House, a stately home and former Cistercian Abbey in Yorkshire, England. She returned to her home town six months previously to be closer to her ageing parents, working for a short time at the town’s mining museum before a suspicious fire burned it to the ground. Her mother has dementia, suffered a stroke, and lives in a local care home. When her father fell and badly broke his arm, he couldn’t live on his own anymore, so he sold the family home and moved into sheltered accommodation. Sophia slept on her father’s sofa for a short time before her best friend, Michelle, offered Sophia the bed in her loft c...
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Madame de Quincey – A Short Gothic Tale

“If I can stop one heart From breaking. I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain” – Emily Dickinson 1. Butterflies with blue, yellow and violet wings flew around the beautiful daisies and sunflowers. The last glimmers of the autumnal sunshine brightened Butterfly Meadow. Penny Brown was eight years old, she lived in Blackstone village nearby and every afternoon she sneaked into the meadow to catch a glimpse of the sunset and the magical butterflies and flowers. T’was a place much feared by the local villagers; it was said that Butterfly Meadow was cursed and haunted by the spirits o...
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Nanowritemo: National Novel Writing Month

So here we are. A third of the way through November. In writers circles, it's also Nanowritemo, or National Novel Writing Month.  The Challenge: Crank out 50,000 words in 30 days, even if they suck. Challenge accepted!  I suppose it's the "even if they suck" bit that some might get hung up on. We are writers, why would we want to write a whole book if we know it stinks? For a couple of reasons, actually.  It's an exercise. A chance to push yourself to your limit (perhaps even beyond) and show yourself and other writers what you can do, in just thirty days. Maybe it doesn't suck. Maybe you will set it aside and six months later you will open up that file and a little light will pop on and you...
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As always in the lead-up to Remembrance Day, I find myself thinkingabout my Dad, about the brave and honourable man he was, about the sacrifices he made for Canada, and about the wonderful, loving father hebecame. I think, too, about my Mom, the separation and uncertainty sheendured during the six long years of World War II, and the overwhelming relief and joy she must have felt when her Original link

New Release -- Six Minutes Early

Six Minutes Early, Kindle edition , is now available for pre-orders at . Release date is November 11, 2016 for Kindle and paperback editions. Max Kenworth, a former Delta Force officer and nuclear weapons expert, is tasked with stopping a major attack on US soil in this thrilling adventure. FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) has stolen a cache of man-portable nuclear devices from a secure American facility in Panama. The weapons end up in the hands of ex-special forces officer Bart Madison. With the help of ISIS, drug cartels, and a US senator, Bart is planning to use the devices to create an atrocity in the American heartland. Max is briefed on the situation by SOCOM (...
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The Establishment Gets Trumped!

So there you have it. Donald has finally Trumped the establishment . ‘Brexit, plus, plus’ the great man even predicted it himself. A landslide when you come to think of it considering he has no political experience whatsoever. So now America’s elites, you know the usual rag bag of ‘we know better than you’ people in the media, the press, academia, big business and those hordes of largely in it for themselves politicians who wouldn’t know the inside of a dole office if they woke up in one, have been shown just how far they are removed from ordinary people. Even as I write this, there are voices coming from an RTE Ireland, radio programme still asking its guests if there are any silver linings...
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Curses Giveaway on Goodreads

Enter a chance to win 1 of 5 first-edition signed copies of CURSES, the new novel by best selling author Calvin Dean. Sparks fly when an eligible bachelor encounters a sexy but psychotic ghost. One reviewer wrote, "What a funny little story...gets total props for originality..." CURSES is a humorous, paranormal, mystery, cozy, romance all rolled into one. Don't miss your chance to win a copy. Can't wait? The novel is available now at -- Kindle and Paperback. REVIEWS: "What a funny little story. Gets total props for originality...I've never read a book quite like this one and wonder if Dean has created a new category - cozy supernatural maybe? Curl up with this novel on a lazy week...
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Unstable Pre-order your copy now.  “A bottle of liquor a day keeps the demons at bay.” After a childhood so horrific a book was published about it, Jimmy understandably didn’t become the most well-adjusted adult. He’s made it his business to blend into the background while drinking himself into an early grave. That is, until he pulls a homeless teen from the dumpster. Living on the streets hasn’t been easy for Eli. Anything is better than the life he left behind. Strangers haven’t always had the best of intentions when they claim they want to help. Jimmy is different. That doesn’t mean Eli won’t rob him blind and disappear into the night. When Eli returns, older and prepared...
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My problem with the atheists (it’s not what you think)

Courtesy of Maddy (MadE14 on DeviantArt) Group marriage does not look quite so terrible as the philistines, whose minds cannot get beyond brothels, imagine it to be. — Frederick Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State Nothing need be said Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, aka. the Marquis de Sade, has his first taste of prison at the age of twenty-three when he’s arrested for blasphemy, after forcing a prostitute to hurl abuse at Christ. At twenty-eight, he lures a homeless woman to his chateau, where he binds and whips her and pours hot wax in the gashes in her flesh he made with a knife; she escapes, and he does as well—from the police. He is never idle. While on...
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Meet New Blood’s Thomas Heaton

Thirty-nine year-old Thomas Heaton is the 13th Baron Heaton. He inherited the title from his father when he had just finished university at Cambridge. For almost twenty years, he has had the burden and responsibility of not wanting to be remembered as the Heaton who had to sell Heaton Abbey House. Despite working long hours – often sleeping in his office – and being regarded as a recluse, he has been forced to open up the house to the public in order to keep the estate afloat. Luckily, the house is somewhere tourists will flock to see. Thomas’ ancestor, Sir William Heaton bought the abbey and its lands following the dissolution of the monasteries in the late 1530s, renamed the abbey after hi...
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Author's Life: #NaNoWriMo Update... #AmWriting Island Refuge series @BeccaLayne

NaNoWriMo is going strong this year. Fortified with coffee and comfy clothes, I've been a mad word scientist. I began the month with a rough "outline" for the full series, and for the first time I'm using Scrivener entirely. And I'm loving the organization the program provides. I've spent more time writing instead of playing with the structure of the story. It's great to feel accomplished at the end of every day. I'm working primarily on one book in the Island Refuge series while also adding scenes to a few other books in the series. With overlapping story lines of multiple couples, I'm trying something new. The books will flow in time sequence and tell the stories of each couple along the w...
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