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Tasting mysteries!

Author of War Songs, Dr. Grady Harp is an artist representative, gallery owner, writer of essays and articles on figurative and all Representational art for museum catalogues and for travelling exhibitions, and an Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer. He describes himself as being ever on the alert for the new and promising geniuses of tomorrow. I am thrilled to find his review for Virtually Yummy:.Grady HarpTop Contributor: Children's BooksHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER5.0 out of 5 stars Tasting mysteries!Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020Verified PurchaseThe various authors of the High-Tech Crime Solvers series – Uvi Poznansky, Robert I. Katz, Edwin Dasso, P.D. Workman, Jacquie Biggar, Cas...
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Nothing wasted

Eighteen months ago, a publisher I respect a lot opened a tiny window for pitches – they were looking for a series of stories, and they wanted the whole package: premise, cast of characters, hooks, and short synopses of twelve episodes. And they wanted it within a week.I had a great idea (if I do say so myself) and so I started putting the pitch together. Three days in, the publisher announced that all the available slots had already been filled – they had received pitches that were so good and solid, they had filled all the available spaces in three days.So I shelved my notes and things. No way I could be able to do such a series as a self-published thing, and while I loved the premise and ...
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In Awe

I was watching “The Universe” on Netflix. The sun, the planets, the galaxies. Mind boggling terms of billions of years, millions of miles per hour. I had to stop as it made no sense. Infinite numbers you can’t put on a blackboard and explain. Awesome dude….Life just happened to commence with the “Big Bang”? Give me a break.I am also in awe of Good, so powerful and meaningful and helpful.I am in awe and terrified by the rise of evil in the world today.Truth is good. Always. Our Judeo/Christian heritage is mocked.The truth is that truth can no longer be easily discerned. We are pandering to the feelings of minority/identity groups. When everybody has a cause there is chaos. The news has become...
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Be peaceful

Henry Be | UnsplashThe easiest way to live in a peaceful world is to be a peaceful person. Stop fighting with people simply because you disagree with them. Listen instead of shouting them down. You might learn something and make a new friend instead of creating an enemy. Being peaceful means choosing to stay unruffled when others question or oppose your point of view or disagree with your decisions. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You don’t have to justify yours or demolish theirs. You can agree to disagree without starting world war three every time someone sees the world differently. It takes courage and self-confidence to be peaceful but we all like being around a peaceful person. ...
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 10 ‘there is everything left’

‘I was part of the team that toppled the Spire,’ continued the refugee. ‘Hundreds of people kept at the thing until finally it fell, crushing forty people as it did so.’The refugee shook his head.‘I have no family left so was able to flee in the confusion without fear of reprisals.’‘You are welcome to stay here with us,’ said Iseult kindly. ‘We could use the help.’‘Help you with what?’ asked the refugee incredulously. ‘There is nothing left.’‘Actually,’ replied Iseult, ‘there is everything left.’Original link

Setting up Amazon Author pages #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Your Amazon page should be an important part of your ‘author platform’, as readers like to find out more about the writer behind a book – yet many authors are so busy writing they don’t have time to keep their page up to date. The good news is this only takes a moment once you have an Amazon Author account and at least one book published on Amazon. All you need to do is visit or (US) and follow the instructions. You probably have a short author ‘bio’ and a suitable picture somewhere already. (I’ve seen research suggesting that readers like to see a picture of the author, so try to resist using a book cover, as I have seen ...
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Would he shoot at them?

Next to me, Timmy turns onto his stomach, mashes his nose against the tire, and wedges himself, somehow, between the curb and the Ford. Then he crawls under it toward the rear bumper, making room for me, too. I try to cock my head up from the damp surface. Looking at the scene from under the belly of a car is a whole different experience. Someone stands at the other side of the car, and all I can see is his sneakers, socks, and the hem of his coat, flaring at its bottom. Also, the muzzle of his gun. For a heartbeat, before dark clouds close in, it glints in the sunlight. I reach over and clamp a hand over Timmy’s mouth to prevent him from screaming, from drawing the killer’s attention. A hai...
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    You tell me there’s nothing to fear since The Dead will soon be here. Waves cascade to the shore. I don’t believe The Dead lore. No clouds dot the azure sky. The seagulls squawk as they fly by.… Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

A special (or two) for my birthday

My birthday is coming up in ten days, and I’ve decided I’ll do something special for my Patrons – because they are my special fans, and I felt like giving them something different.Why not use my 53rd birthday as an excuse?In the last few weeks I have started a podcast, in Italian, together with my friend Lucy – basically we sit in front of a microphone and talk about our favorite horror/fantasy/thriller movies. We started with pandemic, post-apocalypse British flick Doomsday, from 2008, and continued with the classic 1972 BBC production of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape. We’re having a lot of fun, and when I asked her, my partner-in-crime accepted to do a special episode of our ‘cast, exclusi...
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Interview with Sonia Main, Love at War. An Inspirational drama.

Skip to contentLYNELLE CLARK Multi-genre AuthorMENUSonia is the principal character in Lynelle Clark’s latest book, Love at War. Since the world is still in lockdown, I interviewed Sonia via Skype one afternoon. Sonia is everything I thought she will be. Well dressed and sophisticated, she gave nothing away of her experiences. Her confidence visible in every gesture. Her curly hair falling from the loose bun and the green eyes sparkled with wisdom and joy. One cannot help but respect her. Strength resonated from her.The story made many changes before it settled into the plotline it is. Even your name had undergone a few changes until Sonia stuck. What is your take about all the changes your ...
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ABOUT THE BOOK Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson's first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him.When Martin Barlow is killed on the street one night during an apparent mugging attempt gone bad, it seems like he was just an old man whose time had come.But Clare—initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story idea...
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40 years ago, a volcano blew up.

There’s a lot of things in my life I want to forget, even more that I never will. One of the latter were the skies on this day 40 years ago.I was 12. I lived in my roller skates at that age. There was some sort of competition up at the mall that day. We went, I tried, I didn’t do well.I remember bits and pieces of that.It was after the competition, when we were back home and doing yard work, when I saw the ash cloud.We’d heard about the eruption, knew what was going on. Well, as much as 12 year old me cared to understand. I remember this thick blanket o gray. Not rain cloud gray. Ash gray. It was so thick that the only way to tell one section of the sky from another were these small ‘pillows...
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Music Monday: “Beach Baby”

Hi, everyone. We’re on the third week of the challenge, which asks that i share a son that reminds me of summer. I knew immediately which song I wanted to use. I was 10 years old when The First Class released “Beach Baby.” Original link

Vacation plans change due to COVID 19

Well most of our summer plans have changed – and even our Thanksgiving vacation plans are in jeopardy – and all due to COVID 19 lockdowns.Originally we had planned to go to South Padre Island as part of my husband’s annual summer conference. But due to the uncertainty if restrictions would still exist on how many people can gather in one place, the attorney group hosting the conference moved it to a virtual conference.So, gone was our trip to the beach though my husband and I thought me might take the kids later in July if things improved. This discussion was back in April before Texas started relaxing the Stay At Home rules.We also had plans to go to New Orleans with my parents and brother....
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Book Review: Walt’s Fault – A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan

My review below and look out soon for an author interview with Andrew Allan right here. Walt’s Fault: A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Enjoyable read in a genre I love. I particularly liked the author’s writing style – short, simple sentences in the crime noir school […]The post Book Review: Walt’s Fault – A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link

Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 9 ‘monuments, buildings and landmarks’

Whilst the camp was in no real danger as the rest of the country was totally preoccupied with its own destruction, Iseult still felt it prudent to post guards on the gates and so it was that one morning a refugee arrived with tales of Terminal Transit.Over a bowl of soup the refugee told Iseult and Gilly about the horrors taking place in the city centre.‘All day without a break whole families are forced to attack monuments, buildings and landmarks with little more than their bare hands and are not allowed to stop until they fall fainting from the effort.’‘Then what?’ asked Gilly.‘Then nothing,’ replied the refugee. ‘That’s it forever now.’Original link

Victoria Day

The blog is closed to celebrate Victoria Day.  Enjoy the holiday, everyone!Original linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Featuring A.R. Kennedy, Author of R.I.P. IN REYKJAVIK Book Blast

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. A.R. Kennedy will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.Traveling with your family can be murder.One wedding party + one estranged mother = another vacation that goes array for NaomiNaomi is off on another international vacation. She thinks traveling with her mother will be the most difficult part of her trip until she meets the rest of the tour group—a wedding party. It only gets worse when she finds the groom dead. Everyone’s a suspect on her Icelandic tour of this stunning country.Read an Excerp...
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My First #Paranormal Investigation! #ghosthunters #ghostadventures #haunted #Harwich #CapeCod

A few months ago--back when people were allowed to go places--I was fortunate enough to be invited to my very first paranormal investigation.  As an author of ghost mysteries, I've been to plenty of haunted locations and spooky sites--some of the creepiest adventures I've been on include the not-quite-legal exploration of an abandoned TB hospital in Glenn Dale, MD, a visit to the Old Jail (oldest wooden jail in the country and setting for a scene in Haunted Souls) in Barnstable Village, MA, and a tour of the skeleton-filled Catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, France.  But this was my first time out with active paranormal investigators, who spend hours in a location armed with a dizzying ...
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Book Review ~ The Runaway: a gripping family drama by Linda Huber

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USBad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.This fast paced psychological thriller is the perfect weekend read, with a great location which I knew well, and believable characters with complicated back stories. The subject is any parent's nightmare, and the sense of helplessness is convincing. I guessed the harrowing outcome early in the book, but then couldn't wait to find out if I was right. I particularly liked the way Linda Huber...
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