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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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RELEASE BLITZCocky Hero ClubRelease Date: May 17, 2020 Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.Cocky Captain by Ellie MastersEx-fighter pilot, Logan Reid, is exactly the kind of man I despise. He’s a cocky jet jock, a former Navy Blue Angel, and full of all the arrogance that comes with being the best of the best.I’m an ex-Zoomie, an Air Force tanker pilot. The rivalry between our sister services is nothing compared to that between fighter jocks and tanker pilots. We’re bitter rivals and I’m low-man (woman) on the totem poleThe last thing I nee...
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My Life is the Great British Hinterland

With so much time spent staying home and not going on adventures for Vaughn the Road Again, Wildflower Wednesday and Wings and Daydreams, I've been watching even more TV than normal. I even found some new-to-me shows that I absolutely love. Although my three new faves have almost nothing in common, they all originate from countries outside the US. Hmm, interesting.If you're looking forOriginal link

Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 8 ‘a simply broken soul’

Gilly was also worrying about Mac who, by this stage, was little more than a simply broken soul. Mac refused to leave his post by the canal and no amount of pleading from his friends could make him change his mind. All anyone could now do was to try and make sure Mac ate something every now and again and was as comfortable as possible.With every passing day Mac’s vigil seemed more and more hopeless.‘If Inteachán was coming back,’ Gilly said to Iseult, ‘then surely she would be back by now.’Iseult smiled sadly.‘I fear you are right, Gilly,’ she said. ‘I also fear that this will be the death of Mac.’Original link

Tacos de birria – Canadian style

One of our favorite breakfasts in Mexico can be found at the taco stand a couple of blocks down the street. Tacos de birria: Shredded meat served with onions (cooked or raw), broth from the meat if you like, and your choice of hot sauce (the red one) or salsa suave (the green one made from avocado).Well, we’re back in Canada and found these treats at our favorite coffee shop, La Roux Patisserie, in China Town, Victoria, BC. I know,> A french pastry shop in China Town!? But, hey, you can’t argue when everything is so tasty.. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.comOriginal link

Fact versus Fiction in a Pandemic

“And the people stayed home.” This is the opening line of an untitled poem that went viral during April and was shared 1,000s of times by people moved by its words. A note with the poem says that it was written in 1869 by a woman called Kathleen O’Mara and resurfaced during during the 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic until again lost in obscurity. The note implies that what we are facing now, with the coronavirus, is nothing new – we’ve been through, and come through, just as bad times in the past.But, like so many things that get passed around our digital media, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.It would seem that the poem is not a profound voice from the past that’s indicative...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 86 – Who is worthy to wield?

Thia stood back, trying to figure out what it was Jinnaari and Moon were fighting. To her, it was nothing more than a whisper of color within the whirlwind.Helix had disappeared. That wasn’t new, but the look on his face made her think he may not be coming back. Adam and Caelynn were still sequestered with his Patron, somewhere. And Gnat…. well, the goblin was as good if not better at hiding than Helix was.Face it, she thought. It’s just the three of us. Against an Archlich, and maybe Tiamat.            As her fingers drew the sigil, sending her spell toward the invisible foe, she heard Jinnaari swear in Draconic. She couldn’t understand him, but it certainly sounded colorful. Glancing his w...
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Sample Saturday: “Clytie’s Caller”

Hi, everyone. I’m a little late with the sample this week. I attended an interesting and entertaining class on copyright law this morning (it’s true … it was wonderful!), and worked on my Roman architecture capstone project which is due in a couple of weeks. But, we’re here now. Here’s a little sample from my Regency novella, Clytie’s Caller.It was a tearful and timid Clytemnestra who arrived at the Assembly Rooms, Her eyes were wary as she found seats for Susan and herself, a little bit away from the throng and close to the door. Her parents, as well as Archie and Isabel, were part of the crowds doing their “see and be seen” circuit, walking around the room.Only one person seemed to notice ...
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The Sins of the Father | by J.G. Faherty | Rougeski Review

The Sins of the Father by J.G. Faherty takes place in the Innsmouth of H.P. Lovecraft. It soon becomes obvious that The sins of the father is a loving pastiche of Lovecraft’s Arkham cycle, a practice which Lovecraft actually encouraged.  It is all there, Arkham, the Miskatonic river, the University, and of course, the mysterious, indecipherable manuscript that holds all the secrets of the cosmos.  The setting is interesting and realistically described.  Lovecraft fans will feel right at home in Faherty’s underground caves and secret ruins, obligatory elements of the Lovecraftian mythos.In Innsmouth, Evil Never DiesThe author opens with the protagonist, Henry Gilman, in a darkened street, exa...
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Where Airy Voices Lead | by Piotr Bienkowski | Rougeski Review

Where Airy Voices Lead by Piotr Bienkowski is an unbiased, comprehensive, authoritative, scholarly examination of the historic, worldwide fascination with immortality—the one topic every sentient being has contemplated at least once.Bienkowski sticks to documented historical facts and does not include anecdotal tales of individuals who claim to have experienced near death events.The book is divided into sections that discuss issues such as resurrection, historical views on heaven and hell, reincarnation, transformation, and immortality.  Perhaps the most intriguing section might be the discussion of whether immortality should be considered a blessing or a curse.The author, with total imparti...
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Yes, I’m ashamed since once I begin a project, I’m like a dog with a bone and I don’t let go. For example, in 1984, when I wrote my first radio script, I had a broadcast time to deliver, and I made it – just. Since then, I’ve never missed one. During this lockdown, I … Continue reading SO GUILTYOriginal link

Alpha Titles Book Challenge A

Here are a few of my favorite "A" titles...A is for Awesome books!A Dark Love ~ Margaret CarrollAll That Matters ~ Stef Ann HolmA Date with the Other Side ~ Erin McCarthyA Little Magic ~ Nora RobertsAwaken Me Darkly ~ Gena ShowalterA Walk to Remember ~ Nicholas SparksHave you read any of these books?amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false";Original link


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Peggy Hattendorf on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the R...
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Horror movies for families and other wonders

I am going to share a video-essay I just saw on Youtube, because it is really interesting and has a lot to say about writing horror and writing my kind of horror, but before we get to that I’ll have to make a little introduction and give a little explanation.Back in the mid-80s I started getting really interested in Hong Kong movies. Up to that point I had seen mostly Bruce Lee features (lots of friends from primary school got sent to karate lessons because of that), the occasional kung fu movie and of course Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, the Hammer/Shaw Bros collaboration. In the second part of the ’80s more Hong Kong movies started being distributed more regularly in my country, and...
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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 7 ‘nursing books and pamphlets’

Gilly was really worried about his wife and waited patiently each day for news that she might have been interred somewhere else in the city. Aoibhinn was one of the country’s leading landscape artists and so he could only imagine that she had had to endure the same fate as him, only with paintings instead of books.‘Her poor heart must be badly broken,’ Gilly said to himself.Gilly kept busy by trying to focus on the fact that he was actively resisting the end of the world by nursing books and pamphlets back to health.But what else he supposed to do?The alternative was to forever imagine the torture and deprivation that Aoibhinn had most likely endured.Original link

Sara Mekala – Amazon Chronicles

Today, I have NYT and USA bestselling author Sara Makela in the interview chair.  She’s here to talk about her latest series release the Amazon Chronicles, a paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. What can we expect from you in the future? Sara: More books! Or, to be more specific, … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft | Leslie S. Klinger | Rougeski Review

 The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham, both edited by Leslie S. Klinger, could be considered the two most important books that Lovecraft’s acolytes must own, adepts and novices alike.  Both of Klinger’s magnificent volumes guide readers through all things Lovecraft, elements that united to engender the creation of a new, divergent literary genrecosmic horror.In this post modern literary era, proponents of Barthes and reader response theory truly believe that the author is dead, that the text should be examined on its own terms, through the reader’s glass, with no consideration for the author or his stated purpose.  When a text is born, inarguab...
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AS-201 The First

First place is what we try for in classes and on the athletic field. Always it is a dream to achieve a first place. It requires effort, a lot of effort. Just to be given a first place award without hard work makes it meaningless.There will be so many opportunities in life to make first place. The most important is to be the first there when someone is hurting, in need… Maybe it is just a pat on the back at the exact moment needed. Look at first responders. Look at our military who may be the first to save a person or buddy.Maybe being the first to tell the Truth in a group discussion. The award is given to you privately in the smile in your heart. Be the first to help someone see what is rig...
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