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Top 7 Romantic Ways to Celebrate A Weekend in the UK: a guest post by Rebecca Siggers

Top 7 Romantic Ways to Celebrate A Weekend in the UK   No matter if you and your partner have started dating a couple of months ago or are together for three years now, an excellent weekend getaway is something that every couple needs. Here are the top seven romantic ways to celebrate the weekend… Continue reading Top 7 Romantic Ways to Celebrate A Weekend in the UK: a guest post by Rebecca SiggersOriginal link

A Different Cromwell ~ Special Guest Reviewer Linda Porter on The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USLondon, 1657: Following her father Oliver Cromwell's unprecedented ascent to become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Frances Cromwell has moved from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall. Dreaming of romance, fulfilment and a love match that must surely be found at court, 18-year-old Frances is the youngest of Cromwell's daughters. Linda Porter on The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins Hilary Mantel has succeeded in making Thomas Cromwell, chief minister and fixer to Henry VIII, a household name, at least among readers of historical fiction. But what of the earlier Cromwell’s distant relative, Ol...
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I’m a winner, I’m a sinner, do you want my autograph?

And yes, that’s a quote from Supertramp’s Breakfast in America – but I’m not going to talk about that (great record, incidentally, part of my growing up etc.). It’s lunchtime, not breakfast time, and as I’m skipping lunch, I’ve caught a small bit of silly fluff on the socials that made me feel like writing a letter to the director.As we old people do. A local influencer posted on Facebook the reason he dislikes ebooks how do I get an autograph from the author? Do I ask the guy to scrawl his name with a sharpie on my e-reader? Now that’s a problem, ain’t it? Well, actually it ain’t. When I published my very first self-produced e-book, back in – wow – 2013, I ran a small contest, and the first...
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Book release: Responsibility Rebellion by Kain Ramsay & Cinzia Dubois. An unconventional approach to personal empowerment.

Many of us crave more fulfillment in life, but we don't know how to find it. We try everything to feel better, from changing jobs and dating new people, to attending therapy and taking pills. We grasp at the superficial, and externally overcompensate for our internal voids and self-doubts. What we don't realize is that avoiding responsibility only postpones the inevitable—that nothing about our life changes until we change. You will not become empowered until you choose to take responsibility for the role you've played in undermining yourself. Finding more fulfillment, satisfaction, and inner-peace is your responsibility because no one else cares. In Responsibility Rebellion, author Kain Ram...
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What’s a Staycation?

What does the word staycation mean to you? When I first heard it, about ten years ago when the financial crisis caused many of us to tighten our belts (my annual income went down about 90% – so I was on the last hole), I thought it meant you stayed at home and went on day trips – possibly having one of the picnics I described in my last post.   On checking, I find the word was indeed used in The Times in 2008 to describe a couple’s decision to forgo a week’s family holiday and take the children out every day, returning to their own beds each night, instead. Staycation seemed like a newly minted welding of two concepts (staying put and going away on vacation). The newspaper clearly didn’t app...
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Quote of the Week – July 15

Amid these trying times, we need all the positive thoughts we can muster. I particularly like this song – Better Days by OneRepublic. Oh, I know that there’ll be better daysOh, that sunshine ’bout to come my wayMay we never ever shed another tear for today‘Cause oh, I know that there’ll be better days To hear the rest of the song, check out the video. Original link

Making Good Use of Amazon Editorial Reviews #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

 I’ve been using Amazon KDP for twelve years (it was founded in November 2007) and am still discovering new ways to use it more effectively.A good example was a post on Jane Friedman’s website about editorial reviews. The facility is a little hidden away, but it easy to use, and with a little thought can help potential book buyers. )You can see the full post here.)Editorial reviews are written by an editor or expert in the book’s genre or field. You can find them on your book’s sales page, just above the About the Author section.’Steps for adding Editorial Reviews to Amazon:Log in to Author Central.Click on the Books tab at the top of the page.Go to your Books Page.Click on the title of the ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Destination”

Warning: These can be addictive.Original link

Karen Wyle – What Frees the Heart

Today, I have author Karen Wyle guesting at my blog.  She’s here to answer your biggest questions about her latest release What Frees the Heart, book two in the Cowbird Creek series, a western historical romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Karen has come up with questions and answers about her latest … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


  Can I resist a love that transcends the generations? His love freezes my heart. Can I turn my face from his beauty? His eyes burn red with passion. Can I harden my heart? His heart beats next to mine.… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

New Release Feature: The Hope Clinic Series – The Reluctant Duke’s Dilemma by author Trisha Messmer

☆♥.•The Reluctant Duke’s Dilemma (The Hope Clinic Book 1) by Trisha Messmer•.☆♥.• He never wanted renown. She longed to be free. Pressured by forces beyond their control, will they give in to forbidden desire? I am pleased to announce a great book release by Trisha Messmer, a talented author I met during my journey! Her… Continue reading New Release Feature: The Hope Clinic Series – The Reluctant Duke’s Dilemma by author Trisha MessmerOriginal link

Recommended Read – The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India’s most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skilfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa’s embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman — a legend in her own time — who was all but lost to history until now. The Twentieth Wife begins in 1577 with the birth of a refugee child. No one could have guessed that 34 ...
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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog: PLEASE If not, why not? I don’t have time The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to…Original link

The joys of embezzlement

It all started because, while we were recording a podcast about the 1992 TV movie Ghostwatch, with my friend Lucy we started rambling – as we do – and ended up talking about dame Maggie Smith (yes, we tend to ramble far and wide). I mentioned how it always breaks my heart that most viewers know Smith as the old lady in the Harry Potter movies and in Downton Abbey. I’ve always had a desperate crush for Maggie Smith, and after that chat, I decided to go back and re-watch the movies in which I first found out about this beautiful, extraordinarily talented actress. Travels with my aunt, of course, and Murder by death, the two Peter Ustinov Poirot movies, The Honey Pot, and also a small strange q...
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Fran Connor – Born to Blush

Today, I’m hosting author Fran Connor and his latest release Born to Blush, a historical romantic adventure.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title:  Born to Blush Series:  N/A Author:  Fran Connor Genre:  Historical Romantic Adventure Blurb:  When she finds honest and paid employment far away from the Victorian Workhouse where she grew … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

A great, unique series.

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LISTENER Becky My Own VoiceStill Life with Memories, Book 1By: Uvi PoznanskyNarrated by: Heather Jane Hogan  A great, unique series.  Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsPerformance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsStory  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsReviewed: 07-13-20I seem to be reading this series in reverse order. It is ok to do that. But, I first read about Lenny when he met and married Natasha. I fell in love with him then. In this read, though, he is not so lovable. He, too, is struggling. And poor Anita. This is another great read from Ms. Poznansky. Just know if you read any of this series, you'll be reading them all! Her writing style is unique and awesome.I listened to this book...
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Beautifully Wrecked + Rafflecopter

NEW RELEASE ALERT! DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE Johnny sees himself as straight. Wrecker disagrees. Their friendship is about to get an upgrade. When Johnny moved to L.A. to start a singing career, he never expected to end up working instead as security for one of the world’s most renowned musicians. It’s not so bad. After all, his job led to him meeting his best friend, Wrecker. That’s one relationship he wouldn’t trade for the world. Johnny just wished he didn’t feel quite so strongly about Wrecker, since things are getting awkward. Wrecker has always wanted Johnny. From the first moment they met, Wrecker has done a horrible job of hiding his interest....
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Another story told

Morning, everyone! I’ve been super busy lately. The retail job where I work opened back up, and that’s consumed about 20-30 hours of my week. Gaming, house cleaning, yard maintenance…it all adds up fast. Oh, and writing. I’m happy to announce that ‘Scales & Stingers: A Heroes of Avoch Novel’ is done! I’ve heard back from 3 of my 4 beta readers, and will complete the verbal read through today. Within the next week, it’ll be with my agent, Denise Barone! Here’s the blurb: After her father’s murder, Thia enters into the service of the God, Keroys. Being half Fallen, she’s shunned by the other students at the cloister. Only the priest that saved her life shows her any real compassion or friendsh...
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Sophisticated Synonyms for the Word “Jerk” You Can Use in Intelligent Conversation

Below is another article from Janey Davies, sub-editor at Learning Mind. It deals with the word “jerk”–or more accurately, synonyms for that pejorative term that we can use in our writing. So, take it away, Janie. By Janey Davies Sub-editor at Learning Mind Sometimes I want to describe a situation where a person is a complete jerk, but I don’t want to use that particular word. It’s not that I‘m being pretentious, it’s more that the word doesn’t quite fit the circumstances. It was only when I started looking for alternatives that I realized just how many synonyms for jerk actually exist. Here are just a few of my favorites: 20 synonyms for jerk to use in intelligent conversation Bogan The wor...
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A free taste of the Monstress

I do not read many comics anymore. I used to, but in the early 2000s it turned into a very expensive habit – the funnies I used to buy for a pittance at the news-agent’s when I was a kid had become the classy big books I found in a bookstore by my university when I was older, and now they were luxury items sold in specialist bookshops in which guys bickered about whether Evangelion was stronger than Gundam or whatever. In the end, I decided to keep buying books and drop most of my comics.But once in a while I still find something interesting – like today’s offer via Amazon, of the digital version of the first issue of Monstress for free.I can go for that. Written by Marjorie Liu and drawn by...
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