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  Welcome to the land of The Dead. The Dead are my friends. I feast on their victims. It’s not easy to be a bird of prey. THE DEAD GAME  The story continues in PREY FOR THE DEAD. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


annsava :     I’m drowning in a pool of water in the basement of End House Can this be an illusion? The Dead love their games. THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


Source: headlikeanorange   Please, I want to go outside. No reason for you to hide. The winds bring rain. But they are tame.   I won’t fall or melt If hail were to pelt. I’ll be forever in your debt If you allow me to get wet.   I’m pulling on my chain. You don’t need half a brain To know I’m ready to go free. See what a great pet I can be.   Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


Art by Augusto Peixoto @ IrondoomDesign  DEVIANTART   FOLLOW THE LIGHTS   Follow the lights to the house of glass. There will be much splendor in the grass, Lights in the trees as far as the eye could see. A more decadent event there could not be.   Champagne will flow until the wee hours. Come with me and dance among the flowers. This room full of guests gives me a chill. Maybe we should leave, I’ve had my fill.   Stares are following us in the room. They will be upon us all too soon. The guests are not what they appear. Beneath, they are just bones and hair.   THE DEAD GAME Kindle Nook Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


Source: rosie-maier   TRAPPED   Trapped inside me. Trapped in my insecurities. Can I break free? It will be painful. I break the glass walls. I can do it. I will do it. Goodbye to doubters. Hello to the new me.   Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

Originally posted on Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author : Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!   Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read, or even which romance story in a film, that made you ‘swoon’? As a child… Original link

Weird, and Western

… or the other way around. I always said I would have liked to write a weird western. Well, I did it. And I sold it to an anthology. The story is called Hank’s Ghosts. I will not say more until the contract is signed, but looks like the editor liked it. And to celebrate, tonight I’ll write another short story: I just realized that the Japanese expression “henna gaijin” means “strange foreign guy” but also, by extension, might be translated sometimes as“weird western guy”. I’m sure there’s a plot in here somewhere… Original link

Reflections on the 2019 Blogging from A To Z Challenge

Hi, everyone. As is traditional after the annual Blogging from A to Z challenge , I’m doing a reflection on the experience. My theme this year was a celebration of 10 years in print for In The Eye of The Beholder, my debut novel. I enjoyed sharing excerpts, facts gleaned in my research, and other information about the book. Readership was up 1 percent over last year’s challenge, where the theme was the music of David Bowie . I shared my posts each day in the comments section of the main A to Z blog, on my Facebook author page, in a group of Phantom of the Opera fans, and on Twitter. I gained some new followers, and followed some new blogs myself. I responded to about 99 percent of comments I...
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Music Monday: “Dancing Queen”

Hi, everyone. It’s the start of another week, which means it’s time for the number two song in our countdown of the 10 most uplifting songs ever recorded . This time, it’s one I’ve referenced before . Please enjoy ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” Original link

News from the 2019 Chanticleer Writers Conference

Along with a few hundred other authors, I attended the 2019 Chanticleer International Book Awards Conference which took place April 26-28 at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Washington. Hotel Bellwether As with some 275 other authors from around the world, I was a semi-finalist in one of 16 divisions from which a secret panel of Chanticleer judges selects first place and grand prize winners, as well as the biggest award: The Best Book of the Year. Winners are announced from sealed envelopes during asuspense-filled evening banquet. Sort of like the Oscars, only at Chanticleeryou get a meal with the anxiety. As a former journalist, I have attended my share of rubberchicken dinners...
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re: mothers

Parenting is hard duty. Original link Original author: Rebecca Bruff

Yep – I am still crazy…Becoming PTA president at the Middle School

As any of you who follow my blog know, I have been on the PTA executive board at my kids’ elementary school for the past 8 year (the past 5 as an Officer). This past year, I was PTA president at the elementary while being treasurer on the middle school PTA board. Whoa. That was a lot of work. As the school year wrapped up, I began looking forward to being on just one PTA board as both kids will be at the middle school next year. And since I want to spend more time on my writing, I thought it was the perfect time to step back from big roles and decided I would be the secretary for the middle school PTA. This was the one officer role that I thought would be the easiest and take up the least am...
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ABOUT THE BOOK The award-winning diva, C, has got a big problem: someone wants her dead. A team of mercenaries attempts to gun her down in Kuala Lumpur. Lucky for her, Lowcountry Private Investigator, Blu Carraway, is already on the job there for a different client. Double-lucky for C, they make their move when she’s chit-chatting with him in a bar. Unlucky for the mercenaries, four of them end up dead. The hunt is on now for the mega-pop star. Where does she go to hide out? The sleepy islands around Charleston, South Carolina—Blu’s backyard. He’s already proven himself once, so C hires the Blu Carraway Investigation Agency to protect her for real. The job takes Blu halfway around the world ...
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Dallas Dessert Super Feast - Coming on June 23, 2019

***EARLY BIRD SPECIALS*** Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities!!!  JOIN THEM ON THIS SWEET ADVENTURE!  You deserve a treat or two! All Food Trucks are welcome to join! Coming June 23, 2019 Sunday  1 pm-6 pm SUNDAY@SKYLINE RANCH & EVENT CENTER 1801 E. WHEATLAND RD. DALLAS , TEXAS 75241   A family fun-filled dessert kind of day! Enjoy the presence of DESSERTS! DESSERTS! DESSERTS! EVERYWHERE! #TASTE BUDS GONE WILD CONTEST ENTER NOW! PURCHASE YOUR VENDOR BOOTH ENTER THE TASTE BUDS GONE WILD CONTEST For more information, go to EVENT TICKETS If interested in entering this contest, or becoming a Sponsor or Vendor,  please email them at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Original link

Avarice and Greed in the Book World

avarice and greed in the book world
There is much avarice and greed in the book world and it is possibly manifested in its worst form in book giveaways designed to boost an author’s mailing list. To an indie author, there are at least three kinds of email list subscribers. Readers who are genuinely interested in you and your books Readers who […] The post Avarice and Greed in the Book World appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Look away in order to understand - Socrates

Why not an anti-selfie? Original link


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Exclusive Interview with the Phantom of the Opera and his Paramour.

Here’s a little “Blast from the Past,” in honor of the 10th anniversary of “In The Eye of The Beholder.” Blackfriars Courant Greetings, My Literate Darlings! Much has happened these past few weeks. Ah, 1890s Paris in the fall… tres magnifique! I must admit I tarried a bit longer than I should… So many things to do, so many sensational stories to set in motion…catching up with Kwazimodo over chocolate and croissants up on the gables of Notre Dame, scintillating literary conversation with Monsieur Verne over tea…but I digress. The purpose of my using the Through Time Traveler’s Coat and Story Key was to seek out that elusive creature…the Opera Ghost of the Palais Garnier… Rakish good looks, ti...
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The One I Want: Series Cover Reveal

Jet and I are thrilled to reveal the covers for our new series, The One I Want. A series of love stories embodying what we believe about love. True Love exists. Love at First Sight is Real. Join us as we gear up to launch our new series! Love is everywhere in this swoon-worthy, steamy series of combustible couple’s romance stories. You’ll find it all.  Plunge head over heels as you ride out a hurricane on an oil rig. Get swept off your feet by a treasure hunter as you hunt for sunken Spanish gold. Be carried away by a Delta Force Operative in the middle of a mountain rescue. And find true love with a special ops Para-Jumper in a small town. Dive into The One I Want: a series of love stories;...
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Cover reveal: Overdose

While sitting in the hospital's waiting room (waiting for my loved one) I started to design the cover for my upcoming medical thriller.  Here it is: As you may know I design all my covers--usually based on my art, be it drawing or digital art, and this one is no exception. You may wonder: what inspired the composition?   It is a wonderful painting by Goya, depicting his own doctor taking good care of him at the time he fell sick.   By contrast, my Overdose cover hints at something more insidious, mainly by use of blue colors and by keeping the doctor's face masked. Original link

Aiden & Ariel: The One I Want Series creation Part 2

Jet and I are taking a minute to share the creation of our new romance series. The One I Want. I want to introduce you to Hurricane Julian…a key character in Aiden & Ariel’s story. In Part I, we introduced you to the first book in The One I Want series, which is Aiden & Ariel’s story. We mentioned how Ariel is a kick-ass woman, ex-Army Warrant Officer, combat helicopter pilot, and flies helicopter aeromedical evacuation missions out to oil rigs peppered throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In the opening scene, Ariel prepares to fly out to a fixed platform oil rig. Two injured men need to be evacuated. And OH BY THE WAY….there’s a Category 5 monster hurricane on the way. All the oil rigs in the Gu...
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