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Choosing between in-school and distance learning

If you are a parent, you may be struggling with the momentous decision of whether your kids should return for in-school learning this school year. With cases of COVID-19 rising across the United States and the school year fast approaching, many parents are left wondering what this school year will be like. Some school districts have taken that decision out of the parent’s hand by only offering distance learning. Yet with the President and Secretary of Education declaring school should be open, some school districts are hemming and hawing about whether it comply or to go with the safer option of keeping students at home for this school year. It is hard to say which is best. It isn’t as easy a...
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TAROT and Rune Reading Lockdown offer of a £60 reading for £40

I have spaces for appointments 16th – 24th July- UK only I will be available for telephone readings any day between 11 am and 3 pmFor £40 you will get a full Tarot reading plus a Rune forecast plus any … Continue reading →Original link

Jude Munro – Born for Leaving

Today, I’m hosting author Jude Munro and her latest release Born for Leaving, book one in the New England State of Mind series, an LGBTQ+ romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title: Born for Leaving Series: New England State of Mind, #1 Author: Jude Munro Publication Date: July 2, 2020 Genres: Adult, … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Tenet - Movie Trailer

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Not time travel. Inversion. The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.   Release Date: August 12, 2020Original link

My #Author Interview at #Paranormal #Romance Guild #ghosts #supernatural #amwriting

A few months ago, I was honored to be interviewed at the Paranormal Romance Guild, right before quarantine hit and life suddenly became very different.  I'm sharing it today, and I'm thrilled to note that the pre-order I discuss in the interview, GHOST MOON, is now live...and the audiobook is coming soon!In the interview, I delve into when I wanted to become a writer, how I came up with the idea for my debut novel, SILVER LAKE, and my experiences with ghosts (a main theme in my novels). The Haunting of Hillwood Farm also recently won The Reviewer's Choice Award from Paranormal Romance Guild!This great site reviews a lot of books, and I was so excited when my book THE HAUNTING OF HILLWOOD FAR...
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  The house comes alive. Snakes slither in cages. Human-eating plants stand at attention. Tree limbs grab my arms. Roots wrap around my legs. What’s next? Quicksand? THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Hunting the Kamongo in the Black Lagoon

I was home alone for lunch, so I cooked myself a bowl of rice, and then I watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon, from 1954. Because it’s a movie I like, because it’s been a long time since last I watched it, and because in a couple of weeks I’ll have to record a podcast about it and I want to sound smart and say intelligent stuff. And as I was quietly enjoying the show, something suddenly … ah! In the movie, the characters are sailing upriver along the Amazon in a boat called “Rita”, and the resident marine biologist is talking about the Amazon jungle, that’s just like jungles were back “in the Devonian age, 150 million of years ago.” And my brain goes, well, no, the Amazon jungle is no...
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Guidelines for Good Writing

When I taught journalism at the University of Illinois, I created a Journalist’s Handbook that I required my students to purchase. I collected and revised the information contained in the  Journalist’s Handbook for almost four decades. Some of it dates back to my time as a journalism student at the University of Kansas. Some of it is information that I accumulated and consigned to a three-ring binder during a 27-year career as a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune. The binder accompanied me during my years as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Latin America and as a national correspondent covering the West Coast of the United States. I kept it close at hand when I was an editor. As ...
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Exit Pursued by a Bee - Geoff Nelder
Exit, Pursued by a Bee is my first science fiction novel and was published by Double Dragon Publishing way back in 2008 and came second in a Readers’ Poll competition for best SF novel of 2008 with over 1,000 votes. The publisher is closing down so titles return to the authors. The idea for many of the original ideas in the book came while I was walking up Glastonbury Hill. Most science fiction books have to make their space vehicles leave a planet at escape velocity (ironically, the name of the magazine I co-edited at the time), use radio for communications, and in those days the pilots were men. So, in Exit the alien (although they were on and inside Earth long before homo sapiens existed)...
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Can’t keep a reader out of a bookstore

Social distancing (Pandemic shopping) for books at Victoria’s best book store. Munro’s Books now occupies a landmark location in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, but its origins are much more modest. In 1963, Jim Munro and his first wife, Alice — yes, that Alice Munro — set up shop in a long, narrow space on Yates Street, near Victoria’s movie theatres. Bookstores were few and far between in Victoria; Jim’s main competition in those days came from the book sections at the local department stores. But the location was convenient for younger, movie-going customers, and the staff’s interest in new trends in writing and other art forms built a loyal clientele. The store relocated to larger prem...
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We’re Going on a Picnic.

Covid-19 has turned us into a nation – a world, even – of picnickers.  I remember picnics from childhood. I genuinely thought that my parents liked them; that sand in the soggy sandwiches and tepid, tinny tasting, tea from a thermos, preferably taken under a sun umbrella, doubling briefly and unsuccessfully as protection against persistent drizzle, was a thing of joy for them as well as us kids. I admit to enjoying the crisps and chocolate biscuits, if not the rest. Turned out though, they only did it because they didn’t have enough money to take the whole family into a café, and as soon as enough of us left home, and money wasn’t so scarce, they ate out with the best of them. But the corona...
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Abbi Cook – Captive Hearts

Today, I have author Abbi Cook in the interview chair.  She’s here to talk about her latest series release Captive Hearts, a dark mafia romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Can you share something about yourself and how you became an author? Abbi: My name is Abbi Cook, and I write … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Poignant, memorable and lovely!

Dancing with Air audiobook cover art
LISTENER Stephanie Dancing with AirStill Life with Memories, Book 4By: Uvi PoznanskyNarrated by: Don Warrick  Poignant, memorable and lovely!  Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsPerformance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsStory  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    5 out of 5 starsReviewed: 11-27-18Uvi Poznansky has a unique writing style and this story was perfect for her musical prose style, weaving this tender romance story as if she were leading the reader along in a dance, drawing us in, captivating, making us care about the lyrical characters of Lenny and Natasha and hope for them.As we are taken back to the time of World War II and their love affair, you can't help but be fascinated with the time period,...
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5-Star Review On Audible for “Forever’s Too Long”

5 out of 5 starsAnonymous User06-25-20OVERALL – 5 StarsPERFORMANCE – 5 StarsSTORY – 5 Stars    Good plot with smart characters Nice to have a story that isn’t based on the inattention or inability of the protagonists. Please continue releasing the series! AMAZON LINK: Forever’s Too Long – Audio AUDIBLE LINK: Forever’s Too Long – Audible                                    And so it has finally happened, after months and months of researching how to make an audiobook, getting the equipment, rehearsing, learning how to control one’s voice for quality, pacing yourself, being sure of clarity when you speak, consistency in volume, learning how to edit the recordings and meet ACX’s requirements, an...
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Mummies, asteroids and fatigue

Having set straight (hopefully) the first 150 pages of the second draft of my Ghostwriting Job from Hell in two days, I have spent yesterday afternoon and this morning writing a learned article about the Tomb of Nefertari, the beautiful (and resourceful) wife of King Ramses II. One of the perks of working as a freelance is the fact that often variety allows us to forget about the chores and enjoy the truly entertaining.That’s the nice part – doing something interesting and fun, and get paid for it. The Nefertari piece is one of three that I pitched to an Italian magazine – the first (already written and accepted) was about the canals of Mars, and the next one will be about surrealist fashion...
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Guest Interview with Martin Lundqvist, Author of The Banker and the Dragon

Available on Amazon UK, Amazon USand Amazon AU“When a new virus emerges, one man is set to change the future”.The Australian agent Jared Pond is sent to investigate the rumours of a new Chinese bioweapon, the Hei Bai virus. During his assignment, Jared meets and falls in love with the Chinese civil rights activist Eileen Lu, the enemy of the CPOC. Together, Jared and Eileen try to uncover the dark secrets of the villainous dictator Chairman Jing Xi, and his assistant Tzi Cheng. But who is Pierre Beaumont, and what is the connection between the spread of the virus, and the World Bank's CEO?I'm pleased to welcome multi-genre author Martin Lundqvist to The Writing Desk:Tell us about your latest...
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12 English Words That You Should Avoid

And now for something completely different. When I was teaching journalism at the University of Illinois, I used to get on students for using, or I should say, misusing words—especially slang or words that have no business being in anybody’s vocabulary—especially university students. I created a list of those words and handed them out to students. Not long ago, I received a similar list from Learning Mind, and I am sharing it here. I hope you find it useful and take heed! By Janey Davies, B.A. (Hons) Sub-editor & staff writer at Learning Mind ‘Ain’t.’ Unless you are starring as Eliza Doolittle on some London theatre stage in My Fair Lady, you should not say ‘ain’t.’ Even spellcheck doesn’t r...
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Free to Download ... All books of Lynelle Clark FREE on Smashwords!

Download in the Format of your choice.Tanya’s life was turned upside down when her son, Steve was attacked by renegades and she had to dig deep facing her worst fear to save them both. It is the year 2048, 30 years after a devastating quake had changed Gauteng’s geographic features. The effects of the acid water, that covered most of the area, was visible to everyone but the government. The silent death crawling closer leaving devastation in its path. Nothing is excluded from the terror. Tanya and Steve’s path of survival meet up with the rebels in their search for clean water and she had to face much more than just acid water to stay alive. A thrilling story of courage and survival.       S...
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Sarah Bailey – The Devil’s Syndicate

Today, I have author Sarah Bailey in the interview chair.  She’s here to talk about her latest series release The Devil’s Syndicate, a dark mafia reverse harem romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

State of the Author: Harried

Wow. Just too many balls in the air. So far this week, I’ve had two feral cats to the vet for different issues. The first one, our little Steve Rogers kitten (my husband named the litter this time, so we have a bunch of furry, hissy little Avengers) had to go in for a severe upper respiratory infection. The fact that I could scruff him tells you how low he felt. I came home with antibiotics that we’re mixing in either wet cat food or baby food, and hoping for the best … because I can’t medicate him. The good news is, he and the other kittens (as well as mama) are chowing down on it … and while it means none of them get the full abx load, they are at least not going to be harmed by it. Plus, ...
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