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Music Monday: “Helter Skelter”

Hi, everyone. It’s hard to believe we’re in July already! We’re going to see Paul McCartney perform next week, so when this video came up I couldn’t resist sharing. Please enjoy Paul McCartney and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler doing “Helter Skelter” together during a June 29 concert in Las Vegas.   Original link

Side Effects

The last couple of days I’ve been in the throes of battling a particularly nasty chemo side effect. I had expected nausea and vomiting but I hadn’t expected pain. I have a pretty high threshold for pain but this caught … Continue reading → Original link

Happy Birthday Indiana Jones

Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr, was born on this day in the year 1899. Admit it… you’d pay good money to see this movie. Original link

Change the plans, reschedule the schedule

So everything was perfectly planned, OK. With calendar, timetables, outlines, the works. The month of July was thoroughly mapped: a week to nail closed the Sherlock Holmes story I owe to my publisher, then three shorts under my various aliases, and then some spare time to finally complete the first draft of a short novel I’ve had laying here for a while. Perfectly planned. Nice and Smooth. Then everything went completely hiwire, on day one: July the first, 7.30 am. Bang! It went like this – and yes, this is going to be long and convoluted, as my mental processes… you’re welcome. Last week something happened that pissed me off completely. You probably caught bits of it on the news, or maybe n...
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It’s time for a vacation!

After putting in lots and lots of work over the past year and a half, it’s time for me to take a break.  From July 1, 2019 to July 14, 2019, there won’t be any news updates or blog posts at However, I will be doing an author takeover at the Book Carousel (the … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird

Book Review: Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon

Book Review: Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon
Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall, this was a good book. I enjoyed most of it. However, I deduct one star for good reason. It was clear to me, and later confirmed, the author has never been to the Philippines. She can get away with that […] The post Book Review: Along the Broken Bay by Flora J. Solomon appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link



A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb’s glass shop proves to be no accident . . . A highlight of Savannah’s new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students’ safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop. The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen’s Head Pub, owned by Savannah’s boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver—before someone else...
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In Fabric | Official Trailer HD | A24

From writer/director Peter Strickland and starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, and Gwendoline Christie.  In Fabric is a  haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.   Coming Soon in Theaters. Original link


Source: sj0   As I fade away, I think of days gone by. As I crumble to sand, I remember the past. As I shrivel to nothing, I regret what I’ve done. But most of all, I regret what I haven’t. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


  This is the real me. The one behind the mask. There is a reason to fear. The Dead will soon be here. THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist Kindle  Nook Original link Original author: Susanne Leist


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  I can see in the dark night. I can see a deadly fight. The small town is about to fall. No one will be left here at all. More shadows come to the town. One is wearing a gold crown. The trade winds grow in force. I’ll meow till I’m hoarse. Bells ring around us. I won’t make a fuss. Time has come to an end. To The Dead, I won’t bend. THE DEAD GAME Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Hello, world…

Authors like to get to know their readers… Forever Detective No, I’m not coming out as a computer simulation of a writer. I just want to directly and specifically welcome people to comment or email me, with their questions, comments, etc. I know I was very shy about writing to writers I liked. Many writers have day jobs. The ones that write for a living have deadlines, contracts, pitches to make, queries to send, and so on. I worried that asking them to take time to respond to one person was impertinent and intrusive. Now, I’m on the other end of the pen, as it were, and I can tell you– it can feel kind of lonely! When you’re on stage before an audience, you get continuous real time feedback...
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Do No Harm: voice sample by @danielle1girard

If you can not see this chirbit, listen to it here Take a listen: A passage from Savage Art by Danielle Girard, Included in our boxed set, Do No Harm. Preorder it now: Do No Harm Kindle   ★   Nook   ★  Apple   ★  Kobo Original link

Character Sheets

No, I’m not talking about Dungeons and Dragons. I’m talking about character sheets for the characters in novels. Not to say that I haven’t used D&D to make characters for my novels, because I certainly have. However, Dungeons and Dragons lacks some very important elements for characters in books. You want your characters to be memorable. You want them to be believable (at least in some ways). You want them to be unique. How do you go about doing that? Well, I’ll start by telling you how I do it. Then I’m going to share some resources I found to help. However, since I mentioned resources, I’ll actually start with what I use to outline, keep notes, store information, and begin my writing proce...
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Book Review – The Fearing (Book One – Fire & Rain) by John F.D. Taff

I’m not a fan of spoiler-ridden book reviews, so I’m going to try to give you my thoughts on this title without giving too much away to detract from your reading pleasure. First of all, let me say a big “thank you” to Anthony Rivera and Grey Matter Press for the advanced reader copy. I … Continue reading Book Review – The Fearing (Book One – Fire & Rain) by John F.D. Taff Original link

Discovering Jesse Stone

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We have just discovered—and  fallen in love with—the Jesse Stone movies. Do not ask where we’ve been all this time. But, thank you for asking why we like them so much. Big city (LA) cop (who drinks too much) is now police chief in small town Massachusetts. The wonderful, laconic Tom Selleck (we’ve been fans for years) stars as Jesse Stone.  At first glance, nothing much happens. Just like the British shows we enjoy, we are not subjected to car chases, or scenes splattered with blood and gore even though there are some killings, or young over-confident know-it-all police officers…. Uneventful as the movies seem, we can’t stop watching because we simply must  know how it will all turn out. Plu...
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Discover New Books & New Authors on Reedsy Discovery

Discover New Books & New Authors on Reedsy Discovery
The prime aims of the Reedsy Discovery website are (a) to enable indie authors to be discovered by new readers and (b) conversely, to enable readers to discover new books and new authors. It’s also a platform designed to enable serious book bloggers and reviewers to source new books to review and stay ahead of […] The post Discover New Books & New Authors on Reedsy Discovery appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Can you write a six word story?

It feels like there are more and more competitions for short stories these days. And by short, I mean really short – flash fiction competitions for stories with fewer than 500, 300, or even 100 words. Even a competition run by the Sunday Times for a 10 word story. It seems like a modern trend, but Ernest Hemingway was celebratedfor his brevity nearly one hundred years ago. Not just were his novels spare,without a word wasted, his first story collection, in our time, featured eighteen stories in which only four had morethan 250 words, and the shortest was a mere 75. (For comparison; I’ve alreadyexceeded 100 to get to this point.) Hemingway was thought for many years to have written a storyin ...
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Sheena Austin – Returning to Mr. Darcy

Today, I’m hosting author Sheena Easton and her latest release Returning to Mr. Darcy, a Regency, time travel Romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** I write a little bit of everything, though my first novella is a time travel Pride and Prejudice story. I have a short story YA Fantasy, and I … Continue reading Original link Original author: Maggie Blackbird

The Barren Holiday Series

Good morning and welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today we’re talking about stories about overcoming adversity and taking charge of your life. Each of these stories follows the trials of people facing trouble that could destroy them. Their decisions, those they trust, and their ability to uncover the truth are tested. Their tales are meant to offer solutions to a myriad of problems. Children abandoned, forced to protect themselves through violent means… men and women making difficult choices, finding better solutions. No matter who you are or what you’re facing, the weight of your decisions can bring you down. Each of these novellas are set around a holiday and how the individuals involved find...
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