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I Never Cared

I don’t know who wrote this little treatise entitled “I Never Cared,” but I think it reflects the feelings of millions of Americans today who are fed up with those who want to destroy our way of life, who promulgate the culture of victimhood, who propagate the myth of “white privilege,” who kneel, burn, and loot, and who unremittingly disperse the ludicrous notion that some lives matter more than others. I for one, have had it with these bleating throngs of malcontents who are fearless when it comes to attacking statues and monuments that can’t fight back, but who don’t have the cojones to put on the uniform and defend the freedoms that permit these same losers to remonstrate and rampage thr...
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Scrumptious Snacks that will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth by Vivienne Diane Neal

You probably know by now, I have a weakness for sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.Therefore, I thought I would list four companies that make some of the most delicious cookies that will just fuel your appetite and leave you coming back for more. Trust me! You will not be able to eat just one cookie. Partake Foods - are all about making everyday snacking a little easier, safer, and tastier for everyone. Their allergy-friendly, vegan, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) cookies are free of the top 14 allergens (and gluten!) and are full of real, whole ingredients everyone can enjoy. Their chocolate chip cookies are just delectable. You can order their co...
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A bit of research for future projects

You know I like researching my next stories.Well, here’s a bit from a project I’m documenting for the winter, if everything goes well. Original link

6 Principles for Writing Historical Fiction | Jane Friedman

Research is one of the very first steps on your journey to becoming a historical fiction author. Here’s a safety warning: you’re about to dive down a whole load of research rabbit holes. From ancient cutlery to medieval agricultural techniques, there is a lot of stuff historical fiction writers need to know about. Secondary sources are your starting point, but primary sources, particularly letters, newspaper reports, and diaries are also vital. Don’t be afraid to push the boat out and visit some archives, and, for that matter, do go and visit historical sites relevant to your story if you can. If you want to get really immersed, you can read the fiction of your period, cook the food, or even...
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At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock – Jane Davis

Read a book by Jane Davis: These Fragile Things.  Think: Amazing. Riveting. So well written. Doesn’t get any better than this. Read another book by Jane Davis: A Funeral for an Owl. Think: Complex. Amazing characterizations. So well written. Doesn’t get better than this. When you’ve read all of her books and think Davis can’t possibly outdo herself, she writes a new book. And it’s even better. How does she do it? The magic of Davis’ writing is hard to define. It’s not just in what she says. The power comes from what she doesn’t say, but hints at. She gives the reader enough that the “missing bits” serve to strengthen the   characters and plot in the reader’s mind. The quote on the cover sums...
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      Who will save us from The Dead? They fill my heart with dread. Who will set us free? A vampire or hybrid it may be.   THE DEAD AT HEART by Susanne Leist…Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Recipe of the Month: August 2020

For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Cjalsòns della Valle del Bût (Pasta Filled with Fruit and Herbs), as part of my summer celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Flavors of Friuli. This recipe was adapted from one in the book Il mondo di Bepi Salon, which I’m giving away a copy of at the end of the month. (See my Facebook page for details.) For my recipe, visit Original link

Reorganizing My Space

Hi, everyone. Like so many these days, our household is taking advantage of the shelter-in-place to reorganize. For the past week, the target was my office. To be honest, it’s been a disaster for a long time. The first steps were to take everything off of the surfaces and the floor and move them out (whether in boxes or into the trash … as we did some of that on the fly). Then, everything was mopped down and washed. At long last, I moved my day job office materials from the dining room table to one work surface, and my personal set-up to the other. What you see above is the net result. Details of each set-up follow. While it’s a work-in-progress, I can at least now function properly … and ha...
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A weekend killing monsters

We should strive to look on the bright side of… well, everything that happens to us.For instance: I spent about twenty years, more or less, without playing PC games, basically because I was too busy doing other stuff. And right now, I have a very old, no-name PC on which two thirds of the recent games don’t run. Bright side: I can get old PC games for real cheap, and they run a wonder on my anything-but-state-of-the-art system – and right now I feel like playing something new. So yesterday I spent three euro and a half (the price of a bucket of ice cream) on a 2012 game called Torchlight II – a fantasy RPG with a vague steampunkish flavor and lots and lots of monsters. I found it on Steam, i...
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Romance from A to Z-ish

Now that I've finished up the #alphatitles book challenge on Instagram, I thought I'd share all nineteen crazy days of paperback stacking with you. I didn't have enough books for some letters of the alphabet like that pesky ole X, but I still managed to round up over 120 romance books for the challenge. Man, that took a lot of sorting through my paperback collection!            Original link

The House of Vezzanius

I am happy to announce that my short story In the House of Vezzanius has just been published in the July issue of Swords & Sorcery Magazine, and is up on their website for everybody to read, free of charge. And it is really a pleasure of being in the company of authors Teel James Glenn and Carmine A. Tedeschi (that sounds a lot more Italian than me, but comes from Pennsylvania) I hope you will enjoy the magazine and my story in it – it’s a perfect read for the summer. Original link


    A cliffhanger this won’t be, you now belong to me.   THE DEAD AT HEART… #paranormalromance #NewRelease #bookloversOriginal linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist


William’s bite bonded Shana to him, but he didn’t ask her to mate with him for life. She isn’t ready for a lifetime commitment. Now, William excludes her from his vampire meetings. Shana understands he’s an original vampire with immense… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

My Newest Book is Out! (A Soft Launch)

    It was bound to happen. A friend coaxed me into trying NaNo-for those who aren’t familiar—it’s the month of November--which is set aside as a time to write an entire novel –in one month. Yes, one month! Many try to do it and can’t finish, and a few have bestselling books because they forged through and made it.  I finished, but the book I wrote became a rough outline for my finished manuscript. There were so many bizarre things, such as errant words inadvertently stuffed into the one-month time limit, that later, during weeks of editing and months of rolling revisions, I began to pull my hair out,deleting paragraphs and changing complicated sentences into something comprehensible. As the...
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Weekend Reads: “Ace Boon Coon”

5/5 Stars I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. The book is scheduled for official release on September 15, 2020. When I opened the first Elliot Caprice novel, A Negro and an Ofay, I told my husband that I wanted to be Danny Gardner when I grew up. His prose takes you smack into the middle of a scene (in that particular case, a Chicago jail cell during Jim Crow) and doesn’t let go of you until after you close the cover of the book. In this sequel, Caprice is still trying to help save his uncle’s farm, as well as figuring out how many of his old friends from childhood are involved in a racketeering “short paper” operation (aka, collecting protection money) … a...
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An Old Letter from El Salvador

Between 1980 and 1982, I spent a lot of time for the Chicago Tribune in Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua–all of which were involved in some vicious uprisings and revolutions. From time to time, I post one of the stories I wrote from these places. The following story was one I wrote from San Salvador.  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—In 1937, a year after Juan Chong arrived in San Salvador from Hong Kong and opened the Canton China Bar and Restaurant, an American journalist dropped in for a drink. “I think he was from New York,” said Chong, shifting his 80-year-old frame in the old wicker chair behind the bar. “New York World. Yes, yes, that was it.’ Chong, h...
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The strongest emotion is fear and the strongest fear is fear of change

This morning I had another brief but momentous discussion, over a social network, about the menace to our civilization, and more importantly to our livelihood as writers, that are themed calls aimed at specific groups – usually based on gender, ethnicity, age bracket or other such things. You know, SJWs rampaging in the streets, publishers putting political correctness before quality, the usual load of rubbish. And like in that old Flashman book, “I gave them a fine piece of my mind, but at that point they had already thrown me out on the sidewalk.”So I decided to write my thoughts here, just so that I can inflict them on you. The first thing is, of course, that publishers and editors are pe...
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Hey everyone, About two weeks ago, I noticed something that wasn’t right. I woke up and my hands were stiff. Seriously stiff, where it hurt slightly to straighten them. This went on for three mornings straight. As the day went on they’d feel fine, at first. Still, there’s arthritis in my family. I called and got an appointment. I figured it was better to get started on a treatment plan now, before things got worse, over waiting until mobility was a real issue. Due to schedules, I wasn’t able to get in until yesterday. It’s not arthritis (good). However, I do have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I also have something called trigger finger going on in the middle finger of both hands. Tha...
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I’m proud to reveal – THE DEAD AT HEART     Book Three of THE DEAD GAME SERIES   If vampires at Disney World didn’t surprise you in Book Two, then The Dead at Chateau Frontenac will do the trick.… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Stop the Madness

Stop the Madness As I cruise Facebook I see way too many posts from writers suffering from major angst because they cannot meet their chosen goal of writing 2,000 words a day.  They consider themselves to be failures who will never succeed unless they meet this spurious goal.  Whose idea was this any way?  Stop the madness. A fixation on this artificial goal might just be what is keeping many from writing–really writing. Have you ever had a time when you could not remember a name or word?  You agonize over it until you finally give up, a failure.  When you stop thinking about it, bam, the word or name pops up. Why? When you are agonizing about remembering, you create a loop which sometimes t...
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