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The David you never knew.

Short & sweet review for  The David Chronicles: Trilogy : SheilaGM 4.0 out of 5 stars The David you never knew. July 7, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I enjoyed reading this, very much. It gave an insight in the life of David from the time he took on Goliath till his death as King David. The writing used much of modern language instead of the language of the time, which made it more readable. It followed closely to the KJV of the Bible. It told more of his thoughts and reasons for his actions. So though the main part stayed true to the Bible the rest is a fictional account of what he may have been thinking and doing. Original link


Why me? I go swimming every week So my legs won’t feel tired or weak. Don’t know why my legs have to swell. A disease created in hell. Why me? A bigger nuisance there can’t be. It makes life much harder for me. Humidity is my enemy As I cry out, “Stay away from me.” Why me?  I want to begin a day feeling well. That’s why I have this story to tell. Life has these hurdles we must overcome. Most of them aren’t any kind of fun.   Why me? This question has no answer for me. It is just the way things have to be. My father suffered from this in quiet. I will follow his lead and not riot. Original link Original author: Susanne Leist

Forty in twenty-eight

I have just posted my 40th submission of 2019 – a 3000-words science fiction story. This being the 28th week of the year, it means I’ve been submitting 1.4285 stories per week. That’s a lot. And yet I’d like to write more, and submit more. My current bounce rate is pretty high – of the 40 stories I submitted, I sold 9 and have six still out waiting for an evaluation. It’s not bad, but there is ample space for improvement. I have no illusion of ever becoming a 100% sales writer, but it would be nice to sell more. I’ll work on it. Original link

Exclusive Interview with author Sierra N. Terry, plus a look at fantasy romance, BENEATH THE SURFACE!

Hi, readers! I am pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. We’re doing something a little different. This is our thirteenth official author interview on this romance blog! I know in the past, we did character interviews … Continue reading → Original link

Who are we writing for?

I caught a snippet of a discussion in which I was not really involved, yesterday, about the two souls of fantasy fighting each other. The crux of the contention was, should writers play for the high-brow, sophisticated readers, or should they be down-and-dirty, catering for the lowest common denominator? Which is a nice conceptual framework, and I guess an interesting topic for discussion while we wait for the takeaway delivery boy to bring us our Szechwan dumplings and our fried rice. But once the food is on the table, the discussion becomes irrelevant. This is an important thing to keep in mind – we that write do love talking about our craft. The tricks of the trade, the stumbling blocks a...
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I Had to Make The Call All Pet Parents Dread

This morning, I got up with plans to tell you all what a great time we had at the Paul McCartney concert, and maybe share a photo or two. That changed when I saw that our elder kitty, Paddy, had crashed hard. As I wrote a bit over a year ago, he has kidney disease . He was diagnosed with stage 3 (of 4) last year. We didn’t know how much time we would have left with him. Today, we know the answer, exactly 15 months and three days post-diagnosis. We have until 4:30 this afternoon. Hug your loved ones. Original link

Harlequin’s Romance Includes You Mentorship » Romance University

Today, Harlequin launched a mentorship initiative that offers aspiring romance writers from underrepresented communities the chance to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year on writing a romance novel and includes an offer to publish their book and $5,000 (US) to support their writing. The Romance Includes You Mentorship is part of Harlequin’s active efforts to find new talent and bring more stories representing diverse and own voices to romance readers. via Harlequin’s Romance Includes You Mentorship » Romance University Original link

Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 10 #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to Day 10 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Jan Sikes and her short story, SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY. Jan Sikes SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY By JAN SIKES Gertrude McNabb placed a gnarled hand onher arthritic back as she bent over to take a chocolate cake from the oven. Sheinhaled the sweet aroma and put it on a rack to cool. A black-and-white photograph of adark-haired man with twinkling eyes sat nearby on the cabinet. “This is foryou, Hiram. I didn’t forget it was your birthday. It’s your favorite. I’ll alwaysremember how your face would light up when I baked this special recipe for you.” Gertru...
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Sight Lends Substance blog post #344 Courtesy of We’ll continue the dreamy, ethereal mood this week with a short piece I wrote for the blog. Let me know if it strikes a chord. ***** SIGHT LENDS SUBSTANCE I knew you ere I met you. With closed eyes, I clearly see the breadth of your shoulders, the flair of your ribs, the curve of your buttocks. And that face! Neither fair nor swarthy, but with golden skin unblemished by the razor’s burn. Beautiful, yet masculine. Oh, yes. How manly. We held conversations in my head. Such wisdom from someone so young. Sparkling, intelligent, witty. I looked forward to our talks at the end of the day when the nightly news was done, and you alone shared my ...
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Life: Ripple & Wave, Story & Legacy

Every life is a story, infinite stories actually. Each life – every one of us! – is a drop or a pebble or a splash in the vast ocean of life. Every life, every person, every story affects another, many others. How our story affects the world is our legacy. Most of the time though, […] Original link Original author: Rebecca Bruff

Avoiding distractions to stay on task

Staying on task is hard. Really, it is. There are countless distractions whether you are at work or at home. There are ringing phones, text messages, social media, news, co-workers or kids. It can feel like you never get any uninterrupted time. (I felt that way today as I wrote this blog. Numerous times the kids came in to chat.) Often to feel like I am getting stuff crossed off my to do list (whether it be writing, PTA or home tasks), I try working on several things at once (usually 10 minutes of this, 10 minutes of that). And while it might feel like you are being productive since you are multi-tasking, it often is a false sense of accomplishment. You are busy with multiple tasks, but you ...
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 Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . . Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt. Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel t...
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A Bit About Damascus Mincemeyer

1. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc… ​Well, I’m Damascus. Nice to meet everyone. I came from a tough town near St. Louis, Missouri that wasn’t the most auspicious place for a brainy kid with an interest in the weird and obscure to thrive. I was a loner and an oddball (still am), and didn’t have many friends when I was younger, which is how I managed to hone my writing and drawing skills–through lots of enforced alone time during middle and high school. Home was a refuge, though, where I could dream and just be a kid, which was all I could ask for. ​I realized not too long ago that my fascination with horror stories stems from th...
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Author Appearance: Save the Date!

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Food Festivals of Friuli (Part 5): Festa della Zucca

The Festa della Zucca is held annually on the fourth weekend of October in the town of Venzone, nestled in the foothills of Friuli’s Alps. On this autumn trip, I had made Trieste my home base and would need to first take the train to Udine before making the connection to Venzone. The last time I had visited Venzone, I had been stranded during a transportation strike. Fortunately, on this particular day when thousands of people would be heading to the festival, I learned that extra trains would be added to the schedule. When I arrived in Venzone around 1:00pm, the streets within the medieval-walled village were packed beyond capacity. Townspeople dressed in medieval costumes roamed the street...
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On this day in 1842, Nathaniel & Sophia Hawthorne Began Their First Full Day as Husband & Wife.

About FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE Salem, Massachusetts witnessed horrific and shameful events in 1692 that haunted the town for three centuries. Accused as witches, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. Judge John Hathorne and Reverend Nicholas Noyes handed down the sentences. One victim, Sarah Good, cursed Noyes from the hanging tree: “If you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink!” She then set her eyes on Judge Hathorne. “I curse you and your acknowledged heirs for all time on this wicked earth!” Hathorne was not only Sarah Good’s merciless judge; he also fathered her son Peter and refused to acknowledge him. In 1717, Nicholas Noyes choked on his ow...
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Rip Torn and Freddie Jones

Today we lost two great character actors, that we mentioned in the past when we were talking about lost franchises. Rip Torn was Maax in The Beastmaster, from 1984, and Freddie Jones was one of the many fine British actors that appeared in Krull, in 1983. Both actors had many other genre credits in their CV – most notably Men in Black for Torn and Dune for Jones. They will be missed. Original link

A commencement speech that every college graduate should hear

Unfortunately, this commencement speech has never been given, but it should be. It was written by former syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz in protest of never having been invited to give a commencement address. It became the springboard for his first book, “The Commencement Speech You Need to Hear.” Later he produced an audio CD of the speech complete with crowd noise and applause, which was aired on his radio program. Read on. You won’t be disappointed. Neal Boortz “I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tasse...
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Bedroom Makeover ~ From 90s Mauve to #Farmhouse! #FixerUpper Cape Cod #Remodel #Design

Jinx likes the new duvet This blog is usually dedicated to book-related things, as writing and reading are my passions.  But I also post about some of my other hobbies and interests, like exploring new places, fitness, and gardening, and for the past six months, my main focus has been on remodeling our master bedroom, a space that hasn't been updated since the early 1990s when we moved in.  Decorating doesn't come easy to me, but research I've been combing the internet for inspiration and pinning pictures to imitate for what seems like forever.  Like many people, we're big fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and we wanted to shed our stale mauve and floral decor and do a sort of far...
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