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The most distressing element of the nation-wide pandemic and shutdown has been the decision by some local governments, school boards, and teachers unions to prohibit children from attending school. We can argue about motive all we want, but ultimately it comes down to politics. Opponents of allowing schools to reopen say they fear for the health of children when, in fact, data from around the world show that children rarely get sick from COVID-19, and deaths are incredibly rare. Also, evidence shows that children don’t spread the disease as adults do, and there is no evidence that closing schools will control the transmission of the virus. Furthermore, evidence from Europe and Asia where sch...
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I have been in the habit of bribing myself to write – I set targets and little awards for reaching them. Finish this story, and you’ll get a serving of ice cream, or a Mars bar.Which, in a village where a Mars bar goes for two bucks, is no small thing, you will agree. Right now I am writing a short story for an anthology submission, and while I have a good idea of where the story needs to go, and through which specific way-points it’s got to go to get there, I am having a hard time finding the proper voice and tone for it.I really like the theme (a cross-over of history, myth and weird fiction) and I really want to make it into the finished book, but I’ve been wasting a lot of time. So I was...
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On Vacation!

The hubby and I have two new additions to our family–after saying goodbye to our other beloved fur babies back in April who crossed the rainbow bridge.  Since new puppies are TONS of work, I’m going to be taking a break from the blog starting Monday, July 27th until Sunday, August 9th.  I’ll be back … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 6 – A Surprise in the Morning

The rain fell in sheets. By the time Manak woke up enough to realize what was going on, his clothing was soaking wet. Add to that the layer of mud that clung to him and his body felt worse than the nonstop hangover raging through his head. No use moving, he thought. Rain’s not going to stop. At least I’ll get somewhat clean this way. Something on his chest and legs moved, the weight shifting enough that he knew it wasn’t just mud or excrement from the sty. It didn’t feel like the pigs, though. Opening his eyes, he slammed them shut again as a rather large drop of rain landed on the bridge of his nose. “Bonecrusher,” the innkeeper’s voice barked. “What?” he grunted, not bothering to open his ...
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Travel Advisory for New York: 14-Day Quarantine Required

The New York State Department of Health issued a June 25, 2020 travel advisory based on an Executive Order signed by Governor Cuomo. It generally requires anyone returning to New York from one of the 19 states listed below to self-quarantine for 14 days. All New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors are required to comply with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.The travel advisory does not apply to people who simply pass through a designated state and stop for a period of fewer than 24 hours, such as at rest stops, airports, or during bus or train travel. As more states reopen, the list of designated high-risk states may widen. Check the official New York State Departm...
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The Way of the Worm | Ramsey Campbell | Rougeski Book Review

The Way of the Worm by Ramsey Campbell is a stunning conclusion to the Three Births of Daoloth trilogy that is tailored to be read only by the courageous.  This dramatic tragedy completes a series of horror novels, inarguably cosmic in nature.  It illuminates the universe and underscore the belief that humans are tiny, helpless, insects when compared to the cosmos and the forces that rule that vast, measureless, uncharted expanse.  This novel is guaranteed to create a profound, lingering effect on readers that outpaces even the devastating conclusion of The Darkest Part of the Woods. The literary maturity of this novel supersedes that of the first two.  Campbell’s use of symbolism will seep ...
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The padlocks seal the front gate. We must escape our dark fate. As the doors and windows close, there’s still no sign of our foes. Once we are trapped in hell, they ring the dinner bell. THE DEAD GAME SERIES… Continue reading → Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Born to the Dark | Ramsey Campbell | Rougeski Book Review

Born to the Dark by Ramsey Campbell is the second volume of The Three Births of Daoloth trilogy.  It continues the development of the plot that began in The Searching Dead. “Go to the dark where the dead people grow.” Even though this is the second of a trilogy, those who have not read the first can still enjoy Born to the Dark.  Campbell drops in bits of back story with great care, using just enough to ground new readers without relying on the use of the dreaded info dump.  As with the first volume, Campbell’s superb writing skills are sure to create a pleasant read.  His use of symbolism as harbingers in Born to the Dark is impressive, especially when he finds a way to take one symbol and ...
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WOLSEY (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Glenn Richardson

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USThrough a thematic and broadly chronological approach, Wolsey offers a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of a man who was responsible for building Henry VIII’s reputation as England’s most impressive king.The book reviews Thomas Wolsey’s record as the realm’s leading Churchman, Lord Chancellor and political patron and thereby demonstrates how and why Wolsey became central to Henry’s government for 20 years. By analysing Wolsey’s role in key events such as the Field of Cloth of Gold, the study highlights how significant Wolsey was in directing and conducting England’s foreign relations as the king’s most trusted advisor. Based on up-to-date research, R...
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Sunday afternoon

The problem, my brother always tells me, is that in this place we live, all days are absolutely equal. There’s nothing to do, no one to talk to, not even a park bench in the shade where you can go and sit, have a breath of fresh air and maybe read a book.It’s like being in the damn Devil’s Island. But with vineyards. Which means I spent most of the day doing research for my next story, and trying to get the selfsame story started… which I did. Three times.None of those beginnings was any good, but I have the chain of events quite clear in my mind, and now I’m going to put down an outline.Then I’ll sleep over it, and tomorrow I will start and hopefully finish the first draft, and have the fin...
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Alpha Titles Book Challenge T

🎕It's time for my favorite "T" titles for the #alphatitles book challenge!Talk Me Down ~ Victoria DahlTreasures ~ Nora RobertsTexas Woman ~ Joan JohnstonTall, Dark and Cowboy ~ Joanne KennedyTake No Prisoners ~ Cindy GerardThe Things We Do for Love ~ Kristin HannahTell It To the Marines ~ Amy J. FetzerTexas Men ~ Delilah DevlinHave you read any of these books?Original link

The ‘Unhypenated American’ is gone

I am sad to report that Lloyd Marcus, who proudly called himself “the unhyphenated American” passed away this past Friday from an apparent heart attack. Fortunately, I was able to run a few of Lloyd’s commentaries and essays on my blog. They were always filled with common sense and street-wise wisdom. In fact, I carried his last commentary on Foreign Correspondent just yesterday (Saturday). It was entitled: Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM, Read This What follows is a remembrance of Lloyd Marcus by J.R. Dunn, author and American Thinker contributor. The ‘Unhypenated American’ is gone J.R. Dunn American Thinker readers will be shocked to learn of the passing of Lloyd Marcus, Tea Par...
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Computers — Photos — the Munchkin

I bought this computer ten or twelve years ago, wrote and published seven novels on it and helped three other authors with their books. But for the past couple of years it’s been failing and slowing down and misbehaving so I knew the time had come to replace it. Of course sending it to my favorite computer shop to be euthanized meant I’d have to back up my files and pictures to an external hard drive. Files? No problem. Pictures? Could be an issue.   Now, you have to understand that I’ve never been a big picture taker so where did all these come from? Well, in 2009, the munchkin was born and I had a cell phone with picture taking ability. Did I go crazy? perhaps a bit. 12,901 pictures crazy ...
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Meet Author Emily VanderBent

Emily VanderBent is a writer and historian. A natural born storyteller, she desires to relay and celebrate the stories of powerful women in history. Her premier novel, Crimson Time, is the first in a series that uses elements of history to creatively engage readers with the past. She hopes her writing will encourage young women to fearlessly pursue their passions and own the narrative of their own stories.With a degree in history, Emily uses her talent for writing, graphic design, and brand building to create blog posts, online content and design for Girl Museum and Makeover Your Brand. While living in the real world, Emily wishes to exist in the pages of a book. What is the title of your la...
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Celeste Granger – All That & Moore

Today, I have USA Today bestselling author Celeste Granger in the interview chair.  She’s here to talk about her latest series release All That & Moore, an African American contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** 1. Can you share something about yourself and how you became an author? Celeste: I am … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

Well-written suspense!

Jan Romes is the author of witty contemporary romance books and a part-time fitness trainer. She also enjoys growing pumpkins and sunflowers. I am honored to find her review of my thriller, Overkill:Jan Romes5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written suspense!Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2020Verified PurchaseThis is an incredible thriller from beginning to end! The author set up the suspense right away when Ashley (who left California for Florida to recover from sexual assault) rents a beach house that is in dire need of repair and reeks with a powerful stench that her mother says smells like a decaying body. From there, Ash is stalked and annoyed by an admiring teen. She finds a hidden ro...
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ABOUT THE BOOK When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not onl...
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The Searching Dead | Ramsey Campbell | Rougeski Book Review

The Searching Dead
The Searching Dead by Ramsey Campbell, grand master of cosmic horror, is a phenomenal, magical portal that leads into the renowned trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth.  Campbell performs at his best in this evocative first-person narrative that documents a subtle, creeping introduction to supernatural, coming of age, cosmic horror. The tale is told by Dominick Seldrake, a young schoolboy who lives in Liverpool just after World War Two.  Campbell’s representation of the setting is remarkably vivid.  Readers will be transported to Liverpool, to see, hear, smell, and feel the aura.  Campbell’s depictions of personal interactions are transformational and place the readers there with Dominick an...
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Into the oven...

I sprinkled sesame seed over my challah bread and into the oven it went...It's coming out of the oven now -- can you smell it?Original link

Indie author Lee Hall

Today I am representing an indie author Lee Hall. I read his book, The ghost beside me. This is a fantastic connection of dream and reality. Average man can identify with the content, when his dreams stayed unfilled, and he wishes to lives in the parallel universe. The book is manifest of philosophy and psychological insight in human behavior, when a person is antisocial, so all what it leaves is a conversation with himself. The author made his readers thinking how to deal with life when frustrations are bigger than your achievements and when others take your place. The author's biography.  Lee Hall is an indie author and playwright from the UK. The stories he writes cross many different gen...
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