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Seeing COVID in a new light

Hey everyone, I know I’ve neglected my blog lately. We’re still learning our new characters for The Murder Hobos, and the stories aren’t coming as fast as they did before. I’m writing, though, so that’s good. I work retail. I’ve never tried to hide that. The book sales are, honestly, nonexistent for the one that’s out. Denise Barone, my agent, is rocking her job and I’m hopeful something will happen before the end of the year. Especially now that she’s got something new from me in her inbox! I’ve had trouble understanding the mindset of those who are anti-masks, anti-science, believe that COVID is a conspiracy/numbers are inflated, etc. I didn’t understand the willful ignorance, the dismissi...
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Sample Saturday: Hard-Boiled Blues

Today’s sample is from “The Axe Man Cometh,” one of the tales in Hard-Boiled Blues. Enjoy!—– I don’t know why y’all adults are always trying to scare the hell out of little kids.With my Irish Granny O’Halloran, it was always the bainsidh, who would come and get you in the outhouse if you were naughty. With my Cajun Granny Broussard, it was always the rougarou who would get you and take you out to the swamp if you misbehaved or back-sassed your elders.I think I was ten years old when I stopped to think about how stupid this was.Wait. We don’t even have an outhouse; we’ve got indoor plumbing. And if some alligator-headed man shows up to take me to the swamp, well, I reckon I’d better go … and ...
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The outlaws of Sherwood Forest are online

I was doing some preliminary research and warm-up for my next writing project, and as I was looking for online resources, I stumbled on the University of Rochester’s Robbins Library Digital Projects page, which features a number of online collections of texts and materials about – among others – the Crusades, the Matter of Britain, and, to my great pleasure, Robin Hood. The website features Robin Hood: Development of a Popular Hero, a learned essay by John H. Chandler, that gives an in-depth look at how the British (for all their love of law and order) ended up cherishing a brigand, an excellent starting point.From there, we can go on and peruse the huge selection of texts and images, and le...
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Ashley Takes A Break In Florida To Regroup. Trouble Follows!

An in-depth review from Vine Voice reviewer B. Roscoe for my thriller, Overkill:B. RoscoeVINE VOICE5.0 out of 5 stars Lost & Confused After Her Trauma, Ashley Takes A Break In Florida To Regroup. Trouble Follows!Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020This is book two of the Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance series.Ashley Winters, twenty-two, needs time alone to regroup after surviving her brutal rape and the coma that nearly left her defenseless against her would-be killer. Over winter break from the University of California Irvine, where she is working on her master’s degree, she decides on impulse to rent a dilapidated beach house in Clearwater, near her father’s Florida...
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Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM, Read This

The following commentary is from African-American conservative artist and commentator, Lloyd Marcus. He makes A LOT of sense. Take a look. Black America: Before y’all sign on to BLM Read This By Lloyd Marcus:  The Unhyphenated American During the opening monologue of his show, Arsenio Hall included a running gag titled, “Things that make you say hmmm.” To my fellow blacks, here are things that should make you say “hmmm” about Black Lives Matter. BLM’s mission statement says they want to destroy the nuclear family. Rejecting BLM’s war on the family, black former NFL star Marcellus Wiley offered these stats. “Children from single-parent homes versus two-parent homes. Children from single-paren...
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Tibby Armstrong and Bianca Sommerland – The Asylum Fight Club

Today, I’m hosting authors Tibby Armstrong and Bianca Sommerland and their latest series release The Asylum Fight Club, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, because there is a Kindle Fire up for grabs! **** Fated. Forged. Forever. A place where men live and love by their fists—and ropes are for … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


    Blood red sky at night. Watched with sailor’s bated breath. A vampires’ delight. THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist    Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Kabbalah and Healing | Maggy Whitehouse | Rougeski Review

Kabbalah and Healing by Maggy Whitehouse leads readers on a fascinating, personal tour of various aspects of the Kabbalah.  As the subtitle states, she focuses on transformation that can lead to equilibrium and health. A Mystical Guide to Transforming the Four Pivotal Relationships for Health and Happiness. Whitehouse employs a personal point of view that will connect directly with the reader.  She speaks to readers as if they were there with her.  In addition, she uses examples from her own life, further enhancing her connection with the reader.  The read is very pleasant and tailored to be understood by most readers. Whitehouse sets the stage with a brief discussion of the human mind, defi...
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Weekend Reads: “Across That Bridge”

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
It seems impossible that it’s been a week since we lost civil rights icon John Lewis to cancer. Although this review is brief, I can assure you that Across That Bridge is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by John Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars I deliberately took my time reading this important memoir. Each chapter/essay dealt with a theme of peaceful resistance via a particular concept: love, peace, unity, etc. And coming as it does from a civil rights hero like John Lewis, this is important information for our own time. We are living in a time when peaceful resistance is the only way to stand up against the tyranny that h...
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Triple treat: At the Table of Wolves

If you are reading my blog you know there are a number of things that interest me: pulp fiction old and new, adventure, science fiction and fantasy, history, occasionally comics, caper movies, espionage…“The kid has too many interests,” as the teachers used to write in their final evaluation … indeed, I was in the third year of university when a teacher levelled at me the old “too many interests” mark of infamy. But it has worked out fine so far, and sometimes a number of interests of mine collide, and it’s a lot of fun. Case in point, Kay Kenyon’s 2017 novel At the table of wolves, that I have kept on my nightstand for a few months now, and finally started reading seriously at the start of ...
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Proud to be an American

I don’t know Hal Morris. Never met him. I received his commentary from a friend and it resonated with me because of its honesty and the author’s palpable love of our country. I hope you will find it as poignant and authentic as I did. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN by Hal Morris  I was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1935, but grew up in a small rural hamlet called Oak Ridge in the Catskills near Ellenville. We moved there in 1942, the dark days of WWII, and were the first Jewish family in the area. I grew up attending a one-room school, grades 1-8 from, 1943 to 1949. It was rural America at its finest hour. Each morning in school, we recited the Lord’s Prayer, sang the National Anthem, recited the...
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#BookSale: Survival of the Fittest!

Originally posted on WordDreams...: Today, my latest prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, is available for sale on Amazon. To promote that exciting event, I’m putting Book 1 of the trilogy, Survival of the Fittest, on sale July 24th-July 26th 2020. The way this Kindle sale works is it starts at $.99 and goes up $1…Original link

K.J Porter – The Weapons They Use

Today, I have author K.J. Porter in the interview chair.  She’s here to talk about her latest release The Weapons They Use, a science fiction thriller novel. **** K.J. Porter on The Weapons They Use: 1. First, what’s your favourite scene in the book? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why? K.J.: That’s … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird


ABOUT THE BOOK For a group of friends, one mistake changed the course of their lives forever.

In the aftermath of a tragic school shooting, the group must find their own form of justice and a way to begin healing from a wound that just won’t stop hurting.

For them, the lines were drawn.

Right and wrong became blurred.

Friends became enemies.

Told from the perspective of four friends, we learn how one student’s revenge reigned terror over a school and a community-- causing secrets to unfold and relationships to be tested.

A compelling and powerful story about a school shooting. A must read. Book Details:
 Title: Silent Screams
 Author’s name: Zachary Ryan
 Genre: young adult, coming of ...
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  No one can see what you mean to me. A creature of the night you may be, but a loving soul is what I see. PREY FOR THE DEAD by Susanne Leist  Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Pre-order Feature with Q&A: Awakened by Him by author Eyta Jade

•.☆.•Awakened by Him by Eyta Jade•.☆.• Falling into him was a dance with destiny; little did she know it would be her unraveling. I am pleased to announce a great book release by Eyta Jade, a talented author I met during my journey! Her new steamy multicultural romance with a touch of suspense, Awakened by… Continue reading Pre-order Feature with Q&A: Awakened by Him by author Eyta JadeOriginal link

A Flashback Takes The Couple Back To When They Met

Here's an in-depth review of my WWII Romance novel, The Music of Us:B. RoscoeVINE VOICE5.0 out of 5 stars Reads As A Stand-Alone In A Series Of Stories About Lenny & Natasha.Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020Verified PurchaseA Flashback Takes The Couple Back To When They Met Shortly After Lenny’s Draft Into The Marines During World War II. Fans Of The Notebook May Enjoy This Book!This is the third book in the Still Life with Memories series, a five book series with a sixth brief book bite. The books are interconnected, spanning various periods of time from World War II through the 1970’s. Different characters within a family tell their stories, but the underlying story revolves a...
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Character, a deeper dive Part 2 | A Writer of History

How does an author reveal character? Through dialogue, events of the character’s past, through actions taken or not taken, through the opinions of others, through personality quirks and telling details. Even names can be revealing. Beyond these aspects, a character is what s/he wears, what they collection, what they read, the relationships they have, the possessions they collect or covet, how they spend their time and so on. Furthermore, we can reveal character through what George calls the ‘external landscape of the person’ – looks, dress, home, vehicle, possessions, physicality. And through the ‘internal landscape of a person’: emotions, psyche, soul, wants, needs, reflections, speculation...
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Mutant steampunk rats and a large pizza

I decided to follow my brother’s suggestion.It’s usually a bad sign when my brother comes up with some suggestion about my mood or my everyday going – because it means that whatever is going bad is showing.But he had a suggestion, and I followed it. I’ve been having a hard time writing of late – mostly because after six months of continual writing, revising, re-writing and re-revising for my Client from Hell, and after six months of being spared no disparaging comment about my work, my brain is completely clogged.I have ideas, I have open calls with deadlines ticking like time-bombs, but I find it extremely hard to write – and so, instead of hammering out 1000 words per hour like I used to d...
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The Chrysalis: Wake Up America

BY: Anonymous [A concerned and worried proud American] Do you remember your grade school science class when we learned about ‘transformation’? One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf, and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar ‘radically’ transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth. I stress the word ‘radically’ within this narrative. As it relates to the caterpillar and the resulting chrysalis that was formed, the change was, indeed, radical; however, what emerged was something of beauty by nature…it was either a moth or, more colorfully, a very lovely fluttering butt...
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