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Please Honor Memorial Day – charles french words reading and writing

This day is intended to honor, give thanks, and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for The United States of America. Please honor the fallen and the wounded on this day. I realize the day was meant originally for the dead, but I extend my wishes and thanks to the wounded also. Regardless of political beliefs or stands on a war, these are the men and women who fought to keep us safe, and they deserve our remembrance.Please Honor Memorial Day – charles french words reading and writingOriginal link

The death of the American Constitution

Today, on this Memorial Day, I am posting an opinion piece that appeared recently in The Hill,  an American news website, based in Washington, D.C. The author, Grady Means, argues that our nation’s embrace of “identity politics” has fragmented our country and eroded portions of the U.S. Constitution. As an official in the former U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Means was instrumental in creating and expanding U.S. welfare programs. He makes a lot of sense in this piece.BY GRADY MEANSDuring the past couple of weeks, Americans have seen unprecedented authoritarian behavior on the part of many governors and local government leaders, and the chilling possibility that the Obama ...
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A Romantic Suspense Bargain #Book Fair! #Romance #Suspense #RomanticSuspense #amreading #books

Love Romantic Suspense?  Check out the Romantic Suspense Hot Summer Books Fair to find over 40 titles, all less than $4.99!  One of my titles is featured ~ Dangerous Currents ~ a steamy second-chance romance filled with dark secrets and heart-pounding suspense.  Grab your copy and get lost in Malorie and Dean's story!  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?  This Romantic Suspense is a bookstore recommended summer read, and I've included a few of my favorite review site quotes below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!"The suspense of who-done-it leaves you on the edge of your seat.  If you enjoy a romantic suspense that plays with y...
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Be Mindful

Henry Be | Unsplash Being mindful is paying attention to what’s going on in your life as it’s happening. It’s about focusing on the task at hand and not time travelling down memory lane or into distant future scenarios. Being mindful enhances the enjoyment of living as it allows you to savour experiences instead of living through them while wishing you were somewhere else.Original link


I have read so many posts and laughed at dozens of cartoons about this lockdown. So, let’s add a bit more. I mentioned in my last blog I felt guilty. Yes, I do because I loved the serenity. The guilt comes from knowing that so many people out there are suffering the loss of loved … Continue reading YET ANOTHER VIRUS BLOGOriginal link

Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 15 ‘its own book of condolences’

Like a nation forced to sign its own book of condolences the video testaments continued relentlessly. Even on the happiest of occasions a camera’s lens can make you feel tongue-tied but imagine how it would make you feel at a moment like this.Whole families standing before it.Orphaned children.Weeping parents.Single men and women.New-found friends clinging together.Confused.Dazed.Uncomprehending.Everyone waits in line for their turn.  Original link

May 2020 Book of the Month Review

I woke up to a nice surprise this morning after checking my emails. The Readfreely May 2020 Book of the Month review was one of them. It was my book Mercy: Book One in the Detective Matt Deal Thriller series, so as I read their review and keeping my fingers crossed it would be a […]The post May 2020 Book of the Month Review appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link

Marla Holt – The Van Birch Incident

Today, I’m hosting author Marla Holt and her latest release The Van Birch Incident, book one in The Incident series, a contemporary rock star romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title: The Van Birch Incident: A Rock Star Romance Series: The Incident Series, #1 Author: Marla Holt Publication Date: May 21, 2020 … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

When a Woman Accuses a Man of Sexual Transgressions By Miss Know It All

Image by mohamed Hassan from PixabayMiss Know It AllRecently a woman accused a candidate, eager to be President, of sexual assault. Allegedly, this incident occurred in the nineties.  Then a second woman came forward doing an interview accusing him of unwanted touching at a fundraising event in 2009.Whether these allegations are true or not, I do not know, but I do have a message for all men, no matter what position you hold: Please be very careful as to what you say or how you act around women in the office or any space. Some words, phrases, or physical acts can be misinterpreted.The following are some examples that can land you hot water.A worker at a complex said to a resident, “I was thi...
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  The passion of Dracula results in an offspring. Not a human. Not a vampire. But a human-vampire. He lives in Oasis, Florida. Read his story. PREY FOR THE DEAD Original linkOriginal author: Susanne Leist

Bonus Track: “Some Gave All”

For my grandfather Joe, who was in the Army during World War II. For my Uncle Roy, who was in the Army during the Korean War. For my father, Wayne, who was a POW during the Vietnam war. All of them are gone. Memorial Day is a time to remember them, and those who gave all.Original link

Audiobook cover for Ash Suspense Thrillers: Trilogy

Tah-Dah! Here's my design for the audiobook cover for Ash Suspense Thrillers: Trilogy. I borrowed the eerie background from Coma Confidential, but darkened it so it'll fit with the late night scenes in Overkill and Overdose. Then, I attached each one of the three frames to a thin metal rod that runs across the cover left to right, indicating that you can give each book in turn a whirl, around the rod and in your mind.Looking for the perfect gift a Father's Day? Preorder it now!Ash Suspense Thrillers: TrilogyNew! Paperback: AmazonAudiobook: Coming soonOriginal link

Sleeping patterns and other stuff

You may have notice a sudden increase of video posts on this blog – and a few shorter posts. Fact is, while the lockdown’s been lifted in my country, I am still in my old house, in my old village, doing my old things. I used to say that the lockdown had not changed my daily routines… well, the lifting of the lockdown did not change them either.The only thing that’s changed is my sleep patterns – after six weeks of solid insomnia, now I have developed the vitality and spark of a dormouse: I’d spend 16 hours a day sleeping. Bummer.This new scrambling on my daily rhythms is starting to get annoying.But, yesterday night we were finally able to order a take-away pizza, thus ending three full pizz...
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AKIN — Emma Donoghue

Absolutely marvelous!Noah is about to celebrate his eightieth birthday in Nice — the city where he was born, the city he hasn’t seen since he was four years old – when his eleven year old great nephew is foisted on him by a desperate and persistent social worker.Noah, determined to get to Nice and unravel the mystery of his mother’s photos, refuses to give up his trip and takes the boy along. The ensuing adventures of this unlikely pair take the reader on a wild ride through Nice and back to WWII as they search for the answers Noah needs. A story of adventure, bonding, and finding home.BLURBNoah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in...
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Be Grateful

Henry Be | UnsplashBeing grateful is being able to say ‘thank you’ for whatever happens. Sometimes it’s not easy, especially when things don’t go the way you want, but every life circumstance holds something you can be grateful for. Better to look for that something than spend the rest of your days complaining.Being grateful is simply remembering life is a gift and saying ‘thank you’ every day.Original link

Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 14 ‘the cruelest of practical jokes’

In the contemporariness of the modern world we have all become accustomed to uploading all of our thoughts and dreams for the attention of the sometimes watching world and so the process started here wasn’t anything new but in the hands of the NotBeSpeak this recording and cataloguing of personal content was the cruelest of practical jokes to be played on the doomed world as they knew full well that once the planet was destroyed this content would still live on somewhere for someone or something or nothing and no-one to discover at some time in the future and be amused by or simply delete.Original link

One for the Road?

Coronavirus, or political ineptness in tackling it, turning you to drink? Frustrated by restricted travel and closed pubs? Ever thought about the number of phrases there are to describe someone who is drunk?Some are obvious, if euphemistic. They describe the physical state of the person – tired and emotional, legless; or the location as a result of their intoxication – under the table*.Several are more specific, often begin with a ‘p,’ and are not suitable for a family blog.Some words and phrases are clearly associated with imbibing more than is entirely good for us, but we don’t necessarily know why. We know, for example, that to be plastered is to have drunk more than we can properly handl...
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P. Sawyer – Double Cross

Today, I’m hosting author P. Sawyer and her latest romance series Double Cross.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. **** Title: Crossroads Series: Double Cross Series Book 1 Author: P. Sawyer Genre: Romance Everyone finds themselves at a crossroads in their life. Blurb:  Caleb Cross is not your typical front man. His is not … Continue readingOriginal linkOriginal author: Maggie Blackbird

The Murder Hobos – Episode 87 – Exoneration

Jinnaari stopped short, waiting for Helix to turn around. He’d gotten so used to the Tabaxi just materializing that it didn’t startle him any longer. “Helix,” he said, “what’s up?”The Tabaxi smiled. “I’ve been doing other things. Earning my keep within your Court, as it were.” He held out a sealed parchment to Jinnaari.Taking it from him, he examined the imprint in the green wax. The Baroness of Cirrain. Sliding one finger underneath the flap, he broke the seal and began to read.             Unto His Royal Highness, Prince Jinnaari Althir,             Your companion has presented Us with incontrovertible evidence that you were not behind the death of Our brother, Randy. Additional notices ha...
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Sample Saturday: “In The Eye of The Storm”

Hi, everyone. It’s time for another sample from my work. Enjoy!My warm little suite off the kitchen, chosen so that I need not negotiate the stairs several times a day, was an oasis. I would often wake to hear Claire in the kitchen making a pot of chocolate or toasting bread for breakfast. Our household was not shy of one another; she was usually in her wrapper with her hair loose. I often hurried to dress so that I might greet her. She would smile, wish me good morning, and share whatever she prepared. Sometimes she would touch my arm; the gentle caress was like fire to my love-starved skin.The mornings when her lips were swollen and her throat red from Erik’s kisses and love bites were the...
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