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#NationalPoetryMonth The Rope Swing

Until I get my latest reviews up for your reading pleasure, here’s a little something of mine. Hope you enjoy it!

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Since we’re still short on #FabulousFridayGuestBloggers, you get . . . tada! . . . ME. I’ll just fill in with whatever seems like a good idea at the time, until we get back on schedule. And since it’s still National Poetry Month, here’s a poem of mine. It’s been in the early 90’s here, already, so my thoughts have turned to hot summer days. Hope this little boy’s enjoyment of one captures your imagination.

THE ROPE SWING

Sailing up, up into
Blue summer sky,
Hot rope rough against his hands,
He shouts with joy, and lets go.
For a crystal moment,
He hangs suspended,
Frozen in time
Like a fly in amber.
All awkward angles–
Shoulder blades and
Elbows, and
Knobby knees,
Painted against the sky,
Heart filled with fierce joy.

Dropping, down, down
Into clear green water
Cold on his skin,
He sinks to the silty bottom,
And sits suspended

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#InspirationBoardSunday #SundayBlogShare A Dark and Stormy Night

Inspiration? Could be! Check ’em out!

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It was a dark and stormy night . . .

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. . . at sea . . .

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. . . on another planet .

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There’s a reason “a dark and stormy night” is such a cliché, you know–there’s hardly a more dramatic setting imaginable–so I thought it would be fun to share some storm images with you today. I suspect there’s inspiration to be found amid these pictures, and I hope you enjoy looking through them. (But you might want to use a different opening line when you start your own dark and stormy tale . . . if you want to be taken seriously, that is.)  Check ’em out and let your imagination soar.

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Update on Self-Publishing Workshop

A Change in Schedule! Hope you’ll still try to join us, if you live in central Florida, and want to learn the basics of self-publishing.

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcasting with breaking news! Due to several factors, we have decided to reschedule the April 23 Self-Publishing Workshop at DeBary Hall. The new date will be October 8, from 1:00 until 4:00. The fall is a better time of year for this particular type of event, with fewer folks away on vacations and holiday travels.  If you live in this area and want to learn a bit more about how to self-publish your books, be sure to mark your calendars for October 8, and join us for the discussion. Reminders  will be forthcoming, as the new date approaches. 

And now, we return you to the program in progress.

Oh, and Happy Tewe’s Day!:)

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Self-Publishing Workshop at #DeBaryHall

Are you interested in self-publishing your first book? If so, and you live in central Florida, come chat with me on April 23, at DeBary Hall! Would love to meet you!

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Two weeks from today, I’ll be giving a self-publishing workshop for beginners. I stress the “beginner” category, because I am not an expert in self-publishing, by any means. All I know is what worked for me. But at every Meet the Author talk I give, I’m asked detailed questions on how to go about publishing a book on Kindle and through Createspace, so it seemed like a good idea to set up an event where we can focus on the process.  I’ve published four novels and a book of poetry, so I do have a lot of tips to share, and plenty of suggestions for what authors should NOT do. 😀

If you are a new writer, or at least new to self-publishing, and you are in the area, please consider joining us for a three-hour discussion, with handouts,  at DeBary Hall, from 1:00 to…

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Deltona Authors’ Fair & Building A Local Readership #SundayBlogShare

I know I’ve been absent a long time, and I apologize for that. This post from The Write Stuff might help explain where I’ve been. Writing four novels in 2-1/2 years has kept me busy, busy, busy, but I’m hoping to get back to reviews again soon. Honest! Thanks for your patience!:)

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I’ve posted my thoughts on building a local readership several times, but once in a while, it seems like a good idea to address it again, especially when I’ve been to an author event like yesterday’s Authors Fair at the Deltona Regional Library. I know it might not be something everyone enjoys as much as I do, but I really think attending local events where you can meet not only readers, but other writers, is a great way to promote your books, and most importantly, yourself.

I stress the importance of promoting yourself, because I have a theory that if readers meet you face to face, and enjoy chatting with you, they are very likely to buy a book or two that you’ve written. If not at the event, then later, for their Kindle, or whenever they…

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Top Ten Tues: New Faves

Some good suggestions, here! Check ’em out.

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December 8: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.

In most of these cases, that means I only have one book by them under my belt, but I’d read another… as soon as they publish it/ I have time.

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1. Elizabeth Bear. I read and loved Karen Memory, and I’d love to see some more of Bear’s characters.

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2. Aliette de Bodard. The House of Shattered Wings was an experience–angels in a whole different light. What else could that mind dream up?

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3. Owen Egerton. I bought two of his books at an event, and finally got around to reading them this year. A great example of dark humor.

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4. Una LaMarche. Don’t Fail Me Now is one of those books that flips a switch between sad and funny, and the characters felt real. I admire that skill.

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5. Kristy Logan. The…

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Come Say Hi! #MeetTheAuthor #DeBaryHall

If you’re in the area, come say hi! Would love to meet you!

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Meet the Authors at DeBary Hall

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DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., will host a free “Meet the Authors” event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.  Five Central Florida authors will discuss, sign and sell their works in the site’s 19th century hunting lodge.

Participating authors will include:

BILL BELLEVILLE: A Maryland native specializing in nature and conservation. He has written seven creative nonfiction books, including River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River and Losing it All to Sprawl. He also has contributed to nine national anthologies and authored more than1,000 articles and essays. Belleville has traveled overseas as a writer for the Discovery Channel and scripted documentaries for NPR and PBS.

ROGER FULTON: A naturalist and outdoor writer who has published several successful management books and a series of trail guides for Florida, New York and Vermont. His definitive publication,

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Beyond Secret Worlds – Aimee Easterling, and Others

Free Anthology! Check it out!

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Just wanted to reassure folks that this book is still showing up listed as free for me, and probably for most here in the U.S. It seems to be screwed up in some other countries, but if you are interested in it, please check it out. As of this morning, it’s still showing free. Yay! (Hope it soon shows up for everyone else, too!)

Here’s the Buy Link: Beyond Secret Worlds

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Excited to announce the release of Pedal

Check out my friend, Louis Lowy’s newest book. It’s currently on sale! Grab it while you can!

The Write Stuff

I’m excited to announce the release of my 2nd novel, Pedal, which examines the life of 49-year-old elementary school music teacher, Joanne Brick, who is fired and struggles to reclaim her life back through bicycle racing.FRONT ONLY_lower res

This uplifting story tells how Joanne—who lives with her bossy older sister, and ailing mother—deals with unemployment, loneliness and loss of self-worth. Pedal is a contemporary family drama based around the theme of daring to change and how ordinary people deal with those changes. (Beyond the Book Store just did a wonderful review of Pedal.)

Great news for all who own a Kindle, Assent Publishing has reduced the e-book price for the next couple of days to only 99 cents! For more info and to purchase, here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/Pedal-Kindle

Thanks, and I’d be very grateful if you would share.

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 27 Faith Mortimer @FaithMortimer

#MysteryNovember Day 27 – Faith Mortimer

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The #MysteryNovember tour bus never slows down, so sometimes I can’t quite keep up with it. Today was one of those days, and I’m just now grabbing a moment to tell you that the featured author is Faith Mortimer. You can learn more about Faith and her books at the link below.  Please remember to share the link far and wide, so others may learn about her, as well. Thanks, and enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 27 Faith Mortimer @FaithMortimer

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Another Road Trip!

See you soon!

The Write Stuff

Good Morning, All!

Hope you each had a wonderful day yesterday, either celebrating Thanksgiving with your friends and families, or simply celebrating a beautiful Thursday in November! There is ALWAYS something to celebrate!

Today, I’ll be running around like a crazy person, getting ready for my trip to Charleston tomorrow. My daughter & family have just bought a new home, and moved in a week ago today, and I’m planning to do my Granny thing, keeping two-year old Kaelen busy while his parents continue the huge job of  unpacking and setting up house. It’s 5+ hour drive from here, but my payoff is this:

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Definitely worth the drive, wouldn’t you say?:)

I’ll be back Wednesday afternoon, so play amongst yourselves until then. I will have my tablet and, of course, my iPhone, with me, and I’ll do my best to check in with you guys each night. But I…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 26 Jacqueline Jacques @jacqjacq70

#MysteryNovember Day 26 – Jacqueline Jacques

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Today is Day 26 of the #MysteryNovember tour, and our little blue bus is picking up author Jacqueline Jacques. To learn more about Jacqueline,  please click the link below. Don’t forget to share! Thanks, and Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 26 Jacqueline Jacques @jacqjacq70

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 25 Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #wwwblogs

#MysteryNovember Tour Day 25 – Mark Barry

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Hear that rumble? That’s the #MysteryNovember tour bus lumbering along, on its way to pick up featured author of the day, Mark Barry. To learn more about Mark and what he writes, check out the link below. You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget to SHARE. Thanks & enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 25 Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #wwwblogs

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Mark Your Calendars, Florida Friends!

Visit DeBary Hall & Meet Florida Authors

The Write Stuff

Don’t miss this! The decorations should be beautiful, and you’ll get a chance to meet several Florida authors (including moi!), who would be glad to discuss things ranging from Florida history to leucistic reptiles. We’ll all have books for sale, too,  and will be happy to sign them for you. Do some Christmas shopping that doesn’t involve the Mall. You’ll be glad you did!:)

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 24 CJ Browne #TuesdayBookBlog

#MysteryNovember Day 24 – CJ Browne

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It’s #MysteryNovember Day 24, and our trusty bus is stopping to pick up author CJ Browne. Learn more about  CJ and her books by clicking the link below, but don’t forget to spread the word far and wide.  It makes all the difference in the world! Thanks & enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 24 CJ Browne #TuesdayBookBlog

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 23 Marni Graff @GraffMarni

#MysteryNovember Day 23 – Marni Graff

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Can’t believe how fast November is flying by. It’s already Day #23 of the #MysteryNovember tour, and our bus is stopping to pick up author Marni Graff. To learn more about Marni and her books, click on the link below. Just don’t forget to share, please, everywhere you can. Thanks, and enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 23 Marni Graff @GraffMarni

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 22 – Nell Peters @paegon @AccentPress #SundayBlogShare

#MysteryNovember Day 22 – Nell Peters

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Day #22 of the #MysteryNovember tour is upon us, and the bus has picked up author Nell Peters. To learn more about Nell and her books, check the link below, and please remember to share. It’s what we do.😉 Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 22 – Nell Peters @paegon @AccentPress #SundayBlogShare

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 21 Sam Cheever @samcheever

#MysteryNovember Day 21 – Sam Cheever

The Write Stuff

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Here comes that #MysteryNovember tour bus, and today it’s stopping to pick up author Sam Cheever. Learn more about Sam and her work at the link below, and please don’t forget the part about sharing everywhere you can. We’ll do the same for you, when it’s y our turn.:) Enjoy!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 21 Sam Cheever @samcheever

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 20 Geoffrey West @GeoffreyDWest #FREE download

#MysteryNovember Day 20- Geoffrey David West

The Write Stuff

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Happy Freya’s Day, Everyone! Today, the #MysteryNovember tour bus stops to pick up Geoffrey D. West. To learn more about Geoffrey and his books, click the link below. And . . . ready for it? . . . please remember to share far and wide, so others can meet writers new to them, as well. Thanks!

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 20 Geoffrey West @GeoffreyDWest #FREE download

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 19 – Alison Layland @AlisonLayland

#MysteryNovember Day 19 – Alison Layland. All caught up now. Will post one of these a day, through November 30. Hope you enjoy checking these writers out, and sharing with your peeps!:)

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 19 of #MysteryNovember

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Today our guest is Alison Layland and her book Someone Else’s Conflict

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‘The boy looks up and sees the foreigner’s rifle aimed at him. Why is this man here? This is not his conflict, it is not the boy’s… it is hell.

Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia are still with him as he busks his way round the country. Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with the truth. And then the police call on her. When the past catches up with the present and stories become reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who to betray.

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Where is your home town?

The easy answer is Bradford, West…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 18 Carol Hedges @caroljhedges #wwwblogs

#MysteryNovember Day 18 – Carol Hedges

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Day 18 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Carol Hedges and her book Death and Dominion.

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When Detectives Stride & Cully are called in to investigate a fatal case of arsenic poisoning, they quickly realise that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Despite their best efforts, secrets and lies will dog the investigation and frustrate their efforts. It will take all the skill and ingenuity of two of Scotland Yard’s finest to get to the truth of the matter.
 
Meanwhile London is playing host to two enigmatic strangers: 
Darkly handsome Mark Hawksley has come to enrich himself at the expense of the gullible and greedy by selling fake shares in a bogus diamond mine company. 
Beautiful Belinda Kite has come to find excitement and adventure, and maybe bag herself the prize of a…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 17 – William Savage @penandpension

#MysteryNovember Day 17 – William Savage

Rosie Amber

Join us for the #MysteryNovember Book Tour.

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Our guest today is William Savage and his book An Unlamented Death

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When Dr. Adam Bascom trips over a body in Gressington churchyard, he never imagines it will change the whole direction of his life. As a recently-qualified physician trying to establish a practice in a small market town in north Norfolk, Adam should be devoting all his energy to his business. But it soon becomes clear that the authorities are intent on making sure the death is accepted as an accident and refuse any deeper investigation. Adam’s curiosity and sense of justice cannot accept this. He knows there are many unanswered questions about the death, but he has no standing that would allow him to become involved formally. Instead, he uses friends, old and new, unexpected contacts and even his own mother to help him get to the truth. Set against the…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 16 @MarciaMeara

#MysteryNovember Day 16 – Marcia Meara (yep, that’s me!):)

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 16 of the #MysteryNovember Book tour.

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Today our guest is Marcia Meara and her book Swamp Ghosts.

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Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s prepared…

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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 15 John Privilege @BeardyJohn #SundayBlogShare

#MysteryNovember Day 15 – John Privilege

Rosie Amber

Welcome to Day 15 of the #MysteryNovember book tour.

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Today our guest is John Privilege and his book The American Policeman

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The American Policeman

After everything, there is peace. The Collective took London away from the gangs that terrorised the city after the plague and the slow terror of the Breakdown. The blood on the streets has dried. There is food, water and good housing. Everyone has work. But the meek have not inherited the earth. On a bitterly cold night a woman is brutalised and murdered, shattering the fragile calm of the city. The investigation of London’s first murder in two years falls to Inspector Timothy Conlan and the District team of the New Metropolitan Police. Tim ‘Con’ Conlan serenely navigates the harsh new London. He is dedicated, conscientious and smiling. Around him society is broken. People are traumatised, fearful and wracked with guilt. Now the dark, empty spaces…

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