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#ExcerptWeek – Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow

Have received so many wonderful excerpts on The Write Stuff, over the last two weeks. I hope to share more of them with you guys here in the days ahead! Enjoy!

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Chapter 27: Victoria

Thursday 25th September

Victoria was lonely. It was a week since she’d arrived and she hadn’t made any friends yet. She sensed most of the women resented her. Probably because she was Seth’s favourite, she told herself, pushing away the memory of two days ago.

She hadn’t seen him to speak to since then.

She thought it would be so different being in a commune; that she’d belong; be accepted for herself. Not as Richard’s stroppy sister, or her parents’ difficult daughter, which she knew was how they thought of her, but as one of the community here; as Seth’s girlfriend. It wasn’t turning out like that; not yet anyway. Two of the girls in the dorm had already complained about the amount of time she spent on herself instead of her taking on a share of the work. Well, stuff them, they could get lost. She…

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#ExcerptWeek – Harbinger by Marcia Meara

And while I’m sharing excerpts, here’s one more from Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3, which I posted on The Write Stuff recently. Enjoy!

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Thought I’d squeeze in an excerpt of my own, if you guys will indulge me. This is a scene from Chapter 3 of  Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3. Hope it gives you a shiver or two, and you get a small hint as to the kind of man Cadey Hagen is, along the way. Enjoy!

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3:00 A.M. Sunday, March 2, 2014
Morganton, North Carolina

EYELASHES FROZEN, EACH gasping breath a snowy plume in the frigid night air, the boy ran for his life. Heart pounding, he scrambled up the wooded slope, terror driving him faster and faster.

There! Just ahead, a warm light glowed in a small window. Home. Safety. Only a few yards more.

He lurched forward, sure he was going to make it, now. His heart sang with joy, even as his foot slid on an icy patch of old snow, and he went down hard…

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#ExcerptWeek – Another #Harbinger Excerpt on Carmen’s Blog

Had a chance to share an excerpt from Harbinger on Carmen Stefanescu’s blog. Carmen is a writer in Romania, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share with her followers. Hope you’ll check it out.

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Just wanted to share a brand new excerpt from Harbinger, for those who’d like to read a completely different type of scene. This one features Mac and his adopted son, Rabbit, hiking up a long, deserted mountain driveway to an abandoned cabin. I won’t go into the reasons they’re headed that way, because it would involve spoilers, but I think the scene might capture your imagination, anyway. Hope you’ll take a minute to check it out, and my heartfelt thanks to Carmen for having me as a guest on her blog. (I’m still trying to get my head around the idea that someone in Romania is posting a sample of my work. What a world we live in!)

Check out the Excerpt HERE.

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#TuesdayBookBlog – Wake-Robin Ridge Reviewed by Cathy at Between the Lines

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I’m breaking the rules a bit today, in order to share a lovely review of my book, Wake-Robin Ridge, by Cathy at Between the Lines. I was so pleased to find it this morning, I just had to share, and I hope you’ll bear with me while I shamelessly toot my own horn. (Okay, I’m really letting Cathy toot it, but you get my drift.) Check it out, if you would. And then, if you haven’t started reading this series, go grab Wake-Robin Ridge. It’s the first of three–so far–in my mountain series. (We’ll talk about the Riverbend series another day.)  😀

Thanks for indulging me!

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The #GrishaTrilogy by #LeighBardugo #TuesdayBookBlog

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I may have disappeared for far too long, being caught up in writing five novels over a three-year period, but I’ve decided I really want to get back to this blog, and my love of sharing great books with other readers. I plan to make Tuesdays my day for reviews, and I’m starting today with a series of books that knocked my socks off: Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

As usual, I don’t like to give away very much about the plot of any book, but I will tell you exactly what I think of the writing, the characters, and the story line.

For my money, Leigh Bardugo knocked this series right out of the ballpark. She put just enough spin on her fantasy world to make it intriguingly different, filled with a highly developed political structure, and exactly the right amount of backstory to let readers know how it all came to pass. The story line was strong and very interesting, but for me, the real success of the entire series rests with the excellent character development. I adored the love story at the heart of the adventure, and thought Alina and Mal were perfect, even down to their IM-perfections, which were what made them so believable. The turmoil plaguing a land in desperation was dark and disturbing–almost as much so as the source of it all, The Darkling, a truly compelling and frightening creation. Even the secondary characters were well developed and worth caring about.

There were times when I was heartbroken, fearing the worst would happen to the people I’d grown to love, and times when my heart sang with shared happiness as they conquered yet another seemingly insurmountable task. But I never gave up hope that Good would conquer Evil, and the world would be made whole again. Were my hopes justified? I’ll let you decide.

If you enjoy richly developed fantasy worlds with believable heroines and heroes, accomplishing UN-believable things, this series ought to be just your cup of tea. You should head right on over to Amazon and buy these books today. Go ahead and get all three. Once you’ve read the first one, you won’t be able to stop. (And then you’ll likely do as I did, and start right in on Bardugo’s next book, The Six of Crows–even the COVER is gorgeous on that one.)

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Shadow and Bone

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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