Photo prompt round-up: Beyond #writephoto

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


What may lie beyond

Veiled beyond this ‘vale of tears’

Tears will not reveal

Joy and peace lead gently on

Stepping lightly into Light


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on Stanton Moor at Imbolc, when we visited the Nine Ladies stone circle. Close by is the Cork Stone, the Andle Stone and, a few minutes farther on, the enigmatic Doll Tor.

The whole area is part of an ancient landscape, comprisng settlements, burial fields and ritual sites that would have served the prehistoric community. It is a place full of magic… whether you see it in the long, human story, the beauty of the landscape or the touch of the sacred in their beliefs. For myself, I do not see them as separate.


My thanks, as always, to all those who took part. All the posts inspired by this image are listed…

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A Good Day for a Tonsillectomy

Stevie Turner

I left work early today, and before I went home I walked along to the Children’s Ward, where my little 4 year old grandson Charlie was awaiting a tonsillectomy.  I thought he’d be miserable at being starved all day as he loves his food, but he was his usual happy self.  He ran up to me and gave me a cuddle, and then continued playing with a mountain of toys that he’d never seen before.

I watched him, remembered my own sons’ various childhood surgeries, and realised that little children have it best when it comes to operations.  They live in the present, and have no knowledge of what’s going to happen to them.  They also have no self-pity, and so they don’t sit around feeling miserable and sorry for themselves.  They also don’t know how to catastrophise.  I thought back to how worried I was before my own operations…

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Clarifying Shampoo

Myths of the Mirror

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Betsy over at Parenting is Funny was recently musing over a bottle of clarifying shampoo (yes, it’s a real thing). Her blog is a hoot, and I encourage you to visit. Her post popped a story into my head. I hope you enjoy.

Clarifying Shampoo

Clara was born a Libra. Not the normal kind of Libra with a smattering of other signs in her chart to balance her scales. She was an anomaly, an astrological case study, solid Libra from her Sun all the way across the galaxy to Pluto. She vacillated like a seesaw and simple decisions were intolerable with all the second-guessing.

Worst of all, she was the epitome of annoying. Potential friends stopped calling after a week, and romantic relationships unraveled before they had a chance to knit. She frustrated counselors. Even her mother had stopped answering the phone.

Clara had to do something, and…

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #EthereePoem

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge






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Night’s dark

Shadows fall

Lonely hearts call

The land is cold now

Secrets hide in darkness

Shadows crawl with dragon’s tail

They seek to find a place to be

To spread their golden wings in harmony

No harm to those in dragons dreaming sleep…


Colleen is still not back in action, but we will keep her challenges running until she surfaces again!

Mail carrier… #Poetry



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Mail carrier

I hear the postman’s footsteps fade away

An ancient book slipped through my door

Of a size, my letterbox could not explain

No way for me to know who sent it

What magic do I hold?

With shaking hands, I barely held the book in place

The pages turned with will unknown

I read strange words as best I could

These words, they changed once read, renewed

One thousand stories lay ahead

A map of red and gold, leading through forest glades

Four doors stand ahead, marked past, present, future unknown

Whichever you choose, your journey is guaranteed return

One question still remains, which one would you choose?

Should I read the book again, read the changes within?

Whose pen did write such magic?

One book with a thousand ever- changing stories

Must have come from door number four…


#Throwback Thursday: Our Review of The Box Under The Bed by Dan Alatorre @savvystories #Horror



Come along for a chilling ride on a ghost ship, experience eerie daydreams and psychotic killers, explore haunted houses, and send the deceased to their final destination.
And that’s just a quarter of the thrills.
Edited and compiled by Amazon bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of scary tales brings together the minds and pens of twenty authors, including bestseller Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant), bestselling author Jenifer Ruff (Everett), Lucy Brazier (PorterGirl), J. A. Allen, Juliet Nubel, T.A. Henry, Ann Marie Andrus, Heather Hackett, Barbara Anne Helberg, Scott Skipper, Joanne R. Larner, Christine Valentor, Adele Marie Park, Curtis Bausse, Annette Robinson, Frank Parker, Eric Daniel Clarke, and Maribel C. Pagan.

Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before walking alone on the beach at night, reading a diary, or innocently watching a train from your car.
Consider yourselves warned.

Our Review

We really loved reading this anthology. Each story is original and well written with a unique quality of its own.

From the bonus story, The Water Castle by Dan Alatorre, to The Blind Tattoist  by Allison Maruska , there is something here for everyone.

It would be hard to pick a favourite, for we loved them all. Some were scary, some mysterious, but every single one was a darn good read.

Not exactly bed time reading, unless you want to have nightmares!

Author Bio


International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages.

From Romance in Poggibonsi, to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators. To comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heart-warming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series.  His knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry – or hang onto the edge of your seat – has been enjoyed by audiences around the world.
And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time.

“That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.”

Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe.

His unique writing style can make you chuckle or shed tears—sometimes on the same page (or steam up the room if it’s one of his romances). Regardless of genre, his novels always contain unexpected twists and turns, and his endearing nonfiction stories will stay in your heart forever.

25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew, co-authored by Dan, has been a valuable tool for upcoming writers (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping new authors is evident in his wildly popular blog “Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR.”

Dan’s success is widespread and varied. In addition to being a bestselling author, he has achieved President’s Circle with two different Fortune 500 companies. You can find him blogging away almost every day on or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week, Writers Off Task With Friends.

Dan resides in the Tampa, Florida area with his wife and daughter.

#NewRelease Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT reviews #thriller Silent Mayhem by @SueColetta1

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Today’s team review is from Karen B, she reviews here

#RBRT Review Team

Karen has been reading Silent Mayhem by Sue Coletta


Shawnee’s back and in danger, again. Her life is about to take quite a turn with the secrets about her parents that she will try to get from Mr. Mayhem.

Mayhem, Poe, Edgar, and Allan’s lives will change in Silent Mayhem as well. Mayhem’s wife, Kimi will push the crows and Mayhem into Shawnee’s life to protect and warn her of the danger she is in. The crows may not like the fact that they need to try to protect her and warn her, but they’ll do it for Kimi and Mayhem.

Levaughn is working a case of a serial killer who decapitates and scalps his victims. There is no rhyme nor reason to the victims of the serial killer that can easily be found, and the track to…

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Blue Fences


Once upon a time, we declared it. And maybe… that’s all we needed.

It was loud. It might have even reached the clouds.

Those words left our lips and danced off walls and ceilings.

Reflecting “us” in that moment. The vibrations of our feelings…

Drifting through time and dropping through space.

And yes, from where we stood, the sound started to fade.

Same statement. But further away.

And now, though we can no longer hear it…

In a way, it’s still alive.

Just above our frequency. Ahead of our time.

But wherever it is now, it’s still true.

And maybe, one day we’ll catch up to it too… reunite with our own hearts singing…

I love you.


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