99 Word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry


99 words, no more, no less. It’s a simple constraint, an easy-to-master literary art form, and a powerful writing tool for creatives and entrepreneurs. Writers calibrate the usefulness and beauty of 99-words through weekly flash fiction challenges.

September 12: Flash Fiction Challenge


Being here in the first place

The friendships we make

The lovers we take

Fighting through the storms

While an angry mother

Tries to rearrange the world we live on

The beauty of a coral reef

The sunsets, the full moon

So many gifts

The hand of a stranger offering help

The sound of a new-born baby’s cry

Life continuing

Someone will always be here

While others leave

A reminder of our immortality

Art made by a stranger’s hand

That we like to look upon

Most of all to be loved

To love in return, to live, to prosper…

©Anita Dawes

#Writephoto ~ Reaching #Poetry

Due to our wi fi malfunction, we are a little late posting our entry for Sue Vincents #Writephoto challenge.

Better late  than never, I say!


Thursday photo prompt: Reaching #writephoto


Image by scvincent.com


I fly over land and sea

Finding all I am meant to see

Astral body glowing bright

Alongside birds who fly at night

I see tall dark trees in winters light

Reaching for each other to say goodnight

Spring returns with summers oncoming light

New warmth returning bright green leaves

We sleep now beneath soft grey clouds

Curtains drawn against the dying of the light

A strip of blue as a reminder of days return

With a slow spinning world

We root our lives upon…


Book Funnel Promotion 16 – 30th September

Stevie Turner

I’ve joined a BookFunnel promotion.  I’ve added No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!to a long list of funny books for under $5, and the promotion runs from 16th – 30th September 2019.  Check out all the other funny books too that are taking part in the promotion by clicking on the link below:


After going through the menopause Lyn finds that she no longer wants sex. This is unfortunate, as her husband Neil still does. When he discards her after 35 years of marriage like an old worn out shoe, Lyn moves to Cornwall to start a new life. However, new friends are hard to find, and she feels lonely. On the spur of the moment she decides to join an online dating site, ‘MatchULike’, just for companionship. Amongst the peculiar people she meets is Peter; shy, and conscious that his ‘gentleman’s’ operation has rendered him an unattractive prospect…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Marketing – Online Watering Holes for Authors – Part One – Is your Blog book marketing ready? – Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

So far in this series I have focused on Amazon Author pages, Goodreads and the book marketing potential of your covers, titles, tag lines and key words:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-series-2019/

In the next three posts I am going to look at the online social media platforms that are helpful in your efforts to market your books. None of them are perfect, not least of all because of the amount of personal data that is collected, but you are in business as an author and advertising is a key element of your strategy.

This week I am going to focus on blogging which in my experience over the last seven years is the one that offers the most options when it comes to book marketing, as it is combined with another crucial element… the marketing of you the author.

Blogworld is probably the most effective watering hole for writers.

There are an…

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Thursday photo prompt: Reaching #writephoto


Sue’s challenge:
Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on yourblog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 18th September and link back to her post (link here) with a pingback to be included in the round-up.
There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly.

For visually challenged writers, theimage shows a barren landscape against the shadows of distant hills. Bare branches reach towards each other, framing the scene, while shafts of light stream through a golden window in the dark, cloudy skies.

The Old Man positioned himself comfortably, shoving the cat off his knee.
He parted the clouds and looked beneath to see what had to be done.
Arms poised, he began to play.
The threads of light hung from the evening sky, each one a string of his seasoned harp, vibrating with…

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LOCK ME IN: A chilling look into Dissociative Identity Disorder in Kate Simants’ Debut

Ludwig's Thrillers

“You want to know fear? Imagine someone there, every day when you wake. Imagine knowing, without even opening your eyes, that someone is watching you.”
The second I saw that this book tackles DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder),I knew I had to read it. I literally dropped the book I was reading and instantly dove in. In her debut, Simants writes a thriller that’s driven by mental health, and delves into a real, nightmarish thing that many people go through in their everyday lives.

However, we can see how this psychological condition became a common theme in the genre, and when included in a fictional story, it isn’t always portrayed in a believable way. But I was completely engrossed by the originality and insightfulness provided by this story and its characters.

One of the mysteries here is to find the nature of the trauma that is causing…

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