#Whatdoyousee ~ #Keepitalive ~ #WDYS

What do you see # 41 – 3 August 2020

Keep it alive
Image credit- Lewis Roberts- Unsplash

( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a baby monkey looking down from branches of a tree)

My parents don’t know where I am
and they look worried.
So am I, as not altogether sure
I could climb down this tree by myself.
I should make a sound,
let them know where I am, but not yet,
I’m in no hurry to get my ears boxed.
Wait, they’re walking away…
Going home without me…

©Jaye Marie 2020


Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The waters of the earth are heaven’s glass
We, in their calm reflection seek our own,
And, lost in wonder, think the stars surpass
The simple spark we hold of truth unknown.
The mind, its logic lost in paradox,
Requires ending to the questioned quest;
Confines eternity within a box
That, like a coffin’d corpse, is laid to rest.
No more than just a single drop am I
Within the ocean of infinity,
And if no Hand exists, who then can try
To separate the droplet from the sea?
The heart that rests upon the scales has sight
To cast aside the veil and see the light.

Sonnet for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge

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Impending Danger #WIPWednesday

Joan Hall

Hey, everyone. Time for another WIP Wednesday. Today, I’ll share an excerpt from Cold Dark Night. But first, let me introduce you to someone and explain how I got her name.

I’ve used various methods for coming up with character names—random generators, popular name sites, keeping of a list of ones I encounter. However, this one came about unexpectedly while driving to work. Well, maybe I should have expected it since I am a Beatles fan and my favorite album is Abbey Road.

As usual, I was listening to music. Suddenly, the idea popped in my head. Characters named Abbey and Penny.

Not the “real” Abbey Road but a residential street in my hometown.

Abbey Lane grew up in the town of Madeira, went away to college, then returned to take a job as the local librarian. She has an older sister named Penny.

And yes, we have a Penny…

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As The Hygienist Cleaned

Dispatches From Dystopia

With all precautions in place, I went to the dentist. Actually to the hygienist. She scraped and did whatever dental hygienists do in their most necessary, but unsung, craft.

My hygienist is the daughter of South Vietnamese refugees. Talking with her, before she started cleaning, I learned why her parents don’t particularly like Communism. They know how Communists came to power in South Vietnam by means of. murder and intimidation. They know how they run Vietnam today with tyranny, corruption, and incompetence. So when radical Left factions run amok in Portland and Seattle, her folks have a creepy sense of déjà vu. They understand when Leftist thugs threaten storeowners in Louisville with damage to their businesses if they don’t show support for The Cause. That is called extortion, what all urban gangs do. Only they put a veneer of Leftist Ideaology over it.

Reclining in the comfy chair, she cleaned…

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Garden of Forever


The Garden of Forever
Is in full bloom today:
Two souls join hands
And dance beneath the sun’s rays.
Their music is birdsong,
The fragrance of roses close,
Gliding on lightest feet
Two people I loved the most.
An audience of luscious greenery,
Colours so true and clear,
Cloudless skies revealing
This couple I hold most dear.
Seventy years of marriage
Would have been celebrated today,
A candle is shining brightly
Loving memories sent their way.
Time is not a barrier,
Now, no longer apart,
The Garden of Forever
Is always in my heart.
I miss you both ❤ ❤ ❤

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Building a Local Readership – #PublicSpeaking #Marketing

Story Empire

Book Signing Party, Enterprise Museum, January 25, 2020

Hi, Everyone! Marcia here again. Hope this finds each of you safe, healthy, and happy for this first week in August.

Today, I want to chat a bit about my favorite way to get your books in front of more readers, always a thorny problem for most of us. If there is one universal truth writers share, especially self-published writers, it would probably be this: WE HATE MARKETING!


For most of us, marketing is far harder than writing our stories, is nowhere near as much fun, and usually involves a ton of work we don’t enjoy doing. But let’s face it, folks –it’s a necessary evil.

If people don’t know about our books, they can’t find our books. And if they can’t find our books, they can’t buy our books.

It’s as simple as that.

What follows is a…

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Final Cut by S J Watson @RandomTTours @SJ_Watson @TransworldBooks


Final Cut is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that ink used is an Amazon affiliate link)

Book Description:

The phenomenal new thriller from the multi-million-copy bestselling author ofBefore I Go To Sleep.

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.

But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.

My Thoughts:

This is a story that flicks between then and now which gives us the opportunity to find out about events from the past which are having an affect on the present day.


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