Guest Posting…

 

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One of the first things I learnt when we started blogging, was the importance of sharing, for although the blogosphere is a crowded and busy place, it can feel like the loneliest place in the world.

That first year, before I learnt the finer points of internet communication (it was so complicated and confusing at first, with all the technical stuff you need to know, like all the linking and tags) we didn’t get many visitors.

We were adrift in a tiny boat, fumbling about in the dark. The thought of actually talking to complete strangers all over the world was both exciting and terrifying.

Gradually, we have become a part of this worldwide community and the support and generosity have been amazing. In turn, we like to support our fellow writers and bloggers, helping to promote their work, so all of you writers, poets and photographers, if you would like to have a guest post featured on our blog/website, you can contact us in the comments below this post.

We are happy to promote your work, as long as it is original, family-friendly material that is all your own work.

The average guest post is between 500 – 1000 words long. Please submit your article as a Word Document and images as email attachments.

We will also need a brief personal bio and links to your website/blog, along with links to your social media/Amazon/Goodreads Accounts.

We will…  create and schedule your post, letting you know the time and date of the post. We will also send you a link when it is published and post links to the article across all of our social media accounts, including our blog feed on Goodreads.

Our Caveat: We reserve the right to refuse any submission we feel unsuitable for our blog/website…

 

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Anita is in charge today!

Anita has volunteered to take charge today, as my head still feels as if it is full of porridge…

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A Pane of Glass…

Through my window, I watch the three hazelnut trees across the road from my house. In the autumn, the leaves change colour and fall and the old bird’s nest comes into view. In the spring, the pigeons fight over it, bringing new twigs. Soon the green leaves will cover it over, but I can still see the pigeons sitting on the nest waiting for their young.

Magpies love to walk along the wall behind them and sparrows cling to the wall, searching for insects. Starlings dance in the sky in front of my window in a murmuration of joy.

Along the road to my right are two almond trees. I cannot see them from my window until the blossoms begin to fall, blowing past my window. Nature’s own wedding confetti.

It is peaceful until school starts again and hundreds of children pass by, laughing and playing, pushing each other into the bush by my tree.

I watch the planes and helicopters on their way to mysterious places, along with the ducks that fly over on their way to the pond.

I watch neighbours awaiting the birth of a child, seen the new pram, watched the child toddling, and then wearing a school uniform for the first time.

The postman who always waves to me on his way past… all life lives outside my window…

© Anita Dawes 2018

Re-posting Our Review: The Enhanced League by Craig Boyack @coldhandboyack

We are re-posting our review for Craig Boyack’s  The Enhanced League because he is having a promotion for it this week.

Such an unusual story and one that deserves as many readers/reviews as it can get.

So if anyone hasn’t read it yet, please do. And if you have, how about a review?

It doesn’t take long and Amazon make it sooo easy to do… click on the amazon link below and you will make Craig a very happy man!

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Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Enhanced-League-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B073T5DH2Q/

The Enhanced league is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs.
Stories involve existing heroes, up and comers, and falling stars. While there are the obvious stories that take place on the field of play, there are also human interest stories that take place around the baseball gyrations. These stories involve scouting, trades, ruthless business decisions, and even relationships.
I enjoyed researching and bringing you The Enhanced League, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. – CB

Our Review

I love the way Craig Boyack writes, I swear he could make the phone book interesting, so I was keen to read his latest story, which is all about baseball!
Not that I know much about baseball, but I knew the author would have included amazing characters and serious twists into it. The Enhanced League is the story of a baseball league where someone has thrown the rulebook out of the window. Nothing is as it should be, but far from being far fetched, the story line is eerily acceptable thanks to the author’s persuasive command of his writing!
At first, I thought this would be a collection of short stories, as these are something the author does really well. Instead it was a fascinating blend of characters, highly unusual situations and a hidden plotline, at first separate, but melding into the whole at the end. This was altogether innovative and made for a fascinating read.

 

About the Author

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I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

 

Our Book Review of Parallel Lies by Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook

 

 

 

My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.

 

 

Our Review

Right from the beginning of what appears to be the idyllic story of  a woman’s life, you sense the ominous presence of a serious mystery seeping through the pages.

Maddy’s life seems perfect, but if you look closely you can see the joins. This is a woman with carefully guarded secrets. She is not what she pretends to be but gives nothing away. You sense how vitally important it is that it stays buried.

Slowly, almost teasingly, we start to learn the truth about Maddy. At first so proper, so delightfully independent, but as we begin to discover the truth, we find a very different woman. The more we find out, the more we know that what we are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg. She confides with the reader with candid honesty about the life she has so carefully constructed, and why it had been necessary.

As the skeletons of her life begin to show, we discover more grubby secrets, all alluding to something or someone so terrifying, she once ran away from.

The tension mounts as the past threatens to ruin all her carefully constructed peace, and I desperately wanted Maddy to rid herself of her demons and find happiness at last, but it looked hopeless.

I really enjoyed reading Parallel Lies, a beautifully written mystery with more twists and turns than a rattlesnake. Maddy is not your typical heroine, she comes with all manner of faults and failings. Some you won’t approve of, but you will understand them.

(Thank you to the author for my free review copy)

 

About the Author

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Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.

Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre.

Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing.

Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination!

Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.

 

Victoria Cornwall, writer and dreamer…

Today we welcome Victoria Cornwall to our blog, to talk about her dreams and new book, ‘The Thief’s Daughter.’ We would like to welcome other bloggers/writers to came and talk about their dreams too…

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My Dream by Victoria Cornwall

We all have dreams, or something we would like to do before we die. I have had a few in my time, although the reality of achieving “the dream” does not always meet with my expectation. I remember the time I wanted to learn to play the guitar. The experience was far harder than I expected, left me with calloused finger tips and short nails on one hand and long nails on the other. Needless to say, I didn’t keep it up and soon forgot all I had learnt. However, I now hold great respect for people who can play a musical instrument. They make it look easy, but in reality it requires dedication, motivation and a passion for the instrument. Another dream I had was to own a horse. I eventually got one, but he was very unpredictable and dangerous to ride. The phrase, “Be careful what you wish for” came to mind as I picked myself up after being thrown off.

Of course I have had dreams that did work out for me. I wanted to be a published author, have a nursing career and to get married and have children. They weren’t unusual aspirations, just normal ones that anyone might have. I think I must be quite cautious as you won’t hear me saying I want to climb Everest (too cold), run a marathon (too much training) or live in the wilderness (well maybe the odd day trip, but I would want to go back to a hotel at night).

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The dream I have now is to take a six month trip of a lifetime to visit all the places that have always captured my imagination. I would like to enter The Tomb of Tutankhamun, marvel at the Taj Mahal and walk around the Colosseum in Italy. I want to feel the water spray from the Niagara Falls, fly over the Grand Canyon and marvel at the Terracotta Army and Great Wall in China. I’d like to go on a safari trip, swim in the Great Barrier Reef and visit the ruins of Pompeii. And I would like it all arranged and paid for by someone else. It’s rather a big ask, I know, but hey, it’s my dream and maybe, just one day, I will achieve it, even if the reality is that I will have to pay for it myself!

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The Thief’s Daughter

Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …

Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.

Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.

Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned …

The Thief’s Daughter is published on all ebook platforms from 6th December.

Website: www.victoriacornwall.com

Twitter: @VickieCornwall

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We Welcome Kate Devereau…

Today, we welcome a guest to our blog and if you think she looks a bit like Meryl Streep, don’t worry about it.

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This is our very first character guest post, introducing Kate Devereau; the unlucky artist from Jaye’s books The Ninth Life and The Last Life.
Still recovering from her latest trauma, she seems frail yet fiercely determined to be here. Something we have come to expect from her.

Shove that pile of books out of the way, and make yourself comfortable…so good to finally meet you in person, Kate.

“Thanks Jaye, it’s lovely to be here, anywhere actually…”

How exactly are you these days? I understand you ran afoul of Jack Holland, your murdering ex-husband again?

“Unfortunately I have, but I have a new protector now, so I am confident everything will be fine…”

Does this protector have a name, and when do we meet him?

“The book will be available from Friday 6th November, and then everyone can meet my Snowman and discover what happened in my latest adventure.”

Er… who or what is this Snowman, Kate?

“The new man in my life, Detective Inspector David Snow. He is so kind and helpful. He saved my life, and sent Jack packing…”

Good news indeed. But what about Michael Barratt, your loyal old flame. Is he still carrying a torch for you?

“Sadly not. I don’t think it would have worked out anyway, it had been far too long and we had changed too much.”

The arrival of this snowman wouldn’t have anything to do with it?
(Kate starts to look uncomfortable, and I wonder if I have touched an exposed nerve. Or is something else going on here?)

“I’m sorry, but I am still a little raw around the edges. What happened to Michael was awful…”

What did happen to him, can you tell us?” (I notice she is wringing her hands together, each one trying to make the other be still. Maybe this visit was too soon…)

“No, I cannot tell you what happened to him at the church. All I keep seeing is the bloody roses on the altar. They wouldn’t let me see him…”

I am sorry, Kate. I didn’t realise it would still be this raw.” (Changing the subject fast, I ask about her painting. The change in her face is remarkable, and as the tension eases, a small smile appears at the corners of her mouth.)

“I haven’t been able to paint since… but thanks to the Snowman I have my favourite seascape back. I live in that painting. Maybe one day soon I can start to paint again.”

In the first book, I loved reading about your paintings and how each one was created. It would be a shame if the world was deprived of any more of your work.
Kate smiles, the first real smile of the day. “I can feel it building inside of me, this overwhelming need to smell the linseed oil again. Hopefully, it won’t be long…”
(I sense the interview is over, but I make her promise to come back when her life is back on track.

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