Mark R Hunter
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Snape Takes a Holiday Chapter 2: Awkward Conversation

I had intended for “Snape Takes a Holiday” to be a standalone story, but people kept asking me how Snape survived … and I also promised to write fanfiction to celebrate my original writing advances, like the book contract with Arcadia Publishing. So here, several months later, is chapter two. And since you’ve probably already forgotten chapter one, you can find it here: …See More
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Teams Needed for Relay For LIfe of Noble County (Indiana)

Teams are needed for the Relay For Life of Noble County, which has set a fund raising goal of $45,000 for their 2015 effort to fight cancer. As of late March 17 teams have signed up for the Relay, which is being held May 16-17 at the West Noble High School, south of Ligonier along US 33.At least 15 more teams are needed, and the Relay is also looking to honor and celebrate cancer survivors. The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe, with community based events that raise…See More
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7 things about my writing life

I was tagged on Facebook by Lorelei Bell to reveal seven things about my writing life. I’m not going to tag anyone (‘cause I don’t do that), but I think I can come up with seven little known, if not terribly interesting, things:             I was diagnosed as a kid as being dyslexic—and never knew it. My mother apparently assumed I remembered, and dropped that bombshell on me in an off the cuff remark just a few weeks ago. It must have been a mild case, and the teachers worked me through it;…See More
Mar 26
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Proof is in the pages

We’ve sent for a proof copy of “Slightly Off the Mark”, which should arrive around the end of the month. Another run-through to come, and hopefully no major problems in formatting—then one step closer to a print run. Next will be to decide how many to order. …See More
Mar 24
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We’ve Got You Covered

Here’s the proposed cover Emily did for Slightly Off the Mark, which we hope to have out in print and e-book in April. Let me know what you think! See More
Mar 20
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A Good Day Having Written

(You might be hearing something new from my column soon, thanks to Kendallville Mall. Stay tuned!)http://www.4countymall.com/mark-hunter---slightly-off-the-mark/a-good-day-having-writtenSLIGHTLY OFF THE MARKIt was mid-August, 2014 when I first learned about a great opportunity to sign with a big, nation-wide traditional publisher.Six months ago. The beginning of my half year long nightmare.No,…See More
Mar 17
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Mapes, Eckhart, Books, and History

            Many thanks to Mike Mapes, who took Emily and me on a tour of the Eckhart Public Library and Willennar Genealogy Center in Auburn. We stopped by to drop off the many historical photos we borrowed from him for the “Images of America: Albion and Noble County” project. I love being in libraries anyway, and I love history, and I’m also a fan of architecture, so it was a great afternoon … and we met some great people!             This painting, badly taken with my cell phone, is “The…See More
Mar 13
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Space Opera, Humor, and Headaches

My sinus headache seems to be morphing into a rare migraine, so just a quick update: I’ve finished the third draft of my space opera story (working title Beowulf: In Harm’s Way), and Emily’s about half finished checking the first Slightly Off the Mark book, which we hope to have out in April.The space opera story is only about 55,500 words, and the humor book around 40,000. I think shorter is better with non-fiction humor, but what do you think of that length for science fiction? My novels tend…See More
Mar 6
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Mar 1
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A Free Trip Into Strange Portals

I’m late with this, but my story “Another Family” is included in the free e-book, “Strange Portals: Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology”. Read lots of great authors, with stories ranging from the dark to my own tale, a lighter Christmas fantasy featuring two characters from my “Storm Chaser” series. Sure, it was originally intended to give you a holiday break, but it’s February … don’t you need a break right now? And did I mention it’s free? … so your risk is minimal! You can get it all over…See More
Feb 23
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I don't want to build a snowman

I Don’t Want To Build a Snowman: http://markrhunter.blogspot.com/2015/02/i-dont-want-to-build-snowman.html Maybe you’ve seen “Frozen”. Maybe you’ve been frozen. Either way, I think you can relate to how I changed the song’s words, to reflect my feelings about winter. If you’re not familiar with the song, just ask any kid. If they don’t have the soundtrack or a karaoke version, they can probably still hum the…See More
Feb 20
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Storm Chaser On Review

A new review has been posted of Storm Chaser! http://authorstowatch.com/2015/01/14/storm-chaser-book-review/ Since I’m posting a link to it, it’s probably not a bad review …See More
Jan 17
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How I Ruined Winter … For Almost Everyone

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK  I love January! Said no one, ever. Okay, some people actually do love winter, which just goes to show you: Northern Indiana needs better mental health screening. I used to take part in winter activities, but I was young then, and young people just haven’t learned that being miserable isn’t an adventure. When I was a kid, I loved sledding, snowball fights, and not having to pay the utility bills. Well, I liked them … I never did warm up all that much to winter. Then, one…See More
Jan 11
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Working on a photo finish

I won't be blogging steadily before February, due to the upcoming deadline for Images of America: Albion and Noble County. Emily is still scanning photos, I'm working on captions and research, and we still have some people to contact about getting more old historical photos for the project. I'm doing pretty good on Albion pictures at this point, and casting the net out for old photos from other communities, large and small, as well as special places, events, and such. My plan is to have the…See More
Jan 3
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Here's hoping 2015 is better

I’m not going to lie to you: 2014 sucked.  Everybody got sick or hurt at least once, and the world’s a train wreck. On a personal level I lost my first writing job after twenty-three years of steady work, and the book sales that might have made up for it have stagnated. On a family level I can’t even say “at least we have our health”.But I can’t dwell on the bad stuff—there lies madness, and don’t we have enough madness? I have a new part time writing job and people are, if not healed, being…See More
Dec 31, 2014
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All I want for Christmas is a free short story

Here’s our Christmas present to everyone: A free short story on PDF, featuring two characters from “Storm Chaser”, The Notorious Ian Grant”, and “Storm Chaser Shorts”.“Another Family” is set before the books and features two cops, a surprise snowstorm, and a special guest who needs police assistance. Oh, and family. Merry Christmas! You’ll find it on the website at http://markrhunter.com/extras.html …See More
Dec 25, 2014

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The Wizard of Oz
About Me:
My novel, Storm Chaser, was released by Whiskey Creek Press in June, 2012. Next May I have a short story collection coming out, and I have a humor column, Slightly Off the Mark, published in three northeast Indiana newspapers.
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Mark R Hunter's Blog

Snape Takes a Holiday Chapter 2: Awkward Conversation

I had intended for “Snape Takes a Holiday” to be a standalone story, but people kept asking me how Snape survived … and I also promised to write fanfiction to celebrate my original writing advances, like the book contract with Arcadia Publishing. So here, several months later, is chapter two. And since you’ve probably already forgotten chapter one, you can find it here:

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Posted on April 1, 2015 at 4:30pm

Teams Needed for Relay For LIfe of Noble County (Indiana)

Teams are needed for the Relay For Life of Noble County, which has set a fund raising goal of $45,000 for their 2015 effort to fight cancer. As of late March 17 teams have signed up for the Relay, which is being held May 16-17 at the West Noble High School, south of Ligonier along US 33.

At least 15 more teams are needed, and the Relay is also looking to honor and celebrate cancer survivors. The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe, with community based events…

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Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:30pm

7 things about my writing life

I was tagged on Facebook by Lorelei Bell to reveal seven things about my writing life. I’m not going to tag anyone (‘cause I don’t do that), but I think I can come up with seven little known, if not terribly interesting, things:

 

            I was diagnosed as a kid as being dyslexic—and never knew it. My mother apparently assumed I remembered, and dropped that bombshell on me in an off the cuff remark just a few weeks ago. It must have been a mild case, and the teachers…

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Posted on March 26, 2015 at 4:00pm

Proof is in the pages

We’ve sent for a proof copy of “Slightly Off the Mark”, which should arrive around the end of the month. Another run-through to come, and hopefully no major problems in formatting—then one step closer to a print run. Next will be to decide how many to order.

 …

Continue

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 4:30pm

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At 4:33pm on July 3, 2014,
Author
Brenda Sorrels
said…

Thanks for the friendship Mark!  I am sooo slow here on Book Blogs, but I'm really happy to meet you.  I just received my first newspaper review from The Bismarck Tribune so I'm pretty happy right now!  Here is the link if you want to check it out:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/review-n-d-native-s-the-bachelor-farmers-a-good/article_4ca470e0-ff47-11e3-9726-001a4bcf887a.html

At 3:54pm on July 18, 2013, Maria Behar said…

You're very welcome, Mark!!  Great stuff!!  : )

At 2:17pm on September 20, 2012,
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Sally
said…

Hey there..! :)
Welcome to bookblogs..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 
I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in
    P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)
thanks <3

At 11:34am on September 23, 2011,
Author
Samantha Jillian Bayarr
said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!

Please visit my blog to enter my latest giveaway for my one year Blogoversary!

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and 10 kindle copies of my new ebook, The Anniversary.

http://livingstonhallpublishers.blogspot.com/

Good Luck!

Have a great day,

Samantha
At 7:37am on September 9, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
I hear you on pictures, believe me - which is why mine is a goofy one rather than an attempt at serious!  :)
At 12:08am on September 7, 2011, Intoxicated by Books said…
Hi! Welcome to book blogs! I hope you enjoy the site and all of the AWESOME people here! I would like to invite you to visit my blog at http://intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/ I have a giveaway going on right now as well as some tours available for readers. I also have a promotion page available for authors.Christina
At 11:10am on September 6, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…
Someone else just told me they had trouble with that too - mine worked pretty predictably, but I did it a while ago so am not sure I know how to help...  Sorry!
At 11:25am on September 5, 2011, Jill Elizabeth said…

Welcome to Book Blogs!  I'm rather new myself - still figuring things out, but so far have been quite pleased with how much support/feedback/help are available...  If there's anything I can help with just let me know - I can't promise answers (well, I can technically promise answers, just not that they are correct/useful - teehee), but I've managed to pick up a trick or two that I'm happy to share!

And if you have a second, please stop by my blog - www.Jill-Elizabeth.com - I'm always happy to get comments or new followers!

Best of luck to you - 

jill-elizabeth

At 7:58am on September 5, 2011, The Coffee Bar said…
You're welcome for the welcome, Mark! :-)
At 9:21am on September 4, 2011,
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Mary (BookHounds)
said…
Hello Mark
Welcome to Book Blogs. Let me know if you have any questions. Be sure to check out Network Your Blog if you are looking for new followers! Please stop by my blog at http://maryinhb.blogspot.com & my YA blog: http://foreveryoungadult.blogspot.com when you have a chance!
Thanks, Mary
 
 
 

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