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The Weather Changes. Again.

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            “Tragedy in Churubusco when three residents went on a walk to show off their spring clothes during the warm up this morning, and were later found frozen to death. Their bodies were originally scheduled to be cremated, but couldn’t be thawed fast enough.”

            This is why writers should live in Indiana; that kind of stuff just writes itself.

            Oh, I know, I’ve talked a lot about the weather this…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 23, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Linda Carlino’s awe-inspiring Spain

Author Linda Carlino never hoped or intended to be a writer and her beginnings didn’t suggest anything of the kind.

Linda was born in a tiny coal miner’s cottage in a small mining village at the southern edge of the Durham coalfield in the Northeast of England.

But she had the rare good luck of being born into a family that loved books and was always reading. Not only did her parents love books, they bought books; they even had a large bookcase to house and protect them; a rare…

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Added by Linda Carlino on April 18, 2014 at 5:17am — No Comments

A New List Of Old Words

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            It wouldn’t be another year if we didn’t come across lists of new words, something I discussed when the year was new. But what about old words? Now I’ve also found a list of words that at least one expert (insert air quotes here) believes should be retired. Next week, maybe I’ll find a list of annoying writing habits (such as the overuse of parenthesis).

            One that made the list is the word “huge”, not…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I was invited along on a blog tour ride by my writer friend Mari Collier, who was raised in Iowa and yet isn’t dull at all. Thanks for the extra work, Mari – sheesh. But anyone who writes SF, historical fiction, and humor is worth the effort. She now lives in California, yet isn’t strange at all.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4618494.Mari_Collier/blog

 

Unfortunately, due to…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 14, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

proof of The No-Campfire Girls

            The first proof copy of The No-Campfire Girls is in!

            (Yes, we finessed the title again, don’t judge me. In the previous working title, the comma wasn’t doing it.)

            It looks really good, thanks to editor/designer/layout guru Emily. She’s making a few minor changes and ordering another proof version, then it’ll be readied as an e-book and off to the printer for … I don’t know how many copies. Guess I should figure out how many people will…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Laughing At Cancer

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I can make fun of anything. It’s my job. For instance, last July, as we stood on a scenic overlook over the Mississippi River in Missouri (you can’t look at the Missouri River in Mississippi), I got a phone call to tell me my father had cancer.

Um…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments


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TC Slonaker - The Angelmen Series - Virtual book tour



TC Slonaker – author of The Angelmen Series



The Angelmen Series chronicles, the discovery of four leaders…

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Added by Madi Preda on April 3, 2014 at 8:37am — No Comments

It Will Be A Dark And Stormy Night

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            I’ve been complaining about winter weather in a lot of my columns, so I thought maybe it was time to complain about something else:

 

            Spring weather.

 

            Yes, spring will arrive this year, or so they tell me. March is the traditional Hoosier changeover time (yeah, it’s April now, let it go), which is another way of saying we can have a snowstorm one day, a flood the…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on April 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Bobbing For Fire

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            After three decades as a volunteer firefighter, I … hurt. A lot, especially when it’s cold. Recently I’ve been seen wearing a sling, to let my arm heal after I bent an elbow the wrong way. (I don’t really need the sling—it’s to keep me from reaching for stuff with my bad arm.)

            Bob Beckley was already an old timer (or so my 18-year-old self thought) when I joined. He just hit his 40th…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Chocolate Lover's Worst Nightmare

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            There are a lot of things in the world we like, but could live without. Our favorite TV shows, for instance. Sports teams, coffee (!), videos of cute kittens, even the internet.

            Okay, maybe not the internet, now that we’re hooked.

            But there’s one thing most of us really can’t do without, even if other people think otherwise. Something that makes the world go around (metaphorically … who…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on March 20, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Inspiration from Spain

In the 19tth century early travel writers opened British eyes to the wonders of Spain: its history, culture, music, art, architecture and literature - books like The Bible in Spain (George Borrow, 1843)Tales of the Alhambra, (Washington Irving 1832)  Gatherings From Spain (Richard Ford, 1846.)

Then in the 20th century a host of travel books such as Ernest Hemmingway (Death in the Afternoon) Laurie Lee (As I Walked Out One Midsummer…

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Added by Linda Carlino on March 20, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

Singing the Snow Blues

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Okay, okay, we get it: Mother Nature’s in charge.

Back in 1978 I wrote in my high school paper that I got cabin fever and opened a window, only to be buried in a collapsing drift. My attitude toward winter hasn’t changed. Winter itself did for a while, taking a temporary break … maybe vacationing in Siberia. Now it’s back, and as sometimes happens when people return from a break, it’s back with a vengeance.

(When I get back…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on March 13, 2014 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Singing The Snow Blues

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Okay, okay, we get it: Mother Nature’s in charge.

Back in 1978 I wrote in my high school paper that I got cabin fever and opened a window, only to be buried in a collapsing drift. My attitude toward winter hasn’t changed. Winter itself did for a while, taking a temporary break … maybe vacationing in Siberia. Now it’s back, and as sometimes happens when people return from a break, it’s back with a vengeance.

(When I get back…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on March 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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Spring Into Art 2014

Here is the official press release for the upcoming event. (That guy, Mark Miller, sure talks a lot, sheesh...)





The Mount Dora event series Authors in the Park continues with its Second Annual “Spring into Art” festival, Saturday, March 29 at Long and Scott’s Farm in Mount Dora, FL., event…

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Added by Mark Miller on March 12, 2014 at 1:45pm — No Comments

India, Japan and Australia

 

In her wildest dreams Linda Carlino could not have imagined that her paperbacks and Kindle books would be selling in Australia, India Japan, Brazil, Mexico and also Canada, France, USA,UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space programs have made this possible.

And unexpected success with traditional publishing contracts in Portugal and Brazil – the latter arising directly from a post on Article Base – resulted in a…

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Added by Linda Carlino on March 11, 2014 at 5:51am — No Comments


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Greetings from GRW

3-9-14

Hi Guys,

Sorry about the long delay in posting to my blog but I've been pushing hard to finish two book on Amazon Kindle (Notorious Gamblers of the Old West and John King Fisher - King of the Nueces Strip) and a series of articles.

 

If you're interested, I've got a new website ( http://grwilliamson.com ).

 

Currently, I gearing up to start two novels -…

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Added by G.R. (Ron) Williamson on March 9, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The Crystal Leather Anniversary

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            It occurs to me that this column comes out on March 5th, my third wedding anniversary.

            And by “occurs”, I mean my wife reminded me.

            As I wrote a few years ago, it wasn’t supposed to be our “real” wedding. Our intention was to get married here in Indiana, then have a bigger celebration in her home state of Missouri. The first wedding was exactly the kind most guys want: Get it…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on March 5, 2014 at 5:32pm — No Comments


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Orphan of the Olive Tree- Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

This is a well written romantic novel, rather let down by a poor final edit. The infrequent typos jarred particularly deeply because Patzer's writing is so very good. I can't help but think that the author was badly supported by her editor(s) and meddlers.

From…

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Added by Richard Bunning on February 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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It's out tomorrow! Don't miss it!

Hannah's Stolen Men comes out tomorrow!

Imagine traveling to a brand new planet with dangers creeping out from every direction, knowing no one, and meeting the people you will be living and having children with for the first time.

Oh yeah, and your men? Stolen, and they don't even know until you show up, which is too late to turn back.

Don't wait to see what…

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Added by Marla Monroe on February 27, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

TLhe Horrors of Holiday Food

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            People, we need to talk about holiday food.

            I know what you’re thinking: “The holidays are over! Don’t make us rehash holiday hash!”

            Yeah, well, these days you’re never far from the next holiday. We have to nip this problem in the bud, before we’re all eating rosewater Valentine soup.

            (Yes, I’m late posting this column. Like the TV networks, I dropped everything…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on February 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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