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Reality: A Little Less Funny Concept

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            The other night my wife asked me to hand her a bottle of water. I reached for it and said, “When I blow a dollar on a bottle of water …”

 

            And then I stopped. I’d just learned of the death of Robin Williams, and that’s a line stolen from him. (It ends with, “I buy Perrier.”)

 

            “Reality … what a concept.”

 

            Celebrities are…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on August 21, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments


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Cotton Candy Days: A Review of Cibola Burns by James S. A. Corey

The Expanse series is an amazing romp with Cibola Burn a SF grand slam home run. Go now, read it and be forever freaked out.

For my complete review visit Thank the Maker:  …

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Added by Holly Best on August 19, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Camping: By The Light Of The Laptop

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            My concept of camping is a great example of wanting to have things both ways. I like being away from home for a day or two … but I want to bring home with me.

 

            When my wife the Girl Scout went camping, she’d take a square of canvas, fifty feet of rope, and a pocket knife. For a week. To her, it’s not really camping if you can get there by car. No, you have to hike, and…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thumperino Superbunny and the Pirates of the High Seas, By: Amber L. Spradlin - Book Review

Reviewed By:  Jason Lulos, Hollywood Book Reviews

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This is a very entertaining and imaginative children's book about Thumperino Superbunny, an intellectually and physically gifted superhero who uncovers a plot involving pollution, pirates, and mysterious gems. This is the third installment in the commendable Superbunny series; an enjoyable and thoughtful adventure…

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Added by Nicole Sorkin on August 8, 2014 at 3:31pm — No Comments

It's A Wet Dog's Life

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            Sometimes I wish my dog could talk. Other times I realize how very, very good it is that he can’t.

            Bae—we named him Beowulf, although for all I know he thinks of himself as Mxyplictic—must think we’re crazy. We cut our nails without complaint. We put perfectly good food in the trash can and then don’t let him sample. Worst of all, we get wet on purpose.

            “Wait – you’re going in there again?…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on August 6, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

            Am I so much of a geek that I care when actors from some of my favorite shows come together in one movie?

            Yes. Still, this movie doesn’t need the help.

The consensus was that Guardians of the Galaxy, based on a comic book that most people who don’t read comics have never heard of, would be blockbuster or complete bust. Chris Pratt, the guy from “Parks and Recreation”, as a leading man action hero? Marvel going into space? A raccoon with a…

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

Romancing The Feds

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            I’ve spent a lot of time looking into what the US government spends money on. In fact, you could say I’ve spent so much time on their spending that nothing surprises me.

 

            You could say that, but you’d be wrong.

 

            Now they’re getting into my territory, dropping a million dollars into a project studying romance novels. Your taxpayer dollars are also going into…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 31, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

My scruffy main character is definitely not a Nerf herder

Today I got to see the proposed cover for The Notorious Ian Grant, done by Gemini Judson. I’ll reveal it when it’s official, but she found a likeness for Ian that perfectly conveys how I imagine him at the opening of the book: A handsome but scruffy guy, full of mischief and reminiscent of Sawyer from the TV show “Lost”.

The stormy background (It’s the sequel to Storm Chaser) brought to mind a possible tagline for the book:

“There’s a new whirlwind in…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 26, 2014 at 9:49pm — No Comments

A Simple Look At Passwords

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            I have a bad habit of being optimistic about humanity.

            Oh, in theory that’s a good thing. Let’s all think the best of people! Shouldn’t it be that way? Sure it should. Chamberlain thought the best of Hitler. So did Stalin, who was certain Hitler wouldn’t be dumb enough to invade Russia and stick around through winter. Come to think of it, just the word “Hitler” is a good hint that thinking the best of people…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 24, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments


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Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare - a Review

Book Review:

Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, by Scott D. Southard

* Please note: I purchased this book. The author did not solicit this review.*

My overall Amazon Star Rating – 4 stars for this mystery/thriller.

As always, I will not rehash the plot of this book and summarize the story. I’ll leave that up to the book’s cover and other venues.

First off, this is an absolutely…

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Added by Wanda Paryla on July 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Splash Pad: The Safest Place To Freeze

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            I had a chance to watch my grandkids playing in Albion’s splash pad the other day, and it took me back to my childhood: Jumping in the water, splashing around, screaming …

            Freezing.

            A splash pad is a really cool place for kids, because you get the splash part, but not the worries of going into water too deep. Plus, it’s clean water. There’s no such thing as a play area where you absolutely…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 17, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Men are the Thing to Fear, By: Robert Morrison - Book Review

Reviewed by:  Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Pacific Book Review

http://www.pacificbookreview.com

An evocative work of contemporary fiction Men are the Thing to Fear by author Robert Morrison is an absorbing read that draws readers into the captivatingly debauched world of central character Danny Kaneen, an anti – hero who evolves into a surprising hero.



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Added by Nicole Sorkin on July 15, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

At Least The Cubs Never Lost To Belgium

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            I was going to make fun of soccer last week, until I realized I’d never actually watched a soccer game. It wasn’t fair, poking fun of something I had no knowledge of, although maybe I’m the only one who feels that way. So I sat down to watch an entire World Cup game (Mexico vs. Greece). It’s good to experience new things, educate yourself, exposure yourself to other cultures.

            Now I’m ready to make fun…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments


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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write my letter, I’m no longer consumed by my all-consuming love.”

Lara Jean Covey is really good at loving boys from afar, but when she can no longer stand the can’t-eat-can’t-sleep roller-coaster of being in love, she has a cure. With one letter, Lara Jean can let go of every feeling she has…

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Added by Becca Wait on July 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Ask the Author Feature now on Goodreads

Have a new blog post up Goodreads. I've added the "Ask an Author" feature and am now taking questions about the writing process, Hollywood, and maybe even a few for Rail Black.



I'd also keep a closer eye on Goodreads as well in the coming days...…



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Added by Neil Russell on July 9, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Peter Huddleston and the Knights of the Leaf, by; Miguel Lopez de Leon - Book Review

Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Pacific Book Review

http://www.pacificbookreview.com/

As the final installment in the Galadria trilogy, Peter Huddleston and the Knights of the Leaf is an exhilarating read that finishes the adventures of thirteen-year-old Peter Huddleston as the crowned prince of Galadria. Engaging in a way that  immediately…

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Added by Nicole Sorkin on July 4, 2014 at 6:49pm — No Comments

How The First World War Led To American Independence

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            Ever since Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World and hid all the Viking artifacts, America has been a land of opportunity, independence, and smallpox.

 

            Eventually the British colonists decided to go off and form their own country. (Except for Canadians, who were just too polite to leave.) Since our schools don’t teach enough history these days (there’s so much more of it…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on July 3, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments


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His Brother's Keeper is only the Beginning...

I'm hard at work now on book two in The Melody of the Gears, titled The Mark of Cain. It's slated for release on October 13th!

That being said, I am also working on two new series. One is a supernatural romance told in an unconventional way showcasing non-traditional relationships and pansexuality. It's the story of a college student named Ophelia, who meets two incredible immortal men from two races at war: The undead vampires, and the eternally living Alchemists. I haven't…

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Added by Hazel Blackthorn on June 29, 2014 at 12:37pm — No Comments

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