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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.



For author…

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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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Hazel Blackthorn and The Melody of the Gears

Let's kick this off properly by talking about what everybody's interested in: The books!

Here we have the first book in the Melody of the Gears saga, an epic story telling the long and sordid history of the world of Giliath. His Brother's Keeper is the culmination of ten years of…

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Added by Hazel Blackthorn on June 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Graduating From The Doghouse

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            My wife has a lot of good qualities. Of  course, if she had bad qualities I wouldn’t write about them here, would I? That’s called “preserving the evidence”. I didn’t read all those mysteries for nothin’, bub.

            I, on the other hand … well, my qualities are only so-so.

            Which leaves me here, in the doghouse, which I guarantee the dog doesn’t appreciate at all. You see, in May Emily became a…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on June 25, 2014 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Movie Review: A Million Ways To Gross In The West

            Hollywood takes great pride and joy in “pushing the envelope”. So much so that you’re not likely to get as much critical acclaim if your TV show or movie doesn’t try something over the top: Just a little more nudity, cursing, violence, or general grossness than has been generally allowed in the past.

            Two of my favorite shows are “The Walking Dead” and “Fargo”, both of which would have been R rated and never allowed near TV when I was a kid. However, let me…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on June 23, 2014 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Not a Sterling Personality

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            So there’s this rich guy named Donald Sterling, who told his half-black girlfriend that he doesn’t like black people. And even though he said it behind the doors of his own home, somebody recorded it and now everybody knows, and they won’t let him be anywhere near his own business anymore.

 

            That’s pretty much it. Now the media has mostly moved on, while Sterling is losing that…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on June 19, 2014 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Cloud Runner gets Jinxed!





I first introduced Cloud Runner in September of last year, but the actual work was created almost two years ago. Over time, many people have expressed enjoying the…
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Added by Aidana WillowRaven on June 15, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Plumbing, Part 2: It Gets Worse

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            Last week, I described how preparing to fix my home’s only toilet turned into a half day ordeal. The rest of the day went pretty much the way you’d expect:

 

            After staring at the instructions for half an hour and muttering to myself, I figured out how to get the new piece of toilet innards in. (At about that point my wife popped her head in, and I went on a ten minute diatribe that…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on June 12, 2014 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Home Maintenance Goes Down The Toilet

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            In honor of my son-in-law coming over to replace the toilet in my house—as far as I know, the old one was original equipment—here’s the story from a few months back, about what happened that led to its retirement.

 

            The best possible advice about home improvement comes in two simple words:

            Call. A. Professional.

            Okay, that’s three words. I screwed it…

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Added by Mark R Hunter on June 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Novel Solution To Saving Camp

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            There I was, happily whacking away at the keyboard, working on a story that poked a little fun at the space opera genre, when they tried to shut down my wife’s Girl Scout camp.

 

            Well, we couldn’t let that happen. So I came back down to earth, rolled up my sleeves, and began whacking away at the keyboard.

 

            What? I have only so many skills.

 

           …

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Added by Mark R Hunter on May 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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