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We don't know about you but autumn is our favorite season of the year. And now that fall is in full swing you know what that means: the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the ideal time to think about gifts for families and friends while you still have time to put creative thought into them instead of rushing around…

Six Things You Need to Know Before Trying CrossFit

Have you made the decision to be more physically active and give a new sport a try? Are you looking to inject a little fun, interest, and challenge into your routine? If so, then there’s a good chance that CrossFit…

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Homophones: The Right Word Might be the Wrong Word

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Added by Melina Druga on October 16, 2019 at 9:42am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Richard Roux

Richard Roux has a variety of interests outside of his career.  He enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, playing ice hockey on an adult recreational team, binge-watching TV shows, and experimenting with his outdoor grill and smoker.

He has served the boards of several organizations, including the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Kern County Historical Society.…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 15, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments

6 WW1 Historical Fiction Novels that Bring the War to Life

World War I ended in November 1918, but it hasn’t failed to capture our imaginations.  Perhaps it is because it was thought to be “the war to end all wars,” or it could be because of the destruction in caused, not just in terms of lives and property, but to politics and social economics.  Or maybe it’s because war is an event ripe with stories to tell – heroes, villains, love, loss, ordinary people thrust into impossible situations.  Here are six novels…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 9, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments

An Excerpt of The Legacy by Ann Markim

The following is an excerpt of The Legacy by Ann Markim. The excerpt was provided by the author.

 

 

Anna Jorgesen studied her reflection in the small mirror hanging on the wall of Peder’s room. Her hair, a bright blond when properly coifed, looked drab and disordered. Dark circles beneath her blue eyes added years to…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 3, 2019 at 10:15am — No Comments

Plural Nouns: An Easy Guide to How to Pluralize

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Added by Melina Druga on October 2, 2019 at 10:13am — No Comments

An Interview with Author P. J. Roscoe

P.J. Roscoe was inspired to write by tragedy – her son, Jac, died before he was born. Daughter Megan has autism and dyspraxia but lives an independent life.

 

A Pagan, Roscoe also works as a medium interacting with angels, spirit guides and loved ones to assist trapped, unhappy spirits with the process of finding peace and moving onto the next world.…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 1, 2019 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Edwardian Wedding Fashion and Traditions

As the new century dawned in 1901, fashion was quickly changing.  Soon hemlines would rise while necklines would fall, and dress styles began to hug a woman’s body.  Wedding fashions, however, did not move so drastically and were sometimes behind the times when compared to streetwear.  Wedding traditions, on the other hand, were surprisingly recognizable.  Let’s examine Edwardian wedding fashion and traditions.…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 25, 2019 at 10:21am — No Comments

An Excerpt of Downriver: A Tale of Moving Pictures Before Hollywood

The following is the first two pages of Downriver: A Tale of Moving Pictures Before Hollywood by Evan Anderson. The excerpt was provided by the author.

Four women in black picked their way along the wooden footpath, skirts hoisted ankle high above the estuary mud. By the time Anne caught sight of them it was too late to step back and hide among the cattails. When they came around a bend in the path she faced…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 19, 2019 at 9:55am — No Comments

A Writing Key: Make Every Word Count

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Added by Melina Druga on September 18, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

An Interview with Author D. L. Havlin

Dennis Lee Havlin, who goes by the penname D. L. Havlin, has held a number of professions including licensed boat captain, football coach, customer service director and systems analyst.  These experiences, along with others in his life, have provided him with material for his novels.

When not writing, Havlin enjoys reading, doing historical presentations and fishing.…



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Added by Melina Druga on September 17, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Victorian Era Writers that Tell Us What the Gilded Age Was Really Like

Nonfiction can be used to inform as Jacob Riis did in How the Other Half Lives or Nelly Bly in Ten Days in a Mad-House, but literature has the unique ability of telling readers about the human condition without preaching.  Often readers don’t even realize they are learning something about society or reading commentary.  Here are five 19th-century authors whose work informs us what life in era was really like.…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 11, 2019 at 9:18am — No Comments

Excerpt from What Heals the Heart

The following is a portion of chapter two from What Heals the Heart by Karen A. Wyle.  It is the first meeting between Joshua and Clara. The excerpt was provided by the author.

 

“Boot blacking, coffee, cornmeal, flour, soap. Put it on your tab?”

“Thank you kindly.” The suggestion would, in fact, save him some…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 5, 2019 at 10:20am — No Comments

An Interview with Author James Barry

James Barry lives the life of a pirate.  Well, sort of.  His day job is a sailor and ship rigger on square-rigged sailing ships.  This bygone era profession has allowed Barry to see the world.  He’s worked in such diverse places as Scotland, France, Malaysia, Mexico, New York, and Hollywood, and he created rigging for the film Master and Commander and some of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 3, 2019 at 9:39am — No Comments

Here’s Why Book Reviews Matter

Are you an avid reader?  If so, when was the last time you left a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads?

If it’s been a while, you’re not alone.  Many readers neglect to leave reviews.  Reviews, however, are vitally important in today’s digital world.

Reviews help authors sell books:

  • Authors need Amazon reviews because they…
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Added by Melina Druga on August 28, 2019 at 9:48am — No Comments

An Excerpt of The Melody of the Mulberries by Tonya Jewel Blessing

The following is a portion of chapter one from The Melody of the Mulberries by Tonya Jewel.  The excerpt was provided by the publisher Capture Me Books.

 



From THE CUSSIN' BIRD

 

The four brothers, Adam, Beau, Claude, and Dean found her before she found…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 22, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Grace Willows

Grace Willows is the writing team of Robin Woods and Julie Brookshier. The pair have been writing together for the past five years and have published 13 books.  They specialize in contemporary, paranormal and suspense romance novels.

 

When not working, Brookshier enjoys researching history, gardening, sketching portraits, camping and cooking.  Woods enjoys gardening,…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 20, 2019 at 11:27am — No Comments

7 WW1 Books Written by the Lost Generation

The First World War was a conflict that lasted from 1914-1918.  It had a deep physiological impact on those who lived through it.  This gave rise to the term “Lost Generation,” popularized by author Gertrude Stein.  The Lost Generation is defined as “ the generation of men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War 1: viewed as a result of their war experiences and the social upheaval of the time as cynical, disillusioned.”  Generally,…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 14, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

A Review of The Summer Before the War: Modern Day Literature

Author Paula McLain describes Helen Simonson as “a Jane Austen for our day and age.”  This gave me reason to pause before I began reading Simonson’s novel The Summer Before the War.  When it comes to 19th classic British authors, I prefer Emily Bronte to Austen.  Nevertheless, I managed to finish the novel.  Indeed, it did remind me of the literature I read in college, so the novel is by no means pleasure reading.  It is 473 pages of tiny…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 25, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Cecily Wolfe

Cecily Wolfe works full time as a librarian in a public library and loves reading as much as writing.  A single mother of two teenagers, she loves ice cream and potato chips, and can be caught having homemade hot fudge sundaes for dinner more nights than I care to admit.

In addition to historical fiction, Wolfe also writes YA and contemporary fiction.   She also has published a new adult/women's fiction retelling of…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 23, 2019 at 2:44pm — No Comments

An Excerpt from L'Amerique by Thierry Sagnier

The following excerpt is from L'Amerique by Thierry Sagnier.  It is set in Paris following the end of World War 2.   L'Amerique is available on Amazon and can be found on Goodreads.  The excerpt was provided by the author.

 



Maman was a painter. She’d dabbled in other media, had written and published a children’s book, and played both the piano and…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 11, 2019 at 10:51am — No Comments

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