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  • October 15, 2013
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  • Comments Off on Going from Crumbs to the Full Meal – Improving Your Self-Esteem to Improve Your Dating Experience by Raquel Whiting Gilmer

Going from Crumbs to the Full Meal – Improving Your Self-Esteem to Improve Your Dating Experience by Raquel Whiting Gilmer

With $80,000 in student debt, an alter ego named Crazy Charlie, and more than her fair share of hang-ups, Charlie Bennett is on a mission: a mission to feel better about herself. By all accounts this shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, Charlie has graduated from the best universities, has good friends to keep her sane, and an impressive resume to boot. But her poor choices in men (and therapists) have left Charlie feeling fat, fretful, and fed up. She knows something has to change–she’s just not sure what. When the elevator doors open and Jack Hudson appears with his
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The Story Behind GEM CITY GYPSY by Kristin Kuhns Alexandre & Win $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Our guest today is the talented Kristin Kuhns Alexandre!  Kristin is the author of the romantic thriller, GEM CITY GYPSY!  She is here to tell us the story behind her book.  Don’t forget to enter her cool giveaway below – win $100 Amazon Gift Card!!!! ————————– Twelve years ago my brother and sister and I met in Dayton, Ohio to bury my father at the extraordinary Woodland Cemetery in our hometown. Five generations of my family are buried there and it was as though ghosts were everywhere. I decided to take a walk through the gardens and walkways.  Suddenly I
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  • October 9, 2013
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The Slush Pile and How to Deal With It by Ian Haight

Enlightenment as a process: what might it have been like for a Korean Buddhist monk who lived hundreds of years ago? If enlightenment is an unfolding of wisdom, what progressive awareness is suggested by that unfolding? Imagine, then, this same monk becoming the leader of the nation’s most important Buddhist Order: the Chogye. Magnolia and Lotus: Selected Poems of Hyesim suggests what Hyeim might have valued in life; as a monk; and as an early founder of Korea’s largest Buddhist sect. Despite his achievements, this collection asks, did Hyesim eventually relinquish his position? If so, why? What were Hyesim’s thoughts
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  • August 27, 2013
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  • Comments Off on Snow Day: a Novella A Single Night of Thoughtful Thrills by Dan Maurer

Snow Day: a Novella A Single Night of Thoughtful Thrills by Dan Maurer

ABOUT SNOW DAY: A NOVELLA It happens each winter, and has for over 35 years. Every time the snow starts to fall late in the evening before a school day, the dreams begin again for Billy Stone. They are always the same – there’s a dark tunnel, and there’s blood, lots of blood, and someone is screaming. In this chilling childhood tale, Billy, recounts the events of one unforgettable day in 1975. On that day, he and his friends played carefree in the snow, until an adventure gone awry left him far from home, staring death in the face, and
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  • August 23, 2013
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Survival of the Fittest by Andi O’Connor

We have a delightful guest today!  I would like to introduce you to Andi O’Connor, author of the fantasy novel, The Lost Heir.  Andi is here to talk about being true to yourself, find your own style, and write from your heart. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Andi O’Connor Let me start off by sharing with you an experience from one of my first book signings. I was at a local independent bookstore promoting my fantasy novel, The Lost Heir, when a gentleman came up to me and asked if I was the author. Used to the question, but no
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind ‘Designed for Relationship’ by T.J. MacLeslie

Designed for Relationship is a book that has been begging me to write it for nearly 20 years. However, I’m glad I didn’t write it before now as it distills the lessons I have learned in my search for truth and meaning, as well as the paths I now use to guide people to fullness of life. Along the way, I have met wonderful people who challenged and encouraged me. Now, I have the opportunity to help others on their way. Some of those I have journeyed alongside kept asking me to write something down for them so they could
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  • August 7, 2013
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{PUYB Blog Tour} Andi O’Connor: Why I Write Fantasy

We have a wonderful guest here today at Literarily Speaking!  Andi O’Connor, author of the fantasy novel, The Lost Heir, is here with us to talk about writing fantasy novels.  Welcome Andi! ————— Why I Write Fantasy One question that I have been asked quite frequently is why I write fantasy. The simple answer would be to say that I enjoy it. I love the freedom I am granted with the fantasy genre. There are no restrictions to the worlds and beings I create. I can go wherever my imagination takes me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that
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Guest Blogger: The Story Behind ‘Vinland Viking: A Saga’ by Gary L. Doman

Inspiration for ‘Vinland Viking: An Original Saga’ by Gary L. Doman may have originally come not from books but from films. I’ve always liked motion pictures—Not “movies”, please!—in the genres of adventure and fantasy. (In fact, I once considered writing for the screen rather than for the bookshelf, and consequently started to rewrite a work of mine as a screenplay; I quickly abandoned the experiment, however, upon finding it less satisfying than being able to create the world of my characters without the co-operation of actors, a director, et cetera.) All the stories that I’m planning to write are adventures;
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  • July 5, 2013
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Guest Blogger Dilruba Z. Ara, author of A LIST OF OFFENCES

I’m delighted to have as my guest at Literarily Speaking a wonderfully talented author, Dilruba Z. Ara.  Dilruba is the author of the women’s fiction, A List of Offences, and is here to talk about how she became a writer.  Enjoy! —————– How I became a Writer My father was a well-known writer, and from the time we were very young he would read us popular stories. I was always listening to him, and as soon as I had learned to read I would make him buy me books. Not just any books. Fat books. I wanted the stories to
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  • May 30, 2013
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{Virtual Book Tour}The Magic of Writing Paranormal Thrillers by Mark All

I love paranormals.  Anything that has bumps in the night in it, I am so there.  We welcome today Mark All, author of The Spellcaster’s Grimoire, to Literarily Speaking where he will talk about the magic of writing paranormal thrillers.  Welcome Mark! The Magic of Writing Paranormal Thrillers By Mark All If reading is an escape from our ordinary lives, then Paranormals offer the most magical escape possible, to exotic otherworlds where time and the rules of reality break down and anything can and does happen. They transport us to strange lands fraught with perilous situations and terrifying monsters we
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  • May 24, 2013
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Guest Blogger: Writing and Publishing a Novel by Michael Bigham, Author of Harkness

Writing and Publishing the Novel By Michael Bigham Inspiration for stories can spring from several sources: a character, a “what if” starting point or perhaps a compelling plot. My novel, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery, arose from the setting. I grew up on the Oregon high desert in a small timber and ranching town called Prineville, which sits almost exactly in the center of the state. I fought range fires for the Bureau of Land Management during my college summers and came to love the high desert; a stark, beautiful land ranging from the pine forests of the Ochoco Mountains
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  • May 23, 2013
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Guest Blogger Robert Henry: Incline It Baby, Intervals, and Exercise + Nutrition = Health

——————————————————————————— I am thrilled to have as my guest today, Robert Henry, author of the motivational book, Age Re-Defined.  He is on a virtual book tour that lasts until May 31 so do check out his stops and watch one of the many videos he has put together for his tour.  They were so much fun to watch!  So today Robert is talking about cardio workouts, rebooting his exercise regime and more.  Enjoy! ——————————————————————————— The title of this post sums up the highlights of an impromptu video I shot a few weeks ago with Deborah Klein, MS, RD. Deb contributed
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  • May 15, 2013
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Is There More to Tickling Daphne H. Than Meets the Eye?

Is There More To Tickling Daphne H. Than Meets The Eye? By Veronica Frances At first blush, some people might come to the conclusion that Tickling Daphne H. is a lighthearted, fun romance. The cover perhaps gives that impression. But isn’t it true what they say, that you can’t judge a book by its cover? Is there more to Tickling Daphne H.than meets the eye? Tickling Daphne H.is indeed a love story and it does have some very fun and romantic moments. However, lighthearted would not be the word I would use to describe it. One reader recently commented that
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  • April 3, 2013
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  • Comments Off on Guest Blogger: Jordan Maylea Ramirez, author of ‘Lifetime of Achievement’

Guest Blogger: Jordan Maylea Ramirez, author of ‘Lifetime of Achievement’

If I could make up a title for myself it would be “Life-Design Extraordinaire”. I believe life was meant to be wonderful… maybe not every day, maybe not even every week… but I believe overall our days should be more wonderful than not. Ironically, this philosophy fits in perfectly with my Type-A personality and my obsession with planning everything. I’m not kidding. I plan everything. I believe I can conquer most anything if I am able to plan for it… and almost nothing if I’m not. Some people call that being anal-retentive… I call it being prepared. I also believe
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  • March 20, 2013
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  • Comments Off on The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity by James Berman

The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity by James Berman

The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity By James Berman — An explosion of new books, unrestrained publishing, an age when anyone can be an author… Is this a vignette of the Kindle Store or iBooks in the present? Actually: 16th century Switzerland. As Vaughan Bell wrote in Slate, Swiss botanist Conrad Gessner blew a gasket condemning the eruption of data in the wake of the printing press, calling it “confusing and harmful” to the mind. — and Gessner died in 1565. Where did I read this? On my Kindle. Nothing ever changes. Or as Mark Twain more aptly said:
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  • March 14, 2013
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  • Comments Off on Greed Guest Post by C.G. Ayling, author of Malmaxa I. Beltamar’s War

Greed Guest Post by C.G. Ayling, author of Malmaxa I. Beltamar’s War

I spend substantial time in rumination of foolish things. On my mind this morning, is greed, which certainly qualifies as that.  Greed, taints virtually every aspect of our lives. It comes in many forms, expertly framed within our minds as reasonable. Yes, each of us is expert at excusing our own poor behavior.  And greed, is one of the poorest behaviors of them all. Greed, wraps itself in reason. It couches itself on the cushions of comfort, expertly blurring the line between need, and want. Is need, the very root, of greed? At first it might seem so, yet on
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  • March 7, 2013
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What are the Main Animals of Payne and Misery by Catherine Leggitt

Answer: An incredible dog, two black-and-white cats, and a Morgan stallion named Ranger Question: What are the main animals of Payne & Misery? In a way, the Christine Sterling Mysteries represent my tribute to Molly. Such an amazing border collie required commemoration. Molly had the sweetest, most compliant disposition of any dog we’ve ever owned. Big brown eyes in her expressive face communicated her feelings. Her intelligence often seemed off the charts. When Bob took her to learn how to herd sheep, she immediately did everything exactly the way the instructor guided her. At the end of the first session,
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  • February 15, 2013
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Guest Blogger: The Inspiration Behind ‘The Moses Quilt’ by Kathi Macias

We are pleased to have Kathi Macias here as our special guest today. Kathi is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set
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  • February 12, 2013
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Character Love Letter: Bob Green from Bob Ferguson’s ‘Buzzard Bay’

February means chocolates, cupids flying overhead and love is in the air. We are asking authors to have one of their characters write a letter to someone they love.  Today we’re featuring Bob Green from Bob Ferguson’s Buzzard Bay who is writing a love letter to July.  Bob and July Green have left Canada to work on a project in the Bahamas.  They soon learn that the only reason the project is there at all is to disguise the airstrip that is being used to distribute cocaine. Bob tries to stop the drug runners but they in turn make it
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  • February 12, 2013
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Guest Post by R. Gregory Lande, Author of The Abraham Man

The mere mention of the insanity defense guarantees a lively debate. Opponents of the defense cite the loss of criminal culpability while proponents argue just as passionately that the insanity defense is the ultimate act of compassion. The protagonists would probably be quite surprised to learn that the same basic concerns consumed Americans in the nineteenth century. One factor – The Abraham Man – sowed the seeds of confusion and controversy that united the past with the present. Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. The
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