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  • March 20, 2013
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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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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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Reflections on Alzheimer’s by Wayne Hatford

Reflections on Alzheimer’s By Wayne Hatford The following excerpt is from my book, Going for Excelsior: Thriving in Seniorhood, channeled material sourced from the soul essence of Rudolph Valentino, his take on this condition. “Sometimes oldsters have to use every trick in the book to solve their karmic riddles. Alzheimer’s provides its clients with a rest from the daily drudgery, so that they can begin the diffusing process, the decrease in specificity that some souls need to experience prior to transition. It is a phenomenon that appears to lessen one’s mental acumen yet it does not. Alzheimer’s is a fooler,
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  • January 8, 2013
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Guest Post from Michael An’gileo, author of The Bluelite Message

ABOUT MICHAEL AN’GILEO Michael An’gileo feels uniquely blessed to share a message of love received after the unexpected death of his own father. Visited by a blue, sparkling light since early childhood, he later realized this is the Universal guiding light residing in every human being: it only needed to be awakened. The Bluelite Message was published, and today its universal message of infinite love is opening human hearts around the world. Michael An’gileo was born in Kenmore, New York, graduated from USC, and is widely regarded as a preeminent visionary and story-teller about a coming Golden Age for our
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  • January 7, 2013
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Guest post from Rachel Reynolds, author of ‘Four Seasons for Charlotte’

ABOUT RACHEL REYNOLDS Rachel Reynolds is a special educator and freelance writer. She currently serves as the principal of the Dominion School, operated by Commonwealth Autism Service. You can find her writing at Richmond Mom,Hello Grief, Richmond Magazine, the webzine Insert Eyeroll, and her personal blog, See What You Meme. She is also the co-founder and executive director of CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation (CJSTUF). In 2012, Rachel was awarded the Eagle Rare Life Award for Courage. Rachel lives in Ashland, Virginia with her husband and two incredibly annoying (but completely adorable) cats. In her spare time, she obsesses over Don Draper, dark chocolate, and public
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  • December 14, 2012
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Dear Santa by Benicio de Los Santos from Marc Cortez’s ‘A Gangster’s Garden’

In order to kick the holiday season off right, Literarily Speaking will be hosting authors from November 14 – December 14 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.” Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres. Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV. What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season! Today’s guest is Benicio de Los Santos from Marc Cortez’s
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  • December 13, 2012
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Dear Santa by AB Bard from AB Bard’s ‘The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality’

In order to kick the holiday season off right, Literarily Speaking will be hosting authors from November 14 – December 14 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.” Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres. Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV. What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season! Today’s guest is AB Bard from AB Bard’s The Killer
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  • December 3, 2012
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Guest Blogger: Chocolate Martinis by Mark Spivak

‘Tis the season for tasting some sparkly, you think?  I have a great guest post by Mark Spivak, author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History!  Be sure to scroll down down down and win your very own Kindle Fire HD!!! Chocolate Martinis By Mark Spivak There’s a theory that you should always begin a meal with dessert, just to make sure you have room for it. If you’re a fan of cocktails as well as desserts, there’s a drink with you name on it: the chocolate martini. As the author of Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, I was asked to
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Dear Santa by Nick Chester of Cynthia Gail’s ‘Winter’s Magic’

In order to kick the holiday season off right, Literarily Speaking will be hosting authors from November 14 – December 14 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.” Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres. Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV. What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season! Today’s guest is Nick Chester from ‘Winter’s Magic” by Cynthia
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Dear Santa by Cass Wilkes of ‘Merry Ex-Mas’ by Sheila Roberts

In order to kick the holiday season off right, Literarily Speaking will be hosting authors from November 14 – December 14 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.”  Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres.  Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV.  What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season! Today’s guest is Cass Wilkes from ‘Merry Ex-Mas’ by Sheila
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Was Glastonbury the Burial Place of King Arthur? by Donna Fletcher Crow

I’m happy to have Donna Fletcher Crow, author of Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail here today to talk about the inspiration behind her book. Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 40 books, mostly novels dealing with British history.  The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho.  They have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener. Donna is also the author of The Monastery Murders: A Very Private Grave and
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  • August 8, 2012
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Guest Blogger: Top 5 Ways to Kill by Author Duane Harden

I love the idea of getting rich, don’t you?  Okay, that’s the superficial me speaking.  Honestly?  I’d rather not worry about bills and I’d love to take vacations when I want and where I want.  Okay, you’ve sold me.  So how does this rich thing work?  I’m happy to have Duane Harden, author of 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom, with us today to talk about killing people.  LOL, no, it’s something else altogether so don’t let the title of his blog post fool you, but he’s got some pretty darn good advice! Top 5 Ways To Kill! By Duane
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Guest Blogger: BookExpo America 2012 by Leland Pitts-Gonzalez

Did anyone get to attend BEA this year?  I couldn’t make it but I have a great guest here today who did go and is here to tell us all about it.  We welcome Leland Pitts-Gonzalez, author of the horror novel, The Blood Poetry! BookExpo America 2012 By Leland Pitts-Gonzalez I arrived at the Javits Center in New York City for the BookExpo—an oversized, rolling suitcase in hand to tote back all of those advanced copies of my novel that I would surely fail to give away.  Inside, the Javits Center was somewhat aesthetically pleasing in that express, faux-luxury-hotel kind
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Guest Blogger: The Inspiration Behind Son of a Soldier by Aiken Brown

I’m happy to have Aiken Brown, author of Son of a Soldier here today to talk about the inspiration behind her book.  Aiken graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She is the author of In a Brother’s Eyes: the Brant McLachlan Story (2005), For Such a Time as This (2007) and Son of a Soldier (2012). Aiken’s book are available at all major booksellers and in Kindle, Nook and other ebook formats! Learn more about Aiken Brown’s books at www.aikenbrown.blogspot.com and become a fan at www.facebook.com/booksbyaikenbrown. To get your paperback copy of SON OF A
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  • July 13, 2012
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Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand: Work From the Inside Out by Linda Ferguson

Dr. Linda J. Ferguson is an author, speaker, coach, and seminar leader to support people leading a joyful and awakened spiritual life. Linda’s website, www.lindajferguson.com , contains videos, meditations, affirmations, and other useful resources for spiritual growth and personal development. Readers find inspiring and informative ideas in Linda’sblogto enrich their spirituality for everyday living- www.lindajferguson.com/blog/ . Dr. Ferguson is author of two books “The Path for Greatness – Work as Spiritual Service” and “Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand- Awakening Soul Consciousness for the New Millennium“. Readers find the exercises at the end of every chapter valuable and practical. They can
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  • July 10, 2012
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  • Comments Off on What Makes a Great Suspense Story by Kaylin McFarren

What Makes a Great Suspense Story by Kaylin McFarren

As many people know, Kaylin McFarren wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors. However, she has been involved with business and personal writing projects for many years. Her careers have taken her in all directions, ranging from fashion modeling and interior design to office manager and art gallery director. Yet her love of reading and interest in creative writing has remained ever present. As a result of her tapping into her imagination and utilizing her own life experiences, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards. Her first novel, Flaherty’s Crossing
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