… is not necessarily gold

by Jean Rabe             The dwarf was tied to an anchor resting at the bottom of the Sea of Wyrms, two dozen or so cable lengths northeast of Askalon. A red crab scuttled up and down his legs, settling finally on an ankle, pincers worrying…

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HAVING FAITH

It’s easy to fall in love with Faith Hunter. As a writer. As a soul. When she has a new book out, I buy it. And I usually buy two copies so I can give one away in my newsletter drawing … letting someone else…

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Giddy about Spencer County

I spent a chunk of the day setting up ads for my Piper Blackwell books. The fifth–The Dead of Autumn–releases May 15. Exciting, you know, releasing another book … sending another one of your children out into the world. In this one I let the…

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Ooooooooooh New Book to Read!

Buy Links:In League with Ivy on Amazon: http://mybook.to/InLeaguewIvy Follow JJ Sorel on Amazon: ​http://author.to/JJSorel RAFFLECOPTER PRIZE GIVEAWAY No one finds their true love on Tinder…right? I’m a strong, independent woman. Or that’s what I want to be. And I could be…if not for one distraction…Chase Elliot. My former…

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Intangible Friends

I used to have invisible friends when I was a kid. An only child, I would invite them to play boardgames with me. My parents knew I liked games, bought me games at Christmas and birthdays, but weren’t into playing them. So, my imaginary/invisible friends…

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Christmas Cards are Killer

I love Christmas cards … sending them, receiving them. It’s always been a big deal to me. Takes me a long while to manage my card list, as I write a note in every one, and I include one of those newsy letters with fancy…

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JUNKYARD BARGAIN

I am a Faith Hunter fan. Love her books. Adore her characters. So I am honored to host a stop on her blog tour for Junkyard Bargain. Because I so enjoy her stories, I am going to give away one of her books in my…

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Romance, Danger, and Fangs

The fate of France itself is at stake if these sworn enemies cannot change their ways—and their hearts. Daphne de Duras is a proper French duchess by day and fledgling assassin by night. Her latest mission is to dispatch justice and protect the French aristocracy…

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Warren’s Crocodile Man

And Steve’s monster shark on a nude beach, and Chris’ zombies. I look forward to hearing their adventures every other week … a fortunate offshoot of the unfortunate pandemic. When I lived in Kenosha, WI, I was part of a marvelous writers’ group that would…

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Pineapple and Agent Down

It is my pleasure to host a stop on Janet Walden-West’s blog tour. Because reading her books is a pleasure. I love her writing. Janet was gracious enough to indulge me by answering a few burning questions about her work and life. What is your…

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Wormhole Snippet

Definition of snippet : a small part, piece, or thing especially: a brief quotable passage I love snippets. They make me curious about a book, and I certainly love books. I fall victim to snippets, as a good one has me venturing to Amazon to buy the whole…

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Romancing the Summer

A Taste of this Tasty Book: The heels of his Hessian boots thudded against dusty floorboards as he made his way through the gloom. He pushed a door open with a flattened hand, wincing at the faint whine of a dry hinge. A flash of…

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One Dead Hippie

Jittery today. I always get jittery on book release day. The Love-Haight Case Files #1 is live on Amazon. Or dead. Or undead. It came out years ago from WordFire, but the rights reverted back and the most marvelous Craig Martelle took us on. So…

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Dutch Knuckle

We were eating lunch at a little restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI, about twenty-five years ago … I think it was The Next Door Pub. The placemats on the table showed sixteen pictures of American barns with a couple sentence description under each one. I…

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It Blows Up Real Good

I’ve read all the Dick Thornby spy thrillers. LOVE THEM. Pyrotechnics, bullets, chase scenes … my sort of story. AND there is always a well-conceived plot. So when I found out Don was having a blog tour for his books, I had to be part…

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Stucco on the Cover

Steven Paul Leiva is a friend of mine, been reading his stuff since I was on a jury for the IAMTW and read The 12 Dogs of Christmas. Delightful style. I’ve probably read all his books. He’s got a blog tour starting tomorrow for Bully…

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Gotta Read

I gotta read every day. Can’t seem to help myself. I usually have two or three books going … one on my Kindle so I can read before I call it a night, one on my back porch … because it is important to read…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Nifty looking cover. Makes me want to give it a read! Flash Point by Luna Joya Gotta love a paranormal/supernatural/spooky/romancy/story. Right? Luna has me intrigued. And I get to post a cover reveal of this new book. About the Book:Banish the demon, stop the prophecy,…

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She Sends Shivers

It is my pleasure to host this stop on Courtney Maguire’s Blood Pact blog tour. Recently released, the book is a bit paranormal, a bit romancy, and all of it fun. Here’s the teaser: About the Book: In Hiro’s world, youkai are a supernatural story…

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DOGS IN COMMON

I met Yvonne Navarro in 2006 at the World Horror Convention in Chicago. I was there with my buddy Gene Wolfe, sat on a panel with him, and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Neil Gaiman … who was a buddy of Gene’s.…

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The Cauldron Stirs in a SF Bonanza

Gene DeWeese was a marvelous man. Brilliant, funny, generous, a pleasure to work with, and one of the most-respected Star Trek novel authors. I was thankful to call him a good friend. I met Gene a long while ago when I organized a mass book…

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Tell Me a Story

I’d read Steven’s Creature Feature and found it delightful. Then I decided to listen to it. I don’t listen to many audiobooks, mainly because my husband does not like them. When I’m playing one, he asks me to instead turn on the radio, as he’d…

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HAPPY TO JOIN THE LEGION

ATINA Basically a hippopotamus, the description in the source material said. Cool beans. I could wrap my imagination around that, a hippo-like species with extra eyes and overlong arms, intense, jovial, curious, adventurous, bent on exploration. Yeah, that was my species. I’d been invited to…

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23 Books Skidoo

It’s an old expression, 23 skidoo. I remember my mom using it … though I had no idea what she meant by it. I heard it yesterday on a sports broadcast and still was clueless, but the announcer had mentioned running backs with it, so…

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Altered States of Middle Illinois

I lived in a dumpy apartment in a sketchy neighborhood after I graduated from college and moved to Quincy, Illinois. It was what I could afford on the starting salary of a news reporter. I didn’t know anyone when I moved to the town ……

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Greg Cox is Tied-In

THE MAKING OF A MEDIA TIE-IN WRITER (AS IF I EVER HAD ANY CHOICE) A guest-blog by Greg Cox on sale now             How does one end up writing new stories about other people’s characters? Looking back, it seems as though I was always destined…

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Tied In With Keith

Keith DeCandido is one of the authors who contributed stories to Turning The Tied, the IAMTW’s charity anthology that releases in March. Keith R.A. DeCandido has written novels, short stories, and comic books in more than thirty different licensed universes over the past two-and-a-half decades,…

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Reddick Mansion and Me

I was a guest speaker Saturday night at the Galena Library’s Lit Fest. It was a lovely online program. An annual event, it had previously been held live. I’d been invited because I won the Illinois Author Project Soon-to-be-Famous Award for my thriller, The Bone…

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Black Heart of the Dragon God

It’s an awesome feeling to have a book released. Giddy, excited, a dash of proud. Black Heart of the Dragon God comes out at midnight. Oooooh! I want to hold a copy in my fingers. It has a gorgeous cover … with a dragon on…

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Blonde not Blonde

My Kenosha buddy Miya is a daring soul who often colors her hair in vibrant colors. They look good on her. Since the Covid lockdown, I’ve been doing that too, trying on different shades (courtesy of a sale on such hair products on Amazon). They…

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