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Kindle April 15, 2018

First Street Church: Your Sunday Bulletin is Here: Love’s Sweet Cadence
 
 
 
 
49Writers Blog Ben Henning: Literary Roundup | April 13-19, 2018
 
 
 
 
Caffeinated Reviewer: Sunday Post #313 Longest Week Ever!
 
 
 
 
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The Girl With The GiftBy J.S. Donovan and Alexandria Clarke
Mystery masterminds J.S Donovan, author of “The Painting Murders,” and Alexandria Clarke, author of “Little Girl Lost,” whose stories have collectively accumulated 400+ five-star reviews, come together in this SUPER BOX SET for the first time! That’s FOUR BOOK SERIES totaling TWELVE NOVELS!

Little Girl Lost
When the seventeen-year-old star of the high school softball team vanishes from a small town, the victim’s estranged older sister, Bridget Dubois, returns home in order to find her. The only problem is that Bridget has a reputation, and the locals aren’t pleased by her reappearance. Without anyone to help her, Bridget must find a way to reconnect with her younger sister before time runs out.

The Painting Murders
A twenty-two year old murder, a prophetic female painter who foretells her husband’s death, and a vengeful killer collide in the trendy city of Northampton, Massachusetts all the way to Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Haunting of Rachel Harroway
In 1983, a family of four was murdered in their nineteenth century Queen Anne manse. There were no witnesses, no real investigation, and no survivors.

Over thirty years later, the house is suddenly back on the market. Ready to settle down, a young married couple moves from New York City to their dream home in the quiet town of Highlands, North Carolina. However, as past secrets come to light and unpredictable strangers violate their privacy, the couple’s hope for a fresh start twists into the fuel for their darkest nightmares.

The Lost Orphans
A murder twenty-five years forgotten, a female detective with the ability to communicate with the dead, and a killer without boundaries clash in the heart of winter.

It’s Christmas, and there’s been another murder. Rachel Harroway, a homicide detective gifted in the arts and communication with the dead, tracks a serial killer lurking in the shadows for the last twenty-five years. The closer Rachel gets to solving the mystery, the more the unforgiving Appalachian winter weather and supernatural energies push back, forcing Rachel to decide how far she’ll go for a man society has forsaken.
 
 
 
 
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Sunset: Book One of the Nightlord Series by Garon Whited (Author)
Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn’t even believe in them. Then he meets a beautiful woman, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.
 
 
 
 
Alaska to Germany to the Middle East~?
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Waterkill (Dave Henson Series) by Mark Donovan (Author)
A Yemenis man tragically loses his family, a plane disappears into the Alaskan bush carrying a secret, and thousands suddenly die in a German town. Dave Henson is tapped by the U.S. government to help solve the related mysteries, but finds himself drawn in deeper when his wife goes missing.

With the mysterious outbreak of a deadly disease in a Yemeni village, followed by an increase in terrorist chatter after the crash of a small airplane in eastern Alaska, CEO Dr. Dave Henson and colleague Ron Blackwell of NSurv Inc. are tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to locate the aircraft wreckage and its suspected deadly contents.

While Henson and Blackwell are in the eastern mountains of Alaska helping the U.S. Border Patrol locate the missing aircraft and its contents, Dave’s wife, internationally known journalist Dana Cogswell, goes missing while covering another sudden and suspicious epidemic in a small town in Germany.

Dave races from Alaska to Germany to rescue Dana and ends up on a quest to the Middle East to find her. Along the way he learns of a shocking betrayal of friendship and that the path to Dana ultimately leads to the terrorist leader behind the deadly outbreaks.
 
 
 
 
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KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 1) by Stephen Carpenter (Author)
For fans of Robert Parker’s smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee.

Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There’s just one problem–the murder took place before Jack’s book was published.
 
 
 
 
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Killer In The Hills (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 2) by Stephen Carpenter (Author)
In the sequel to the bestselling novel, KILLER, Stephen Carpenter has entangled his character, mystery writer Jack Rhodes, in a web of sex, murder, and money–this time in Hollywood, where Jack spent his early years as a screenwriter.

Jack’s past comes back to haunt him when a B-movie actress-turned-hooker, Penelope Fox, is found murdered in a suite at the Chateau Marmont. Jack’s friend, FBI Agent Melvin Beauchamp, discovers shocking news: Penelope was Jack’s wife.
 
 
 
 
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Pentimento (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 3) by Stephen Carpenter (Author)
In the third of Stephen Carpenter’s Jack Rhodes Mysteries, Jack, a washed-up former bestselling author, is drawn into one of the world’s greatest literary mysteries: what happened to Ernest Hemingway’s infamous lost manuscripts?

When Jack’s friend, former FBI Special Agent Melvin Beauchamp, asks him to authenticate a short story allegedly written by Hemingway, Jack is convinced that the lost manuscripts have been found—but by whom? Intrigued, Jack takes off on a hunt for the priceless trove of papers, and the alluring, mysterious young woman who may have them.
 
 
 
 
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Dog Gone (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator Book 12) by Mike Faricy (Author)
Best in Show! Dog Gone is the Tale of Two Tail-Chasers
Private investigator Dev Haskell’s new lady friend Maddie comes with strings attached: the loosely-knotted tie of her short black silk kimono, and the leash to Morton, her handsome Golden Retriever.
It’s always a sexy mystery when Dev’s on duty, but this caper takes a turn toward buddy adventure when Dev agrees to pet-sit. On their first evening stroll, Dev and Morton are charmed to meet the lovely Princess Anatasia, a purebred Standard Poodle angling for Best In Show title in the Blessington Kennel Club competition the Super Bowl of regional dog competition. But when the princess’ owner gets in a tussle with a local gambling heavyweight, Dev steps in to help, and the prim and proper world of show dog competition is revealed to be, above all, a competition, plus a big attraction for professional gambling! And these guys are playing for high stakes.

Kindle April 14, 2018

49 Writers, Inc. Deb Vanasse | Revision Tips
Revision is a lot like child-rearing, inefficient and unpredictable. The work will get unruly. You can’t let your ego get in the way. Your book or story or poem isn’t you. You have to let it grow up into itself, into the project it’s meant to be.
 
 
 
 
Rose Colored Glasses: Rose’s Online Plotting Boot Camp
Dates: June 4 – 29, 2018
Last date to register: June 4, 2018
Cost: $50.00—cheap, considering everything you get!
Your DI (Drill Instructor): Delilah Devlin
Offered through: www.rosescoloredglasses.com

What you can expect:
LOGLINE (Lunges)
PREMISE (Pushups)
CHARACTER (Strengthening exercises)
CONFLICT! CONFLICT! CONFLICT!
Breaking through the STORY STRUCTURE stronghold
Battling the PLOT LINES

We do more in one month than some people do all year! Get tough! Get motivated! Get plotting!
 
 
 
 
By Jenna Sutton: Any Resemblance to Actual Persons is Purely Purposeful
 
 
 
 
April News from Kate White
What I’m Up to This Month
Flitting About: Because of the launch of my new career book, The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, I’ve been doing a lot of press lately, and also traveling around the country giving speeches, which I always enjoy. I like connecting with other women, and weirdly, one of my favorite pastimes is eating alone in hotel restaurants. I guess it’s because it’s a great chance to detach a little from the world. (Is that something you personally love or hate?)
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Richard Condon Thrillers: The Manchurian Candidate, Winter Kills, Prizzi’s Honor by Richard Condon (Author)
From bestselling, master political novelist Richard Condon comes a collection of three of his most well-known thrillers. His heroes deal with assassinations, greed, and corruption in the fabric of American politics.

The Manchurian Candidate: War hero Sergeant Raymond Shaw is a sleeper assassin, programmed to kill by his former North Korean captors during his time as a prisoner of war. Now he’s been returned to the US, with a mission to assassinate a candidate for US President–and his former commander is the only man who can stop him.

Winter Kills: While riding in a Philadelphia motorcade, an American president is assassinated. This one is fictional, but this story is haunted by the mysteries of the Kennedy Assassination–with a complicated conspiracy that involves movie stars, oil barons, and shadowy agents at the highest levels of government.

Prizzi’s Honor: Charley Partanna is a hitman for New York’s most dangerous crime family–and so is his wife, Irene. When Irene cheats the Prizzis out of a sizeable sum of money, it’s Charley they demand justice from. Now Charley must choose between his employers and the love of his life. A mafia thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
 
 
 
 
Fictional accounting?
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Call Sign, White Lily (5th Edition): The Life and Loves of the World’s First Female Fighter Pilot by M.G. Crisci (Author)
With Mother Russia under siege, a daring 17-year old teenage girl hangs up her ice skates and heads for the skies. Initially rebuffed as a child in a man’s world, her unparalleled flying skills make believers of even the most battle-hardened Russian pilot.

At the tender age of 18 she becomes the world’s first female flying ace. By the age of 21 she has lived a breathtaking existence, completing 268 missions against Hitler’s vaunted Luftwaffe, recording 15 solo kills, and assisting on countless others. In the process the publicity surrounding Lilia’s exploits make her Hitler’s worst nightmare. She is also shot down four times,falls madly in love with her handsome squadron commander, and still finds time to laugh, smile and read poetry, her other great love.

Lilia’s incredible, and largely unknown story in the West, is set as historical fiction against the background of a devastating war that claimed the lives of as many as 30 million Soviet soldiers and citizens. Despite the difficult times, Lilia’s bittersweet story contains the simple desire of many woman: to have a loving husband that brings surprises, a family full of laughter and love, and a world where peace reigns supreme. For all people, for all time.

Lilia’s only fear was that her sacrifices, and those of so many others, would be lost in time. Sadly, that is precisely what happened. Lilia was lost somewhere over the Eastern Ukraine seven days before her 22nd, and she did not receive her just due for another 47 years!

Call Sign, White Lily is proof positive that life is a destination to an unknown destination.
 
 

Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak (Лидия Владимировна Литвяк, (August 18, 1921, in Moscow – August 1, 1943, in Krasnyi Luch[1]), also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five solo victories[2] and two[3] shared kills over a total of 66 combat missions,[4] over about two years of missions, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy plane, the first of two female fighter pilots who have earned the title of fighter ace, and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was shot down near Orel during the Battle of Kursk as she attacked a formation of German planes.
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“The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladmirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time.”


 
 
 
 

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Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Ali Wentworth (Author)
Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of Tina Fey, and you get Ali in Wonderland, the uproarious, revealing, and heartfelt memoir from acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth. Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing (and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her Seinfeld “Schmoopie” days and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or baring the details of starting a family alongside husband George Stephanopoulos, one thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes scandalous Ali in Wonderland.

“Ali Wentworth is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.” —Alec Baldwin
 
 
 
 
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Animal Rites by Michael Panno (Author)
*** Finalist in the Thriller Catagory of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards*** It’s 1995. Frank Noble is a Viet Nam vet and a retired Secret Service agent, living in a stone cabin in the Angeles National Forest, above Los Angeles. A family of bears live close by and Frank takes joy in observing and interacting with them. This all changes when two poachers kill two of the bears and cut out their bladders and remove their paws to sell on the black market. Little did the poachers know, they picked the wrong bears. Frank enlists the help of Marcell, a dwarf and former Circus Performer with his own dark past, who now lives in a cabin close to Frank, and the two of them set out for revenge. It is a journey that leads them into the seedy underworld of Animal parts, child pornography and prostitution.
 
 
 
 
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The Deeds of the Disturber (The Amelia Peabody Murder Mysteries) by Elizabeth Peters (Author)
Back in London after an archaeological dig, adventurous sleuth Amelia Peabody—“rather like Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple all rolled into one”—discovers that a night watchman at the museum has perished in the shadow of a mummy case (The Washington Post Book World).

There are murmurings about an ancient curse, but a skeptical Amelia is determined to find an all-too-human killer. Soon, she’s balancing family demands, including the troubles of her precocious son, Ramses (aka Walter), with not just one unsolved crime, but two . . .
 
 
 
 
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Such A Deal: Three Nice Jewish Detectives  by Julie Smith (Author),‎ Shelley Singer (Author),‎ Dick Cluster (Author),‎ Patty Friedmann (Author)
An anthology containing one each from THREE top-rated sleuth series by best-selling authors Shelley Singer, Julie Smith, and Dick Cluster, PLUS award-winning author Patty Friedmann’s powerful and emotional autobiographical novel.

Editor’s note: This book contains four complete novels.
 
 
 
 
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The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas Benigno (Author)
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocense, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revealations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

Kindle April 12, 2018

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A Kopp Sisters Collection: Books 1–3 (A Kopp Sisters Novel)
by Amy Stewart (Author)
Based on the Kopp sisters’ real-life adventures, the first three novels in best-selling author Amy Stewart’s sparkling series tell the riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime along the way.

In Girl Waits with Gun, we meet Constance Kopp. Constance doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

In Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Constance and her sisters aren’t living the quiet life anymore. After Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation’s first female deputies. But when a German-speaking con man threatens her position—and puts the honorable sheriff at risk for being thrown in his own jail—Constance will be forced to prove herself again.

In Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, Constance has finally earned her deputy sheriff’s badge and is ready to tackle a new kind of case: defending independent young women brought into the Hackensack jail on dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. Such were the laws—and morals—of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and support these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette—who runs away from their sleepy farm to join the glamorous world of vaudeville—who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test.

This three-book collection also includes bonus content! Inside find cocktail recipes, discussion questions, Q&As with the author, a cast of characters, and more. Plus, schedule your own book club visit with author Amy Stewart!
 
 
 
 
By John G. Hartness: Harker Season 4 Starts Here! Quest for Glory Continues! Falstaff gets Crushed!
 
 
 
 
Courtesy of Chuck Wendig Terrible Minds: Catherynne M. Valente: Five Things I Learned Writing Space Opera

Kindle April 11, 2018

Coleen Collins: Private Investigators And Crime Scene Investigations, Part II
 
 
 
 

Book Browse Blog: Five Female-Focused Historical Novels for Book Clubs
 
 
 
 

By Douglas Lord: A Dude Says Goodbye | Books for Dudes

 
 
 
 
By Sandy Wright: Left Coast Crime Fangirl Authors & thier books

 
 
 
 

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Kill Shot
(The Mitch Rapp Prequel Series Book 2)
by Vince Flynn
In the year since the CIA trained and then unleashed him, Mitch Rapp has dismantled, kill by untraceable kill, the network of monsters behind the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. The hunt leads to Paris, where a deadly trap is sprung as the bullet leaves Rapp’s silenced pistol—followed by the discovery of nine bodies, including…
 
 
 
 
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Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
by Alison Weir (Author)
Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.
 
 
 
 
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Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That: The Hidden Risks of Mixing Food and Medicine
by Madelyn Fernstrom (Author),‎ John Fernstrom (Author)
 
 
 
 

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The American Table: Classic Comfort Food from Across the Country
by Larry Edwards (Author)
Like its people, American food is a melting pot of tastes and textures. Now flavors from every corner of the country are brought together in one soul-satisfying cookbook. Worthy of any diner’s daily special board, these recipes are the real deal: wholesome, filling favorites that will bring the entire family to the table.
 
 
 
 
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The Stone Monkey
by Jeffery Deaver
First introduced in the spine-chilling novel THE BONE COLLECTOR, Lincoln Rhyme dazzled readers with unparalleled forensic sleuthing—all done from the confines of a wheelchair. A famed criminologist, paralyzed from the neck down, Rhyme compensates for his physical disability with his brains…
 
 
 
 
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The Red Hunter: A Novel
by Lisa Unger
What is the difference between justice and revenge? Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog…
 
 
 
 
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The Complete Father Brown Mysteries Kindle Edition
by G. K. Chesterton (Author),‎ ABCD Classics (Author)
– The Innocence of Father Brown
– The Wisdom of Father Brown
– The Donnington Affair
– The Incredulity of Father Brown
– The Secret of Father Brown
– The Scandal of Father Brown
– The Mask of Midas

Don’t Stop with a Cop. Unusual Law Enforcement Agencies to Write About by L. A. Kelley

Don’t Stop with a Cop. Unusual Law Enforcement Agencies to Write About by L. A. Kelley
A common occupation for either a hero or heroine in an action novel is law enforcement officer. The profession makes sense. When dealing with the evil aspects of the paranormal, a person needs steely nerves and ready access to firearms. By why stop with a cop when other agencies might do nicely?

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Chuck Wendig: Three Truths About Writing, And How The Writing Gets Done

Writing only gets done by getting it done.

The work is the way forward.

But what that means is…

…not chiseled in stone so much as it is swirled into pudding with an index finger. It’s in flux. Uncertain. How we do the work, and why, and when, and at what rate, is where writers really are snowflakes, each as unique as a fingerprint, or a strand of DNA, or a cat’s butthole.

(That’s true, by the way, that’s science. All cat buttholes are unique to the cat. It’s how cats catch each other at cat crimes.)

I’ve been doing this writing thing for —

Wait, hold on.

*puts on long, gray beard*

*pulls pants up so far that the waistline is hitting the nipple watermark*

*black socks and brown sandals, deployed*

I’VE BEEN DOING THIS WRITING THING SINCE YOU WERE IN YOUR SPACE DIAPERS, YOUNG PENMONKEY. I’VE WRITTEN OVER 20 BOOKS AND SOME COMICS AND SOME FAILED FILM AND TELEVISION PROJECTS AND SOME GAMES AND I’VE LEARNED A THING OR TWO ABOUT WRITING A THING OR TWO AND YOU SHOULD SIT DOWN AND STRAP IN AND LISTEN TO OLD UNCLE WENDIG BECAUSE —

Wow, sorry, I was really yelling there, huh?

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Paranormal Romantics: Is it Hot in Here or is it Me? The Science of Lust, Attraction and Attachment by L. A. Kelley

Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone it’s time to reflect on what you learned about romance this year. Absolutely nothing, you say. Well, here’s a news flash: love is all in the chemicals.

Some of us read about romance. Others find it a fascinating study. A team of scientists led by Dr. Helen Fisher at Rutgers University has determined love has three categories: lust, attraction, and attachment. Each is characterized by its own set of hormones. Testosterone and estrogen drive lust; dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin create attraction; and oxytocin and vasopressin are linked to attachment.
 
 
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Elissa Strati -> The Sunday Bulletin is Here: It’s Never Too Late for Love

Dear Readers~

I’m Elissa Strati (why, yes, that’s Melissa without an M!) and I’m delighted to be with you today.

Like my heroine, Melissa Ricci, in Love’s Odds, I was over forty when I found my HEA (Happily Ever After) but Melissa put her own spin on things. I, myself, didn’t know until the last chapters whom she would select as she opened her mind and heart to God and love.

Although I have worked with words most of my life, I had never published a novel, so when Melissa Storm invited me into her new Kindle World I was thrilled to have the opportunity. While the writing itself is a solitary process, I soon found myself embraced by a new family, my fellow First Street Church Authors, many of whom are already well-known. The amazing support I received pushed me to learn the new skills (Creating a cover! Formatting for Kindle! Using styles in Word!) I needed—the writing became the easy part. Brainstorming with others became one of the joys.

Elissa Strati -> Read complete article The Sunday Bulletin is Here: It’s Never Too Late for Love

P.S. I’d be tickled if you joined me on Facebook or Amazon!

(I met Elissa through Facebook via WASP page. Our mom’s did not serve together.)

Jeff Somers Barnes & Noble -> 10 Essential Life Skills Only Voracious Readers Have

Studies show that reading is beneficial in a host of ways, from helping to keep our minds sharp to reducing stress. Yet most people read at a pace true book nerd might refer to as lightly—perhaps a book or two per year. For the true reader that’s a laughable pace; truly voracious readers might finish a book a week, or one a day. Here’s the thing, though: voracious readers aren’t just entertaining themselves—they’re training themselves to be better people. Here are 10 skills only true readers possess.

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Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie on Penguin Women Writers

Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie on the Penguin Women Writers series – classic books they’ve brought back into print to mark 100 years of votes for women

One hundred years ago, in February 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed, beginning the inclusion of women in the UK political system. As part of the celebrations for this landmark legislation, Kamila Shamsie and Penelope Lively have each chosen two “forgotten” titles by female writers to be brought back into print as part of the new Penguin Women’s Writers series.

“The thing about women writers is that, happily, there are a great many,” says Lively, who ended up choosing lesser-known titles by well-known authors. “I very much wanted to draw attention to Mary McCarthy again; I feel that she’s rather neglected, certainly in this country. I would love to think that through this project some younger readers might come to her. Her books are extraordinarily powerful.” Birds of America, first published in 1971, is about 17-year-old Peter Levi, who is grappling with his concerns about the Vietnam war, commercialism, tourism, and the environment. “What I found so strange reading it,” Lively says, “Is how many of the issues are very much the issues of our own day; the environmentalist issue, worries about democracy and where that will lead, and being what he himself calls a guilty liberal. It’s very much a book of issues and ideas.” Lively did read Birds of America when it first came out, but she first came to McCarthy through her 1963 novel, The Group: “We all read The Group when it came out; it was very adventurous for its day and we were young women around the age of the young women in the book, so we were fascinated by their initiation into sexual life and working life. She was one of the writers we would automatically read – I wanted to revive her.”

Read complete article -> Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie on Penguin Women Writers