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Dakota Livingston’s whole world has been turned upside down… Losing You -Book 2 by Amanda Mackey

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Losing You Amanda Mackey coverAfter realizing she’s the sole survivor of a plane crash—the plane that was to take her to her injured father—her will to live is put to the test as she floats out at sea for days with no water or food.

Ready to give up, she’s rescued by some fisherman from a nearby island. Waking up, not knowing where she is and with no communication with the outside world, Dakota befriends a 12 year old native boy who has secrets hauntingly similar to her own. As their friendship grows it becomes clear just how similar their lives are. In a race against time, with recovery underway, Dakota is desperate to save Daniel from his own demons and return to the love of her life who has given her up for dead. Can one woman’s sheer grit and determination overcome all odds?

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Choices 1 Alton & Velda

In order to help your choice of book along, I’m including the first typed page of each. I’m not going beyond the first typed page, though. Just the first 500 words or so – even if it stops in the middle of a sentence. It will be fun! Trust me.

Presented in order they are listed in the post.
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CHAPTER ONE

Alton shrugged, stepping back from the perilous edge. If Velda said she could handle it, he wouldn’t argue. If his travels had taught him nothing else, it was not to judge abilities on appearance.

Noiselessly, the slender maiden dove into the icy, turbulent river. For several heart stopping moments, Alton watched without seeing her. A flicker of movement 20 yards away, near the river’s center, alerted him to her presence. Smiling, he relaxed a little. A splash and flash of silver got his attention. Was there something else in the water? Could it be Velda was under attack?

His warrior’s senses cautioned him against diving into the turgid current, but also nudged him to protect the young woman. Common sense held him back. He was not a strong swimmer, particularly in scale armor. He’d surely founder and Velda would have to save him. That scenario held little appeal.

Minutes passed slowly. Alton stood by the water, eyes examining the surface of the rapids. He didn’t lower his guard or forget his environment, but his attention was divided,, or he would surely have heard the rustling in the bushes sooner. He slid into the shadows, drawing a long dagger from his boot. His dark skin lent itself to concealment. His bronze scale armor helped him blend into the underbrush. He waited, hardly breathing.

A horse in full tack, riderless, walked up to the water to drink. It was coal black with a white sock on its left foreleg. A stallion, he noticed. Kitted out for exploration with bedroll behind the saddle and small panniers on either side. It wore no colors or insignia. The saddle and bridle were unadorned. There was no visible brand on the flank.velda

If there was a horse, there would be a rider. Where he might be, Alton didn’t know, but intended to find out. Velda was in the water, unprotected. He was vulnerable as well. He stayed in the shadows, casting out with his energy, listening to the vibrations. At first, all was normal forest noise. There was the babble of the river, chattering of squirrels, chirping birds, the swish of a fox’s tail followed by the surprised squeak of the rabbit it caught. Leaves rustled in the gentle breeze, pine needles whispered—and someone drew breath, exhaling slowly.

Focusing on that sound, Alton heard the heartbeat tapping. It wasn’t slow, nor was it overly fast. Like his, it was strong and regular. Adjusting his reading further, Alton probed to see if he’d been spotted. The other person breathed normally. There was no scent of trepidation or fear. For the moment, he wasn’t noticed. The rider posed no immediate threat. Still, why would he stand back while his horse drank? It made very little sense to Alton.

A splash and flicker of movement told him Velda was coming back. The rider’s pulse quickened. He’d heard it too. The horse raised its head, water dripping from its mouth. Eyes as black as its hide,

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Diana Milne – A Memory by Chuck Lovatt

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Today, we share our space with Author Chuck Lovatt as he shares his own memories of our beloved Diana Milne.

I first met Diana by way of a book club we both belonged to, in the summer of 2016. She wrote a review for my debut novel, and we became friends shortly thereafter. Since then, she went on to write reviews for all my books, but it wasn’t until I read what she’d written about a collection of some of my short stories, that I realised that she had known of me for quite a bit longer, having stumbled across a micro-short of mine by accident on the internet two years earlier. She’d even had it framed and hung on the wall of her den. Only Diana would think of doing something like that. I finally got to meet her in person last year while I was visiting my girlfriend…

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That’s So Cliche by Dellani

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ABC ChallengeThere are “conventions” in writing. No, I don’t mean the great big gatherings of authors & their fans, though these are also conventions. What I mean are the things you MUST NOT DO if you want to be an author.

I’d love to know who decides these things. Who set the rules in the first damn place? My theory is that a bunch of frustrated, would-be writers got together and decided that they would set standards in order to hamper the creativity of others. Level the field by making it harder for the competition. Well played.

Grant you, there are some conventions that are valid. (I can’t think of any right now, but give me a little while. I’m sure there are some.) One standard that has some validity is the use of clichés. Not familiar with the word? I could give you a big, long dictionary definition, but why…

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Truth, As Strange As Fiction: What’s In A Name

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I never liked my name. I can’t really say why but I thought it might have something to do with my father always teasing me. He turned my name Janice into a twisted version of it but calling me Janoose The Goose! Yes, a goose.   babyhueybh

From the start I acquainted it with the cartoon character, Baby Huey, a large goofy duckling unable to fly. Baby Huey was meant to be laughed at. So you can see why I was upset.

My father smiled when he said it, and I’m sure he didn’t mean it the way I took it. Every time he’d come into a room I was in by myself he would greet me with, “Hello Janoose The Goose.”

 Why it was so amusing to him, I’ve never figured out. But I was five and did not know how to explain it to him. But maybe he didn’t like…

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Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Kevin, Kevin and Kim!

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Join us TODAY, May 14, 2018 from 4-6 PM Eastern!

It’s officially summer here in Florida. We’ve already had several days with temperatures in the 80s, and we’ve had more than one thunderstorm. Beaches are crawling with tourists who want to spend the day in the sun. Surely, a good book would make the time pass pleasantly?

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Our first guest is K.M. Ecke author of Moral Panic. Not only does he have a good book to entertain you, he’s also a musician, with an album called Change of Mind. You can hear his music on Spotify, or his YouTube channel, The Dream Flow. This is his first time on the show, and we’re delighted to have him here. Welcome, KM!

KM will be on from 4:00-4:40 EDT

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Our next guest is Kim Terry, author of From Her Mother’s Arms. We’re so happy to have her on the show for the first time. Welcome, Kim!

Kim will be on from 4:40-5:20 EDT

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Our final guest is KG Bethlehem, the author of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian novels, including Avenging Knights, Astronomical, and The Forever Spring. This is also KG’s first time on the show, and we’re so pleased to have him here. Welcome, KG!

KG will be on from 5:20-6:00 EDT

Join us for a fun filled 2 hours while we talk to these fantastic authors!

 

1000 Word Sprint Guidance and suggestions: the GOAL of a Sprint

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Word Weaver SPRINT 1There are two goals to a 1000 Word Sprint Contest. You will be creating a short story or story segment, sure, but also something else.

The first goal is: Get your story up and running as quickly as possible.

The 1000 word limit will force you to be thrifty with your verbiage.

The second goal is to make it as complete as possible within those 1000 words.

In George RR Martin’s prologue to the first book of Game of Thrones, within 200 words you have a very good feel for the setting and the characters.

200 words, and the guy writes stories the size of phone books.

How was that done?

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First, as always, you put down whatever your idea is. Get it out of your head and into the computer or onto the page. Then you go back and you analyze each sentence to make…

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