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Write A Better Book Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on how it works: I’m supposed to breathe slowly and focus on the feeling of taking that breath, and then, suddenly, my mind will clear and…

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Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs of human emotions, and the challenges and joys of our connectedness, person to person. In other words, storytelling. From the moment I learned that the…

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What’s New? A Second Interview With Author Chicki Brown

Since we last met… Have you published new novels or short stories? Tell us about them! Chicki: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life. You Make Me…

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Storytelling and the Campfire

I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs. It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published works has turned the Kindle into the modern campfire. Only, instead of sitting together, elbows and knees touching, with firelight twinkling upon eager faces as those gathered wait for the storyteller to begin,…

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Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the kind of person who can just kick back and live the quiet life, I need to have a goal, and writing has…

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Blake Northcott

"People are surprised that I’m a full-time author. I just had Thanksgiving here in Canada last weekend, and even my family are like, “How do you make a living at this?” and ask all sorts of questions about it. Some are skeptical, others are just fascinated."
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5 tips to get past writer’s block

A guest post by Jaelithe Russ. I recently read a post by a fellow writer who talked about how she doesn’t have the luxury for writer’s block. Like me, she is a busy mother who also works, so when there’s time to write we MUST take advantage of that time or lose it. With so little extra time, losing it takes a heavy toll. Her contention was that she doesn’t get writer’s block because she can’t afford to. I agree…

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CHARCOAL by J.E. Rowney

"Jess is dead, and it's my fault." Anna Macbeth has spent her whole life trying to escape from her past. She left the rural Yorkshire village where she grew up for life as a family lawyer in London, but what secrets did she take with her? When a familiar voice telephones her with tragic news, Anna knows that running away is no longer an option, and that she has to return to face her demons. What led Anna to flee…

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THE DEPOT: WHEN LIFE AND DEATH CROSS TRACKS by Carmen DeSousa

The Depot (When Life and Death Cross Tracks) is a thirteen-thousand-word mini mystery with a ghostly edge by bestselling romantic-suspense author Carmen DeSousa. If you are looking for her full-length novels, please check out her Amazon author page. They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now. As he investigates a supposed suicide by train, he learns secrets of a…

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Free: Short Stories About Love

5 FREE short stories about love! Download them today, Sunday, October 5, 2014, until Midnight Pacific US time.Each story is 7 - 18 pages. Quick reads, happy endings, and maybe even a few tears!THE BIRTHDAY – As a woman gets ready for a party, her kids, her husband, and her memories keep getting in the way.Reader review: “It's a very tender, thoughtful reflection of a woman's life on her birthday. Left me feeling happy, and what's better than that?” FAMOUS –…

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