“Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse” by Win Blevins

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“Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse”

Genre: Biography/Native American

Release Date: December 4, 2016

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Nominee for the Pulitzer and winner of the Spur Award, ‘Stone Song’ is the classic, and extraordinarily told, story of the Lakota Sioux mystic warrior, Crazy Horse. Of all the iconic figures of Native American history, Crazy Horse remains the most enigmatic. To this day he strides across American history as a man who lived—and died—on his own terms.

“’Stone Song’ is a deeply spiritual story about the soul journey of a great and mysterious American hero.” ~ The Dallas Morning News.

Ridiculed as a boy for his white-man looks, he called for a vision, and received a great one . . . a vision that would shape his life. He was to fight for his people. In order to be successful, he must not accept traditional Lakota finery, rewards, and would sacrifice the dream of a wife and children. By following his vision, and his destiny of that as a mystic warrior, he was able to lead his people to their greatest victory—the defeat of General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Called to his monumental task, and tortured by his deeply passionate love of a woman, Crazy Horse found peace only in battle. Drawing inspiration from the eternal wisdom of his people, he discovered the means to defeat the U.S. Army at its own deadly game.

Come enjoy this new 20th century Anniversary Edition with an intimate introduction by the author, Win Blevins.

“Frost Security: The Complete 5 Books Series” by Glenna Sinclair

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“Frost Security: The Complete 5 Books Series”

Genre: Paranormal/Thriller & Suspense/Anthology

Release Date: August 23, 2017

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A Kindle Unlimited Bundle…
5 Books. Full Length. No Cliffhangers. More than 1,000 pages 🙂

In the mountains of Colorado, a small town named Enchanted Rock seems to always be in need of protection. Luckily, the shifters of Frost Security call this town home. 

RICHARD
For years, Richard Murdoch served in Afghanistan, a lone wolf shifter always on the prowl for his true calling in life. Now that Richard has helped found Frost Security with his pack, he may have finally found his true calling, his true mate: an art gallery owner in need of protection from a psycho stalker who wants her either run out of town, or dead.

FRANK
Frank O’Dwyer, ex-military bodyguard for Frost Security, failed at his job once before. He loved a woman and let his feelings for her cloud his judgment when he was supposed to be protecting her. Because of his screw-up, she ended up dead. Now, as he meets his newest client for the first time, he begins to worry he’ll make the same mistake. Even worse, this time he’d be failing his true mate.

JACOB
Jacob Wayne is ex-Marine Special Forces and a fallen homicide detective. Now, at Frost Security, he thinks he may have found a home. But at what cost? All he does is track the occasional criminal that skipped their bond, or fraud investigation. Hell, he’s not even a great shifter! He can barely control his instincts when he’s in his wolf form. Until, that is, he meets the woman who smells of sun and desert flowers. Has he found his true mate? And his purpose? Or is this just another dead end lead?

MATTHEW
Matthew Jones was Pararescue in the Air Force, an elite soldier who dropped in behind enemy lines to save the lives of the men and women who were shot down. Now, as an arson investigator and volunteer firefighter, he’s Frost Security’s go-to shifter on arson investigation. But, when beautiful Rebecca Stokes, a local high school English teacher, comes to him looking for help to find the man who framed her Uncle Zeke for the crime of burning down his own hardware store, Matthew realizes that his feelings for her are hotter than even the fires he’s paid to investigate.

PETER
Peter Frost, alpha shifter, ex-Navy SEAL, and leader of Frost Security has spent his life in search of something. Whether it’s the people who murdered his family while he was overseas serving his country, a pack to call his own, or Vanessa Springer, the mate he once thought dead . . . what he’s sought has always seemed just out of reach.

Vanessa Springer is a woman on the run. Ever since the murder of her and Peter’s pack fifteen years before, she’s stayed one step ahead of the people who killed her friends and family by embracing the outlaw lifestyle. Now, she’s found Peter Frost again, and realized that everything his father said about him was a lie. He doesn’t want to be more human than wolf, and he does embrace his shifter heritage.

Or does he? Because she knows secrets about Peter’s heritage that he denies, and if he’s unwilling to listen to Vanessa, they may not be able to defend themselves against the threat looming over Enchanted Rock.

How to Write a Tanka Poem in English

Great structural info in this post for verse! 😉👍

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

As many of you already know, I love structured poetry. This includes the Haiku, the Tanka, and the Haibun. I like to think of myself as a student of these poetic forms. Learning to write them correctly is an art form in itself. I think that’s what appeals to me the most, the arrangement of the syllables.

One of my favorite poetic forms is the Japanese Tanka. These poems are untitled and do NOT rhyme. A true Japanese Tanka counts thirty-one sounds because they don’t count syllables in Japanese Haiku or Tanka.

“The word Haiku, for example, is two syllables in English, but three sounds in Japanese.” (mandy’spages.com) Click on the link to learn more about the Japanese Tanka structure.


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For the poets who follow my weekly poetry challenge, we will follow the 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first…

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“Murder At The Jolly Jester (The Ronald Rowntree Mysteries Book 1)” by IAN THOMPSON

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“Murder At The Jolly Jester (The Ronald Rowntree Mysteries Book 1)”

Genre: British/Dark Humor/Satire

Release Date: December 15, 2016

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Comedy, capers and conundrums!


Visit the idyllic English village of Duckley, where thrushes sing their merry morning songs and folk breakfast at The Golden Yolk café. Partake of a refreshing gin and tonic, or a full and frothy ale, at the historic Jolly Jester Public House. An idyllic setting perfect for…
. . . M u r d e r . . .

Ronald Rowntree manages the Jolly Jester and is a little put out when he discovers a bloody corpse sitting in the saloon bar, even more so when he becomes the No 1 suspect.
Miriam Harper is a thriller writer who is only too happy to try and help Ronald solve the crime and clear his name, but is the murder all it seems? What lurks beneath Duckley’s calm crust?

“Myths & Magic: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection”

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“Myths & Magic: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection”

by Multiple Authors

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Superhero/Steampunk

Release Date: August 22, 2017

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MYTHS & MAGIC sends you on a wild ride across universes where a safe return cannot be guaranteed.

Abolished magic returns to Earth. Telekinetic sorcerers, witches, and fairies discover their powers. Humans become cyborgs. Dragons prowl the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes.

All this and more is packed inside one boxed set overflowing with stories from today’s hottest USA Today and International Bestselling authors!

From dystopian thrillers to steampunk romance, from gothic fantasies to paranormal adventures, come journey with unlikely heroes, valiant shifters, rogue vampires, and even a sensual brujo. Dabble in scientific espionage, thwart scheming sorcerers, and challenge hordes of vengeful demons. And maybe fall in love…

If you’re ready for 21 exclusive full-length novels and novellas, including some BRAND NEW material, in a boxed set where vampires, shifters, ghosts, demons, and even Djinn haunt the pages, then fall into MYTHS & MAGIC, a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and a dash of paranormal romance that will take you to the edge of your imagination.

Pre-order today to secure YOUR copy of this exciting collection!

Including stories from…

USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne
Award-Winning author Bec McMaster
Award Winning author Felicia Beasley
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert
USA Today bestselling author Jade Kerrion
Anne Renwick
Lisa Lace
Izzy Shows
USA Today bestselling author M. H. Soars (writing as Michelle Hercules)
Melle Amade and Michael Trozzo
USA Today bestselling author Lily Thorn
Ilana Waters
Award-Winning author Erin Richards
R. E. Vance
Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt
CC Dragon
Award-Winning author Bradon Nave
D.A. Roach
Award-Winning author Katalina Leon
Award-Winning author Boone Brux
Eric Padilla

 

Writer’s Block and Depression: Why Writers Need to “Fill the Well”

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by Anne R. Allen

Writer’s block is probably the most popular topic in the writing posts on Medium, the popular new (ish) blogging platform. Lots of Millennials use Medium, and their posts offer an insight into our culture’s future.

I’ve been amazed to see how many young writers consider themselves “blocked.”

I fear it comes from that old adage “write every day”– which is silly. Even the most successful, prolific writers I know don’t work seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. It’s good to remember that even God rested on the seventh day.

I believe that if you have nothing to say, it’s best not to say it.

There is so much pressure right now to turn out endless verbiage that writers aren’t taking time to read, contemplate, and have real experiences to write about.

I was glad to see a post on Medium last Tuesday that…

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“You Are Dead. (Sign Here Please)” by Andrew Stanek

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“You Are Dead. (Sign Here Please)”

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/Humor

Release Date: November 11, 2015

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You Are Dead. (Sign Here Please) is a madcap comedy of truly ludicrous proportions. After Nathan Haynes dies, he discovers that the afterlife is run by straight-laced bureaucrats, but when he refuses to sign his 21B he is punted back to life in his insane home city of Dead Donkey. He can’t rest easy, though – the bureaucrats are out to get him and they will put his papers in order, no matter the cost. Will our hero die (again)? Will the bureaucrats trick him into filling the proper forms in? Will Nathan ever get to do his laundry? Find out in You Are Dead. (Sign Here Please)!

“Night Chill” by Jeff Gunhus

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“Night Chill”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Horror

Release Date: December 11, 2013

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In the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz – intended for mature audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark, ancient power who will stop at nothing to abduct Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. He must soon face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.

“The New Rulebook Christian Suspense Series -Books 1-3 Boxed Set (The New Rulebook Series Boxed Set)” by Joy Ohagwu

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“The New Rulebook Christian Suspense Series Books 1-3 Boxed Set (The New Rulebook Series Boxed Set)”

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance/Suspense

Release Date: May 18, 2016

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Orphaned. Hunted. Framed for murder. And on the run. Who is Ruby Masters?

“I couldn’t put it down!”

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RED- Book 1

Gripped by shock at the site of a presumed routine package delivery run, business woman and entrepreneur Ruby “Red” Masters just saw a woman die. And she discovered The New Rulebook, something she knew nothing about. But it knew everything about her, enough to frame her for murder. As the clock ticks, Ruby calls on the one person she trusts, her best friend and police officer, Robert Towers. Robert will find a way out. He always has.

But as they race against time and beyond the reach of an unknown enemy, Ruby didn’t count on Robert falling in love with her–and turning Christian. Robert’s unrelenting grip on his newfound faith irritates Ruby, until she’s captured behind enemy lines. When all human effort fails her, will she find that what she needed was right there all along? Or will she rebuff the love of the God she doesn’t see, and that of the man she’d always known as simply a friend?

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SNOWY PEAKS- Book 2

Orphaned, and previously framed for murder, bride-to-be Ruby “Red” Masters is glad to be living a normal life again. She busily prepares for her upcoming wedding to the love of her life, Sergeant Robert Towers. Until she receives an SOS message from the mayor of Snowy Peaks—a besieged town. Ruby and Robert must face the possibility of having their lives interrupted—yet again—by the evil mastermind, Pete Zendel.

No outsider cared about Snowy Peaks—until Pete Zendel, bought it through an online auction from prison, seizing the opportunity of an annual honorary auction.
Now forcibly detained in his home and desperate, the town’s mayor risks his life to send a covert message to the only person whom the world knows to have defeated Pete Zendel—the one who put him in prison in the first place—Ruby Masters. She was their last hope.

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THE WEDDING- Book 3

Ruby Masters’ wedding day finally arrived, but an uninvited VIP guest crashes the wedding, asking for urgent help—and a ruthless enemy targets her and her fiancé Robert.

Robert Towers counted the days until today—when the love of his life will finally be his. But when anomalies occur before the wedding, he wondered  if his  assumption of their final safety from the reach of the evil masterminds was an illusion or a divine guarantee, even as shocking secrets unfolded.

Will their hopes for a happily-ever-after become reality? Or will their enemies prevail?