“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. 

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 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 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 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 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 and 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.


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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