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Sue Vincent - Daily Echo

What would you give to make a dream come true if you woke to find yourself living a nightmare?

What would you feel if you could never again walk on a beach? Or go out alone in the snow…feel the stillness of a wood or cross a field?

And then, you found a way…

In 2009, my son was a successful young man with a bright future… until he was stabbed through the brain in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.

He was found almost immediately by passers-by who saved his life. By the time we arrived at the hospital, Nick was being prepared for emergency brain surgery. We were allowed to see him, for a few minutes, to say goodbye. He was not expected to survive…

Over the past couple of years, many in the blogging community have come to know my son and know…

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Check out Amy Reade’s latest book and pick up the ebook for only 99 cents.

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Friends, my third book, House of the Hanging Jade, is just 99¢!

It’s also a Featured Ebook Recommendation today on BookBub. That’s an honor and a big deal for an author, and I’ve watched my sales numbers climb today as a result of the book’s exposure from BookBub. I hope you’ll consider sharing this with your friends and family and that you’ll reblog this post so we can get as many eyes as possible on the sale price and promotion.

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The Emperor’s Second Wife (Rise of the Aztecs #3) by @ZoeSaadia Pre Columbian #Historical Fiction

Cathy of Between the Lines has a fabulous review of The Emperor’s Second Wife (Rise of the Aztecs #3) by Zoe Saadia, one of my favorite authors.


  • 16108738Author: Zoe Saadia
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • five-stars

Back in the Aztec Capital, the troubles were brewing. While benefiting from its neutrality in the Texcoco-Tepanec War, many influential Mexica-Aztecs grew wary of the way their city was becoming absorbed in the mighty Tepanec Empire.

Building on the first two books, this third instalment of the Rise of the Aztecs saga finds Kuini, Dehe and Coyotl in Tenochtitlan seeking out Kuini’s uncle, the old Aztec Warlord, in order to establish a union for their mutual benefit, against the Tepanecs. Political intrigue is widespread following the death of the Emperor, Huitzilihuitl and they find an ally of sorts in Tlacaelel, a relative of Coyotl’s and the illegitimate son of the late Emperor. There are  aspiring contenders for the title of Emperor but the eventual victor is Chimalpapoca. He is just a child manipulated by his mother, the Empress, who now wields the…

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Thank You, Jim Trelease! – The Power of Reading Aloud to Children

Please take a moment to read this engaging post on reading aloud to children.

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Picture copy.jpg My son, Matt, reading to my four grandchildren.

Reading aloud to my four children is one of the fondest memories I have of their growing up years.  They are all adults now with their own families and busy lives, but I have wonderful memories of cuddling on the couch with them, reading stories together, watching their eyes light up as we traveled to other lands and other times through story.

As a teacher, reading to my children seemed a natural part of the parenting process.  Even when they were babies, they would sit on my lap as we enjoyed books like Pat the Bunny.  As they grew older, we graduated to story books.  Some were fairy tales, some were Bible stories, but all were chances to bond together over printed word. They had their favorites that they asked to be read to them over and over and over. We went…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.

Sally Cronin who blogs at Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life has a wonderful feature on her blog called Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Sally introduces authors and their books to readers. This is a terrific service for authors and a fabulous resource for readers looking for something new. Check it out.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

One day it is my intention to own a coffee shop that also promotes Indie Authors. With Ebooks it is not quite as simple as with print copies but I do have a few ideas up my sleeve. In the meantime …

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.

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Words grow muted . . . (a tanka)

Mary Kendall of a Poet in Time blog shares her talent in this exquisite poem. Please visit her blog for more of her beautiful poetry.

A Poet in Time

words grow muted
and hearing diminished –
I begin to tiptoe
along the lonely curve
of inner silence

arp-sculpture Title Unspecified, by Jean “Hans” Arp (French, b. German), 1950s

This tanka was published in The Ekphrastic Review: writing and art on art and writing on September 13, 2016. The journal is edited by Lorette C. Luzajic as part of the Ekphrastic 20 Challenge.

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Emotional Beats Launch

Writers, please check out this fabulous new book by Nicholas Rossis.

Exciting news! My latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is finally available on Amazon. You may remember the book from my poll back when I was cho…

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