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Brian T Shirley The Comedian, Published Author, Radio Host and the Man in his World

Brian T Shirley The Comedian, Published Author, Radio Host and the Man in his World | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
Brian T Shirley co-host of the Comedy show on Triangle Variety Radio Prime Time with Live Internet Radio offering a vast variety of unique radio shows with Music Live Talk Shows with comics plus Domestic and International speakers Also with Unique...

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Comedian/Philosopher Brian T Shirley has been in the Business for nearly 20 years. His act is derived from growing up poor, coming from a broken home, his military experience, partying, women, pets, infomercial's, sports, and much,much,more.

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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

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  Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.

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Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

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Israel Herrera's comment, May 29, 2013 8:32 PM
q bueno
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This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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My view on Iranian women and Iran.

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Hi all, this is an article I researched and wrote back on Christmas 2009.  That day I had been thinking about my Christmas's in Iran, and although I despise what happened to me, these women and gir...
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An extraordinary and experienced view on Iranian women and Iran. ~ Lori Foroozandeh, author of Lori's Song

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Sharla Shults's comment, April 27, 2013 1:51 PM
You are most welcome, Raj. I found the article most enlightening. I have read Lori's Song. It is a very compelling book about Lori's imprisonment and mistreatment. It's a testament to human strength and is a true depiction of courage. Yet, through it all she found times for compassion and understanding for a culture much different from her own even in times of utter despair and for those who held no empathy.
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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia”

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Writers love to write about writing, but how often do we just restate and rehash old ideas? Lord save me from another “show don’t tell,” “avoid the passive voice,” or “words writers tend to confuse” article. I don’t want to sound stuck-up, but I do want to sound original.

 

“Having set the bar, how do I surpass it?” That was the question I kept asking myself once I had offered to write a post for Brian. Something new. Something new.

 

Then answer, not from my head but as so often happens to us writers from the real world—you know that place we all try to avoid because we prefer to dwell in the one we create. In this instance the real world was our local art museum and its annual floral event.

 

Go to the actual article and read on. . .

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Great day when one learns something totally new, especially in the writing world! Even the word, synesthesia, has a stimulating sound to it. Enjoyed reading and learning

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TheWhyAboutThis

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Ever wonder why we do what we do? Me too!

 

The Shy Butterfly is published. Now available at Amazon.com. As I write this announcement there are tears running down my face. When I first wrote this story six years ago, the inspiration for the story (which I shared with him at the time) was Duane Brownlee. My daughter’s husband.

 

A man endowed with an amazingly happy outlook on life and people. His, a gentle positive attitude about living each day to the fullest. This then was Duane. Three years ago on the weekend of his son’s tenth birthday, Duane was struck and killed by a drug using motorist, just several blocks from his home. I was there, a tragic traumatic event, his family’s life changed forever.

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Gather inspiration daily from Penny Howe's website, The Why About This.

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Romance Ramble: Special Guest - Historical Poetry Writer Sharla Shults

Romance Ramble: Special Guest - Historical Poetry Writer Sharla Shults | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
I'm honored to feature author and poet Sharla Shults on my blog today. Not only is she an amazing person, she is also a very prolific writer, and her poetry tells the story of America and the great sacrifices our forefathers made to enhance our lives. Part of the proceeds of her books are donated to our brave military veterans.
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Thank you, Trish Jackson, for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my writing and feature my new book, Awakenings. It is through venues such as yourself that we, as writers, are able to reach a wider audience with author information, as well as introductory knowledge about new writings.

Thank you to all for your wonderful comments! It is for those, such as you, that I write!

Have a blessed day in all the tomorrows to come!

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A Life Of Strength And Purpose

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Many women get into technology late. I got into technology right after leaving university as an English Literature Major and was working in telecommunications in Broadband Technology and GSM. I focused mainly on Broadband 4G technology and was very integral in the launch process.There are many “myths” surrounding women in technology: ·      You can’t dress chic and flashy but wear jeans and t-shirts·      You stay up all night·      You eat unhealthy food while coding or designing software

 

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Check out High Heels in Tech by Winsome Campbell-Green on your Nook, Kindle, or iBooks for only $2.99!

 

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The Power of Words--and Words to Prove It!

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I have been teaching my Public Speaking students about language, especially the  great power of our words to create or destroy.  Writers  are always influencing  by the words  we choose to describe something or someone.  I wonder if we are constantly conscious of what we are doing…. Do we always choose the word that is the clearest and most descriptive, and not a judgment? After all, readers are limited to the world we create, with its values and visions of what is–or could be–in it. Are we painting brave new worlds with our word pictures or are we prescribing a life that only gratifies or glorifies our self-centered natures? And are we conscious of the beauty and precision of the grammatical context of our words, or do our fingers go tripping and tumbling along a path, throwing commas and other punctuation wherever we please with no thought to scooping up the excess?

 

Here are some possible answers, quotes I found on Goodreads:

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After reading the article, think about whether you have been changed by the words you've read?

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Sunshine and Her Big Blarney Smile!: Linda Hales, Yivian Liao: 9781482525281: Amazon.com: Books

Sunshine and Her Big Blarney Smile! [Linda Hales, Yivian Liao] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Sunshine and Her Big Blarney Smile! is a cultural adaptation of Sunshine I’ll Make You Smile!
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Author Linda Hales has done it again!


Little Sunshine dressed in her green dress and red hair sporting a smile as big as the sun itself. She returns with this Irish twist and educational lessons. Her back drop is an amazingly look alike Castle of Blarney. She and Grandpappy are two sweet characters in this adorable book and Grandpappy has no chance against Sunshine as she sets out to make him smile.

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Smashwords — Tea for Three — A book by Trish Jackson and Rhoda Baxter

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What does a redneck private investigator from small town Alabama have in common with a retired British academic and her young event planner? The answer is -- absolutely nothing -- not even their use of the English language.

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Join Trish for a smashing good time!

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Awakenings: Awakenings Author Interview

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Claire Cappetta, author of A Broken Ring is featuring, Awakenings, on her blog today. Please visit Claire's site and leave comments. I am offering my book as a Kindle Giveaway to one lucky commenter! Yippee!!

 Thank you, Claire, for being so supportive of my writing and providing this wonderful opportunity!Author Interview with Sharla Shults
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Family and Friends: Would love your support! Awakenings Author Interview | Free Kindle giveaway

LEAVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY
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Awakenings Author Interview | Free Kindle giveaway

LEAVE COMMENTS ON THE SITE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY

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All Books - Author Emily Guido

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Author Emily Guido All Books: The Light-Bearer Series - Author Emily Guido

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Emily Guido is a very New Young Adult, Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing "The Light-Bearer Series" because one day she got an idea of two characters of light and dark who needed to have their epic romance story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written.

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Romance Ramble: Interview with Ken Weene - Tragic-Comedic Author

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An interview with me, what more does anyone need to know? Ken Weene


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Terrific interview by Trish Jackson. What a great way to receive insight not only into an Ken's works but also getting to know the author himself! Congratulations to both of you!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 23, 2013 10:55 PM

I'm delighted to have this chance to share with Trish's followers.

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Wonderful Words

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My dear friend Maggie Tideswell will soon be releasing her newest book. Read about her and even get an excerpt from her new work.


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If you can't buy it today, put it on your Wish List!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 26, 2013 12:23 PM

A new book from my friend Maggie Tideswell

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Amazon.com: The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale (9781434805140): Marilyn Armstrong: Books

The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale

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The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale [Marilyn Armstrong] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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With emotional debris from an abused childhood and besieged by crises, Maggie launches an improbable journey to redefine herself by building a teepee in her backyard. Amidst oak trees and blackberry brambles, Maggie finds an untraditional path a her own version of salvation. Her ironic view of the world and sense of humor never abandon her. Maggie's faces painful issues, but she copes, grows, heals, and moves on with life. She learns she need not define herself by the bad stuff that happened to her. The 12-Foot Teepee embraces life. It's shocking, funny, relevant and irreverent.

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Amazon.com: Be Still: ...and know that I am God (9781449707927): Charles L Mashburn: Books

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Be Still: ...and know that I am God [Charles L Mashburn] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. In today's chaotic and challenging world, we all need encouragement.
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Simple daily encouragements ... great to begin the day! I know for I have the book right next to my Bible, both of which I read at the start of each new day.

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The Thing With Feathers: Anne Sweazy-Kulju: 9781618623102: Amazon.com: Books

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The Thing With Feathers [Anne Sweazy-Kulju] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations.
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Another GOOD book from Select Writers' Group!

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The Slow Death of the American Author

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LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.

 

 This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.

 

Authors practice one of the few professions directly protected in the Constitution, which instructs Congress “to promote the progress of Science and the useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The idea is that a diverse literary culture, created by authors whose livelihoods, and thus independence, can’t be threatened, is essential to democracy.

That culture is now at risk. The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers.

 

Take e-books. They are much less expensive for publishers to produce: there are no printing, warehousing or transportation costs, and unlike physical books, there is no risk that the retailer will return the book for full credit.

 

But instead of using the savings to be more generous to authors, the six major publishing houses — five of which were sued last year by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for fixing e-book prices — all rigidly insist on clauses limiting e-book royalties to 25 percent of net receipts. That is roughly half of a traditional hardcover royalty.

 

Best-selling authors have the market power to negotiate a higher implicit e-book royalty in our advances, even if our publishers won’t admit it. But writers whose works sell less robustly find their earnings declining because of the new rate, a process that will accelerate as the market pivots more toward digital.

 

And there are many e-books on which authors and publishers, big and small, earn nothing at all. Numerous pirate sites, supported by advertising or subscription fees, have grown up offshore, offering new and old e-books free.

 

The pirates would be a limited menace were it not for search engines that point users to these rogue sites with no fear of legal consequence, thanks to a provision inserted into the 1998 copyright laws. A search for “Scott Turow free e-books” brought up 10 pirate sites out of the first 10 results on Yahoo, 8 of 8 on Bing and 6 of 10 on Google, with paid ads decorating the margins of all three pages.

 

If I stood on a corner telling people who asked where they could buy stolen goods and collected a small fee for it, I’d be on my way to jail. And yet even while search engines sail under mottos like “Don’t be evil,” they do the same thing.

 

Google is also at odds with many writers because in 2004 it partnered with five major libraries to scan and digitize millions of in-copyright books, without permission from authors. The Authors Guild (of which I am president) sued; years later, with a proposed settlement scuttled by the judge, the litigation goes on.

 

 

Google says this is a “fair use” of the works, an exception to copyright, because it shows only snippets of the books in response to each search. Of course, over the course of thousands of searches, Google is using the whole book and selling ads each time, while sharing none of the revenue with the author or publisher.

It got worse in 2011, when a consortium of some of Google’s partner libraries, the Hathi Trust, decided to put online some 200 books that the group had unilaterally decided were “orphans,” meaning they couldn’t locate the copyright owners. The “orphans” turned out to include books from writers like the best-selling novelist J. R. Salamanca — alive and well in Maryland — and the Pulitzer Prize winner James Gould Cozzens, whose copyrights were left to Harvard. The Authors Guild sued, and Hathi suspended the program. But that litigation also continues, even while millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

 


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Millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

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10 Most Creative Furniture Inspired by Books

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If you love both books and furniture, you will love these 10 cool designs.

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May be a cool idea for some but I still think books are for reading. Perhaps the designs where the books are still removeable would be okay.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:43 AM

As an author, I'm not sure if I love or hate some of these uses of books. Hey, my books are meant for reading not for holding up a counter, but once you've read them I guess it's cool to put them on display this way.

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Does Punctuation Really Matter?

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Improper use of punctuation can make or break a sentence, but what’s worse is that it can also turn your readers away. You might ask, “Does punctuation really matter?” The answer is, “Yes, it reall...
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This is like asking, "Does the decimal make a difference?" Duh!

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Mary Metcalfe: Lakefront Muse: This author's stories have Kickassitude!

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My guest author this week is Trish Jackson. Trish has the singular honour of being the first author I’ve interviewed who knows how to shoot a UZI submachine gun, let alone sleep with it under her bed. There must be a book in there somewhere. But, for today, welcome Trish! Tell us a bit about what you’re working on these days.

 

First, a big thank you to you, Mary for having me on your blog and for asking such thought-provoking questions.   I'm currently writing a new romantic suspense novel, Impassioned. This is a very intense story revolving around my protagonist's relationship with a serial killer. I'm also working on edit-1 from my publisher of my upcoming romantic suspense/comedy novel Kickassitude. This is a sequel toRedneck P.I. and every time I read it again, it makes me smile.

 


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Check out the author, Trish Jackson! Great writer! Romance and comedy rolled into one...

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5 Brilliant Poetry Apps for Students

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5 great poetry apps for helping reluctant students get to grips with both reading and writing poetry.

 

Poetry is one of the areas of the curriculum in which it can be particularly challenging to engage and excite students, with teachers sometimes battling the unfounded stereotype that poems are ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘uncool’, or that it is ‘embarrassing’ or too hard to write your own.

 

Nowhere is the influx of edtech tools more apt and invigorating than in such situations, and a wealth of exciting new apps suitable for iPads, tablets and mobile phones is bringing poetry to life for a whole new generation of students!

Poetry is one of the areas of the curriculum in which it can be particularly challenging to engage and excite students, with teachers sometimes battling the unfounded stereotype that poems are ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘uncool’, or that it is ‘embarrassing’ or too hard to write your own.

Nowhere is the influx of edtech tools more apt and invigorating than in such situations, and a wealth of exciting new apps suitable for iPads, tablets and mobile phones is bringing poetry to life for a whole new generation of students!

- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/11/21/poetry-apps-for-students/#sthash.rw4mzxeH.dpuf

Poetry is one of the areas of the curriculum in which it can be particularly challenging to engage and excite students, with teachers sometimes battling the unfounded stereotype that poems are ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘uncool’, or that it is ‘embarrassing’ or too hard to write your own.

Nowhere is the influx of edtech tools more apt and invigorating than in such situations, and a wealth of exciting new apps suitable for iPads, tablets and mobile phones is bringing poetry to life for a whole new generation of students!

- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/11/21/poetry-apps-for-students/#sthash.rw4mzxeH.dpuf

Poetry is one of the areas of the curriculum in which it can be particularly challenging to engage and excite students, with teachers sometimes battling the unfounded stereotype that poems are ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘uncool’, or that it is ‘embarrassing’ or too hard to write your own.

Nowhere is the influx of edtech tools more apt and invigorating than in such situations, and a wealth of exciting new apps suitable for iPads, tablets and mobile phones is bringing poetry to life for a whole new generation of students!

- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/11/21/poetry-apps-for-students/#sthash.rw4mzxeH.dpuf

Poetry is one of the areas of the curriculum in which it can be particularly challenging to engage and excite students, with teachers sometimes battling the unfounded stereotype that poems are ‘old-fashioned’ or ‘uncool’, or that it is ‘embarrassing’ or too hard to write your own.

Nowhere is the influx of edtech tools more apt and invigorating than in such situations, and a wealth of exciting new apps suitable for iPads, tablets and mobile phones is bringing poetry to life for a whole new generation of students!

- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/11/21/poetry-apps-for-students/#sthash.rw4mzxeH.dpuf
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Sheri Fresonke Harper, MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Wonderful way to open up the world of poetry in education!

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Great and very interactive!

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The Castle Charmeine... The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

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The 411 on MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Let's begin with the occupants of The Castle Charmeine...

 

 

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Emily Guido provides insight into the characters of The Light-Bearer Series. Meet the characters, as well as watch the trailers for all her books!

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10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

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Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series.

Via Marilyn Armstrong
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Keep in mind this is not talking about 10 books but 10 book SERIES! Lots of great reading!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:16 PM

GREAT selections!

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Marilyn, if you like them, they HAVE to be good!
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Successful #FreeKindle Weekend–It’s all in planning ahead…

Successful #FreeKindle Weekend–It’s all in planning ahead… | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

"I didn’t plan to be a writer. As a matter of fact, I feel funny calling myself that even though I have written and published my first novel. As I’ve said before, I’m an CRNFA, a certified RN first assistant specializing in open heart surgery."

 

Surgery is meticulous, precise and focused, requiring attention to detail and pre-planning according to the needs and condition of the patient. New procedures, new technology, and anatomical anomalies with the patient (weird quirks with their anatomy) require everyone involved in the surgery to plan ahead to insure it’s success…well, I used that same mindset with planning my FreeKindle promo.

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Tips from an author who had the guts to put her life in full view for the world to 'see' the horrific images of child abuse!

The author: Taylor Fulks
The book: My Prison Without Bars

Why should you read this book? Because in the face of severe adversity lies hope within a will to survive and determination to beat all odds.

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Taylor Fulks's comment, February 25, 2013 4:26 PM
Finally found this my friend! Thank you for sharing and your lovely comments. Now it's time to start writing again...