Archive for June 20th, 2018

How to Write an Effective Chase Scene

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by Doug Lewars

Either a villain is fleeing from the forces of law-and-order or your hero is fleeing from overwhelming danger, but in either case you need a chase scene. Any form of transportation can be used and the overall structure of the narrative will be reasonably uniform although the specifics will change in each case.

Basically the scene starts with one individual threatening another. The individual so threatened departs in haste while the first person pursues. Both need to avoid obstacles and eventually either the pursued will escape or be captured. The trick, then, is to make the scene exciting.

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“The Art of Love (Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance Book 4)” by Suzette D. Harrison

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The Art of Love (Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance Book 4)

Genre: Historical Romance/African-American
2.99 at time of posting!

Ava Lydell is chasing her dream. A gifted artist, she’s fled the violence of the Deep South for the seduction of sunny California. As luck would have it, the economic crisis of The Great Depression interferes with her hopes and plans. Without patronage and reliable sales, her fledgling art studio fails. Now, she faces poverty, eviction…and the distraction of a mysterious, young stranger engaged in a questionable trade that delivers danger to Ava’s front door.

In an age of Prohibition and poverty, Chase Jenkins has more than most Colored men. He’s savvy, successful, and hazardously employed. A bootlegger living on the wrong side of the law, he’s determined to discover who murdered his baby brother. He has no time for diversions. Especially one packaged in the form of a “midnight beauty” with sultry lips and curvaceous hips. Unable to deny her allure, he involves himself in her affairs despite better judgment. What begins as a crisis quickly becomes a risky romance. Join Chase and Ava on their journey to outlive danger and indulge in the art of love.

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“Another One: Book 1 of the Parker Trilogy” by Tony Faggioli

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Another One: Book 1 of the Parker Trilogy

by Tony Faggioli

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Supernatural/Paranormal/Crime

99¢ at time of posting! KINDLE COUNTDOWN!

Detective Evan Parker is being haunted by the past. After two tours in the Afghanistan War, he thought the horrors that he witnessed there were behind him. But the death of his partner has now opened a dark hole of memories that are threatening to swallow Parker alive. Desperate to maintain his grip, he focuses on the last unsolved case his partner left behind: the brutal murder of Hymie Villarosa.

Father Bernardino Soltera is being destroyed by the present. After ministering to the gang-ridden streets of East L.A. for over twenty years, he’s unable to see past the pain and suffering that drugs and violence have wreaked on his neighborhood; he’s ready to give up. But when a young girl confesses that she’s pregnant and her boyfriend will hurt her if she doesn’t get an abortion? Father Soltera decides to make one more stand.

Hector Villarosa is being mocked by the future. After being released from jail he discovers the love of his life is with another man. As the leader of his gang, losing face could mean losing his life, and the fact that detectives are now asking questions about the death of Hector’s cousin, Hymie, isn’t helping. But Hector’s bigger problem is the demon that has followed him out of jail and on to the mean streets of East L.A.

Three men, one neighborhood. All about to discover that the veil between this world and the next is razor thin.

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“Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” by Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Genre: Essays

3.99 at time of posting!

In this second collection, Pennsylvania artist, teacher, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world.

She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.

All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes.

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#BlogTour “The Flowerpot Witch (Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 3)” by Wendy Steele

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Meet Lizzie Martin from the Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series!

Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’m a witch. Not that I wear a pointy hat and travel to work on a broomstick. In fact, unless you get to know me well, you would never know but I live my life following the Sacred Wheel of the Year and use magic in my daily life. I might draw a single card from my Tarot pack, set a candle spell working or consult with Cerridwen and her cauldron but even if my focus is not on a magical act or ritual, the Wheel turns and I move with it.

Rowan, my fifteen-year-old daughter, and I still live in our old house, despite Marsha, my mother-in-law’s generous inheritance, and I’ve spent the past months since Christmas trying to follow a path I believe will be my new career. I’ve coped with burglaries instigated by Edward Brown my old boss, interference from my ex-husband Josh, who’s decided after ten years that he does want a relationship with his daughter while embarking on a new relationship with George, a former soldier who lives in a cottage in a wood near me.

And I’ve discovered my parents weren’t my parents. Well, Dad was Dad but the woman I’d tried to make love me was actually my aunt who despised me. She didn’t like Dad much either but both of them were manipulated by Edward Brown. That was a shock I can tell you! The connection was there but it took my Dad’s sister, my Aunt Matilda to tell me the whole story.

Louise and I grow closer every day. She’s a great friend, raven-haired and vivacious, completely different from me but they say opposites attract. She’s kind, that’s why I like her and Ingrid has become a friend too, Jess, Rowan’s friend’s Mum, a woman with the energy and enthusiasm of a lit Catherine Wheel!

The chickens have been naughty, but that’s chickens for you and if Robbie and Stardust hadn’t snuggled up in their love nest in the alley, Cariad, the black kitten, wouldn’t now be a permanent fixture on my shoulder and a big part of our lives.

I’ve been back to Wales to see my half brother and sister, Jack and Finola, discovering where our real mother lives and while in Cornwall, George and I began to communicate, learning about each other and the past that has influenced our lives so much.

There’s been magic, of course, a particular seven card Tarot spread shining light and understanding on family and relationship issues, but the most magical day these past few months was the day I saw my real mother for the very first time.

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coverLizzie Martin has chosen pottery to be her new career…

But the teacher from hell threatens to thwart her ambitions before she starts.

She has support from her best friend Louise and Evan, another pottery tutor, but Rowan, her fifteen-year-old daughter is restless, Josh, her ex-husband is colluding with her aunt and though her mother is alive, access to her is forbidden. When The Morrigan appears in her sacred circle, Lizzie knows she has a battle on her hands.

There is hope though.

Stardust the chicken brings a new creature into Lizzie’s life and a long-awaited meeting with her Aunt Matilda brings Lizzie’s past into perspective.

Lizzie’s magic ventures beyond The Sanctuary, into the Welsh landscape and the realms of the fae.

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Author Bio Wendy Steele

Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is a writer, dance teacher, mother, and healer.

Her passion is magic.

The Lilith Trilogy leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution, and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual.

The Standing Stone Book Series focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.

Her latest series, The Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series, begins with The Naked Witch. Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pinstripe, an unexpected stay in the hospital, monitoring of her fourteen-year-old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. In The Orphan Witch, Lizzie is grieving while trying to find her real mother and the truth about her father and in the third book, The Flowerpot Witch, due to be published on 21st June, she embarks on a new career, thwarted at every step by those around her.

You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.

Wendy’s non-fiction title Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.

Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.

 

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YouTube channel: The Phoenix and the Dragon

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“Becca Fisher Amish Wedding Boxed Set (Amish Romance)” by Becca Fisher

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Becca Fisher Amish Wedding Boxed Set (Amish Romance)

by Becca Fisher

Genre: Amish/Inspirational/Short Stories

FREE at time of posting!

Get all five books in the Amish Wedding right here for one low price!
This set includes:

Amish Wedding
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She’s found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

An Amish Widower’s Heart
Two years after Henry King loses his wife in a freak accident, he’s still trying to cobble his life back together. But he knows that if he doesn’t stop lingering on the past, he’ll have no future. But can he love again? And just how far is the journey back to happiness?

The Amish Late Bloomer
Almost all of Elizabeth Stoltz’s friends are married with kids. Elizabeth meanwhile finds herself back on the dating scene again after a crushing heartbreak. And she quickly finds out that being single at twenty-one-year-old leaves few options for finding the perfect guy. But Elizabeth is determined to find the love of her life. Will Elizabeth be able to find the love she’s been looking her whole life for, is it already too little too late for her?

This Side Of Heaven
Mary Stoltz has a clear idea in her head of what she wants her dream man to be like. But her romantic reality has fallen far short of her dreams. Not to mention she is at the tail end of her rumspringa with seemingly not a single good suitor in sight. But when Mary finally meets a handsome and interesting man, will her love life finally live up to the dreams in her head?

Amish Homecoming
David Lapp has his rumspringa in the city cut short when he finds out that his mother has been in an accident. But when he returns to Lancaster to take care of her, secrets from the past come to light that will change the direction of his life forever.

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“Shadow” by Aris Austin

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Shadow

by Aris Austin

Genre: Animals & Pets/Dogs

99¢ at time of posting! KINDLE COUNTDOWN! (thru 6/22)

Meet Shadow. He’s a little older and slower than he used to be, but he has a heart of gold, and he’s a good dog. People always tell him so. He’ll never hesitate to give your face a good licking, and there’s no one he loves more than his human, Brian.

Brian got a new puppy for Christmas though, leading him to abandon Shadow at the shelter he came from eleven years earlier. Shadow is devastated. Worse, the clock is winding down, even as a caring shelter worker helps him heal from the betrayal. Each day brings him closer to being euthanized in order to make more room at the shelter, and his fate rests in the hands of the very species that betrayed him—humans.

Shadow’s story is the story of countless real-life dogs that end up in shelters every year. In an effort to help save them, 20% of royalties will go to Love & Second Chances all-breed dog rescue.

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