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Almost on the eve of her nineteenth birthday, Charlotte – the daughter of a wealthy property developer – starts to date handsome, ambitious, fellow university student Lance.

Trouble brews when Lance throws his weight behind an environmental cause that’s in direct opposition to the plans of Charlotte’s father.

Will Charlotte follow her heart, or succumb to the demands of her family?

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UK Blog Awards – Voting now open! #UKBA17

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A little while ago, I mentioned… quite discretely and with absolutely no bouncing around on tables or wild whooping… that this blog, the Daily Echo, had been nominated for the UK Blog Awards.

The surprise was genuine… so was the honour. I did not know the person who had nominated me and I was utterly gobsmacked when I realised the email was not a joke.

The awards consider business, professional and personal blogs side by side. The prize is an opportunity to write professionally… and that I would like.

Having said that, the comments on the post I put out then were amazing…and I honestly felt as if I had already won the biggest prize possible. Which is why, when they asked me to write an overview of the blog, I included some of them. It is the people who come here and read, share, and take time to comment…

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THE DANGEROUS BEACH

 

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Here we are again another week. We’ve gathered this week at a beach to discuss our original stories. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Lucy Fridkin, Rochelle’s friend since kindergarten. Thanks, Lucy.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/9-december-2016/

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE DANGEROUS BEACH by P.S. Joshi

Brad was enjoying his vacation on a small island off the South American coast. He walked down to the beach one morning and was surprised to find a local angler standing and examining some marks in the sand.

“Senor, if I were you I’d go back to the bungalows. It’s dangerous here today.”

Brad noticed the markings. There were drag marks as though a large fish had been pulled in. There were also handprints larger than normal.

“Why is it unsafe? What’s been here?”

The man turned to him and said, “Amazon mermaids.”

Just then, a spear barely missed them.

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Hunter Hunted / Available Now!

A new book from Richard Dankers.

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It’s not just a new U.S President that’s big news this week. The eagerly anticipated next book in The Eternals Series, HUNTER HUNTED, is now available.

This is the culmination of almost two years work. Following Immediately on from its Dark Fantasy brother, The Eternals, HUNTER HUNTED sees Jean and the Princess Linka cross paths with family members best forgotten and a race once thought dead.

Here’s a taster:

“Life is a collection of colours when all you’ve known is night.”

Sir Walter Merryweather

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As soon as Jean stands in the sun’s ruby light, he and Princess Linka are drawn into a world of darkness. The Nordic royalty – albino Eternals of supposed myth – transport their guests deep beneath the Arctic ice to the legendary city of Hvit.

Their mother, Queen Serena, offers the pair sanctuary, but all is not right. Betrayed by the royal family and…

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A DIFFICULT CHRISTMAS

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–December 4th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes. provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not counting the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/sunday-photo-fiction-december-4th-2016/

Genre: Human Interest Fiction

Word Count: 199 Words

A DIFFICULT CHRISTMAS by P.S. Joshi

Marilyn stepped out onto the porch to a wonderland of sparkling trees, lawns, and rooftops. Frost was everywhere. It looked like a Christmas card.

She didn’t realize how long she’d been standing  there until numbness began setting in. Stepping back inside, she felt the warmth.

The furnace could heat her on the outside, but there was a kind of numbness it wouldn’t chase off, that of her dad’s death. It had been so sudden.

The hospital let him come home for the holidays. He lay down for a nap after lunch and never woke up. It was so unexpected, such a shock.

She told herself the numbness I feel now will soon leave to be replaced by pain. Her children were young and she had to hide the pain for their sake. She wanted every Christmas to be happy.

Her mother was another matter. She’d be living with them now and had Alzheimer’s. Marilyn had to take one day at a time.

There was still the Christmas shopping and wrapping and the tree to dig out from storage and trim. Her husband wasn’t one to celebrate holidays. It would all be up to her now. Somehow, gradually she’d have to get through it.

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Ludwika is #freeonkindle for the next few days #Freebook #Promotion

A great book and it’s FREE for a few days!

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Please, download, share and have a merry Christmas / happy holidays! 

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Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could 14322418_10153634910882132_6527470197106954044_nspell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story…

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A good answer on how to deal with grief…

Kawanee is approaching the holidays and finding it hard.

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Well, since I’ve been experiencing this for the past 6 months, I can say that the old guy doesn’t exactly explain HOW to deal with grief, he does form a very good analogy. I think he missed an important part of the “shipwreck” and that is the part where you’re wondering… WTF just happened? How did I end up in the water and the desperate grab for making some kind of sense of the wreckage? The frantic scrambling of trying to gather your scattered ship and important things.

Some days I’m still in the WTF stage, some days I’m in the clinging to everything and never knowing what will trigger a wave. Most recently it was Thanksgiving… then putting up the tree and “All I want for Christmas, is you.” By Mariah Carey came on and I was a mess. Now it’s husband’s birthday on Monday, I’m struggling again, then it’s…

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Every Village Has One – An Interview with Russell Gayer

A great interview with Russell Gayer by Rocehlle.

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Like Benjamin Franklin, Russell Gayer spent most of his adult life in the printing industry, except for three years in which he was a framing carpenter. During that time he’s been honing skills that his wife, Connie, has made sure come in handy ever since. 

His collection humorous short stories, THE PERILS OF HEAVY THINKING, is available at Pen-L.com, Barns & Noble.com and Amazon.com.

Russell is the resident humorist of Friday Fictioneers who, every week, manages to pull laughter from the most somber photo prompt.

You may ask (or not ask) what makes Mr. Gayer tick? I did ask. Here are the answers:

What made you decide to be a writer?

I’m not sure it was a conscious choice. I began writing songs and poetry at an early age. I have written over 200 poems. The majority of them were pretty somber or serious stuff. I gave our neighbor…

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Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

All about Friday.

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Another week is about to go into history. Friday is the measure of our lives it seems. We all look forward to it even if we are not chained to a full-time job. Friday has a sense of accomplishment attached to it that no other day can share. I think if Friday were an animal it would be a trumpeting elephant announcing its presence to the world.  Friday crashes through trees and lets nothing get in the way. In short, Friday is awesome. Today’s JohnKu does not try to hide the idea of a boisterous Friday. I hope you like it and congratulations on making it this far.  Oh, and by the way, His Revenge will be on sale for $0.99 starting December 8th through Sunday, December 11th in the US and the UK. (£0.99). I will say more as we get closer.

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CAMPING IN QUEBEC

 

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Here we are again another week. We’ve gathered this time at a campsite to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Jan Wayne Fields, Rochelle’s husband. Thanks, Jan.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/2-december-2016/

Genre: Nonfiction

Word Count: 100 Words

CAMPING IN QUEBEC by P.S. Joshi

Before I was born, my dad used to go camping and fishing in Quebec, Canada. On one trip, he took my mother with him.

He’d carefully fastened the camping equipment to the top of his car. At least he thought he had.

At one stop they discovered all the equipment had loosened and fallen off.

He drove back to the nearest village he’d passed through and went to the village priest. Dad knew he’d speak English.

They waited while the priest inquired. Sure enough, all the equipment was returned.

Dad was impressed by the honesty of those French-Canadian people.

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