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Book Promo – Get ‘Twisted’ – FREE – From 15th to 18th December…

FREE book from December 15th to the 18th.

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Book Title: Twisted

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates:  12/15/2017-12/18/2017

Regular price of book$2.99

Sale price of book: $0.00

Category: Literary Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy

Four ways to describe this book:

Dark Fantasy horror, Outwitting the Devil,

Horror Anthology, Devil and God

In this unique collection, discover diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.

This is the reality you will see in hell, through the eyes of a ghost of a woman trying to reclaim her name by appealing to the devil; the eyes of a clay figure of a woman, about to be fired in the kiln, longing for her Creator; the eyes of a woman…

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17 States Are Filing Suit Against FCC For Ending Net Neutrality Protections On 12/14/17

This battle against the FCC has to be won.

Gronda Morin

The FCC may have won a battle today (12/14/17) by its commission voting 3-2 to end “Net-Neutrality” protections, but if our states have anything to say about it, a free and democratic internet will win the war.

Here is the rest of the story….

On December 14, 2017, Lucia Brawley of VerifiedPolitics penned the following report, “17 States Just Took Bold Action Against Trump’s FCC For Ending Net Neutrality”


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman loves to sue the Trump family and administration,.

Today, AG Schneiderman led 17 American states in announcing he will sue Trump’s biased Federal Communications Commission (FCC ) to stop their un-American repeal of Obama-era protections of a free and open internet, otherwise known as Net Neutrality.  

I will sue to stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of #netneutrality. New Yorkers and all Americans deserve a…

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Fornication or formication? Bonus: vermiculation

Don’t get the words mixed up.

LibroEditing proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation

OK, hands up who’s actually got these two mixed up? I’m sharing this Troublesome Pair mainly because a) someone suggested it (who? I suspect it might have been Mr. Libro, who is a great source of inspiration for these) and b) isn’t the word formication excellent? There’s a bonus word in the works, too. I’d love to know which word you were looking up when you found this article – do share in the comments!

Fornication is officially the act of having sexual intercourse with someone to whom you are not married. The OED marks this as being “formal or humorous” which seems an amusing and odd pairing to me, but also quite true.

Formication is the sensation of having insects (it comes from the word for ant, also found supplying formic acid, which is emitted by some ants) crawling on your skin. It forms part of some medical conditions…

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Thriving Thursdays: Danger!

A Thriving Thursday presentation by Teagan Geneviene.

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This isn’t really a post.  No, you aren’t imagining being here… Chris Graham hosted me at the Story Reading Ape’s tree-house for this post in July, 2017.  I had also published it on LinkedIn in 2015 — but I forgot to put it in my own “Motivational” category here. 

So that’s all I’m really doing — just adding it to Teagan’s Books.  However, it’s a good chance for me to wish you a thriving Thursday!  Here’s the post, and here’s a link to the Ape’s site.

It’s good to see everyone.  Thanks to the Story Reading Ape for hosting me once again for another Thriving Thursday.  These mini-posts are my humble way of encouraging everyone to thrive.

Thriving Thursdays:  Danger!

Robot WarningWere you taught to dream?  Or were you told to “just be glad for what you’ve got” as I was? I think both are necessary. To thrive we need both…

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Jazz Age Wednesdays 14 ― Pip at the Holidays

A Jazz Age Wednesday presentation by Teagan Geneviene.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s the Jazz Age here at Teagan’s Books.  This time I’m not telling a story.  I’m just imagining what the holidays might have looked like for Pip and her friends during the Roaring Twenties.

Christmas tree hat Modern Pricilla December 1920I imagined Pip decorating a Christmas tree.  Granny Phanny would have had a few prized glass ornaments to hang from the tree.  The baubles would most likely have been German-made back then.  Granny would have gotten in a lather if one was broken.  However, for the most part, they wouldn’t have had the sophisticated ornaments we have today. 

Pip would doubtless prick her finger many times while stringing popcorn, and that’s no phonus balonus.  She would painstakingly cut little strips of paper to make chains that would decorate the tree as well.  Granny Phanny would have likely been pretty handy with a crochet needle, not…

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Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 15 — Hummers, Hair, and Hanks

Episode 15 of Thistledown Midsummer Bedlam by Teagan Geneviene

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Welcome back to Thistledown, one and all.  We left Bedlam, River, and Rhymer in a fair amount of faery trouble.  I know you want to know what happened to the girls, but this episode switches to the point of view of another character.  I expect you’ll be surprised by which one.

From Episode 14…

Abruptly the heavy volume snapped shut.  The periwinkle muskox hair was still within, like a bookmark.  The room spun wildly.  It was like looking into a kaleidoscope.

Then the world shattered.

Quickly I moved my hands away from the book and caught the hands of River and Rhymer.

Now, Episode 15…


Midsummer Bedlam 15

Hair, Hanks, and Hummers

Ruby-topaz_hummingbird_flying in TobagoA hummingbird with iridescent feathers in the orange hues of a sunset darted along a forest path.  Bob the hummingbird had brought Bedlam Thunder a magical muskox hair.  He had to admit…

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Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

Here we are this week standing near a lamppost on a pier. We’ve gathered 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 Sandra Crook. Thanks, Sandra.

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:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Louisa had always been told, “One day the right man will come along.”

No one said what he was supposed to look like.

Then she met George an engineering student at the college. She was sure he was right. It didn’t matter to her that he was black.

Louisa’s parents were older and had different ideas.

Her mother said, “I like George but I’d worry about your children.”

Her father said, “If you marry a black don’t come around here anymore.”

Her father never got to see his grandchildren. Her mother visited often and just loved them.