Only two days left to get your free boxed set

Free boxed set of great detective thrillers.

Author Don Massenzio

This weekend, I’m running a special promotion on the first three books of my five book Frank Rozzani Detective Series. You can pick up Books 1-3 plus a bonus Frank short story FREE for your Kindle this weekend (4/29 – 5/1). You can get your copy HERE.

Here is a bit about the books:

This is the complete three book arc that introduces Frank Rozzani and his team including Jonesy, Anita, Nancy, Fat Sam, and, of course, Lucy. This collection is available for one low price. Here is a synopsis of each book:

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to…

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Life in Colonial America (1492-1763)

A thorough and well-researched historical post.

Lives Our Ancestors Left Behind

Colonial America, in the United States, covers the history of European settlements, starting at the beginning of colonization and continuing until the incorporation of the United States. In the late 16th century, England, France, Spain and the Netherlands launched the major colonization programs in the eastern part of North America. Early on, small attempts would often disappear, such as the Lost Colony of Roanoke from England. The death rate was very high among the first arrivals all over North America. Nevertheless, the successful colonies were established over several decades.

European settlers came from a variety of social and religious groups as well. There were few aristocrats that permanently settled, but a number of adventurers, soldiers, farmers and tradesmen arrived. Diversity became an American characteristic, as settlers came to a new continent. Including the Dutch of New Netherland, the Swedes and Finns of New Sweden, the English Quakers of Pennsylvania…

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Photo Copyright: A Mixed Bag

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–April 30th 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt donated by one of the participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was from “A Mixed Bag”.

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:

Genre: Humor Fantasy

Word Count: 200 Words

Take Us to Your Leader by P.S. Joshi

On a warm, sunny day in June a tiny flying saucer landed outside the Parkinson house on Elm Street in Brinkman, Ohio. A shimmering beam shot out from it and two aliens from the planet X14 were transported into the living room.

Mr. Parkinson was at work in the local brewery.  Mrs. Parkinson was teaching at Brinkman High School. Their two children, Dick and Doris, were at Brinkman Elementary School.

The only occupant of the home was a hefty horsefly resting on the computer keyboard. Tictosh tried to link his mind with the fly’s but had no luck. Pintosh next tried to network with the same result. They decided to express themselves in  the Earth language  for that location. They spoke together.

“Take us to your leader.”

They waited but nothing happened.

“Pintosh, this Earth person is either hard of hearing or extremely stupid. I wonder if they’re all like this.”

The fly, bored, zoomed to the kitchen.

“Well, Tictosh, he can fly without a vehicle which is more than we can do.”

On returning to X14, they gave their report:

There is no intelligent life on earth.

Forget about any attempts to rush contact.

Blumen Baden~

This is a combination of gorgeous flowers and excellent landscaping.

Cindy Knoke

Baden-Baden’s spring bloom is just beginning.

The tulips on the Lichtenthaler Alle,

a strolling avenue and park,

that follows the River Oos,

are beginning their splendid spring bloom.

The park,

created in the 19th century,

is a wonderland of exotic plants and flowers.

Cheers to you from Baden-Baden’s glorious alle~

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At the Wall Gallery and on The Radio — Meet Kirt and Hank

Another story by Teagan inspired by a picture by Kirt Tisdale.

Teagan's Books

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to two pos-i-lutely fantastic guys — Kirt Tisdale and Hank Hertz!  It was my great pleasure to be a guest at the Wall Gallery, Kirt’s blog, The Wall Gallery There you will find his inspiring collection of art and photography.  

Thanks to Kirt for working with me on this joint post!  It’s already live at his blog, so forgive me for another rerun if you’ve already been there.  Many of you have already visited there.  Thank you so much!  If you haven’t already seen this post, thank you as well — for being here.

I never managed to move to Arizona in real life, but I had a great virtual visit with Kirt. Let me hand things over to him now.  Kirt, the stage is yours.

Writer Inspires Artist – Artist Inspires Writer or On The Radio – Meet Hank

I could call this…

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Kari’s Reckoning

D. Wallace Peach’s latest book.

Myths of the Mirror

She abandoned the view and walked, arm outstretched, slender fingertips leaving invisible ribbons where they glided across the smooth surface.

The unseamed gray of the floor, the cool walls, and flat ceiling held no memories of those who’d trod the halls before. They demanded no care, no cleaning, no mending, or maintenance. How long would the alien cities last unchanged, impervious to the passage of time? Another three hundred years? A millennium? Lives came and went, washing from the tiers’ petals like rainwater to the porous, wet world below. Was her life within these walls any more important, other than being hers?

Perhaps, only a world of wrinkles and grooves could capture the fragmented stories of wounded souls, hold them tight in the ashes and rubble. One required pitted stone and cracked wood, ragged bark and churned soil to heal a heart’s broken flesh. Her lover and daughter lived in…

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Revised cover (really)

A book many will enjoy.

Ordinary Handsome


(I was a little premature in posting my updated cover for Ordinary Handsome yesterday… this is the real version.  I don’t know what I was thinking. Overtired, I’d say.)


The big dreamers weren’t anywhere to be found in my bar that day. You know the kind, if you’ve ever been in a saloon. The big talkers who like to think they have life by the throat. If they were just a little luckier, or if fate was a little pluckier, they could improve their lot in life in a minute.

But you hear all those dreams, those half-lit ambitions, and you know they’re not going anywhere but from the bar stool to the privy, and back to their bar stool. And the drunker they get, the loftier the dreams.

Old Walt Zuckerman, who used to manage the Red & White, he always had the dream of buying himself a house…

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….Authors… what price yer literary masterpieces on Amazon Kindle?…

Seumas’ viewpoint on ebooks versus printed books.

Seumas Gallacher

…I’ve just been following and participating in an interesting thread on a readers group page, the splendid Bookshop Cafe Group, on Facebookabout preferences for print versus eBooks and the respective pricing for these… in truth, that kinda discussion has been going on since ever I’ve been a self-publishing scribbler, which is almost a decade now… I think I’ve seen the tide of opinion flow from the, ‘I’ll never give up reading REAL books I can touch and smell’ comments to a more balanced, ‘a book is a book in whatever format it comes’… of course, there are many who will only read a printed tome… and lotsa folks who don’t own a Kindle, nor feel inclined to download its free app to whatever electronic device they use… and their choice should be respected… as a reader myself, as well as being a writer, I recall…

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