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Free now!’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’!
This book of 25 stories is FREE now.
Like short stories? Right now, and for the next forty-eight hours, the first book I wrote, ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, is free to download on Amazon Kindle.
’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ is a collection of short stories and vignettes, set in modern-day Australia. The picturesque settings within which these very distinctively Australian vignettes of love and loss and change play out include parks, beaches and homes, all described in a visually evocative way. While tales of love and romance do feature very prominently, there are also human-interest tales about people from diverse walks of life, with characters ranging in age from early childhood to senior citizenship. The stories are heartwarming (and often poignant), and they are written in an easy-to-read, flowing style that draws the reader in. The pages turn themselves.
Lambing almost live
Life among the ewes and lambs.
Well we’ve about made it. There are definitely two left to lamb but they could take a fortnight to make their minds up. Then there are three hoggs who might possibly be in lamb but again they could be even further off.
So the curtain may not have come down on the show, but in reality, we’ve moved on.
I think three brief sketches will sum up where we are. As you can see, the blackthorn is in flower, and this morning as I was feeding one group of ewes and lambs I caught the scent of gorse. It hung heavy in the air by the hedge. Grass is definitely growing faster than it’s being eaten, the ground is drier than it was last week and whilst Sal might find herself being harassed by frolicking lambs, the ewes by and large seem to ignore her as a threat. I think…
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Book Promo – Get ‘The Wrong Girl’ FREE from 27th to 30th April…
This book is FREE from 27th to 30th April.
A Magic all of its own.
A gently humorous tale with a happy ending told by Tallis Steelyard and penned by Jim Webster.
I remember chatting to old Varsung Baldwig. Given he was, in some way, a mage; I asked why there were so few mages. He was puffing away at that old pipe of his at the time, mainly because it gave him time to gather his thoughts.
“Well Tallis my boy it’s like this. You raise an interesting philosophical point. Anybody planning to go into usury no doubt sees the risks, but for a young apprentice clerk what are the chances of ending as a man of wealth and station, and what happens if you don’t? Does one individual in a hundred make the grade? One in a thousand? But those who fail to achieve wealth will still live decent enough lives, achieve modest prosperity and die in old age surrounded by their grieving families.”
“For mages, I remember talking to an old friend of mine who studied at the Magistrorum…
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An Exciting (Scary) New Venture
Don Massenzio is now offering editing and formatting services.
I launched my author blog about three years ago and have watched it grow beyond anything I’d hoped. I’ve met many great people as I’ve made some friendships and have helped some authors along the way.
As luck would have it, I lost my day job about two months ago and I’m still in search of regular employment to keep the lights on and put food on the table.
The silver lining that emerged from this is that I’m embarking on a new venture. During the past year, I have edited books for a few select authors as kind of a pilot and test launch of a set of services that I hoped to turn into a business. My extra ‘free time’ and my need to generate some income, I’m launching a book editing/formatting service formally as a separate WordPress site.
For authors that take advantage of these services, I’m…
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FREE Download! First Lady Of The Keys by Lucy Brazier
FREE download of First Lady of the Keys, 1st book in the series by Lucy Brazier for one week beginning 25th April
To celebrate the release of new PorterGirl novel, Sinister Dexter, the first book in the PorterGirl trilogy is available on FREE download for five days from Thursday 26th April! First Lady Of The Keys is where we first enter Old College and it is certainly not for the faint hearted…
‘Porters are not the carriers of bags, they are the keepers of keys’
As one of the most ancient and esteemed establishments of the academic elite, Old College is in for something of a shock when it appoints its very first female Deputy Head Porter. She struggles to get to grips with this eccentric world, far removed from everyday life. Deputy Head Porter, the proverbial square peg in the round hole, begins to wonder quite what she is doing here. PorterGirl – First Lady Of The Keys is a touching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, glimpse into…
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Partners in Lobotomy
Another hilarious two-for-one post by Russell Gayer. Go to the top of this post and click on BOOKS to enjoy more of his humor.
I’ve discovered the secret to being late. Leave early. It’s that simple. When there’s plenty of time to spare, your brain immediately tries to fill that void with a distraction or task that should only take a few minutes, but in reality takes five times as long as you imagined.
Therefore, if it’s critical that you arrive on time, I recommend leaving late. This will elevate your stress level and keep you so focused you won’t have time for stoplights, tollbooths, flat tires, and other annoying distractions. Drive like hell—You’ll get there.
If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, our librarian in lavender, who keeps a close rein on the 100-word limit, is Fanny B. Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise of madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the ensemble of practicing fic-titioners in the writers in FFF Hollywood Squares Authors…
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Free on 24th and 25th April: ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’
Free Kindle Book on 24th and 25th April.
I can say without fear of contradiction that this book has been all but ignored by reviewers, yet those who have gone to the trouble of putting their thoughts into words have loved it!
In support of this claim, I offer an unabridged version of the recently-published review posted by a Readers’ Favorite reviewer.
What is happiness? What is love? What is truth? Can you live without your car? What’s good about pride? What’s bad about winning? Can you live without computers? So many questions and where will readers get their answers? Margaret Lynette Sharp’s 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences is an insightful book that delves mainly into diverse topics which are dealt with in six parts. All the topics are relevant to readers and they deal with questions about life and living. The author’s…
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