Book Review – Kari’s Reckoning – The Rose Shield Book 4


Jessica Bakkers

It’s been a few weeks (and a few books) since I finished the epic conclusion to D. Wallace Peach’s fantasy series, The Rose Shield, and naughty me hasn’t yet written the review this book – nay, this series – deserves. So, without further ado….

Kari’s Reckoning – The Rose Shield Book IV – D. Wallace Peach

Kari's Reckoning (The Rose Shield Book 4) by [Peach, D. Wallace]This – the fourth book and conclusion to the Rose Shield series – delivers action, intrigue, emotional sucker-punches, surprises, and a solid satisfying ending to a wonderful adventure series that has largely followed protagonist Catling and her struggles in a world of politics and influence.

In this installment, Peach really brings home the themes of power, morality and free-will that she’s toyed with throughout the series, and not a single character comes through the battlefield of the series without scars – be they physical or emotional… or both.

The power struggle becomes the epicenter…

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Jazz Age Wednesdays — Speak Flapper #NewBook

Teagan just published this fun and interesting book.

Teagan's Books

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Announcing my first non-fiction book! 

Well, not exactly. In my long career of writing and editing in the “Federal world,” I produced volumes and volumes of non-fiction.  However, I didn’t get the credit for that work.  So, I should say that this is my first independently published non-fiction book.

I hoped to release it close to the launch of the third of my Roaring Twenties novels about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen.  The launch for that, a trolley tour of haunted Savannah, was huge fun, and a great time was had by all. 

However, the actual book fell flat. So, I won’t be writing any new stories for Pip or Granny Phanny.  With that in mind, I almost didn’t make this new book available either… but then I thought, why not?  I’m not doing a full-on book launch, just…

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Cool Pools~

Cindy Knoke’s lovely pictures of pools in Lake Nicaragua & Santa Ynez California.

Do you ever like to chill by a pool?

Your cares just seem to melt away.

It’s best to be alone.

And stay to watch the setting sun.

Cheers to you from some cool pools in Lake Nicaragua & Santa Ynez California~

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Catch & Release

Two more hilarious stories for free. If you want to read more of this zany humor, just rise to the top right of this post and click on one of the book covers there. You can help out Russell even more by reblogging this post on your blog.

What's So Funny?

Gifts I received this Christmas included the David Sedaris Masterclass Course on Storytelling & Humor, and a book entitled “642 Things to Write About.”

Each page of the book contains at least one short writing prompt and enough blank lines to scribble something on the topic. Here is one example: Write about what you’ll be worrying about five years from now, ten years from now, and in thirty years.

Unless you plan to be cremated, worms in the coffin might be a concern. Or, if you plan to be buried at sea—that could open up a whole new can of tuna.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, the Kansas City Sardine who hooks a keeper from her pool of photo prompts each is Wanda Gerschwitz Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise in madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the FFF Hollywood…

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Taking some “me time” New experience

A new experience for Kawanee.

Well, I’ve taken some “me” time, thanks to my mother. She likes getting pedicures, I’ve never had one. Well, I have now, but I’m a first timer.  The jury is still kind of out on what I think of it. Generally, I look at feet like they are things that keep the rest of me from touching the ground and the dirty stuff that is down there. The things I don’t want the rest of me (or even my feet for that matter) touching. I don’t like feet much, I don’t like people touching me with their feet, I don’t like touching my feet and I won’t be touching yours any time soon either.

So, it was with some trepidation that I let mom talk me into and treat me to this thing.

I explained to the nice lady that I wasn’t too sure about the whole thing and that…

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Discord & Dissension – Part I – Intro

Calling attention to the upcoming election. Please vote. Not voting in the presidential election last time got us where we are today.

Filosofa's Word

The year is 2020.  Ten days into the new year, and so much has already happened that we cannot keep up.  The world is teetering on the brink, and all thanks to one ‘man’:  Donald Trump.  Yes, that Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who sits in the White House, in the highest position of leadership in the nation, despite the fact that he lost the election by nearly 3 million votes.

The year is 2020, and the United States will be having an election on November 3rd, in just 298 days the people of this nation will head to the polls to cast their vote for their representative, some for their senator, and all for the next president.  Or will they?  In 2016, between 58% – 59% of eligible voters actually voted.  WHY?  Because …

  • Hillary Clinton was a woman
  • Hillary Clinton was not “warm and fuzzy”
  • Hillary Clinton…

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…Ellwyn Autumn – a sensible approach to senses for Authors…

On the use of the five senses by Seumas’ guest writer Ellwyn Autumn.

Seumas Gallacher

…here’s a terrific piece from my friend, Authoress, Ellwn Autumn, on how we scribblers can ‘show, not tell‘, through awareness of our five senses… enjoy…
Story Starter: Use The Five Senses To Describe A Scene
   A great way to spice up a piece of writing is to use the five senses to set the scene. It immerses the reader in the story and as the title implies gives them a more sensory experience that is engaging and relatable.
   In the writing world, they constantly tell authors  to “show” not “tell”.  For example, if I were to “tell” about the photograph above I could say: It was a nice day at the park. My statement is accurate and to the point but where’s the panache? Did I engage the reader? Pull them in? Capture their imagination with my words? No, I didn’t.
   However, if I were to…

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The Monsters Under My Bed

Further dividing the nation.

Filosofa's Word

Some nights, of late, there are monsters under my bed, just like when I was a child.  Some nights, the nightmares are vivid and I wake up thinking that I am screaming, but not a peep is coming out of my dry throat.  Given the things I write about, the things we all live with day-to-day, I suppose it’s no wonder.

Who knew a tweet …

Could cause such a stir?  Here’s how it started …

U.S. Representative Paul Gosar from Arizona, a republican, posted this tweet

rouhani-obama-tweet-2.jpgThe image purports to show President Barack Obama shaking hands with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

Trouble is, other than the obvious, that a) the photo was photoshopped – Obama never met Rouhani in person, and b) Rouhani is still in power, still the president of Iran.  The purpose?  Well, as best as anyone can figure, Mr. Gosar was, as many republicans have…

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