Book Promo – Get ‘Apart from Love’ FREE from 20th to 24th September…

APART FROM LOVE is FREE from 20th to 24th September.

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Book Title: Apart from Love 

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates: 09/20/2018-09/24/2018

Regular price of book: $6.99

Sale price of book: $0.00

Category: Literary Fiction

Review quotes:

★ So much more could be said about the manner in which the author brings understanding to the hierarchies of relationships, but that would be robbing the reader of the joy of discoveries that Poznanasky accomplishes in this profound novel. -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer

★ There is an air of mystery about the book that runs from the beginning to the final pages, but that also draws the reader in and makes the book difficult to put down. -Kathy Parsons, Top 1000 Reviewer


Apart from Love is not your typical love story. All-consuming, heart-wrenching, and dark, it is an epic that starts when Ben returns to meet his father, Lenny, and his new wife, Anita. It is then that…

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Book Promo – Get ‘My Own Voice’ for 99c/99p from 19th to 23rd September…

MY OWN VOICE is only 99 cents through 23rd September.

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Book Title: My Own Voice

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates: 09/19/2018-09/23/2018

Regular price of book: $3.99

Sale price of book: $0.99


Falling in love with Lenny should have been the end to all her troubles. For Anita, it’s only the beginning, when family secrets start unravelling. His ex-wife, Natasha, is succumbing to a mysterious disease. How can Anita compete with her shadow? How can she find a voice of her own?

And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?

Dealing with the challenging prospects of the marriage of opposites, this book can be read as a standalone novel as well as part of one of family sagas best sellers. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series tinged…

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The Miracle of Reading

Learning to read.

Myths of the Mirror


I had another post prepared for today… but then a miracle happened…

I showed up at Tornado Boy’s house for two days of “Grammy Time.” Kindergarten doesn’t kick off until Tuesday and preschool ended early, leaving mom and dad in a lurch. When I walked in the door, I received my usual whirlwind of hugs, but the first question out of the tornado’s mouth was, “Do you want me to read a book to you?”

Not Legos, no request to build a spaceship or visit the park, no plea to use his old grammy as a jungle-gym. Nope.

“Do you want me to read a book to you?”

“Why, sure,” I replied, fully expecting a play by play narration through a picture book or a four-pager of his own creation.

I sat on the couch, and he climbed up beside me, tucked in tight, and opened Dr. Seuss’s Hop…

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…Authors, fear not, the ‘business’ of story-telling is limitless…

Some wise advice from Seumas on limitless writing.

Seumas Gallacher

…the phrase, ‘there are only seven story plots’ is an old chestnut, averred by alleged ‘literary’pundits over the years… I’m not convinced, but my take on it is a bit broader… even if the assumption of the surreptitious, silvery, slippery seven is correct… how does it explain the millions of books, novels and stories that have filled our libraries and bookshops for the past coupla thousand years?… p’raps the not-so-secret clue is in the actual ‘telling’ of the story… ask any theatre performer what differentiates a great performance from a merely good performance, and they will say “it’s in the ‘business’ on stage”… in other WURDS, “it’s the way they tell ’em”… such it is with any great book…

…granted, there are those authors whose use of vocabulary is outstanding, but even the simplest unfolding of a narrative can contain that magical element that glues readers’…

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The Criminal endeavours of Shadon Ramscrake

An entertaining and humorous character study told by Tallis Steelyard and penned by Jim Webster. Also the offer of a book with more tales by Jim Webster.

Tallis Steelyard

The Criminal endeavours of Shadon Ramscrake

Shadon Ramscrake is, as I’ve mentioned before, a mediocre poet. Still, to be fair to him, he does try. He would sit in his garret, scrawling his mediocre poems in the dim (perhaps even mediocre) light produced by a low quality candle. In fact it wasn’t even a proper candle. He made his own candles by melting down stubs of old candle, tallow and cooking oil and allowing them to set in a shallow pot, around a coil of string which acted as the wick. Honesty compels me to report that whilst they gave little light, the stinking smoke could generally be relied upon to drive away most vermin.

Eventually even Shadon admitted he was getting nowhere in his poetic endeavours. But rather than lay the blame firmly at the door of his lack of ability, he blamed the lack of illumination. I remember him saying, “If only I could…

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Symphony for buzzards

About buzzards.

Jim Webster


Back when I was in my teens I went on some holidays with a young naturalist group up in the Inner and Outer Hebrides. One thing I remember was buzzards hovering high above. As we were told at the time, they were very rare and you wouldn’t see them elsewhere. (as an aside, the picture isn’t mine. I’m borrowing it)

Now there are tens of thousands of them pretty well everywhere. Looking sheep the other day Sal disturbed a pair of them who were cawing affectionately to each other. If you’ve never heard a buzzard

This morning I took some feed down to a batch of lambs. Don’t think cute, think 35kg thugs. Anyway a week previously a bunch of bullocks had broken in to join them, and when they were chased out a dozen lambs and cull ewes had left with them. Anyway this morning I noticed that…

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Living Under the Winter Ice~

Some pictures from historical Iceland by Cindy Knoke.

Laufas is an old turf house in Northern Iceland. There are many of these partially underground historical sod houses in Iceland. The house was built between 1866-1870. The houses are very large and multi-level, with one floor completely underground. In this photo you can see the sod brick construction which has withstood the test of time and Iceland’s formidable winters.

Laufas house facades are made of wood which is quite scarce in Iceland.

There are underground passages,

and underground rooms.

These houses are snug,

but quite spacious,

and not at all claustrophobic inside.

20-30 people lived in Laufas House.

The houses give one a sense of communal underground living,

that was heat efficient during Iceland’s unforgiving winters.

Laufas House was a wealthy priest’s house, and some rooms are more polished and finished than others.

This was a working farm, on a gorgeous site, with a church that was originally built…

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Free for Four Days: ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’

LOVE, DESIRE AND BETRAYAL is FREE for four days beginning 14th September.

Margaret's Classic Posts

eau de parfum (1)Four young women: Michaela, Sally, Amelia and Lauren. All Australian. All destined to find that the course of true love never did run smooth, not even when flowing through the rivers and streams of the romantic Antipodes.
Four separate tales, here, exploring a universal theme: will career ambitions jeopardize the future of these young trailblazers?
This is a series of compelling, short and highly readable works by Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, whose skill as an artisan of short works has won her two literary awards, and #1 bestseller status on Amazon for one of her more recent efforts — not to mention the acclaim of numerous well-respected critics. These four tales, written earlier in Sharp’s career, are no less captivating.

Starting on 14th September, this title will be free to download on Amazon Kindle for four days.

eau de parfum (1)

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Invitation — Virtual Art Gallery Showing — Under the Sea — the work of Robert M. Goldstein

A new art show.

Teagan's Books

Save the Date! It’s a virtual #ArtShow of images by Robert M. Goldstein, the illustrator of Hullaba Lulu. 

The venue is the #SteamPunk submarine of Cornelis Drebbel!

You are invited to join Rob and me at my blog for the showing — Under the Sea, all next weekend, beginning September 21st.

Invite draft 1

Stay tuned for Straightlaced Saturday this weekend and Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers chapter 6.  Cheers!

No Cornelis, not yet! The art show is the next weekend.  And remember — the show is for Rob’s other artwork.  So do try to behave, Cornelis…

Cornelus - 9th and Harrison-2Art by Rob Goldstein

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