Book Promo – Get ‘Apart from Love’ FREE from 14th to 18th June…

A book promo for APART FROM LOVE. It’s FREE from 14th to 18th June.

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Book Title: Apart from Love

Author Name: Uvi Poznansky

Sale dates: 06/14/2019-06/18/2019

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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A Stroll near Oban

Some lovely scenery from Scotland near Oban.

Walking the Old Ways

There’s a popular belief that you have to walk miles and go into the wild blue yonder to find interesting places. It’s not true of course. A short stroll can give you lots of history and some grand scenery as well.

DSCF1309 Dunollie Castle (c) John Bainbridge 2019

Nor do you always need a footpath or bridleway. For this stroll we mostly used the road, a relatively quiet road too, for it comes to a dead end – though there are footpath continuations.

A week ago, we were in Oban in Scotland, a place very familiar to us. But we decided to walk along to Ganavan Bay, somewhere we hadn’t been for a few years. Now this is just the sort of stroll a tourist might do. But it’s interesting, for this couple of miles embraces hundreds of thousands of years of history, legend, folklore and wartime exploits.

DSCF1308 The Dog Stone…

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Footloose in Devon

A book on Devon by John Bainbridge is now available on Amazon.

Walking the Old Ways

My Devon book’s out in paperback and on Kindle…   
Here’s the blurb…411C+iYtNWL._AC_US218_
“The novelist John Bainbridge has walked in the Devon countryside for over fifty years, and is well known as a writer and broadcaster on the county.
In this miscellany of country essays, he explores many of the quiet corners of Devon, from the wild moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor to its spectacular coastline and peaceful pastoral landscapes.
John Bainbridge is the author of the country books The Compleat Trespasser and Wayfarer’s Dole.

“As a rambler, I’ve spent much of the past half century roaming through the Devon countryside, exploring the county’s quiet villages, winding footpaths and bridleways, lonely moorland and dramatic coast. I’ve had the privilege of leading walking groups to share what I know of this land. For much of that time I’ve also written and broadcast about Devon – in a number of books…

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Dad’s Family Roots

Photo Copyright: Valerie J. Barrett

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered in front of a museum display of vintage kitchen appliances and tools. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s 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 be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Valerie J. Barrett. Thanks, Valerie. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given directions. The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

14 June 2019

Genre: Memoire

Word Count: 100 Words

Dad’s Family Roots by P.S. Joshi

My dad left me handwritten notes about his family roots. We took a trip down to the little village where he, his mother, and her siblings were born. It was in Ohio farm country, the southwestern part of the state.

His grandmother was a dressmaker, and his grandfather a blacksmith. His parents met when his father came there as a telegrapher for the Erie Railroad.

We met an elderly woman who knew Dad’s family. That woman and my grandmother were pen pals until both were elderly.

Dad also looked up two local cemeteries for his father and mother’s family gravestones.






















Milk maids?

First, an amusing tale by Tallis Steelyard on a problem with hiring milkmaids. Second, a book on offer by Jim Webster about amusing goings-on in Port Naain. Its followed by a good review.

Tallis Steelyard

Milk maids

I am constantly reminded that it pays to project a wholesome image. I was with Shena, my lady wife, at an event held to inform and encourage writers. If memory serves, Saon Keeber had organised it, and to be fair to him, had largely funded it. I think he’d convinced the Port Naain University that they should reach out to writers and ‘give us the tools we needed to make a success of our careers.’

In reality we’d all turned up because Keeber had promised there would be a good buffet and to be fair to him it wasn’t merely good, it was excellent. Indeed there was so much food laid on that even when we’d filled poacher’s pockets and in some cases, knapsacks and carpet bags, there was still enough to eat.

Interestingly Keeber did steer away from the technical craft side of our craft and instead concentrated on…

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Philosophically suspect

First, an interesting tale by Tallis Steelyard about a philosopher who lived his beliefs. Next, a book on offer by Jim Webster with more information on Port Naain. It’s followed by a good review.

Tallis Steelyard

Philosophically suspect

If I was to say that Tullit Wheelbone has practiced philosophy for many years, you might get the wrong idea. Indeed people have claimed that my lady wife, Shena, has to be extremely philosophical, being married, as she is, to a poet. Were I a lesser man I might well retort that poets are forced to be philosophical, given the sheer weight of ignorant comments we labour under.

So when I mention Tullit’s philosophy, I want you to understand that he is a fully fledged philosopher, supporting himself by teaching. More than that, he has gone one step further, he tries to live a life which is in keeping with his teachings. This, I am afraid, has caused him to be shunned by other, more prosperous philosophers.

Many years ago he propounded his axiom, “We might be the only philosophy text book a person will read.” Given that he taught…

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Can you see the woods?

Jim explains and discusses the carbon cycle and has another book about farm life on offer. The book is followed by a great review.

Jim Webster


Looking round, we’re not doing so badly. I’m comparing things to when I was fourteen or fifteen. I can remember seeing my first buzzard. I had to go up to the Inner Hebrides to do it, and we watched it for about twenty minutes. That was as long as it was in sight. Now we’ve got one which will perch on the telegraph pole at the top of the lane, and I see them most weeks.

It’s the same with owls. On Sunday night an owl hit the office window. I went out to rescue it. It was young, barely fledged. So wearing a heavy jacket and fencing gauntlets just in case it didn’t appreciate being rescued I picked it up and set it on a ledge as high up the wall as I could reach. It then proceeded to climb up the drainpipe using its wings like arms! I…

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NO Dammit … Just NO!

Beware the blood lust and greed that’s being made official.

Filosofa's Word

The press release from the U.S. Department of Interior dated 05 June 2019 reads, in part …

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) across more than 1.4 million acres.

According to Bernhardt …

“… Trump is committed to expanding public access on public lands, and this proposal is executing on that directive by opening and increasing more access to hunting and fishing by the Fish and Wildlife Service at more stations and across more acres than ever before. Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy, and our American way of life. These refuges and…

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