Archive | October 2016

Author Interviews Andrew Joyce @huckfinn76 #HistoricalFiction #Author

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.

I love interviewing inspirational and interesting authors. They make my Saturday!  In these interviews I get to glean some insight into their writing life and understand what obstacles they encountered whilst writing their books.

BlondeWriteMore readers we are in for such a treat as author and blogger Andew Joyce has agreed to come sit in my red chair!  He lives on a boat, has a dog called Danny, has six books under his belt and I have heard he once threw his TV out of the window, before writing his first short story. As you can imagine I am bubbling with excitement about this interview. I do hope he talks about the TV incident and I hope his short story was worth it!

Hey Andrew!  Welcome to my blog and red chair. Tell my readers about yourself and the book/books you…

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Cozy enough? PLUS The Knave of Hearts by @daveahernwriter #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Fantastic review, as usual, from the uniquely witty Barb Taub! Enjoy!!

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Have you ever taken a long trip to a completely foreign place where you’ve spent weeks treating your taste buds to one exotic surprise after another? And then comes the day when you turn a corner and find a Burger King. You look around to make sure nobody sees you, and then… in you go. There’s just something so inexpressibly comforting about knowing exactly what you’ll get, the sure and certain knowledge that whatever the outside landscape holds, that Whopper and fries will taste the same as it does back in the mall at home.

That’s what I love about reading a cozy mystery. I see a cover in icecream colors with a cupcake or a cat, and I know the tropes I’ll find inside:

  • The sleuth will be an amateur, of course, and (these days) almost definitely a woman. She won’t want to get involved—unless she’s elderly and knits—but she will…

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Missed Opportunities – Guest Post…

I think The Ape Man just said that his iPad is better than mine! :::Cheshire grin::: Well, it shows up just fine on my iPhone!! Happy to reblog a great post feom my friend, Miss Tina. Enjoy the love!!

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How many times have you heard yourself say: “I wish I’d said . . .”?  Sometimes we’re simply a little slow on the draw. But sometimes we hesitate, afraid to speak what we’re thinking and feeling. Maybe we’re afraid of not being liked. Maybe we’re uncomfortable with effusive reactions. Maybe we’re afraid of confrontation. Whatever the reason, it’s usually based in fear. And that’s really too bad, because we’ve missed an opportunity to grow.

How many times have you heard yourself say: “I wish I’d told her . . .”?  If we’re reticent to pay someone a compliment — perhaps afraid they may question our motives — then we’ve robbed them and ourselves of a joyful moment. If we’re reluctant to offer someone criticism — perhaps unsure whether we’re capable of handling their reaction — then we’ve robbed them and ourselves…

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This entry was posted on October 15, 2016. 2 Comments

Guest Post – Ash from Artful Aspirations

Lovely artwork!

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Delighted to welcome Ash from Artful Aspirations who is going to share the various stages of her artwork that she recently created for her daughter.. one lucky girl to have such a talented mum.

First a word from Ash.

I created this painting from the request of my daughter, Gianni.

I pencil sketched my sun and moon on a 9×12 canvas.

pic-1Then pencil sketched in the details. She wanted lots of whimsical swirls, dots, and shapes.

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I then added colour by using acrylic paints.

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pic-5I used some acrylic metallic silver for the moon and many of the details to add shimmer.

pic-6Then I applied Golden Varnish Gloss spray to seal and add shine.

pic-7I let the first coat of gloss sit for twenty minutes before spraying on the last coat. I let dry 24 hours before handling.

About Ash.

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Hi! My name is Ash, and I am a lover of…

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Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce @huckfinn76 #bookreview #historicalfiction #POTLReads

POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing

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Title: Yellow Hair

Author: Andrew Joyce

Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Book Blurb:

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.

My Review:

I’m a big fan of historical fiction. Why? I get to experience history and when it’s done right, reading it changes me as a person and I see the world in a whole new light. I’m fairly familiar with the atrocities foisted upon the Sioux Nation in the 19th century through my…

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Zoe and Burt…

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Dear Friends, Zoe here but not for long! I’ve been preparing to take this trip, you see, and have been so busy that I neglected to write up a wonderful new adventure for you. So, I’ve asked a friend to take my spot this month. I’ve told you about my human, Emily, and I’ve told you about my friend, Bella, but I’ve never told you about my friend Burt. Or how I met him. That is a tale for another day. Let’s just say that Burt owed me a favor. Big time. I’m happy to call in my chips today, probably happier than he is to be called on to do this favor for me. At any rate, here is Burt. I hope he entertains you well but don’t get too enamored, for I will be back next month!

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Hello, Everyone. My name is Burt. I’m a friend of Zoe’s…

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This entry was posted on October 11, 2016. 4 Comments