Archive | October 2017

Smorgasbord Short Story – Halloween Sunset, Let the Party Begin by Sally Cronin

Are they or aren’t they? Fly on over to Sally’s place for a Halloween treat!

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Halloween Sunset, Let the Party Begin by Sally Cronin

Bethany looked around her cosy cottage and smiled with satisfaction. The lanterns around the walls glowed eerily;candlelight flickering through fangs and gaping wounds in the flesh of the pumpkins. The table was laid with fresh baked treats; the result of many hours toiling over her wood stove. A large pot now bubbled away on top of the said appliance. A wonderful aroma of rosemary and thyme filled the air with an enticing promise of tender meat and dumplings.

Of course you could not have a Halloween party without lots of sweet pastries and candies, and these too added atmospheric colour to the festive table. Blood red velvet cupcakes competed with the dark chocolate of the Devil cake, and green whipped cream  glistened in a skull shaped bowl.

Her friends would be arriving shortly; making their way carefully along the path in…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2017. 1 Comment

A Distinguished Halloween ~ #ShortStory by #TinaFrisco

If paws produced sound, Miss Tina would hear the sound of two paws clapping. Great story by Tina Frisco!

TINA FRISCO

If the ancient Celts were alive today, they’d be astounded by what had become of Samhain, one of their most important Sabbats. Both the Roman conquerors and the early Church in England had a hand in eclipsing pagan holidays, by renaming and merging them with their own. You can learn more about the history of HalloweenhereandhereOne last point before getting on with our story … There’s a difference between a witch and a warlock; and although not gender specific, it is left open to some interpretation. Basically, it’s the difference between light and dark. You can learn morehereandhere.
The short story I’d like to share with you isn’t about trick-or-treating, pumpkins, or jack-o-lanterns. It’s about the transformation and transmutation of a disagreeable young woman who plays malicious tricks every day of the year. 
A Distinguished Halloween

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No one escaped…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2017. 3 Comments

#Home is a river of constant change… #WordlessWednesday #Travel

Barb Taub

You can enter from the same banks, but the waters are always different.

Sometimes smoke from forest fires blocks the sun. (Placerville, CA)

Sometimes you’re still looking for gold (at the site of the California Gold Rush)

Sometimes, gold means different things to different people.

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Sometimes it’s art studios where there used to be auto body repair shops

Carrie Clayden, Santa Cruz CA
www.carrieclayden.com

Cher Roberts, Santa Cruz CA
cherrobertsart.com

Susanna Waddell Encaustics, Santa Cruz CA
zannajr@aol.com

Marsha Blaker & Paul DeSomma, Santa Cruz
blakerdesommaglass.com

And sometimes it’s exactly, perfectly as it’s always been.

AND the wifi always connects.

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Horror Stuck on Me!

Loved this post…enjoy!

RabBits

Yesterday I talked to a man who passes out cold when he gets a shot.  He can watch other people get a shot, like his kids, but point the needle his way… KABOOM!  He’s gone!  Out like a light! To top it off, he says he always has a nightmare about it that night, which in turn, wakes him up for hours. So the shot knocks him out, but results in a nightmare that keeps him awake.  Hmm.  It’d fun to jump out from behind a bush one day with a hypodermic needle just to see what would happen!

Everyone has something that creeps them out. You usually just don’t know what it is.  Unfortunately, this is the month everyone seems to face some kind of fear. There’s even a Halloween horror movie marathon running the whole month on cable. Non-stop horror movies is not my cup of tea!

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Welcome #Author Andrew Joyce

TINA FRISCO

I’m thrilled to welcome author Andrew Joyce back to my blog. Andrew recently released his short story collection, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups, and I’m pleased to help him promote it. 

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce

Buy the bookHERE

BLURB

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Upsis a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and nonfiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past. Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest.

Comprised of 218,000 words…

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This entry was posted on October 20, 2017. 1 Comment

CreateSpace Stops Selling Books

Important information for all self-published authors, from Nicholas Rossis.

Nicholas C. Rossis

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI’m sure many of you will have received the email from CreateSpace (CS) that announces how their own eStore will cease to serve customers on October 31st. Instead, customers will be redirected to Amazon.

CreateSpace explains that the move was made because of requests that their eStore is redeveloped to include the ability to search across the site, an improved checkout process, better shipping options including Amazon Prime, order tracking notifications, and a familiar user interface.

What Does This Mean For You?

My usual source for all things Amazon, Chris McMullen, has compiled bulleted lists of pros and cons which you can read to see how this will affect you.

Royalties

The simple fact remains that CreateSpace currently offers a 20% higher royalty than Amazon. To ease the transition, it will adjust your Amazon royalty rates for six months effective November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, to…

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This entry was posted on October 16, 2017. 2 Comments