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Book Review: Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler

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Book Review: Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler

Title: Better Dead Series: B & B Spirits mystery series Author: Pamela Kopfler Genre: Romantic suspense Publisher: Kensington Release Date: December 26, 2017 Format: E-book, mass market paperback Source: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_15?url=search-aliasaps&field-keywords=better+dead+pamela+kopfler&sprefix=better+dead+kopaps174&crid=3IY238M8LAU8Q Name(required) Email(required) Website Message When I first read the description of this book, I thought it would be similar to Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and...

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Book Review: Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

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Book Review: Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

Title: Sparked Author: Helena Echlin, Malena Watrous Genre: Young adult, paranormal Publisher: Geek & Sundry Release Date: October 3, 2017 Laurel, Ivy and their hippie-dippie mother live in an Airstream trailer on “the edge of civilization.” When Ivy goes missing, fifteen-year-old Laurel has recurrent nightmares about her sister being tortured. Her mother and local police believe Ivy has run off to the big city of Portland, so Laurel must assume the burden of finding her sister. Jasper, a new kid in town, believes Laurel and helps her...

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A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

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A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

Classical statues and Renaissance statues of the human body, like Michelangelo’s David, were modeled on well-toned bodies of athletes. However, their genitalia was portrayed under-sized as artistic depictions of penises of normal size, even flaccid, distracted from the statue’s purpose. In 1563 the Roman Catholic Council of Trent ruled that “all lasciviousness be avoided” in religious images “in such wise that figures shall not be painted or adorned with a beauty exciting to lust.” Thus the need for a fig leaf (borrowed from the...

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Authors 18

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I have joined a wonderful group of writers, Authors 18. We all have books coming out in 2018. Here is the first group of covers. My book, A Different Kind of Fire, is an orphan child without a cover or a release date, but all that is in progress. Share...

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166 Palms: A Literary Anthology 2017

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166 Palms: A Literary Anthology 2017

Title: 166 Palms - A Literary Anthology 2017 Author: James Burnham, editor Genre: anthology Release Date: June 6, 2017 Format: digital, paperback Pages: 114 From Amazon: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY FACULTY AND GRADUATES OF STANFORD UNIVERSITY'S CERTIFICATE IN NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM. Featuring the creative voices of: James Burnham, Diane Byington, Luanne Castle, Victoria Grant, Kristine Mietzner, Linda Moore, Suanne Schafer, Stacey Swann, Robin Taylor, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Kenton Yee     My short story, “Suite for the...

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The Gross Clinic and A Different Kind of Fire

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The Gross Clinic and A Different Kind of Fire

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, will be released in 2018. Its protagonist, Ruby Schmidt, is a fictional eighteen-year-old who leaves Texas to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ruby encounters Thomas Eakins, a former professor at the Academy and arguably the city’s most renowned and infamous artist. He promoted the study of the complete nude (with all body parts uncovered) at the PAFA. Ultimately he was fired because of those beliefs. In 1876, Eakins painted The Gross Clinic specifically for the Centennial Exhibition...

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Book Review: Give Up the Dead–Jay Porter Series #3 by Joe Clifford

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Title: Give Up the Dead Series: The Jay Porter Series #3 Author: Joe Clifford Genre: mystery, noir Publisher: Oceanview Publishing Release Date: June 6, 2017 Format: paperback, e book Pages: 320 Fro Amazon: Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The traumatic, uncredited...

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Getting a debut novel to the public

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My debut novel, A Different Kind of Fire, is coming out in 2018. I’ve been hopelessly bogged down in researching marketing and learning that, not only do I know nothing, there are so many theories and get-rich-quick schemes out there it’s hard to formulate a coherent plan. Waldforf, my publisher, will help with some of it, but I know I’ll need to pitch in. I’ve spent so much time reading volumes of marketing material and done nothing to advance the word count of my second novel. I keep reminding myself that I am doing something important...

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Computer problems

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I got one of those random messages asking me if I wanted to update iCloud. So I said yes. Big mistake!!! I got involved in one of this endless loops that whatever you click on sends youback to click on the prior button. I finally had to turn off the computer to get of the the loop. Unfortunately, every time I clicked, iCloud started backing up to my iMac. I ended up wth 2-4 different copies of everything. Had to run MacKeeper’s duplicates finger to find the dupes. Plus, at some point, my iMac backed up to my Mac Air laptop which now has...

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A Different Kind of Fire

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My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. They have picked up my second novel, as yet unnamed, for 2019. Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby...

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