Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – Double Etheree – From Cave to the Stars


Sally Cronin writes a lovely poem on the evolution of writing

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Time for some syllable manipulation in response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 125.

With the prompt words this week of ‘Origins and Write’  the synonyms that I have chosen are ‘Beginning and Pen’

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From Cave to the Stars – Double etheree

In the beginning we only had voice
to communicate our inner thoughts
and desires within our hearts
until that magical day
of the first cave drawing
and since that moment
we have evolved
and now pen
magic
words
to
express
every
aspect of life
from birth to the grave
and beyond to the stars
where we take our messages
of peace and hope for the future
not language but in digital code
to be received across the universe

©Sally Cronin

If you would like to participate in this wonderful challenge then please click the link:Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 125

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#BookReview: SKATING ON THIN ICE by Jacquie Biggar


One of my favorite reviews ever, and it’s for my book! Thank you, Staci Troilo!

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! I don’t know about you, but my to-be-read list is out of control. I’m a pretty fast reader, yet I’m adding books faster than I can devour them. And that’s on top of books that have already been waiting for a while. I try to read them in the order I downloaded them, but sometimes a favorite author or a sequel to a beloved series bumps up in the ranks.

That’s what happened this week.

I’m sorry to the authors who have been languishing in my TBR pile, but one of my downloads couldn’t wait. I’m a huge hockey fan. I start watching in the preseason, only missing games that conflict with the Steelers. And once football is over, the Penguins are all I have to cheer for until football rolls around again. (My Pirates have just been struggling too much to get excited about baseball.)

When a…

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If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down… My Favorite Cowboy by Donna Grant #Romance #Read @InkSlingerPR


New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant rounds up the hottest cowboys in Texas in her latest novel of no-holds-barred passion.

Spiders Web… #Poetry


A beautiful, chilling poem by Anita Dawes

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Spiders Web

What is this thing we call dreaming?

Is it an alternate reality we live during the dark hours?

Are others living out their moment before being born

Using our blank minds to imprint their time upon?

Should we take note of those dream moments?

Alas, we do not. We let them fall by the wayside

A possible message lost.

Not all dreams relate to the day before.

As has been said, there are strange moments

mixed in that you seem to recognise, but cannot place.

Faces, voices that you feel you have met before

Familiar attributes you feel comfortable with

Is each life no more than a giant spiders web?

Each silken thread pulled by a puppet master

That loves the dark dreams best

the ones we call nightmares…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about MARRIAGE #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense share wonderful lines on MARRIAGE.

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about MARRIAGE

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


When he saw Louie absorb it, he continued. “I don’t like her working for him either, but damn, you need to back off for the sake of your marriage and your career.”

Marian Lanouette


Things had moved fast, but she was ready to spend the rest of her life with him. Marriage was only a formality at this point.

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


But what kind of a marriage could they have if she lived in Atlanta, and he lived in Fort Worth?

Marsha West


“If things were different, I’d be asking you to marry me.” Because as crazy as it seemed, Nate already felt married.

Sharon Wray


“We get to have ice cream.” Ben squinted up at the hero-of-the-hour. “Are you…

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Diana’s February Story: The Elephant Child


A wonderful tale of love from D. Wallace Peach- A must read!

Myths of the Mirror

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

I actually recorded this if you want to listen along.

The Elephant Child

by D. Wallace Peach

An elephant child, carefree and wild
Walked into the wintry woods
He followed fox tails and jackrabbit trails
Ignoring his mother’s “shoulds”

Of course, he got lost and chilled by the frost
As night began to fall
To his rump he sunk and tooted his trunk
But no one answered his call

Oh, that cold night, to the elephant fright
The clouds began to snow
He sniffled and shivered, shook and quivered
His nose he needed to blow

The blizzard swirled and snowflakes twirled
He plodded on wobbly knees
His head grew stuffy, the snow so fluffy
He blew out a honking sneeze

Losing hope, he started to mope
When in an evergreen tree
He spied a house, just right for a mouse
And he let go a…

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6 Draft Checklist Ideas (And Why You Should Create Your Own)


A handy list for editing your WIP by K.M. Allan

K.M. Allan

Just as no two writers will write an idea the same way, drafting is a unique process as well.

Some authors may draft their MS in as little as five passes, others (raises hand) might have 20 odd drafts under their belt for certain works in progress.

When drafting is such a mammoth task, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m not a planner for writing, but for editing and drafting, I find a plan makes all the difference.

To create such plans, checklists are my go-to, and when I’m close to the final draft stage, these are the six main things I scan for during a draft pass…

1. Repeats

I recommend every writer come up with their own Repeats List because we all have different words we use repeatedly. This advice also goes for phrases (I constantly use “looked as if”) and for movements. If every character is…

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Child of Mine by @JanaRichards #amreading #Romance @XpressoReads


Child of Mine Jana Richards Publication date: February 20th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Lauren didn’t intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband’s funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she’s not sorry. Cole’s given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He’s been her friend forever, though she never … Continue reading Child of Mine by @JanaRichards #amreading #Romance @XpressoReads

LUCA by @BrendaRothert #CoverReveal, second title in the Chicago Blaze #hockeyromance @InkSlingerPR


Today we are sharing the cover reveal of LUCA by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone that will be releasing on April 23rd. It is the second title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Pre-order your copy now for only $2.99! Add the book to your TBR Pile now! Pre-order on Amazon … Continue reading LUCA by @BrendaRothert #CoverReveal, second title in the Chicago Blaze #hockeyromance @InkSlingerPR

Planners: The Great Debate Between Paper and Digital (Hint: Paper Wins!)


Are you a planner? Sharon Wray shares some of her favorite planners on the Sisterhood of Suspense #Blog

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I am a planner girl. I use Emily Ley’s daily half-sized spiral planner for my every day task and appointment list, I use a separate Emily Ley full-sized spiral monthly planner (from Target) for my Social Media/Media marketing schedule, I have a Kikki-K A5-sized ring planner for my writing business, another Happy Planner A5-sized disc planner (from Michael’s) to run my household and keep track of meals and my family’s schedules, and I have a huge, ugly whiteboard in the kitchen that holds shows me the family’s commitments for four months at a time.

I even use an Erin Condren deluxe monthly planner specifically for budgeting!

Yet, I can’t seem to figure out how to use my Google calendar. When I was a kid, I realized that if I don’t write things down, like goals, appointments, or due dates, I can’t remember them. Especially things like when my next manuscript…

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He’s hoping to bury the past. She’s ready to settle the score… Stroke of Luck by @BJDanielsAuthor #NewRelease #Suspense @InkSlingerPR @HarlequinBooks


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels starts her Sterling’s Ranch series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.

Skating on Thin Ice by @jacqbiggar #RomanticSuspense #NewRelease


Skating on Thin Ice is Here! This project began as a contemporary opposites attract romance, but it soon took on a life of its own and morphed into a fast-paced suspense instead! Blurb Sam Walters has made a deal with the devil. In order to win a much-needed contract as physical therapist to one of … Continue reading Skating on Thin Ice by @jacqbiggar #RomanticSuspense #NewRelease

How About a #Romance #Giveaway Bonanza


Photo by Simon Matzinger on Pexels.com Book giveaways are a great way for readers to find new authors they might not otherwise have tried, and authors to build their newsletter lists at the same time; win-win 🙂   Hearts & Chocolate Valentine’s Romance Giveaway February 1-18 16 Ebook & Chocolate Prize Packs Up for Grabs! … Continue reading How About a #Romance #Giveaway Bonanza

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – Jacquie Biggar, Clifford Browder and Christine Campbell


Sally Cronin shares a recent review of Tidal Falls with her readers. Thank you, Sally!

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Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and bookstore and the first author with a recent review is USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar for Book 1 in the Wounded Souls series – Tidal Falls.

About the book

If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this is a sure to be a story you will love from USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar.

Nick Kelley spent years working as a dog handler in the U.S. Marine Corps. His sole focus, to keep his team alive in the midst of chaos. When he fails to notice an IED in time and loses most of his teammates, Nick shuts down. It takes meeting and falling in love with a woman in danger to make him realize life’s worth living.

One of the recent reviews for the book

LA Bookworm 5.0 out of 5 stars NEW (TO…

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