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Monday, October 18, 2021

She's the One Who Doesn't Say Much


She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much 

(Book Four of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S.R. Cronin 




GENRE: Historical Fantasy






Do you know what your problem is?


Olivine knows hers. This quiet thirteenth-century artist has been hiding a secret as she travels to K'ba to meet her friends. Others assume she's fallen in love with another artist, but it's much worse than that. For on the way to K'ba is the dirt poor nichna of Scrud, a place scorned by other Ilarians. And in Scrud is the one man who understands her.


However, Bohdan recognizes the dangers posed by an impending Mongol invasion. When he learns of Olivine's unusual visual powers, he convinces her to pick up her bow and start practicing.


She does, though she's more concerned with moving to K'ba where she can paint all day and see Bohdan whenever she wants. If only her sister hadn't decided Olivine and her fellow long eyes held one key to defending the realm.


Then, as if life wasn't complicated enough, Olivine learns the artist community she yearns to be part of has developed a different take on the invasion. They're sure the only way to survive is to capitulate completely to the Mongols’ demands. Artists who feel otherwise are no longer welcome.


Where does her future lie? The invasion is coming soon and Olivine doesn't have much time to decide.







Coral would move into a cottage of her own soon, but it wasn’t ready so we gave her the extra bed in Ryalgar’s room and I moved my bedding to the floor. Sulphur found her own corner and put her bedding down. There was no point in trying to leave now; it was already Kolada Eve. At least I had three sisters to spend the holiday with. I’d go home once the celebrations were over.


On our first night together, Sulphur became angry.


“Why not just train more Svadlu?” she said. “Even poorly trained fighters are better than farmers. And they’re surely better than anything you and the Velka can do!”


“No, they aren’t.”  Ryalgar’s hands were on her hips, her feet far apart in a fighter’s stance as she spoke. “We’re not to going to go into battle, which is what more Svadlu would do. We’re going to chip away at the Mongol forces, in ways they don’t expect. We’re going to use skills they don’t know we have.”


“And you’ve thought of ways to use such powers against an invading army?” Sulphur asked.


“I’m working on it.”


The next day we split our time between the Velka’s Kolada festivities and brainstorming in Ryalgar’s room. Joli joined us, and other oomrushers came and went. Ryalgar also brought in women with different talents or more knowledge. We talked about horses. Poisons. Fires. Insects. Shrubbery? Yes, shrubbery. Ryalgar had a lot of ideas, and she wanted our help with the complicated schemes she wove. We all understood a simple approach wouldn’t be enough.


Sulphur remained dubious, but she contributed her expertise and by the end of our third day together Ryalgar had a rough outline of what she planned. It was a true sisterly collaboration.


“You’ve still got a lot of unanswered questions,” Sulphur said as we were about to fall asleep on the third night. She was right.


“Do you think the younger sisters could help?” I asked. I knew the small age difference between me and my twin didn’t matter, but I’d always considered myself one of the older girls, and Celestine not. It was more about personality than the timing of birth.


“Maybe….” Coral said.


“Don’t be ridiculous,” Sulphur said at the same time


We all laughed. They were both right.








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Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.


She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is. 


All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case. 


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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors

 Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today I'm sharing  excerpts from Return Engagement, my first book about the Lovinggood family. I've already shared some of the first part so I'll be doing a little jumping around. First a blurb, then that excerpt. Oh, and on Sunday when you finish here go to for more excerpts from a talented group of authors.


Elizabeth Lane is one lucky woman. She has it all-money, fame, a satisfying career and a devoted fiancé. Her humble beginnings are all but obscured, but she isn't the kind of woman Senator Henry Lovinggood wants for his son, Richard. Senator Lovinggood plans to make Richard the President of the United States; he'll need a woman from a wealthy, powerful family by his side. Ten years ago the senator broke Richard and Elizabeth up, but this time it won't be so easy, for Elizabeth wants to know what might have been. This time she'll fight back, a struggle which ultimately leads to kidnapping and attempted murder and alienates her from the man of her dreams.

Last Weeks Excerpt:

She anchored her balloons and decided she might as well take a shower and get dressed. If Richard did show up she’d hate to look frumpy. Of course it didn’t matter, but still...

Anyway, nothing helped ease tension more than a session in her new shower. She had remodeled the master bathroom when she bought the house and had chosen the best fixtures and materials she could find for it. It rivaled any spa she’d ever gone to.

Why did things have to be so complicated? Richard was her husband. Why did the very thought of him send her into a tailspin?

She didn’t find the courage to get out of the shower and join her mother until well after eleven. She didn’t hear any sound of voices as she walked down the hall, so thankfully Richard wasn’t waiting on her.

She did have a surprise, though. Mrs. Lane sat in the living room, holding a metallic blue box tied with a huge gold and white ribbon. “This was just delivered for you,” she said.

This week's excerpt:

Elizabeth had no doubt who had sent the gift. She didn’t know if she wanted to open it or not, for the other gifts had upset her something awful. Her nerves had finally calmed down, but if she opened that box she’d undoubtedly get all wound up again.

Curiosity won out, so she sat down and opened Richard’s latest offering. “Oh, look, Mother. How sweet.” She removed two fluffy, white, stuffed cats from the box and showed them to her mother. Both cats wore big red bows tied around their necks. The card inside the box read, I didn’t win these cats; I just bought them, but maybe they can be company for the carnival kitty. Love, Richard.

“This is the most romantic thing I’ve seen in a long time,” Mrs. Lane enthused. “Darling, don’t you want to call him?”

“No... yes...oh, I don’t know.” Elizabeth took her cats and wandered into her bedroom where the carnival cat still sat on the chair beside her bed. She picked up the carnival cat and cradled it in her arms, but she didn’t pick up the phone.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

With Love From Vegas

Title: With Love from Vegas: Volume 10
Series: Voyages of the Hearts
Authors: Cassie Lee Hart | Elias Raven | Gabriella Messina | Jade Royal | M. Greenhow | Michelle Heron | Taylor Delong
Genre: Short Story Romance
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Publisher: Royalty Writes Enterprises
Cover Design: V Designs

Voyages of the Heart:
Cities around the world, each with a charming allure, pulling you in and allowing you to enjoy their secrets. They offer love, passion, laughter, healing, and even heartache.

This season’s authors have lent their pens to deliver another series of stories to capture your emotions one page at a time. Pack your luggage and join us on our next voyage of the heart. Our next destination: It's Vegas, baby!

With Love From Vegas:
Nightlife, gambling, and shows. Welcome to Sin City, where all your fantasies can come true. Let these talented authors take you on a romantic journey you will never forget! Broken dreams, changed lives, and your heart's deepest desires await! Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

Cassie Lee Hart | Elias Raven | Gabriella Messina
Jade Royal | M. Greenhow | Michelle Heron | Taylor Delong


The Company of Stonemasons


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The summer of 1545 and there’s murder in the Cathedral of Chichester. An honest family of stonemasons heads to the city to repair the building only to find the massive spire is in danger of collapse and they’re walking into a plot to steal taxes from King Henry VIII.

Stonemason’s teenage sons, Edward and the artistic prodigy, Adam hear stories of the Chichester diamond, buried somewhere in the cathedral and start their own search, not knowing the powerful evil that surrounds them.

A true thriller, filled with danger and humour, stonemasons working at terrifying heights and amongst all the friars and priests, who can they really trust?

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About the Author:
Being retired, I have the time now to write and tell stories. I am registered as blind, and I am profoundly dyslexic, and I rely on the wonders of technology to bring out my stories, and to live. I spend many hours walking around London, as this is where I find most of my inspiration from. The places; sounds and smells of the city, I have a love for. To know one's history is to know one's self. I hope you enjoy them.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories

by Marco Di Noia




GENRE: Short stories (HUMOR/General)






Funny short stories, ironic stories, amazing stories, animal stories, incredible stories, unusual stories, comical stories, humorous stories. Happy and feel good stories to create funny conversation, humorous conversation, a great conversation starter.







A Shocking Insight into Marco’s Storytelling 


The electricity was convulsing through someone’s brain as I woke up and realised, I was next in line. I knew that I was next unless I said “No.” I did say “No” but they told me that I needed it and it would help with my depression and it would be the last one. So, I said “Okay.” 


The electricity was silent, and I could not remember my dream properly it was like I had lightning in my brain, and I was dancing through a corridor of thunder and lightning. 


My depression went away, and I was ready to be discharged from hospital. The memory of the hospital admission was a little bit foggy but then my memory cleared up and I realised why they gave me the shock treatment. 


Some years later, my memory improved and got even better and that is why I am able to write this story because my memory is excellent, and my intellectual ability is on ‘high.’ 


Occasionally, I write stories—a few from life experiences—but mostly I invent them out of nothing. I also get ideas from other people and write them down and create a story from that. I believe my story writing is unique—a cross between a poem and a story, and some are like jokes written in poetic form. I like people to read my stories and tell me what they think. 




Electric shock treatment (ECT) won’t give you story writing abilities, but it can cure severe depression.   






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Hi, my name's Marco! I live in Sydney, Australia. I began writing stories to relieve boredom. After I wrote a few stories, I realized that they made me laugh. I kept writing and my depression went away. I am happy with the way the stories make me laugh and I hope you enjoy them too.




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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Keeper of My Dreams

Keeper of My Dreams

by Susan Leigh Furlong




GENRE: Historical/adventure romance






Reid Haliburton, a skilled gunsmith, wants to control who uses his revolutionary handgun until a vicious pirate decides the gun will be his. The price of refusing is Reid’s life and those of his three young sons. Reid’s only chance to save his sons is to send them away and face the pirate’s wrath alone.


Leena Cullane Adair is stunned to find three lads hiding in her cart, and, although she only met their father a week ago, he holds her heart and her dreams, and she will do whatever it takes to keep him and his sons alive.






He picked up the barrel of his new gun and began to polish it when a hard knock on his door shook him out of his reverie.


A man planted his feet and stood akimbo in the doorway, a man who obviously knew the intimidating impression his stature presented to others by his rugged good looks, his burnt mahogany colored hair and eyes. He announced in a firm voice with an English accent, “My name is Jonas McDever, and I am the captain of the Scarlet Lion. I have come to see the new weapon you are working on.”


Reid looked up from his worktable as an uneasiness settled over him. He recognized the captain’s name and his ship, the Scarlet Lion, as one reputed to attack and destroy any other ship unfortunate enough to get within spyglass range. This McDever was a pirate of the worst sort, and he didn’t care who knew it. 


“I dinna ken what ye’re talking about. I have no new weapon to show ye.”


“I’m not here to argue with you.” …“Perhaps I can offer you this. I have been watching your sons for the last few days when you take them to school. Handsome lads. I captain my own ship, the Scarlet Lion, and a fine ship it is. I have need of another cabin boy. Would one or two of them like to become cabin boys on my ship?”


Reid whipped around. “Is that idle curiosity…or a threat?”




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Susan Leigh Furlong was born in the middle of a blinding spring snowstorm at the University of Michigan, which forced her mother to walk across campus in the snow to the hospital while in labor. Susan doesn’t remember any of this auspicious beginning, but it always makes for a good story! As a child she moved across the country six times to various big cities before the age of fourteen because of her father’s career in women’s ready-to-wear clothing. At college she met and married her love, and moved to his small hometown in southern Ohio, and you couldn’t get her out of there with a crowbar! She taught first grade and fourth grade and raised her children who did not have to change schools even once. Creating stories started early in life—as is typical of most writers—even before she could actually write. Then came handwritten pages stuffed in her underwear drawer, followed by stories created on a manual typewriter. Her first computer—a Commodore 64—was replaced by a series of computers and laptops, which her husband promised she could never fill up the storage space, but she always did. At age 32 she performed in her first community theater play—Guys and Dolls—where she quickly realized that she wanted to play ALL the parts, which is exactly what a writer does. She writes and/or directs church-related plays and sketches and also performs and sings with a music and drama ministry, LightReaders.


Her love of history led her to write two plays about her now hometown, presented in reader’s theater style by local citizens, followed by two non-fiction books about the local history published by Arcadia Publishing. She loves to do the research even though old books and documents make her cough and sneeze! Susan first discovered romance novels when she won a copy of Velvet Song by Jude Deveraux at the local bookstore. She reads all varieties of books, but historical romance is forever her first choice.


Steadfast Will I Be and By Promise Made were published by The Wild Rose Press in 2019 and 2020 respectively. By Promise Made won the NEST – National Excellence in Story Telling – for Historical Romance for 2021. Her third book – Keeper of My Dreams – a continuation of the Cullane family adventures - will be officially released on September 6, 2021.





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Low Sodium Cooking From the Heart

                                      Low Sodium Cooking From the Heart

by Pam Vivian




GENRE: Cookbook






Low sodium cooking including family favourites. I have tried to include interesting little bits of the history of recipes or whose favourite it is. The book contains recipes from basic daily meals to a few gourmet ones.






This is the most requested menu item by my grandchildren when coming over. We gather and freeze strawberries when in season so they can have it all year round.


Serves 8


2 cups strawberries


1 cup apple juice


2/3 cup sugar


1 cup water – divided


1/2 tsp cinnamon


1/8 tsp cloves


16 oz strawberry yogurt


In a saucepan, combine apple juice, 3/4 cup water and spices. Bring to a boil. Cool. In a blender, puree strawberries and 1/4 cup water. Stir cooled apple juice mixture, strawberry mixture and yogurt until well blended. Chill and serve.


A Word From the Author

I really never thought about being an author until I had to go on a special diet and saw how little there was out there to help people who have to be on low sodium diets.  For this reason “Low Sodium Cooking from the Heart” was born.

It was a lot of work publishing…researching and communicating with other people.  Some of the people I consulted with were a neurologist, one of the leading liver and blood specialists in our country and the nutritionists and nutrition researchers at the Canadian Liver Foundation.  The plus side of that was meeting so many wonderful people from across the country if only through email.  Reworking recipes to make them low sodium was fun and my neighbours were well fed.  Photo shoots were interesting.  Do you know how difficult it is to photograph food?  When it is hot it steams up the camera lens and when cold congeals.  It was exciting working on the cover and pages of information provided at the beginning of the cookbook.

“Taste of Home” cookbooks are some of my favourite cookbooks other than my own.  They do a wonderful job.  

The best part of being an author is the sense of accomplishment at having published and finished a book.  It was also a wonderful feeling to give all of my family copies so they would have their favourite recipes forever.  The worst is marketing because I am not particularly good at that.

My youngest grandson wanted to know why some of his favourites are not in the book. I told him they were not low sodium and he said I should write another one so he could have all of those. Now I am working on another cookbook at his request. 

Pam Vivian 



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Although I have spent my life working in business management and finance the things I love to do are cook, bake and quilt.


Health conscious cookbook author. Read her new book "Low Sodium Cooking From the Heart" Now available on Amazon & Indigo.





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