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Author Terry Spear drops by
to chat with us about her books, hobbies and things that might go bump
in the night on Monday, May 13. She's got a giveaway of her newest book A Highland Werewolf Wedding for one lucky Star-Crossed Romance reader so make sure you stop by. Check out my review below.
Rowan Malloy stops by to discuss the various kinds of magic and how it can be used in modern day storys.
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster. Heart of Iron, the second book in Bec McMaster's fantastic steampunk, is a terrific blend of romance, mystery and steam punkery. Read more.
A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear has
everything I've come to expect in a Terry Spear book: Captivating
romance combined with a fast paced, action packed story. Add the
Highlanders in Kilts? SWOON.Read more.
Off The Wall
I saw this and just couldn't resist including it here. Hope you enjoy!
By Lynda K. Scott
Science Fantasy Romance
Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He
must fine the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond
he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that
love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the
mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves?
After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks
she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves her
from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not, she'll
find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a lifetime.
Stranded on an alternate Earth,
architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her
way back to her homeworld before she's enslaved...or falls in love with
a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband.
Devyn MacGregor's alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can
fight the Qui'arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with
human females...until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is
her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free
his countrymen or destroy them.
I’m upgrading to a system that will offer better protection for your email address. I don’t want to lose you, so I’m running a special contest—eligible only to confirmed newsletter subscribers!
As an incentive to get subscribed in a timely manner, at the end of the day (Pacific Time) on Sunday, May 12, one confirmed subscriber's email address will be randomly drawn to win a special prize of a Foldable Sapphire Blue Sun Hat with a matching carry-tote bag, an autographed copy of Heartstone, an autographed copy of MagicalMayhem, a pen, and a bookmark!
This two-week workshop will cover the golden ratio of layout
design, web fonts and web-safe colors, using white space, user interface
considerations and website organization, web graphics for the artistically
challenged, and the importance of testing websites with multiple operating
systems and browser applications.This workshop is aimed at writers who have
websites already and want to make them better, or writers who are planning to
set up a website and want to know more about how the content should be arranged,
either because they plan to do it themselves, or they want to be more informed
when hiring a professional designer.
PRE-REQUISITE: Students should be familiar with the basics
of setting up a website (domain name, software, etc.). This class focuses on
design principles and how to make your website more user friendly, appealing
and effective. It is NOT an coding class on how to program your website or how
to use website design software.
Beyond Google: How to Make the Most of Online Research by
Class Dates: May 6-June 2, 2013
Cost: $15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP
There's nothing more frustrating than wasting your precious
writing time on a futile web search. Whether you are looking for a specific
piece of information or need to research an entire time period or subject, this
class will help you conduct the best search for your information needs. You
will learn how to utilize multiple online search resources, including search
engines, web directories, and databases. You will also learn how to refine
search terms, narrow or broaden your search, how to use Boolean logic, and many
other tips and techniques to make your research more efficient and successful.
A list of searchable web directories and websites covering multiple topics
based on the needs of workshop attendees will also be provided.
Romantic Suspense Seeks Paranormal - Presented by Leslie
Class Dates: May 6-June 2, 2013
Cost: $15.00 for FFnP members and $20.00 for non-FFnP
Writing romantic suspense should be easy, right? Take some
romance, add some suspense, and voila! Except...not really. To stand out in
this crowded genre you need to plot every step as carefully as your killer
plots his next murder, and your couple's relationship has to be as romantic as
Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. This course will start with the
basics and go deep, preparing you to write a romantic suspense novel that makes
readers stay up nights reading
Good morning all! Today is Earth Day so I thought I'd share some trivia about the date. Enjoy!
First: The Lyrid meteor shower began April 16, 2013 with a peak period before dawn
April 22 today. The Lyrid meteor shower lasts from about April 16
to 25, so, anytime now, you have an opportunity to see a Lyrid meteor, April’s
shooting stars. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. You need to spot them in the early pre-dawn hours though since the moon's light will tend to 'drown' them out.
Moving on: Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970, when 20 million
people across the United States participated in rallies celebrating nature and
decrying activities that put it at risk.
Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, came up with
the idea for Earth Day in 1969. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War
"teach-ins" that took place at college campuses all over the nation,
Nelson envisioned a large-scale environmental demonstration that would catch
the attention of the federal government.
Earth Day had an immediate impact. By the end of the year,
the United States saw some of its first major political efforts to protect the
environment, including the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The first Earth Day also changed public attitudes. According
to the EPA, "Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in
national priorities followed Earth Day 1970. When polled in May 1971, 25
percent of the U.S. public declared protecting the environment to be an
important goal, a 2,500 percent increase over 1969."
Among people who oppose environmental action, a rumor has
spread that April 22 was chosen because it's the birthday of Vladimir Lenin,
the founder of the Soviet Union. In reality, the date was chosen in 1970 simply
because it fell on a Wednesday, when organizers believed that many people would
be able to get out of work to participate.
The Earth Day Network works with hundreds of thousands of
schools around the globe, helping to integrate environmental themes into the
curriculum to ensure that Earth Day has a year-round, lasting impact.
"The earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Berry.
It's National Library Week! I started going to the library when I was just a little girl (and I must have read every horse, dog or wolf-dog story in existence back then). Even today, I still have a library card and it's one of the few things I don't mind paying property tax on.
Anyway, here's some library trivia I picked up here and there. Enjoy!
The Library of Congress, which was established in the 1800's, is the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation.
The largest library in the world is the Library of Congress. It houses 745 miles of bookshelves!
The world's "greatest lover" Giacomo Casanova spent the latter part of his life as a librarian for Count Waldstein of Bohemia.
During his undergrad years, Edgar Hoover supported himself by working nights at the Library of Congress.
Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System which is still in use in many
public libraries today. Mr. Dewey served as the head librarian for
Columbia University for five years, and later became the director of the
New York State Library.
The book that holds the record for being the most stolen from the public library is the Guinness Book of World Records.
"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." - Walter Cronkite.
I started writing stories way back when I first learned to hold a pencil. Of course, Real Life took command and I had to put the writing on the back of the stove but I never really stopped. Then a few years ago, I started writing in earnest. I managed to get a few of my short stories published and an addiction was born.
Here are a few of my contest wins/finals:
HEARTSTONE: Golden Heart Finalist, TARA First Impressions Finalist
DEVIL'S CHOICE: Golden Gateway, OVRWA Enchanted Quill, Golden Pen, Ignite The Flame, Molly, MRW Stepping Stone, NOLA Stars Suzannah, Duel On The Delta, Great Expectations, Merritt
RIDER: Molly, OTFS, Great Expecations, Winter Rose