Embracing the Anachronisms ~ Guest post by Rachel Rossano “An anachronism is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.” – Wikipedia I love history. Since I was a child, I would pore over tomes of paintings, accounts of long ago events, and maps. Listening to my father’s retellings of his research for his doctrinal thesis or discussing the reasons someone’s representation of the past was wrong, I would collect facts and ideas and store them for later. In my teenage years, I was completely fascinated with Henry the VIII of England and the whole dynasty he was trying to preserve by divorcing, beheading, and out living his wives. In my young adult years, it was World War II that drew my interest. My nose was always in a book. All that said, I bet you are surprised … click here to read the full article.
We’re all commitment-phobes about something at least once or twice in our lives. Sometimes, this includes our love of reading. Life gets so hectic and busy, the thought of committing to a five hundred page novel causes us to choke up and miss that precious getaway only a good book can provide. To remedy this little problem, I thought I’d provide you with a list of low-cost and free (yes, FREE) short stories to get you through the holiday season. With a plethora of genres to choose from, you’ll find a little romance, mystery, fantasy, and even something for the kiddos. Read during your lunch break, while you’re waiting in line, or while the holiday pastries are in the oven baking. So, what’re you waiting for? Start downloading! Oh! *brings voice to a whisper* In case you didn’t know, an author giggles and dances every time you leave a review, … click here to read the full article.
Special Guest Post by J. Grace Pennington Once upon a time, there was a girl who was often beset by strong, extreme emotions. Happiness was bliss. Sadness was despair. And despair was more prevalent than bliss. Her emotions carried her wildly along from one feeling to the next, until she found it nearly impossible to rise above circumstances and feelings to a state of peace. An emotional girl. One of many ways she sought to process these emotions was writing. Writing stories about things she cared about. Writing poetry that captured what was in her heart. She wrote about things that excited her, things that affected her, things that weighed on her. She wrote when she felt like it, and she wrote when she didn’t. She wrote in her journal, and she wrote in notebooks, and she wrote on the computer. A writer. Another way she found to cope with … click here to read the full article.
Franky A. Brown started writing her Jane Austen retellings in May 2015. She started with Pride and Butterflies, then None But You. Now she’s published Emma’s Match a retelling of Emma by Jane Austen. In Franky’s retelling, Emma is a designer who’s business is struggling, but she’s never failed at anything and she doesn’t plan to fail here either. Can she walk the line between friendship and love or will she lose the only man she has ever loved? About the Book Emma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart. Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! So I have something for those of you who read my debut novel, Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. I’ve been working on the sequel since last year and it’s about 2/3 of the way done. I know, I know. I’m slow. In my defense, I’ve written nearly three novelettes in between then and now including, That’s How She Rolls which is available in the anthology titled, Where the Light May Lead. If you haven’t downloaded it yet . . . what are you waiting for? It’s free for now, but won’t stay that way forever. Currently, I’m working on a short story that should be finished this week. Well, the first draft anyway, then I promise I’ll get this sequel book wrapped up. I don’t have a title for book two yet. In fact, I don’t even have the cover. A photo-shoot is on the horizon. In … click here to read the full article.
Jane Lebak is one of six authors who published a story in the new release, Where the Light May Lead, an anthology which contains six bite-sized stories of women living out their faith in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. With a sense of humor that will have you giggling within seconds of reading her work, most of Jane’s books include angels. Lots of angels. So don’t mess with her because I’m pretty sure they’ll have her back. Get to know Jane by checking out her collection on Amazon and her flash fiction story below. Divine Maternity Hold Harmless Agreement By Jane Lebak In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “This agreement is enacted on March … click here to read the full article.
Julie C. Gilbert is one of six authors who published a story in the new release, Where the Light May Lead, an anthology which contains six bite-sized stories of women living out their faith in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. Besides being a seasoned author, Julie is also a poet and a teacher. She has an impressive collection of published books on Amazon so be sure to take a look. Get to know Julie a little better by first reading her poem and then her author’s note and bio below. Dancing by the Sea Daddy, do you remember How it used to be when There were three in this family? Sure we didn’t have much, But we had it all! We’d save for months and rise at dawn Just to go dancing by the sea. Mommy would hold me You would hold her and With nothing but the sea birds watching We’d … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back for the next installment of A Kansas Author blog series. I must say, my line-up of special guest interviews is quite impressive! Please help me to welcome long time writer and new author, Charles Kayser! Welcome, Charles! C: Thank you! Let’s jump right in. Obviously, since you’re part of this blog series you have ties in Kansas. Did you grow up in the Sunflower State? C: Yes! I grew up in Americus, Kansas, and except for my two initial teaching years in Denver, I’ve been all Kansas. Wow. You’re a teacher. What subject do you teach? C: I primarily taught English and coached football. I taught for 20 years. What grades did you teach? C: My first four years was junior high, the rest was high school and also includes four years as an adjunct instructor with Allen County Community College. That’s wonderful! At what point did you know you wanted … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Earl Chinnici Cathy and I had known each other approximately seven years, yet never met in person. Now this was the week of her birthday and since I had little money, I decided to give my dear friend a glimpse into “my world” through the lens of a built-in camera on a miniature laptop computer. I was clueless at the time, but my world was about to drastically change. I phoned Cathy mid-morning and wished her a happy birthday. She seemed genuinely delighted as I told her of my intended gift and shared the information that she’d need to connect. When she started receiving the first images from the camera, her voice echoed her excitement even more. I gave her a tour of my home and yard. We were having so much fun. In fact, we enjoyed nearly an hour together before our schedules demanded that … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Alex McGilvery Over the years I’ve dealt with being fired, poor, homeless, not to mention some time as a single parent after my wife’s accident left her unable to parent for the better part of a year. There have been some real highlights too, the resurrection of our marriage, the continuing joy of being a parent and now a grandparent. Through all that and more I have been an author and reviewer. None of it stopped me from writing though some caused more turmoil for my characters. The first thing to slow the flow of words is the literal pain in the neck, which I carry around as a daily challenge. Think of a mild migraine headache which started some five years ago and hasn’t let up since. If I listed all the things I’ve tried in that time I would double the word count for … click here to read the full article.