A new story by Michael Fay!

A new release by Michael Fay!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

island shorts II

IslandShorts has just finished preparing another ePublication of a long-form short story written by J. Michael Fay!

Human Powered Design is formatting the eBooks and will list them for sale online.

As with Michael’s other publications, once again the original cover art was provided by Karen Sloan of Wallflower Studio Art in Minden, ON.


The incomparable Rachel Small, Faultless Finish Editing, provided the final editing and proofing services.

Here’s the synopsis, Michael’s bio, and an advance-reader blurb:

Dan James graduates from college in 1967, a time of major conflicts in the US, when friends are being drafted to fight in the war in Vietnam. Dan, however, chooses to become involved in a different fight, one for human rights. He eventually heads north to Canada, a place where he can pursue a life working for the betterment of all. But also a place where the conflicts turn out to be…

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Smashwords July Sale and Excerpts from my Books

This amazing author is offering a very special promotion on her books, but it doesn’t last forever!

DM Yates Journalings

Smashwords is having a July sale through July 31st and all of my books are FREE until then. Starting today, I’ll be giving you glimpses from my stories on my blogs to help you choose which story is right for you.

(You don’t have to just download one. You can download all of them, if you want).



Alwaysis a story about a group of Immortal Beings who can travel to various planets as they wish and become mortal, but once born on a planet, they don’t remember their pasts. In this novel, we meet 36-year-old Simon and 16-year-old April. April is positive that she and Simon will one day marry, but Simon isn’t interested in children’s dreams. Or is he? Always is more than a romance. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Excerpt from ALWAYS:

 Unable to sleep due to his surfaced emotions, Simon attempted…

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Agnes Mae Graham

Reading Recommendations

Christopher Graham, aka Chris The Story Reading Ape*, has done a wonderful thing! He’s gathered together poetry written by his late mother, Mae Graham, and published it as an eBook, available worldwide! Here’s “Mae” to tell us about “her” new book!

Mum B&WAgnes Mae Graham (Mae)

What is your latest release and what genre is it?My Vibrating Vertabrae: and other poems

Quick description: We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?

From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

Each poem tells a story.

MMVV eBook PNG SMALLBrief biography:
I was born into a poor-in-money, rich-in-spirit-and-determination, proud, hard-working family on 2nd July, 1926.

Both my parents…

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New Release: Secret Places Revealed



By Paulette Harper

Genre: Inspirational Fiction Romance

Single and content, Real Estate Developer, Aaron Blackman is determined not to be in another relationship. His ex Macy, gave him enough heartache to last a life time. The only thing that has his attention right now is his growing business, that’s until Simone Herron comes along. Fighting to keep his promise to himself, he soon learns that when it comes to love some rules are meant to be broken.

After losing her fiancé to an untimely death, Simone Herron is relocating and trying to put the past behind her. A new chapter in her life is what she is hoping for but what happens when her past and her present collide? Will she let the walls she has built come down?

Simone must learn that in order to love again, she must conquer her past fears and allow God to put all the broken pieces together.

Available August 9th! Pre-order on Amazon https://amzn.com/B01G1CP1OA

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About The Author

Paulette is a multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, who writes Christian fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. She has been writing since 2008. Paulette is also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and as a book writing coach she enjoys assisting aspiring authors navigate through the process of publishing books, marketing and creating an online presence.

Paulette lives in Northern California.

Buy Link

Amazon e-book: https://amzn.com/B01G1CP1OA

Social Links

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/authorpauletteharper

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pauletteharper

Amazon author page: http://amzn.com/e/B004FEJKCQ

Website: www.pauletteharper.com



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Lots of Freebies, Including the Amaranthine Series

Now’s your chance to download some amazing books for FREE!!!

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

summersaleShades of Gray is always free, but for July you can also only get Legacy ofGhosts and Ties of Blood for FREE – and get Ashes of Deceit and Heart of the Raven for only $.99 each – that’s five books for $1.98!

How do you get this awesome deal? Head over to Smashwords and enter some codes at checkout:

Shades of Gray(always free)

Legacy of Ghosts – code:SFREE at checkout

Ties of Blood– enter code:SFREE at checkout

Ashes of Deceit – (always $.99)

Heart of the Raven– code:SSW50 at checkout to get it for $.99


Get Masque of the Vampire – the newest book – at 50% off! Use code: SSW50 at checkout!

How cool is that? And mine aren’t the only free or discounted books this month:

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NEWSFLASH – Story Reading Ape Publishes Book…

Our very own Chris the Story Reading Ape has published a book of his mother’s poetry.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


“But…but…but…THAT”S not YOUR name as the Author!” I hear you declare indignantly…

That’s TRUE – I’M not the AUTHOR, my Mother is, but unfortunately she is not alive to publish it herself, (she died in 2000), so I’ve published it in her name.

Today would have been Mum’s 90th birthday if she’d still been alive, so my sister and I felt that this book would be a nice way to celebrate Mum’s life and memory.

What’s it about?

As stated in the book description:

We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?
From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

Each poem tells a story.

My sister…

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Interview with SMW Claw

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

interviewToday we have SMW Claw (how cool is that name?), author of the FREE children’s book Goggles Gone Strong: Mighty Monday. 

Jo: Thanks so much for coming! Please tell us a little something about Goggles Gone Strong: Mighty Monday.

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SMW: Goggles Gone Strong: Mighty Monday is a clever adventure novel for children ages 9+.

In the book Calypso Blue finds herself on a strange island with a strange family, wearing an absurd pair of goggles, but has to save the dad from a giant saltwater crocodile, the mom from a sacrificial ritual, herself from mauling by the evil guy’s vicious tigers (oh, and a shark!) before she can figure out those danged goggles and nab the treasure to bring it home.

J: Oh wow! That sounds really fun! (Yes, I enjoy kid books, myself!) What inspired you to write this story?

S:I came to writing a novel a little bit differently…

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What do you like about Mysteries? – Reader Survey!

Please take a moment to participate in this survey at Lit World Interviews.

Lit World Interviews

Here we are on LitWorldInterviews with our first of many Genre oriented surveys. The success of our previous survey “Why do people stop reading a book?” and the response in the comments prompted a more detailed evaluation of the topic.

Please reblog and sharethis with as many people as you can so we have a lot of responses to make the data we share as accurate as can be expected. We need plenty of responses or there’s no reason to do the results.

This month’s survey is the genre of Mystery.

Thank you to the following 19 bloggers for making our previous survey such a success by reblogging the survey:

James Glenora

Aurora Jean Alexander

Juliette King

Stevie Turner

Linda G. Hill


Wendy Anne Darling

Adele Marie Park

Woebegone but Hopeful

Lori Carlson

Colleen Chesebro

E.S. Tyree

Ravenhawks’ Magazine

Sally G. Cronin


Tricia Drammeh

Susan Gutterman

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20 Questions with Jane Dougherty

Interview with one of my favorite authors, Jane Dougherty!

Don Massenzio's Blog

Today we sit down with author and blogger Jane Dougherty. Jane started writing at a very early age and continues to create wonderful work today. She is here to tell us about her work, her inspiration and to share a bit about herself. Please enjoy this installment of 20 Questions.

PENTAX Digital Camera Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

My first job after leaving university was with a wine merchant. When I’d been with them a few months, one of the managers took me on one side and asked me where did I see my career in the wine trade going. I told him I didn’t want to sell wine at all; I wanted to write about it. I surprised myself. I realised then that I really meant not that I wanted to write about wine, but that I would even write about wine—what I wanted was…

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Darkness Comes on the hot, sticky breath of summer… Brings horror (and sales!) in its wake.

Grab a scary read!

Adan Ramie

The newest anthology in my No End to the Dark series, Darkness Comes, is now available! (Grab it from Amazon now.)

Don’t know anything about Darkness Comes? Here’s a taste:

Fluffy white clouds floated over a dark sky above, and the soft rustling of her shoes on the pavement was the only sound below. Normally Griselda wouldn’t be out so late, but after Liam landed face-first into her birthday cake and everyone panicked, she didn’t feel like being around people anymore.

She never guessed that her curse could affect people.

It had happened before, but only with flowers and insects. A puppy once fell over into a deep sleep from which it woke a few days after her visit no worse for wear. Her abuela called her hada; Griselda felt more like demonia, and wondered if the old folk tales she thought were told to scare…

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