Day of Giving

Much love to all my friends in Houston, and the states of TX & LA! xoxo

PROCEEDS FROM THE FORTUNE SERIES WILL GO TO THE RED CROSS #DayOfGiving to raise money for Harvey relief efforts

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Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Coffin Path

The Three Rs Book Blog

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I am excited to join in with two book blog memes today. The first is Book Beginnings on Fridays, hosted by Rose City Reader, who asks bloggers to: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.’

The novel I am reading is The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements, an ebook from NetGalley that is not due to be published until February 2018. I suppose this means that the text I am quoting may be subject to revision in the run-up to publication. This is how my proof copy begins:

I was born with blood on my hands. I killed my mother on the 22nd of August, in the year 1642, the day the first King Charles turned traitor and chose a…

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AuthorTalk 2 – a Chat with Beverley Lee

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Hello folks.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you will know that from time to time, I like to invite a fellow writer into my luxurious subterranean blog chambers, sit them down in a leather wing-back chair before the roaring fire, close the heavy drapes against the night outside, and pick their brains, author-to-author. Previously I’ve chatted at length to the wonderfully Becky Wright about her work across different genres, from time-slip to witchcraft. (if you haven’t read it yet, go check out the blog post.

This time around, I’ve been visited by one of my nicest real-world freinds, the gothically-inclined writer of fang-filled chillers, Beverley Lee.

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 Bev is a genuinely lovely, warm and freindly person, so heaven knows where all the darkness in her writing comes from (but wherever it is, we’re all grateful for it) I’ve toured odd village…

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Anita Pallenberg: The Ultimate Badass Rock Chick

History Rocks!

Those of us who like fashion and rock with a dash of flair and attitude are saddened to learn of the death of Anita Pallenberg. Even though she will forever be glamourized as the former partner of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and her assocation with the other members of the band, the ultimate rock goddess was her own creation. Her personal fashion style, beauty and no fucks given swagger remain fresh and timeless.

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For the Rolling Stones, Pallenberg was a muse.  She is credited with backup vocals on Sympathy for the Devil, and it’s rumored that the choral background for You Can’t Always Get What You Want was her idea. Keith Richards compared her to a Valkyrie in his 2010 autobiography Life.  There was something enigmatic and mystical about Anita Pallenberg. Combined with her style and looks, her spirited life gives us the embodiment of the…

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Is There a Cure for Dreams?

Is There A Cure For Dreams?

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I remember years ago, sitting with a group of lovely new mothers in a “Mommy and Me” class, as we talked about the changes that motherhood had brought into our lives. Most of us were first-timers at this parenthood thing and we got to talking about intimacy. Namely, how to maintain it with our husbands when there was a chubby, adorable, needy, often screaming new family member who was drinking our blood and sucking up all of our attention.

We were each telling funny stories about aborted attempts at romance, when I said something to the effect of, “Here we are, having made this beautiful creature with the love of our lives, and we’ve no time or energy to make any more love.”

I was trying to be funny and encouraging, but one of the women looked up from her new babe and said, “Not everyone is fortunate enough to have…

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Coloring Under The Covers: Volume 1

Welcome to the world of Coloring Under The Covers: Volume 1… Do you enjoy reading and getting to know the authors who create your fictional worlds? Use this coloring book to fulfill your artistic side and relax while adding to your “To Be Read” list. Meet the authors you know and discover new ones. Take this coloring book to events—have the author sign their page, color the cover, then pick up the e-book or the paperback and see what all the fuss is about. With easy-to-follow QR links to the books with our featured covers, as well as the authors’ websites, this is the ultimate reference for the “must read” books of the year. Be on the lookout for future volumes as you color for a cause. Each volume will help support a different charity each quarter. Coloring Under The Covers … accept no substitutes.

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At Beyond DEF and E-BookBuilders, we love books. We edit, design, ghostwrite, market, layout, and all things in-between. And don’t get us started on the books we read aside from the ones we see for work.

Tiffany Fox is the Redhead behind Beyond DEF; she’s the editor’s editor.

Deena Rae is the Amazon behind E-BookBuilders.

Between them, they have worked on some of the most amazing books on the shelves since 2010. They want to share their love of book covers with you in this coloring book.

Each two-page spread contains a cover for you to “design” as your own, as well as the book description and author information. We have included easy-to-navigate QR Codes to aid in purchasing the book or stalking the author.

Grab your fancy pencils and a glass of wine and prepare yourself to spend a relaxing time putting your artistic spin on some of the most beloved book covers on the market.

ABOUT THE BENEFICIARY

Our Mission

Our mission at the LifeAfter Project is to help others, plain and simple. We aim to support research and provide educational content designed to inspire and spread awareness for suicide prevention, substance abuse and domestic abuse throughout our nation and to all nations around the world.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Hours are 24/7. Toll free – 800 -273-TALK (8255).

http://www.lifeafterproject.org/

Stats

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. 4th leading cause for adults 15 – 64
  • Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide (Approximately 117 per day)
  • For each suicide, 25 others attempt it (Total of 1,069,325)
  • Suicide costs the US 44 Billion annually
  • Females attempt suicide 3 times more often than males
  • 90% of all who die of suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death
  • 25 million Americans suffer from depression
  • Over half of the suicides in America stems from depression
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS
  • Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 – 90% of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. However, first, depression has to be recognized.

MEET THE CREATORS

Tiffany Fox is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in publishing. Since 2012, she has dedicated her life to her passion for literature. Tiffany has focused her skills on creative marketing strategies to further help authors achieve their literary goals. In the last couple of years, she has pushed her horizons in publishing and event coordinating with several successful author events called Indie Mashup. Along with her passion for marketing, her obvious obsession for books has allowed Tiffany to become a pivotal reference expert in editorial publishing. Authors are guided in an extensive, hands-on approach as she edits their manuscript, molding it into a beautifully polished novel.

Deena Rae is the Digital Director of The Book Connection and owner of E-BookBuilders. With 20 years in the background of professional independent publishing, she took the plunge and decided to do it full-time in an effort to help move The Book Connection into the e-publishing arena. As a formatter who uses HTML, she has made E-Book Builders the company to depend on for difficult-to-format manuscripts and non-fiction. Even with a multitude of best-selling authors on her client list, she is more than prepared to take a new author and show them the process and answer any questions an aspiring author might have.

***ALL covers used with permission of the authors, publishers, AND cover designers.***

Authors included in this Volume: Hunter S. Jones, Allan B. Anderson, VC Birlidis, Louann Carroll, M. Clarke, Anne Conley, A.M. Cosgrove, Kelly Cozzone, Kristi Cramer, Al Daltry, Nina D’Angelo, Tricia Daniels,, Mia Darien, Danielle DeVor, DM Earl, KJ Farnham, DL Gallie, Amber Garza, A. M. Gillham, K. S. Haigwood, S. E. Hall, Leddy Harper, Agnes Jayne, Diantha Jones, Megan Keith, D. Kelly, Leia Madison, Wren Michaels, Jax Newman, LeTeisha Newton, Katelynn Pinson, Sean Poindexter, Dawna Raver, Diane Rinella, Lillie J. Roberts, Stacey Rourke, Lori Saltis, Ahren Sanders, SL Shiefer and Jen Cousineau, Nikki Sparxx, C. Streetlights, Ashley Suzanne, Jennifer Theriot, Tara Vasser, Jas T Ward, Alexandrea Weis, Gina Whitney, Maer Wilson.

In Tune With Elizabeth

I love Elizabeth and Robert Dudley.

History Rocks!

Elizabeth I’s love of music and dance is well documented. She was the last Tudor monarch, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and inherited a love of both art forms from her parents. Her early life went from Princess to being declared illegitimate after her mother’s execution. At one point, her sister Mary had her placed in The Tower on charges of treason. Her childhood friend Robert Dudley was imprisoned during the same period, and later released. The two had much in common.

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Princess Elizabeth was well educated and she and Dudley, who served as a companion to her brother, Prince Edward became friends at an early age. Fate found them entangled as Dudley’s father, the Duke of Northumberland, was involved in the unsuccessful attempt to place Lady Jane Grey on the English throne. This led to the Duke’s conviction of high treason and beheading at The Tower of London in 1553. Due…

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Seduction: A Short History

History Rocks!

Seduction is the process of enticing someone to engage in a relationship; often to entice them to engage in sexual behavior. Let’s face it, we all know someone who can persuade anyone into doing anything, so strong is their power of charm. Historically strategies of seduction have included various techniques of non-verbal communication such as the usage of a parasol, fan, and kerchief for communication. The term for seduction is based in 1526 Late Latin and Middle French, seducereact of leading aside, and means literally to lead astray.

ha1The term has positive and negative connotations.It can imply temptations, or simply mean flirtation or charm. Legendary seducers from history include Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova and the fictional character Don Juan. Seduction seen negatively involves sexual enticement and leads someone astray, generally due to a choice they would not have made if not due to a state of intense desire. Seen positively, seduction is a synonym for the…

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The Fine Line Between Bastard and Princess

History Rocks!

By Guest Blogger Samantha Wilcoxson

The Tudor era was a difficult time to live. While we are attracted to stories of the glittering court and soap opera type drama, no one was immune to the shifts of power and turning of fortune’s wheel that could, and often did, bring one from the pinnacle of power to the depths of despair. Being born close to the throne was almost as much of a curse as it was a blessing.

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Elizabeth of York was not born a Tudor but she became the mother of the new dynasty through a series of events that few could have foretold. Edward IV had come through the Wars of the Roses victorious, usurping the position of Henry VI to shift the Plantagenet crown to the York branch of the family. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth, may never thought to be England’s queen, but she was certain to…

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