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Skadegamutc: Monster in the Mirror by Diane L. Kowalyshyn ~ A Friday the 13th Story Series ~ #Fridaythe13th

Happy Friday the 13th! It’s release day for a series of horror short stories revolving around Friday the 13th. I will be sharing each story on my post, one per day. Today, I’m pleased to welcome Diane L. Kowalyshyn with her story,  Skadegamutc: Monster in the Mirror…

Fun Fact:

 

I’m fascinated my Native American mythological creatures. I wrote about the windigo in Crossbones, the skadegamutc in a Friday the 13th Short Story, and the chepitchcalm in When the Earth Moves (WIP). There are two more Native American creatures I’ll be bringing to life in the Earth, Wind and Fire series sequels.

Blurb:

Officer Pauline McCrory arrives at Alma Wildberry’s cabin under the impression the elder died of natural causes before her hungry one-eyed cat consumed parts of her face.

When the medical examiner rules the case a homicide, Pauline must determine who drained six pints of blood and removed a pound of flesh from Alma’s head and neck.

The investigation brings an age-old Passamaquoddy legend, the Skadegamutc to life, and Pauline must find the ghost-witch before it kills again.

Snippet:

Bob. Alma’s one-eyed cat. A bad eye infection forced the local farm vet to remove the diseased orb and sew up the empty orifice. “Hi Bob,” Birdie exclaimed, just to break the sinister silence in the room. “Where’s Alma?”

Bob didn’t pay any attention. He waddled toward the kitchen and disappeared behind the center island separating the two rooms.

A stale smell, like rotting garbage, wafted from the kitchen.  Many locals used a compost heap for table scraps and burned what little garbage they generated. Her footfalls slowed when she noticed broken glass shimmering like sparkle dust on the floor. Slivers crunched underfoot, despite her trying to avoid them.

The antique mirror hanging on the wall between the bedrooms and the kitchen had fallen to the floor. A shattered bulls-eye of beveled glass leaned against the baseboard. Alma loved that mirror. She loved finding and restoring treasures from tag sales and repurposing them.

Bob started to meow. Soon it turned into languishing yowls. The cat had to be hungry.

Birdie’s progress ground to a halt.

Maybe Alma had gone out to gather mushrooms or flowers and herbs to pulverize and dry, but it didn’t make sense she would leave the broken mirror on the floor. It made Birdie worry that Bob might cut himself so she jumped to attention. She’d sweep up the flakes of glass and take the smelly garbage to the compost before Alma returned. She bee-lined for the closet beside the fridge and pulled out the broom and dust bin. When she spun, she saw a pair of moccasin clad feet—feet that had been previously obstructed by the position of the island—jutting out from the end. Bob sat hunched over Alma’s face gnawing on what remained of her nose.

“Oh, my God, no.” The broom and dust bin clattered to the floor and she ran toward her friend.

Birdie’s stomach roiled when she got closer. It sent her reeling over to the sink where she wretched up the remains of her lunch. Several bouts of nausea assailed her. She splashed some water on her cheeks and forehead and when the heaving subsided, she reached into her pocket and dialed.

“911. What’s your emergency?”

“Alma Thornberry is dead. I found her body in her kitchen. I think she’s been gone a while because her cat’s been eating her.”

About the Author:

Diane L. Kowalyshyn writes heart-hammering, high-voltage thrillers—adventures that run on action, intrigue, and romance. Her first book earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She is an avid sailor who’s listened to her fair share of marine storm warnings and relied on the intermittent pulse of a lighthouse beacon to bring her safely back to port. When she’s not on the water, she loves to travel to faraway lands where she navigates rustic landscapes and meanders through ancient and decaying palaces, and castles. Her books are available in paperback and ebook through Chapters/Indigos, Amazon, Google, Nook, iBook, and Kobo.

http://www.dianelkowalyshyn.com

Crossover, March 2021 (Goodreads)
Double Cross, August 2021 (Goodreads)

Crossbones, February 2022 (Goodreads)

Skadegamutc: Monster in the Mirror by Diane L. Kowalyshyn https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09V5RD8VJ

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National Excellence in Storytelling Contest – Deadline Extended… #Blog #AmWriting #Authors #Readers #AHAgrp

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO March 31!!

Critically low on entries in Inspirational, Erotic, and Young Adult Categories.

The Second Annual National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) Contest (formerly NRCA/IDA) – NOW open for entries and judging!!

If you have a novel or short work published in 2020 or 2021 you are eligible to enter.

  • Now open for entries and judging applications.
  • Sponsored by Central Region Oklahoma Writers (CROW)
  • Entry Deadline:   March 31, 2022
  • Winners to be announced on or around  June 29, 2022

~ Seven categories with two winners in each category–one for novels and one for short stories/novellas.

~ Prizes: First place winners will receive…

* A lovely customized engraved award

* One free month of promo with Author Promo Pal Marketing Services

* Your book/win shared to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

* Featured in a ‘winner’ trailer that will be shared on Social Media and on this website

* Winners and finalists will receive certificates.

~ FEES: $25 for novels, $20 for shorts.

​(Entries are PDFs and must have an original publication date of and must have been for sale in 2020 or 2021)

FMI and to enter or judge: https://crowowfigroup.wixsite.com/website/nestcontest

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The Texas Cowboy:  Book One, Return to Folly Series by Linda Nightingale #Blog #AHAgrp

Please help me welcome today’s guest, Linda Nightingale…

Cowboys and Indians

Though there are no Native Americans in The Texas Cowboy, Ash looks at Trish and because of her bone structure thinks she might be at least part. It wouldn’t be without the realm of possibility. Texas was home to hundreds of tribes of American Indians. I’ll only name and discuss a few, living around the location in Texas where our fictional town, Folly, would be located.

Apache

The Apache dominated almost all of West Texas and ranged over a wide area from Arkansas to Arizona. Two groups of Apache, the Lipans and the Mescalaros, were of primary importance in Texas. Apache were among the first Indians to learn to ride horses and lived a nomadic existence following the buffalo.

Biloxi

The Biloxi gave their name to the area around Biloxi, Mississippi, where they first encountered European explorers. They began to migrate westward in the 1760s to avoid white interference. By 1828, a group had settled along the Neches River in present-day Angelina County. The Biloxi became allies of the Cherokees and were caught up in the violence in 1839 that drove the Cherokees out of Texas.

Cherokee

The Cherokees were one of the principal Indian nations of the southeastern United States. Wars, epidemics, and food shortages caused many Cherokees to migrate west to Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas in hopes of preserving their traditional way of life. Those who remained behind in the Southeast were eventually removed forcibly to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the incident known as the “Trail of Tears.”

Cherokees settled in Texas near the Red River. Pressed further south by American settlement, in 1820 about sixty families under Chief Bowl (Duwali) settled in Rusk County near the Caddos. As Americans settled that area, distrust grew between them and the Cherokee. Hoping to gain a legal title to their land, the Cherokee invested a great deal of energy in cultivating a relationship with Mexico. To protect this relationship, they remained neutral between Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution.

Comanche

The Comanche dominated a vast area of North, Central, and West Texas. There were at least thirteen active bands of Comanche, with five playing prominent roles in Texas history. These unparalleled horsemen led a nomadic lifestyle following the buffalo. They controlled trade in produce, buffalo products, horses, and captives throughout their domain. In the 1700s, the Comanches made their presence known in Texas by warring with the Apache and the Spanish. Fearing that they would lose Texas to the Comanche, the Spanish negotiated a peace treaty with them in 1785. When the Spanish were unable to keep their promises in trade goods and gifts, Comanche raiding against the Spanish resumed, with many of the stolen horses being traded to newly arrived Americans.

The Texas Cowboy is a contemporary western romance set in the Lone Star State. The hero is a little different having been born in Texas but raised in England. At his father’s death, he returns to inherit Marathon Ranch. And then the fun begins… When he meets cowgirl Trish Owens sparks of all kinds fly.

Happy Trails!

Linda

Publisher:            Magnolia Blossom Publishing

Release Date:    January 19, 2022

Buy Here:              https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QP4C5NZ

A British raised Texan returns to take over the ranch he inherited. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe a pretty, sassy cowgirl with her own agenda?

BLURB:

When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England. Sixteen years later, when his father dies, he inherits Marathon Ranch. Running a 1,000-acre spread famous for the best Black Angus cattle in the great state of Texas is the biggest challenge he’s ever faced…until he meets a pert, pretty, and sassy ranch hand who seems to have her own agenda for his ranch. Unfortunately, she makes his spurs go jingle-jangle-jingle like no one else ever has!

Trish Owens is a real cowgirl, a loner, and, though she’d never admit it, a little lonely. When the “English Cowboy” appears on the scene, her entire way of life is threatened, not only her job, but her beloved Quarter horses. She’s sure he plans to import his thoroughbreds from England. Worse of all is the chemistry sizzling between them. He makes feelings she thought long dead awaken.

Can these two unwilling allies set aside their differences to put Marathon Ranch in the Winner’s Circle…and to fall in love?

EXCERPT:

Squinting in the sudden sunlight, Ash sized up a woman about his age. In jeans with a burgundy Marathon tee, she was slender but curvy.  Her blonde hair looked as if it had been hurriedly ponytailed. Wayward strands dangling everywhere framed her face. On closer examination, he decided she wasn’t hard on the eyes. In a non-fancy way. But then he was accustomed to Dorothy—High maintenance with a capital High Maintenance.

The girl tilted an odd look at him.  Then she suffered a wardrobe malfunction. The band holding her ponytail broke. Blonde silk gushed over her big, chocolate brown eyes. A graceful hand, stained black by hoof polish, swiped the thick mess back from a pretty face. Her unsmiling mouth was generous and wide. Feed her and clean her up, and she’d be a presentable…opponent. The chill in what should have been melting brown eyes was as unwelcoming as Deanne’s steely green gaze.

He snapped a smart salute, imitating her stance. “I’ll do that, ma’am. I’m Ash Colter. You are?”

“Trish.”  One word. No introduction. More or less bugger off.

He stuck out his hand. “My pleasure, Trish. I assume you work with the horses.”

“Right assumption.” Gazing intently into his eyes, she accepted his handshake. “How could you tell?” she asked, her voice dripping sarcasm.

“The hoof polish was a big clue.”

She glanced down at her stained hand. Her handshake was firm, confident, another person he felt he could trust. The color of her eyes was quite rare with her blonde hair. Very striking, but at the moment, they challenged him to measure up to her standards. Oh but no, he refused to have two bitches to contend with. This one was no problem. Employees could be towed into line. Or dismissed.

“Maybe I’ll see you around the stables.” He popped the trunk, dismissing her as curtly as was polite but smiling inside. What a feisty filly.

“The funeral is day after tomorrow,” Trish said, loud enough to carry. Her native Texan accent was music to his ears, but he could scarcely believe what she’d said. “Mrs. Colter waited to give you time to get here.”

He froze with his hand on the hot trunk. Without turning, in a voice like ice, he spat, “Thank you for telling me, Deanne.”

“You didn’t know?” The amazed question burst from the gutsy Trish.

As a sharp pang of grief broke through his carefully erected walls, he visibly winced.  He’d lost his father, and his stepmother had planned the funeral without consulting him. What else had she planned to cut him out of? Knowing her for what she was, still her cruelty shocked him. What if he’d been delayed? He’d have missed his final farewell to his father. Sick at heart, he swiped a hand across his burning eyes. He couldn’t trust himself to speak around the sudden lump in his throat. Gritting his teeth, he slammed the trunk. Shouldering his duffle, he faced a sea of surprised expressions. He could scarcely see them for the sheen of emotion clouding his vision.

Angry now, he tried but failed to modulate his voice. Dark emotion crept into his gruff tone. “No one saw fit to tell me.”

“Oh?” Trish’s eyebrows darted up, her wide eyes shifting to Deanne. “You’re kidding.” In unconcealed shock, and perhaps reproach, she gaped at her employer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After 14 years in Texas, Linda returned home to her roots in the South Carolina red clay. She has eight published novels, four of which are available in audio from Audible.com. For many years, she bred, trained, and showed the magnificent Andalusian horses. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer. She won The Georgia Romance Writers’ Magnolia Award for Excellence, the Raven Award, and the SARA Merritt. In real life, she was a legal assistant. She loves to dress up, use the good china and crystal, and host formal dinner parties. She has a fondness for sports cars like her current ride, Zippy Z.

LINKS:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LNightingale

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

Web Site:  http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.

Blog:  https://lindanightingale.wordpress.com/ – Lots of interesting guests & prizes

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4839311.Linda_Nightingale

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/lbnightingale1/

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Nightingale/e/B005OSOJ0U

Book Bub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/linda-nightingale

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/linda.nightingale.52/

 

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The National Excellence in Storytelling (NEST) Contest – Open for Entries and Judges! #NESTContest2022

 

The Second Annual National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) Contest (formerly NRCA/IDA) – NOW open for entries and judging!!

If you have a novel or short work published in 2020 or 2021 you are eligible to enter.

  • Now open for entries and judging applications.
  • Sponsored by Central Region Oklahoma Writers (CROW)
  • Entry Deadline:   March 22, 2022
  • Winners to be announced on or around  June 29, 2022

~ Seven categories with two winners in each category–one for novels and one for short stories/novellas.

~ Prizes: First place winners will receive…

* A lovely customized engraved award

* One free month of promo with Author Promo Pal Marketing Services

* Your book/win shared to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

* Featured in a ‘winner’ trailer that will be shared on Social Media and on this website

* Winners and finalists will receive certificates.

~ FEES: $25 for novels, $20 for shorts.

(Entries are PDFs and must have an original publication date of and must have been for sale in 2020 or 2021)

 

FMI and to enter or judge: https://crowowfigroup.wixsite.com/website/nestcontest

 

 

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One month of promo (including a review) for only $25!!

My friend has revamped her promo package and is now taking submissions from January on:

Author Promo Pal Package from T.P. Warren

Free up your time for what you love most…writing!

This can supplement whatever promo you are doing yourself, but you will always know that your book/name is being shared in the social media world.

(Promo runs from the first of a calendar month to the end of the calendar month – spaces are limited, so sign up soon – you can sign up for only one month, or continue to use the service for as many months as you’d like, as long as space is available. You can promote the same book, or a different one each month)

Here’s what you get for $25…

1- An honest review of your book on BookBub and Goodreads. The review will be recommended on BookBub and shared to Twitter and Facebook * (you will need to provide a PDF or ‘gift’ the book to me) (I will attempt to share on Amazon but not all reviews are accepted there)

(Note: This is not ‘paying for a review’ because the service is for the overall promo, but as a bonus, it includes a review.)

2 – 10 tweets per week about your book (you compose the tweets and APP tweets them each week)

3 – A teaser image created for your book that fits within the Twitter parameters and the same image resized for Instagram.

4 – Your book will be shared on Author Promo Pal’s Facebook page each week

5 – Author Promo Pal will post a snippet and buy link to your book here: (You will need to provide a mini excerpt from your book) And I will share the post on Twitter.

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6 – Your book will be listed on a blog post on Alicia Dean’s blog: https://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

7 – Your book will be listed (and will remain) on Alicia Dean’s “Fabulous Books” Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/pin/83738874311769848

8 –  On Goodreads, I will shelve up to 3 of your books (which raises their visibility). I will comment on 1 of your 5 star reviews (which makes it appear in my newsfeed and the newsfeed of my friends). I will also like a few other 5 star reviews.

9 – I will share your book on Instagram twice throughout the month.

To sign up, contact me at AuthorPromoPal2022@Gmail.com to reserve a spot. If I have openings, I will let you know how to pay and send your information

 

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Diana Rubino ~ For the Love of Hawthorne ~ #AHAgrp

Please help me welcome today’s guest, author friend Diana Rubino…

Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne called themselves Adam and Eve as he suffered the shame of his family’s connection to the Salem Witch Trials.

Meet Diana

My passion for history and travel has taken me to every locale of my books and short stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Paris, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, Washington D.C. and New York. My urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. My husband Chris and I own CostPro, an engineering firm based in Boston. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano, devour books of any genre, and spend as much time as possible living the dream on my beloved Cape Cod.

About FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE

Salem, Massachusetts witnessed horrific and shameful events in 1692 that haunted the town for three centuries. Accused as witches, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. Judge John Hathorne and Reverend Nicholas Noyes handed down the sentences. One victim, Sarah Good, cursed Noyes from the hanging tree: “If you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink!” She then set her eyes on Judge Hathorne. “I curse you and your acknowledged heirs for all time on this wicked earth!” Hathorne was not only Sarah Good’s merciless judge; he also fathered her son Peter and refused to acknowledge him.

In 1717, Nicholas Noyes choked on his own blood and died. Every generation after the judge continued to lose Hathorne land and money, prompting the rumor of a family curse. By the time his great great grandson Nathaniel was born, they faced poverty.

Ashamed of his ancestor, Nathaniel added the ‘w’ to his last name. His novels and stories explore his beliefs and fears of sin and evil, and he based many of his characters on overbearing Puritan rulers such as Judge Hathorne.

When Nathaniel first met Sophia Peabody, they experienced instantaneous mutual attraction. Sparks flew. He rose upon my eyes and soul a king among men by divine right, she wrote in her journal.

But to Sophia’s frustration, Nathaniel insisted they keep their romance secret for three years. He had his reasons, none of which made sense to Sophia. But knowing that he believed Sarah Good’s curse inflicted so much tragedy on his family over the centuries, she made it her mission to save him. Sarah was an ancestor of Sophia’s, making her and Nathaniel distant cousins—but she kept that to herself for the time being.

Sophia Peabody’s home next to Charter Street Burying Ground, resting place of Judge Hathorne, Salem, MA

Sophia suffered severe headaches as a result of childhood mercury treatments. She underwent routine mesmerizing sessions, a popular cure for many ailments. Spirits sometimes came to her when mesmerized, and as a spiritualist and medium, she was able to contact and communicate with spirits. She knew if she could reach Sarah and persuade her to forgive Judge Hathorne, Nathaniel would be free of his lifelong burden.

Sarah Good’s son Peter had kept a journal the family passed down to the Peabodys. Sophia sensed his presence every time she turned the brittle pages and read his words. John Hathorne’s legitimate son John also kept a journal, now in the Hawthorne family’s possession. Living on opposite sides of Salem in 1692, Peter and John wrote in vivid detail about how the Salem trials tormented them throughout their lives.

Nathaniel finally agreed to announce their engagement, and married Sophia on July 9, 1842. They moved into their first home, The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Wanting nothing else but to spend the summer enjoying each other, we became Adam and Eve, alone in our Garden of Eden, Sophia wrote in her journal.

The Old Manse, the Hawthornes’ first home as newlyweds

As success eluded Nathaniel, they lived on the verge of poverty. After being dismissed from his day job at the Salem Custom House, he wrote The Scarlet Letter, which finally gained him the recognition he deserved. But the curse he believed Sarah cast on his family still haunted him. In the book he asks for the curse to be lifted.

The House of the Seven  Gables, Salem, MA, built in 1668

Sophia urged Nathaniel to write a novel about the house, knowing it would be cathartic for him. While they lived in Lenox, Nathaniel finished writing The House of the Seven Gables. The Gothic novel explored all his fears and trepidations about the curse. He told Sophia, “Writing it, and especially reading it aloud to you lifted a tremendous burden off my shoulders. I felt it physically leave me. I carried this inside me since my youth and couldn’t bring it out to face it. And I have you, and only you, to thank.”

But he did not believe the curse could be lifted.

Sophia invited renowned spiritualist John Spear to The Gables. She explained that she needed to complete one final step to convince Nathaniel the curse was lifted.

Read More About John Spear

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/06/the-bizarre-mechanical-messiah-of-john-murray-spear/John Spear

John Spear urged Nathaniel to forgive Judge Hathorne. “You don’t have to say it out loud,” John said. “Just forgive him in your heart.”

Nathaniel whispered his forgiveness.

John, Nathaniel and Sophia went to Judge Hathorne’s gravesite to give the journals proper burial.

Grave of Judge Hathorne, Charter Street Burial Ground, Salem, MA

Why I wrote FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE

I live near Salem and have been to all the Hawthorne landmarks there, and in Concord. The House of the Seven Gables has been my favorite house in the world since I’m a kid. I’ve always felt a strong spiritual connection to Salem, and always wanted to write one of my books set there, including the witch trials.

I read several of his books and stories, to get a better background on him. Nathaniel wrote from the heart, about his true beliefs, and his loathing of how the witch victims were treated. He did consider it disgraceful, and it certainly was. He added the ‘w’ to his last name to distance himself from the judge. That tormented him and his family all his life. It must have been cathartic to him to have his writing as his outlet.

Visit Salem

 www.salem.org

I was fortunate to get a private tour of the House of the Seven Gables when I was writing the book; two of the guides, Ryan Conary and David Moffat, showed me around, and it was fabulous.

The Wayside, the only home the Hawthornes ever owned, in Concord, MA

Nathaniel added that room at the top for his writing studio 

An excerpt from FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE (Sophia and Nathaniel’s visit to his cousin Susan Ingersoll at The House of the Seven Gables) 

I went over to a curio cabinet and swept my eyes over the items on the shelves—a china doll wearing a calico dress, a stack of gold cups and saucers, a red and blue glass checkerboard propped up to display its surface…and a wooden hammer on the top shelf. Upon closer inspection, I saw it was a gavel that judges use in trials. Out of curiosity I picked it up and a shock ran through me as if electrified. Dear God, was it that gavel?

I dropped it to the rug. It landed with a thump. I bent to retrieve it. Somehow I knew it wouldn’t shock me this time—that was only an initial warning. “Something about it made me want to touch it, to pick it up and hold it.”

Nathaniel approached me. He stared at the gavel in my hand, horror darkening his eyes. His lips parted but no words emerged. I knew what he was thinking—the curse. He turned to his cousin, pointing at the gavel, his arm trembling.

Susan hurried over to us, took it from me and placed it back on the shelf. “Yes, it’s Judge Hathorne’s. What happened, Sophie? Are you all right?”

I looked down at my open hands, palms up. They burned as if I’d touched a hot poker. “That gavel—it carries something evil. Has anything happened to you with this, Susie?”

Nathaniel backed away and before Susan could answer me, he grasped her arm. “I begged you to get rid of that accursed thing! You know it shouldn’t be here!”

She looked from him to me, heaving a deep sigh. “I’m not inclined to dispose of it, Natty. It’s a family heirloom, notwithstanding its past.”

He gripped the chair, his face drained of color. “It’s downright evil. You know what he used that thing for.”

She held her hands up in surrender. “Very well, I’ll conceal it.” She took it off the shelf and slid it behind the checkerboard.

“That should not be in this house!” He stood his ground, his eyes fixed on the checkerboard as if it would melt in such close proximity to that horrid object.

“It’s fine there, Natty. It’s concealed from sight now.” She looked at me and gestured for me to sit again. I sat and gulped my sherry.

“Nathaniel’s always overcome with distress at the witch trials.” Susan explained what I already knew.

“And so should you be,” he cut in.

“If I must speak for Judge Hathorne, I heard stories of him from my grandfather.” Susan looked from Nathaniel to me. “The whole hysteria that caught up the judge was started by unscrupulous men to further their own riches. But spectral evidence was still admissible. No sane person could believe that blithery.”

 Purchase FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE 

http://getbook.at/LoveOfHawthorne 

Connect with Diana

My Website

www.dianarubino.com

My Blog

http://www.dianarubinoauthor.blogspot.com 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/DianaRubinoAuthor/?ref=hl

Twitter

https://twitter.com/DianaLRubino

 

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Freelance Editing Special – One Week Only!! #AHAgrp #FreelanceEdit #WritingCommunity

Need a content edit or copy edit but thought it was too costly? My normal rates are always reasonable, but for one week only they are even MORE reasonable!! 

Content edit:

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Ends October 9, 2021

Even if your manuscript isn’t ready, you can purchase an edit at the discounted rate and send the MS when it is completed.

Sample edit of $1,000.00 words avaiable upon request.

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The Spotlight is on… Karen Guzman ~ #WRPbks #AHAgrp #Blog

Please help me welcome today’s guest, Karen Guzman, with her latest release, Arborview….

When the recipe for a new life is bittersweet…

Ellen Cahill’s financial future rides on the success of her new pastry shop. A bruising divorce has drained her bank account, along with her spirit. A man enters her life promising love, but Ellen, haunted by the past, questions whether she can pull off this new beginning.

College student Rosa Escamilla has her own culinary dreams—and a difficult mother who’s dead set against them. Rosa won’t be deterred. She scrapes up the money to enroll at a prestigious culinary school, setting out to prove everyone wrong.

When hidden betrayals by the people they love most surface for both Ellen and Rosa, can they overcome the blows they never saw coming on the road to where they want to go?

Excerpt:

The light was dying in Arborview. Ellen had to get going, but she wasn’t ready. Descending the ladder meant reentering her life. The time she spent here, suspended among the branches, did not banish the uncertainty that crept back when her feet hit the ground, but it did give her reprieve.

The stillness, the silence, slowed her mind. Be still and know that I am God. She used to love that old Psalm. This must have been what it meant. Her thoughts unraveled in Arborview, exposed in a cool, piercing light, a calm glow giving her hope.

It had been a week since she’d heard from Alice, and the memory of her guilty laundry-room face lingered. Perhaps Ellen had been too harsh, too judgmental. That was a big thing today, wasn’t it? Judging. Nothing was supposed to be off limits, nothing truly wrong, or shameful. Ellen had broken down and left a voicemail, but Alice had not returned the call.

The warm impression William had left in her bed, the faint whiff of his cologne on the pillows, had stayed with Ellen, too. He was coming to take her to dinner in an hour.

William had struck a chord with his pastry shop idea. It had taken root and grown all week within Ellen, its tendrils reaching into her heart. She could see it: a little storefront place, a jingling bell on the door, cakes and pies in the window, a soft wash of light on the gleaming display cases inside.

Buy link(s):

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arborview-karen-guzman/1140053868

https://www.thewildrosepress.com/book-post/arborview

https://www.amazon.com/Arborview-Karen-Guzman-ebook/dp/B09DNQH267/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&qid=1632415749&refinements=p_27%3AKaren+Guzman&s=books&sr=1-4

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Bio:

Karen Guzman is a fiction writer and essayist. Her new novel, Arborview, will be published on September 29 by The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Homing Instincts, was published by Fiction Attic Press in 2014. Karen’s short fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines, and her story collection, Pilgrims, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.

Karen is a regular contributor to the Collegeville Institute’s Bearings Online magazine. She is the recipient of a 2021 writing fellowship at the Collegeville Institute.

You can find Karen’s books on Amazon, and learn more about her work at www.karenguzman.com

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National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) 2021 Contest Winners ~ #NESTWinner2021 #CROWGroupOK #MustRead #Books #WRPbks #AHAgrp

Central Region Oklahoma Writers is pleased to present the winners of…

Contemporary Novel

First Place

What A Guy Wants by Judi Fennell

Publisher: Mergenie Books

Second Place

The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Third Place

Gravity by Mona Sedrak

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Fourth Place (Tie)

The Banty House by Carolyn Brown

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Fourth Place (Tie)

Good Vibes at the Vine by JB Schroeder

Publisher: JB Schroeder LLC and Two Feet Press

Fifth Place

A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler

Publisher: Harlequin

Contemporary Short

First Place

A Song For Another Day by Maria Imbalzano

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Second Place

Power Play by Anna DePalo

Publisher: Harlequin

Third Place

Crazy Old Money by Kilby Blades

Publisher: Luxe Press

Fourth Place

Snowflake Cottage by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Publisher: Inked Figments

Fifth Place (Tie)

Practically Persuaded in Pittsburgh by JB Schroeder

Publisher: JB Schroeder LLC and Two Feet Press

Fifth Place (Tie)

A Perfect Grey Christmas by Anna Sugden

Publisher: Self-Published

Fifth Place (Tie)

Cinnamon’s Courageous Heart by Ryan Summers

Publisher: Self-Published

Erotic Novel

First Place

Tempt: A Wicked Sanctuary Novel by Marie Tuhart

Publisher: Hot Blooded Press

Second Place

You Can’t Buy Love by Melanie A. Smith

Publisher: Wicked Dreams Publishing

Third Place

Never Date a Doctor by Melanie A. Smith

Publisher: Wicked Dreams Publishing

Erotic Short

First Place

Honeymoon Hideaway by Mia London

Publisher: Mia London Books

Second Place

Blue Steel Hearts by Eve Lyn

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Third Place

Full Metal by Eve Lyn

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Historical Novel

First Place

By Promise Made by Susan Leigh Furlong

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Second Place

The Runaway Wife by CiCi Cordelia

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing

Third Place

Willie, My Love by Judy Ann Davis

Publisher:  Self-Published

Fourth Place

FELICE by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Publisher: Kensington Zebra

Fifth Place

A Scandalous Portrait by Callie Hutton

Publisher: Self-Published

Historical Short

First Place

The Blueberry Swirl Waltz by Maria Imbalzano

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Second Place

Grayson by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Publisher: Inked Figments

Third Place

The Christmas Bride by Kara O’Neal

Publisher: Self-Published

Inspirational

First Place

Patriot’s Courage by Penelope Marzec

Publisher: Prism Book Group

Second Place

My Heart Weeps by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Publisher: Temperance Publishing

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Third Place

Our Town Atheist by Victoria Buck

Publisher: Harbourlight/Pelican Book Group

Fourth Place

Eight Nights to Win Her Heart by Roni Denholtz

Publisher: Self-Published

Fifth Place

Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton

Publisher:  Pelican Book Group

Paranormal Novel

First Place

A Glimmer of Ghosts by Hunter J. Skye

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Second Place

Unseen by Cassie Laelyn

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Third Place

Waking the Dead by Kerry Blaisdell

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Fourth Place

Touch of Evil by Cecy Robson

Publisher: Cecy Robson, LLC

Fifth Place (Tie)

Rumpel’s Redemption by Tamara Grantham

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Fifth Place (Tie)

Lightning Strikes Again by Roni Denholtz

Publisher: Self-Published

Suspense Novel

First Place (Tie)

Colder Than Sin by Toni Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

First Place (Tie)

Only Obsession by Marissa Garner

Publisher: Self-Published

Second Place

Retrograde by Desiree Holt

Publisher: Totally Bound

Third Place

Time to Run by Susan C. Muller

Publisher: Self-Published

Fourth Place

Cold & Deadly by Toni Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Fifth Place

A Pride of Brothers: Rick by Peggy Jaeger

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Suspense Short

First Place (Tie)

Stranger in the Storm by Patricia McAlexander

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

First Place (Tie)​

Blood and Breakfast by Alicia Dean

Publisher: Self-Published

Second Place

A Shot of Murder by Brenda Gayle

Publisher: Bowstring Books

Third Place

Running Wild in Reno by Shirley Hailstock

Publisher: Self-Published

Young Adult Novel

First Place

Finding Frances by Kelly Vincent

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Second Place

Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Third Place

The Haunted Purse by Kimberly Baer

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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