200+ Ways to Say “Surprised”

Helpful hints.

Musings

😮 Are your characters “surprised” too often? 😲

👉 Try these alternatives.

https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/surprised/

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Review: Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology

Take a look at this wonderful review of Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology On Big Al’s Books & Pals

http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2020/11/review-indies-unlimited-2018-editors.html

Available on Amazon

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Con-Tinual Short Takes Holiday Reads: Episode 2

ConTinual: The Con That Never Ends

Con-Tinual’s Short Takes Holiday Reads, Episode 2 is now live at https://www.facebook.com/james.nettles/videos/10223852658287951/ and will be posted on the ConTinual You Tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCfpcIrCCkb2bmb_OswEWKw) in a few days.

Holiday Themed Author Readings, featuring Jeanne Adams, Michele Tracy Berger, Samantha Bryant, A.L. Kaplan, Darin Kennedy, Bobby Nash, and hosted by Jean Marie Ward!

#HolidayStories #AuthorReadings #Novels #ShortStories #ChristmasCarol #Romance #Fantasy #UrbanFantasy #SciFi

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

2020 hasn’t been the year we all had hoped for, but there is still much to be thankful for.

Next November will be even better.

Nothing says holidays like a good book. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of STAR TOUCHED and WOLF DAWN.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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How to Kill Adverbs and Adjectives

Food for thought

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Lanz

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “less is more,” then this is the topic to dive into.

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BE WHO YOU ARE

I’ve always said you should be who you are. Now you can tell the world.

Give yourself a gift.

BE Who You Are Flames Shown on an Essential T-shirt

Visit ALKaplanAuthor.Redbubble.com to see more designs and products.

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

#Bewhoyouare

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VETERANS DAY THANK YOU

Thank You

To Everyone Who Has Served In

The Armed Forces Of The United States Of America

ARMY
NAVY
AIRFORCE
MARINES
COAST GUARD

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Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology

Announcing the Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology

The Indies Unlimited 2018 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the IndiesUnlimited.com weekly flash fiction challenge. These stories were hand-picked by judges and editors. This collection contains 57 stories by 32 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks. From a soul-eating jack-o’lantern to a man’s unexplainable shadow, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.

Authors with stories in the anthology include: Dana Adams, Allen Alright, Mary Kay Bonfante, Robert K. Blechman, E. Carr, E.J. Cooke, Rachelle Cory, Alyssa Devine, Bill Engleson, N.T. Franklin, Rutger Galtiarii, Diana Garcia, Judith Garcia, Dusty May Jane, A.L. Kaplan, Pharrel Katz, Dale E. Lehman, T. McGrath, Tamara McLanahan, Kevin P. Michaels, Antonia Overstreet, Mr. Pish, Diane Selby, Lou Silvestri, Jeremy James Smith, Lexi Storm, Stephannie Tallent, Ken Talley, Dana Vacca, Morgan Winters, JB Wocoski, and Ann Zimmerman.

We will be offering the eBook for FREE November 10 through 14, 2020  Order your copy now.

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Be a Mensch

Yesterday I shed tears of relief.
When I saw this post today, I had to share it.
We should all strive to be a mensch.

rachelmankowitz

This past week in the United States has been stressful, for everyone, and because my synagogue school students are part of that everyone, I wanted to focus on teaching a lesson that would reassure them, somewhat, that there are areas of their lives where they really do have some control. And, because I love teaching Yiddish words, the lesson for this week was: what does it mean to be a mensch?

Mensch is a Yiddish word, from German, meaning “human being,” or a person of integrity and honor. The opposite of a mensch is an unmensch, a person treating others cruelly and without compassion, as opposed to the word ubermensch (Nietzsche alert) which is usually translated as “the superman,” someone who is superior to other humans. The word Mensch has gathered a lot of associations in American culture (bearded, male, Jewish) but it really means a person who is…

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Little Squirt – Illustrated in Miniatures on Candid Canine

Laila’s 2020 Halloween Photo

It might be a little be after Halloween, but take a look a this post on Candid Canine.

I love the way Christina Verstraete illustrated my story, Little Squirt, with miniatures. Very clever. Make sure you visit and check out her other creations.

Halloween in #Miniature: Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat!

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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