HUMMINGBIRD Gets Another 5 Star Review

Emily really enjoyed Hummingbird.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great descriptions!

Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2022

“Hummingbird has a great progression from beginning to end, with wonderful description and overall themes to guide us through the story. I loved the way this story was written and how impactful it was despite its short length.”

Did you get your copy yet?

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

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

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

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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Book Review – Wasteland Marshals: Volume One

Wasteland Marshals: Volume One, by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, is a collection of four related novellas: The Wasteland Marshals, Witch of the Woods, Ghost of the Past, and Shutdown Crew. The stories center around Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox, a pair of best buds who have known each other since they were kids. They’re also the last pair of US marshals still trying to do their job after the Events which left the world in ruin.

Ghosts, demons, ancient spirits, renegade AIs, and werewolves are only some of the troublemakers that Shane and Lucas have to deal with. All the things that go bump in the night have come out of the shadows now that there are fewer humans on earth, and it’s no small feat to handle them. The two battle all sorts of bad folks and learn to embrace their unusual abilities which have become stronger since the world fell apart. (Lucas sees ghosts and Shane hears earth spirits.)

Gail and Larry Martin have cleverly woven bits of nerdy pop culture and humor into this exciting post-apocalyptic world with two awesome kick-ass heroes. It has a nice mixture of magic and technology. I look forward to volume two.

If you haven’t had a chance, check out these stories:

HUMMINGBIRD

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.

STAR TOUCHED

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

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

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 EARTH DAY

In honor of Earth Day, here are some pictures of our beautiful earth.

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March Self-Promotion Party!

Charles French is running a Self-promotion Party and you are all invited.

This is your opportunity to share what you have been writing and what you have written.

Celebrate Spring and promote your writing! Shout it out to the world! Let everyone know about your work!

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Here is one of mine:
Hummingbird: A Star Touched Story
Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B094C5F5KX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

Keep on writing!

https://indiesunlimited.com/2022/03/24/ebook-deals-march-24-30/comment-page-1/#comment-3488092908471537371

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Hello to everyone! We are now in Spring, and I thought it would be a good time to share what you have been writing and what you have written. I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

Keep on writing!

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Celebrate and promote your writing! Shout it out…

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To Writers: Please read!

Reading is the backbone of writing.

This week I’m reading Wasteland Marshals Volume 1 by Gail Z Martin and Larry N. Martin.
https://smile.amazon.com/Wasteland-Marshals-One-Gail-Martin-ebook/dp/B09PXCYP9C/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OBI8B60788AZ&keywords=wasteland+marshals+volume+one&qid=1646587995&sprefix=wasteland+marshals%2Caps%2C41&sr=8-1

What about You?

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

                                                                                  Stephen King

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“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

                                                                              William Faulkner

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“We live for books.”

                                                                               Umberto Eco

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“Reading is essential to writing, just as breathing is necessary for life.”

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Young People Reading

Do you read to your kids? Check out this article by the very talented Andrew McDowell.
https://andrewmcdowellauthor.com/2022/03/04/young-people-reading/

Andrew McDowell

Once when I was at the gym, a gym buddy told me how he felt young children these days aren’t as engrossed with reading as they used to be, that nowadays they are in essence glued to technological escapes rather than literary ones. In many respects I think he isn’t wrong. Technology is constantly changing, and certainly isn’t what it once was. In many ways it has improved our lives, but in others it seems to have taken over our lives as well.

Reading is a great way to escape all that, just as walking or exercising is, because it’s good to unplug and recharge, if you take my meaning. For young children, studies have said it’s important for them to not get glued to technology, because what they really need is that connection and interaction with their parents.

Certainly one of the best ways, if not the best…

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Concerning Craft: On Keeping a Broom

Nice Article. I know I’ve done a lot of sweeping the past two years.

Little Patuxent Review

This month our guest essay is by former LPR contributor Erica Plouffe Lazure whose debut collection of stories, Proof of Me, goes on sale next month. Preorder her book here.

*Woman Sweeping, Edouard Vuillard, 1899.

the writer Erica Plouffe Lazure

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Oneof my Bennington writing teachers likes to say that even the best writers can’t expect to craft brilliant fiction every day, but in those stretches when the words won’t come, we should aspire to continue “the work.”

“Sometimes that just means sweeping the porch,” she’d say. Whenever she said this, I often pictured some version of myself pushing a clutter of letters into a dustpan. But what she meant, of course, was that, on the days when we can’t generate new material, we can always dust off a work-in-progress and start tinkering. We can research literary journals, catch up on our reading…

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February Self-Promotion Party!

Charles French started this shindig.
I’m continuing it.
IT’S PARTY TIME!

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Hello to everyone! We are making our way towards the end of winter, and I thought it would be a good time to share what you have been writing and what you have written. I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

Keep on writing!

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Celebrate…

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Be Who You Are

Looking for a cool t-shirt, or other fun items? I have several designs for sale. Here is one of them.

BE WHO YOU ARE

You’re the only one who can

BE WHO YOU ARE 5
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sorry.

This short brought tears to my eyes.

I didn't have my glasses on....

this film, an oscar winner, was shot in 30 minutes

though it may not be voiced in your language

 all people will understand it

 at under 4 minutes, it is very short

but will stay with you for a very long time.

Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people’s pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It’s a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It’s the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It’s theirs to take or leave.

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge. Sorry is a…

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