Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Winner

My latest entry to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge won this week.

Check it out.

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Writers and their Weapons

Do use use weapons in your writing? Check out this post from M.C. Tuggle.

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

Writers Weapons

I’ve signed a contract with Mystery Weekly Magazine, which will publish my novelette “Absence of Evidence” this winter. This is my second story with them, and I do believe I’ll be writing more crime fiction. This is fun.

Writing murder mysteries has reminded me of the importance of knowing the tools of the trade. Agatha Christie learned about poisons as a nurse in World War I, and drew on that knowledge to devise her delightfully macabre plots. Mickey Spillane, who’d served in World War II, used his knowledge of guns to add chills and gritty realism to his hardboiled yarns.

Growing up in the country, I spent a lot of time hunting, fishing, and backpacking. Like Clifton Clowers, I got to be mighty handy with a gun and a knife. Isshin-ryu karate introduced me to kobudo, the melee weapons techniques of Okinawan martial arts. Many of my

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Book Review: STORM FORGED

STORM FORGED, by Patrick Dugan, is full of exciting twists and compelling characters that kept me reading non-stop.

Tommy can’t seem to get a break: Collared and branded a traitor at age five just because he was born with a psychic gift. Bullied and beaten at school daily. Verbally abused by teachers and generally scorned by the Norms. — And that’s on a good day. He lives with the constant fear that he’ll be gassed while locked in the room he and other gifted are forced into during detention and some school event, or whisked away to the Block, never to be seen again. Add the typical teenage issues and you get the picture of his life. As Tommy’s life spirals out of his control, he learns secrets about his family and the truth about the country’s past.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the moral and political aspect of this story. The totalitarian government lies to the public, twists the truth and even murders its own citizens to perpetuate its lies. It’s a frightening world that looms on our own horizon as I write this review.

Removing or denying the rights of people just because of how they are born is wrong, immoral, and a violation of our constitution.

Now, on to read UNBREAKABLE STORM, the next book in this exciting series.

If you haven’t had a chance, check out 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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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Nicole Kurtz

Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s a member of Horror Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. She’s written for White Wolf’s Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Anthology, Bram Stoker Finalist in Horror Anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters, and Serial Box’s The Vela: Salvation series. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as 11 novels and three active speculative mystery series.

Wolf: Nice of you to swing by. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Nicole: The strangest food I’ve ever eaten was a chocolate covered grasshopper. It was hard but sweet. Crunchy but not nutty, and because of that I didn’t like it.

Wolf: I’ve never tried one of those, but it’s on my list. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Nicole: The nicest thing I’ve ever done for my character, is in my Minister Knights series, Devourer, allowing Zykeiah to fall in love again. She’d been broken in the love arena, and I wrote a love interest for her that helped her become whole again.

Wolf: That was very sweet of you. Nothing beats love. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Nicole: I used to be a cat only person, but since getting married, I now have two dogs. They’re delightful and fun and frustrating and loving. I very much have been converted to a dog person.

Wolf: I’m particularly fond of dogs as well. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Nicole: If I could have a super power, it would be telekinesis. I want to be able to move things with my mind.

Wolf: Cool. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Nicole: I leave and call the police! I’ve seen enough horror movies to know better. LOL. I’d rather be embarrassed then dead.

Wolf: Good call. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Nicole: Right now, my favorite character is Prentice from my KILL THREE BIRDS novella. She’s a hawk who has a magical ability to see the unseen. She’s focused, but not hardened. She still has faith in people, and sometimes that bites her.

Wolf: Not too hard, I hope. What story are you working on now?

Nicole: I am working on the second story in my Kingdom of Aves fantasy-mystery series. It involves a kingdom based on birds, magic, and a matrilineal society.

Wolf: Sounds wonderful. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Nicole: I garden when I’m not writing. It’s another avenue for me to be creative. Subscribers to my newsletter get to see the results of my green thumb.

Wolf: Thanks for visiting. Catch up with Nicole at these sites:

http://www.nicolegivenskurtz.net

http://www.facebooks.com/NicoleGKurtz

twitter.com/nicolegkurtz

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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Protecting Your Vote

Vote like your future depends on it.

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, September 23, 2020

To date, the best example of mail-in ballot fraud the Trump campaign has come up with was nine ballots allegedly found in a waste basket in Pennsylvania in 2016. That’s nine out of more than six million. There are two ways to look at that. One is that those ballots represent less than 0.0015% of the total, and while there is always a vanishingly small chance that the margin of victory could be that small in one state, it has never come close to happening. Even in the contested 2000 election in Florida, which was decided by the Supreme Court, George W. Bush’s margin of victory over Al Gore in that state was more than 500 votes.

A more pragmatic way to look at it is that it is impossible to reduce the number of invalid ballots to zero. Everyone involved in statistics or quality…

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Wednesday at the Write Women Book Fest

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LIVESTREAMS, RECORDED WORKSHOPS, READINGS, CRAFTS, MUSIC, AND MORE
THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 – 26

WEDNESDAY
SEPTEMBER 23
KIDS AND TEENS ROCK!

7-7:30PM – READING FOR CHILDREN
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.facebook.com/LifeLessonswithMrGReaper/live/
Silly & Fun Bedtime Story for Children
Life Lessons with Mr. G. Reaper
The Magic of Making Friends by Sarah Petrosky

8-9PM – READING AND Q&A FOR TEENS
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/287597519351319/
Star Touched by A.L. Kaplan

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

WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://youtu.be/Qm7fifZV3Hg
Coming of Age – Hair Workshop for Teens with Keianna Johnson

CRAFT TIME FOR KIDS
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYwt0Lrw44I&feature=youtu.be
Story Dice!
Erin Timmermann with Leaf and Yard

CRAFT TIME FOR TEENS
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://www.thefolkhaus.com/p/the-write-women-book-fest-virtual.html?m=1
Make your own zines!
A time-honored tradition of independent and underground zines made simple with Mary DeMarco-Logue of Folkhaus.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, pick up a copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn.

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.

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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Tuesday at the Write Women Book Fest

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LIVESTREAMS, RECORDED WORKSHOPS, READINGS, CRAFTS, MUSIC, AND MORE
THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 – 26

TUESDAY
SEPTEMBER 22
INDUSTRY DAY FOR WRITERS & ASPIRING WRITERS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

LIVESTREAMS

5-6PM – WORKSHOP WITH LINDA WOOD RONDEAU
Five-Point Plotting for Pantsers
with Linda Rondeau
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.facebook.com/lindarondeau

7PM –  WORKSHOP WITH ARIELE SEILING — Building A Marketing Strategy For Authors
VIEW THIS ZOOM WILL BE HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85346264597?pwd=RUV6MkVpWVQ5TFNvazV3ZmxXNG4xQT09
A PASSCODE WILL BE REQUIRED – VISIT ARIELE’S AUTHOR PAGE FOR UPDATES

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WORKSHOP WITH CHERYL W. BROOKS
Researching Biographies, Tips & Tricks with Cheryl W. Brooks
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE:  https://www.cherylwbrooksauthor.com/

WORKSHOP
How to Self-Publish a Children’s Book
With Author Sarah Petrosky & Illustrator Christie Sheridan
VIEW THESE RECORDINGS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/thewritewomenbookfest/

WORKSHOP WITH MARY E. JUNG
Women’s Fiction & Toxic Masculinity with Mary E. Jung
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://www.facebook.com/ROAMEJ/

Rating: 5 out of 5.

EMPOWERMENT WITH KAMARI TALLEY
Building Season
Stay focused, meet your goals, and embrace who you are!
With Motivational Speaker Kamari Talley gives us you a short and powerful inspirational boost!
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://www.facebook.com/thewritewomenbookfest/

WORKSHOP WITH ARIELE SIELING
Creativity In Times of Stress with Ariele Sieling
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://youtu.be/JahZd6ASxGI

TALK WRITE WITH CARDYN BROOKS
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://youtu.be/sLkrxrqqw04
Query Experiences with Cardyn Brooks

I’ll be doing a LIVE READING and

Q & A.

September 23rd at 8:00 PM.

Join me on FACEBOOK

If you haven’t had a chance yet, pick up a copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn.

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.

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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Monday At the Write Women Book Fest

LIVESTREAMS, RECORDED WORKSHOPS, READINGS, CRAFTS, MUSIC, AND MORE
THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 – 26

MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 21
READERS AND FANS FUN DAY!

4-5PM AUTHOR READING WITH LINDA RONDEAU
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.facebook.com/lindarondeau
Second Helpings with author Linda Rondeau

9-10PM – A FEW OF MY FAVORITE BOOKISH THINGS WITH MEGAN A. C. ELLIS
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.instagram.com/meganacellis_author/
Writer Megan A. C. Ellis will discuss some of her favorite historical fiction authors and how she got started in bookstagramming as well as where she hopes to take it over the next several years.

WORKSHOP WITH HEATHER ELIZABETH KING
VIEW THIS RECORDING HERE: https://www.facebook.com/heatherelizabethkingauthor/

5-6PM – FAN TALK WITH KAREN JANOWSKY
VIEW THIS LIVESTREAM HERE: https://meet.google.com/mwg-skmd-ygr
Up, Up, and Away! Superheroes in Adult Fiction
with author Karen Janowsky

READING
Author Kara Pleasants will be reading from her Austunesque novel Disnenchanted
VIEW THIS READING HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bPB9oGW8to&feature=youtu.be

I’ll be doing a LIVE READING and

Q & A.

September 23rd at 8:00 PM.

Join me on FACEBOOK

If you haven’t had a chance yet, pick up a copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn.

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.

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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SHROUDED UPDATE 9-20-20

Back on June 27th, I unveiled my sculpture, SHROUDED, which is dedicated to all those who lost their battle with Covid-19.

The plan is for the plants to, over time, envelope the sculpture, enrobing in in a natural shroud. This is what it looked like then.

Shrouded 6-27-2020

Here is a picture from this afternoon. The plants have already begun their entwinement

Shrouded 9-20-2020

Sadly, the death toll in the US has risen above 199,000+.

SHROUDED

But Not Forgotten

View the video of SHROUDED here.

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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NEVER FORGET: 9/11

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