Muse for Hire

Surely inspired by ‘the Gods’?! Fabulous. Best seller material.

Myths of the Mirror

Amazing artwork by Peter Pham

The day is half over and I open the door to my writing room. My coffee sloshes over the rim at my sudden halt. The man’s jaw swivels my way, and I swallow. “Um…Who are you?”

“Your muse,” he growls.

“Oh.” I edge into the room and leave the door cracked for a quick escape. “Where’s my other one? You know, the… usual one?”

He stares at me like I’m a bug. “She hired me.”

“You’re a mercenary muse?” I trap a nervous laugh behind my lips. The guy looks cranky. Dried sweat coats his bulging muscles, and bloody grit etches the gold lions adorning his skimpy outfit.

He points a finger at a wooden chair, my humming laptop on the table beside it. “I’m here to make sure you keep your commitments.”

“What commitments?” I sit, my smile as shaky as my hands.

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Launching, Lunching and Liaising

Really eerie video, Darlene. Music and whole feel of it gave me goosebumps and I’m an ‘old hand.’…All good luck with the new book.

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I will be away from blogging for a while as I am off to Canada to launch Amanda in New Mexico, do presentations and book signings in Vancouver, Delta, Calgary and Medicine Hat, visit with family and friends and stock up on Tim Hortons!! I’ll miss my blogging community but will check in from time to time.

Thanks so much to all of you who read my blog, like it, comment and share it. Time is limited and there are many great blogs out there to read, so I feel honoured that you take the time to read mine. I am so lucky to have such an awesome following.

I will leave you with the trailer to Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind

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Short Story Saturday – No Pain, No Gain Part 3

Wow. An exciting but disturbing story… Can’t wait to read more…

Author Don Massenzio

Well, Hurricane Irma prevented me from posting a new installment of this story last week. Preparations for the storm and the eventual loss of power impacted my blogging and writing schedule. It also gave me time to think of what direction this story might take and I think I’ve got some cool ideas in mind. It appears that there will be at least one more part after this one as it’s taking a bit longer to unwind the events that are affecting our poor main character, Joyce.

If you want to catch up on the first two parts of the story, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2.

Please enjoy Part 3 of No Pain, No Gain


weightNo No Pain, No Gain – Part 3

Joyce sat in the waiting room wearing a ball cap she found in the back of her closet. What was going…

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Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ Durkee, Oregon

A Note From Abroad

August 20th and 21st ~ Chasing the Zone of Totality!

Gus watching the eclipse

Our original plans were that we would still be somewhere in British Columbia for the total eclipse of the sun. Thinking we would miss seeing it, we had made absolutely zero plans. My sister and her family however had planned ahead, well in advance, and had secured a hotel room right in Umatilla, Oregon (just across the Washington border) for the night before the big event. 

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Five on Friday with Helen Pollard @helenpollard147

An interesting interview. All Helen’s books sound inviting – anything French has me hooked, but I’ve yet to read them. I prefer paperbacks and can’t always get what I want in Spain (which I find strange!) Will have to order through relative in the UK. (There is a ‘Spanish address Amazon connection’ but it was still a no-no when I tried it)

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Helen Pollard will be known to many of you as the author of the popular, feel good La Cour des Roses trilogy.  Today she has Kindly agreed to take part in Five on Friday a regular post aimed at getting a little glimpse of the person behind the name.

Author bio:

As a child, Helen had a vivid imagination fuelled by her love of reading, so she started to create her own stories in a notebook.

She still prefers fictional worlds to real life, believes characterisation is the key to a successful book, and enjoys infusing her writing with humour and heart.

When she’s not writing, Helen enjoys reading, scrapbooking and watching old seventies and eighties TV shows.

Helen is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

So let’s dig a bit deeper and find out a bit more with Helen’s responses to Five on…

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…Authoress, Lucinda E. Clarke launches AMIE, CUT FOR LIFE… well worth a read…

Seumas Gallacher

…I never fail to be attracted to the WURK of writers who’ve ‘been there, done it, and got the T-shirt’... especially when there’s a serious slant included, a reflection on the human condition… my dear friend, Authoress, m’Lady, Lucinda E. Clarke, has a new book launching on September 30th, AMIE, CUT FOR LIFE, which is well worth yer time to have a wee peek at… let her tell yeez about it:

When I set out to write about my heroine in Africa, battling against all kinds of horrific people, wild animals and the rather unnecessary requirements to consume food and drink in the middle of the bush, I was surprised by the reactions from readers. A lot of things I took for granted, having lived in Africa for almost four decades, were unfamiliar to many. I’d hoped to showcase Africa as I saw it – wild –…

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DISMANTLING OF AMERICA

Although I’m British(Enough discontent there to complain about!) I’m deeply saddened by what’s happening to the USA and am aghast at the antics of the buffoon who is acting as president.Thanks for your thoughts.

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DISMANTLING OF AMERICA

History is a big part of the world, It will be always,

Good or bad we do learn from all that has happened.

There are reminders all over the planet of great things,

Discoveries, accomplishments that came with sacrifice.

There are statues and monuments throughout this land,

So many whiners offended by everything now, makes me sick.

Take down statues, disrespect cemeteries, get rid of all memories,

Every piece of art, paintings, wars, and battles make us who we are,

These are reminders of hard times and great achievements by many.

Is anyone offended by all the nuclear bombs all over the world, I am,

Can we start removing those today, too much crying over silly, not so important stuff.

There’s a war right here in America, hate towards each other, plenty of violence,

The dismantling of America is now moving faster, it comes in many forms,

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Holy Cow! Finally, Finally, Finally!!! ~ Jasper National Park

Definitely one for your diary. You are now a ‘Mooser…’

A Note From Abroad

August 14 ~ Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca Falls

Today our outing was to explore Jasper National Park. Up and out at a reasonable time, we headed north in Jethro, leaving Ellie Mae resting at our campground near Lake Louise.

There are several places to stop along the Icefield Parkway which is the main highway between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper. But we decided to zip on by, planning on making our stops on the return portion of our trip. After our lunch stop in Jasper, we took the turnoff onto Maligne Valley Road.

The map says, “(60 km/hr max) – Allow plenty of time to take pictures on this scenic drive. Maligne Lake is an hour’s leisurely drive from Jasper. Watch for wildlife along the way.” 

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All the best people usually are…

Love it! I think…I’m fairly normal but have a small pottery dog given to me a thousand years ago (well 60! +) & a tiny china pig, sitting taking notes (eccentric & a favourite) & I make sure he’s sitting in the right position so he can hear said dog…(really!) x

Aloada Bobbins

Crackers. Bonkers. Eccentric. Weird. Odd. Quirky. Mad as a box of frogs…

All terms used for someone who is a little bit strange, several having been used to describe Yours Truly over the years. Often by my mother…

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And I’m fine with that. I’ve always rather liked being slightly off-centre to Ordinary, even using it for ‘My Banana Cray-Cray’ post to introduce myself to the Blogospherewhen I first started this site.

But now I’ve started doing things that even I find a little bizarre. Am I going mad? You tell me…

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