Indie Book Blast – Last Minute Bueller

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A Different Kind of Book Review: Parts Unknown by Kevin Brennan

This book review, if you will, is an excerpt from one of my (now many) novels in progress. 


Part of Melissa’s job at The Antiquarian was to close up the bookstore at 9 PM promptly.  She didn’t always though and often times because she was lost in reading.  If there were still customers in the store, she would leave them be as long as they were quiet and lost like herself among the stacks of used paperbacks.  Richard kept the first editions under lock and key at the front of the store, near the desk where she sat.  Sometimes Melissa wondered if he really wanted to part with any of those first editions.  As long as she had been working for him, now about a year, she hadn’t seen one sale.


Giving Thanks for a Mini-Hiatus

Maybe it’s because this happened sooner than I expected …


Maybe it’s the pink hair …


Maybe it’s because we (meaning my husband and me) don’t participate in the usual Thanksgiving festivities …

Because we would rather being hanging out here …

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

In any case, I’m giving myself four days off, not just from my day job, but from blogging.  I may pop up during what I hope to be rare moments between hiking, reading, sewing, and knitting.  But if you don’t see me until Monday, well, hopefully you all will be too busy to notice.

For those of you who do celebrate Thanksgiving, have a happy one.  For those who don’t, gobble, gobble.

Guest Blog: The Surprising Truth behind Jekyll and Hyde

A delightful and interesting essay on Jekyll and Hyde. Do read!

Interesting Literature

By Daniel Evers, University of Bristol

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of the most famous supernatural horror stories of all time. The novella’s impact on Western culture is such that ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has entered the English lexicon as a definition for any morally ambiguous person.

The text is enjoyed by many, and rightly so, but the majority of readers continue to be deceived by a lie, created and perpetuated, it would seem, by the media of film and television.

The point is that most people are convinced that they know how to correctly pronounce the name of the eponymous Dr Jekyll. The correct pronunciation is, and always has been, ‘Jeck-ul’, of course.

Or has it?

Well no, as it happens. The correct (and little-known) Scottish pronunciation of Jekyll is ‘Jee-kul’, a fact that, when shared with a discerning listener in the course of polite…

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A new place to promote your self-published book: That Part Where

Another (and intriguing) way to promote your book(s)! Read on …


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Looking for a new way to promote your book? Yeah, me too. That’s why I was glad I ran into That Part Where, the brainchild of the good people behind Monkey Paw Creative.

Intriguing concept

Here’s how it works: You select a scene from your book that gives potential readers a glimpse at what’s behind the cover. And it’s not the opening scene, because anyone can get their hands on that via the Look Inside feature at Amazon et al. Instead, this scene is something that nails the book down and provokes the reader (with any luck) to buy. It’s “that part where…” Get it?

You get to set up the scene with a brief intro, you get your cover reproduced, and you get the book description included to boot. Then the good people behind That Part Where (i.e., the good people behind Monkey Paw Creative) will…

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Cover Reveal: Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies by Charles Yallowitz

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies

Allure Final CoverCover Artist:  Jason Pedersen

The epic adventures of Luke Callindor and Nyx continue after their journey down the L’Dandrin River in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower. Reeling from his failures in their previous adventure, Luke leads his surviving friends to his hometown.  With his mind frayed and his confidence fractured, Luke must face the family and fiancée he left behind.  It is a brief homecoming when the vampire Kalam attacks the village, forcing Luke and Nyx to break into his lair for the key to resurrecting a fallen warrior.  It is a quest that will force both young heroes to reach new heights of strength and power that they never knew they had.Can Luke and Nyx escape the lair of Kalam?  And, what role will the orphaned gypsy Sari play in their looming destiny?

Release Date
December 1st, 2013

Previous Books
Beginning of a Hero

Prodigy of Rainbow Tower

Author Bio
Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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Computer Hell: I’m Offline Thanks to a “Poisoned Apple”

Best line from this post: “Oh and thanks Apple for evolving into Windows.” I read this post by Cate Russell-Cole and thought, Oh my god, I’m not alone! I’ve been using Apple products almost exclusively since 2005 and was a hard-core fan until recently. I haven’t had (yet) the problem that Cate is having with Apple’s latest OS, but I agree the issues I have had seemed to have started right after Steve Jobs died. I thought it was just coincidence. Perhaps it isn’t, after all. The thing is, if I can’t trust Apple, who can I trust? My husband using Windows exclusively and, at least for now, he still has to suffer through mountains of updates every few days as well as the usual errors, freezes, etc. But my Apple products are quickly “catching up” with frequent updates that don’t often improve the functionality of my apps. I don’t like having to get used to a new interface after just getting used to the old one just so Apple claim it’s relevant. Please, Apple, slow down and fully test your products before unleashing them on your (for now) loyal customers. Your products are expensive enough without the added pain of beta software.

Top Ten Things Not to do with Your Thanksgiving Turkey 

Here is the 21st installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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10.  If you get a live bird for Thanksgiving, do not let your kids dress it up as a pilgrim. At best the bird might actually look good. At worst you’ll probably be having carryout for dinner after the kids discover what is going to happen to their new best friend.

9.  If you decide to get a live bird for Thanksgiving, do not listen when it starts singing “gimmie three steps . . . gimmie three steps mister. . . Gimme three steps toward the door.” Chances are that your kids are playing Lynard Skynard too loud and you’ve already had too many celebratory drinks.

8. If you decide to get a live bird for Thanksgiving, do not watch the “Presidential Pardon” ceremony on TV with your kids. You will likely end up with the same problem as item #10.

7.  If you decide to go hunting for your Thanksgiving turkey, be aware the turkey population has ways of fooling you into shooting a cow or your hunting partner.  The turkey won’t care who gets hurts as long as it’s not a turkey.

6.  If you plan on deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey, do not drop a cold icy bird into a giant vat of hot peanut oil. At best you will have an overflow of hot liquid that will take a lot of elbow grease to clean up. At worst you may burn down your house.

5.  If your turkey is still frozen on Thanksgiving, do not invent a game where the turkey is used as a bowling ball with empty beer bottles as pins. It may sound fun after you’ve had all those before dinner drinks, but the clean-up of thawed bird and broken glass will be hell.

4.  If you plan to serve fresh turkey on Thanksgiving, do not let the bird sit out as you would a frozen one. At best you’ll wind up with a precooked bird; at worst, you will all wind up seeing the friendly ER doctor in the early morning hours.

3.  If you plan to serve tofu turkey for Thanksgiving, do not try and dress it up to look like an actual turkey. Your guests won’t be fooled and might actually wonder if you have lost your mind.

2.  If you find that your turkey is too big for the refrigerator, do not put it out in the cold garage on the hood of the car. At best your cat may help itself and you’ll have shredded turkey for dinner.  At worst you may forget the turkey is there until you’re making that frantic dash to the store for eggnog at which point you slam on the brakes, your turkey rolls off the hood and into the street, and then is run over by a Hummer.

1.  If you have leftover turkey for Thanksgiving, do not try to disguise it in other forms. You are not on “Chopped” and good ole turkey is best served as itself.

Prompt for the Week of Nov. 24: Thanksgiving!

Join in the weekly prompt from The Community Storyboard … or submit something completely different. It’s all good 🙂

The Community Storyboard

Hey guys, Dean here! Its my turn to announce the Weekly Prompt for here on the CSB. This, unfortunately, shall also be the last weekly prompt from the CSB, as us Editors (mainly Charles and Ionia) cook up something new for you guys to participate in.

Next weekend is Thanksgiving, a holiday not celebrated in Ireland, but I’m sure you guys are all too familiar with.

For this weeks prompt: Write a Short Story or Poem or Whatever in relation to Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, like myself, just write one of the above about something your thankful for!

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Legends of Windemere Goodreads Giveaway!

Don’t miss this Giveaway from phenomenal author Charles Yallowitz of the Legends of Windemere series!

Legends of Windemere

To celebrate the December 1st debut of Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies, I’m running a Goodreads Giveaway for the USA Territory!

(I’d do more, but foreign mail is not in my current price range.)

One winner will get the following paperbacks:

  1. Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero
  2. Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower
  3. Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies

That’s 3 paperbacks in one Giveaway!  Good luck to everyone who enters!

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