09/21/2017 In Guest
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Renewal: A QSF Tradition

  QSF has a new book out, the latest in our series of flash fiction anthologies: Re.new.al (noun) 1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or 2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or 3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or 4) Rebirth after death. Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut. Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers. Welcome to Renewal. Mischief Corner Books (info only) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads   Excerpt Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but …

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09/16/2017 In Guest
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Guest Author—Cheryl Headford Talks Shade’s Champion

Today one of my favorite authors, Cheryl Headfor, stops by for another visit. This time to share an excerpt from one her favorite stories.  Don’t expect fluffy and light stories when you read Cheryl’s work, but do expect to be wowed. Shade’s Champion was re-released September 15, 2017. So if you like a good story with a hard where the main characters have to work hard for their happy ever after, check out Cheryl’s new story. You won’t be disappointed. Shade’s Champion: Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched off the street as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatised and desperate to die. Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with …

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09/09/2017 In Champion of the Gods
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My “Help Me Give Away 10,000 eCopies Of The Last Grand Master” Contest.

I want to give away as many eCopies of The Last Grand Master as I can (at least 10,000). I could bore you with why 10K is important and what could/should/will happen if I hit that number, but what really matters is I need your help. So rather than beg empty handed, I’m holding a contest and giving everyone who helps a small thank you gift. Click HERE to enter the contest. (The details are on the sign up page.) Or keep reading for more details. Prizes: 1 (One) $50.00 Amazon gift card and 2 (Two) $25.00 DSP Publications gift cards. Small Gift to everyone: A coupon good for 35% off your entire purchase from the DSP Publications Store. Contest ends …

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08/28/2017 In Champion of the Gods
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Fear In The Marketing Of A Sale i.e. The Sale on Books 1-3 Ends Soon!

In the world of sales, unless a company is going out of business or the item is discontinued, everyone knows there is no such thing as a sale that will never, ever be seen again.  We know things will go on sale again, we just don’t know when. And yet, we see headlines that scream: Hurry! or Last Days! or Don’t Miss This! Why? Because fear sells. Marketing 101 says create a sense of urgency to get impulse buys.  No one wants to miss out on a great deal so let them know the great deal is only for a limited time. (I might be drummed out of the mythical book marketers secret club for sharing their ‘proprietary’ information.) With that as …

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Friday Musings

The last seven days have been unsettling to say the least. Starting with the events in Charlottesville, the response by that guy in the White House (all three contradictory and confusing ones), Barcelona and now Finland. I was listening to this song to get in a more positive mood:   Change will only come if enough of us want it and are willing to stand up for it.  What I was willing to ride out when I wasn’t a parent, I need to change now that I’m a parent. I look at my daughter and the carefree way she sees the world and I worry. What will be left when she’s my age? Will there be anything left? There is …

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08/02/2017 In Guest
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Blog Tour—Comes A Horseman; by Anne Barwell

Today’s guest, Anne Barwell, hails from New Zealand. She is wonderful story teller and an even better person. Anne’s giving nature comes through in the passion she brings to her writing and the way she works to give the readers all that she can. The Echoes Rising is a terrific historical fiction series and I hope everyone reads on to learn more (and of course get the books!) Working With History – Anne Barwell Thanks for hosting me today as part of my blog tour for Comes a Horseman, the 3rd and final book in my WWII Echoes Rising series from DSP Publications. I have a Rafflecopter running as part of the tour so be sure to enter. DSP Publications …

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07/24/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with Tali Spencer

Today is a special Running the Bases for me because it has my friend Tali Spencer as the guest. Tali has been so generous with her time whenever I ask for help and she even hosted me and my daughter for an afternoon a while back. Oh yeah, did I mention I love her writing? Her Pride of Uttor series is probably one of my all time favorites. If you get a chance, read it and find out why. 1. You write stories in different genres, does one speak to you more? Fantasy is my first love, and high fantasy especially. I feel most at home when creating my own worlds and using those worlds to explore the human condition, …

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Summer Fantasy Giveaway—49 Free eBooks Available

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve asked some fellow speculative fiction authors to join me to give away free eBooks to readers. Today, 48 other authors have made their eBooks available for free download.  Bookfunnel is handling the distribution of the eBooks, so the process is easy and they have a great support team. If you run into any difficulty, contact them and they’ll help get things sorted for you. Click here to see all the books available: https://books.bookfunnel.com/summerfantasygiveaway/cs14hji49n Also, as a special thank you to my readers, DSP Publications has given me a coupon good for 50% off all my eBooks and 30% off all my Paperbacks if you purchased them from the DSP Publications Store. The coupon …

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07/13/2017 In Author Profiles, Guest
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Guest Post—An Interview with Sadie Rose Bermingham—Burning Boundaries Blog Tour

Today please welcome to The Land of Make Believe, Sadie Rose Bermingham.  Sadie and her co-author, Bellora Quinn, have a new release—Burning Boundaries—and Sadie is here for an interview to help tell us more about the new book: Welcome Sadie. In one sentence can you tell everyone what Burning Boundaries is about? Burning Boundaries is about exploration – exploring limitations, be it physical, psychic or sexual. What was it that led you to write in the genre(s) you write? I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi as a child and a teenager. When I was younger High Fantasy was my escape pod. Most contemporary fiction didn’t engage me, it felt too dull. Too ordinary. As I grew older, I suppose, …

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07/10/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with James Kampel

Thank you to James Kampel for joining us today to Run the Bases with Andrew Q Gordon.  You will want to check out his book The Dreamer when you are done with interview.  Links are at the bottom.  Who or what inspired The Dreamer? Growing up, I read a bunch of Dragon Lance and Forgotten Realms novels. The works by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Richard Knaak, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and all the others transported me to other worlds with fantastic adventures. I also enjoyed the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention how much I enjoyed the Dark Tower series by Stephen …

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