#ThirteenForThursday with Candace Colt

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Welcome author Candace Colt for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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What is one fun fact about yourself very few people know?

I love the reaction when I tell people I was a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Most people assume I must have been a nuclear scientist (I wish!). I transitioned from a public-school teacher to this high-tech medical imaging field with really no idea what it was, either. It was a fantastic privilege to be a part of it.

What is your favorite childhood memory? 

Playing outside with the neighborhood kids with the only rule to come home when the street lights came on. BTW we could play without any adult supervision.  In fact, the adults got a break when we were all outside.

What is your favorite smell and why? 

Lemons! They always pick up my mood no matter what’s going on. And they remind me of being a kid and watching my mom pick lemons in our backyard to make homemade lemon meringue pie. She always made a little individual pie just for me. And I grew up with zero baking skills!

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

Hands down, the first two-wheel bicycle that I got somewhere around fourth grade. Riding all by myself gave me the feeling of independence and freedom.

What is the one skill you don’t have but wish you did?

See my answer to my favorite scene. I would so love to have the ability to levitate and fly. But after you read my response to number 15, you will wonder how I could say that!

What is your favorite scene from a movie, and why?

The swordfight scene when the opponents float and fly over the bamboo trees in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The effects were excellent, and you totally thought they were actually flying.

How far away do you live from your birthplace?

I was born in Inglewood, California, and now I live near Clearwater, Florida. As the crow flies, the cities are 2500 miles apart.

What is the one thing you wanted but never got as a kid?

I always wanted a big brother. I was an only child at a time when “onlies” were rare. Maybe one other kid in my elementary school class (I went K-6 with most of them) was an only child. I suspect we would have feuded and fussed like all siblings, and a lot of my friends are estranged from their grown siblings. All that said, I still wish I’d had that brother.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

Pick only one? That’s not fair. But if I must, it would be Amsterdam. I’ve been three times, and I’m always amazed at how cosmopolitan yet steeped in history it is at the same time. You can walk or take mass transit everywhere. I could spend hours in the art museums or shopping in the outdoor markets. And don’t believe anything about Dutch food being bad. It is delicious. Though I never acquired the taste for raw herring, it was in Amsterdam where I fell in love with  Pannenkoeken. These are not your IHOP pancakes, trust me! They are delicious with a hot cup of coffee and best eaten in an outdoor café. If I could, I’d book a flight right now and stay at my favorite place, the Hotel Estherea.

If you could write yourself into any TV show, which would you choose, and why?

I would love to be a character in the British series “Midsomer Murders.” With my dogged determination to get to the truth, I’d be an excellent Detective Chief Inspector and a great asset to the team—though they might get a little weary of my constant nosing into things!

Would you rather wear combat boots or heels?

Combat boots for sure! I had to wear heels for way too long, and at this point in my life, it’s about comfort. And anybody in combat boots has to be a badass, right?

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Years ago, my husband and I were talked into training for a 26.2-mile marathon. I was a plodding runner—well, walk-runner. So, guess which one we decided to do first? London! I know. Crazy, right? Yes, it was. We finished but looking back now, I have no idea how. We started in Greenwich, a town in south-east London.  The race goes over Tower Bridge and finishes at Buckingham Palace. Amazing experience, but would I do it again? Nope.

What film or book gave you an intense emotional reaction?

I’m a sucker for classic movies. One film that really gets me is “The Way We Were” with Streisand and Redford. It doesn’t air often, but once it starts, I’m glued to the screen until the end. It hits all the marks for me. Period piece. Totally unlikely opposites who attract. Strong story. Flashbacks. Impossible odds. Romance. And Streisand’s clothes were amazing.

Bonus Round

Are you related to (distantly or otherwise) to anyone famous? Who? What is his or her claim to fame?

My 9th great-grandmother was Rebecca Towne Nurse, accused and hanged as a witch in 1692 in Salem, MA.

What is the one thing you covet?

This might be the most challenging question. I guess I covet people who are not afraid of heights. I don’t know why, but I just go stupid when I get in high places. I won’t sit by the window on a plane. I hate driving over bridges—Sunshine Skyway in particular. Ladders above two steps? Not a chance. Outside glass elevators? Oh, that is not happening.

Candace’s Online Playground

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Author Bio

Florida author Candace Colt always “believed she could” write, so after retiring in 2014 “she did!”  She’s published nine contemporary paranormal romance novels (don’t worry–not gory or scary). Why paranormal? Because she thinks they are fun to write and besides even shifters, elves, psychics and time travelers deserve their happily ever after. Love’s a trip so hop on for the ride!

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#TellTaleTuesday with M. Ravenel and The Arrangement

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Welcome author M. Ravenel and The Arrangement for this week’s Tell Tale Tuesday.

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I never thought in a million years that I would write any sort of mystery story. Ironically, my problem-solving skills are lacking, to say the least. So, who knew this day would come when I would end up publishing my very first detective mystery story like this? I’ve never read a mystery story prior to writing this book, and the most crime fiction I was ever exposed to was Law & Order: SVU. But like all things with my writing (or anything creative, for that matter), I like to challenge myself. This book was definitely a challenge, but not as hard as I thought it would be.

The Arrangement is a story about a young woman name Rita “Tootsie” Carter, a snarky, spunky, rough-and-tumble gal from the Bronx, New York City. The Arrangement takes place in New York City 1975, a crazy time, for sure. So you can imagine that this was also a great setting for a crime fiction story like this.

Tootsie’s story originated as a series of short stories about her as a nine year-old girl in 1956. Each of the stories involved her pretending she was famous detective like her idol, Dick Tracy, and solving little mysteries around her neighborhood. She also had a penchant for Tootsie Rolls, which garnered her nickname. I wrote the first short story for an anthology contest (which ended up getting chosen and published). I wrote more stories for subsequent contests and writing prompts. These stories were written in a way that kids today as well as kids from the 40s and 50s could enjoy and relate to.

With all of these Tootsie short stories I had written, a question was posed to me as to what Tootsie would be like if she were older. It took some thinking, but thankfully, I was able to turn to my parents, who remembered New York City in the 70s most vividly. In writing The Arrangement, I learned a lot of new things about life back then. The most interesting was that it was in 1974 that women were finally allowed to have their own credit card!

Tootsie is someone who likes to go against society’s norm—much like me. Being a woman in a man’s world, the odds were stacked against her. And being African-American, those odds were stacked even higher. A lot of the themes in The Arrangement centers on Tootsie navigating (and surviving) this tumultuous world. She was a former cop turned private detective, which was a bit of a rare thing for women. She’s single, independent, and can hold her own in most situations. There are some women’s liberation themes sprinkled throughout the story, as she faces her own challenges. But she doesn’t let that stop her from doing her job and stopping the bad guys.

The Arrangement is the first book in a planned series that will hold a similar charm as the kid-Tootsie short stories, but with a bit of a darker, more mature edge. I would classify this book as ‘hard-boiled detective mystery,’ but some readers may consider it ‘soft-boiled.’ There is plenty of dark humor, snark, and action.

I hope readers around the world will fall in love with Tootsie and her friends, just as I have.

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The Blurb

“A gritty, hard-boiled mystery featuring a tough, snarky, female private eye from 1970s New York City.”

Another case has fallen onto the desk of Tootsie Carter; a female detective armed with a snubnosed Colt .38, unmatchable wit, and a pocketful of Tootsie Rolls.

New York City, 1975

A missing wife. The seedy underbelly of the boxing world. Lace your gloves and ring the bell, PI Tootsie Carter is on the case.

When a desperate man stumbles into her office, pleading for help locating his wife, Tootsie launches into the investigation.

Following the clues, she uncovers a boxing racketeer with a deadly agenda.

Can Tootsie deliver the one-two punch that brings the woman home safe? Or will more bodies fall to the mats?

Excerpt

Eyeing the knife, I inhaled. Then I grabbed his wrist with my free hand, holding him firmly, while I yanked my other hand out of his tight grip. I spun, keeping the knife in sight, and gave his wrist a sharp twist.

Crack.

The knife dropped, and the kid howled. He keeled over and held his disabled hand. He looked back at me with fire in his eyes. “Bitch!” He gritted his teeth then straightened again.

I stabbed my leg into his gut with a bone-crushing side kick, my tough boot folding him back over like a book and knocking the wind out of him. His eyes bugged out, and he staggered backward. I whipped out my gun and aimed it at him. “Still wanna tangle?”

His face turned snow white, and his one good hand shot up in surrender. “H-Hey, baby… easy… easy with that!” he said between gasps.

I scowled. “Don’t call me baby. Now get outta here, sucker, before I pump you full of lead. And don’t let me catch you or your friends’ ugly mugs around here again, dig?”

He swallowed once then took a nervous step back.

“Scram!” I clicked off the safety.

The kid turned tail and ran, tripping over his two friends. He stumbled but quickly recovered and bolted down the sidewalk. His friends struggled to their feet and hurried after him. Soon, the three disappeared around the corner.

Sighing, I reset the safety and put away my gun.

Mitts raised his eyebrows. “Whoa. Who are you? Bruce Lee? Those were some bad moves. Where’d you learn that?”

I gave him a coy grin. “I was one of the few students who actually paid attention in self-defense class at the academy.”

“That’s dynamite.”

“Anyway, I’m more partial to Jim Kelly.”

“Oh yeah. He’s a bad mother too.”

“And he’s fine.

Mitts laughed. “Don’t tell Roy that.”

“Roy can stick it up his nose.”

“That’s not very ladylike.”

I snorted. “I’m not a lady today.”

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Author Bio

Ravenel is the author of the Plainclothes Tootsie mystery series featuring a tough, snarky private eye from 1970s New York City.

When not writing, reading, or working out, Ravenel enjoys watching Golden Age hard-boiled and noir detective films.

Ravenel may sometimes be spotted wearing a signature trench coat and fedora while penning the next Plainclothes Tootsie story on a typewriter-inspired keyboard.

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#MusicMonday | I Want You by Savage Garden

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I am an unabashed fan of pop music. Not all pop music, but Savage Garden? Absolutely. And aside from my current disdain for the current state of celebrity culture, this is hands-down, make-me-feel-happy music. I’ve not listened to any of Darren Haye‘s solo stuff, but I’ve always thought there was something inherently sexy about him. Maybe it’s his eyes. Or the slight cock of his eyebrow in the video for “I Want You.” Or maybe the way his mouth moves while he’s singing.

Maybe it’s all of the above, or maybe it simply harkens back to an extraordinarily happy time in my life, but this morning I went searching for something else completely, and this is where I landed. I’ve obviously got musician on my mind today,  thanks to a storyline I’m sorting out. Does this mean more writing is forthcoming?

If we’re lucky. 🙂

So, enjoy today’s #MusicMonday. Be happy. And revel in the sexy. xo

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#ThirteenForThursday with Debby Grahl

 

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Welcome Award-winning author Debby Grahl for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Anthony Malory, from Johanna Lindsey’s Tender Rebel

What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?

Learning about different types of poison. It was amazing how many plants can kill you.

What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?

The book would be Gone with the Wind. Movie, The Big Easy. Guilty pleasure, wine and dark chocolate.

You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. No recommendations allowed. What’s your decision process?

This depends on what type of book I’m in the mood for. I’ll do a search, listen to an excerpt or read the blurb, and look at reviews. I recently found a new author and read all 15 books in the series.

What is your favorite movie quote and why? “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Remove the word boat, and this could apply to anything.

Would you ever jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

No! I don’t mind heights if I’m enclosed in something, although, this doesn’t apply to dangling by a wire on a ski lift. I also don’t go into caves, or cross swinging bridges over a gorge.

Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?

Years ago, my friend and I had a small cleaning business called Crazy Clean. There was one very nice lady who made us cookies.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A flight attendant. I wanted to travel and really liked their uniforms. This would have been quite a while ago and the clothing was a lot dressier.

White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Dark!

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

What modern technology would you choose to not use and why?

Smart televisions and remote controls! Life was much simpler when you turned the channels by hand and there were only a few to choose from.

What is the first movie you remember seeing?

I think it was Bambi and I recall crying. It really is an awful movie for children.

If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?

Italian. I love the country and food.

Bonus Round

Spiders, friends or foes?

Foe! Unless, it’s Charlotte from the movie.

What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?

Never stop trying. Or Shop until you drop.

Debby’s Online Playground

Website — www.debbygrahl.com

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Author Bio

Award-winning author Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Rue Toulouse, a contemporary romance set in the French Quarter, was just awarded first place in the Top Shelf Fiction/Romance category. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, is also set in New Orleans. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, released November 2, 2020, has received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite.

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#OneLineWednesday | Yours Truly | Ravens on the Loose

This one line leads to so much havoc. #RavensOnTheLoose

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The Wild Rose Press Website: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/yours-truly

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#TellTaleTuesday with author Evelyn Lederman and Crystal Enchantment

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Welcome author Evelyn Lederman for this week’s Tell Tale Tuesday!

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One of the fun parts of writing in the paranormal/fantasy romance genre is playing ‘what if’.

‘What if’ the serpent who tempted Adam was really a female dragon?

‘What if’ the dragon was turned into a human after boasting she’d won a bet against God.

‘What if’ her progeny were gifted with the ability to shift into dragons and wield magic?

‘What if’ one powerful witch casts an enchantment to save the lives of her daughters?

Thus, the Eden’s Dragon series was born. I also believed setting the story in The Worlds of S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico would be exciting. Susan may have created this world, but she opened it up for other authors to write in it. I’ve published a number of novellas set in Magic, New Mexico.

I write about soul mates/fated mates, a theme I carry throughout my different series. The daughters come to life once a year from their enchanted dragon figurine forms. If within the 24-hour period they find their soul mates, the enchantment ends. Their mother believed that only with their fated mate beside them they can defeat the Brethren.

Within the bloodline, only the females can shift. The male lineage fearing the power the females can wield have sworn an oath to destroy them. Each year, a member of the Brethren goes after each of the enchanted daughters. Only in their human forms can the female descendants of Eden’s Dragon be killed.

Each novella within the series tells the story of one of the sisters, their mate, and how they battle the Brethren. You will be carried away by the romance and chilled by the intrigue.

In the opening scene of ‘Crystal Enchantment’, I had the diligent lion shifter Randall Flando working late on Halloween night. He isn’t interested in going to any parties, even though a jaguar shifter has provided him various signs related to her interest in him.

He’s about to call it a night when a naked woman appears before him. His attraction to her is immediate until she opens her mouth. A strong willed female is the last thing he wants. She laughs in his face when he accuses her of shoplifting. Hint: She’s naked. It’s just the beginning of the battle of wills for this fated pair.

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Blurb

Eden’s Dragon, not a serpent, tempted Adam into biting into the apple. The male offspring of the original female dragon shifter, the Brethren, vowed to rid the world of their seductress sisters. Fearing for the lives of her daughters, a mother casts an enchantment to transform her offspring into dragon figurines. One day each year, the daughters materialize. If in the twenty-four-hour period they find their true mates, the enchantment will end. For only with their powerful mates by their side will the female descendants of Eden’s dragon defeat the Brethren.

At midnight on Halloween in Magic, New Mexico, a crystal dragon figurine once again takes her human form. A lion shifter from a parallel dimension claims her as his own. If they are true mates, the enchantment will end and together they will face the danger that has plagued the women for centuries.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1

The mayhem of Halloween in Magic, New Mexico, had transitioned from the youthful, costume-wearing trick-or-treaters to adults losing their inhibitions for one night each year. Little did the tourists know the vampires, witches, and other supernatural creatures they partied with were the real deal.

Randall Flando had come from a parallel dimension of shifters and still reveled in Magic’s varied population. He found his new world refreshing with the tolerance and welcoming attitudes of its citizens. The closed-minded ways of his former home’s elders caused many of the younger feline shifters to follow the jaguar alpha Danyal to this realm.

 “Why don’t you go out and join the others, Randy?” He cringed at the nickname his alpha’s mate Pati always used when she addressed him. “That outfit Lara is wearing might as well be an invitation into her bed.”

Lara LaRue did not bother to hide her desire to have him. She did not possess a subtle bone in her perfect body. The more Lara came on to him, the more undesirable she became in his eyes.

He looked into Pati Zabare’s green irises—jaguar eyes. “It is not my scene. I figured tonight presented the perfect opportunity to deliver the new cabinet to the shop. The glass doors can be locked to prevent anyone’s sticky fingers from taking any of your more expensive items for sale.”

Instead of continuing to converse with the short blonde, he returned his attention to setting up his latest project. He hoped she would get the message and join her mate at whatever party they would attend. His concentration focused on setting up the hinges for the glass panel just right, allowing it to close perfectly and be locked.

The occasional tourist who attempted to shoplift would be quickly discovered by the supernatural shop workers. With a store full of jaguar shifters, the slightest change in a customer’s rate of breathing or scent would quickly be detected.

“I have just the item.” Pati reached into an open box, pulled out a crystal figurine and placed it on the counter. “Isn’t she beautiful?”

He focused on the six-inch crystal dragon. Describing it as beautiful did not do the piece of art justice. The little light illuminating the room shimmered off the dragon’s wings. A master must have sculpted the piece because it looked poised to take flight any minute.

He took the object and held it in his large hands. “She is warm. I would have thought the crystal would be chilled by your tendency to lower the air-conditioning below anyone’s comfort level.”

Pati shrugged, discounting his usual complaint. “With all the overheated male jaguar shifters who work here, I had to do something to protect our female customers.”

His alpha’s mate always tried to get a rise out of him. Tonight, the focus of his concentration had been on his latest work and now on the figurine. Pati would have to find another way to amuse herself.

Randall ran his finger down the dragon’s scales. How had the artist managed to sculpt the gradation of the wings? He could feel the texture of each individual scale.

“How much are you selling her for?” he asked. Until this point, he had not used his employee discount for anything frivolous.

Nothing in this world or the one he had left had ever excited him as this little figurine did. Carpentry was his one passion, but he gave away or sold all his works. His apartment stood bare, free of anything that defined him.

For whatever reason, the figurine spoke to him. He felt an overwhelming need to possess the object.

Pati’s probing eyes examined him. It felt as if she searched for secrets he kept protected within his soul.

“She’s yours,” Pati said. “It’s nice to see you passionate about something. If you went out more, you’d make friends. Maybe you should give Lara a chance.”

Pati tried to fix something that was not broken. He lived his life the way he wanted, not by someone else’s design. If and when he found the right woman, he would know. His life would change forever once he joined with his mate.

Forcing relationships to fit particular parameters would be senseless. It would never morph into true happiness. Goodness knows, his father’s efforts never satisfied his mother. They had not been true mates.

“Thank you, Patience.” He always used his alpha mate’s full name when addressing her. Since no one else called him Randy, he felt it only appropriate he use the more formal name no other pride member used. In his mind, she was Pati, his little sister. “You should join Danyal. I will finish installing the second glass door and then call it a night.”

Randall sighed with relief after she left. He wanted the piece to be perfect. Pati put so much energy into determining what to purchase for future sales. His use of beveled glass would magnify the objects within to perfection.

He wanted to please Danyal and Pati. They had taken him in and gave him the freedom to follow his love of carpentry. He maintained a position on the outskirts of the pride. His physical strength negated him playing the role of an omega. Danyal pushed him to take a leadership role, grooming him to one day replace him. But it did not feel right. He never considered himself a future alpha. He was the only lion in a pride of jaguars.

As usual, he became obsessed with his work. He transitioned into a zone where nothing else existed but the materials, his tools, and his hands. It could be hours before anything breached his consciousness. During these times, he experienced contentment.

A change in the density of the air disturbed his concentration. Only a supernatural being would have noticed the difference.

He turned to see a naked woman standing to his left. Her copper tresses covered her breasts, but he knew they were plump and substantial. He licked his lips, eager to taste them.

His gaze traveled upward. Her lips were full, awaiting his kiss. Lion shifters had fair complexions. This woman possessed a light olive skin tone. To his surprise, her eyes were amber, similar to his own.

“Stop gaping and get me something to wear,” she commanded.

Whatever spell he had been under dissolved with her terse delivery. At that moment, she reminded him of his mother. The would-be-female alpha had never been satisfied with her station in life, let alone her husband or their children.

Randall did not know a lot, but he knew this woman meant trouble. All sorts of trouble. While his mind wrestled with the impact she already had on him, his body warmed at her proximity.

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Author Bio

When Evelyn Lederman retired from her career as an insurance executive, she cheerfully anticipated the freedom to finally spend as much time reading as she’d always wanted. The twist in her story came when as-yet unwritten characters started cropping up in her thoughts, asking her to tell their stories. Thus, The Worlds Apart series was born. Now, she spends her days in Florida on the beach…with her laptop.

Evelyn is the author of the fantasy romance The Worlds Apart series, paranormal romance Nightshade Saga, The Laurent Blood Legacy, The Shifters of Eclipse series and science fiction romance The Outer Worlds Passion trilogy. She initially explored the science fiction genre in the Young Adult Zaratan Trilogy. Evelyn also writes in The Worlds of S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico.

She loves writing escapism, taking her readers to worlds they couldn’t travel to otherwise.

Evelyn’s Online Playground

Website: https://www.evelynlederman.com

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#MusicMonday | Rubber Glove Seduction by PTP

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So, there is absolutely zero story behind this song – I just remember dancing to it at Respectable Street Cafe in West Palm Beach many moons ago. Life was amazingly simple and fun as much as it was drama-filled, as life tends to be when you’re young and haven’t gotten buried beneath adulthood yet.

I also hadn’t realized PTP was a side project for Al Jourgensen (Ministry). You learn something new every day. 🙂

Anyway, enjoy the toe tapping and Happy Monday!

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#FeatureFriday (with a Friendly Reminder)

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#ThreeForThursday | The Van Gogh Edition

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Historically, I’ve not been a fan of Van Gogh. My dad loves him, though, so I’ve been exposed to his paintings and they’ve since grown on me.

There’s no particular reason for my dislike, except, maybe, that when we went to Amsterdam when I was fourteenish, I got dragged us to the Van Gogh Museum (where my dad wanted to go) rather than the Anne Frank House (where I wanted to go). I was a drama queen of a teenager, and so that might have been more than enough to hold something of a grudge. 🙂

Anyway, here are a few interesting things that have popped up in the news recently…

Street Scene in Montmartre – a painting not seen in public since Van Gogh painted it in 1887 – has been unveiled

600 Drones were used to recreate some of Van Gogh’s paintings and win a Guinness World Record

Two different Van Gogh exhibits in NYC are apparently causing a bit of confusion…

And, of course, a bonus…

The Man in the Painter’s Room is a graphic novel which takes a look at the last year of Van Gogh’s life. The article indicates the book isn’t available until April 14th, but it’s live on both BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.

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#OneLineWednesday | “Attention Whore” from Fractured

Pick up Fractured: essays on love, friendship, and the nightmares in between on sale now at Smashwords.

The sale only runs until 3/13, so don’t wait too long. (There are others on sale, too.)

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