Book Review: Hearts Never Change (Plus Giveaway)

Thanks to Lisl for this great review!

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Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country
by Joanne R. Larner

The author is so generously gifting a signed paperback copy of
Hearts Never Change to one lucky winner! To get in with a chance to
win, simply comment below OR at this review’s Facebook thread, locatedhere.

Drawing December 16

Warm wishes for a Happy Birthday to Joanne & Rose  

May the best be yet to come!

Every so often readers come across a tale in which it is easy to sense the author had a blast writing it. This doesn’t negate the hard work, long hours and research that went into it, but the story contains so much that buoys the spirit and excites the imagination it is infectious. Hearts Never Change, third in Joanne R. Larner’s Richard Liveth Yet series, is one such captivating yarn. From first page to the last, its…

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The Box Under The Bed: A Book Review

Detailed review of the Box Under the Bed – story by story


A “horror” anthology (and I do use that designation lightly) containing the following stories: ***WARNING*** SPOILERS MAY BE CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING

Prologue, The Box Under the Bed part one


Two sisters, Tanya and Eileen, have the unwelcomed task of cleaning up their grandparents’ old house and ready it for sale. In the midst of her work, Tanya discovers some odd treasures under Grandpa’s bed.

What I liked:

A stylistic opening to an anthology. What could all those trinkets mean? Nice atmospheric setting. Creepy in just the right way.

What I didn’t Like:

Nothing to dislike here. It’s short and to the point. A nice way to open a suspenseful anthology.

Passion – Jenifer Ruff


Young Brooke and family check into a beach resort for a little vacation. Brooke feels an urge for fun she hadn’t had in a long time and goes looking to satisfy that hunger.

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Would we understand Richard, if we were whisked back in time?

My blog on Murrey and Blue today


Photo of a parrot

I have often wondered what Richard’s voice sounded like. Did he have a low or high tone to his voice, was it rich, nasal, reedy, soft? What was his accent like? Would it be like a Midlands accent, as has been proposed, or would there be hints of Yorkshire? Did he have a good singing voice? And what about the manner of speech, sentence contruction and pronunciation of those times? Well, maybe the latter can be answered by listening to this 500-year-old poem about a parrot!

Click here to go to the poem on You Tube.

N.B. Sorry about the reference to H8!

Image credit: By Duncan Rawlinson from Vancouver, BC (flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin!

Anyone who wants to be a published author – here’s your chance!

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Are ya ready?

Because I have something REALLY good for you this time.

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Announcing the November 2017

Word Weaver Writing Contest!

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Bestselling authors Jenifer Ruff, Allison Maruska and Kelly Abel

Woo hoo! Celebrities!

Enter your amazing piece of writing! I and my hand-selected celebrity judge panel of bestselling authors will decide the winners and award a HUGE prize package plus some other amazing goodies.

YOU will have the month of November to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to my contest.

Here’s what you do:

Yep, you guessed it. Enter a piece of your writing in the contest. Nothing gets by…

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Guest blog post by a co-author ofThe Box Under The Bed,Barbara Anne Helberg.

B1I80q0cwoS._UX250_“Free critique”, “writing contest”, and soon after, “scary anthology” were key phrases that captured my writer’s heart during July/August, 2017, on WordPress.

A WordPress blogger and Internet writer of over a thousand articles since 2007, I didn’t have a definite, or specific, commercial publishing goal in mind recently until those six words came in sight during a routine WordPress browsing session that led me toDanand new possibilities.
Today, I have an Author Page at Amazon:Barbara Anne Helberg.

I entered Dan’s July writing contest and found someone who enjoys spreading his writing wings to the mutual benefit of other writers.

And I found someone who has fun leading even unpublished writers to bona fide authorship through self-publishing.
My story in “The Box Under the Bed” is “Interlock”. Although it’s part of a larger…

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Stark naked in Tesco

Great post from another author – we should all demand less packaging

Rebecca Bryn

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Image courtesy  of petelovespurple via Visual Hunt.

Back in the good old days, I suppose I’d have been about three and sitting in a little metal chair on the back of Mum’s sit-up-and-beg Raleigh, shopping was quite a different experience. We went to the corner shop, the greengrocer, or the butcher for most of our daily requirements. Daily, because domestic refrigeration was unheard of. Potatoes were weighed out and poured into the bottom of our shopping bag. Next came root vegetables, then greens, and on top of those, the most squashable items, like fruit and salad. Perched on top of those were eggs in a paper bag, or maybe sausages in waxed paper. And when we got home the shopping was unloaded into a vegetable rack, or meat safe to keep off the flies, and a larder.

Bread, milk, and coal were delivered by horse and cart. Milk daily, bread…

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#1 Bestseller: The Box Under The Bed

Wow! We are bestsellers! Yay! 😀

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no 1 bWe have a legitimate #1 BESTSELLER on our hands.

Or in our hands, as the case were.

ABOVE, some of The Box Under The Bed co-authors, L-R: Allison Maruska, J. A. Allen, and Dan Alatorre, signing copies of TBUTB for fans at the Florida Writers Conference.

These are SALES, not free downloads.

GREAT JOB to EVERYONE who wrote a story for this! You are now all bestselling authors.


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,796 Paid in Kindle Store

There are literally MILLIONS of books sold on amazon; ours is in the top 5000. That is BIG!


#1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Anthologies.

There are thousands and thousands of books vying for that spot. OUR book is #1


I could not be more proud of nearly every member of this group and…

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A Divinely Inspired Dan???

Another co-author writes…

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Guest blog post by a co-author of The Box Under The Bed, Curtis Bausse

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I’ve never met Dan.

I imagine him as a bundle of concentrated enthusiasm,

which, if it’s true, makes him rare indeed: entheos, from which the word is derived, means “divinely inspired, possessed by a god.”

In this case, the god of blogging, self-publishing and book promotion. But I’ve seen him on YouTube, and he moves and speaks just like the rest of us (except with an American accent), so on the whole I lean towards the conclusion that he is in fact human.

Nonetheless, the mystery remains:

How does he do it?

Divine or not, there’s a whole lot of entheos in his commitment to writing.

And not just his own, that’s the thing. He cheers us all on tirelessly, spreading entheos through cyberspace till eventually some of it even seeps…

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Man Booker, it’s time to open up literary prizes to self-published authors

Very true!

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It’s not my policy to run press releases, as this blog is my personal writing and publishing adventures. But this is a campaign I’m proud to get behind, and I think it will strike a chord with a few of you guys too.

Today, the winner of the Man Booker is announced, and Orna Ross (left), founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, has issued an official plea to literary prize organisers everywhere: it’s time to open prizes to the quality work being produced by self-published authors.

Here’s Orna:

‘As so many authors are now producing work of creative and commercial merit, a prize that fails to include author-published work is deficient: unrepresentative in a way that seems incompatible with the prize sponsors’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. We strongly urge the Man Booker Prize to find ways to include self-publishing writers in their programme.’

(You might also recognise…

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Guest author: Joanne Larner – Meeting Richard

My guest post on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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I am a Ricardian. I am proud to be one of Richard III’s loyal advocates, trying to clear his name from the calumny with which Henry Tudor tainted him. I wanted to DO something, something special, and so I decided to write a novel about him. A different type of novel, set in the twenty first century, with a Richard who comes forward in time to learn of his fate at Bosworth, research it and try to go back to change it. Bosworth – it always comes back to what happened that day! If only Richard had got to Henry! If only he hadn’t charged! If only he had taken a horse and fled, to fight again another day! How different our history might have been with Good King Richard on the throne. Sigh!

But how could he best research Bosworth in our time? I thought the perfect way would…

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