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My 2014 year in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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One story finishes and a new one begins…

With Affectionately Yours… finished I, or should I say Louise Roberts, now finds herself at a loose end. It’s not all done and dusted though as I shall be giving the manuscript to a few friends to have a read and give me their opinion . Then I will need to do some last-minute changes/edits before I venture in submitting it to potential publishers.

For the time being whilst I’m waiting for the verdicts to come back, I shall pick up where I left off with my own novel Out of the Darkness and see whether I can finish it off by early next year.

Meanwhile though, Louise Roberts is looking in starting another project. It will be the third book in The Sword and the Rose Series. I shall be aiming for another novella length book [between 20,000 to 30,000 words]. The book is to be named Passionate Harvest – take a look at the new page for the blurb. I will also be creating a page in Louise’s blog for it.

The tag line for it is:

A new beginning at the Villa Sant’ Angelo, Magdalena is attracted to the wine-master, Joquim. But will her domineering employer permit the relationship to blossom?

RLB – Tomewriter

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Christmas – A Time for Children

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Everyone loves Christmas especially children when Santa delivers presents overnight and the magic of Christmas Day fills the house with laughter and happiness.

As adults it is nice to remember the days when we too as children enjoyed the warmth of family all gathered around a huge dining table without an inch to spare between us. Food was plentiful, bon-bons [crackers to you poms], paper chains hanging across the ceiling, Christmas tree decked out with lights, baubles, streamers, and much more. In the background, if it can be heard, carols are sung from voices emerging from the gramophone [CD players or MP3s today].

My memory as I’m writing this reminds me of such banquets which my maternal grandmother would host. With my siblings, parents, uncles and aunts, cousins and numerous friends it amazed me how we all crammed into her dining room around her table. Being of Mediterranean background [those like me will know this to be true] the noise of everyone speaking [or should I say shouting] all at once must have been deafening to anyone walking passed in the street.

I would have those days again though as most of all those happy people are no longer with us. Of mum’s generation, only mum remains [may she remain with us for many more long years]; and of my cousins – three out of five are still with us. And of course my two sisters are always here to check up on me from across the miles.

But I would turn the clock back even further for a moment and share with you three happy snaps from my Christmas back in 1953:

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The nativity scene was all hand-made by dad and we [my elder sister and me] were so proud of it.

As I said in my heading: Christmas is a time for children – even though mine [Brad] is now fully grown up [although still a big kid at 31] you can be sure we will be having a jovial time, sharing gifts, good food, and a few drinks to celebrate.

Once upon a time I wrote a few children’s stories for Brad when he was little. In 2012 I e-published three of my favourites in a compendium and called it To Tell Three Tales on Smashwords.

To Tell Three Tales Book Cover

Today I am giving the book away to all kids. If you click on the following link it will take you to the correct page:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/244165

The offer is running until 31st December 2014 so please take advantage of this and tell your friends to grab a copy.

When you log on to Smashwords you will need to enter the coupon code: ME54Z to get the book for free.

Finally let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Tory Allyn – Author of ALTER EGO

Tory Allyn - Author

Tory Allyn currently resides in Upstate New York. Although born in Syracuse, he was raised in the quaint town of Baldwinsville with his brother and two sisters, who drove him into becoming the crazy person he is today. As a child, he made up many a tale. Some funny; others dark and brooding, but all started him on the path to writing. Today, his nephew, lovingly referred to as The Monster Child, is his partner in crime. Most days, you will see them playing ball at a nearby park, going for a dip in the backyard pool or snowboarding on a popular mountainside.

Tory has written his first novel titled, ALTER EGO, has completed a second novel titled, ALTERED STATE, and is currently working on the third which will be titled, ALTER BOUND. All three are a series entitled, THE DAVENPORT DECREES.

Alter Ego - Tory Allyn

Copyright © 2014 Krys Fenner

ISBN: 978-0692287507

Published by Christine F Anderson Publishing & Media

After a partially covered body displaying unusual physical characteristics was found in the backwoods of Virginia, FBI agent Jack Stanwick is once again summoned. This was the third victim to be discovered in this condition, and with most of the brotherhood on another high-profile case, he needed some outside help. Jack knew just where to go. He hires three former police officers who work for the Davenport Detective Agency. During the initial investigation, the detectives focus their attention on the militia group, M.A.G.O.C. (Men Against Government Overtaking Control), only to find that several members and a high-ranking official in the White House are involved in a governmental conspiracy.

Digging further, the detectives come upon Prescott Chemicals, where an elixir that was discovered in the Amazon Rainforest by the Mayapo natives years before, is now being transformed into a formula with irreversible consequences. While investigating a lead, the detectives accidentally come into contact with the elixir and experience a change to their bodies and minds causing some amusing, yet permanent issues. With the assistance of a beautiful journalist and a bitter French physicist, the detectives come upon the location of the perpetrators and uncover a plot which culminates into the betrayal and a secret that affects one of detectives, changing his life.

Buy Links:

Amazon link to the print version:

http://www.amazon.com/Alter-Ego-Tory-Allyn/dp/0692287507/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413303530&sr=1-1&keywords=alter+ego+by+tory+allyn

Amazon link to the Kindle version:

http://www.amazon.com/Atler-Ego-Tory-Allyn-ebook/dp/B00NCBZ6YO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413303578&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=alter+ego+by+tory+allyn

Barnes & Noble link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Alter-Ego-by-Tory-Allyn?keyword=Alter+Ego+by+Tory+Allyn&store=book

As Louise Roberts already posted this story Advertorial on her blog, I told Tory Allyn that I would also added on Tomewriter… Hope it all helps to promote the book :o)

RLB – Tomewriter

 

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