Fun Fact: Let us cast a glance, or un coup d'oeil, at the French for this bit of history. In 1830, Charles X, King of France, issued the Four Ordinances of St. Cloud. Apparently the king felt that the elected government was too radical (and he had n...

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Oct 21, 2021

 If you haven't checked out my kindle vella adventure, Saving Tirese, you should click the link. The first three episodes are free to read. If you like a good D&D adventure and mystery, you'll enjoy this story. Here's the blurb and the link all i...

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Oct 10, 2021
Conan and Moab

I wondered if Conan had read Leviticus. Do you remember when Conan was asked what was best in life?His response is pretty well known - "To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women."It doesn't possess...

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Oct 09, 2021

 Today I saw that someone else has also written a book which mixes fantasy and history with the founding of the United States. I'm guessing it would fit in the flintlock fantasy category. The author is John B. Hood John Hood and the book is called Mo...

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Sep 27, 2021

 I want to talk about some fun characters, but first there's this review by youtube sensation Zach Johnson. A while back I provided him with copies of the first three books of the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire series. In this video, he only shows the fir...

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Sep 20, 2021

 For a ration of pure fun, I recommend this bookThe Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a compilation of stories told by the fictional narrator, Etienne Gerard, of his adventures in Napoleon's Conflans Hussars. Gerard tells the...

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Sep 13, 2021
The Character-Driven Story

Last month I asked, "Which is more important to you: story, character, or world building?"I came down on the side of the story. Let's look a little deeper.Many stories purport to be "character-driven." What does that mean? But FirstBefore I answer th...

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Sep 07, 2021

 Author Interview withSean ValienteAuthor of: Lightning Knight1. Please tell me a little about your current work in progress. My current WIP is the second book in my series! I’m about five chapters in and I’m already in love with it!   2. Where di...

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Sep 04, 2021
Story, Character, or World building

Which is more important to you: story, character, or world building?I think we can agree that story and character are the primary elements for which we read books. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that while story is not everything, it is the ma...

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Aug 24, 2021

I've missed a couple weeks - but with good reason. We were having a hot time in the old town. The old town was in another Washington County, but not my Washington County. The temperature there rose quickly to 106 degrees and stuck there like the need...

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Aug 21, 2021

 Time traveling with Rachel McAdams was the theme for the week--at least as far as movies go. Two movies blipped onto my radar recently: The Time Traveler's Wife and About Time. In both films, Rachel McAdams plays the object of the time traveler's af...

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Aug 01, 2021

 I'm a winner! It's official. On an unrelated note, I just learned I won a drawing for five signed books in one of Dave Butler's give-away deals with Mike Kupari, Patrick Chiles, and J.L. Curtis -- I believe that only makes 4, so perhaps I've missed...

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Jul 26, 2021

 Author Interview withThomas K. Davis Author of The Versatile Layer SeriesPlease tell me a little about your current work in progress. I’m currently editing the final novel in my Versatile Layer series. It’s been a long road to get here but it was w...

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Jul 19, 2021
Your favorite Shakespeare play

Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? There are many that I quite enjoy, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, and Richard III. If you prefer them in movie form, I suggest Branagh's Hamlet, as well the first three episodes of the Hollow Crown ser...

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Jul 13, 2021
Court cases can be funny

Dear Friends, Reader, and Others,Of interest this month was an Idaho Supreme Court Opinion which contained some humorous language. I'll get to that shortly. First, if you availed yourself of the opportunity to get one or more of my ebooks for free, p...

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Jun 15, 2021