Beyond What’s Old

The crows fly low on a day such as this,
As the cold eats the air then blows it out as a mist.
Branches are naked their leaves almost gone,
Leaving birds all huddled in a whimpering throng.

The stream tumbles over its icy bed.
As autumn lays finished now burying its dead.
Winter strikes hard as its gavel strikes,
And its wind blows through you at your bones it bites.

Short cold days with longer colder nights,
Inside we sit with the fires alight.
Roasting chestnuts with a glass of wine.
For all its faults winter can be a splendid time.

First spring, then summer now autumn fades,
As the chill of winter invades our days.
Snow-covered pastures, a scene to behold
New life to breathe beyond what’s old.

© 2019, Daniel Kemp All rights reserved.

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Thomas Burns: Stripper! in Audio

An interesting interview

Auntiemwrites Crime Review-Mystery Author M K Graff

Please welcome Thomas Burns, to describe his experience using audio books:

An Indie Author Tackles Audiobooks

I am Thomas Burns, author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries, and I’m an indie author. Natalie McMasters is a detective for the new millennium. As the series opens in Stripper!, Nattie is twenty, short and blonde (OK, it’s bleached!), way cute, and a pre-law student at State. She’s also straight, or at least she thinks so.

To put herself through school, she’s moonlighting as a private detective trainee at her uncle Amos Murdoch’s 3M Detective Agency, where the most exciting thing she does is sit in a car, staking out people who’ve claimed workers’ compensation to be sure they’re hurt as badly as they say. After she directly confronts a subject on a stakeout, Amos fires her for taking too many chances. Then she meets another student who bears an uncanny resemblance to…

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Audiobook

What Happened In Vienna, Jack? A #1 bestseller on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, and Amazon Canada—— Is now available as an Audiobook

A short sample of the story can be heard on these links
US: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07ZL69F98/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-169639&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_169639_rh_us

UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07ZL6L9RN/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-169639&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_169639_rh_uk

I have 18 coupons for Amazon US and 23 for Amazon UK that entitle the holder to a FREE download of the book with no obligations. They are on a first come first go basis. If you’re interested contact me here.

Free to read chapters can be found here—

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A November Writing Challenge

A challenge

Myths of the Mirror

Pixabay image by Lukas

As some of you know, I once hosted a monthly speculative fiction writing prompt. It is now in the capable hands of Carol Forrester,and I encourage you to stop by her blog tomorrow and check out November’s photo. I’m not resuming the prompt, but I thought I’d toss a challenge into the blogosphere for NaNo November. Pingback to this post or leave a link in my comments, and I’ll reblog as many of your poems and stories as I can throughout the month.

So what’s the challenge?

Write from the point of view of a creature that doesn’t exist in the “real” world.

Pixabay image by Artie Navarre

The Rules:

Don’t tell us what the creature is. Let us “experience” it through its thoughts and actions.

Write a killer opening line and first paragraph. Hook readers so they’ll click over to your site to…

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Nightmareland! A New Horror Anthology Just In Time For Halloween!

Roberta Writes

Here’s A Great New Horror Anthology – Just In Time For Halloween!

So excited for Robbie Cheadle, who is one of a group of Writers who have contributed to a brand new horror anthology!

From the creators of the #1 bestseller “The Box Under The Bed” horror anthology and its #1 bestseller sequel “Dark Visions”, now comes this horror anthology just in time for Halloween!

“Nightmareland” – A horror anthology with 23 stories from 14 authors.

There is nothing better than turning off most of the lights and digging into a collection of short horror stories!

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HELL

Hidden away memories locked up never to be seen.
Pain that’s been witnessed both agonising and obscene.
Conscience never heeded whilst acting in the name of right.
Lives that were taken in the shadows of the night.

Should you have ignored what was asked and turned aside?
Forgetting all the truths you told only remembering how you’d lied.
Your lies live in the darkness where death stands in wait,
To separate you from sanity altering the path to your fate.

There’s no time in this life of ours, there’s only the present you will find.
The future is but an illusion that paints rumours in the mind.
But remedies are forbidden inside this anguished cell,
For the nightmares that exist on the other side of hell.

© 2019, Danny Kemp All rights reserved.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves #Pre-Order – A Covenant of Spies by Daniel Kemp

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of Daniel Kemp’slatest book which is on pre-order for December 17th at a special price of £1.99/ $1.99. – An international spy thriller.

About A Covenant of Spies.

In 2007, intelligence operative Nikita Kudashov attempts to escape his native Russia after a series of top-secret spying operations.

Years later, Patrick West of MI6 is assigned to investigate the operations Kudashov took part in, and discovers a shocking connection between the former Soviet Union and the Foreign And Commonwealth Office.

Can West unravel the ambiguous connection – and the final clue that disguises the information Blythe-Smith never passed on to the Secret Intelligence Service?

Head over and pre-order the book for £1.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y1LKQMG

And for $1.99 + VAT on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y1LKQMG

Also by Daniel Kemp

One of the recent reviews for What Happened in Vienna Jack on Goodreads

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Blog Knowledge

Someone posted an article about understanding the technology needed to construct an attractive website and how to use that new-found ability to improve on what you have.

As I’m a seventy-year-old dinosaur when comes to this sort of thing I thought I would read it, absorb it and then upgrade to somewhere in the ionosphere to wait and reflect on my achievements. However, no matter how much effort I put into tutorials on the subjects of ‘plugins, widgets, etc, etc, my analytical thought process remains a crumbling, decrepit mess. I can’t do it! So why do I constantly try whenever I see these–Three Easy Steps To Heavenly Blogging thingamajigs?

I guess it’s the challenge it represents and knowing I’m going to fail before I even try has now become my inescapable nemesis that knocks on my brain and won’t go away.

When I was young the assimilation of knowledge on most subjects was a trouble-free exercise that I would breeze through whenever required. When necessary, I was able to put aside that part in order to enjoy the pleasures bestowed by the privileged place I had in the educational world of abundance of challenges. Both success and failure followed, but never did failure arise when it came to the academic qualifications that commercialism measures triumph. This technological age is not kind to me, nor will it ever be. I just wish some of the capacity for learning was still available to comprehend these puzzles.

Ah well, life is a bestselling book until it nears its end when we all know how the writer ties the compelling story together to reach his climax. Is it not fascinating how everyone’s story is so different yet its end is the same? I wish you all a scintillating life with a myriad of pages on which your life is recorded, but my advice would be to—Back it up on a hard drive.

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#Bookreview – No sex please, I’m menopausal by Stevie Turner

Roberta Writes

Book reviews

What Amazon says

After going through the menopause Lyn finds that she no longer wants sex. This is unfortunate, as her husband Neil still does. When he discards her after 35 years of marriage like an old worn out shoe, Lyn moves to Cornwall to start a new life. However, new friends are hard to find, and she feels lonely. On the spur of the moment she decides to join an online dating site, ‘MatchULike’, just for companionship. Amongst the peculiar people she meets is Peter; shy, and conscious that his ‘gentleman’s’ operation has rendered him an unattractive prospect in the marriage stakes. Lyn makes a friend of Peter, but when Neil gets to hear about the friendship he realises too late that there is more to a relationship than just sex, and he suddenly starts to appear back on the scene and wants to turn her life upside down…

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Blog Hop

This is the first time I have tried to link my blog to others and to be honest I’m not sure what I’m doing is correct, but here goes–

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The topic was–

‘Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?’

I read somewhere that there are seven different types of stories:

  1. Overcoming the Monster. This type of story goes back through Beowulf to David and Goliath and surely a lot further than that. …
  2. Rebirth. A story of renewal. …
  3. Quest. …
  4. Journey and Return. …
  5. Rags to Riches. …
  6. Tragedy. …
  7. Comedy.

I believe the role of a writer is to deliver a different angle on whatever is the chosen genre. My writing would, I hope, include various bits from each of the listed seven which in itself would be far from original, but here’s where a comic would say; it’s all in the telling.

As far as–to deliver to readers what they want, this is the most difficult part and one we can never really know unless millions of copies are sold and the quantity is taken as the justification of it. Personally, I write what I want to read. I love a good mystery and being brought up around the intelligence community of the War Department in London where my father was seconded to at the end of WWII, that is what I base my storytelling on.

Espionage is not the most popular theme for a book, I believe that to be sex. But even if I received a hefty advance from my publisher I could not write sex for the life of me. Well, depending on the advance, I might be able to if I had enough time for the research. I’m English and we just don’t write sex!

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