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Do You Know The Origin of These Words and Phrases?

Three Sheets to the Wind – Urban Dictionary defines this phrase to mean “to be explicitly drunk; inebriated.” The origin is likely found in practicality: Sheets actually refer to the ropes that are used to secure a ship’s sail. If the … Continue reading

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Carolina Book Festival 2016

Book Signing Carolina Book Fest is a book signing taking place in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 15, 2016. The book signing will be held at the Marriott City Center (100 West Trade Street) in downtown Charlotte from 10 AM … Continue reading

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Welcome Suspense Writer, Tierney James, and the Latest Release in the Enigma Series

Today, I welcome fellow Black Opal Books Author, Tierney James, and news of her latest release. Tierney and I have included a short Q and A to introduce her and her Enigma mystery series.  I know you love to travel. … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s “Naughty” Lady Susan

After Austen’s death, several unpublished works remained. One of those was “Susan,” a short novel that made fun of the convention of Gothic fiction. Originally, it had been sold to Benjamin Crosby & Co. in 1803. Shortly before Jane’s passing, her … Continue reading

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Do You Know These Words and Phrases?

Dead as a Doornail. The “doornail” is the plate or knocker upon which the hammer of a door knocker strikes. Phrases.org gives us this explanation on the origin of the phrase. In 1350,  William Langland used the phrase in a translation … Continue reading

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Thief and Killer – Why I Write What I Do

(This post recently appeared on Writers Who Kill) In 2008, I took the plunge in the publishing world when one of my AP students challenged me with “If you know how to do this, do it yourself.” Publishing was not … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “The Pemberley Ball: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Novella” with an Excerpt + Giveaway

 “The Pemberley Ball” originally appeared in The Road to Pemberley: An Anthology of New Pride and Prejudice Stories, published by Ulysses Press in 2011. Each author whose work was included in the anthology received a one time payment (in lieu … Continue reading

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