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BLOG ALL ABOUT IT CHALLENGE- JULY 2018- SPIRIT

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SPIRITBelief Kills and Belief Cures
When I saw what this month’s blog all about it challenge topic was spirit, I though this is a good topic to highlight few of the things that add to my island home diverse culture. I decided to talk about the beliefs and customs of my island home, which would cover this month’s topic.
The title of my post indicates a common saying we have here in Jamaica. What this means is our belief system has the power to harm or protect, which depends on what or whom an individual believes in.
Jamaicans have several beliefs and customs, which stemmed from our African ancestors. These are indigenous to the island. Most these beliefs and customs are tied to birth and death. Both Jamaicans who live overseas and those who reside on the island practice these customs. However, it should be noted that the practice of these customs and beliefs is not practiced by all Jamaicans and is only done in some parts of the island. 
Beliefs and Customs Birth: It is believed if the u…

BOOK REVIEW: FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE by MELISSA FOSTER @Melissa_Foster #Contemporary #Romance

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Title: Friendship On Fire Author: Melissa Foster  Series: (The Bradens at Weston, CO #3) Publisher: World Literary Press Released: November 20, 2013 Genres: Contemporary Romance  Format: ebook  Pages: 300 Source: Purchase
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GUEST POST: BRENDON BERTRAM

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Please welcome Brendon Bertram, author of  Moira Ashe: Enemy Within to the blog today. He will be discussing his favourite detail to add to a character.


GUEST POST
One of my favorite details to add to a character is a scar. Not to every character mind you, and not just to add attitude to a character's design (like the cliché vertical eye scar seen everywhere), but when you craft a story behind it, it can be a potent literary tool.
It can say a lot about the character. Are they a fighter? A reckless fool? or a victim of abuse? maybe they inflicted the wounds on themselves? 
But scars, or blemishes in general, can even say something about the larger world. Is the work the characters do dangerous? Is the world populated by horrid monsters? Maybe they're prayed upon by other people? 
As long as the scars match the story, the options are limitless.
Large or small, it tells a story simply by existing. A visual history carved into the very skin, undeniable and as permanent as the past …

BOOK REVIEW: RAINY DAY FRIENDS by JILL SHALVIS @JillShalvis @WmMorrowBks #ContemporaryRomance #Women'sFiction #SmallTown

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Title:  Rainy Day Friends Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 19, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges2018 New Release,Netgalley and Edelweiss

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET ADVERSARY by AGATHA CHRISTIE @BlackstoneAudio #Mystery

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Title: The Secret Adversary Author: Agatha Christie Series: Tommy and Tuppence Mystery#1 Narrator: Nadia May
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Source: Prime Channels via Audible Format: Audio Book Release Date: May 2, 2009 Length : 7 hrs 52 mins
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REVIEW TOUR: BACK AT YOU by JOHN W. MEFFORD @JWMefford @beckvalleybooks #Thriller #Mystery

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Title:  Back At You Author: John W. Mefford Series: Alex Troutt Thriller#9 Publisher: Sugar Hill Press Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours , Kindle Unlimited
in exchange for an honest review Format: Ebook Published: June 5, 2018 Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller Pages: 208 Reading Challenges:  2018 New Release Challenge Available to buy from....
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BOOK REVIEW: THE WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by LINDA HOWARD @WmMorrowBks #Romance #Suspense

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Title: The Woman Left Behind Author: Linda Howard Series: (GO - Team #2) Publisher: William Morrow Source: Edelweiss Format: Ebook Release Date: March 6, 2018 Pages: 368 Reading Challenges:Netgalley and Edelweiss2018 New Release 


REVIEW TOUR: ANYTHING FOR LOVE by MELISSA FOSTER @Melissa_Foster @beckvalleybooks #Contemporary #Romance

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Title: Anything for Love Author: Melissa Foster  Series: (The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) Book 2) Publisher: World Literary Press Released: June 27, 2018 Genres: Contemporary Romance  Format: eARC Pages: 318 Source: Author viaBeck Valley Book Tours Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 


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GUEST POST and EXCERPT: PATRICK CANNING AUTHOR OF THE COLONEL AND THE BEE

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Today I have the pleasure of hosting  Patrick Canning. Today he will be discussing the research  behind his latest novel, The Colonel and the Bee.



RESEARCH
The word ‘research’ probably conjures up images of dusty library archives, meticulously sourced bibliographies, and maybe even microfiche (if you’re of a certain age). But research for The Colonel and the Bee was some of the most fun I’ve had in writing a book. Once I had my idea: a destitute acrobat and a flower-obsessed adventurer explore the world of the early 19th Century in a fantastically large hot air balloon, I needed some help filling in the details. The story wouldn’t be beholden to reality at every turn, but I’ve always thought a measure of science makes even the most outlandish fantasy that much better. It was time to do some research.
While I admit going to the Wikipedia well more than I should, I quickly found many other amazing sources of information. Ballooning by C. H. Gibbs-Smith, an antiquated look at the world of…

BOOK REVIEW: INTEGRAL by ADAM THIELEN #URBANFANTASY #SUSPENSE #MYSTERY

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Title: Integral Author:  Adam Thielen
Series: Visceral #1
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Urban Fantasy Publisher: Indie Published: June 15, 2017 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Purchase Buy: Amazon

BOOK REVIEW: BUILT TO LAST by JULIE ANN WALKER @JAWalkerAuthor @SourcebooksCasa #Romance #Suspense

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Title: Built to Last Author: Julie Ann Walker Series: Black Knights Inc #12 Genres: Romantic Suspense  Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca  Published: June 26, 2018 Pages: 384 Format: eARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release ChallengeNetgalley and Edelweiss Buy