That Summer Day

That Summer Day Vol. 1

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A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.

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Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder.

A summer reunion ignites romance.

City vs Country: which one will prevail?

Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before

A promise leaves them wondering about the future.

Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers.

Can a stranger save her?

The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel

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The longest day of the year. Fun in the sun. Renewing friendships. Continuing traditions. Adventures of all sorts. K.A. Meng, Debbie De Louise, Stephy Smith, Justin Herzog, K.C. Sprayberry, Candace Sams, Margaret Scott, and Alex Pilalis bring you stories to entertain on this very special day.

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In a split second, the future Keaghan Graham dreamt of shattered into a million pieces, along with the remnants of his broken heart.

He escapes in search of an end to the inconceivable pain he feels after an unimaginable loss.

Will a chance meeting with a triad of Magical beings give his life purpose again?

He learns that nothing happens, simply by chance.

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Every twist in fate will reveal his destiny in the exact preordained moment in time it was meant to.

They are preparing Keaghan to become one of the twelve warriors of the Zodiac Illuminaries of Ravenokh.

Will he rise to the challenge and accept the call of the universe?

Enlightenment awaits just beyond the Cusp of Magic.

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DESERT CHIMERA FREE @ CHOOSY BOOKWORM

Jay at Choosy Bookworm is offering a brilliant program for readers and writers. Through a selection process, he offers several books at bargain prices or for free. Readers get to sample new wares, and writers get new audiences. The price of admission– reviews.

Right now, DESERT CHIMERA, Book One of my psychic mystery series STONE QUEST is available at Choosy Bookworm.

DESERT CHIMERA introduces the reader to Luke Stone, recluse, tracker, and reluctant psychic visionary, and to his paranormal universe. Luke has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michigan under the tutelage of Cherokee shaman Shadow Wolf, whom he calls, Grandfather. But when Grandfather suddenly dies, Luke flees on a desperate cross-country quest that heads him into the heart of Death Valley.

There, Luke is assaulted with terrifying visions of the apocalypse. While praying in agony for release, a shimmering specter arises from the sands to stand beside him. This is not the one Luke has sought. Instead, this is the One from whom Luke had thought he;d escaped seven long years before — the black magician, his nemesis, Armand Jacobi.

Now Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that ensues, with the lives of fellow travelers, including the lovely Consuelo Arroyo with whom Luke has fallen in love hanging in the balance, will culminate in either Luke’s total destruction or his ultimate redemption.

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Be the gatekeepers

Angela M Caldwell

While doing some research online, I discovered an article that lumped all indie authors and their books into one category: a waste of money. The author’s goal was to inform the public on how to avoid buying a horrible indie book. No, I will not share the link because there was only a dash of truth in his rant. He was wrong for the most part because he forgot about so many writers who invest in their work.

This blog got me thinking about creativity in general and how much creative people struggle in silence.

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Writers and Artists pour their souls into their projects for months or even years. Sleepless nights become common as their minds continue to spin wanting to make their creation the best it can be. They are dedicated souls and most people have no idea the angst creative people go through to…

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OURAY’S PEAK- by LEIGH PODGORSKI

Check out Author Brian Wilson’s latest Hidden Treasure Books for a blurb on OURAY’S PEAK & NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTER. Thanks to Brian! Also– stop by AMAZON to check out Brians’ BUMPY ROADS!

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Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And so it had been husband against wife.
Father against daughter.
Brother against sister.
Whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
And what if the red man is you?
And what if the white man is you?
And what if the red man and what if the white man both together, mixed together, flowed freely together in the same veins and those veins were you?

Ouray’s Peak is the journey of heroine Kristin Tabor that takes her cross country and deep within the Rocky Mountains in search of her mother, leading to the discovery of her Ute Indian heritage…

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OURAY’S PEAK PROMO & A TALE FROM O’REILLY’S PORCH

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“… gripping, thrilling, touching, ..perfect…The only reason this book got put down were things I couldn’t postpone any longer- supper was already late, the errands were put to the last minute… I couldn’t stop reading. You won’t either. Read this book. B.R.A.G.H OURAY’S PEAK 5 out of 5 stars.
“[O]ne of the best novels I have read…Leigh Podgorski paints a scenic picture of the Colorado mountain country and the Indian reservation in this beautiful, memorable, coming of age story… unique storytelling…[I] look forward to more from this author. Thank you Ms. Podgorski, I didn’t want the story to end! Jacqueline Bryant reviewed Ouray’s Peak 5 out of 5 stars…

Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And…

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OURAY’S PEAK PROMO & A TALE FROM O’REILLY’S PORCH

“… gripping, thrilling, touching, ..perfect…The only reason this book got put down were things I couldn’t postpone any longer- supper was already late, the errands were put to the last minute… I couldn’t stop reading. You won’t either. Read this book. B.R.A.G.H OURAY’S PEAK 5 out of 5 stars.
“[O]ne of the best novels I have read…Leigh Podgorski paints a scenic picture of the Colorado mountain country and the Indian reservation in this beautiful, memorable, coming of age story… unique storytelling…[I] look forward to more from this author. Thank you Ms. Podgorski, I didn’t want the story to end! Jacqueline Bryant reviewed Ouray’s Peak 5 out of 5 stars…

Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And so it had been husband against wife.
Father against daughter.
Brother against sister.
Whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
And what if the red man is you?
And what if the white man is you?
And what if the red man and what if the white man both together, mixed together, flowed freely together in the same veins and those veins were you?

Ouray’s Peak is the journey of Kristin Tabor that takes her cross country and deep within the Rocky Mountains in search of her mother, leading her to the discovery of her Ute heritage, and eventually opening her heart to love, reunification, and hope.

The novel is being offered as a GoodReads Autographed Giveaway Promo through September 29th
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In another life, in another world, at another time, I took a detour from my beloved, from my drug of choice; I suppose one could say, for a brief moment in time— I lost my mind. In my early twenties I thought perhaps what I really really wanted to be was– gasp– an actress. I spent two whirlwind years at bucolic New England College in Henniker, NH– a lovely counterpoint to the hustle of Boston where I had done undergraduate work at Boston University. NEC offered something no other college or university– at least I checked out could rival– a semester abroad touring the British Isles with three separate evenings of theatre! Talk about baptism under fire!

One of our most erudite professors who made his home at our sister college in Arundel, Sussex, England was Clapham Murray– though we all knew him as Cope. Recently, because of this wonderful invention the Internet, I have reconnected with Cope and his son Peter who was but a mere lad while we were in Arundel rehearsing madly for thirty days before we set out, returning gratefully to the gracious campus for badly needed respites in between our tours all over green and glorious Great Britain. No one who was lucky enough to get to do the Arundel Tour ever forgot it, and I was indeed one of the lucky ones.

Cope directed one of our one-act plays, The White Whore and the Bit Player, and I suffered great bouts of jealousy that I was not cast to play either part. He is also an actor, appearing in several films, and a long time member of The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Cope is also a writer, and has a new book hot off the presses, which it is my honor to feature on my blog:

Tales from O’Reilly’s Porch takes us back to a time when the world was all gin and cookies.

But who thought the girl of your dreams would write you off, by telling you that you are still a boy. So, you and your friend, Tabor Anthony, wanted to reenact Manet’s The Luncheon. So, one of the girls was buck-naked. After all, it was a party weekend. And then she said, “maybe the army can make a man of you; one can only hope.”

Little did she know. Who thought you were going to run into Jon Luther Halbrand, a gung ho West Point graduate, or that you would get involved with a theatre group called The Off-base Players, and that the leading lady would try to seduce you, a married woman no less. A boy, huh?

And then there was Gabby, Gabriella Kelly.

You can pick up your copy from Kindle and amazonbooks.com

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This review is from: A Tale From O’Reilly’s Porch (Paperback) by Lyman Gilmore

A delightful page-turner from beginning to end! It is one young man’s engaging trip from college graduation where they mispronounced his name through an hilarious stint in the army and a satiric Texas country club society dance to his love for and commitment to theatre.

Happy traveling, my friends!

Is it or Isn’t It Magic Realism and Does it Matter?

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Magical realism, unlike the fantastic or the surreal, presumes that the individual requires a bond with the traditions and the faith of the community, that s/he is historically constructed and connected. (P. Gabrielle Foreman. Past on Stories: History and the Magically Real, Morrison and Allende on Call. Magical Realism. Ed. Zamora and Faris, p. 286).

Magical Realism takes the supernatural for granted and spends more of its space exploring the gamut of human reactions (Susan J. Napier. The Magic of Identity: Magic Realism in Modern Japanese Fiction.).

Magic realism (is) a kind of modern fiction in which fabulous and fantastical events are included in a narrative that otherwise maintains the ‘reliable’ tone of objective realistic report. Designating a tendency of the modern novel to reach beyond the confines of realism and draw upon the energies of fable, folk tale, and myth while maintaining a strong contemporary social relevance. The fantastic…

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Flying High with Magic Realism

Currently, I am completing the third book, Neuri Shape-Shifter, in my Stone Quest magical realism series. Recently, Evie Woolmore of Allonymbooks reviewed the first book of that series, Desert Chimera, and followed up the review with an interview. Desert Chimera was first envisioned as the play Desert Wolf some fifteen years ago that premiered at the InterAct Theatre Company here in Los Angeles. Evie asked me some very interesting and insightful questions, one of which was: What did writing the book offer you, in terms of exploring [the] huge range of material, that you couldn’t cover in the play?

Though playwrights have experimented with play forms for as long as the craft has existed, and though we now have technology that can spark and pop and make our audiences gasp and howl with joy and wonder, in the end with any play production there are limits: limits of budget, limits of time, limits of space, in short, limits of reality.  In trying to craft the story of characters such as Luke Stone who begins the play with an apocryphal vision in the heart of Death Valley and Armand Jacobi who is described as Luke’s nemesis and a “black magician,” for the stage, one can see how difficult those limits can be. How does one show the apocryphal vision to an audience when all one has is the actor on the stage? Does he voice a monologue? Throughout the play there were several instances of “magical” effects. How to affect those? Of course the hugely successful Wicked dazzled. But I did not have that budget. Nor a fraction of it. Perhaps the greatest frustration for me was the final duel between Armand and Luke in the Desert Wolf Café. No matter how brilliantly this stage fight was choreographed, it was doomed to remain at best only a stage fight.

But as a novel? What are the limits in a novel? In the physical realm, none.

However, when you are employing magic realism, you can take your readers as high as you can fly.

As I adapted the play to a novel, I had the opportunity to widen the scope of the piece, exploring, for example, the spirituality of the characters, especially my protagonist and antagonist, Luke Stone and Armand Jacobi. For example, I was able to fully describe the apocryphal vision Luke had in the desert as well as many of his other visions. Luke tells Consuelo about the first time he remembers healing. He had been forced to shoot a bird by his alcoholic abusive father. He gathered up the wounded bird in his hand; he felt his hands grow warm, he felt the bird’s heartbeat, the wings flutter, and the bird flew suddenly away. The novel also delves into the dark magic of Armand Jacobi and the life Luke led with him while he was one of Jacobi’s lost boys It describes the rituals Armand held with the young Luke at his side, the conjuring they did, the spirits they raised, and the moment when the darkness danced so far upon the razor’s edge of evil that Luke ran for his life. During the final showdown between mentor and pupil, I could go into as much detail as I desired, taking Luke into his past, and even deep within the cries of the desert wolves that howl outside the café as rain pelts the windows and Luke fights his nemesis in a battle that will culminate either in his triumph or the loss of his soul forever.

But creating magic realism is not akin to anything goes.

If anything, the writer must be more vigilant, more careful, more particular, more attentive to detail than in fiction that does not contain this element.

The writer is crafting an entire universe unknown, at first, to anyone but her. If your readers enter this unknown land and are not quickly given the key to its existence, if they do not understand the rules under which your world operates, they will all too quickly grow disenchanted, and exeunt.

If Luke Stone is suddenly able to solve all his problems by his magical powers—where is the tension? And if Luke Stone has magical powers, why can’t he solve all his problems by simply calling upon them? Moreover, and vice versa, of his nemesis Armand Jacobi is the so-powerful black magician who was his mentor and knows him so well, why can’t Jacobi easily over-power Luke? You had better make certain you have answers to these questions, and those answers better be good and they’d better be rooted in certainty and in the reality of the world you have created in which your characters dwell. It isn’t always easy when you play around with magic; it most assuredly makes for a far more daunting  challenge,  but in the end, both the creator and the reader are amply rewarded.

I am pleased to announce that I have just joined Zoe Brook’s Magic Realism Blog Hop. The above article is my first posting for the “hop.” Below are our other members. You can also visit and learn more about Ms. Brooks’ work @ http://ZoeBrooks.blogspot.com or on Facebook/ZoeBrooksAuthor
Have a great tour!
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http://kirstyfoxbooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/night-logic/
http://karenwyld.wordpress.com/sporadic-musings/
http://zoebrooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/magic-realism-or-fantasy.html
https://leighpod.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/flying-high-with-magic-realism-2/
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http://hearth-myth.blogspot.com/2013/07/urban-fantasy-and-magic-realism-matter.html
http://muriellerites.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/serendipity-down-the-rabbit-hole-by-rebecca-davies/
http://joelseath.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/real-magic-and-the-mythkeepers-of-the-world/
http://allonymbooks.com/2013/07/22/facts-and-fiction-historical-magical-realism-evie-woolmores-blog-for-the-magic-realism-blog-hop/
http://edieramer.com/2013/07/22/magical-realism-blog-hop-giveaways/
http://curatedbookshelves.blogspot.com/2013/07/white-is-for-witching.html
http://christinelockebooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/magic-realism-by-christine-locke.html
http://susanbishopcrispell.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/every-little-thing-i-read-is-magic/
http://jordanrosenfeld.net/everyday-magical-realism/

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Many thanks to Evie Woolmore of Allonymbooks for her very insightful review of DESERT CHIMERA. Evie is a very accomplished author in her own right; visit allonymbooks.com to view a complete list of her work, or Amazon either Amazon US or UK. And if you are interested in books that take you on spiritual journeys, take a look at

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We mark the reopening of the book review list with a review of Leigh Podgorski’s novel, Desert Chimera.

Desert Chimera by Leigh Podgorski (Amazon UK and Amazon US)

Leigh Podgorski’s biography notes “her scholarship and fascination with the diverse cultures of the Earth” and her novel Desert Chimera is a testament to both that attention to detail and her desire to do justice to the beauty and complexity of those cultures. Set over a period of less than twenty four hours in the evocatively named Desert Wolf Café located “on a lonesome slice of highway” in Death Valley, four characters are brought together to witness another two fight for control of their entwined destinies. These six very diverse individuals with lovely names – café owner Eppie Falco, handyman Leo Monroe, travellers Mack Starr and Consuelo Vasquez, and the two central characters Luke Stone and Armand Jacobi – are…

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