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It’s Independence Day here in the USA–the 4th of July.  Family get-togethers, picnics, concerts and fireworks abound.

Have fun, but remember to stay safe.

From all of us in Esperance and Gambler’s Folly, to all of you out there celebrating–

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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Author Dawn Miller talks to Cyrus Webb about the book telling of her 10 years of abuse and neglect–Darkness Before the Dawn

Author Dawn Miller discusses DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN on #ConversationsLIVE 03/17 by Breakfast With Books | Books Podcasts.

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Black and whiteHow many times have you heard it? Which is better, actor A or actor B, writer C or writer D? It seems anytime there is talk of one actor, author, director, playwright–whatever–someone asks the question.

Why do we have this need to compete with each other? Or in this case, the need to force a competitive attitude between followers? There is plenty of room for everyone.

Our family did an experiment one time. There is a particular song that we had on a CD that my husband loved. Because of the title, he thought there must be a story behind it, so he asked the three ladies of the family–me, and daughters Katherine and Dawn–all writers, to write our story of the composition.

And we did.

Were the stories interesting? Fascinating? Well written?

Yes!

Were they the same story?

No!

Were they all good stories?

Quite!

My story and Dawn’s stories followed a similar theme, but were quite different in style and conclusion. Katherine’s story took a completely different path- one that I would never have imagined.

Was it a good story! I loved it, partly because I could never have conceived it. Would I read it again? Certainly!

What did we learn from this? That not everyone sees the same story from the same inspiration, but that all the stories have merit. They were equal in quality while being different in most other ways.

There are thousands of authors, playwrights, directors, actors–you name it–out there and many of them are tremendously talented. So trying to say this one is better than that one is personal opinion. No two of them are going to be best in every area, but they can both be leaders in their field.

Give two different authors an idea for a book and have them write from that idea. The two books will be completely different, even if they both write the same genre. Once those books have been edited and rewrites finished, you’ll have two different books, both of which will be fantastic, but different.

Which will be better? That’s a matter of personal opinion. It’s can’t be quantified. I like both Ellis Peters and Dorothy Sayers. Which one is better? I couldn’t say. It depends on what I want to read at the time.

Let’s stop forcing competition where there is no need. The marketplace is hazardous enough without complicating matters. Wouldn’t it be better if we were to encourage each other to do our best?

The world deserves out best effort. Let’s give each other a hand!

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NowJareth Cover art final that Jareth, First Lord has been released, what’s in store?

The sequel! Viviane, First Lady is in the hands of RuleBreaker Editing for the final shake down. RuleBreaker is also casting an eye over a new story of mine. Watch out for the red ink!

As for FreedomInk365, three new books have been released recently.

Darkness Before the Dawnby author Dawn Miller. A true tale of abuse and neglect.

Carnal Sobriety–another book from FreedomInk365 CEO Katandra Jackson Nunnally.

Mojo For Sale: The Art of Encouraging One’s Self–also by Katandra Jackson Nunnally.

And don’t forget, Jareth, First Lord! http://amzn.com/0989678644

For all the books from FreedomInk, go to:

http://www.freedomink365.com/the_books

There’s something for everybody! So check back often for new releases.

Have a Happy New Year!

 

 

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Black and whiteHave you written your family history, your personal memoirs or perhaps historical fiction? Then Footprint Expressions may be the company for you.

Located in San Diego, CA, Footprint Expressions is the dream of Yvette Porter Moore and sister company to FreedomInk365. Yvette is the editor of Footprint Expressions as well as an author in her own right.

Footprint Expressions is looking for authors who write Memoirs, Biographies, Autobiographies, Historical Fiction and Family Ancestral Stories. So if you’ve been writing down those family stories or are writing your autobiography or historical fiction, check out Footprints Expressions. I’ve been working on our family’s ghost stories. Once I’m finished, I’m going to give her a call.

For more information, check out their site on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Footprintespressions

http://www.freedomink365.com/footprint_expressions_publishing

If you’re interested in publishing your work, drop her a note and see how she can help you.

Footprint Expressions and FreedomInk365!

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Mel and Gambler's FollyWell I have one for you! Reading is Retro and Retro is Cool is a book club started by Katandra Jackson Nunnally on Facebook. Katandra is also the CEO of FreedomInk365 Publishing, a small publishing company here in the great state of Georgia.

Reading is Retro had a successful summer reading challenge in 2014 and has decided to make in ongoing. The Challenge? Read one new book together each month, then share and discuss.

How to begin, you ask? Join the club on Facebook and open a Goodreads account, if you don’t have one.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Reading is Retro and Retro is Cool!

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Join us in the fun of reading! I have a new book to begin–Sunset in St. Tropez by Danielle Steel.

If you need some suggestions, go to http:/www./FreedomInk365.com/the_books

Reading is Retro–

and Retro is cool!

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CommercialGrowing up in farm country, preparation for Thanksgiving began late in September or early in October. There were rum cakes to make, and they needed about 6 weeks to get fully soused. And we made cakes for about half the county, I think, besides the ones we made for our family.

And then there was the fudge… Nobody, it seemed, could follow the recipe my mother gave out, so they all came back begging for various sorts in time for Thanksgiving. With a sigh, she began the multiple batches of fudge, from several different chocolate fudges, white fudge and divinity fudge. The house smelled wonderful, but even I, the original chocoholic, got tired of the scent of chocolate.

A few days before Thanksgiving, the pies began coming out of the oven. Everybody had a favorite, so the scents of pumpkin, apple, mince meat, and elderberry wafted through the house.

And where would we be without spice cake and home made bread? We had two ovens in the kitchen and we kept them going for days before the holidays.

Thanksgiving morning had a special tradition at our house. Dad, my sister, Linda, and I got up early, dressed warmly and headed out to the fields to go pheasant hunting. In northern Ohio, there was usually snow on the ground and the weeds along the fences sparkled in the morning sunlight. The snow crunched and squeaked beneath our boots and our breath became little puffs of fog as we walked along.

Once in a while we actually scared up a pheasant, but mostly it was just special time with Dad. He’d talk about the various trees in the woods and fence rows and how to identify them by their bark. Or he’d tell old family stories about growing up in Tennessee in the early 1900’s.

By around 11:00, we’d be back in the house, by the fire, drinking coffee or hot cocoa. Then we girls would join Mom in the kitchen to put the finishing touches on dinner before guests began to arrive. The smells from the ovens was inviting and all the baked goods displayed in the dining room just begged to be tasted as we set the table.

Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time to be together with family and friends. The food was always exquisite, the company warm and jovial. But to me, the magic of Thanksgiving was that early morning stroll through the countryside with Dad, pheasants or no pheasants.

Wishing you all the best this Thanksgiving Day. Share your traditions with us. Together we can build new memories.

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