Monday, March 30, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for March 30, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author



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Monday, March 23 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Friday, March 27 -

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE QUARANTINING” – From online concerts to celebrities reading aloud, virtual museum tours to cooking and exercise classes, author PG Forte has assembled an amazing list to keep everyone entertained – including great book recommendations! 


Thanks to PG Forte's list, you never have to be bored!
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Friday, March 27, 2020

What To Do When You're Quarantining

Posted by: PG Forte
According to the last figures I saw, one third of the world's population is currently on lockdown. These are scary, uncertain times, which does not make staying home and social distancing yourself any less boring...at least for some of us. I'm looking at you extroverts!

To help us get through this challenging time, I've compiled a list of entertaining options.

If music is your thing, The At Home Concert Series might be just what you're looking for: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-17/coronavirus-coldplay-john-legend-concert-instagram

For a more classic approach check out these streaming Operas: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/



I think we can blame Neil Diamond for the current spate of mutated song lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPLgsV_Ms3Q

But then everyone else had to get in on the act, posting their own re-written song lyrics: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/22/entertainment/coronavirus-songs-rewritten-lyrics-trnd/index.html

But this is a blog about books. So here's Josh Gad reading to your kids: https://offspring.lifehacker.com/actor-josh-gad-will-read-to-your-kids-every-night-1842398287

Or...Sir Patrick Steward reading sonnets to you:  https://nerdist.com/article/patrick-stewart-reading-shakespeare-sonnets/


For those DIYers who like to read for themselves (and why not? We know you have the time!) here's a handy Dystopian Reading List: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/15/books-to-read-while-quarantined-coronavirus

Also check out Jenny Schwartz’ awesome Faerene Apocalypse series  (book 5 is out April 6):  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PB3XP8M?ref_=dbs_r_series&storeType=ebooks

One of my publishers, Entangled Publishing, has put a good portion of its catalog on sale. .99 for all category imprints and the first book in all series (including my own Children of Night series) is FREE: https://entangledpublishing.com/books.html?book_genre=186&p=1&order=release_date&dir=desc&mode=grid


 Sometimes, we just want to be entertained. Here's a list of Broadway Plays streaming for free: https://www.silive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/broadway-shows-now-available-to-stream-for-free.html

And, if you really "need a little Christmas" Hallmark is bringing back its Christmas Movies https://www.etonline.com/hallmark-sets-more-christmas-movie-marathons-for-all-your-self-quarantine-needs-exclusive-143656

Here are some suggestions for making art while on Lockdown: https://mymodernmet.com/coronavirus-quarantine-art-club/

And if your kids are also chomping at the bit, here're some kick-ass virtual field


Or you could use this time to get healty with online Cooking Courses: Art in Lockdown: https://mymodernmet.com/coronavirus-quarantine-art-club/

Or online Exercise classes: https://www.insider.com/work-out-at-home-free-gym-fitness-resources-workouts-2020-3 I've moved my yoga practice to my guest bedroom for the duration. 

If you're still feeling bored, surely this list has something to excite you: 100 Things to do while you’re in quarantine: https://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20200323/100-things-to-do-while-youre-in-quarantine

And if you just want a good laugh: Quarantine Humor: https://www.demilked.com/coronavirus-memes/


More people entertaining themselves during lockdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fHROsJu9G4


Stay safe everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for March 23, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author



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Monday, March 16 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, March 17 -
"Celebrating WORLD FOLK TALES and FABLES WEEK" - As long as there have been human beings, there have been stories. Author Dani Harper shares her thoughts on why we need fairy tales and fantasy. 

Thursday, March 19 -
"STAY CALM AND READ" - Author Maureen Bonatch shares how reading can help in times of stress, and also how to find new stories. 

Saturday, March 21 -
This week's Bring It Back(list) features "AEQUANA" and "AEQUANA'S QUEST", sensuous contemporary fantasy romances by Linda Mooney. Scroll below for all the details.





AEQUANA
A sensuous contemporary
fantasy romance 
by Linda Mooney

#mermaid

John "Talon" Eagletalon had no idea what the government intended when it assigned him to its latest secret project - an icy blonde beauty with a miraculous ability.  All he knew was that he owed Uncle Sam fourteen more months of his life, and if it meant being this woman's partner and bodyguard until he'd paid his dues, he'd find a way to endure the ordeal. 

Until he discovered what the government had been doing to her.  And at the same time, discovered he was falling hopelessly in love with her. 

Now it's no longer a matter of protecting her.  It's a matter of keeping her out of their clutches. 
And making her his.

Warning! Contains a wise Indian saying, cold showers, extreme hazardous pay, corrupt scientists, sorry sons of bitches, chains and collars, things that bite, and a two thousand mile journey that ends in an incredible night of love.

Ebook is 99¢ for the month of March

BUY LINKS: https://lindamooney.com/AEquana.htm 
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AEQUANA'S QUEST
A sensuous contemporary
fantasy romance 
by Linda Mooney


#mermaid

She was unique in every way, including the way she loved him.

It will take a long time before AEquana heals from the abuse and torture she endured growing up in those government labs. But Talon's love is helping her vanquish those demons and go forward with life.

Unfortunately, they stumble onto a multi-million dollar gem heist, and are targeted by those who think they're easy prey. Their enemies have no idea who they're up against when they try to take on the ex-Navy SEAL and his mermaid.

Warning! Contains a mountain-side pool, phone bashing, lubricating oil, vicious attacks, the absence of cuffs and chains, and a plea and a promise that will test the strength and depth of two people's love.

Ebook is 99¢ for the month of March

BUY LINKS: https://lindamooney.com/AEquana.htm 

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Each book is just 99¢ each during the month of March 2020! Purchase links are at https://lindamooney.com/AEquana.htm 

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Bring It Back(list) - AEQUANA and AEQUANA'S QUEST, Sensuous Contemporary Fantasy Romances by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
During the month of March, both ebooks are just 99 cents each! (Available at all vendors and my website.)

John "Talon" Eagletalon had no idea what the government intended when it assigned him to its latest secret project - an icy blonde beauty with a miraculous ability.  All he knew was that he owed Uncle Sam fourteen more months of his life, and if it meant being this woman's partner and bodyguard until he'd paid his dues, he'd find a way to endure the ordeal. 

Until he discovered what the government had been doing to her.  And at the same time, discovered he was falling hopelessly in love with her. 
 
Now it's no longer a matter of protecting her.  It's a matter of keeping her out of their clutches. 
And making her his.

Warning! Contains a wise Indian saying, cold showers, extreme hazardous pay, corrupt scientists, sorry sons of bitches, chains and collars, things that bite, and a two thousand mile journey that ends in an incredible night of love.
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She was unique in every way, including the way she loved him.

It will take a long time before AEquana heals from the abuse and torture she endured growing up in those government labs. But Talon's love is helping her vanquish those demons and go forward with life.

Unfortunately, they stumble onto a multi-million dollar gem heist, and are targeted by those who think they're easy prey. Their enemies have no idea who they're up against when they try to take on the ex-Navy SEAL and his mermaid.

Warning! Contains a mountain-side pool, phone bashing, lubricating oil, vicious attacks, the absence of cuffs and chains, and a plea and a promise that will test the strength and depth of two people's love.


Excerpts and Buy Links

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Stay Calm and Read

Posted by: Maureen

By Maureen Bonatch

Spending more time indoors lately? As an introvert, an author, and someone who works remotely at home for the ‘day-job’, spending a lot of time indoors and alone isn’t something new to me. It’s pretty much my way of life. That suits this introvert just fine. That doesn’t mean that all the recent panic in the world hasn’t gotten me a little stressed at times.

Unfortunately, there are many situations where there is little we can do but take care of ourselves and find a way to decompress as we continue with our lives. I’ve found that reading has often provided me with a wonderful way to take my mind away from things that I can dwell on, and worry about, but do nothing to change. This is just one of the benefits of making time to read, and since we’re going to be avoiding social interactions and staying indoors more, it’s a perfect time to catch up on your TBR list and find some new books.

Three Reasons to Read

  1. Reduce Stress- Reading can lower your heart rate, reduce tension and anxiety, reduce stress by 68% and calm your mind. I’ve found it to be a great way to improve sleep for those restless nights. Instead of lying awake with your thoughts, read for a little bit to relax and return to sleep.
  2. Improve Health- Reading and participating in mentally stimulating activities can help keep your brain sharp, improve memory and prevent, or slow diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  3. Practice Self-Care – The term self-care is all the rage over the last few years, although it’s something we should all do ongoing, but often neglect since most of us are accustomed to putting everyone, and everything else before our needs. Reading is a great way to do something that’s just for you, and do it without any guilt (no need- did you read the two reasons listed above? Reading is good for you!)

Three Places to Find Books


When I’m looking for a new book I usually start with my favorite authors to see if they have anything new. Then I might check out other authors that write in a similar genre and take a look at the reviews. But as an author, I can assure you that reviews don’t always tell the whole story. We all have personal preferences of what we like in a story, or a character, and one person’s favorite book may not be someone else’s.

A few other ways to pick out new books include:
  • BookBub- follow authors you like, or friends who read in the same genre on BookBub. Review their recommendations and make some of your own to help someone else out when they’re looking for a new read.
  • Goodreads- follow authors, make friends, read reviews or join groups on this platform to help you choose new books, and recommend to others.
  • Ask for Recommendations- Most of us are all over one social media platform or another and generally we have friends with similar interests in those realms. Ask them what they’ve read lately that they recommend- although you might ask why, because as mentioned earlier, you might not share what they liked in the story, or you might be in the mood for something different and can tuck that book away on your TBR.

Regardless of reviews not telling the whole story, most people do go there first, so if you like a book, help another reader out and leave a review.

Can You Name Other Reasons to Read?


Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

Be the first to know about Maureen’s book sales and new releases by following her on BookBub, Amazon and/or signing up for her newsletter

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Celebrating WORLD FOLK TALES and FABLES WEEK

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author

As long as there have been human beings, there have been stories.

Every culture in the world has its folklore and fables, fairy tales and tall tales, myths and legends, epics and urban legends.

In a word: fantasy.

Cinderella is a great example – this is one of the oldest folk tales we know of, with countless variations in many countries. The shoes change (fur, gold, glass, leather, even sandals) and the names change (Aschenputtel, Katie Woodencloak, Yeh-Shen, Rhodopis, Domitila and Rushen-Coatie), but the bones of the story endure. 

Although most of us experience stories through reading—and in the last century, via television and movies—many tales were originally passed down through generations as oral traditions. That always makes me think of the ghostly campfire stories that held me fascinated as a child, or my Welsh gramma telling me about the faery man who lived in her garden….

But regardless of the method of delivery, the point of any fantasy story is its underlying message. Wikipedia describes the theme of Cinderella as "unjust oppression and triumphant reward". In many versions, however, Cinderella didn't win simply because she was pretty under all that dirt, or because someone felt sorry for her. She chose to be patient and kind in a situation where others were not, and that is what brought her the reward in the end.

The following, from author Neil Gaiman, is one of my favorite quotes.

"Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." 

All readers, myself included, want a good story, something that takes us out of our own little world for a while. We need characters we can care about enough to root for. Add to that a sense of wonder, a little mystery and magic, and voilĂ , we have entertainment.

But whether we realize it or not, we're often longing for one more small but vital thing: HOPE.

One of the most appealing things about fantasy stories is the promise of hope. Hope that evil doesn't prosper forever, hope that good is eventually rewarded, hope that truth matters, that courage and honor make a difference, hope that kindness, compassion and love can win the day. 

It doesn't matter if it's The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, or The Avengers by Marvel, or the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews, or even Aesop's fable of The Crow and the Pitcher. If the characters overcome differences big or small, if they prevail over minor struggles or overwhelming obstacles, it makes me feel that I can too.

May you discover a story this week that brings you hope.

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Note:  World Folktales and Fables Week is celebrated each year during the third week of March. 

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THE GRIM SERIES by Dani Harper

The fae are cunning, powerful and often cruel. The most beautiful among them are often the most deadly. Hidden far beneath the mortal world, the timeless faery realm plays by its own rules—and those rules can change on a whim. Now and again, the unpredictable residents of that mystical land cross the supernatural threshold…


In this enchanting romance series, the ancient fae come face-to-face with modern-day humans and discover something far more potent than their strongest magic: love.



Monday, March 16, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for March 16, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author



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Monday, March 9 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Wednesday, March 11 -
"12 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ST. PATRICK'S DAY" - From the original color (hint - it's not green!) to the traditional foods and more, see how many of these you know! By author Ruth A. Casie on Here Be Magic.  

Thursday, March 12 -

"WAYS AUTHORS CAN USE PINTEREST FOR MARKETING AND INSPIRATION" - Deborah A. Bailey shows how this often overlooked social site can help authors find readers plus connect with other writers. 
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from the authors at Here Be Magic


Authors at Here Be Magic may host their own giveaways or take part in larger events with other authors in the genre.
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It's here! 
THE ANNUAL SPRING FLING GIVEAWAY 
at Night Owl Romance

Looking for some fun? Discover new-to-you authors and books in the online romance reader scavenger hunt! 


Enter between March 17th and the 31st. You could win a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, a reader-inspired Prize Bag or Amazon gift cards.

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Spring-Fling-2020



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