The Delta Pearl 76 — Lunge

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Foggy River Bridge by Dan Antion 2016 (Image altered)Foggy River Bridge by Dan Antion 2016 (Image altered)

Welcome back, my chuckaboos. How is your weekend?  The Delta Pearl is here and it’s bang up to the elephant!  There are a few more things to resolve, so let’s vamose

All aboard!

The Delta Pearl

Chapter 76 — Lunge

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A loud whistling sound came from outside.  I hurried back to the opening, because I had heard that noise before and it was coming closer.

“Another rocket?” I exclaimed hopefully.

It was indeed, a small rocket and it was strapped to Victor’s back.  It wasn’t nearly as large as the other two my inventor had built, but it sped high into the sky.

Unfortunately, he shot straight up and past the Geostrophic Pearl.  A moment later, a parachute opened and he drifted down to eyelevel.  At first, I could only…

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5 Worldbuilding Mistakes to Avoid in Your Sci-Fi Novel

Check out this informative post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog titled:
5 Worldbuilding Mistakes to Avoid in Your Sci-Fi Novel

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Savannah Cordova | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

This is a guest post by Savannah Cordova. Savannah is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects self-publishing authors with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. She loves science fiction and fantasy.

5 Worldbuilding Mistakes to Avoid in Your Sci-Fi Novel

The science fiction genre presents us with almost unlimited possibilities. No longer bound to the science and logic of life-as-we-know-it, sci-fi writers are able to let their imaginations run wild. In the worlds of our own making, anything goes, right?

But wait just a moment — there are still some ways that your sci-fi world can fall flat. If you want to learn about some of the major pitfalls (and how to avoid them), look no further than this article! We’ll start with the mistake that annoys me the most…

1. Lack of consistency

In order for readers to truly invest in your world, you need them…

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5 Life “Rules” That May Change Your Writing Future

by Jenny Hansen

A lot of leadership advice, training styles, and life philosophies pass by my desk in the course of my day job. Books like Emotional Intelligence 2.0The Storyteller’s Secret, and Start With Why are sitting in my workspace right now.

When I’m really really lucky, those leadership philosophies and “life rules” inform and enrich my day job AND my writing life.

If you’ve never heard of Simon Sinek, I think you’ll like him. His mission in life is to inspire others and he’s got some amazing lessons for creatives like the video below.

Simon Sinek’s 5 “Life Rules”

Lesson One

You can go after whatever you want, you just cannot deny anyone else the ability to go after what they want.

In the video, he shares a story about how you perceive your goals – do you see what you want, or do you see the obstacle that stands in the way of what you want? This is a thought-provoking distinction. The only thing I didn’t like about this story is the way he bypassed the obstacle. However, his point is valid.

  • Focus on what you want.
  • Don’t impede others’ success.
  • You don’t have to do it the way everybody has done it.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #SciFi #SpaceOpera – Inside Out by Thorne Moore

Head over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore to discover a New Author on the Shelves: Inside Out by Thorne Moore

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Delighted to welcome Thorne Mooreto the Cafe and Bookstore with her books. Today I am featuring her recent release, the science fiction space opera Inside Out.

About the book

Triton station, Outer Circles headquarters of Ragnox Inc, on the moon of Neptune, is as far as the intrepid can go. It’s a place to make money, lots of money, and for seven lucky travellers, bound for Triton on the ISF Heloise, that’s exactly what they intend to do.

Maggy Jole wants to belong. Peter Selden wants to escape. Abigail Dieterman wants to be free. Merrit Burnand wants to start again. Christie Steen wants to forget. No one knows what David Rabiotti wants. And Smith, well, Smith wants everything.

Does it really matter what they want? The journey to Triton will take them eleven months – eleven months to contemplate the future, come to terms with the small print of…

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How Changing This Setting On Your WordPress Blog Will Help It Gain More Views

Check out this very helpful post from Hugh’s Views and News blog titled: How Changing This Setting On Your WordPress Blog Will Help It Gain More Views.

I changed this setting a while ago and can attest that this tip really works.

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Do you have email subscribers to your blog? If so, every time you publish a new blog post, they get a ‘New Post’ email notification.

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How Changing This Setting On Your WordPress Blog Will Help It Gain More Views

Here’s a screenshot of an email notification I got from WordPress when blogger Sally Cronin recently published a new blog post.

Screenshot showing a new WordPress blog post notification from Sally Cronin
WordPress New Blog Post Notification

Notice how only the first part of the post is visible to me.

To read the whole post, I have to click on its title or the ‘read more of this post‘ link (highlighted in the above image). This means I have to visit Sally’s blog to read the post, thus improving the viewing statistics on her blog.

Are there any disadvantages in displaying whole blog posts in email notifications?

Yes. WordPress has a setting available that allow users to either show the…

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Don’t Cheat Your Reader #twists #foreshadowing

Check out this interesting post from Mae Clair via the Story Empire blog titled: Don’t Cheat Your Reader

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Hi, SEers! You’re with Mae for a look at plotting your WIP. I will say right off the bat, I’m a plantster when it comes to working my way through any WIP. Half-pantser, half plotter. I often don’t know how my book will end until I reach the last quarter and start to knit threads together. As a plantster, I frequently have to go back and reset the stage or foreshadow a twist that materializes in my ending chapters. It can be tedious rewriting, but my system works for me.

Many of you fly by the seat of your pants—true pansters. Others are dyed-in the-wool plotters, outlining your book from start to finish, a roadmap already in place when you type “Chapter One.”

New Story Chapter One printed on a vintage typewriter.

Regardless which approach you take, you understand the need to deliver a good story. When readers pick up a novel, they’re investing time. Relying on the author…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry Frank Prem

Check out the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where you can Meet the Authors featuring D.Wallace Peach, Mary Smith, and Frank Prem

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Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet. D.Wallace Peach

Best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit:
D.Wallace Peach Books

A selection of  books by D.Wallace Peach

51om2I6e0kL._UY250_61abvx-feql-_uy250_An early review for The Ferryman and the Sea Witch

Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE 5.0…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Western #Folklore Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Sian Turner, #Western #TimeTravel Sandra Cox

Head over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore for the Weekly News featuring Staci Troilo, Sian Turner, and Sandra Cox

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Whilst the Meet the Authors Series is running I will share recent reviews for authors already featured in the usual Weekly News.

The first author is Staci Troilo for her short story Valuable Treasures (The Medici Protectorate)

About the book

Life in the Colorado mountains isn’t easy for immigrants Anita and Ottavio Notaro, particularly when they’re isolated on a hillside and barely speak the language. Anita is carrying their first child, and Tav works many long, hard hours away from home. This isn’t the American dream they were promised; this is a brutal life on the frontier. Tav has been saving money to make their lives easier, and he stumbles on a windfall. The only problem is, he isn’t the only one who knows about it. Trouble befalls these two humble Italians, threatening their livelihoods—and their lives.

A strange posse made up of fellow countrymen ride to their rescue. But…

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Author Spotlight – Pat Garcia

Stop over to the Writer’s Treasure Chest blog to check out the Author Spotlight featuring Pat Garcia

Writer's Treasure Chest

Please welcome Pat Garcia on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. I’m very proud to have this wonderful author, poet, singer and friend on my blog, and I thank her so much for being my guest today.


Please introduce yourself?

I am Pat Garcia. That’s my pen name. I write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and Lyrics, and I sing and play piano.

1.            When did you start writing?

I started singing when I was three and started writing when I started school at the age of five.

2.            What motivates you to write?

My raison d’ etre. It my purpose for living.

3.            What genres do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?

I write in several genres that are important for me. Romance to include Romantic Suspense, Women Fiction, Erotic and non-fiction I love writing creative non-fiction

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams…

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Visual Marketing & Its Influence On Your Book’s Social Media Marketing Success

Check out this informative post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog titled: Visual Marketing & Its Influence On Your Book’s Social Media Marketing Success

Nicholas C. Rossis

We are all visual animals. Our eyes find it much easier to stimulate an image in our brains than texts.

You may recall this from your own experience when you are out grocery shopping: signs that show the product’s photo are catchier than a simple placard with the name of the product written on it. In studies, content with images has increased the view rate by a whopping 94%. Research also suggests that visual content is more memorable than textual content.

No wonder, then, that marketers invest so much in visual marketing.

So what is Visual Marketing? And how can it help you sell more books?

What Is Visual Marketing?

In simple terms, visual marketing is all about using visual content that attracts and engages the target audience. Visual content can be any videos, images, GIFs, etc. that you use to convey your promotional messages.

As people’s attention…

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