Meet Guest Author Stacy Gleiss…

Meet Guest Author Stacy Gleiss…

Meet guest author Stacy Gleiss from this post on The Story Reading Ape Blog

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stacy-gleissI live fully planted in the fertile soil of my native state; enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and watching sunsets over Lake Michigan.  But I wasn’t always here. For many years my soul was elsewhere.  

I was born and raised in nowhere special. A rural Michigander, a real bumpkin whose feet were always black and leathery in the summer.  Culture to me was playing in the woods and streams…that is until a mysterious flyer about an exchange program appeared in our rural route mailbox. This little piece of paper brought a girl named Yuki to our house. The year was 1979 and she became my best friend whether she wanted to be or not.

This is how it all started for me. I was still in high school when I first traveled to Japan and it was mesmerizing. I had only known Japan from old encyclopedias and post war history…

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Heaven Calling – Part 8 #Fiction #RomCom #WomensFiction

Heaven Calling – Part 8 #Fiction #RomCom #WomensFiction

Check out Heaven Calling – Part 8, from the Blonde Write More blog.



Welcome to my weekly blog series – Heaven Calling

This is the final part in this series, so I hope you enjoy it.


Camilla’s enjoyment of heaven life came to an abrupt end after she discovered her husband Gerry was dating back on Earth. He’d spent two years grieving her but in Camilla’s eyes this was not long enough.

With her own team of angel assistants; Anna and Gabriel, some soothing harp music, the use of the weather and God’s help, Camilla is certain she can influence the outcome of Gerry’s dates and get him back to mourning her.

In Part 7 Camilla listened to her best friend Meg confessing strong feelings for Gerry, via the prayer hotline.

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Why Reviewing Books is an Act of Love

Check out this great post from the PBS blog on the motivation to do book reviews. I wholeheartedly agree.

Pearls Before Swine

Whenever I finish a book and prepare a review, I ask myself why I am doing this. Why I dedicate time reading books and time writing reviews and even more time structuring the blog post. Do you know how many times I revise a post before it goes public? Too many times. Some of the posts you love the most have been revised upwards to twenty times because I want it to be done to the best of my ability. It may not even be done right but at least I know I’ve done what I can. If I think before I speak then it means that I must also think before I write. Of course, typos fall through but the point is that to prepare and schedule a post takes time. So, after days (sometimes weeks and months) reading the book, hours writing the review and a few hours…

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Unconventional Research Sites for Writers

Unconventional Research Sites for Writers

Check out this great post from the Word Dreams blog for some unconventional research sites for your writing


writer researchI read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. Really? Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? And then, not two days later, I heard Twitter has reclassified their app as a news purveyor rather than a social media device. Once again: Who gets news from Twitter? Apparently a lot of adults. No surprise news shows are littered with references to listener’s tweets and the President breaks stories via his Twitter stream.

One more stat — which may explain the whole social-media-as-news-trend — and then I’ll connect these dots: Only 6% of people trust the press. I guess that’s why they prefer blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

Research is a similar change. Your grandmother relied on encyclopedias, reference books, and museums. Your mother probably…

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Deadly Game by Matt Johnson #BlogTour #Extract #Giveaway

Check out the book, Deadly Game, by Matt Johnson, as it makes a blog tour stop on the By The Letter Book Reviews blog


Today I am delighted to be one of two stops on the blog tour for Deadly Games which is available to purchase from Amazon. For my stop I have an extract as well as a give away for a signed copy of this fabulous book. For the chance to win a signed copy, you will find the link at the end of the extract.

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1999. Romania

The wind can kill.

Relia Stanga recalled her father’s words clearly as she huddled

against the stone garden wall for shelter.

Winter was around the corner. The east wind was beginning to turn

cold. Soon, she would need to take a chance and wait inside the house

for the factory bus to arrive. In a few short weeks the winds from the

east would bring snow and then, as Father had warned, it would be

certain death to wait in the…

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#Review – Nobody’s Son by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @HarperNonFic @Jasmine_hl #fostercare

#Review – Nobody’s Son by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @HarperNonFic @Jasmine_hl #fostercare

Check out this review of the book, Nobody’s Son, by Cathy Glass, from The Writing Garnet blog

The Writing Garnet


Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.

When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’s already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’ll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn’t coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

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First Editions, A Guest Post by Jan Ellis, Author of The Bookshop Detective

Check out this guest post by author Jan Ellis on Linda’s Book Bag blog

Linda's Book Bag

bookshop detective

It’s a busy time for Jan Ellis at the moment with the first two books in The Bookshop by The Sea series published by Waverley Books today, 23 March 2017, and French Kisses and A London Affair out in paperback in May 2017. You can read my review of French Kisses here, and I’m thrilled to be quoted on the cover for its new release with A London Affair.

French kisses

The Bookshop Detective is published today, 23rd March 2017 and is available for purchase here.

As she’s so busy I’m delighted that Jan has found time to drop in to Linda’s Book Bag and tell me a bit about how a first edition book has influenced her own writing.

All of Jan’s books are availble for purchase or pre-order here.

The Bookshop Detective

bookshop detective

When a ghost ship is spotted on the horizon one spring evening, bookseller Eleanor Mace decides…

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