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Back to Blogging this Week (I'm Still Alive)

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Hey everyone,

Sorry I'm a bit behind on my blogging. Had some things come up (all good) I will be getting back to that this week.

Til then, here is some George Carlin to hold you over (been revisiting a lot of his shows as of late).






Luther Leonidas Hill Jr. and Henry Myrick

People have commented on my dedication in the front of my book, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). It is there that I've dedicated the book, along with the research that went into the book, 'to those that have been forgotten with time.'
While some individuals haven't necessarily been completely forgotten, I do think that what we are shown - and what gets talked of - is a result of careful selection. And because I'm tired of all these things dividing us (I actually have come to believe that there is much more in history that can bring us together, and we all have a lot more in common than we might think), I am sharing as much of these individual's stories as I can.
Two such individuals are Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill Jr., a late 19th century/early-mid 20th century physician and surgeon, and Henry Myrick, a 13-year-old African American youth who suffered a stab wound to the heart. In 1902, Dr. Hill performed what is considered one of the first successful open heart s…

INTERVIEW: Author Francis H. Powell

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Over the years, I have met many cool and unique individuals online. Author Francis Powell has been one of those individuals. After we connected via Facebook last year,he did an interesting guest post for this blog.Shortly thereafter, he invited me to be part of a Halloween blog hop he was hosting (I've also been part of a Christmas blog hop and most recently, the Love is Blind Valentines Day blog hop hosted by him). Now I'm bringing him back to my blog for an interview. So read and enjoy and check out his work, Flight of Destiny at Amazon and other retailers. 






TA: For those discovering you and your work for the first time, tell a little about yourself and the kind of stories you write. How would you describe your works?
FP: I write short stories. My first published book is called Flight of Destiny. My publisher describes my stories as being “Dystopian” I usually describe them as Dark Fiction with elements of wit. A reviewer wrote, “They're a little Ray Bradbury, a little Ste…

#Loveisblindbloghop, Day 4: Edgar Allan Poe

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Greetings!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines/Singles Awareness Day.

Today, for the final day of this bloghop, I am bringing you episode 1 of my new webseries, The Parting of Veils. No Valentines Day would be complete without some wonderfully dark romantic poetry from the master himself, Edgar Allan Poe.

Enjoy!


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From now until March 1, the ebook version of my novel Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) is available for free at Smashwords!


Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) free with coupon code until March 1 at Smashwords with coupon code. Simply enter the code YB27E at checkout. :)





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Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # …

#Loveisblindbloghop, Day 3: An ancient ghost tale about love gone completely wrong...

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Greetings and Happy Valentines or Singles Awareness Day!

I apologize for this post going up a little late today, but I was feeling under the weather yesterday, went to sleep for a long time and realized that I forgot to schedule this post for today. But better late than never.

Today, I bring you what was episode 5 of my webseries, The Parting of Veils, where my good friend Chuck Owston tells an old Viking ghost tale about love gone completely wrong...

The Song of the Sorrowing Harp




And as a bonus, here is Loreena McKennitt's song, The Bonny Swans, which was one of many works inspired by the tale.




From now until March 1, you can get the ebook of my novel, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) for free at Smashwords:


Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) free with coupon code until March 1 at Smashwords with coupon code. Simply enter the code YB27E at checkout. :)








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#Loveisblindbloghop Day 2: Free Books!

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Greetings!

Because I have so much love for you all, I am giving you some free books this Valentines Day!  First is the audiobook of my short story, The Cemetery by the Lake.

As a side note, check out two bloghop interviews with me, conducted by Deanna Dee and Francis H. Powell:

Even Geeksters Fall in Love (Deanna Dee's site)

Love is Blind Interview (by Francis H. Powell)




And from now until March 1, get Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) for free at Smashwords (which can convert to pretty much any type of e-reader):


Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) free with coupon code until March 1 at Smashwords with coupon code. Simply enter the code YB27E at checkout. :)






http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/love-is-blind-blog-hop.html







*****

For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter!

Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5)…

Love is Blind Blog Hop, Day 1: Interview with Author Deanna Dee

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Valentines Day draw nigh which means that the #Loveisblind blog hop is on (running from Feb 12-15)!
For day 1, author Deanna Dee and I exchanged interviews. Read on for what she had to say and where to check her books out. And then hop on over to her site for her interview with me, coming soon at  http://ddgeekwriter.blogspot.com :)



TA: What's your ideal Valentine’s Day?
DD: Nothing fancy. I’m a hang out and watch a movie type of person.

TA: What's your favorite kind of candy?
DD:  M and M’s, preferably of the dark chocolate variety.

TA: Are there romantic elements in your stories? If so how is the romantic factor used?
DD: There are, and I guess I’d consider my books sweet, fun romances. My characters go on dates that involve games and fun stuff.

TA: Do you find writing a good romantic scene easy or difficult?
DD: Somewhere in the middle, depending on the scene. Tapping into the emotions isn’t too tough, but getting the words just write can be challenging.

TA: What type of romance st…

Were Our Ancestors Stupid?

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*****UPDATE: Just to clarify, the title of this post is meant to take a stab at those who just believe historical myths without looking into them and then believe that somehow they 'weren't smart or enlightened' back in the day. While I appreciate comments and discussion, please ACTUALLY WATCH my "Death by Petticoat?" video rant before commenting. Thanks! :) *****

Forgive the bluntness of the title, but this is something that's been bothering me. Was "death by petticoat" really one of the leading causes of death for women in the 18th century? And what did they know of disease or putting out a fire? I answer these questions (or at least attempt to) in the following video.
I did mean for this to be a short little video, but my rant ended up going on for longer. Sorry! :D



Blogpost of mine on this subject and a couple other myths:
http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2015/12/three-widely-spread-historical-myths.html

Andrews McMeel Short Film (wh…

Sex in the Middle Ages or "Privates on Parade" and 18th Century Womens Buttoned Up Fashions?

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Just in time for Valentines Day.

Yes, either romance is in the air or the day is fondly regarded as 'singles awareness day' by some. And then there are those that are indifferent, single or not. The holiday itself is shrouded in mystery. Also known as St. Valentines Day, the holiday embodies both ancient Roman and early Christian traditions. The legends surrounding the person called St. Valentine are also pretty interesting (there are at least three known legends out there). In each legend, Valentine is shown as a romantic, heroic martyr who fought for love in one form or another. There are also theories as to why the holiday itself is placed in the middle of February. Some say this is the anniversary of his death (which likely occurred around A.D. 270) and others say it was an attempt by the early church to Christianize the pagan holiday Lupercalia (interestingly, a holiday dedicated to the gods of agriculture, though there was some 'marriage pairing' that took place…