Winner of 2016 Flash Fiction Contest

THE RISING © Indra Adrian Jonklass 2016 The wax dripping on the raw flesh of my forearm as I sterilized the blade of my hunting knife made me wince. It would be nothing compared to the pain to come…

Source: Winner of 2016 Flash Fiction Contest

A taste of violence and romance

Mix in some thrills, and you have HUNTRESS. Nope this isn’t the paranormal romance you’ve been hearing about. This is a novel that has surprised everyone. Take a look at the latest review for this MC thriller.

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The Voice of One

by Victoria H. Loren

The auditorium was packed with a noisy crowd anxiously waiting for the program to begin. Laughter erupted from a group of spectators who were entertained by a theatrical improv performance of several young adults seated on the second row. One podium stand centered on stage held several mounted microphones. The cordless microphone lay on a shelf for speakers who needed more freedom to engage with the audience. Motivational speakers usually held the interest of the audience and today’s event was no exception. The soft footsteps upon the wooden floor of the little girl hushed the crowd. She stopped beside the podium pausing long enough to pick up the cordless mic. Bright eyes looked out into the crowd. Her hands trembled, as she held the microphone in front of her lips. The courage of this small child had captivated everyone. She spoke only two words, “One voice.” The power of those two words had a profound impact on the audience. The thunderous chant of the words “one voice” was deafening. Of course, the program continued, but the image of the little girl and the vision she shared with the world never faded. One voice can make a difference, your voice.

I am Victoria H. Loren author of the Legacy of Trust Trilogy. The accomplishment of being a published author is one that I am extremely proud and yet, I am also humbled. The journey is one that unifies fellow authors, artists, friends, and family. I am blessed and thankful for the support of such people in my life. Reading and writing have always been a passion for me. I remember the first time I walked into a public library as a child, I was inspired by the tall, stacks of countless books. I’ll never forget touching the books; the smell of the pages, being spellbound by the colorful photos and stories that had the power to transform the world. The gift I received from the author’s work was one that has remained with me to this day. I never dreamed it would be possible for me to become a published author. After the death of my father, writing provided a means for me to find a new direction in my life. While writing truly is my passion, during this period of my life, it became a spiritual healing for me. The emotion of such a great loss empowered a greater feeling of love and peace. I am extremely proud of the completion and publication of Blind Trust, book one of the Legacy of Trust Trilogy. The treasured manuscript was written over ten years ago, and through the support of my family and friends; I found the courage to seek publication.

After the shock and excitement of my first novel being available to the world, the real work began. Marketing is an effort that can be successful and even fun with a little teamwork. True, this can be a terrifying step with the vast choices of marketing available. The odds that a novel could hit the best sellers list instantly are not exactly favorable, but not impossible for some. Realistically it takes hard work to promote the visibility of your book. Social media can be an instrumental tool to promote your work through multiple platforms. Inspiration comes in many forms, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of marketing to find what works for you. I believe, each author brings diverse views, standards and qualities to their work, and can promote with heartfelt conviction. I will always work hard to improve and continually strive to learn and grow as a writer. My writing reflects an artistic, poetic style and balances a realistic view with fantasy. The dark undertone interlaced with a little romance is a powerful mix and totally unpredictable. Life provides countless visions and inspirations. I see the world through the eyes of an artist, and love to give the images a voice.

My hope and dream in life are to inspire others. I believe we all have a voice and that just one voice can make a difference.

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Pirate or Not

Pirate or Not by Claire Plaisted

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Accusations are easy to toss at someone and can rapidly turn into an opinionated argument or even get violent, be it with words you can’t take back or in person with a shouting match. Most of the words are out of an intense desire to be right or be the, know it all even when they are wrong.

Apparently I’m a pirate. Why? Because I didn’t pay for my photos, I didn’t credit or link the photos to where I got them from. Well I nearly blew. I ranted to a friend, calmed and cooled down and thought about it. Therefore a pirate I am.

I can’t imagine myself with an eye patch, a hook on my arm, nor a parrot on my shoulder. I mean seriously. Little old me a PIRATE. NAH. Yes I realise we all make mistakes at times, however, even when I do and if they are pointed out to me, then I will deal with it straight away. Like everyone else I dislike making mistakes. However, I won’t bite and cause an argument. I will, after much thought either pounce and respond to a comment, or I will delete the comment and get on with fixing a mistake. Don’t call me a Pirate just because that is what my blog was about. Don’t call me a pirate if I make a mistake, mention it to me so I can rectify it. Don’t call me a Pirate unless you have done your research and can bloody well prove I stole something intentionally to use to my advantage and give away to other people. I look after people, I help them, I teach them. JUST DON’T

The photos in question were FREE from PIXABAY and from my husband’s cell phone camera. ON PIXABAY you don’t have to credit anyone unless you wish to. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. As for my darling husband – Well he gave me the photo to use.

If PIXABAY doesn’t have a photo then I use google images. Now this is where you have to be careful. Once you have the images on your computer, look up to just about the images and click on SEARCH TOOLS. This drops down a new level. Look for USAGE RIGHTS, click on this and it will open a box. Tick the one saying LABELLED FOR REUSE. Google will refresh the age and you can then chose any of the images without any copyright infringement.

ONLY BECAUSE I DON’T CHOSE TO CREDIT OR LINK PHOTOS DOESN’T MEAN I STOLE THEM. I AM NOT A PIRATE. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, INCLUDING ME, IT STILL DOESN’T MAKE YOU A PIRATE.

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