Sneak Peek: Death at Old Fort Niagara

Today we have a sneak peek from the new suspense thriller by Marvin Allan Williams, Death at Old Fort Niagara.

In Death at Old Fort Niagara true fear is in the unexpected. It grips the heart of a man who thinks his past is behind him. It troubles the mind of a woman who has been living two lives, and it pounces on the innocence of a child at play. For Cadogan Cain, Angie Bianco, and a boy named Frankie, fear is hand delivered by a ghost of a man whose outward beauty hides a soul as black as coal.


Death at Old Fort Niagara is available from, Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble.

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Start Tracking Your Mentions: A Web-Monitoring Tool

We have lots of tools within our various platforms to help us track who is talking to or about us. We’ve talked about, Hootesuite and Tweetdeck before, but they can only follow things on a limited basis. In other words, each is geared toward certain social media platforms.

There’s also Google Alerts that will send you an email when your “alert” is mentioned somewhere out on the Internet but it is preferential to things within its search engine.

Today I want to introduce to you a site that puts it all together—Mention. This social media and web-monitoring tool combines the specificity of the above platforms with the power of Google Alerts to display who is talking about you or your books. Continue reading “Start Tracking Your Mentions: A Web-Monitoring Tool”

Flash Fiction Challenge: Main Street

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Main street used to be the center of activity in our little town. I got my first haircut right down the street at Luther’s Barber Shop.

When I was a teenager, we used to hang out at the fountain over at Huxley’s Pharmacy across the street.

Times change. Main Street got pretty run down for a few years. Most of the merchants couldn’t compete with the big box stores.

Now there’s a couple of new places opening.

Think I’ll go see what they’re selling.

In 250 words or less, tell us a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013.

On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.

On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

Entries only in the comment section. Other comments will be deleted. See HERE for additional information and terms.

Book Brief: Through a Dusty Window

Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001
by Delancey Stewart
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Word count: 20,450

It’s impossible to live in a city like New York without feeling the presence of those who have preceded you – on those streets, in those subway cars, in that apartment. The city thrums with vibrations of lives and eras passed, and traces of that history are left imprinted in tangible ways everywhere we look.

Through a Dusty Window is a collection of ten short stories spanning a century of lives inhabiting one New York City brownstone on the Upper West Side. They are the culmination of the author’s experience in that city, during which she wondered constantly who had occupied her apartment before her, and what stories they might have lived.

Ten vignettes offer historical perspective on real events from Prohibition to World War II; the Vietnam-era Summer of Sam killings to John Lennon’s murder.

Through a Dusty Window allows us to be voyeurs, seeing the fascinating lives of others as they experience the history that New Yorkers today hear whispers of around every corner.

This book is available through Amazon.

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