Anthems for Authors – Tell Your Story Walking

Wow. With a haunting voice and poignant lyrics, Deb Talan’s song Tell Your Story Walking strikes a chord with any author. Supposedly, the song was inspired by Motherless Brooklyn, a novel by Jonathan Lethem, and she cleverly works part of the title in at the very beginning. Have a listen, and enjoy the slide show which was in turn inspired by the song. Great stuff.

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Featured Book: The Cut-Out

The Cut-OutThe Cut-Out
by Jon King
Mystery, thriller, suspense, action
Available from Amazon.

Tipped off about a high-profile assassination days before Princess Diana’s death, British journalist Jon King sets out to uncover the truth about the Paris car crash, and finds himself at the centre of a deadly conspiracy. Can he expose its sinister web? Based on a true story.


“You were in Paris, James―”

“Yes, but…”

“―In the tunnel. We wouldn’t want those kind of photographs falling into the wrong hands.”

Feverishly Andanson stubbed out his unfinished cigar and leaned forward across the table. His voice became an urgent whisper. “Do I look crazy? Do you think I would keep photographs of MI6 agents on the ground, outside the Ritz, inside the tunnel?”

“Why not? Tabloid editors would give their rectal virginity for photographs like that. Worth a lot of money.”

“But I already have a lot of money, Monsieur Mason. Thanks to you I have a very good life.”


As though deliberating Andanson’s fate Mason sat back in his seat and swilled his Cognac and Club Soda in its glass one more time. Then downed the liquid in one.

“Long life, James,” he said, replacing the empty glass on the table between them. “Long life.”

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Fair Warning?

triggers-fair-warning-guns-467710_960_720There’s been a discussion in the media over the past couple of weeks about students on some college campuses calling for trigger warnings on their course syllabi.

The term trigger warning, in case you managed to miss the excitement, is defined most narrowly as a notification that what you’re about to read (or see or hear) might cause flashbacks or panic attacks in someone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice of labeling such content apparently began in feminist and self-help forums. Since then, it has spread – even some media outlets now use them – and the initial definition has broadened to include everything from rape and murder to colonialism and (I kid you not) animals in wigs. Continue reading “Fair Warning?”