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Apart From Love, FREE on August 31, 2012 to September 2, 2012. Guest Post by Uvi Poznansky.

Guest Post by Uvi Poznansky:

Apart From Love

Summer’s come to a close, the breath of autumn is here
Time for reflection, time for a break
But before the change of seasons, this year

Listen to my whispers, and make no mistake–

As golden leaves drift, rustling in the air
Come cuddle with me, open my cover
Apart From Love, there’s not a moment to spare
Leaf through my story, it’s yours to discover


The Kindle edition of Apart From Love will be free on these dates:

August 31, 2012 to September 2, 2012.

★★★★★ Reviews:

32 customer reviews on Amazon. To read them, and to ‘Look Inside’ the book, please click here

Also see review, and listen to one of my radio interview here

More radio interviews can be found under my bio in my blog.

Not for Everyone!

According to one reviewer, this book is for “Introspective readers who love complex characters, Sam Shepard fans, poets, artists, film noir buffs.”

Another reviewer says, “Recommend this book to anyone who would like to read something a little bit different from the normal run of fiction.”

Book Description:

Written with passionate conviction, this story is being told by two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven years old student, and Anita, a plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, his aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him.

Meanwhile, Lenny is trying to keep a secret from both of them: his ex-wife, Ben’s mother, a talented pianist, has been stricken with an early-onset alzheimer. Taking care of her gradually weighs him down. What emerges in these characters is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

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Blind Veil by Michael Lorde – Excerpt

About the Author: Michael was raised in a rural town in upstate New York and has two sons and two daughters. After living in a warmer climate for nearly thirty years, Michael has since moved back north with the youngest daughter of the four. They are dog lovers and have two. Blind Veil is Michael’s debut novel.


It’s a golden rule in law enforcement that you never handcuff in the front. There are very few exceptions: obesity, pregnant females, some juveniles. The pat down was a joke too. He leaned forward, to conceal the pocket knife that remained deep in his shorts pocket. If he’d felt any deadly threat from them, it would have been over long before now.
He was once again being detained against his will and that led Simms to instantly dislike the man in front of him. It was something to do with his mannerism. Simms drank the watered down coffee, sizing him up the whole time.
He was fortyish, probably married to a woman he ignored. He forced himself to appear decent to people, though he was anything but. He was balding but, instead of a comb-over, he elected to trim the thin wisp of hair on top extra short in order to minimize its contrast. With his ashen complexion, he resembled a vampire Simms saw in a movie once, the skin punctuated here and there with deep acne scars. The man stood at the doorway wheezing softly. He was antsy, waiting while trying to relax at the same time. His oversized forehead sported a unibrow and his dark mustache was almost lost under his large nose. His ears were disproportionately small, like dried peaches. One hand hung at his side, hovering over his weapon, and the other drummed with annoyance on his thigh. He attempted a professional stance, deliberately extending what little chest he had as far out as possible over his belly. No doubt he practiced this before a mirror. In his black suit and starched white shirt, he reminded Lamont of a penguin; a large, odd, unlikeable sort of penguin.
“Do you want to tell me why the hell I’m still handcuffed?” Simms demanded.
This man was uncomfortable to be here and it suddenly occurred to Simms what a threat he posed to the agent. These people didn’t know a thing about him. It was time to use this to his advantage. After three days with Byron, he was out of patience.

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MEL’S PROJECTS is accepting anthology submissions for their anthology – Guest Post

The good news is that MEL’S PROJECTS is accepting anthology submissions for their first ever anthology, Unhappily Ever After.

Make a short story entry of 5000 – 7500 (poems are accepted too).
The theme is dark and unhappily ever after other than that it is open.
Right now the payment will be in the form of 5 copies of the completed book to do as you wish (sell/giveaway/whatever you wish) and one copy for you.
You will get 4 proofs, 2 for the first round of editing and 2 for the second round.
The big point is that you will keep all right to your big story and character, but the writer will agree not to publish or sell to another magazine/anthology for 90 days after it’s published (so 90 days from date of publiscation we have exclusive rights ro print the exclusive rights to print the story) after 90 days you can sell or submit for other anthologies or publish yourself) if it is already published you agree that you sole rights to the work, and you own the copyright.

This anthology is open NOW! Till the end of October!
Please if you can send your submission to both melina-jade @ and KCRochholz @

Thanks guys


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Why write? Guest post by Matt Frend

Why write?

Why not play music, make a film or be a game developer. The key for me is imagination. Although music, film and gaming have their own magic, giving people the recipes to make their own imaginary banquets is something special again.

In a sense, characters belong to the reader as well as the writer, much like having acquaintances whose actions of course we have little control over. I like to think I write with respect for the reader in mind. I don’t feel this is in conflict with an artistic commitment to be free of popular or commercial influences; it’s more of a guideline to assist with staying within the bounds of reason or good taste. I sometimes have to rein the fast gallop back to a working trot, listening instead to the reader looking over my shoulder.

When I start reading a novel I feel there’s a bond of trust I’m entering into – an expectation that I’ll be going on a journey with the writer at the helm. So now in return I aspire to meet that expectation when I write.

As a side note to this, Life Before Death had its own motivation for being written. It was more out of loyalty than fulfilling any personal dream. It is a heavily fictionalized memoir, the purpose of which is to deliver the primary message contained in the book.

I make no excuses for the controversial nature of its content. It’s life as it happened. Much like that saying, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

One benefit writing a novel has given me is a goal to keep on writing after finding I enjoy it so much. Unlocking the imagination and finding an outlet for it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my altogether too short life. The bouncy puppy of inspiration must be played with or it will burst.

I highly recommend writing in all its forms to anyone – keeping a diary; jotting down a simple rhyme – even scribbling away with your personal history as I have done. Apart from being a lot of fun it can have a therapeutic effect.

I am very thankful for it.

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