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Letter reveals advice George H.W. Bush gave Clinton before his presidency – AOL News

October 21, 2016

When Bill Clinton was inaugurated, George H.W. Bush sent him a letter — and it’s being resurfaced over 20 years later.
Source: Letter reveals advice George H.W. Bush gave Clinton before his presidency – AOL News
The letter is from January, 1993. For what happened the following month, check out  Detour. Prelaunch special price 99¢.

Take this “Detour”

October 19, 2016

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah FoxNostalgic about the 1990s? Curious about big rig driving? Or just want to escape into an engaging thriller with memorable characters you’ll come to love? Then take this “Detour.”

I could tell you what it’s about and how much you’ll enjoy it, but why don’t I just share what reviewer Uma Shankari had to say:


I loved Archie. He makes for a great protagonist. His character, attitude and way of talking pulls the reader in and holds their attention.

All the characters in the story are well structured and three dimensional. The Stenowitz family made me laugh so much! Each character has a unique personality that makes them stand out and they all have problems that we can totally relate to. While I read the book I could actually see the hustle and bustle in the Stenowitz home.

Even the smaller characters like Bonnie and Cheryl give us these great moments that adds character to the setting and the story.


Yes, the book comes under the ‘Mystery’ genre but I can assure you it doesn’t stop there. The plot touches upon a variety of things. I learnt a lot about Jewish traditions and customs along with Archie as the Stenowitz family prepared for a Brit. The book shows friendship, happiness, bravery and such simple but important things through the plot. The plot also deals with Archie’s time understanding the Stenowitz family and vice versa.


The writing made me sit up and take notice. As I read the book I became more pulled in because the author makes the writing simple but beautiful. Archie’s comments on the people and his surroundings are funny, realistic and honest. The choice of words are clear and non-fussy. I smiled through many parts due to the humor infused into the writing.


– The characters
– The plot
– The writing, especially the humor
– Knowing about Jewish culture


– What’s there to not like?


Go ahead and pick up the book. It’s a fun and satisfying read that definitely lives up to the expectations.

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October 13, 2016

Unveil some Magic in your life, for a mere 99¢. It’s launch day!



Magic Unveiled: An Anthology

Either the wondrous or the perilous awaits us when we play a hand at magic.

A hard boiled detective chases the supernatural, unveiling a frightening world right alongside modern man’s. A mother, able to grant wishes, shows us we must be careful what we wish for. An African Orisha might just pass you in downtown Los Angeles, eager to siphon some of your energy so that he will not fade out of existence.

From heart wrenching, ghostly goodbyes to relatives, to discovering sparks of otherworldly magic permeating contemporary society, these nine tales of magical realism and paranormal fantasy come together to form this enchanting and gripping anthology.

Magic Unveiled is presented to you by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, Seattle Times and Amazon bestselling author Raven Oak, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox, NIEA Finalist H.M. Jones, Alice Marks, Jayme Beddingfield, Ronovan Hester…

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A fish tale

October 3, 2016

The October issue of Fiction Silicon Valley is out and I’ve got a story in it. “The One That Got Away” is a fish tale drawn from my extensive experience as an angler. (Cue hysterical laughter here.)

You can grab a copy in various ebook formats, or in print.

I’m very pleased to be part of Fiction Silicon Valley  where you can find, in the words of the editor,

engaging stories and poetry … by emerging and established writers. You are the basis for the reading revolution where your writing takes readers away from the drudgery of everyday life and into new places and new experiences.

So, enjoy life more. Pick up a copy of Fiction Silicon Valley. I hope you have as much fun reading “The One That Got Away” as I did writing it.

Journal of a novel: Sept. 14, 2015. Creative tension

September 14, 2016

In a series of posts, I’ll share both Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel and what I learn from it, and I’ll show you what the writing life is like for me.

John Steinbeck worked on his novel every weekday and even on some weekends. I, too, have been writing. I just haven’t been blogging.

I had Labor Day off from work (that sounds like an oxymoron) so I spent it writing. I finished the first draft of Lady Blackwing, a short story, an assignment for a writing class that I’m taking.

Also, there’s several writing contests that I’m considering entering. One is Creativindie’s writing contest for a free writing retreat. A vacancy has opened in a retreat to a castle in France from Oct. 25 to Nov. 23. I plan to do my sixth National Novel Writing Month marathon in November. How better to focus on my writing than to closet myself away in a French castle? The contest entry requires that I supply a first chapter, a book summary or an outline. I don’t have that much at this writing. I don’t even have a working title. I can tell you this, though: it will be a contemporary mystery in which Kabbalah plays a big role. I have in mind a total genre mishmash with elements of Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Religion and Spirituality, maybe even some Romance.

I have been keeping up with reading John Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel. In his April 16, entry, he asks his editor if they can refrain from talking about the work-in-progress when they meet. Steinbeck says

…it confuses me and throw me off the story.

I can relate, but for a different reason. I find that if I talk too much about what I’m working on, I don’t write it. It’s as if there’s a tension about it that I can relieve by writing. (Oddly enough, that very thing is portrayed in my Lady Blackwing short story). Talking about it can also dissipate that tension thereby reducing the need to write.

Once the project is well underway, though, I often need to brainstorm, to try out different directions the plot can take. My late husband was wonderful for this. He would listen patiently while I rattled on about people, places, and events that don’t exist. Working it out in my notebook isn’t quite the same thing.


Journal of a novel: Sept. 7, 2016. The market

September 7, 2016

In a series of posts, I’ll share both Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel and what I learn from it, and I’ll show you what the writing life is like for me.

I’ve been absent from this Dee-Scoveries blog for a few days. It’s not that I haven’t been writing. Like John Steinbeck, who worked on his novel every weekday and even on some weekends, I have been writing. I’m taking a class in Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing. We’re instructed to write a page a day and I do have a short story in progress as a result. In fact, in the last day or two, the engine finally kicked over and it’s hard to stop at a single page.

In his April 10, Journal of a Novel entry, John Steinbeck warns his editor that

this is a different kind of book.

Steinbeck reports that in a phone conversation, his editor

…said this morning that you had to sell x thousands of copies. I am sure, after all of our years together, you will not ask me to make one single change for the sake of sales …

Steinbeck goes on to write

I am not writing for money … if money comes that is fine but [if] I knew right now that his book would not sell a thousand copies, I would still write it.

Perhaps. Although I’m guessing his editor and publisher would have something to say about it. I don’t believe that I know too many authors who are willing to work a year or more on a book that wouldn’t sell. Most of us are still trying to figure out what we need to do so that we can make a living from our writing.

Journal of a novel: Aug. 31, 2016. Invention

August 31, 2016

In a series of posts, I’ll share both Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel and what I learn from it, and I’ll show you what the writing life is like for me.

In his April 4, Journal of a Novel entry, John Steinbeck writes about a problem you wouldn’t think that a novelist would have: fictionalizing.

… true things quite often do not sound true unless they are made to. … You open the morning paper and you will find a dozen stories of people who have done things which are not true to you because they are not in your experience. … you would have to use every art to make it acceptable.

He suggests that someone write an essay about this, and maybe I will.

I write a lot of fiction, but I don’t make up much stuff. Most of the time, I find myself putting normal, believable characters into extraordinary situations. Tested in these confrontations, the characters show what they’re really made of, sometimes surprising themselves. But the battles aren’t all that unusual. Well, except for the dragon fights.

I’ve got a work in progress, a short story, and I’m giving myself pep talks to go a little crazy, a little over the top. It’s a Fantasy and so quite appropriately could portray all kinds of outrageous people, places, and events. I’ve been having arguments with myself.

“Oh, that would never happen.”
“It’s a Fantasy story. Go for it!”
“But will it be believable?”

I think that’s some of what was worrying Steinbeck: how to take what seems improbable if not impossible (even if it did in fact happen), and tell the story in such a way that the reader accepts it.