Reading Links 3/20/18

Where Genres Collide

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Reading Links 3/20/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.
  2. Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions…

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#SoCS March 17/18 – Louise & Amy

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “green.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!   

Green was Louise’s heart. From playschool when the pictures Amy coloured in were praised. Right onto primary school when Amy was picked first in PE teams and she last. Right on to high school when Amy bagged the boy deemed the hottest boy, Ryan, in school who subsequently took Amy to the prom.

And now her heart was still green. 10 years after leaving high school as she read of the newspaper article in a cafe about Amy, “one of the top anthropologists in the world”, newly married to the hot businessman in every sense of the world Cliff.

She always had it all. Everything! While I’m near penniless and a single mother.

Louise looked at the metal of the gun shining out of her handbag. She looked across the road at the offices where Amy worked.

Well she won’t have it all anymore.


Behind Every Smile (Stop Child Abuse)

The Lonely Author


Behind Every Smile


There’s an untold story

behind every smile.

Such is life when you reside

in an abusement park.

He experienced a world of horror

where banners are always

black and blue.

A world of stolen laughter

where happy days were

far and few.

A never ending ride

where childhood was lost

like a treasured toy

never to be found.

Everything is lost riding

this sadistic merry go round.

He was a victim,

bullied and beaten,

until only one thing remained

inside his fragile fractured shell.



Child abuse. Silence is never the answer.

Image: Self

National Child Abuse Hotlines

U.S. and Canada…….1 (800) 4-A-Child or 1 (800) 422-4453
Great Britain…….Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk, or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.

ChildLine (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap By Paulette Mahurin Review!

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (2012) by Paulette Mahurin is an intriguing and thought-provoking book which is written excellently by the author.

Set in the 1800s in a small town in Nevada, the story follows the love story of Mildred Dunlap and her cousin Edra. Following Oscar Wilde’s conviction in Britain, we see how the various people in the town react to the news and how their reactions affect the lives of Mildred and Edra. It’s a beautiful yet often sad story that shows just terrible human rights were back then and shows just how far we’ve come. Some of it would pull your heart to pieces. Reading the stress and fear these women are going through in the novel shows the kind of high levels of persecution people who weren’t straight faced in those days. Being pansexual, I felt angry at parts at how utterly cruel and prejudiced some of the characters were and I was glad that even though things are still not perfect today that I and many, many other people don’t have to live with those high levels of persecution and be feeling pretty powerless against it.

There is very rounded characters. Each with their own personality and journey in the book. Mildred and Edra are a wonderful couple who show so much strength in the face of adversity. They show that two ordinary women when pushed to do so will fight together to weather the storm. But it’s always nice to have people who care about you and thankfully in this book, there is Gus and Charley. Both of these chaps go on very different journeys in the book but are both very kind, non-prejudiced people.

The writer got the claustrophobic feeling of a small town spot-on with her descriptions of life in Red River Pass. The gossiping, the running down of anyone perceived to be ‘different’ in some way. And the absolute glee the people gossiping, especially Josie, feel in running another down and trying to make their life harder.

I have to admit, it threw me a little bit that Mildred and Edra were cousins. I think in modern times we tend to be thrown a bit by cousins falling in love with each other but putting things in context, back in the time this book was set, it probably wouldn’t have been uncommon. When you take out of the equation the fact they are cousins, they actually make a very beautiful, loving couple and you find yourself as a reader rooting for them, their love and their future.

This is a wonderful book, gorgeously written and it also has a wonderful cause that the profits from it’s sales are going to. All profits from the book are going to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in Ventura County, CA which is the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County.

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Bridezilla – the secret keeper Writing Prompt

In response to’s weekly writing prompt #132. The challenge is to use the 5 words given below (or their synonyms ) in a poem or flash fiction.


(5) Words: | READ | ARM | RAID | STARE | RAGE |

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It was a raid,

the bitches better read the rage

on my face Tina thought,

this was war,

the bargain day

for wedding dresses,

I will stare them down,

at the end my dream dress will be on my arm.


Dreams – the secret keeper Writing Prompt

In response to’s weekly writing prompt #131. The challenge is to use the 5 words given below (or their synonyms ) in a poem or flash fiction.



(5) Words: | AIM | LOSE | GUARD | AIR | DREAM

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If you’re going to dream,

dream big,

aim high,

guard your feelings

in this tough world

but don’t let them push you down,

otherwise you lose

and they win,

make your dreams a reality,

not thin air,

but be happy in the attempt

if things don’t go your way.

Three Line Tales Writing Prompt – Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo the penquin was determined to tell Juliet the penquin that he loved her. So he stood among the flowers and gazed up into her loving eyes upon the hill, said the words coming from deep beneath his fur and skin. She looked confused and surprised and didn’t answer.

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