HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

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Sonora Smart Dodd is one of the legendary women credited with beginning Father’s Day, on June 19, 1910 to honor her father and all that he’d done for her and her siblings. She claimed that while listening to the Mother’s Day sermon in church a year prior, she wondered why there was no official day to honor fathers who did so much for their families.

Her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, was a single father to six children in Spokane, Washington, his wife having died while giving birth to their sixth child. He raised them on their farm and after his death, Sonora Smart Dodd petitioned the powers that be to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5, her deceased father’s birthday. However, due to a mix up, the honorary day was arranged for the third Sunday of June, where it still remains today.

Another legend credits Grace Golden Clayton, West Virginia, (1908) of petitioning her church minister to establish a memorial date in memory of all the miners who had perished in a tragic mining fire that killed more than 360 men. From that time forward,  many churches, states, and municipalities paid homage to fathers in June.

But despite recommendations by President Calvin Coolidge and later, President Lyndon B. Johnson, (executive order) it wasn’t until 1972, that Father’s Day became a National holiday in the United States of America while President Richard Nixon was in office . Many countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June, but not all.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU FATHERS: stepfathers, grandfathers, adopted fathers, foster fathers, and spiritual fathers!

NQ

 

 

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ONE THOUSAND TEARS: Pauline Creeden

Among mermaids and humans, cruelty has many faces.

One secret Adelaide has kept for as long as she can remember—her love for Jonas. She is the daughter of the clan’s elder; he is a bottom feeder. As Mer, they can never be together. But as humans, it might be possible.

When Jonas’s reckoning comes, he must go to land during the cycle of the full moon. But when the next cycle comes around, he doesn’t return. Fearing what might have become of him, Adelaide follows and gains legs for herself. But living life as a human is much more difficult than she imagined. And finding Jonas is just as hard. To follow him to the underwater city, she must endure the Initiate’s Trial. Her strength and resolve will be tested if she wants to find Jonas and survive.

Adelaide must prove she’s more than just a mermaid princess.

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Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

 

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Opportunities – and Apologies

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APOLOGY: Sorry to have been missing on the blog front so long! Time just ran away from me. The Point and Shoot novel, GONE IN A FLASH is a bit behind schedule, and the MERCIFUL BLESSINGS marketing is right on target; life in general has just been very busy for me – which is probably the case for all of you, too! I hope that all is well in your world – both personal and writing-wise. I’ve got several great books to post about and suggestions for summer reading to make, but it must wait until my travels are over and I’m back at the home computer. I’ll be posting weekly beginning later this month.  Until then though, check out Caridad Pineiro’s, What Happens in Summer (At the Shore) for summer romance reads.

DancingOPPORTUNITIES: Some very interesting things have come across my desk of late. For a comprehensive list of contest and submission openings, get yourself a copy of the POETS & WRITERS May/June 2018 edition. Below are some that I know you’ve asked me about in the past 3-5 months, though. Enjoy and follow that opportunity right through to submission – that’s the only way things will happen.

  • FICTION & POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 prize and publication; OPEN JULY 1-31, 2018. Short story up to 10,000 words, or a set of 1-3 poems. No entry fee. Visit The Sewanee Review for details
  • POETRY AWARD: $1,000 prize and publication; DEADLINE JULY 15, 2018. All entries considered for publication. $10 entry fee. See website for details at Literal Latte Poetry Award
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION: $3,000 prize and publication; DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 19, 2018. Up to 1500 word essay on a theme. No entry fee. Visit Real Simple Life Lessons
  • TRAVEL WRITING: $1,000 prize and publication in Nowhere Magazine. Semi-annual contest for a short story or essay, published and unpublished. Online submission with $20 entry fee. Visit Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest
  • MILITARY FICTION: $5,000 prize. Less than 50 entries as a rule. DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2018. Published War Novel. American Library Association W.Y. Boyd Literacy Award. Visit ALA W. Y Boyd Literary Award for Military Fiction
  • AMERICAN HISTORICAL FICTION: $1,000 prize. Published book of American Historical Fiction. DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2018. Visit Langum Trust American Historical Fiction
  • FLASH FICTION: Zathom, Micro-Writing Contest. No fees, open to global submissions, cash prizes. Visit ZATHOM Micro-Writing Contest

CONTEST ENTRY HOTSHEET:

  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON THE ORG RUNNING THE CONTEST. IF YOU WIN, YOU WILL BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOREVER. BE SURE YOU WANT TO BE
  • WILL YOU BE PROUD TO WIN THIS CONTEST? WANT TO TELL THE WORLD WHEN YOU GET THAT CALL OR LETTER? IF NOT, CHOOSE ANOTHER CONTEST. THERE ARE TRULY THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR
  • READ ALL OF THE GUIDELINES AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THEM. AFTER DETERMINING YOUR ANSWER TO THE POINTS ABOVE THIS ONE, THEN BE SURE TO FOLLOW THOSE GUIDELINES TO THE TEE
  • CHOOSE YOUR STRONGEST WORK FOR SUBMISSION
  • GET IT PROOFREAD BY AN OBJECTIVE THIRD PARTY! ASK FOR READERS, THEN FOR A PROOFREAD AFTER YOU’VE MADE ANY AND ALL CHANGES
  • LOG YOUR SUBMISSION DATE AND THE JUDGING DATE ON YOU CALENDAR OR A WRITING JOURNAL
  • KEEP WRITING THE NEXT PROJECT. CONTESTS ARE VERY SUBJECTIVE AND RESULTS CAN BE VERY UNPREDICTABLE. THE ONLY FACT THAT IS CERTAIN: YOU WILL NOT WIN IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT

Good luck!! And if you have writing news you’d like me to share here on the blog, won’t you please let me know at Nancy@OnTargetWords.com? I’d be happy to help spread the word.

Nancy Q.

 

 

 

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Bonnie Paulson: Real People, Real Loss, Real Love – new series

Stryder (The Billionaire Cowboys of Clearwater County)

Money can solve all her problems, but it can’t mend a broken heart.

Stryder Flint returns to Two Rides, Montana and he’s out to win back more than his reputation. He wants Melody Steel.

Growing up, they’d been inseparable but a last minute choice had stolen his heart and made him rich beyond measure. Too bad he could never buy what he truly wanted…

Flint and Steel made fire and she was done getting burned.

With more debt that she can comprehend after her dad died, Melody doesn’t need her poverty rubbed in her face or that Stryder found happiness and money without her. All she’d ever done was make her loved ones miserable.

Well, no more. Stryder was free and Melody was going to keep it that way – no matter how much it tore her apart.

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Real people, real loss, real love.

USA Today Bestselling author, Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth.

With 6 children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She’s spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others.
Whether it’s a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now, the emotions will leave you story drunk for days, if not years.

Feel good romances with sweet twists. Or is it Sweet romances with bold twists? You decide.

You’ll be able to say where you were when you closed the book.
Surviving all things real and coming out better on the other side.

Some of her favorite authors are Robyn Carr, Pamela Kelley, and Christine Kingsley!

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MURDER ON ST PATRICK’S DAY

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you’re waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don’t miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright is working hard at training five-month-old Molly, her foster puppy, to become a therapy dog. But her training coach and neighbor gets an emergency call, cutting the lesson short, and Emma volunteers to pick up her daughter at a St. Patrick’s Day concert in town.

When Emma arrives, the concert has just finished up, and the teenage girls are visiting with the band. Then the lead singer stumbles and falls to the ground, dead. Emma becomes the only level head in the crowd and calls for help. When the Sheriff and Colby arrive, they investigate it as a potential accident. But Emma finds subtle clues that something more sinister is going on. Did the leader of the band die in an accident, or was it murder?

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Pauline Creeden

P. Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

 

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MERCIFUL BLESSINGS

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The church captured in the photo used by our publisher to grace the entire cover of our new release was taken circa 1909. It is St. Ambrose Catholic Church, the parish built by the parishioners of Mocassin Branch in Elkton, Florida. Each board in the church was milled on-site, and the trees were provided by the members of the church, each family giving according to the size of their family. (If you buy the print version, you’ll see the entire photo is wrapped around from back to front!)

The parish came into existence in the mid 1800’s and the decendants of those who built this lovely little place for worship, still worship there, today, along. I’m honored to call many of them my friends as we gather during the month to share the joys and sorrows of this life.

D. K. Ludas, Daria to me, has been my friend since I learned what friends are. She’s been my faith partner as well as my mentor, inspiration, and all around bestie. When we lived in Jamesburg, we attended St. James the Less together, we walked in the park every evening that we could, we attended NJ Romance Writers for some years, and then migrated to Sisters in Crime, and Liberty States Fiction Writers, together.

During those walks we often discussed things like forgiveness, broken relationships, mended relationships, sisters (or the lack of them in our case), and how amazing it is how the Lord showers us with His grace and mercy, even when we are broken. Somewhere over the years, the concept of the Amazing Grace series was born; and as two hard-core mystery writers – and Catholic Christians – it of course became not only a strong women’s fiction story about three sisters and their broken relationships, but about their faith in the Lord, the paths taken over the years, and their love for one another, too. And so, book one, MERCIFUL BLESSINGS, was begun. In 2014, it won the Royal Palm Literary Award for the Unpublished Women’s Fiction category.

This is a Christian mystery series with characters who are just like us: flawed, determined, disappointed, broken, healed, and on occassion, just plain out wrong. Daria and I suspect that you’ll enjoy meeting the Blessing sisters: Hope, Faith and Grace. Maybe you’ll see something of your own life in their antics and adventures. And – just like every other N.L. Quatrano or D. K. Ludas  story – there’s a smattering of romance in there, too.

The second book, OLD FAITHFUL is in the works right now, a fun adventure due out in early 2019 – unless our publisher Two Stone Lions needs to put it out sooner. Daria is writing that first draft as fast as she can.

SPECIAL TWIST: For you fans of my Point and Shoot mystery series, look for characters from MERCIFUL BLESSINGS in the upcoming PS book 3: GONE IN A FLASH which will be out this coming May.

Daria and I wish you all the mercy and blessings of the Lord for today and every day! And if you are going to be around NJ on Mar 24-25, we’ll be at the Liberty States Fiction Writer’s big book signing which is open to the public for free, on Mar 24 at the Woodbridge Renaissance Hotel from 430-630 PM. Come and see us there and meet 50 of our author friends, too!

Keep reading – and writing!

Nancy Q.

 

 

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MURDER ON VALENTINE’S DAY – cozy short story!

MURDER ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you’re waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don’t miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

It’s Valentine’s Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?

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Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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