Kim’s Guest Review of Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner by Jack Caldwell


Originally posted on Reflections of a Book Addict:

mdctdjc My latest review for Austenprose is  Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner by Jack Caldwell. The name Jack Caldwell may ring a bell for some of you. He is the author of  Pemberley Ranch, a book that Todd and I both reviewed (see Todd’s / Mine .) Caldwell is one of the few male authors that exist in the Jane Austen fan fiction sphere. As such, he captures my attention with each novel he writes as he is able to offer male insight into Darcy’s mind (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to know what that man was thinking?!)

Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner is a comedic retelling of Pride and Prejudice that lands Darcy in the living room of the Bennet household as he recovers from a broken leg. How did he got that broken leg? You’d have to ask Elizabeth’s adorable cat Cassandra! What ensues in the Bennet…

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Marie Lavenders “A Year of Guest Authors”

check out Marie’s super-post with a year of her Guest Authors, it is an impressive collection.

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Questions for the author


Questions for the author

What am I working on?
I am interested in a variety of projects. I assist a community of authors through group blogs at MARSocial Author Business Enhancement Blogs and am writing a fictional history/inspirational novel “Jungle Heat”. I find these projects challenging and worthwhile pursuits. Both are complex endeavors but any steps forward are very satisfying.

How does my work differ from others of the same genre?
I have no glaring difference, my peers vary in skill and technique and I think no two are the same.

Why do I write what I do?
I write and work on the projects that will not leave my thoughts. If an idea comes to mind my brain takes control and I have little choice, but to accomplish the work. Perhaps an inner desire to expose a facet not yet considered or a perspective that must be shared is at the root. Sometimes it is simply an effort that needs to be executed, and as an author my efforts are written works.

How does your writing process work?
Diligent thought, organizational work lists and repetitive fresh-eyed editing and constant review of my progress. My favorite work to date is “The End of Humanity” it is a life-long collection of thoughts organized into a book and moving story. It can be reviewed at :
http://www.amazon.com/End-Humanity-Coleman-Weeks-ebook/dp/B00A32V1OO/

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Introduction on MARS

Our first blog on MARS. Graham Noble has provided the authors of MARSocial another opportunity, Thanks Graham.

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A Prayer for Fred Phelps


Originally posted on Mind's Seat:

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” Matthew 7:1

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by Susan Irene Fox

I have only sadness and pity in my heart for Fred Phelps and the church he started.

If the name sounds familiar, but you cannot place it, Fred Phelps is the man who beget the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The church that makes those of us who follow Jesus cringe. The church that causes non-believers to turn away from Christianity.

I feel no anger, no hatred, because I understand the simple yet profound truth that if they do not allow the God who loves us to transform their hearts they will never experience the eternal life that Christ so nobly and courageously gave us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Journalism. Education. VAHE.


Originally posted on VAHE Magazine:

Letter of the Editor

The Estonian word vahe means “different”, and so we all are.

South Africa has lead by example to unite nations and races from all over the globe in VAHE’s Special Report by holding the annual Pick’n’Pay Momentum Cape Argus Cycle Tour, where travellers worldwide joined to head for a common goal.

Out of Africa and into Europe. This is the dream thousands of illegal immigrants wish to fulfill by becoming boat migrants heading for the small island-state of Malta. VAHE’s Expert Voice Giacomo Orsini speaks openly about the conditions families are facing when cramped onto small boats and ending up in detention camps.

Melissa Schneider is an Expert Voice on China’s “leftover women“. She explains why over 27-year-old women in China are doomed with a looming expiration date and who to turn to when everybody turns away.

This month’s most heartfelt stories take place in Northern

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Choosing Slavery


Originally posted on Paula Carnes:

Did you ever get advice you didn’t want to hear? A wise lady once told me, “Paula, you don’t have to be famous; you just have to be faithful.” It has taken me forty years to come to terms with this reality – following Jesus may mean being a nobody.

The apostle Paul got this. Even though he was a brilliant, highly educated Jewish leader, he realized that his highest calling was to be a bond slave of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1) A bond slave was a slave who had earned his freedom, yet chose to remain a slave the rest of his life because he loved his master. Once a slave made this choice his master pierced his ear with an awl. The post in his ear was a sign to all that he was a slave for the remainder of his life, because he loved and respected his…

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Take a Deep Breath…


Originally posted on quill and qwerty:

…squint shut your eyes, and hit “send”. And there goes the essay, out into cyberspace:

“MGM, Disney and Warner – Oh My!”:

The Fairy Tale Film Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Very well, one more paper in the bag. Breathe for a couple of days, then on to the next thing: Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. “Bippety-boppety-bop”, “I waltzed with you once upon a dream”, and so on. My local library has 169 items in their catalogue under the keyword “Cinderella”. One-hundred-and-sixty-freakin’-NINE!!

I think it’s bedtime.

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Beethoven, The Transiberian Orchestra, My Granddaughter, and Me


Originally posted on MARSocial Author Business Enhancement group's Blog:

 

 

 

 

 

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Today I Danced

I knew I was playing with fire, or rather, playing Russian Roulet with my heart. Correction: since I was listening to “Beethoven’s Last Night,” by The Transiberian Orchestra, I was playing Russian Roulet with a German composer.

 I have severely damaged lungs and a weak heart. All I have heard for the last few months was “Stay down. No activity. Do not overwork your heart—it’s fragile.”

 Lately my heart thinks it’s racing in the Kentucky Derby against Sea-Biscuit, or Secretariat. To be honest, I’m surprised my heart even knows about horse races. Maybe it recognizes greatness when it sees it—like the impromptu opera dance I was watching.

 Today I saw greatness—my heart, that is. I watched my eight-year-old granddaughter dance and twirl to the opera of, “Beethoven’s Last Night.” I was witnessing something that was absolutely priceless and I could not restrain…

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Don’t smile at the camera, it makes you look like the ‘Before’ in the ‘Beecham’s Pills’ advert.


Originally posted on Jim Webster:

You know what they say, if you think you’re important, try giving orders to somebody else’s dog.

(Actually you don’t give orders to a Border Collie, but they will occasionally deign to discuss policy)

 

But anyway, I’ve been trying to be noticed, having a book to launch means that you try and get everywhere and somehow look like you’re important enough for people to stop and read about. Perfectly sensible people have asked me why. Surely publishers do all that sort of stuff for you? The answer to that is, “Well, sort of.”

The great P.G. Wodehouse said it best.

 

“Too often when a publisher entertains an author at the midday meal a rather sombre note tinges the table talk. The host is apt to sigh a good deal and to choose as the theme of his remarks, the hardness of the times, the stagnant condition of the…

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