Red River Radio Presents Dellani’s Tea Time with Al, Elaine and Eric

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Join Us Live Monday, February 12 from 4-6 PM EST time on Blog Talk Radio.

Well, the Ground Hog saw his shadow, so that means six more weeks of winter. Brrr! We’re going to keep warm chatting with our three fantastic guests! Dellani and Christina are delighted to welcome back two guests, and welcome a new one!

al jendrasikFirst, is Alfred Jendrasik author of I Met God at the Beach, Mysterious Tales of Colton Trane and The Other Side of Life series. Welcome back, Al!

Elaine DodgeSecond, is my fellow Tirgearr author, Elaine Dodge author of Harcourt’s Mountain (Historical Romance). Bloody Parchment: Blue Honey and the Valley of Shadow (Horror Anthology in which her short story ‘The Man with a House on His Back’ was featured. Welcome back, Elaine!

Eric KleinThird, is new to the show, and currently waiting for his first book to be released, Eric Klein author of The One; A…

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She’s Back…

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Stephano quickly returned with her shawl and his jacket which he draped over his arm.  Fortunately for them, the gala was held on the first floor of the hotel so Cassandra didn’t have to endure the elevator.  God only knows what would happened there.  As they got to the front door, their Bentley Bentayaga was already waiting for them.  While Stephano opened the door, she noticed a man who looked out of place, he was wearing faded jeans and a white t-shirt.  With a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, Cassandra figured he was just of the hotel employees, a poorly dressed one at that.  Nothing to look at here she thought to herself until, he gave them the side eye.  Okay, so he was a badly dressed hotel employee with an attitude problem.  However, Cassandra’s gut told her there was something more to this…

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Chaos in a Teacup – Part 8

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dellani photo dark redAs I mentioned last week, inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. Sometimes, an author is woken from a deep sleep, having to fumble around in the dark for a pen and paper to record the idea. If we don’t do so, we’ll very likely lose it. Inspiration is ephemeral, emerging from the ether, only to recede just as suddenly. If the author doesn’t capture it, chances are good, it won’t come back. To a non-author, this idea is ridiculous.

Ideas don’t just pop out of thin air!” the non-author will exclaim.

Wanna bet?” the author will reply, rather tartly, to be sure.

I imagine that artists and musicians understand this feeling. The ideas for paintings, photographs, sculptures and songs come from the same well of inspiration as stories and poems. Not much is more frustrating than having a wonderful idea, only to lose it because I…

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Edward Gorey Art- Not For The Faint-hearted

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Edward Gorey - not for the faint-hearted

The nurse was discovered collapsed in some shrubbery, but her reappearance was not much use; her eyes were askew, her extremities rubbery, her clothing was stained with a brownish juice. #TheInsectGod #EdwardGorey The nurse was discovered collapsed in some shrubbery, but her reappearance was not much use; her eyes were askew, her extremities rubbery, her clothing was stained with a brownish juice.

Edward Gorey American, 1925-2000, chose his favorite ghostly tales for publication in a 1959 book The Haunted Looking Glass. This Gorey illustration is for Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatchers.   Scanned by Shades and Shadows. Edward Gorey American, 1925-2000, chose his favorite ghostly tales for publication in a 1959 book The Haunted Looking Glass. This Gorey illustration is for Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatchers. Scanned by Shades and Shadows.

In Search of Dracula : The History of Dracula and Vampires
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The Helpless Doorknob a shuffled Story  (1989) Edward Gorey

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book By: Edward Gorey Article by: Maria Popova  Dark and yet amusing. A delightfully dark vintage alphabet book from mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey, the Tim Burton of his day.

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Red River Radio Presents What’s Write for Me with Christy, Gary and William

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red river radio logoWednesday, January 24 from 4-6 PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio

Can you believe that January is almost over? It doesn’t seem possible. It’s actually chilly in Florida, and they had snow, up north of here, for the first time in about 20 years. Yes, I know it’s way colder in other parts of the country. Why do you think I don’t live there? To help us keep our minds off our troubles, we have some wonderful guests to chat with. So, have a cuppa, grab a mug of joe, or sip a hot toddy and listen in!

3f44d-christy2bnicholasOur first guest is the lovely and talented Christy Nicholas, author of Call of the Morrigú, The Enchanted Swans, The Druid’s Brooch series, Better To Have Loved, and more. Welcome back, Christy! 

9c315-gary2bd2bhenryOur next guest is the handsome and talented Gary D. Henry is the author of In the Manor of…

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Welcome, Angela Gascoigne

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Angela GascoigneAngela Gascoigne was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and relocated to West Cork, Ireland in 2004 with her husband and three sons. She works part-time as a clerical assistant and when she’s not working, she’s busy reading, writing and knitting doggy jumpers!

Angela started writing for fun at the age of forty, and is currently celebrating the up –and-coming release of her tenth book, In Another Life, which will be available for sale on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

Because variety is the spice of life, Angela believes there is something for everyone between the pages of her books, where her readers will find contemporary fiction, romance, humour, short stories, flash fiction, memoir and a pinch of poetry. Her most successful work to date is The Seasons of Our Love, with seventeen reviews on Amazon UK.

If you would like to learn more about Angela Gascoigne and her books she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads where she enjoys interacting with other readers and writers.

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In Another Life 

If your whole world crumbled around you, could you find it in your heart to forgive and move on?

Holly Dineen’s life in beautiful West Cork is plagued by nightmares and ghosts from the past. After a life-changing trauma, she is finally finding reasons to live, including the gorgeous Marek who has been there for her through thick and thin. Despite the goose bumps and the butterflies in the stomach, she still can’t help wondering if a heart so badly broken can ever be rebuilt.

Then, she discovers something to make her believe that the perfect life she once had, was nothing but a big fat lie.

Once again, Holly’s mental state is balancing on a knife edge and she finds herself making some decisions which could have a detrimental effect on her future.

Through the darkest times in her life there’s been one constant – Trudi.

With the support of her friends and family maybe she can get back to being the real Holly Dineen, or maybe, she’s crossed the bridge between sanity and insanity, with no way of finding her way back…

MEET HOLLY DINEEN

IN ANOTHER LIFE 

Hi, my name is Holly. I live in West Cork. And, how did I come to be settled in a beautiful country location in a picturesque (yet high maintenance) little cottage in Ireland? I fell in love – it was as simple as that.

Liam was the ultimate ‘older man’, a great big five year older than little teenage me. He was gorgeous, caring and… that Irish accent of his turned my legs to jelly every time he spoke. So, when he asked me to leave my family and friends in England and move to Ireland to start a new life with him, well, it was a no-brainer…

Unbeknown to me at the time, while my heart was bursting with love and the promise of an exciting future, I’d broken the heart of someone very special and, since then I’ve had to live with a shroud of guilt hanging around my shoulders.

So, excuse me if I’m a little unstable!

I love my job, working as a care assistant in the local community and, seeing the things older people have to deal with on a daily basis helps to put my own problems into perspective.

What my friends see on the outside, is a fun, bubbly and caring Holly (my good days) but, behind my vibrant hair colours and scatty personality, I have scars that run deep. What they fail to realise, is that there are dark undercurrents bubbling beneath my surface and a mad woman bursting to get out (my bad days).

Through the best and worst times in my life, there’s been one constant – Trudi.

BFF, that’s us! My best friend and neighbour since I first moved to Wren Cottage, she’s always been there for me through thick and thin. That woman is a tank and an angel rolled into one. She knows the ‘real’ me, warts and all, and has never turned her back on me.

Trudi’s had her fair share of trouble to deal with too, but she’s the strongest person I know.

I wish I could be more like Trudi but… some people are too fragile for this world.

And love? There was only ever one man for me –Liam, the love of my life – or so I thought until a cruel twist of fate sent my whole world crumbling around me. 

There I was, left standing alone (or so I thought), my heart shattered into a heap of brittle shards at my feet.

This was when the nightmares returned, and I found my life once again on a downhill spiral.

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