Steady

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is Steady. [More info]

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Recover

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Recover. [More info]

Photo by Mabel Amber

Party

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Party. [More info]

Photo by Peter H

Together

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Together. [More info]

Photo by Holger Detje

Alone

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Alone. [More info]

Photo by Fran

Soul

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Soul. [More info]

Photo by Quang Nguyen vinh

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Photo by Philipp Kleindienst

~ Irene Onorato ~
When I read a book, I judge the author’s writing strength by very simple criteria.
I’m not terribly concerned about a few typos or a couple of boo-boos with punctuation. Minor formatting errors mean nothing to me. The criteria I’m looking for is this: Can the author make me laugh, cry, get angry, smile, feel nervous, or afraid? Will the story evoke primal emotions in such a way that I feel fully immersed in the lives of the characters? That’s the kind of writer I strive to be.
Recently, I was blessed by a reader who wrote a blog about Justice for Hattie Mayfair, the first book I’d written outside my normal romance genre. I hadn’t strayed far, but this story had added elements of suspense. In her blog post, the reader gave me the best compliment I’ve ever received as a writer. Her comment let me know I had hit the mark. That she felt things. Deeply. Here’s a snippet of what she said…
“I can tell you I was on my toes most of time. I sat on the edge of my seat, laughed, and shed a few tears. Especially at the end… full ugly cry!”
Full ugly cry. I love it.

Flaw

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Flaw. [More info]

Photo by Alex Zanda

Strength

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Strength. [More info]

Featured photo: photographer unknown: usage courtesy of Pixabay

Regard

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Regard. [More info]

Photo by JacLou DL

Imitate

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Imitate. [More info]

Photo by M. W.

Original

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Original. [More info]

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Photo by Walkers on the Way

Make

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Make. [More info]

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

“The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Visuals Online provides a range of photographs and illustrations that may help communicators of medical and public health convey meaning, describe concepts, and tell stories.” Learn more at visualsonline.cancer.gov

List

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is List. [More info]

Photo by Michael Sylvester

Achieve

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Achieve. [More info]

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Want

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Want. [More info]

Photo by Lars Nissen

Forgive

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Forgive. [More info]

Photo by Diana de Weert

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Photo by Lubos Houska

Arthur Daigle ~
Here’s a short piece from my latest Dana Illwind and Sorcerer Lord Jayden story:
“I kind of remember the sun,” Dana said. “Shiny and warm, moved a lot.”
Jayden looked up from his spell tablets and raised an eyebrow. “Historically, Sorcerer Lords are more inclined to madness than farm girls.”
“I’m owed a little bit of going over the edge. It’s rained for fifteen days! Not little storms, either. I saw a house float away. You know magic. Can’t you make it stop?”

~ Laurean Brooks ~
Excerpt from To Trust Her Heart:
Was Jake alluding to his wife’s death? “You are a strong believer.”
“You aren’t?” His blue eyes sought hers and lingered.
She winced. “Not anymore. God seems so distant. I’m not sure He has
time for everyone. I mean…why else would tragedy come to those who
believe in Him? Your wife’s death, for instance.”
“And your husband’s?”
Amanda shifted her focus to the circling hawk. The mention of her
late husband reminded her why she couldn’t trust God. She’d prayed
fervently for a turnaround in her marriage, but God had turned a deaf ear.
Greg continued in his infidelity, and finally died in it.
“Amanda, God gave each person a free will. He won’t force His own
will on anyone.”
He did it again. Read her mind. She folded her arms across her chest.
“Meaning…?”
“When Adam and Eve took a bite of that forbidden fruit—whatever it
was—sin was birthed on the earth. One act of disobedience brought all
kinds of disasters upon the world. Death, sickness, strife, greed, anger,
violence, lust, and pain… We have a choice; we can keep blaming Adam and Eve—or God—for the sin in the world, or we can accept God’s provision for our individual sin and move on.”
“In other words, each person must accept responsibility for his or her own actions and choices.”

Language

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Language. [More info]

Photo by Oli Lynch

Nation

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Nation. [More info]

Photo by Kaung Myat Min

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
Josefa had fallen in love with the church at once, its plain exterior awash in pink and white, surrounded by trees and vineyards and the overarching blue sky; it was a jewel of the Baroque style so prominent in the churches of southwestern Germany. Its plain, but beautiful, exterior, though, belied the rich interior that overwhelmed the senses with color and light and ornamentation worthy of a pilgrim church. The schemes of pink and white and glittering gold extended to the inside. Every statue and painting exuded a sense of movement, of life, a place where light and shadow could dance together.
~ The Haberdasher’s Wife (Available May 7) ~

Heritage

The #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article for today, the Fifth of May (Cinco de Mayo) 2020, is Heritage. [More info]

Photo by Rob Towne

~ Excerpt of The Haberdasher’s Wife by Scott R. Rezer, now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. ~
Herr Doctor Josef Anton von Bandel—Golden Knight of the Order of St. Peter, Count Palatine; satirist, theologian, husband. Father—my father. A man who died when I was only three months old. As a child, I knew very little about him. He was only a name, nothing more, but from what I learned, as I grew older, he had earned his nobility because he criticized anyone who stood against the Absolutism of the Catholic Church and the powers of such men as the Duke of Württemberg. Such was my father’s legacy.

Star

The #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article for today, May the Fourth 2020, is Star. [More info]

Featured photo is a cropped subsection of an image captured by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope of a celestial sea of stars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Wisc.

Rock

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Rock. [More info]

Photo by Sara Juggernaut

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Photo by Julius Silver

The Haberdasher’s Wife by Scott R. Rezer is now available for pre-order on Amazon with release day set for May 15.
1800—Überlingen, Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire.
Change is on the wind. A new century has begun and war with Napoleon Bonaparte continues to spread like wildfire, while the Enlightenment quietly breaks down traditional barriers of class, education, and the arts, in the last holdouts of Absolutism in the old German States.
For Josefa von Bandel, a nobleman’s daughter, her life on the quiet shores of the Bodensee is caught up in the dramatic changes sweeping across Europe—and in her own troubled life. She is young and beautiful and willfully stubborn. She risked her reputation for a scandalous affair—but will she sacrifice everything else for love?