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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Sugar

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

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From the newly-released, The Haberdasher’s Wife by Scott R. Rezer.
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He led her to the counter, where she waited; she glanced over the assorted baked goods in the display case while he assembled her order. A few moments later, he returned. The divine scent of the warm cinnamon and sugar wafted up from the package as he fastened it with a length of twine. He leaned over the wooden counter, pretending to brush off some imaginary crumbs with a cloth. “I included a few krapfen for you and your mother. A treat for New Year’s.”
Josefa giggled like a schoolgirl. “You will make us both very fat with your generosity, Herr Trinkaus, if you insist on adding treats to my order every time I come in here.”
“Indulge me, fräulein, and consider it a favor to an old man,” he said, winking. “I have little to delight in beyond seeing the joy it brings you.”
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Game

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

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From the newly-released, The Haberdasher’s Wife by Scott R. Rezer.
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Josef leaned down and nuzzled her ear. “Are you up to the challenge, Baroness?” he teased. “I wouldn’t want you to freeze your noble self for something as common as a child’s game.”
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Dessert

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

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From the newly-released, The Haberdasher’s Wife by Scott R. Rezer.
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He rubbed his meaty hands together and winked at her. “And to you as well, fräulein. Might I interest you in some chocolates, today?”
It was a familiar game. One she often lost. “Not today,” she said, laughing, though she loved the rich chocolates that had made Herr Trinkaus the talk of the city. “Perhaps just a strudel for my mother and me.”
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Kiss

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

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Restore

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Freedom

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

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From The Haberdasher’s Wife
She stared up into his bright blue eyes. Nothing had changed. She saw the same, self-interested man she thought she had once loved. “As what, Friedrich?—Your mistress? Or as your wife?”
“As a woman with enough wealth and freedom to enjoy the world on her terms. The Johanna I knew would claim such a thing without question.”
“So, as your mistress, then.

Aspire

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

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
My aspiration is to write about things I care about or that interest me, not to attract readers. I hope that attraction comes about because people like what I write. I’m not interested in getting rich, though a few sales once in a while are nice! I know that sounds strange in an industry centered around getting published as the end result of all your hard work. After so many years trying to do just that, I finally came to realize that writing is the part I enjoy–not the publishing. Publishing is just a means of sharing what I love.

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
I aspire to touch readers’ hearts, take them on a fun journey, and, through well-crafted characters, remind them of people they know, and draw them into a story that is new, but feels cozy and familiar.

Shallow

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

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CleanWIP Magazine is sneaking a peek inside a recently released historical romance by Scott R. Rezer, The Haberdasher’s Wife
“Josefa, please, go and get some air. Take a walk to clear your mind,” Michelina said.
Josefa glanced toward her sleeping mother. Her chest rose with a shallow breath. “I… I don’t want to leave Mother alone. Not now; not with her so close to the end.”

Deep

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

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Inspire

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Forget

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

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Introduce

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

Thorn

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

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Business

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

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Pause

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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~ a fun excerpt from author Jessica Marie Holt ~
“I have a girlfriend,” Julio blurted out. He groaned internally. So much for letting Olivia off the hook.
His mother stood up so fast her chair fell over. Lela came and picked it up. Then she looked at all of them, her eyes glinting with curiosity.
“Que pasa aqui?” she said.
Julio’s mother translated the news. Lela’s eyes opened wide and round. She clutched one hand to her chest, while the other hovered in the air as though she was casting a spell. Then she closed her eyes and began murmuring thanks and praises to her dear Lord and Savior for allowing her to live to see this blessed day.
Then she opened one eye and fixed it on Julio. “Es rubia?”
“Si, Lela. She’s blonde. Es rubia.”
Lela clutched her chest again and sat down heavily in the chair Julio’s mother had vacated.

Reset

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

Set

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

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Fill

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

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Move

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

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Lift

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

Lift off! — STS064-S-051 (9 Sept. 1994) — With a crew of six NASA astronauts aboard, the space shuttle Discovery heads for its nineteenth Earth-orbital mission. Launch was delayed because of weather, but all systems were “go,” and the spacecraft left the launch pad at 6:23 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 9, 1994. Onboard were astronauts Richard N. Richards, L. Blaine Hammond, Carl J. Meade, Mark C. Lee, Susan J. Helms and Jerry M. Linenger. Photo courtesy of NASA

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Always

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

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Walk

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

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Other

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

Featured photo courtesy of Pixabay: photographer unknown

Imagine

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

Photo by Syaibatul Hamdi

Just

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Usual

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

Photo by Krzysztof Niewolny

Favorite

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

The featured photo was captured September 30, 2015 by CleanWIP Magazine founder Earl Chinnici. It is a personal favorite.

Demand

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

Photo by Arek Socha

Request

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

Featured graphic by Frauke Riether

Steady

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Recover

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

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Party

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

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Together

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

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Alone

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

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Soul

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

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~ 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]

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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]

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Imitate

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

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Original

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

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It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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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