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Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans Will Launch On May 31st

FINAL FRONT WEB USEMy new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans will launch on May 31st as an eBook. It will be a print book next month. On May 31st, it will be $.99. I’d love to get to bestseller ranking so if you want to order, it would help me if you did on May 31st.

You can read about several of the 20 writers featured in the book on my other blog: click here.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans




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Dance of Life – In Response to Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

I wish I had time to write with this prompt. It brings many ideas to mind and the photo is mesmerizing.

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He looked deep into her eyes, and she responded by pressing her thigh into him. This was the tango, one of the most sensual dances ever envisioned.  It requires close body contact with your partner, especially the midriff.  Your arms are not as entwined as your legs.  Often described as the most romantic, yet erotic, partner dance.

She lingered with her thigh for a moment longer than the music required, sending a not so secret message to her partner. Their relationship was more than a dancing pair for exhibition.  Dance was a long lasting conduit of intimacy.  He responded to her by squeezing her hand and she smiled that knowing smile he was always expecting. Silky, confident movements with the thought of more private moments, was a physical metaphor for their enduring connection. The tango represented to them their amorous partnership, their never ending love of each other in the…

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Stunning Photographs of Tokyo



Stunning Instagrams of Tokyo by Shohki Eno

Shohki Eno is a talented 28-year-old self-tauhgt photographer and designer currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Shohki received his degree in Industrial Design and a minor in Graphic Design

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Beautiful Architecture Photography

Unusual angles.


Beautiful Architecture Photography by Pavel Bendov

Pavel Bendov is a talented architectural photographer and urban explorer who was born and raised in Belarus and currently lives and woks in Manhattan, New York.

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The one constant (Friday Fictioneers)

Friday’s prompt is a good way to start a writing marathon this weekend. Go for it. Thanks #Laurie Bell.

Rambles, writing and amusing musings

Standing back, I watch the Gatherers bow their heads. Tears streak the faces of some, others are stony: Unmoving, silent and empty. There are not as many as I’d hoped, but perhaps more than I deserve.

All are strangers. No one speaks or shares tales of my existence. Their loneliness is a pitiful beast, whimpering and crawling over the ground.

I should never have come. Curiosity – it’s a fool’s desire.

Rubbing my fingers over the time disc I wish to go back. The tingles begin. I can not undo knowledge but perhaps I can change my ways and undo destiny.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

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Happy Garlic Day

Today is Garlic Day and Lani has recipes for you.

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According to my food holiday calendar, today is Garlic Day.

A decorative member of the garlic family

In honor of this made-up celebration, here are my favorite garlic recipes:

Garlic and Sage Chips

1 tablespoon – 1 stick of butter (depending on how decadent you feel)

1 tsp olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced REALLY thin (basically shaved)

1/8 cup fresh, whole sage leaves


Melt the butter over medium heat in a frying pan. Stir in the olive oil. Turn up the heat to high and spread the garlic slices/shavings evenly in the pan. After about 30 seconds, stir in the sage leaves and salt. Fry until garlic is golden brown, stirring often. The garlic chips can turn into garlic charcoal in the blink of an eye, so stay alert. Use the chips as a topping for baked potatoes, salad, soup, or Brie.

Garlic and Split…

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Stunning Photographs of London

I love how Antoine Buchet uses the sun light.


Stunning Instagrams of London by Antoine Buchet

Antoine Buchet is a talented photographer, traveler and artist from France, who currently lives and works in London, UK.

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Wide Angle World: Travel Photography

Outstanding! Once again, ALK3r found fascinating photography.


Jeremiah Gilbert is a college professor, award-winning photographer, and avid traveler. His travels have taken him to nearly seventy countries spread across five continents.

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Return of the Flowers

These flowers look so happy, they make my day.

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My husband became the gardener in the family when the drought descended. He started experimenting with what could grow in our dreadful soil with very little water. Turns out, bulbs do quite well. He ripped out the lawn and put a bulb garden in part of the yard. This is year two for that section, and the results are much more interesting than any of the results of my week in the sewing room.

Such a soothing shade of yellow

The front yard used to be almost entirely green – grass, trees, juniper bushes. Having some color is quite a treat. As luck would have it, the yellow iris started blooming just a day before the blue. Blue and yellow is such a calming color scheme in quilting that I was pleased beyond all proportion for these two flowers.

Wouldn’t this shade of blue be a fabulous accent in a…

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Mesmerizing Kaleidoscopic GIFs

These GIFs make a nice break. Take a look.


Illustrator and animator Anna Taberko produces lovely kaleidoscopic animations that depict the blooming of flowers, the evolution of animals, and the flight of bees.

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