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    A View Across A Bay

    Bloubergstrand is a seaside suburb of the City of Cape Town, South Africa, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) due north of the city center. Literally, Bloubergstrand means Blue Mountain Beach. The view across the bay is absolutely stunning. Looking at Table Mountain from this angle, on the left is Devil's Peak, then Table Mountain proper - the top cable car station is on the very right, then Kloof Neck. Next is Lion's Head and in front of that, sloping toward the harbor, is Signal Hill, from where to this day a canon shot marks the midday hour. The hotel we will be staying at for the first week of our holiday…

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    Painting Pictures With Words

    How much description is necessary to paint a picture of the setting in your mind while reading a book? The Winelands of the eastern Cape in unbelievably beautiful, with majestic mountains as backdrop to lush green vineyards, rolling away, but would you like pages of description? (How are some people so fortunate to live in such beautiful places?) The wine farms were established almost as soon as the Cape was settled by the Dutch in 1652. Their mission was to provide fresh food to Dutch East India ships passing around the Cape. Farms producing all sorts of crop sprang up, including grapes. The soil is rich and the climate ideal,…

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    Cape Town, A Unique Setting For Paranormal Romance

    So, you are into ghosts and witches, vampires, werewolves, shifters and all those fun creatures? This is the blog where you can find anything paranormal. My personal favorite is of course ghosts with a witch thrown in here and there, and I have that one pesky vampire. Now, about that pesky vampire... Do you want to read A Vampire's Pantry before anyone else, for free? Will you leave an honest review on any online bookstore on launch day? Go here if the answer is yes. ARC Readers Club. You know how important reviews are to authors, and this author is in particular interested in your opinion. Just pick a book,…

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    So, what about the setting?

    How important is setting to you? How much, in your opinion, does setting impact a story? I mean, can you take a tale set in Europe and transplant it to Antarctica and get the same effect? Of course not. The setting is about more than the clothes the characters wear; it is more than a mere backdrop for events. I mean, in Texas we have cowboys and in Australia there are rugged farmers. In the Cape region of South Africa, we have vintners who love their wine. So, when you check the setting of a book, you know what type of hero/heroine you are going to get. So, my question…

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    Did you notice?

    I just wanted to bring to your attention, in case you didn’t notice, that Roxanne’s Ghost is wide now. That means the 2 books in the duology, Find Her and Save Me are now available in many online bookstores instead of being exclusive to Amazon.  Just to remind you what Roxanne’s Ghost is all about: identical twin sisters falling in love with the same man. He married Roxanne, leaving the other sister, Millicent, to smolder.  It is a story of revenge, time-travel, and romance. Find Her ends on a massive cliffhanger, and there is an unexpected sting in the tale at the end of Save Me.   The ghost hides in plain sight from almost the beginning.  Are you up…

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    Just look what I have gone and done!

    Trapped In Yesterday became, well, Trapped In Yesterday. Yup, I have gone and done it again. It is as if something is biting me, and I just have to do it - I can't help myself. I only had to change the cover image of Trapped In Yesterday. The story is still the same - a young widow who is given an interesting birthday gift - a night with a professional sex worker - but her dead husband objected. Which cover do you prefer, left or right? Announcement My duology Roxanne's Ghost is no longer available in Kindle Unlimited. And, me being me, it was too good an opportunity not…

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    A jealous ghost – seriously?

    They say a ghost is the same as the person was in life. So, a playful person would be a playful, mischievous ghost, and a secretive person would make a secretive ghost, hiding stuff and so on. Is it then true that a jealous person would be jealous and possessive of his/her loved ones even after they die? Lawrence had many secrets he kept from Rachel. After he died, he still didn't want her to know certain things about himself. And he hung around to make sure she didn't find out. He was also a possessive husband, to the extent that he preselected a man to take his place should…

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    Have you ever wondered about Time?

    Is time really as linear as you have been made to believe? Is it possible to become so lost in time that one can’t find one’s way home? But what does this mean? If you are ‘lost in time’, does that mean you are suddenly in a wrong era? If that is the case, then how do you get back to where you belong?  The theme of time-travel have been extensively explored by Hollywood. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, we can travel forward or backward through time by accelerating to the speed of light, or by constructing a bridge between two disconnected locations in space-time; black holes and worm holes all…