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Review – Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Death Below Stairs is a historical mystery and it is set during the reign of Queen Victoria (after Albert died). It is the first in a new series. Here's the blurb: Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her...

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Fixing A Broken Character

Recently someone told me the hero in my story wasn’t heroic and didn’t behave like a hero. He was unsympathetic. Instead of panicking or becoming defensive, I took another look at my hero and, to my horror, found the criticism was justified. While I still liked my...

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Finding the Friction with Mary Hughes

My special guest today is author, Mary Hughes. Bestselling author Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and writer. At various points in her life she has taught Taekwondo, worked in the insurance industry, and studied religion. She is intensely...

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Sweet Treat — Chocolate Slice

Here's the recipe for one of my favorite slices. It's my father's favorite too. It's simple and easy to make and always goes well with a cup of tea or coffee. 250g butter (2.2 sticks/8.8 ounces) 1 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons cocoa 1 T golden syrup 2 cups flour 1 cup...

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Thirteen Tips For Living Life Well

I'm all about living well and enjoying life. Here are a few tips to help you live well. Thirteen Tips For Living Well 1. Laughter is really the best medicine. A good chuckle helps to increase the blood flow and can decrease the risk of heart disease. 2. A wide brimmed...

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Finding Foster Homes for Orphan Sentences

Kat Duncan is my special guest today. Kat likes to write and teach. She also likes to write about teaching and teach about writing. Today she's giving us a few hints about finding foster homes for orphan sentences. Have you ever tried the writing technique called...

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Recipe: Easter Biscuits

I used to make these biscuits (that would be cookies to those of you in the US) when I was a teenager and had a yearning to bake some last weekend. They're easy to make and children like rolling out the dough ready for baking. I think they're called Easter Biscuits...

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