Royal Weddings, Royal Questions: Why the Fascination (and Fascinators?)

Unless you've been living under a rock or a die-hard American patriot, you may have heard about a little event that took place this weekend in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Several thousand people lined the streets to cheer the happy couple and the world watched with pleasure the beautiful spectacle of a lovely,… Continue reading Royal Weddings, Royal Questions: Why the Fascination (and Fascinators?)


When the Mob Strikes – Cultural Appropriation

Utah teenager Keziah Daum wore a lovely Chinese cheongsam dress to her prom. Originally when I first read the story of how the online mob charged her with virtual flaming torches once she shared her pictures, I felt sympathy for her. However, Daum also posted photos showing her friends with hands clasped in what did… Continue reading When the Mob Strikes – Cultural Appropriation


HubPages Joins Independent Publisher Juggernaut – Maven

Interesting developments for writers at HubPages.

HubPages Blog

Dear Hubbers,

We are really excited to announce that we are joining Maven. Maven is an expert-driven group media network, whose innovative platform serves, by invitation-only, a coalition of professional, independent channel partners.

We just completed the most successful 4th quarter in our history with the highest ad CPMs we’ve ever seen.  As we formed our ad strategy, Josh Jacobs from Maven consulted with us on which partners to use, how to think about unique demand, and how to help the passionate experts on HubPages present their inventory to premium programmatic buyers.  The results have been outstanding.  

From monetization synergies and shared technology to increased promotion of our sites, this is a great opportunity for us to continue what we do, but even better, and with more opportunity for Hubbers.

We greatly appreciate the dedication of the writers on HubPages and our niche sites and want to…

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Meet Local Author Jeanne Grunert at Book Signing Event, Baines Books & Coffee, October 28, 2017

PROSPECT, VIRGINIA -- Local author Jeanne Grunert will be signing copies of her novel, I Believe You, and her new novella, The Last Run of the 6:01 at Baines Books & Coffee, Main Street, Appomattox, on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Copies will be available for purchase. Last year, Grunert… Continue reading Meet Local Author Jeanne Grunert at Book Signing Event, Baines Books & Coffee, October 28, 2017


Join Us on Facebook for Some Fun!

FOR A FRIEND - Virtual Book Signing for Author Mary Ann Poll COME ON DOWN! Virtual Book Signing for Dullahan, An Alaska Iconoclast Thriller. Meet other authors, receive personalized copies of 1 or all of the Iconoclast series, and have some fun with us. If you love thrillers, this event is for you. https://www.facebook.com/events/812982835521052/ I'll… Continue reading Join Us on Facebook for Some Fun!


The Monday Book: I BELIEVE YOU by Jeanne Grunert

A review of my book, “I Believe You”, from author Wendy Welch.

Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

grunertJeanne Grunert requested a review of her self-published book I Believe You, a family crime thriller. Requests to review books are not uncommon, but hers had a nice benefit: she’d send three copies of I Believe You to the bookstore and sales would go to the Appalachian Feline Friends.

Well, heck, yeah….

But then one fears reviewing books on a benefit basis because what if you don’t like it?

Not to worry this time. Unlike many self-published authors, Grunert is a master not only of writing, but of editing and graphic design. Her book is visually pleasing, well-formatted, and lacking in those extraordinary typos that make people want to take pot-shots at self-published authors.

And then there’s the story line…. put a close-knit dysfunctional family into a company business, add the mysterious death of the protagonist’s wife, and go. Grunert has some really nice turns of phrase in the writing…

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