The Kindness of Strangers

Brian Bilston's Poetry Laboetry

There is a beauty
that walks in the darkness,
makes its way
among the bombs
and broken lives,

offers blankets
and shoulders to cry on,
puts on kettles
and bandages,
mends what it can,

and asks
for not one thing back,
as it wraps
in its arms
the troubled night,

and waits
for morning
and its pale sunlight.

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Cruz

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Cruz

1999(?)-June 2, 2017

Friend, Father, Brother

“A child’s weakness — to regard
An animal whose life is brief
With such affection and such grief.

If such is weakness, so it be.”

Quote from In Memory of Our Cat, Ralph by Garrison Keillor

Death and Relaxation on sale today!

Screenshot (387)On sale on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 today.

I’ve read Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series and the Terric and Shame duology and enjoyed both but Ordinary was so much more fun.

It’s time for the annual Rhubarb Rally and police chief Delaney Reed and her sisters (and sister officers) have their hands full with the influx of tourists. And Delaney is still trying to figure out what or if she should do about the return of Ryder Bailey who she has crushed on since grade school. Then her ex-boyfriend returns unannounced, Death decides to vacation in Ordinary, and a god is murdered.

A god can die in Ordinary but his power doesn’t. The power is held inside one mortal, Delaney, and she has seven days to find the person the power will accept. Failure means death- for her and the town of Ordinary.

This was a fast romp with exploding rhubarb, perambulating caped concrete penguins, and baked goods.

Harlequin Closing Five Lines, including Kimani Romance

Found out through Bookriot this morning.

Although Harlequin has yet to make an official announcement, word has broken that they are no longer acquiring titles for five of their series: Harlequin Western, Harlequin Superromance, Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Nocturne, and Kimani Romance. The last books for these lines will be released next year.

Author Courtney Milan broke the news on Twitter.

Read full story here.

Just found RWA’s announcement of  the closures here.

Revolution, Inc.

Brian Bilston's Poetry Laboetry

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On Sale Now- The Grendel Affair

The Grendel Affair - Lisa Shearin

The first full length adventure of Makenna Fraser is sure to be one of the most enjoyable books of 2015. Shearin has made imminent death and destruction a whole lot of fun.

Mac is the seer for the New York office of Supernatural Protections & Investigations, a small town girl who moved to New York to become a journalist and is now wreaking her own brand of havoc on the supernatural community of New York.

Her boss is a dragon, the company lawyer is a vampire, her partner is a frighteningly competent human, and Mac, well Mac is armed with a paintball gun and her ability to see through any disguise or veil conjured by the paranormal. That’s a good thing because on New Year’s Eve someone is going to unleash two almost unstoppable, human-hating monsters on the revelers in Times Square. As New York prepares to toast the new year, Mac and the SPI are trying to keep New York from being toast in the new year.

Highly recommended. On sale on Kindle for $1.99.