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Weekend Serial — Atonement in Zugzwang: Episode 13 part 2, Featuring John W. Howell

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Saturday, June 2, 2023

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Welcome back to our weekend sanctuary in the weirdly magical town of Atonement, Tennessee.  The residents of this town are just like everyone else— Well, that’s way off.  Some of them are like everyone else, but others…  Anyhow, now and then, they all enjoy watching a game or going to the local hangout.

With that in mind, I asked author John W. Howell to choose a food that might be served at the Rowdy Rooster Saloon.  John also provided a photo and recipe!  So, let’s start this party with that.

Photo courtesy of John HowellPhoto courtesy of John Howell

John’s Loaded Baked Potato Skins


6 small baking potatoes

3 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped

2 tablespoons green onion or chives, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

½ teaspoon parsley

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon seasoned salt

1 cup cheddar cheese

sour cream for serving


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Grow Up Already: Creating Character Arcs – By Janice Hardy…

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on Fiction University:

A strong character arc will weave its way through the turning points of the plot.

A character arc is the internal struggle and progress a character goes through over the course of a novel that changes them in some way. It’s usually connected to the internal conflict so that what they do (the plot) forces changes in who they are (the character arc).

It can sometimes be confused with character motivations (a character worries over something so they act to prevent that something) but why a character acts is different from how they change because of their actions. Motivation drives the actions. Growth is the result of the actions.

But should the writer know where the character is heading/motives before the first draft? Is it bad if you don’t?”

Heck no.

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How to Create Insanely Complex Characters Using “Shadow Theory” – by K.M. Weiland…

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on Helping Writers become Authors:

Complex characters are the beating heart of good fiction.

The simplest and most effective ways to engineer this complexity is to create contrast, and one of the most intuitive tools a writer can use for identifying which contrasting elements are organic to any given character or story situation is… shadow theory.

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NOW FREE ON AMAZON! – “I enjoyed the twists on vampires and the unexpected turns along the way. I’m really looking forward to reading more of this author’s work and seeing the story continue to unfold!” – Adam Gold (Behind Blue Eyes Book 1) by Sara J. Bernhardt

Fleeing the French invasion of Geneva Switzerland in the 1700s, Adam Gold books passage to America with his family. On the ship, Adam’s daughter falls fatally ill. A mysterious man comes to Adam with a way to save his child by turning Adam into something darker than human.

A. J.

Captivating Vampires

The imagery in this book was tangible and the story kept me racing through to the end. This one packs a tragic punch for sure. Poor, beautiful Adam. I enjoyed the twists on vampires and the unexpected turns along the way. I’m really looking forward to reading more of this author’s work and seeing the story continue to unfold!


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“The story was warm and lovely. The brothers are hilarious at the best of times.” – Going Inksane (Nice Ink Book 1) by Trish Edmisten

For the last five years, Heath Mitchell’s only priority has been running a successful tattoo shop. Relationships haven’t been on his radar, but as his thirtieth birthday gets closer, Heath realizes just how lonely he is. Like an answer to his prayers, Ned Nice comes into his shop. Despite theinstantattraction between them, a dark secret in Ned’s past makes him afraid to get toocloseto Heath. Ned isn’t the only one with secrets though. Heath is hiding a secret so big it could be a deal-breaker. Can Heath and Ned find a way to overcome the demons of their pasts, or is it insane to try? Author’s Note: This is a 91,000-word novel with no cheating and a guaranteed HEA. Trigger warning: Mentions of prior sexualassault.



This is the first time I read this author and I must say it was very good. I love reading about tattoo artists…

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“I couldn’t help BUT to fall head over heels in love with this alpha male” – Marcus: The M Series, Book Three by Ryanne Anthony

Mariah Hollander was the last to know that Dr. Marcus Alexander and Marcus Cannon, was the same man. Marcus Cannon was rich, handsome, and exceedingly stubborn… and convinced himself that marriage and children were not for him.
Dr. Marcus Alexander was Calabasas Memorial Hospital’s Chief Pediatrician and head of Pediatrics at The Harvey-Reed-Cannon Medical Group.
Marcus first spotted Mariah Hollander walking into HRC with her sister and one look at her melts all the anger and fear that’s iced over his heart, making him question his decisions about life and family.
Neglecting to tell Mariah, she found out elsewhere and Marcus had to fight to re-earn the trust of his newfound love; losing her was not an option.
This is Marcus’ view of him and Mariah’s first encounter and ultimate courtship… as well as his eidetic recollection of the events that almost took her away from him forever.

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“I really enjoyed the surprise ending x 2” – The Gingerbread House (The PI Time Travel Series Book 2) by Pamela Ackerson

Since her husband’s death, Tricia Adams had been fighting to keep a roof over their heads. With the help of the Grandmothers’s Four, she’d finally gotten everything under control. She was happier and more comfortable than she’d been in years. When Carol’s son, Eric Elliott, agreed to help renovate the guest house, she soon learned she was missing something in her life. However, the dashing and handsome man held a bowl full of secrets and complications, and falling in love was not on her to-do list.

Kindle Customer..97

Has surprise ending !!

Very well-written book. I really enjoyed the surprise ending x 2. I don’t want to ruin the surprise but .. you will like it. I received the book for free but am very happy to voluntarily give this review. I really enjoyed this book.

#ASMSG, #iartg, #bookboost, #bynr

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She wished her mom could be like she used to be, always smiling and fun. – Hopefully by Mary Clark Dalton, Illustrated by Adrienne Anderson

No one ever told Hope why they decided to give her this name. She never thought to ask. Her dad had died two years ago, and her mom had not been the same since. Hope didn’t understand why her mom slept all the time. She wished her mom could be like she used to be, always smiling and fun. If it wasn’t for her sweet, grandmotherly neighbor Mrs. Jones, Hope would be anything but hopeful. Follow Hope as she finds her journey back to hope!

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“Will Griffin manage to control his blood lust and quell the demons within…” – Blood Rage – Book 3 of The G.O.D.s Series by Kirsten Campbell

November 12, 2052: Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War, earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors are clumped into factions. Two factions, the Brotherhood, and the Guild Faction have battled over medical supplies and food for years. The fight has come to a head as manpower dwindles and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…

Griffin Storm, an albino man kidnapped and dragged into the Brotherhood, has transformed into a G.O.D., a Genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with God-like powers, who also houses the gates of Heaven and Hell within. He is now a Guardian for the fortress, but he also has a thirst for blood. As his blood lust grows, so does his undying love for Tassta Vinetti, a Guardian and teacher who watches over the children of the Underground, the very children he saved…

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“Murder and humor are her trademarks, and the humor is woven into the story at the appropriate time and adds the perfect comedy relief.” – Over Her Dead Body by Karen Vaughan

Take one beautiful vindictive woman….she’s 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry, and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!…

Viv Drewa

Another fantastic book by Karen Vaughan!!!!

I love the way Vaughan has her characters interact with each other. They are well-developed and believable. Her scenes are described in such a way you can easily picture them.
Moreover, let’s not forget the humor she added! Murder and humor are her trademarks, and the humor is woven into the story at the appropriate time and adds the perfect comedy relief.
I highly recommend “Over Her Dead Body” to anyone who loves a good murder mystery and some good…

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