#SoCS Dec. 19/2020

Visit Linda’s site to participate: https://lindaghill.com/category/stream-of-consciousness-saturday/

prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “magnet.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Magnet

When I think of magnet so many ideas come to my head….

magnetism
magnetic field
magnetic image
magnet

I can picture things but don’t have enough information to write about them in any length. So instead, a haiku:

when drawn together
no power to pull apart
predominance reigns

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fibbing Friday

Thanks to Di for great questions and a little Friday fun! https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/fibbing-friday-18th-december/

1. Why is a Pantomime thus called? What else would you call the creepy guys clothing choice?
2. Why was the White Rabbit late? It was waiting for a white Christmas
3. What happened when Aladdin rubbed the lamp for the first time? Ew, that’s gross and awfully private. Why does he call it a lamp anyhow?
4. How many ugly sisters were there? I really only have one if I had to say “ugly”.
5. What did Jack exchange for the magic beans? A lot of gas!
6. Why do they always shout ‘It’s behind you!!’ Because if it was in front of you you would see it.
7. What was the house in the woods made of that Hansel and Gretel found? Um, wood.
8. Who owned The Mirror Mirror on the wall? Probably the store the store before the customer the customer
9. What was the name of Dick Whittington’s cat? No, that’s what he called his wife when they argued!
10. Who was Tinkerbell? The guy who fixed the bell in the belltower, a tinkerer of sorts.

Book Tour! The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel

We are thrilled to share this amazing new novel by K.T. Rose! The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel just proves that ghost stories are perfect any time of the year! 

Read on for an exclusive peek and an amazing giveaway to enter! 

The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel

Publication Date: November 5th, 2020

Genre: Supernatural Horror/ Paranormal

Pride and greed infect the soul, anchoring the dead to Gallagher Hotel.

When Chris, a master thief, and Riley, a contract waitress, get mysterious invites to an exclusive party at the haunted Gallagher Hotel, they discover that there is more at play than simple celebrations.

Hidden truths are revealed, and all hell breaks loose. But the “party” has just begun.

Now, Chris and Riley face their demons as they fight to survive a hellish nightmare full of spoiled secrets, carnage, and vengeful spirits lost to the hotel dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Will they survive the night? Or will their souls be devoured by the most haunted building in Michigan?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54587629-the-haunting-of-gallagher-hotel

Purchase:

About the Author

K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories. 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/K.-T.-Rose/e/B01N4T91M2

Website/blog: https://kyrobooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyrobooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyrobooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6480089.K_T_Rose

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kyrobooks/_saved/

Twitter Tags: @kyrobooks @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTour

*IG Author isn’t on insta but you can tag me @shannon_rrbooktours

The giveaway is a rafflecopter giveaway with a link but if you want to set it up like an IG giveaway, just send me your finalist and I will enter them into the draw manually

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BZSQKB4

Amazon international: https://mybook.to/Gallagherhotel

The book is in the Kindle Unlimited program as well.

Excerpt

Chapter One

She’ll never forget the day she died.

Torches lit up the town square, illuminating scowling and shouting faces. The townspeople launched stones and spit, pegging Trudy’s arms and face as she trudged through the abhorrent mob. She cringed when a pebble struck her cheek. Pain erupted, shooting through her face like lightning striking the earth.  

Deputy Hill yanked her arm, leading her through the narrow path the townspeople created. Fists balled, Trudy groaned as the rope around her wrists dug into her skin. Her bare feet picked up glass shards and debris from the cobblestone path as she shuffled along.  

She glared around at the angry faces and recognized the men, women, and children of Holloway. She’d done more for them than any God before her. Many of those people owned the very businesses that lined the stone slab she marched across that night. Building and financing the rows of wooden businesses lining the town’s square accounted for half the things she’d done for Holloway. She fed the hungry, made clothes for cold children, and taught woman’s independence. The ever-growing list of the townspeople’s wants was endless. At one point, she didn’t mind the busy work. Fulfilling dreams of the once poor town kept her boisterous and distracted from her bitter reality. Trudy was Holloway’s personal shepherd, making the people her needy sheep.  

Hands snagged at her lavender tea gown, adding dirty prints to the blood drops and grime from the beatings in that putrid cell. She glared at the bare-faced man towering over her. The brim of his deputy hat cast a thick shadow, hiding his dark eyes and pale face.  

Deputy would miss her. She was sure of it. He got off on the assaults that bruised her face. His heavy fists pounded her bones and scraped her skin until she confessed. And even after her confession, he continued with his evening visits, slamming her body into cinder block walls and passing off open-handed blows to her nose, cheeks, and eyes.  

Trudy sighed. A bath with lavender and Epsom salt sounded good for the swelling. She didn’t realize how bloated and purple her once beautiful, fairly smooth skin had become until she passed by the picture window in front of the town’s jail just before they began her walk of shame. Her dark hair matted to her forehead, washed by sweat and blood. Her plump lips were chapped and bloated with bruises.  

Even then, her face pulsed with intense hurt. Pain shot through it whenever she winced. 

The sea of convictions roared, growing louder as she drew closer to the opposite end of the square.  

“Adulterer,” yelled a woman. 

“Traitor,” screeched a boy. 

“Murderer,” said a pot-bellied man. 

Their accusations sent a sickening jolt through her bones. She watched the path underneath her slowing feet, fighting back the tears. 

How could they turn on me like this? 

Giveaway: Swag Bundle & $10 Amazon GC (International)

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f212/?

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I don’t understand….

I don’t watch much television but when David gets home from work he does like to catch up on the news. I enjoy hearing the daily updates, although not the daily death tolls of COVID.

I keep seeing the commercial with Simone Biles for Uber Eats.

I did a little looking into the meaning of this commercial, beyond Uber Eats. I was pretty surprised at the responses I read….

This is one: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/one-million-moms-criticizes-uber-eats-ads-simone-biles-jonathan-van-ness/

Here is another: https://www.insider.com/simone-biles-jonathan-van-ness-uber-eats-ad-christian-group-2020-11

And another: https://dlisted.com/2020/11/05/simone-biles-defends-her-ubereats-ad-with-jonathan-van-ness-against-one-million-moms-homophobic-petition/

My opinion: I think it is a little weird but totally harmless. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. If it offends you remember commercials are made for millions of viewers not just you. If people are afraid that seeing such a commercial will “make” their loved ones become someone who is transgender, gay, gender-neutral, or anything other than heterosexual, let it be known there are many more influences in life, much stronger than a silly commercial for take-out food.

***disclaimer: this post and/or my opinion are not meant to criticize or upset any person at all…I apologize if it has upset you.

Beginnings and Endings

For d’verse Poets Pub: https://dversepoets.com/2020/12/17/mtb-endings-beginnings/

Christmas Tree

As I stand before the tree 

I remember the days of yore 

When dreams still came true 

And wishes were healing. 

As I stand before the tree 

I remember the days of yesteryear 

When giggles were constant 

And dreams still came true. 

As I stand before the tree 

I remember the days of the past 

When dreams felt like hope 

And smiles were acts of kindness.  

Today I stand before the tree 

And remember what I’ve been given 

And how thankful I am  

To be alive.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Crazy Boats!

I was just reading about tug boats on Tugster’s site (https://tugster.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/random-tugs-319/) which got me talking about a website David showed to me the other day about how many boats are in our world’s oceans. This is crazy!

Visual Capitalist

Visual Capitalist

Map: Visualizing Every Ship at Sea in Real-Time

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-every-ship-real-time/

Book Tour: Rejuvenation

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Publication Date: March 23, 2020

Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi

Publisher: Castrum Press

The Melter War has left the Earth’s surface devastated, leaving humanity to survive on what little land is left between the Scorch Zones and the rising oceans, where towering subscrapers dot the dystopian shore lines.

Bobbie Chan is a doctor caring for the ultra-elderly in one such subscraper when she notices a mysterious, new disease afflicting her patients; some show signs of age reversal before a catastrophic, and often fatal, cardiac arrest strikes.

Bobbie begins to wonder if she is witnessing a bio weapon in full force. A Melter attack? Are they destined to finish the war they started?

Bobbie begins a race against time to rescue the Rejuvenees and uncover their true enemy

Add to Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54206333-rejuvenation-book-1?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=wzkkPJJM0s&rank=1

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rejuvenation-Book-1-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B086FQQS7V/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1JOY02V6TA8VI&dchild=1&keywords=rejuvenation+byddi+lee&qid=1607865086&sprefix=rejuvenation+by+bydd%2Caps%2C248&sr=8-1

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Audible UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rejuvenation-Book-1-Trilogy/dp/B08FNZMQ8S/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1607865086&sr=8-1

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rejuvenation-Book-1-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B086FQQS7V/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1607865366&sr=8-1

Audible: https://www.amazon.com/Rejuvenation-Book-1-Trilogy/dp/B08FNRKPCZ/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1607865366&sr=8-1

Castrum Press: https://castrumpress.com/

About the Author

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Byddi Lee grew up in Armagh and moved to Belfast to study at Queen’s University. She has since lived in South Africa, Canada, California and Paris before returning to live in her hometown, Armagh.

Her Rejuvenation Trilogy, is published by Castrum Press and Rejuvenation Book One, Book Two and Book Three all available now. Book One is also out in audiobook.

She has published flash fiction, short stories and, in 2014, her novel, March to November.  Byddi has also co-written the play IMPACT – Armagh’s Train Disaster with Malachi Kelly and Tim Hanna. IMPACT was directed by Margey Quinn and staged by the Armagh Theatre Group in the Abbey Lane Theatre June 2019.

During the COVID 19 pandemic when all theatres were closed, Byddi teamed up with Malachi and Tim to write Zoomeo & Juliet and Social Bubble Toil & Trouble suitable for live performance delivered through Zoom, produced by Margery Quinn and performed by the Armagh Theatre Group.

Byddi is a co-founder of the spoken word event Flash Fiction Armagh and is co-editor of The Bramley – An Anthology of Flash Fiction Armagh.

Sign up to Byddi’s newletter for more details of release dates.

Author Links:

Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/3e0945ff1267/byddisnewsletter

Byddi Lee: https://www.byddilee.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/byddi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Byddi

Twitter Tags: @Byddi @castrumpress @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Rejuventation

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