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Books and music can transport us out of our daily chores and into a world of beauty and hope. With books we can travel to distant lands and alternate universes. Music can cry out our emotions and lift our spirits. Our BellaOnline editors offer reviews, news, and insight into these fascinating areas!

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Haunt Couture & Ghosts Galore Book Review
Suspense / Thriller Books - Karen Hancock, Editor

Cookie Chanel, vintage clothing store owner, helps solve the murder of a friend who was a fashion designer. She has the help of two ghosts, as well as a cat who can read tarot cards and the Ouija board. This book is a bit of a farce on fantasy fiction, but is quite suspenseful, just the same.

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Holocaust - Book Review
Children's Books - Launa Stout, Editor

What was the Holocaust? How did it happen? Could it happen again? One of the most terrible events in human history happened over 60 years ago and occurred in Europe. Millions of people were intentionally killed…just because they were Jewish.

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Out of a Dream
Christian Literature - Lyn Sedmina, Editor

If you think a few inconsequential decisions cannot carry a substantial impact, think again. The lives of Michelle Baron her parents, and her husband are intertwined through New Age delusions, Christianity, and suicide. Who will make it out?

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The Fine Art of Murder Review
Mystery Books - Edie Dykeman, Editor

Former Police Chief Katherine Sullivan is drawn into a case by her deceased husband's former partner, Nathan Walker. The duo find they must look into past generations before they can focus on who killed the young gallery worker found on an art collector's estate.

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Review - Rainbow - Monsters of Rock
Heavy Metal / Hard Rock - Morley Seaver, Editor

Review of the new Rainbow CD/DVD release Monsters of Rock - Live at Donington 1980.

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Book Review - AfterLife Allegiances
Literary Fiction - Ije Kanu, Editor

AfterLife Allegiances, the second book in the AfterLife series, is a fast paced, compelling story of shifting alliances and deception that takes the reader further into the world of the Mortui and the escalating struggle between the living and the dead. Click to read the full review!

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Question Woman & Howling Sky Discussion Guide
SF/Fantasy Books - Evelyn Rainey, Editor

Is your book club looking for a great post-apocalypse Science Fiction woven with Navajo Spiritualism? Question Woman & Howling Sky by G. Miki Hayden has your discussion guide questions right here as well as at the back of the book!

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The List - 100 Ways to Shake Up Your Life
Women's Lit - Jeanette Stingley, Editor

If you could do one thing in your life that you always wanted to do, what would it be? Write a novel? Skydive? Learn to surf?

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Horror and Children
Horror Literature - Justin D. Davis, Editor

From “The Exorcist” to “The Amityville Horror” to “The Shining,” kids can be downright creepy. What is it about the idea of evil youngsters that scares us? In this season of Halloween, we look take a look at how children have impacted the world of horror.

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My last article at Bellaonline
Gospel and Christian Music - Candace Walker, Editor

Candace Walker leaves Bellaonline.com

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Awards for Romance Fiction
Romance Novels - Val Kovalin, Editor

Are you curious what book awards exist to recognize excellence in writing romance novels?

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The Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Poetry - Karena Andrusyshyn, Editor

This article is a close reading and analysis of Maya Angelou's poem The Caged Bird



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Grave Mercy
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers is set in medieval Brittany and features Ismae, a seventeen year-old peasant girl turned assassin who must pose as the mistress of principled knight Duvall in a secretive land of supernatural visions and imminent invasion by the hated French.


How to Write Sexy Descriptions and Sex Scenes
by Val Kovalin, your BellaOnline editor for the Romance Novels and Fiction Writing sites. This is for writers of erotic romance fiction (M/F and M/M). Part 1 gives writing advice. Part 2 shows how to write sexy descriptions about the human body from head to toe. Part 3 discusses male-male romance fiction, and Part 4 details the common elements of a sex scene.



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