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Review of 'Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology'
For lovers of the sword and sorcery genre of fantasy novels, Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology by Gary F. Vanucci, will satisfy your every craving. A collection of short stories that introduce the c...
'The Culling' - My Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry...
I've entered The Culling in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. A preview excerpt is posted on Amazon.com, and I'd love reader feedback. Check it out.
Awesome Authors--Charles Ray
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Retired government employee and freelance writer, photographer, artist, and public speaker.
Bonneville Salt Flats at Night - 3D Panorama
2013 year in blogging
Review of 'Steel City Investigations'
I love a good mystery story. I also love humor. When the two are combined, I'm in hog heaven. When I got a free copy of Donald Algeo's Steel City Investigations, I began reading - it started off a ...
'Incident at Cactus Junction' - Get it Free!
Review of 'Badger Lake' by Aaron Shaffer
Review of 'The Suburban Monsters' by Bryan Higby
The Suburban Monsters, by Bryan Higby, with wonderful illustrations by Jim Webb, is a rib tickling story for young readers that will also delight older ones. Harper is a young girl who never believ...
Free flow of ideas is the cornerstone of democracy: The...
Grab a post-Veterans' Day Bargain! Grab the Brass Ring
Turning the Pages YA Blog Tour - The Ghost Files by Apryl...
The Ghost Files, Volume I by Apryl Baker Cherry blossom lipstick: check Smokey eyes: check Skinny jeans: check Dead kid in the mirror: check For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this ...
Review of 'Limbus, Inc.: Book 1" edited by Anne C. Perry...
Review of "The Fifth Empire" by K. P. Ambroziak
Curiosities: Rare Historical Photos
Great Deal For Summer! Free Books!
Visit Cameroon: The Crossroads of Africa
Cameroon, in West-Central Africa, is a francophone country with its own unique flavor. Centrally located in the hump of West Africa, it serves as a crossroads and melting pot for many African and European cultures.
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The Never-ending Debate: Plot vs.. Character
Which is more important in fiction writing, plot or character? This debate has raged forever. Here's my answer - and I'm standing by it.
Review of "Iron Bonds" by Billy Wong
In Iron Bloom, author Billy Wong delighted and entertained readers with the tale of Rose, a reluctant warrior, and the warrior Finn, as they went on a quest seeking magic - the one thing that frigh...
How to Write Successful Historical Fiction
Writing historical fiction, while it does require a certain amount of research, is no more difficult than any other fiction. These helpful hints will get you started on your historical novel.
Free e-Book! "The White Dragons"
Cameroon: A Photographic Tour
Watching Over Her Flock - Charles Ray
During a visit to the ruins at Great Zimbabwe, my wife and I also toured the traditional Shona village adjacent to the ruins. We paid a visit on the spirit medium who had a hut set apart from the others - she let me do a posed photo of her sitting in...
Rescued by Angels
The night is pitch-black in New Mexico. At 13,000 feet, the desert's cold winds sharpen the senses and give you goose bumps. The Colombian jungle is a very different scenario: hot and humid, like a sauna.
Angel Thunder: An Exercise in Life Saving
Seeing the need for an exercise that would allow U.S. Air Force rescue units to test and improve the full range of their capabilities, in 2006, Brett Hartnett, then an Air Force rescue pilot, created Angel Thunder. Seven years later, Hartnett, now a ...
Gun Violence in America: Are We Abdicating Our Moral Responsibility?...
Members of Congress cowed by the National Rifle Association's (NRA) lobbying power, and its extensive war chest, which it uses unashamedly against legislators deemed ‘soft' on gun control issues, c...
Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts: New 'Windows Service Center...
A warning to Internet users from my other blog: http://charlesaray.blogspot.com/2013/05/beware-geeks-bearing-gifts-microsoft.html
Foreign Affairs Day 2013
A short article on Foreign Affairs Day 2013, Washington, DC. http://voices.yahoo.com/article/9874784/foreign-affairs-day-2013-12123060.html?cat=37
What America Needs is a Strong, Professional Diplomatic...
Drinking Giraffe, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
I lived in Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2012 when I served there as U.S. Ambassador. During that time, I traveled throughout the country. This photo was taken during my last visit to Victoria Falls on the Zambian border.
More Books From Nancy Wilson - the Author, not the Singer...
BBB Entry for Lesley Carter - Lesley
Kindle Fire HD Giveaway - Reading Is A Writer's Strongest...
Are you a writer or would you like to become one? One of the strongest tools in a writers arsenal is the ability to understand story structure, and viewing how successful writers have developed the...
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A tale of intrigue, suspense, and betrayal. The white dragons by Charles Ray The country of Dagastan is an insignificant, landlocked pimple surrounded by the Russians who ignore it because it has n...
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Give Your NOOK a Treat!
Get my collection of short stories, Dead Letter and Other Tales, which features the series of stories about Louis Dumkowski and his hapless friends, for Nook or Nook reading apps, from Barnes and N...
Keen(e) on No Real Accountability
My Financial Plans for 2013
It's No Mystery - It's Free!
A Substitute For Manhood?
Get the latest Al Pennyback mystery, "Death From Unnatural...
WIP: "The White Dragons"
Weekly Photo Challenge: Love
Review: "The Cartel" by A. K. Alexander
A. K. Alexander's gripping suspense novel of the drug trade, illegal immigration and brotherly betray will keep you reading from the first page to the last. Fully formed characters, authentic...
The Need for a US Diplomatic Code of Ethical Conduct
US Diplomatic Museum on the Horizon
Taking the Plunge and Writing for a YA Audience
Anatomy of a Mystery: A Brief Guide to Writing Mysteries...
The mystery genre is experiencing a comeback. If you want to be read by many, consider writing whodunits. This brief guide will help get you started.
I Have A Dream: 8 Heart-Stopping Rhetorical Techniques Of...
Review: "The Lurking Man" by Keith Rommel
Review: "Marked for Vengeance" by S. J. Pierce
Guest Post: 10 BUSINESS START-UP IDEAS
A guest post from UK financial blogger Lucy: People say that "The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance." So you need to be prepared to take risks and face it when you plan to start...
Review: "The Phoenix Egg" by Richard A. Bamberg
A Look at the Future of the American Economy?
Can Military Diplomacy Keep the Peace in 2013?
What are Your Writing Goals for 2013?
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Your 2012 Outdoors and Nature
A New Way to Promote Your Books
If you're struggling with promoting your books, you should give a look at a new Website, Ganxzy, that allows you to post direct links to your books across the entire Internet - any site...
Free flow of ideas is the cornerstone of democracy: Interview...
Interview with author Jack Durish
Picable - Photo Page: Geese Swimming
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Engage Boys - Empower Girls
Where Story Ideas Come From - 2
When I started writing the Al Pennyback mystery series, I didn't have a specific sub-genre in mind. It's not a hardboiled mystery with a hero who is always battling bad guys; nor is it a procedura...
Great Zimbabwe: A Different View of African Civilization...
Featured writer: Charles Ray In August 2012, I returned to the United States after having spent three years in Zimbabwe in southern Africa. When I wasn't busy working, I spent a lot of my time exploring this fascinating region, for the most part with...
Picable - Photo Page: Here There be Demons
When Crisis Strikes in The Neighborhood, Who You Gonna Call?...
Hillary Clinton has done a fantastic job as U. S. Secretary of State - her next job should be President - No one's more qualified to run in 2016.
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The Top Five Reasons Romney Lost The Election
Pundits think they know why things went wrong for Mitt Romney; they got it all wrong. Here's why he really lost.
USEmbassyZim: Cultural Diplomacy Review - US Embassy
Picable - Photo Page: Playing THE Last Call
Picable - Photo Page: Going to Their Final Reward
Picable - Photo Page: Riding The Big Wave
Pip's Revenge (The Chronicle of Pip of Pandara): Charles...
Bulawayo24 NEWS | US not lifting Zimbabwe sanctions before...
Why Only Seven Deadly Sins?
Most Christian religions believe in seven deadly or cardinal sins. Where did this belief come from - you might be surprised.
Time Marches on: Stomping All Over Me
You know you're getting old when you can remember having experiences that people around you only remember reading about in the history books.
When Memories in the Attic Turned into Nightmares
Charles Ray reflects on Zimbabwe
"Angel on His Shoulder" Available on Kindle
Six Ways to Conquer The Fear of Public Speaking
People fear public speaking more than death. Here are six ways to overcome this common phobia.
Five Sure Signs You're Getting Old
Whether we like it or not, we get old. We can fool ourselves, but, it's a real bummer when other people begin to notice.
Whose Truth will win?
Picable - Photo Page: Spirit Medium
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Wisconsin Governor Recall Election - a Harbinger of Things...
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) is battling to stay in office in a historic recall election, but the outcome of this election will also impact the upcoming Presidential elections.
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Buffalo Soldier: Homecoming: Charles Ray: 9781475276688:...
Free flow of ideas is the cornerstone of democracy
Buffalo Soldier: Trial by Fire: Charles Ray: 9781469948102:...
She's No Angel: Charles Ray: 9781477548592: Amazon.com:...
Africa Travel Association (ATA) Congress Set to Exceed Expectations...
ATA's 37th annual congress will be in Zimbabwe this year, and is already exceeding organizers' expectations. Read more here.
Picable - Photo Page: La Luna Del Cinco De Mayo
Things are Seldom What They Seem
"The Cambria" - A HIFA Highlight
Today is the final day of the 2012 Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). This year's festival has been marked by some first-rate performances, domestic and international, and the closi...
Picable - Photo Page: Lake Fishermen
How Not to Write About Africa - By Laura Seay
Celebrate Earth Day by Making Every Day Earth Day
We only have one earth, so let's preserve it. Make every day Earth Day.