Reader's Favorite Recognizes "Deceptive Cadence" in 2016 Awards

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  The 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. [Montpelier, VT]. Readers' Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper C[...]

Mission to Prague

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  Conor McBride is on the move, and the suspense continues in City Of A Thousand Spies! Read on... For those who have already read The Secret Chord, you probably already had an inkling that I would be sending Conor to Prague for his next adventure. I had a chance to spend a week there, and I came home even more convinced that I'd picked the right s[...]

What the heck is a "Deceptive Cadence"?

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As my first book is finding its way to more readers, I'm meeting people who are intrigued by the title and interested to know what it means. The title is a musical term, so I thought I'd post an explanation and give an example of what it sounds like, and how to distinguish it from other types of cadences. Searching for the term online, you will get some ver[...]

Where Would Downton Abbey's Residents Take Tea?

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"Come along inside . . . we'll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place." -- from The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame When we come to the end of time, whoever is still left standing might find themselves with a spare minute to tally up the triumphs and tragedies of human history. On the positive side of the ledger, I'm confident they [...]

Listen to Music that Inspired Deceptive Cadence

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The late Irish rocker Rory Gallagher. Bollywood movie hits. Samuel Barber's violin concerto. What could these things possibly have in common? Once a week, critically acclaimed novelist Roz Morris hosts a fantastic blog called "Undercover Soundtrack" in which she  invites writers to describe how music influences their creative process. I was delighted to be [...]