ONLY 99¢ February 7th-14th: DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

DOG BONE SOUP on kindle 2Celebrate Love Month this year with a hearty helping of DOG BONE SOUP, a novel by Bette A. Stevens. The soup’s simmering and it’s on sale for ONLY 99¢ from February 7th through 14th. Set in the 1950s and 60s, DOG BONE SOUP is the coming-of-age saga of a poor boy growing up in rural New England. In DOG BONE SOUP, you’re sure to discover why “Compassion is such a beautiful thing.” Already have your copy? Please share the news with your friends!

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‘Wow! I don’t know where to start with this story. Every now and then a book comes along that really makes an impression on you. Dog Bone Soup is one of those books. I didn’t grow up in the 1950s, but I didn’t have to because the author put me smack-dab in the middle of them (then later in the 60s).

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Centauri Dreams: A Telescope Eight Times the Diameter of Earth


Posted: 02 Feb 2016 09:26 AM PST

If you’re looking for detailed imagery of a distant astronomical object, VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) can deliver the goods. As witness the image below, which the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is calling “the highest resolution astronomical image ever made.” Here we see radio emission from a jet of particles moving close to the speed of light. The particles are being accelerated by a supermassive black hole at the core of the galaxy BL Lacertae, a highly variable ‘active galaxy’ some 900 million light years from the Earth.


Image (click to enlarge): Signals from 15 ground-based radio telescopes, combined with data from the RadioAstron orbiting satellite, produced the highest resolution astronomical image ever made. Credit: Gomez, et al., Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF.

What fascinates me about this work is the technique. Very Long Baseline Interferometry works by collecting a signal at multiple radio telescopes, the distance between them being calculated from the different arrival times of the radio signal at the different installations. The calculations are made using a local atomic clock, with the data correlated with data from other antennae in the array to produce an image.

The upshot is that VLBI methods allow us to work with an emulated ‘telescope’ that has a size equal to the maximum separation between the constituent telescopes in the array. Conventional interferometry does much the same thing, but VLBI does not demand the physical coaxial cable or optical fiber connections of the former, allowing for greater distances between the telescopes.

In this case, we have fifteen ground-based radio telescopes combining their data with signals from the Spektr-R satellite of the RadioAstron mission, a Russian spacecraft with a 10-meter radio telescope. Launched in July of 2011, Spektr-R can work with large Earth-based radio telescopes to form interferometric baselines that extend up to 350,000 kilometers. In this case, working with radio telescopes in Europe and nine antennae from the Very Long Baseline Array in the US, the image produced was one with the resolving power of a telescope 100,000 kilometers wide, roughly eight times the diameter of the Earth. From the paper:

RadioAstron provides the first true full-polarization capabilities for space VLBI observations on baselines longer than the Earth’s diameter, opening the possibility to achieve unprecedentedly high angular resolution in astronomical imaging. In this paper we present the first polarimetric space VLBI observations at 22 GHz, obtained as part of our RadioAstron KSP [Key Science Program] designed to probe the innermost regions of AGN and their magnetic fields in the vicinity of the central black hole.

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Image credit: Gomez, et al., A. Lobanov.

Above we see the jet from BL Lacertae fitted within a diagram of our local interstellar neighborhood. Notice that if we take the Oort Cloud as the outer perimeter of our Solar System, the jet just about fits within the system or, if we imagine one end of the jet at the outer edge of the Oort, the jet would extend almost to the Alpha Centauri stars. The detail we can see here is roughly equivalent to seeing a 50-cent coin on the Moon. The image elongation results from the greater resolving power in the direction of the satellite as compared to the ground telescopes, with resolution in the orthogonal direction being exaggerated to compensate for the effect.

As for BL Lacertae itself, it was originally thought to be a variable star within the Milky Way after its discovery in 1929, but was later identified as a bright radio source. Subsequent redshift measurements showed a recession velocity of 21,000 kilometers per second, implying a distance of 900 million light years. BL Lacertae is considered an AGN, or active galactic nucleus galaxy, the latter being a designation for a galaxy with a compact region at its center that has a much higher than normal luminosity over at least part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The paper is Gómez et al., “Probing the innermost regions of AGN jets and their magnetic fields with RadioAstron. I. Imaging BL Lacertae at 21 microarcsecond resolution,” Astrophysical Journal Vol. 817, No. 2 (26 January 2016). Preprint available.





Genre: Horror

Release Date: February 3, 2016



“They say I’m crazy. They might be right. But that doesn’t mean the evil isn’t real. I know it is. I know because it’s already inside me. And it’s growing…”
At an exclusive prep school abroad, Lizzy struggles to stay afloat. Not only is she failing history class, but both she and her roommate are the subject of vicious bullying from their classmates. It’s almost a relief when the semester ends and she heads off to meet her family for a summer in Tuscany.
“I’m just an ordinary girl. I hate my stepmother, homework, the mean girls at school. I’ve seen some dark things in my life, but nothing has prepared me for this.”
There is only one problem. Lizzy, who has a history of psychiatric troubles, is having nightmares. Pretty soon the terror within begins to visit her in the real world.
“I died over two hundred years ago. But I won’t stay gone forever. Now the time has come and I will live again. Inside you…”
As the people closest to her fall victim to the vengeful spirit, Lizzy struggles to make her family around her believe that this time, it’s not all in her head. But in the end, that might be exactly where the spirit wants to be.
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Also from Kara Sevda


“I thought I was an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. I was wrong.”
When her mother drags sixteen-year-old Clara out to the Amagansett summerhouse she recently inherited, Clara is plunged into a secret world of romance and danger in which Selkies—mythical mer creatures of unsurpassable beauty—rule the sea. Thus begins an adventure beyond her wildest imaginings, which will force her to choose between the safety of home and a magical love that cannot be denied.
Bored and missing her friends, Clara stumbles upon a hidden realm where surfers, even the handsome Jack, are not who, or what, they seem. Clara is initially frightened when the band of surfers’ true nature is revealed, but quickly falls under the spell of their enchanting underwater existence. Now that the deep blue sea is in danger thanks to the uncaring forces of industry, Clara will have to decide if she is willing to risk all to join them in their battle to save the earth’s waters from pollution.
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Kara Sevda is the author of the Dune Walkers Trilogy, a mystical romantic adventure for young adults. She is currently collaborating with Pincushion Press on the remaining two books of the Dune Walkers, as well as an exciting new series for more mature audiences.

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Bloggers Bash Awards 2016

As part of the bloggers bash (the annual get together for bloggers) there are a number of awards given out. Awards that are voted for by you.

Last year, the committee agreed on 6 awards for the bloggers bash awards. However, this year, we are opening up the award categories to you…

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Mini Series — The Senses — Smell

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Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, TouchNose-Smell

Welcome back to my mini-series on the five senses.  This time we’re working with Smell.  I hope today’s post doesn’t turn out to be a stinker.  (Okay… sorry. You know I can’t resist a play on words.)

I meant for this installment to be extremely lighthearted, and a scene from Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers quickly came to mind.  Descriptive as it may be, it doesn’t really exemplify the point I wanted to make, but for fun, here’s the tidbit from Episode 20 anyway.  In this snippet, Felicity, the woman in trousers, is tipsy from the physical reaction Absinthe (the Green Fairy) had when he was abruptly frightened.

Green fairy skunkAbsinthe, the Green Fairy

It was no accident, I thought to myself, that the Green Fairy looked like a tiny green skunk, albeit one with gossamer wings.  Much like a frightened…

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Saturday Historical Novelist Interview with Bill Douglas


MadworldscoverToday I have the pleasure of introducing Bill Douglas, whose book “Mad Worlds” I had the fortune to review for the Historical Novel Society

“Mad Worlds: A Tale of Despair and Hope in 1950s England” by Bill Douglas is a very memorable and emotional read about mental health care in Britain during the 1950ies. It tackles an important and difficult subject and handles it very well with believable characters and excellently researched details.
We witness teacher John Chisholm and his life in the Springwell Mental Institution while his wife Heather has to continue life on the outside, with many problems and tough choices to make of her own. Love, loyalty, prejudice, soul searching, frustration and hope feature in this moving and eye-opening book. It is a very powerful read that not only provides historical insights but also an interesting story beyond the mental health issue. Although set in the past…

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8 laws of Foreshadowing (shared from Writer’s circle)

How to Write Battle Scenes

A Writer's Path


In my experience, writing battle scenes is a very dangerous endeavor. A writer has to walk a fine line between giving too much away and giving too little. While this is true of writing in general, it is especially true of combat.

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The Editor is Your Friend

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The Editor is Your Friend

You have finished your first draft of your novel. Running it through the spell checker, making minor changes here and there as you read through it. You’ve sent it out to beta readers, made changes and fixed things they pointed out. Now you think you’re ready to publish the book. Stop right there! News flash! You are not ready to publish! What? Sure I am. Nope. Trust me on this. You are not ready to publish. You need an editor to go through your book. An editor! Aren’t they expensive? Yes, they are the most expensive part of publishing a book, but one that will serve you in the long run.

All right, so what type of editor do I need? I understand there are several types.

That’s right. Below is a list and brief explanation of the types of editors for fiction.

Types of…

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