Sweden supported a teddy bear drop over Belarus, parachuting in teddy bears with the message, “Free Speech Now.” Ambassadors have been expelled, and Belarussian heads have rolled.

Or read the text here, Guard Gets Two Years in Prison for Failing to Protect Belarus from Teddy Bears.

Apparently, Belarus is a Teddy Bear Free Zone.

image by e_cathedra, Flickr Photo Sharing ShareAlike 2.0 GenericDon't do this in Belarus!

image by e_cathedra, Flickr Photo Sharing ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Don’t do this in Belarus!

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

One of the trickiest parts of writing novels is writing the pitch. The description for the query letter or the cover blurb that will sell the book. Kathryn Aragon of the C4 Report teams guest posts at Buddhapuss Ink on Book Descriptions, More Than Just a Summary, Please. Five Essential Qualities of Irresistible Product Descriptions.

Kudos to race car driver Danica Patrick. I want to be her when I grow up, at least for one race. Danica Patrick Wins Daytona 500 Pole Position

Need a laugh today? Rhonda Hopkins pointed me to this link, BIC Cristal for Her Ball Pen. Forget the product. Check out the reviews. They will have you ROFL.

Contract-of-Betrayal by Tammy Salyer

Now available! Award winning military science fiction author and former paratrooper Tammy Salyer just released the second book in her Spectras Arise series, Contract of Betrayal. You can find it at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

It’s that time of year when authors are finalizing their plans for upcoming writers conferences. Chuck Barrett asks the question, Are Writer’s Conferences Really Worth It?.

And when it comes to Writers Conferences, it’s not too late to catch WANACon, the online writers conference happening today through Sunday. The only Writers Conference you can attend in your pajamas, brought to you by Kristen Lamb.

We love their accents and their stories, and so many of us screamed after watching the season finale, but do we really know what they’re saying? From Julie Glover, The Language of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey - Whatever is an "entail"?

Downton Abbey –
Whatever is an “entail”?

Fascinating story from Debra Eve about how one hairdresser became a . . . hair archaeologist? Yep. A Hair Archaeologist. How a Baltimore Hairdresser Became a World-Renowned “Hair Archaeologist” of Ancient Rome

“There is no need to cling to any moment for any longer than it lasts.” Living in the now takes practice. A Matter of Practice by Karen Huber.

That being said, some things should not be forgotten, particularly the stories that are never allowed to be told. McCain Claims ‘Massive Cover-Up’ on Benghazi. Holmes and I, as a general rule, do not take political positions. Benghazi is not a political position. It is an event with real objective facts that were being buried even before the last shot was fired that night. We Americans need to demand some answers.

Blindsided by the Walking Dead

You know IronE Singleton from The Blindside and The Walking Dead. Now you can know his story from the streets of Atlanta to Hollywood, Blindsided by The Walking Dead. Co-authored by five time war correspondent and Zombie Survival Crew founder Juliette Terzieff.

IronE is also one of the New Faces of Black History: The Zombie Killa in this hoot of a video. Spoiler warning–this has hints about a recent major event on The Walking Dead.

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All the best to all of you for a week of avoiding Assault Teddy Bears.

Piper Bayard