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Remembering 1947

I loved this book and highly recommend it.

Frank Parker's author site

It is a cliché that our childhoods are filled with memories of warm summer days, rarely marred by bad weather. The summer of 1947 epitomises that notion for me and is one reason why I set my novel Summer Day in that particular summer.

In England the year began with heavy snow and bitter cold. I had turned five the previous November and should have started school at the end of the Christmas break.

Snow drifts had piled up against the ground floor windows of our cottage. Travelling the 3 miles to the village school was impossible. The thaw did not come until March. I entered school after the Easter break.

That exceptionally cold winter was followed by an equally exceptional summer. One not repeated until global warming began to make such summers common place in the UK.

But 1947 was extraordinary in other ways. The post-war Labour government had…

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Val Tobin

Thank you for featuring me, Mom’s Favorite Reads.

Mom's Favorite Reads

Mom’s Author of the Month, Val Tobin

Val Tobin, formerly a software/web developer, now spends her time writing. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and Angel Therapy Practitioner® with advanced training, certified by Doreen Virtue in Kona, Hawaii. She has written numerous novels and some short stories, available on Amazon and at other retailers. In April 2016, Val received her master’s degree in parapsychology.

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The Phone Call

The Phone Call is my new short story in Mom’s Favorite Reads. A man risks death to get his life back.

Mom's Favorite Reads

A short story. The Phone Call by Val Tobin

Hunched into a crouch, Dylan shoved the kayak off the dock and into the water and then tilted back on his heels to catch his breath. The simple act of lugging the craft down the rocks and to the water had sapped what little energy he had. His muscles were still weak, his limbs scrawny.

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine October 2020

Check out my short story, The Phone Call, in Mom’s Favorite Reads: A man determined to recover his physical strength after battling cancer pits himself against nature.

Mom's Favorite Reads

Celebrating the second anniversary of our Amazon #1 ranked magazine with a bumper issue 🙂

In this issue…

Hawthorne, The Bride of the Hedgerow

Young Writers

Six Months of Lockdown

Women of Courage

The Matchgirls Memorial



Short Stories


And so much more!

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AuThursday – Valerie Tobin

Thank you, Tina Holland, for giving me this opportunity to promote my work on your fabulous site.

The Clog Blog

Please welcome Val Tobin to the Clog Blog!  Val, tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thank you, Tina, for giving me this opportunity to share about myself and my work.

I grew up in Willowdale, Ontario. That seemed like the big city to me, but for those who lived in Toronto, it was the boonies. I went to elementary and high school in Willowdale, and graduated from Earl Haig Secondary School after grade thirteen, which they offered at the time.

After a semester of Book Editing and Design at Centennial College, I studied general arts at the University of Waterloo, then went to DeVry Toronto and got a diploma in Computer Information Systems. I worked in the computer industry as a software and Web developer for over ten years.

In October 2004, I became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. I acquired ATP® certification in March 2008, in Kona…

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Mom's Favorite Reads

Val Tobin explores dreams.

Dreams can draw your attention to existing worries or problems, and they can also help you to recognize hidden talents and untapped potential. Recurring themes in dreams alert you to what is most important to you during a specific period in your life.

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine September 2020

Great issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads for September. Thanks, Mom’s, for letting me be a part of it.

Mom's Favorite Reads

Ranked #1 on Amazon, the latest issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads 🙂
In this issue…

Articles, Humour, Movies, Photography, Poems, Puzzles, Recipes, Short Stories, Young Authors, and so much more!

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Saturday Writing Tips: Writing Sex Scenes #WritingTips

Some great sex-scene-writing tips.

Alison Williams Writing

The Kiss 1901-4 by Auguste Rodin 1840-1917

I edit a lot of erotica and romance, some of it fairly mild, some of it less so. Sometimes I’ll be sitting at my desk on a Tuesday afternoon with a cup of tea and a digestive, deleting unnecessary adjectives from a raunchy scene and I’ll think to myself how strange my job sometimes is!

But it’s not just erotica and romance that calls for X-rated scenes.  If you’re a writer, the chances are that one day you’re going to have to tackle a scene of this type. This is something that worries a lot of authors. So here are some tips on how to write a sex scene that won’t make you or your readers cringe.

  • Skip the euphemisms. Show your reader some respect. If you need some awful examples to avoid read 50 Shades (Down there? Really? What are we, eleven?)
  • Make it consensual. Obviously consensual. Non-consensual sex…

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The Haunted Restaurant

Thank you, Mom’s, for featuring my article on Fort Erie’s The Old Bank Bistro haunted restaurant.

Mom's Favorite Reads

Fort Erie, Ontario

The Old Bank Bistro: Exploring a Haunted Restaurant by Val Tobin

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Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine August 2020

Thank you, Mom’s Favorite Reads, for allowing me to be part of another great edition of your magazine.

Mom's Favorite Reads

The August issue of our Amazon #1 bestselling eMagazine! 🙂

In this issue…

Short Stories, Humour, Poetry, Photography, Recipes, Puzzles, Movies, And so much more!

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