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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


The Social Media Hashtag Guide for 2021

FROM THE June 9 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by staff


Are you making use of social media for your business or brand, and want to know what you should be doing in 2021 in order to make the most out of it? Are you new to social media and want to know how to use hashtags effectively and efficiently in order to get the most out of them?

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Thirteen Entertaining Things To Do After The Lockdown Is Over

FROM THE June 8 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by staff


The current Pandemic has entirely altered our lives, and let’s be honest, none of us are enjoying it. Curfews and multiple strict lockdowns have left nothing to do for enjoyment. Trips to grocery stores are the only outing; sitting in front of laptops is equivalent to working. Video calls are the new meeting place with friends and family.

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Deadly Ever After By Eva Gates: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Eva Gates


After running away from a marriage proposal and fleeing to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson finally found her dream as the Assistant Director for the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. Lucy even met her soulmate and is now engaged to the town’s mayor/dentist Connor McNeil. While they have not yet set an exact date or made any wedding plans, their friends and family are enthusiastically throwing them the perfect engagement party on Coquina Beach. Definitely not on the invitation list but arriving late anyway are Richard Lewiston the Third, his mother Evangeline, and her very barky bichon frise Fluffy.

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My Animal Rescue Adventures & How Pandemic Cat Books Came to Be

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Linda J Wright


I’ve always been an animal rescuer, as I imagine many animal lovers are. Butterflies with broken wings, sparrows fallen out of their nests, tarantulas upside down in the swimming pool. I “rescued” them all. But cats have always been special for me. I dragged home my first stray cat when I was five, a ginger/buff-colored guy who my father reluctantly let me “keep.” He spent nights in the basement as he was forbidden to sleep with me, which dismayed me greatly. But I outfoxed my father: I tiptoed down every night to sleep with the cat on the basement stairs. Anyhow, one night I was discovered, and the cat mysteriously disappeared.

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Recognizing Pride Month in Selma

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


June is Pride month, but sadly, there are many places that still don’t acknowledge and recognize that fact. Former Selma, CA resident Lance Nelson decided that he wanted to make an effort to change that, starting with the area where he grew up. Lance was born and raised in Selma and attended Wilson Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Selma High School. He graduated from Selma High School in 2006. Lance is currently attending Columbia University, majoring in human rights with an interest in equal access to education. His future goal is to work for a nonprofit, and perhaps one day, even the United Nations.

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Upstaged by Murder By Grace Topping: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


It’s only been a year since Laura Bishop left a high-paying career in IT to set up her own professional home staging business in Pennsylvania, so she certainly didn’t expect to be competing for a chance at being the next home staging television star. After one of the Cozy Living TV contestants had to bow out for an illness, the crew was hard-pressed to find a replacement and Nita Martino was eager to toss her friend Laura’s name in as a last-minute replacement. While no one, especially the producer Olivia Yeager, thinks that Laura has much of a chance of winning, she can’t deny the value of publicity to promote her business after the week of challenges.

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Killer Nashville International Writers Conference

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose


Killer Nashville began fifteen years ago as the brainchild of author, filmmaker, and industry executive Clay Stafford. A firm believer in education, Clay said he started the conference to give back to the writing community.

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Jackal and Hide By Victoria Tait: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


I am an eager fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series not just for his clever mysteries, but for the strong female lead, endearing relationships, use of cultural language, and the picturesque descriptions of Botswana’s flora and fauna, so I was intrigued about Victoria Tait’s Kenya Kanga Mystery series, and judging by the marvelous covers, I was right to start reading her work. Now, I am a big fan of her stories, her lovely main character, and the intrigue and diversity of Kenya.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Sprinkles of Suspicion By Kim Davis

FROM THE June 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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Writing The Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 12: Drama Pan

FROM THE June 2 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Joe Cosentino


I always loved the story of Peter Pan, the boy who could dance with his own shadow, fly, save mermaids and Native American princesses, and protect his band of lost boys from pirates. I’ve read the original J.M. Barre play countless times, and each theatrical, film, and television version has delighted me. So, after writing eleven popular Nicky and Noah cozy comedy mystery MM novels, I decided the twelfth novel would center around a very unusual production of Peter Pan.

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My Favorite (Category of) Bookstore

FROM THE June 2 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Molly MacRae


I collect bookstores and keep them organized in categories. (Years ago, I ran an independent bookstore, and more recently I retired from the public library. Organizing books and places where you can get books = natural aptitude.) The abbreviated title of one category in my collection is “How Fast Can I Get There?” (The full title is “How Fast Can I Get There, Step Inside, and Breathe the Whole Place in, Because if I Didn’t Really Care, I’d Just Stay Home and Go to Their Website?”)

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5 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

FROM THE June 2 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by staff


Cosmetic dentistry procedure is a branch of dentistry whose goal is to enhance the appearance of teeth and smile. Simply put, cosmetic dentistry is any tooth-related procedure that is done outside of necessity.

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Mell’s Mutts: My Name is Stanley

FROM THE May 29 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Elayne Gonzalez


Hi I’m Stanley. Yes, I only have one eye and I sometimes only use three of my legs, but I’m still the cutest six- pound min-pin mix little guy you’ll probably ever meet. So here’s my story, but before I start I want to warn you it’s a little sad, but don’t cry because as you can see I’m really good now. This is how it started.

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Memorial Day Weekend Mystery Catch Up!

FROM THE May 29 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have another fun group of mysteries to review as we once again play catch up! We have Murder on Wall Street: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson, Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, and Death at the Salon: A Daisy Thorne series by Louise R. Innes.

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