Having more likes doesn’t help.

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“Like my page!” It’s one of the most common posts on writing groups on Facebook. It seems like every day; there are millions upon millions of requests for someone to like a business or Author Page. Here’s the thing though, that doesn’t do anyone any good. Having 1,000 likes is great, but what if none of those people actually like you? Let’s explore what will really help your business grow.

What do I know about this? First, I’m an indie author who has to know about social media. 90% of my marketing is posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. …


A Founding Father seemed destined for the presidency, until he wasn’t

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Alexander Hamilton image from Vitold Muratov via Wikimedia

An adultery scandal almost seems quaint in these days, many miss the days when politicians practiced decorum and had respect for one another. President Clinton denying have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office is believed to be a precursor to the #MeToo movement.

However, Alexander Hamilton was the first politician to watch his career go up in flames over an ill-advised affair. Maria and James Reynolds would play a part in making sure that Hamilton’s name was synonymous with America’s very first sex scandal.

An Affair To Remember

The affair started innocently enough. Maria Reynolds found Hamilton’s home in Philadelphia and…


Adams's goal was to make the world a little better.

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President John Adams Image by Asher B. Durand via Public Domain

John Adams was the second president of the United States of America. During the American Revolution, he traveled to Europe to make peace deals with France and Great Britain. Back home, nobody understood that his peace-keeping ways ended the Revolution and gained Independence for America. Instead, most of the credit was given to his friend, George Washington.

President Washington appreciated everything that John Adams had done, though, and appointed him as his Vice President. After being Vice President, Adams became the President and soon realized that sometimes a quiet life is more rewarding than notoriety.

Childhood

John Adams was born on…


Guys are removing condoms during sex; is it a crime?

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“I’m kind of a good girl — and I’m not. I’m a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect,” That is how Katy Perry describes herself and her views on sex. The important word here should be respected. When a couple agrees to have sex, all of the terms should be met.

However, the trend of stealthing is blurring the lines of consensual sex and rape. When a couple agrees to have safe sex but the male who will be penetrating decides to take off the condom during intercourse, that is stealthing. …


They picked a fight with a much stronger person.

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t,” Mark Twain explained to a literary magazine when asked why he didn’t write about real-life more often. As any writer will agree, when writing about the real world, the audience expects that everything makes sense and the climax of the story ties up all of the loose ends. If the plot gets too sordid or weird, the audience will revolt.

That’s what makes the Jeff Bezos claim that he was blackmailed and extorted by the infamous tabloid The National Enquirer and its…


He informed his wife’s loved ones of his actions on Facebook.

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A lot of crazy stories happen in Florida. Sometimes it appears as though residents say to one another, “hold my beer,” as they try to one-up the latest crazy story. For anyone to top David Medina’s case, they will need the whole beer plant.

The most normal part of Medina’s story is he killed his wife and posted it on Facebook. The old saying goes, if it’s not on Facebook, it can’t be true. Medina must have wanted people to know he did indeed kill his wife, Jennifer Alfonso.

Grand Slam Romance

Like a romantic comedy, Medina met Alfonso while she was at…


They pulled off a great heist until one turned against the group

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Brinks Building Image via Wikimedia

The heist happened on January 17, 1950. It was the culmination of months of hard work and plotting for the 11 robbers. They had staked out the Brinks headquarters in Boston. Learning security codes, watching the employees' routines, and making copies of the keys they would need to pull this heist off. Everything came together beautifully.

After six attempts at the robbery, the team was frustrated with the lack of progress. There was a lot of money to be had from this job, and they had their eyes on the prize. …


More than a Founding Father, he created the way we govern.

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James Madison Image from Public Domain via Billy Hathorn

James Madison was our fourth President of the United States. He was known for believing in having a large but fair government and being the “Father of the Constitution.” He was an intelligent and quiet man who used his education to form a fair and balanced government. His ideas helped shape American values and grant us all the rights we enjoy today.

Childhood

James Madison II was born on March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia. Although only seven of the Madison children would survive until adulthood, he had eleven younger brothers and sisters. Their father, who was also named James…


It was date night, but there was a third wheel.

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This is the first time I am putting this story into writing, and it freaks me out a little bit. The person, my co-star, if you will, will never read it, and even if he does, he can’t get ahold of me to yell about it. The reason for that is a different topic than this one; this is about the worst date that I have ever been on. Sadly this story is 100% true. However, I have changed names to protect the not so innocent; I choose to put my life out there for consumption, they do not. Are…


He brought the family’s legacy of tragedy into focus.

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Dysfunctional families are a pillar of TV shows and other forms of entertainment. Audiences flock to these tales and thank their higher power. Their family isn’t that bad. Some might even begin to appreciate the eccentricities of their loved ones.

Most of the unique parts of a family can be overlooked. Things like differing political views or watching the same show repeatedly are easy enough not to be worrisome. On the other hand, excessive drinking might be a cause for concern.

Especially if a spouse can link the drinking to continuous cheating, and that cheating results in an unwanted pregnancy…

Edward Anderson

Edward has written hundreds of acclaimed true crime articles and has won numerous awards for his short stories.

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