Category Archives: Writing

Your Life & Mine: Books From Childhood

On a bookshelf in my office, I keep a group of ragged books By Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can see from the photo above that they’ve been used hard and read often. If I hired a decorator to help me … Continue reading

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June 2017 FREE BOOK!

My friend, Sarah Shoemaker, wrote this exquisite book, which is set in England late in the reign of George III (1760-1820). Our June 2017 Free Book edition is a new hardcover. Author Mary Sharratt praises MR. ROCHESTER: “Prepare to be … Continue reading

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Dirt & Bones: Words, Words, Words

My current manuscript (the first book of the BONE FIRE Duet) is set more than 7,000 years ago in the Wallachian Plains of Eastern Europe (now part of Romania). My main male character is Jorn the Word Singer. One of … Continue reading

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January 2016 Free Book!!

This month I’m delighted to feature an incredible coming-of-age novel by writer/cinematographer Corey J. Maloney. In an elegant and gritty narrative, THE LEMONADE STAND introduces readers to Jack Newton. Maloney presents Jack as both powerful and powerless and has chosen … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Iron Gate

When Neil and I were making plans to visit Eastern Europe, one of the reasons we selected a river cruise was the opportunity to see the Iron Gate Gorge in Serbia. Many ancient peoples settled in the Gorge area. One … Continue reading

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Blogs for Writers

  Last week I published my last YOUR Novel post  and  promised you a list of blogs that will help you sell and market your novel.  You’ll find lots of great information about finding an agent, writing queries, book proposals and getting … Continue reading

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40. The Last Roundup

YOUR Novel! After all these weeks and months and maybe years of writing, it’s done. Except… For one last rewrite. Really? Yep. Here we go. 1. Print a hard copy of your manuscript. You will catch errors on a hard … Continue reading

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39. Sound Check

It’s very tempting to send YOUR Novel out into the world without a last rewrite for word use and phrasing, but please, after all your hard work, don’t succumb to the temptation to let that baby face the query gauntlet … Continue reading

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38. Research redux

As you edit YOUR Novel, you may want to schedule a rewrite with your research in mind. This is pretty much a given for authors of historicals or techno-thrillers. Not so much for those who write contemporary fiction. An intensive research … Continue reading

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37. Lazy

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get lazy. That’s not always bad. We all need a lazy day (night or evening) to regenerate after hectic times. But when it comes to novels, nothing pops a reader out of … Continue reading

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