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Happy Birthday, Miss Austen! - December 16, 2011

  Today is Jane Austen’s birthday. She was born on December 16, 1775, which makes her 236 years young. Or, at least, she would be if she were still alive. Sometimes I wish she really had been a vampire or werewolf, or one of the other immortal creatures that modern-day authors have ascribed to her in recent years for their own series. Think of all the wonderful books she would have written by now. She lived but 41 ½ short years, and yet she wrote six... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: Coming Home For Christmas by Carla Kelly - December 15, 2011

Coming Home For Christmas by Carla Kelly  These three short stories featuring three generations of the same family and set during three military conflicts (the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, and the Indian Wars) will warm your spirits this holiday season.  No one writes like Carla Kelly.  Her characters are warm, engaging, and real, and she truly makes history come alive.  So curl up by the Christmas tree, and enjoy this collection of her novellas.  They will be cert... Click Here To Read More >>

In which I'm in the mood to embarrass myself... - December 7, 2011

Or, why you should never mix up the words pus and puss… Somehow I injured my finger last night. I burnt it or bashed it or otherwise wounded it. It aches and is oozing pus from the side of my fingernail. I mentioned this on Twitter, embarrassingly misspelling "pus" as “puss,” which reminded me of an unfortunate incident from fifth grade.   I was a member of one of our school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams, a creative problem-solving competit... Click Here To Read More >>

It's Not Easy Being Green... - December 4, 2011

She's at in again, so I just had to repost this blog from December 2009... By and large, our tiger cat is very good, even at Christmas time when all of the shiny decorations must pose a mighty temptation. She doesn’t try to climb the Christmas tree, or chew the electric cords, or bat the ornaments. She ignores the ribbons and bows and stockings. But there’s something about the greenery that whets her appetite.  She chews on the lower branches of our tree an... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: The Red Door by Charles Todd - November 29, 2011

The Red Door by Charles Todd I enjoyed this twelfth installment in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series.  I stumbled upon the series earlier this year when I was doing research on WWI and have happily gobbled them up one by one.  There is one more to read before the fourteenth novel is released in early January.  The mysteries are always interesting, and Rutledge remains intriguing.  However, I have felt his personal development, as well as that of his personal life hav... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins - November 17, 2011

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins I thoroughly enjoyed Higgins' latest, but then again, I always enjoy her books.  And I always know what to expect - nice-girl heroines who are just a little bit quirky, handsome heroes who are bit rough around the edges and often underestimated, and a cute pet sidekick, usually a dog, set in small town New England.  The combination is positively charming.  It's no wonder Higgins has already won two Rita Awards.  I al... Click Here To Read More >>

Book Updates - Nov 2011 - November 17, 2011

Well, it’s been about two months since I made my last update, so I thought I should fill everyone in on what’s happening.  Production on Lady Darby Book 1 is now in full swing. The Copy Department at Berkley Publishing has written some lovely copy for the book, as well as come up with a fantastic title – The Anatomist’s Wife. I love it! It’s something I probably never would have come up with myself, but it’s absolutely perfect, and ever so... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell - November 10, 2011

The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell Until I heard about this novel, I didn't even know the historical figure Jane Lane had existed.  I knew of the Royal Miracle, King Charles II flight from England after his disastrous loss at the Battle of Worcester, but I never knew the details of his escape, or that a simple gentlewoman helped to make it possible.  It took tremendous courage, and a little bit of wrecklessness on her part, but without her extreme sacrifice and ... Click Here To Read More >>

Writing Tip: Keep It Simple - November 9, 2011

A common mistake made by new writers is that they must use lots of words. They think that the more complicated the sentence, the bigger the vocabulary, the more detailed the description, the better the story will be. Alas, that is not the case. It is much more difficult, but far more effective to write fewer words. You should never use two words when one will do.  One reason that many beginning writers think they need to be so longwinded is because they were taught to d... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: Shadows in Scarlet by Lillian Stewart Carl - November 8, 2011

Shadows in Scarlet by Lillian Stewart Carl I recently stumbled upon Lillian Stewart Carl thanks to the suggestion of a fellow author, and, I must say, I'm thrilled to have a new talented writer to glom.  She writes in several genres, including romantic suspense, as seen in the novel highlighted here.  Shadows in Scarlet is a ghost story, among other things, a sub-genre I rarely read because it can be difficult to handle well.  Stewart Carl handles it with aplo... Click Here To Read More >>

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