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Writing Tip: Leave a Little Mystery - November 7, 2011

One of the things I had the most difficulty learning, but made all the difference in the world to my writing, was to leave a little mystery to my characters. I wanted to info dump, telling the reader everything about my characters—who they were and what they wanted—at the very beginning. I couldn’t seem to grasp how boring this was to readers, like reading an encyclopedia entry. It also takes away a great deal of the suspense.  You want readers to be asking... Click Here To Read More >>



Writing Tip: The Power of POV - Choose Wisely - November 2, 2011

Point-of-View - it’s an element of writing that authors are hyper-conscious of, and, if done well, of which the reader is not even aware. First-person or third-person? Omniscient or limited? A single POV or multiple POVs? One POV per chapter or “head-hopping” through the scene? Every story an author writes they must make these decisions, for there isn’t one right answer. There are opinions on what the “correct” way to handle POV i... Click Here To Read More >>



Writing Tips: Write What You Love - November 1, 2011

Write what you love.  I know it’s been said before…many, many times. And every time I hear it, it seems like it should be obvious - knowing what you love. But it wasn’t for me.    I certainly had an idea. I knew what I liked to read. But I didn’t know what the exact cocktail of elements was to fit my voice and my imagination.   Fortunately, when I first returned to writing after college, I didn’t fall into the dangerous ... Click Here To Read More >>



What I'm Reading Now: A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander - October 29, 2011

A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander Alexander is one of my favorite authors of historical mysteries.  Her plots are always intelligent and interesting, and her locations often exotic.  In her latest installment in the Lady Emily series, she returns us to London and throws us into the whirl and intrigue of British high society.  This, her 6th book, is an excellent addition to the series, and could certainly stand on its own - but why would readers want to miss out on al... Click Here To Read More >>



What I'm Reading Now: The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene - October 19, 2011

The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene Nazi-occupied Paris comes alive in Sheene's debut novel.  The story is gripping and touching, filled with details I never knew about the sufferings of Parisians during WWII.  If you like Paris, World War II, or just a good story of transformation and survival even in the darkest times, you will enjoy this book.  May 1940: Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting an... Click Here To Read More >>



Nerd Alert! - October 10, 2011

Sometimes I truly am such a nerd.  I got so excited Saturday to receive a shipment of research books I had placed about a week ago.  The second half of the order should arrive today, which means I have my ears peeled for the distinct hum and murmur of the mail truck driving down our street and pausing at each batch of mailboxes.  Now, who doesn't enjoy receiving a package in the mail, expected or not?  But I have a feeling that not everyone gets so enthusi... Click Here To Read More >>



Begin as you intend to go on... - October 7, 2011

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the more public aspects of my writing career—the social networking sites - Facebook and Twitter, the design of my website, my blog—all the things that will connect me to my readers on a day-to-day basis. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to begin as I intend to go on. This means that even though my number of followers and friends is still relatively low, and largely comprised of actual friends... Click Here To Read More >>



What I'm Reading Now: The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley - October 3, 2011

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley  I've been waiting months for Kearsley's newest to release in the US.  I preordered the ebook, and when Saturday (release day) rolled around, I turned on my Kindle first thing and downloaded it.  I'm about half way through, and, of course, loving it.  Kearsley is a gifted writer--someone with the rare gift to make the impossible truly seem possible.  I'm not certain this novel will be my favorite by her (a slot currentl... Click Here To Read More >>



What I'm Reading Now: Haunted Ground by Erin Hart - September 26, 2011

Haunted Ground by Erin Hart Haunted Ground is the first book I have read by Erin Hart, but it certainly won't be the last.  The Irish location, the authentic small-village feel, the multi-layered mysteries, and the cast of credible suspects all kept me hooked until the very end. Two farmers cutting turf in the west of Ireland make a grisly discovery—the perfectly preserved severed head of a beautiful young woman with long red hair. Called out to the bog to investigate, Irish archeol... Click Here To Read More >>



A few more Confessions - September 22, 2011

Sometimes… ...I use my cat as my own personal pillow-pet. Even though she hates it. And only suffers through it for about 30 seconds. I still try to trap her and cuddle her. But as everyone knows, cats don’t like to be restrained. They want an escape route.    ...I don’t return items to their proper location in the store after I decide I don’t want them. It’s just so much easier to ditch them on a convenient shelf then to ... Click Here To Read More >>




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