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Archive for January 2012

Do You Read the Last Page First?

A friend called the other day. I hadn’t spoken to him in a couple of months and I knew he and his family were going through some difficult times. He wanted to catch me up, telling me “so much has happened since I talked to you last.” (I really did receive this call, but I’m…

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Story Weekend: Rebellion

This week’s theme popped into my mind out of nowhere and I look forward to seeing what that word conjures up for you. I’m not going to start it off with my own story this week so as not to influence anyone. Instead, I’ll let you take this in whatever direction you like. If you’re…

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Let's Have a Worry-Free Week

All right, I will settle for a semi-worry-free week. I spend too much time worrying about things. One of my main worries is always the book I’m working on. Will I meet my deadline?  Will it please my readers? Will the reviews be good? Will it make any bestseller lists? Etcetera, etcetera. I was thinking…

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Story Weekend: Random Acts of Kindness

This weekend’s theme: Random Acts of Kindness. It’s a great topic, suggested by one of my Facebook friends. Write whatever true little (and I do mean little!) story pops into your mind. Something you did. Something someone else did for you. Something you witnessed. I can’t wait to read what you come up with. If…

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Recipe Reviews Crack Me Up

Even though I have a cupboard full of cookbooks, I often end up turning to the Internet when I want to make dinner. I go to one of the recipe sites, plug in what I have on hand, such as “chicken” “mushrooms” and “basil”,  and track down a recipe that sounds good.  I print it…

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Story Weekend: Art

John and I just got home from the gallery where he shows his art photography. Tonight was the grand opening of the gallery’s new space and wow, was it packed! Walking from room to room was a treat and the variety of paintings, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry etc was amazing. Some of it I love and…

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New Covers for my Backlist E-Books!

When I first made my out-of-print books available as e-books, I designed my own covers.  I found designing the covers fun, time consuming, and a wake-up call to the fact that I am not a graphic artist! I had a professional, author Patricia Ryan, re-do one of them and it was beautiful but I eventually realized…

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Sneak Peek at a Book Cover

I thought you might like a sneak peek at the cover for my next new book, The Good Father! I love this cover and it fits the book perfectly. The Good Father will be out April 24th in the US and early June in the United Kingdom.

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Story Weekend: Who's in Your Backyard?

Story Weekend is back from its nice long holiday at the beach! I hope all of you were able to take a little time off as well. I was thinking about a theme for this weekend’s post when a squirrel suddenly leaped from the branch of a tree to the birdfeeder outside my second story…

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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Welcome to 2012, everyone! I want to take this opportunity to tell you what you mean to me. 2011 was a fantastic year for me, career-wise. I’ve been writing a long, long time with the usual ups and downs that accompany most careers, but  starting with Target selecting The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes as their…

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