A Novel That Cranks Up the Excitement

A Novel That Cranks Up the Excitement
This week I want to invite you into the exciting world of Firewall, DiAnn Mills’ latest romantic suspense novel. Taryn Young is super-computer geek, writing programs to strengthen the US economy. As she is about to leave on her honeymoon after a whirlwind courtship of three months, a bomb destroys the airport terminal, and her husband a few hours is missing. When she is targeted as a suspect in the bombing, she must put all her skill into proving her innocence as the evidence mounts that the man she married deceived her. She must convince FBI Agent Grayson Hall to trust her. Grayson’s focus...
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Hopping Right Along

Hopping Right Along
My critique partner, Amelia Grimstad, writing at Keep Walking, tagged me in this Writing Process blog hop. Amelia’s determination to answer the call to write, no matter what, inspires me to keep going. What am I working on? At present, I am transitioning between projects. I’ve finished the second book in a speculative series. While that one is simmering on the back burner, I’m revising a contemporary novel about how a husband and his father deal with grief and loss after the wife disappears. When this draft is completed, it will go off to an editor for a final run through. How does my work differ...
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Reflections on the Fourth

Reflections on the Fourth
As the Fourth of July approaches, I find myself pondering my nation and its history. June was a significant month, a fitting one for leading us to the 238th birthday of our independence. June marked the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the literal first steps to freeing Europe from Nazi tyranny. It also marked the 239th birthday of the United States Army, the first of our armed forces. Forces that have protected and defended us, that have repelled those who would take our freedom, that have fought for the freedom of other nations. So much to be grateful for. I live in the greatest country in the world and...
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The Canary List Is Not a Story for the Birds

The Canary List Is Not a Story for the Birds
Jaimie Piper is a twelve-year-old girl with a powerful gift that is driving her crazy. She can detect evil in other people. This dark, overwhelming force has tormented her for years. When its latest manifestation threatens, she turns to her favorite teacher, Crocket Grey, for help. His efforts to help Jaimie soon land Grey in the hottest water possible. He is accused of possessing child pornography and of molesting students. He is soon the target of a kidnapping and murder investigation. All this threatens not only his freedom, but his relationship with the son he loves. Quickly, Crocket and Jaimie are...
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Two Different Worlds: Solitude versus Community

Two Different Worlds: Solitude versus Community
In a recent post, I wrote about the different worlds of creating our stories and marketing them. Today, let’s take look at another aspect of the two worlds of writing: the world of our writing community. Solitude versus Community To be successful in our writing, we need to meld these two opposing aspects of the writing journey. Writing is a solitary process. Just me and my laptop. And it can be fun as I join my characters in their world and follow them through their story. But there comes a time when that isn’t enough. We need other writers, other professionals in the writing world, to get better...
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A Rare Novel Indeed — The Book Thief

A Rare Novel Indeed — The Book Thief
Usually, I read books quickly. Rare is the one that makes me slow down and savor the story. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is one of those rarities. This story of a young girl, Liesel Meminger, in Nazi Germany during the Second World War is composed of compelling characters the reader lingers over and strong writing. Liesel steals books. The first is at her brother’s funeral when she steals a gravedigger’s handbook. Later she steals from the bonfires used by the Nazis to burn books. She also steals from the personal library of the mayor and his wife. The author provides a delightful twist to this...
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