A Story that Will Touch Your Heart

A Story that Will Touch Your Heart
It was with some trepidation that I opened Jacqueline Winspear’s newest novel, The Care and Management of Lies. I am a fan of Ms. Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs novels. A big fan. Have been since the first novel. This new novel is entirely different. It’s not a mystery. It’s not set in England in the years between the world wars. There’s a whole new cast of characters to get to know. Approaching this new novel was like going to my favorite restaurant after it has completely revamped its entire menu. The colors may be the same but I had the feeling of entering a new world where no one has gone before...
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One of the Best Writing Books

One of the Best Writing Books
I’ve just finished reading one of the best books on the writing craft I’ve ever read. Story Trumps Structure is an insightful, quick-moving discussion of writing from the perspective of an organic writer, Steven James http://www.stevenjames.net. This is a great book for people who don’t like to outline, who may find that process confining, and their stories not ringing true. Mr. James’ book provides a solid framework to hang the writing process on. He presents three key questions every writer should apply throughout every story. What would this character naturally do in this situation? How can...
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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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