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Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben’s dying wish...
In the 1870s American West, Michael Archer, wracked by guilt over having killed once again, embarks on a mission to clear the name of a man wrongly executed for murder...
The past has a way of catching up with you... Michael and Rachel have everything to look forward to and no reason to look back, or so they thought. In the midst of the newlyweds' trials and triumphs...

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Recent Blog Posts

Make Your Characters Work for It 

  Fiction at its essence is people in conflict. Our hero has a goal and something or someone is trying to prevent her from getting it. To write really meaningful fiction, regardless of genre, means making our characters work to get through the conflict and achieve that goal. We can’t …

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What Is a Beta Reader?

  In a recent blog on rewriting, I mentioned sending the completed second draft to my beta readers: Into the Pits of Rewriting. Some authors call them first readers. These are people who read the completed manuscript and give you honest feedback. They are not editors or critiquers—they are READERS. Their purpose …

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Chatting with Linda Brooks Davis

Greetings everyone. Today, I am a guest on Linda Brooks Davis blog. Please stop by and join the conversation. And maybe win a free book. Here is the link: http://lindabrooksdavis.com/henry-mclaughlin/lets-chat-author-henry-mclaughlin/ Blessings.

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Into the Pits of Rewriting

On March 27, I typed The End on my latest manuscript. That’s one of my favorite parts of writing. Until the next day when I realize I have to rewrite it. I know of very few writers who can consistently complete a novel in one draft. One thing I’ve learned …

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia

This blog was originally posted by Steven James in Writer Unboxed. Reposted with permission. This blog so touched my writer’s heart I want to share it with all my readers. Twelve years ago I decided to sell out. I landed on an idea that I felt would be a financially …

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Researching a Novel

Doing research on a novel is one of the most crucial aspects of creating a winning story. If we don’t get our information right, we damage, if not destroy, our credibility. For pantsers like myself, research can be a huge interrupter of the process if not handled right. When I …

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5 Questions to Telling a Story

There are 5 questions to telling a story. Applying them to fiction will help us write amazing stories. I first heard them in college as they applied to journalism. The 5 questions or signposts or guides to writing great stories are: Who? Where? When? What? Why? WHO? These are our …

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Life’s Inconveniences

Life does have a way of throwing inconveniences at us. Some call them Fate. Others call them acts of God (insurance companies seem to like this one—like it’s their get out of jail free card). Some people see them as attempts by the devil to throw us off track. Still …

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Thank you

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your loyalty and patience. Many of you may have noticed there was no blog last week and this week’s is very late. The last month has presented some very powerful health challenges, like my heart stopping three times in …

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6 Steps for Dealing with Writer’s Block

If we hang around writers very long we’ll hear the phrase, “Writer’s Block.” If you’re a writer, you’ve probably experienced it in one form or another. The late Terry Pratchett is quoted as saying, “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t …

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