Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018 Hey! Happy 2nd Day of 2018! I was looking through my old Amazon purchases and some of the first things I bought on Amazon were books. Want to know what I bought? One book on perfection and two books on procrastination.   That says a lot about me!   I've come a long way since then. And 2017 was a big year. Not only did I finally let other people read my work, but I also published a novel! The first serious novel I wrote was back in 2009, but I could never bring myself to publish it or let anyone read it. It needed so much editing, at least in my mind, and I didn't know where to begin.   Fast forward to 2017 and I finally have a novel I'm proud of. Having my name splashed across a book cover is a big deal for me, and I don't take it lightly. Is my novel perfect? No. I accept that it...
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What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel? For a long time, from junior high to my mid-twenties, I read romance novels by authors like Connie Mason, Norah Hess, Ellen Tanner Marsh, Teresa Medeiros, and Christine Feehan. I loved them. Loved the romance. Loved the strong male characters and the feisty and strong-willed heroines. Then at some point, after Harold and I got married, I switched genres. Mysteries, psychological thrillers, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, political thrillers, any kind of thriller. So long as it didn’t have any romance in it. A little bit was fine. But if solving a crime was merely the setting in which a romance took place, forget it. Not for me. But then around 2012, I gradually became interested in young adult novels. Naturally, I started with The Hunger Games. I listened to the entire trilogy on audio while at work. And there’s romance in it, as I’m sure you already know. There’s romance in the Divergent series. There’s...
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Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber - Classic Ghost Stories Do you enjoy reading ghost stories? One of the first ghost stories I read growing up was The Ghosts by Antonia Barber. I only remember two parts of it, and sadly I must have donated the book when my husband and I made our cross-country trip to Alaska, but those parts have stayed with me for over 24 years! And the book was, and still is, a classic. There’s just something intriguing about ghost stories. Do ghosts really exist or are they merely a figment of our overactive imagination? Do they have special powers? Are they able to hear and see things through solid walls or over great distances? And most interesting of all, what stories do they have to tell us? What led to their death? What secrets have they taken to the grave? The basic story idea for Shattered came to me in a dream. I had just finished writing a...
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