Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Book Pusher's March Mini Book Reviews

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THE FIREBIRD Susanna Kearsley: Historical Romance

After reading Winter Sea, read The Firebird! You won't be sorry you did. Kearsley's remarkable talent from knitting together history and fiction continues in this story. Anna's story is framed by Nikola's will break, mend, and win you heart.


ANOTHER PLACE ON THE PLANET T. A. Munroe: Women's Fiction with elements of Romance

With a great story and beautiful characterization, T. A. Munroe takes Lily and Charlie through their emotional tale to a satisfying resolution. (subject notice: sex addiction)


ONE TRUE THING Anna Quindlen: Literary Fiction

This story of a terminally ill woman and her family will challenge your heart, your brain, and you ability to forgive. Beautiful language throughout the story.


ALL MY BELONINGS Cynthia Ruchti: Christian Women's Fiction

All My Belongings is a deeply rich story of forgiveness and love. You'll never forget Becca and Isaac or their story of finding a living faith. Some would label this a romance and miss the deep truths tucked into the lives of two enduring characters.

Why I'm hunting an agent is explained so well in this post. Check out Vitoria Strauss's Why a Writer Need a Literary Agent.
And Elizabeth Evan's "Literary Agent Tells All: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Book Publishing."

Next post: Insecure Writers Support Group

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IWSG: March

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Tamara Narayan
Patsy Collins
M.J. Fifield
Nicohle Christopherson


MARCH IWSG QUESTION:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Short Answer:
Not yet.

Long Answer:
I know you're smiling right now. Or is it scratching your head? The short answer says so much, doesn't it? Truly, I haven't gone back, but I have thought about it. My older WIP is SF or possibly Fantasy, depending on how I set it up. I envisioned it as SF, but I'm a bit stuck on how to tie in the science part. Something about being a trained historian I guess.

What happened to that WIP was a dream. I kid you not. I woke from a nap nine years ago with the first scene of the WIP I'm now seeking representation for. The scary thing was that it's Women's Fiction, a genre that was very much in flux at that time. Once I heard about the Women's Fiction Writers Association that was in the planning stages at that point. Once I investigated the genre, I found a home for my contemporary story. And a group that felt like family. The funny thing is that my old WIP would fit under the WF umbrella. How's that for serendipity? If I ever finish my planned four contemporary WF WIPs, I might have to go back and try the old one again. That is if I learn some out of this world science before then. ;-)

Bonus Link:
Writers Unboxed has an intriguing post you should read about What Fiction Trends Say About Us. Check it out!

And an announcement!
My essay--"My Momma Had Words With Me"--will be part of the April 29th LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER/Atlanta show. I'll be reading it on stage. I'm ecstatic about it. :-D

Next Post:
The ever-popular Book Pusher has more mini book reviews for you. Of course. ;-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Book Pusher: February Mini Book Reviews

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THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES Travis Erwin: Fictionalized Memoir

With a wry, perfectly pitched voice, Erwin entertains with a fictionalized memoir that opens a window into the adolescent male mind. Venture in if you want a rollicking read.


THE FIERY CROSS Diana Gabaldon: Historical fiction with a touch of time travel

In Diana Gabaldon's fifth Outlander Series book, she continues to weave history with fiction with her amazing skill. Her spellbinding story of Jamie, Claire and their family will keep you reading late into the night.


THE WINTER SEA Susanna Kearsley: Historical Romance

 All of Kearsley's considerable skill has brought both the contemporary and historical stories to vivid life. The twist at the end will leave you breathless and cheering. (Be sure to read before The Firebird.)


SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS Susan Schild: Women's Fiction

As always, Schild has concocted a raucous ride in Willow Hill with babies, adventurous ladies, and more besides. Her third Willow Hill story is as sweet and sassy as only Southern women can be.

Here's some sources of great Women's Fiction, the genre I love so much:

WFWA Goodreads shelf

WF Writers Association Pinterest Boards

By the way, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Misha Gericke
LK Hill
Juneta Key
Joylene Buter




How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Short Answer: It's changed how I read every word.

Long Answer: Truly, I look at all the word choices, the structure, the themes, the plotting, etc. But more than all of that, I have to say, the first and most important thing I read for is characterization. If the characters don't ring true, act like real people, I don't review the book. Learning how to create characters is key for writers.

Creating relatable characters is a key skill. What's your favorite tip?

Edited to add: Finally, I feel well enough to actually be back in the swing of IWSG and promoting our mutual blog hop. It's been a long winter already. Let's just say, I'm happy to be back among the community. Let's rock the words we need to write, y'all!


Might be John and I a few (a lot) of years and added pounds ago.
Next Time: January's Mini Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Book Pusher: January Mini Book Reviews

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Truth!


THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE Donna Everhart: Women's Fiction

This coming of age story will stick with you long after you finish it. Dixie's story is all too real, but we have to face it to change it.



THE SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS Amy Impellizzeri: Women's Fiction

With it's tour of heart, love, remembrance, and forgiveness, Impellizzeri's second book is a worthy successor to Lemongrass Hope. Lu and Mari Roselli's story, bookended by tragedy, is one of love and hope. Must Read!


ALL THE BREAKING WAVES Kerry Lonsdale: Women's Fiction

Love, magic, concern, and joy--all the emotions of life combine in Lonsdale's second book to create a family you have to cheer on in the darkest times.


FOREVER BEACH Shelley Noble: Women's Fiction

By championing those involved with protecting the children at risk in the child protection system, Noble provides a marvelous story that will warm your heart.


A PINCH OF OOH LA LA Renee Swindle: Women's Fiction

Here's a savvy and sassy story of a women learning what matters and what doesn't. A good read you don't want to miss.


A few links:
Find you inner fire with Jamie Raintree's What Lights A Fire Under You.

Figure out what "demotivates" you with Charlie Gilkey.

For when life's got you down, Cathy Yardley has your ticket.

See you in a couple of weeks! ;-)
Creative Market

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Insecure Writers Support Group

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Eva @ Lillicasplace,
Crystal Collier,
Sheena-kay Graham 
Chemist Ken,
LG Keltner,
and Heather Gardner





January's Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Short Answer:
Write what you know.

Long Answer:
Write what you know.
Come on! Get real! What about imagination? Research? Shouldn't that dictum be--Write what you can learn, imagine, create? Truly there's much more in this world than just what we've experienced and know. Why limit ourselves to what we know? How boring would that be? Truly, what sort of interesting story would come from just my experiences of growing up in an intact, middle class, happy family? Or finding my nearly forty-year long marriage partner in a class at college? Truly, my imagination can take the stories of my students from my twenty-five year career as a high school history and Latin teacher and create much more interesting stories. So, I'll stick to "Write what you can imagine, research, or learn."

Write on!

Tag Lines:
I have a working tagline at the top of my blog. I have no clue how effective it is, but it does tie all my various Women's Fiction WIPs together (and my long unfinished SF, too). "Hope Comes Home" is my short description of my stories. All the angst that lives in our hearts and the negatives we get from the outside can be alleviated by turning in toward what matters most--home. What do you think?

If you have an opinion, give me some feedback. Thanks!

With the month of January, I'll be starting twice-monthly posts. I need time to work on my WIPs. I'll still have one post dedicated to my Book Pusher Mini Book Reviews. The other will be the Insecure Writers Support Group. Both posts will include a variety of other things, like my question about my tagline, or good links I've found. I'll see you in two weeks with five more good books for you to consider. ;-)


Think Spring!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

My Gifts to My Fellow Writers

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Source

It's the giving season and I've be remiss if I didn't share a few "gifts" with my fellow wordsmiths. So, check these out and enjoy the season, hug your family, friends, and significant others, and be filled with  Joy! I'll be back the first Wednesday of January.

Have a fabulous holiday season whatever your way of celebrating
Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Book Pusher: December Mini Book Reviews

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This is your last chance to use The Book Pusher's mini book reviews for your shopping list for gifts. ;-) You know you want to buy a few for family and friends--or the ever popular "gift for myself" list.


GENTLEMAN JOLE AND THE RED QUEEN Lois McMaster Bujold: Space Opera

 A fabulously twisty and rewarding SF Romance by a master in the field. Must Read, but only if you've read the entire Vorkosigan series beforehand.


DRUMS OF AUTUMN Diana Gabaldon: Historical/Time Travel

Another fabulous part of the OUTLANDER Series. If you haven't read these books, what are you waiting for?


TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS Normandie Ward Fischer Romance/Women's Fiction

In a continuation of her Carolina Coast Series, Fischer gives her readers a Christmas story of danger, warmth, and redemption. If you love good stories, be sure to read this one.




THE ROSE GARDEN Susanna Kearsley: Historical Romance

This wonderful romance will weave its way into your heart, and its twists and turns will delight, scare, and excite you in turn.



EXIT SIGNS Patrice Locke: Romance

Either a romantic comedy or romantic suspense, but who cares? The main character, a documentary writer, is always trying to pin down the genre controlling her life with limited success--until she meets Jesse Elliot, and then all bets are off. Fun Read!


GREAT SMALL THINGS Jodi Picoult: Women's Fiction

Picoult takes on the charged topics of racism, justice, and privilege in Great Small Things and succeeds in opening eyes to the full story. As always Picoult's multiple--POV narrative opens windows into the minds of each character touched by the story.

Next week: Some gifts for writers... ;-)