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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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... ;-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: In the Next Five Years, I will...

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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:
Jennifer Hawes
Jen Chandler
Nick Wilford
Juneta Key
JH Moncrieff
Diane Burton
MJ Fifield


In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there.

Short Answer: Published ;-)

Long Answer: It takes more than wishes and dreams, doesn't it? I've been intentional about going to conferences and pitching agents who rep what I write. Doing what they suggest or say they want is hard work, but rewarding--even if the answer is no! Truly! Yeah, it's hard to hear that little word, but when they tell you more than a form rejection, it can be mined for gold.

Another thing I've done is to take advantage of the Blue Pencil session offered with my registration for the Surrey International Writers conference in October. I followed though on the suggestions before submitting to the two agents I spoke to there.


I've entered in a pitch contest. That one's still hanging, too.

What will I do now? Work on book 2 and start the long hard slog that is creating a target list of agents. I'm still a bit worried about that last one. ;-) But, I'll manage. Then I'll query. Yikes!

So, what about you? What are you doing for you Five-Year Plan?

Next Week: December's Mini Book Reviews--AKA the last minute gift suggestion list. ;-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Grateful Writer

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The colors of the leaves enchant me. The cooler temperatures allow me to turn inward and settle into a good story--either my own or someone else's. Everything says that it's time to be thankful for what I have, so I'd like to take this post and list a few of my reasons for thanksgiving this year.
  • My mother is home after a few trips to the hospital and doing better.
  • I pitched two agents at the Surrey International Writers Conference and both requested a submission--one a full and the other a partial. These requests are on their way.
  • My husband and the pups are doing well and make my life easier and more fun.
  • My best writing buddies and I planned for one and half years  to meet up at Surrey and pulled it off. From all over the world, we were able to congregate fourteen of our seventeen members for five days of amazing camaraderie and fun. Without these ladies, I'd not be submitting stories to agents and contests. So, I'd like to dedicate this post to the ladies who share the journey. Long may we write!
The Ladies!

    With Diana Gabaldon
  • I got to meet many of my buddies from the Books and Writers
    Jackie, Nan, and Cat
    Forum.
Taylor, Beth, and Veronica

Me, Taylor, and Beth
The Forum Gang!

With Aven























More of the B&W Crew!










Beautiful Surrey and Snow in the Rockies!



The next post will be in two weeks. See you on December 7 with another post from #IWSG.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Book Pusher's November Gratefulness, Part 2

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I know you still need to buy a few Christmas gifts and I'm grateful for the good books I can share to finish your list off. Enjoy!

LETTERS FROM PARIS Juliet Blackwell: Women's Fiction

When two women, both searching for identity and separated by a century, are united by a mysterious letters, you have a fabulous new book by Juliet Blackwell. This one is a charmer. Must Read.

I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND Ann Garvin: Women's Fiction

Throw in job loss, a mother's dementia, an absentee boyfriend, and a sister's abandoned newborn, and you have Tig Monahan's life. Ann Garner's wise, warm, and wonderful story will have you turning the pages.

FLOWERS FROM THE STORM Laura Kinsale: Historical Romance

A classic romance by a master wordsmith! The fraught love of Christian and Maddy will keep you turning the pages, rooting for their marriage. Some scenes are on the spicy side.

LINNY'S SWEET DREAM LIST Susan Schild: Women's Fiction

(first in the Willow Hill series) With gentle truth, excellent characters, and a sure touch with story, Schild kicks off her debut and will warm you heart.

SWEET CAROLINA MORNING Susan Schild: Women's Fiction

Book 2 of Schild's Willow Hill series picks up almost where Linny's Sweet Dream List left off and continues the sweet, warm, and engaging life of Linny Taylor Jack Avery, and their families and friends.

Next Week: My Thanksgiving Gratefulness Post!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Book Pusher: November Gratefulness: K. Callihan, D. Chamberlain, D. Gabldon, C. Kline

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FOREVERMORE Kristen Callihan: Paranormal Historical Romance

Forevermore is a satisfying and thrilling conclusion to Callihan's Darkest London series. Remember, these are on the spicy side.


NECESSARY LIES Diane Chamberlain: Women's Fiction

True stories create the most fascinating fiction as exemplified by Diane Chamberlain's harrowing and, in the end, hopeful story of the sad history of North Carolina's history. Social worker Jane Forrester uncovers a travesty based on a little known part of history. In her capable hands, there's hope for healing at the end.


VOYAGER Diana Gabaldon: Historical Fiction with a touch of SF

Trust me--you want to read all of Diana Gabaldon's books. This is the third in her OUTLANDER series. It encompasses the end and aftermath of the Rising of 1745 in the Scottish Highlands, Claire Fraser's need to find her husband, Jamie, and so much more. This is a must read in a series of must reads. Start at the first with OUTLANDER. You won't be disappointed by Gabaldon's lyrical prose, gripping stories, and deeply drawn characters.


ORPHAN TRAIN Christina Baker Kline: Women's Historcial Fiction

How I've neglected to read this one before now is a mystery, but I'm thrilled I read it. At its heart, Orphan Train is a story of two foster children whose travels and journey mirror each others even though eighty-two years apart. A must read.

Next Week: Links!