Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Book Pusher: January Mini Book Reviews

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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!