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

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. ;-)