Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG: August 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Answer: Don't get so wrapped up in the "win"--the agent, the contract, the publication (of any variety) that you ignore the real world--family, health--theirs and yours. Be realistic about your needs--emotional, relationship, economic. Don't put all your eggs into one basket--that one pitch, that one query, that one top agent--that you miss the good things--baby kisses, elderly parents and their stories, good time with  significant others, and siblings and friends. In a word, cultivate balance. Learn to live and create at the same time. 

Speaking of balance, I'm learning that lesson as I go. One of my chronic illnesses has decided to add symptoms that are worrisome and potentially something else entirely. By the time this goes live, I might know which. Either way, writing has had to take a backseat for many reasons, starting with my mother's health in the last year. Wish me luck. Say a prayer. Whatever your tradition, I'd love the wishes.

Update: I've developed persistent nausea. After normal CT scans of my abdomen and pelvic regions, we think the cause is my Fibro. Up to 70% of Fibro sufferers have this and it's characterized as morning sickness. At least I have meds and crackers. It could be far worse. 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Book Pusher: July 2018

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You need some books, right? I know it, so here you go! ;-)


THE SOMETIMES SISTERS Carolyn Brown: Women's Fiction

With her trademark reality and a touch of humor, Brown shows the Clancy sisters at their lowest and shows their grit and grace. Excellent Read!


THE PLASTIC MAGICIAN Charlie Holmberg: Fantasy

Holmberg does it again! Her latest enchanting story in the Paper Magician series is full of adventure, daring, and love. Fun Read! But start with book one--The Paper Magician


CAROUSEL BEACH Orly Konig: Women's Fiction

Maya Brice is hunting the magic of her childhood while grieving her present. You'll love this hauntingly beautiful story--and belive in magic again. 


EVERYTHING WE GIVE Kerry Lonsdale: Women's Fiction

With an emotional and fulfilling conclusion to her "Everything" series, Lonsdale probes the depth of love and lies, family and connection. Bu tying up her stirring story, the author provides closure for her characters--and her readers.


LONG WAY GONE Charles Martin: Contemporary Fiction

With a radical retelling of the Prodigal Son, Martin will rip open your heart and sing you home. This is one of the finest books ever.



HUSBANDS AND OTHER SHARP OBJECTS Marilyn Simon Rothstein: Women's Fiction

Rothstein has done it again! You'll laugh. You'll cry--And enjoy every page. Be sure to read Lift and Separate first. Great Read!


NEVER TOO LATE Amara Royce: Historical Romance

Never Too Late is a rousing romance with a big heart for the social ills of Victorian England. Add a wonderful flip of the usual older hero/younger heroine and it moves into welcome new territory for romances.


THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE Jacqueline Sheehan: Women's Fiction

You'll never guess the plot twists but you'll love the ride. Delia Lamott is one of the best characters ever. This is a must read now!



THE LAST TELEGRAM Liz Trenow: Historical Women's Fiction

With an intriguing story set in the WWII silk industry, Trenow invites us into Lily Verner's life and times, and her amazing ability to "keep her chin up" and carry one. A Must Read

Next Post: IWSG, of course!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG: July 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!


Questions: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

Answer:
Ah! The question everyone asks and really doesn't understand if they don't write. ;-)
I do hope to finish my Women's Fiction MOTHER'S DAY and possibly its sequel--FRIENDLY FIRE--but at the moment I'm dealing with many family and personal issues. If they are finished, I'll self-publish. I know in the past I hunted an agent and a contract, but personal issues make that dream a bit daunting. I know my needs have changed. I have no deadlines, no conferences, no queries, and no pitches lined up and don't expect to. 

My needs have changed based on my health. It's a good feeling to take the stress off and just enjoy writing again. 

Here's to us all! Writers through thick and thin.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Book Pusher: June 2018

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THE HIDDEN SIDE Heidi Chiavaroli: Women's Fiction (multiple time lines)

No matter which side you're on about gun safety and violence in school, you owe it to yourself to read this amazing story. Chiavoroli shows all sides with compassion and insight. Be sure you read this one. Amazing!


WHEN NEVER COMES Barbara Davis: Women's Fiction

Avoidance, abandonment, and all the hurts one wants to bury can shut doors to our happiness. Christy Lynn Parker is a master at shutting doors. Davis's latest story is a glorious look at learning to open them. A must read!


THIS I KNOW Eldonna Edwards: Women's Fiction

This is a sweet story of spirit and love, truth and belief. The Carter family will touch your heart and bring you to tears of understanding. An excellent book!


WORTHY Catherine Ryan Hyde: Women's Fiction

This is one of the best stories about the meaning of family and home. And there's a good dog at the center too.You owe it to yourself to read this one. It's one of the best stories I've ever read--and I've read a lot of good stories. ;-)


SEND DOWN THE RAIN Charles Martin: Literary Fiction

This is an amazing story of no greater love. Martin takes his characters and their hearts opens and drains their pain. Then restarts it again. Must read--Do Not Miss!



THE UNDOING OF SAINT SILVANUS Beth Moore: Women's Fiction

Moore's first novel takes a reader into the heart of New Orleans. It's a journey you don't want to miss. With her characteristic empathy on display, she tells a story of forgiveness and redemption. You don't want to miss this one--and the Book Pusher can't wait for Moore's next novel.


THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU Beth Vogt: Christian Women's Fiction

The real world of sisters comes alive in Vogt's story. How many ways can sisters miscommunicate and take one guilty that isn't their to own? All I can say is the resulting forgiveness will win your over. 


THE MARTIAN Andy Weir: SF

This is a total Science Fiction rush! Brilliantly written, The Martian is a great example of maintaining character voice throughout a narrative. Andy Weir has written a compulsive, hard SF story that's so human. Everyone who reads it will care about his main character. Bravo!

Next Post: IWSG, of course!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG: June 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


Question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Answer: My characters always come with names attached. Changing them due to too many starting with one letter or trouble saying their names is a fight that must require much thought. I know I had a man named Manuel and another named Mack. I changed the former to Emmanuel after much thought. At the risk of a bit of ribbing, he fought it for a bit, but then admitted that his full given name had always been Emmanuel. He'd just hidden it well. ;-) 

Titles can be harder to find. I'll admit that often they come quickly, but those aren't as easy to defend as the discovery of plot and character arcs takes place. Changing titles happens as the story develops makes sense. 
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Try this link of resources for Free Lancers. Thanks for Gail Mandeville for sharing it. 
And a link for tickle your funny bone...and see yourself in. ;-) 
Plot Bunnies, Plot Chickens, etc. 

Next Post: Books, Books, and more Books! The Book Pusher has been busy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Book Pusher: May 2018

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THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY May Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows: Historical

In WWII, the Chanel Islands were cut off from England and the story of the people is one of hope, resilience,  and  bravery. This story is one of the best telling of the time. A must read.



TIMELINE Michael Crichton: Historical SF

Crichton creates a fast-paced, thrilling read that takes readers to the Middle Ages...with a twist. You won't put this one down.





NO ONE EVER ASKED Katie Ganshert: Women's Fiction

Racism is an ugly word in our communities. Using several families and situations, Ganshert highlights the issue and shines grace on the characters. Good read.



THE WIDOW'S WAR Sally Gunning: Historical Women's Fiction

History you don't know can open your eyes to the true lives of women and families of the past. Gunning's story is one that can one hearts to women's lives in colonial times. Must Read!



THE WORD GAME Steena Holmes: Women's Fiction

We don't want to admit how deeply entrenched sexual abuse is in our homes and communities, but without stories that are no afraid of looking deeply into the pain can we hope to heal. A great story that doesn't flinch and tells how to begin healing. 



THE BEACH AT PAINTER'S COVE Shelley Noble: Women's Fiction

Noble's latest is a lovely story that shows the truth of family--imperfect but loving in creative ways. You'll read this one fast and the end will linger with you.



THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER K. Arsenault Rivera: Historical Fantasy

Once you enter River's world, be prepared to be blown away at the honest bravery and true love that her characters exhibit. Lovely read.




CHILDREN OF GOD Mary Doria Russell: SF

This is the sequel to The Sparrow and it is a wonderful, comprehensive conclusion to the first book. Emilio Sandoz's journey to another world as a Jesuit missionary comes full cycle and the reason for all his pain is gloriously revealed. Must Read!


Next Post: IWSG for June

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG: My 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: JQ Rose, C. Lee McKenzie, Raimey Gallant, & E.M.A Timar!



Question:
It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Answer:
Yes and no. ;-)
I never give you one straight answer, do I?
Truly, the season doesn't affect my writing. For more important is what is going on in the rest of my life. At the moment, I'm still deep in "Momma" care. The surgery was a great success, but we have many appointments to come. As time goes on, I expect I'll be back to writing. (I know my back brain is still churning out ideas.) Until I'm able to devote more time to writing, I'll take notes and think. 

Happy writing to you all!

Next Post: The Book Pusher's May mini book reviews.




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Book Pusher--April 2018

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I have a long, lovely list for you. You'll find at least one that draws you in...or two, or three. What the heck! Just read them all!!! ;-)


SAVANNAH BLUES Mary Kay Andrews: Humorous WF/Romance mix

This is cute, quick, and totally hilarious! When you find a joyous read with adorable characters and twisty plots, you have to enjoy.


THE LILAC BOUQUET Carolyn Brown: Multi-generational Women's Fiction 

When an author has the voice and culture of a place down to the core, their stories will stir your heart and open your eyes. This is an A++ Read.


PALADIAN OF SOULS Lois McMaster Bujold: Fantasy

This is a must read for the 3-D characters who portray what heroic really means and a universe that is as multidimensional as the people in it. This is a fantasy and the sequel to The Curse of Chalion. Read Curse first.



THE CAFE BY THE SEA Jenny Colgan: Women's Fiction/Romance

This is charming, funny, and poignant in turns. Colgan creates a story of depth and feeling on the shores of the Scottish Islands.


IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT Gayle Foreman: Literary

An intimate exploration of how love, grief, and music can build a person up and tear them down. Good Read.



SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW Catherine Ryan Hyde: Women's Fiction

When a deep truth is shown through lives of rich characters, you have Hyde's story of love and loyalty. Beautiful Story.



STILL ME Jojo Moyes: Women's Fiction

What a perfect ending to Moyes' trilogy of Louisa Clark. There are readers who think books #2 and #3 are unnecessary, but I disagree. Louisa's story isn't complete until you finish the final installment. Now, get to reading!


THE SPARROW  Mary Doria Russell: Literary SF

With this masterful story of mission, love, and heartache, Russell, introduces us to one of the most endearing and exasperating characters ever. Emilio Sandoz's journey is fabulous and deep. Must read NOW!


LAST CALL TL Watson: Romance

Watson continues to entertain with red-hot stories about intriguing people. Blake and Gwen will win you over and teach you about love. This is a Must Read



THE PROMISE BETWEEN US Barbara Claypole White: Women's Fiction

Anxiety disorders are cruel taskmasters and Claypole White has created a cast of deep characters you will love and cheer for. This is by far her best book yet.

Next Post: IWSG, of course!

My momma is doing well. Her surgery was last Tuesday. She's recovering nicely. Thanks for all the prayers.