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. 

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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.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG April 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Answer: How cloudy can it get? More than enough. Since last November, we've been working on my momma's Trans-Aortic Valve Replacement surgery. After scopes of her stomach and large intestine, dental surgery to make sure there are no pockets of decay, and tests upon tests, we have a date--April 10. 

Instead of writing, I've been filling the well that's been emptying quickly with reading, reading, and more reading. In times of stress, we sometimes have to step back and rest. Sit down and read. Search our whirring brains for peace. Thank my Lord and Savior, my family is all in to provide Momma with her choice to go for this surgery for an improvement in her quality of life. At eighty-eight, she 's due the support, love, and care we can lavish on her. Even though she has trouble accepting it. 

And that's where I am. Writing isn't on the agenda until we have all this done and Momma is on the road to recovery. 

Please keep us in your prayers.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Book Pusher--March '18

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THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET Donna Everhart: Southern Women's Fiction

With a great handle on Southern settings, Everhart draws durable characters from Wallis-Ann, Laci, and their family. Enjoy!



WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Diana Gabaldon: Historical Fiction Plus a bit of SF

Diana Gabaldon has again crafted an amazing story, a masterpiece that ties up the threads from its predecessor, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with a roller coaster of a ride. She writes every single one of her POV characters' hearts, minds, and souls with humanity. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is my second favorite of all the Gabaldon books. But be forewarned: There's more coming in this story. If you haven't read Diana Gabaldon's books before, start at the beginning with OUTLANDER. You won't be sorry.


UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES Louise Gornall: Women's Fiction

Living with agoraphobia and OCD requires vast amounts of courage. Norah has it in spades. The journey is long, but oh, so worth the trip. Must Read! If you like Barbara Claypole White's books, this is a don't miss read.


THE MASTER MAGICIAN Charlie Holmberg: YA

The third in the Paper Magician Series is the best one yet. Love, adventure, and danger are Ceony's to win and over come.




ASK HIM WHY Catherine Ryan Hyde: Family Saga and WF

A deep story of a family in which the silences mask massive psychological and emotional gulfs. Until your ready to ask "why, " you'll never understand someone's motivations--but only ask when you are ready to listen to their truth.


A PLEDGE OF SILENCE Nora J. Solomon: Historical Women's Fiction

Many of us know about the soldiers who suffered and died on the Bataan Death March in WWII, but the military nurses have a story too. Don't miss this story of one such heroine.


THE SOUND OF SLEIGHBELLS Cindy Woodsmall: Christian WF

A sweet story outlines the truth of healing--spiritual, physical, and psychological--that faith and love offers when we are ready to let go of the past.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG: March 2018

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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! Co-Hosts: Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham,Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

Question: How do you celebrate when you achiever a writing goal / finish a story?

Good question! It's simple really. My hubby takes me out for a wonderful meal when I finish a story. Well, he takes me out all the time, so that's not special, but the love that flows between us makes it extra special all the time. When I finish a story, we'll go for an extra special meal--with dessert and wine. Does that work? You bet it does!

My momma's health update: We've been slowly working through all the dental and gastro preliminaries. The pre-op heart appointment is March 19. Prayers and good wishes are craved by us all. 

P. S. The cherry tree is blooming a month early due to this weird warm weather. Now, that the flowers are opening, the temps are headed down. I'm crossing my fingers for nothing below 32 degrees. 


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