Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Avery Cove: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

Avery Cove: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig: A page turner! Step back in time and get a glimpse of life for the immigrant Irish in New York. No Safe Harbor , by Elizabeth L...

No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig



A page turner!

Step back in time and get a glimpse of life for the immigrant Irish in New York.
No Safe Harbor, by Elizabeth Ludwig begins with the historical setting of Ellis Island in the year of 1897. The heroine, Cara Hamilton finds she is all alone when she reaches America and her brother doesn’t come for her. 

Page-after-page, this story is filled with intrigue and dark characters.
As Cara needs to trust those around her while she searches for her brother, she is thrust into a culture of Irish Americans who may not have her best interest at heart.The twists and turns kept me wanting to find out more about who lurks in the shadows and the boardinghouse where Cara stays. And the one she trusts the most—is the very man her brother has warned her to stay away from.

This is a great historical novel filled with suspense and romance. 

The title alone gives the reader an idea of what the book holds!

I recommend this book and look forward to reading Ludwig’s next book in the series, Edge of Freedom.

Avery Cove: Winning the Widow's Heart--Book Review

Avery Cove: Winning the Widow's Heart--Book Review: In Sherri Shackelford ’s debut novel, Winning the Widow's Heart , she paints a good picture of Kansas homestead life in the 1870s.  ...

Winning the Widow's Heart--Book Review



In Sherri Shackelford’s debut novel, Winning the Widow's Heart, she paints a good picture of Kansas homestead life in the 1870s. 

From the first page, no—from the first sentence, I was hooked. 

This book reminds me of an old western movie—where one event sharpens the next!  

A great read—I highly recommend this book!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Avery Cove: The Wedding Journey--Book Review

Avery Cove: The Wedding Journey--Book Review: Cheryl St. John has always been one of my favorite authors. As well as a great writer of contemporary and historical romance, S...

The Wedding Journey--Book Review



Cheryl St. John has always been one of my favorite authors.

As well as a great writer of contemporary and historical romance, St. John also writes Inspirational or Christian fiction. 

Her book, The Wedding Journey, is part of a trilogy of Irish lassies that have embarked on a journey to America. This novel centers on Maeve Murphy and the ship’s doctor, Flynn Gallaher. 

Maeve, with her talent for helping others, and the good doctor, who needs an assistant, find themselves working together as they tend to the sick and injured aboard ship. While Maeve’s concern is getting her sisters to America, Dr. Gallaher battles against his attraction to Maeve. In this novel, Ms. St. John does an excellent job creating a picture of Ireland and living aboard a sailing vessel bound for America in the year 1850.

Throughout the book, Cheryl St. John's  love for God is revealed through her characters. 

A good cozy read.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Avery Cove: Kaye Dacus coming to Arkansas for workshop

Avery Cove: Kaye Dacus coming to Arkansas for workshop: If you find yourself in Arkansas--the Searcy/Little Rock area. Come learn more about the writing craft. Kaye Dacus will be presenting h...

Kaye Dacus coming to Arkansas for workshop


If you find yourself in Arkansas--the Searcy/Little Rock area.

Come learn more about the writing craft. Kaye Dacus will be presenting her unique way of creating characters!

This event will be open to the public.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hoping for the Right Agent?


I recently read an ebook, How to Land (and Keep) a LiteraryAgent, by Noah Lukeman. One of the things he stresses is that too many writers send off their query letter to one agent and wait.

You should be thinking more like 50, not one.

Be active, investigate—read their blogs, and their websites. Take time to learn about authors who write the type of genre you write—who is their agent. Mr. Lukeman lists many different ways to learn about agents.

Send out those query letters.

The more agents you query, the more likely you are going to find the one who will help you.
Also, Mr. Lukeman gives information on where to go to learn who (authors) these agencies represent, what new book deals they’ve made and how many they’ve sold over the course of a year, and if they’ve made deals with publishers—selling works of new authors or if the agents sell only those authors who are already selling books.

Be informed.

This is your writing career. Don’t fool yourself thinking you should sit back and wait—don’t watch your email box or your mailbox waiting for your career to become what you want. Have you finished writing that  novel and believe it is ready for the world to see? You can change where you are as a writer.

Read Noah Lukeman’s ebook. Currently, it is free at Amazon.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

It really happens . . .

Around February, a few glitches appeared and I worried. Come March, more glitches appeared, then errors, freezes, and forced shut-downs. April and May, I did my school work--at work. June came and I realized without help my laptop was going to die and I wouldn't even know the reason why.

Thankfully Dell had it working again after a week of tinkering and replacing software, but I hesitated--wondering if I should have gone and purchased a new laptop. Maybe, just maybe, I can get a few more years service from this one.

I refuse to think about the time I wasted.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Goal Setting


Do you have trouble trying to balance your life, day job, and your writing? This is a constant struggle for me.

I recently bought the book (Kindle or PC),
Goal Setting for Writers: Making Revisions Work in Life and Art by Regan Black, from Amazon.

This a very short read, but worth it. She gives you the information you need and nothing else.

If learning to find "what will work for you" a task that seems to be unattainable, give this book a try.