What would make me quit writing?

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the July 7th posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue!This month, I will be answering the optional July 7th IWSG question:What would make me quit writing?“Nothing could … Read more

Overcoming Insecurity and Frustration: #IWSG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine! This month, I will be talking about overcoming insecurity and frustration for the optional May 5 IWSG question:Have … Read more

Hummingbird Salamander: A Book Review

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“Hummingbird Salamander” by Jeff VanderMeer was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing what would happen next and who could and couldn’t be trusted. It was a thought-provoking book about what could happen if we continue to forge ahead with our desire for greater technology and creature comforts with little regard for the effects on … Read more

Risk-Taking as a Writer

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton! This month, I will be talking about my greatest weakness as I look taking risks for the … Read more

Genre I Read & Genre I Write: #IWSG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose! I’ll be talking about genre, specifically, what genre I read and … Read more

Writers I Like as Friends : #IWSG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise – Fundy Blue, Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon! Today I will share some writers I have become friends with over the years as … Read more

The Black Midnight: A Review

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“The Black Midnight” by Kathleen Y’Barbo is part of the True Colors series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime.Scotland Yard Meets TexasThis series blends truth and fiction as we turn through history pages to ponder what might be. That is the journey that the author of “The Black Midnight” takes us on. Queen … Read more

Seasons of Writing #ISWG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre! Today I will share about what times and seasons of the year I am most productive in … Read more

A Brotherhood Betrayed: A Review

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A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. By Michael Cannell is a biography of Abe Reles. Abe Reles; aka, Kid Twist. It also details the rise and fall of prominent mobsters in the 1930s, who formed a branch called Murder, Inc.  This group headed by Reles would kill anyone … Read more

Why I Write: #IWSG Wednesday

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner … Read more

SE Hinton, My Dream Beta Partner

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise – Fundy Blue! Today I will share about my favorite YA author, SE Hinton, as I answer the … Read more

Against All Odds Release!

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Jacqui Murray, the author of Twenty-Four Days and To Hunt a Sub has just released “Against All Odds,” Book 3 in the Crossroads series. Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also an … Read more

Playing with Genre : IWSG Wednesday

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey! Today I will share about a time when I played with genre while writing a non-fiction book.August … Read more

Experimental Writing #IWSG Wednesday

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox! Today I will be looking at experimental writing as I answer the July 1st IWSG question:There have been many … Read more

Strong Opinions and Secrets #IWSG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  The awesome co-hosts for the June 3rd posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre! Today I will be looking at how I deal with my strong opinions in my writing as I answer the … Read more

Little Secrets: A Book Review

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“Little Secrets” completely sucked me in from the beginning. Every character in the book had a secret (or several).  These secrets meant that nothing was quite as it appeared. Jennifer Hillier is an exceptional writer who knows how to bring characters to life and play with your emotions. From the start, we meet Marin and … Read more

Officer Clemmons- A Book Review

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I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a young girl and have always admired Fred Rogers’ quiet strength. But Rogers didn’t make his children’s television show alone. Other trusted companions, such as Officer Clemmons, helped make each episode special.Dr. François Clemmons is an African-American man who began life in the south at a time … Read more

How are Things in Your World? #IWSG

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This month’s amazing co- are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! – The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group … Read more