Category Archives: Book Reviews

One More Time: Climbing Author Mountain

Continuing from my previous post, REVISITING THE AUTHOR MOUNTAIN CLIMB, let’s assume you’re not one of the lucky few who gets swept up into the arms of an effective agent and generous publisher. You’ve been sending your queries and the … Continue reading

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KIRKUS REVIEW OF STAR CATCHING

  My Kirkus review of STAR CATCHING arrived yesterday. While close to two-thirds was a summary of the story line, it closed with the following review (the excerpt follows the Kirkus policy for excerpts: “…Young Sarah is an appealing, memorable character … Continue reading

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The Long Road to a Finished Novel

I’ve posted a few times about the completion of the first draft of my third novel, currently titled Gram & Me. I had high hopes of editing and polishing and maybe even securing an agent by this summer. Many revisions later, … Continue reading

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INSPIRATION STREET: A STORY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!

Occasionally, I’m inspired enough by a book to feel compelled to share it. I don’t often read non-fiction, but when I do and am drawn in as I was with this one, I wonder why I don’t stray from fiction … Continue reading

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Excerpt from AUTUMN COLORS

Autumn Colors was my first published novel. I don’t talk about my own books often enough, or so I’m told. Generally speaking, I don’t like to repeat myself a lot. But I’m working on a submission for the Snowflakes In A … Continue reading

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CAN YOU DO TOO MANY REWRITES?

When you finish a manuscript, the hard work is just beginning. I wrote last week about my experience with coming full circle with critiques and rewrites of my opening pages of Gram & Me. Three critiques, three resulting re-writes, and … Continue reading

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THE JOY OF COMPLETING A NOVEL

I’ve been working on Gram & Me for over two years. I thought, once I retired, that I’d pump out a new manuscript at least every year, if not every six months. I certainly have enough ideas to keep them … Continue reading

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