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Archive for July 2012

7 Things I’ve Learned after 70 Books

Today is the launch for One Mountain Away. Cue the trumpets and race to the bookstores. One Mountain is the first of my new series, Goddesses Anonymous, and one of the more difficult novels I’ve written.  You would think, wouldn’t you, that after seventy books, I should be able to dash off a novel between…

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Sunday Poetry: New Dreams Every Night

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. I’ve spent the weekend celebrating a “big” birthday for my husband.  All our sons and their families arrived to spend it with us here in NY, and it’s been wonderful.  Since birthdays are…

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Fiction Friday: Part Four of One Mountain Away

Tuning in late?  Every Friday this month I’ve shared the beginning of One Mountain Away , and I’ll conclude next week on August 3.  By then the book will be at your favorite bookstore or better yet, on your personal bookshelf.  You can read prior excerpts by clicking on Goddesses Anonymous under Categories at the right.  Start reading from…

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A Sneak Preview of One Mountain Away

Shhh. . . Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve just updated my website and added all new pages about the upcoming release of One Mountain Away.  You can find an overview, my inspiration, praise from fellow authors and reviewers, an excerpt, book discussion questions, even a recipe.  We had hoped to have an entirely new website to launch…

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Sunday Poetry: A Penny Cheaper

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. I’m spending the summer at Chautauqua Institution, which sponsors morning lectures each week on a different theme. This week’s theme was Water and we were fortunate to have the talented resources of National…

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Fiction Friday: Part Three of One Mountain Away

Tuning in late?  I’m sharing the beginning of One Mountain Away today and every Friday through the end of the month when it makes its debut at bookstores.  You can read prior excerpts by clicking on Goddess Anonymous under Categories at the right.  Start reading at the bottom. Part Three,  Chapter Two, part one: Charlotte…

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The Little Picture or the Big One? What’s Your Pleasure?

After knee surgery in the spring, I began taking walks each morning. Little by little I’ve increased the distance and speed that I walk, most of it up or down hills, until I’ve gotten back to what’s always been my regular route. But this past weekend I must have exercised with too much resolve, because…

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Sunday Poetry: Like Pointed Shoes Too Cheap for Elves to Wear

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. More poetry today about the charms of summer. John Updike’s Chicory certainly brought back a wonderful memory. Years ago my first summer in Virginia followed a spring of new and spectacular beauty for me.…

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Fiction Friday: Part Two of One Mountain Away

Tuning in late?  You can discover what we’re doing and why here as well as read the first section. Part Two of Chapter One from Charlotte Hale’s First Day Journal: One of Maddie’s friends is on her way to the dome right now to make sure Porter doesn’t push her. This child, olive-skinned and lean, is…

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Happy Endings? Yours or Mine?

I’m going to make a confession.  I like to smile at the end of a novel.  I like to think that problems have been resolved, that the characters I grew to care about will start the next phase of their lives with fewer burdens and a healthy dose of optimism.  I like, dare I admit…

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