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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for July 2013

Agendas in Fiction. Really?

I always enjoy receiving email or letters from my readers. But a recent email really made me stop and think. Not so much because the questions were particularly disturbing, but because of the message behind them. Here’s how the email ended: Does your publishing company encourage a certain style of writing? A certain viewpoint? Do most…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Happiness comes from giving…”

Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. ~John Templeton (November 29, 1912 – July 8, 2008) was an American-born British stock investor, businessman and…

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Fiction Friday: Tough Guys and Sophisticated Women?

Welcome to Fiction Friday.  I can see it’s going to be lots of fun finding excerpts for you to enjoy from books I’ve written. Clearly the four ebooks I’ve recently put on line are the ones on my mind and therefore the ones I’ll be sharing with you for a while. This is an excerpt…

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Who Doesn’t Love Bargain Books?

At last I can tell you more about the promotion for From Glowing Embers that I mentioned in my last blog. You might have noticed (did you?) that I didn’t ply you with links as I introduced my newest ebook. That’s because I knew you might want to buy it as part of this wonderful…

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Sunday Inspiration: A Greater Appreciation

Our painful experiences strengthen us in becoming more empathetic, more caring, and deeper human beings. We grow in depth of understanding, with greater appreciation for the miracle of life. ~ Alexandra Stoddard This quote resonated for me because it’s a major theme of my books, especially Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  I can look back at…

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Fiction Friday: Lovers Reunited

Welcome to my new blog feature, Fiction Friday, where on Fridays–whenever I can–I’ll share a snippet from a novel I’m writing or have written. The snippets won’t always be the beginning of a story, like today’s, but they will always be something I hope you’ll enjoy. Today’s excerpt is from my novel From Glowing Embers,…

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Ah, Romance!

Right now many of my writer friends are getting ready to attend the Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta.  In case you haven’t heard, romance novels are still selling well, generating nearly 1.5 billion dollars in 2012.  My old friends will greet other old friends and make new ones.  They’ll meet the professionals in…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Fear Nothing”

The bracelet says ‘Fear Nothing.’ It was given to me by my friends, and it was made for me and my friends during the period of time that I was going through chemotherapy. And I still wear it, because it’s a great reminder of friendship and how my buddies and others came together in my…

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Charm Bracelets: Road Map to a Life

There I was in a shop on State Street in Santa Barbara, wandering through stacks of items old and new. In a display case I noticed a charm bracelet, replete with dozens of charms, so thick with them, in fact, that I felt I was looking at the story of someone’s life. Why was the…

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Sunday Inspiration: “It is in giving…”

I have lived with passion and in a hurry, trying to accomplish too many things. I never had time to think about my beliefs until my 28-year-old daughter Paula fell ill. She was in a coma for a year and I took care of her at home, until she died in my arms in December…

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