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

Archive for January 2014

Fiction Friday: Tear Down and Die plus a Giveaway, too.

Good morning fellow fiction fan. Today we’re featuring a Kindle original from my friend Joanna Campbell Slan. Joanna and I met at a West Virginia Readers/Writers conference some years ago before she was writing fiction, and I’ve so enjoyed watching her career bloom. Joanna is offering to gift a copy of today’s featured book, Tear Down and…

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Sunday Inspiration: One Simple Wish

Sometimes inspiration comes in small doses, as small as a child who needs something and has no place to turn. Can you imagine wanting something as simple as a suit to go to a family member’s funeral or music lessons or supplies for school and not being able to have them because you are a…

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Fiction Friday: Still Life with Murder

Welcome to Fiction Friday, my opportunity each week to post an excerpt from one of my own books or those of my friends, present-day or long-departed colleagues. Today’s excerpt is from my friend and fellow book tour survivor, P. B. Ryan, who was one of a multitude of authors I met on a bus tour…

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A Novelist at Sea with a Pile of Good Books

Sometimes it’s nice to get away, isn’t it? I just returned from a cruise, and while Internet was available (at an extravagant fee) I chose not to use it. Part of it was a natural aversion to rates of $.75 a minute. Another was the hassle of getting connected and the fear I would somehow forget…

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Sunday Inspiration: Sow Much Good

Robin Emmons is a really cool and very inspirational young woman. When she discovered that her schizophrenic brother’s health was deteriorating due to a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, she decided to plant her own garden — not only for her brother but for her community. Now she has 200 volunteers tending nine acres…

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Fiction Friday: The Unmasking Redux

Welcome to Fiction Friday, my opportunity each week to post an excerpt from one of my own books or those of my friends, present-day or long-departed colleagues. Last Friday I introduced you to The Unmasking, one of my first novels and soon to be a brand-new ebook. Here’s another installment to enjoy and to enhance…

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I Really Want To Know–The Books You Love

I’m on vacation right now, celebrating a special wedding anniversary with my husband. We decided to do a cruise since this year has been very busy and neither of us wanted a busy vacation, too. The idea of sailing almost anywhere and letting somebody else take care of basics for a while quickly grew on…

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Sunday Inspiration: An American Hero

There are so many inspiring people all around us. Dale Beatty was serving in the National Guard in Northern Iraq when his vehicle hit a roadside mine.  He returned to the US after both of his legs were amputated, and yet he kept a positive attitude about his life. Following his recovery his church and…

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Fiction Friday: The Unmasking

Welcome to Fiction Friday, my opportunity each week to post an excerpt from one of my own books or those of my friends, present-day or long-departed colleagues. Today you’re in for a treat, or at least I hope you’ll think so. In New Orleans, where I lived for seven years, this is Carnival season, the…

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Brrr. . . . The Poet’s Response to Winter

I know many of you are in the midst of terrible weather right now.  Even Florida is shivering in this winter storm.  Too much snow, too many icicles, too many things undone. I thought this was a perfect day to share this poem with you.  Snow-Bound was written in 1866, and the version here was…

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