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

Archive for March 2014

Fiction Friday: Sarah’s Story Continues

Today’s Fiction Friday is the conclusion of the first letter that Sarah Miller writes to the man she loves, Amasa Stone, in 1853 about the event that’s happened on the Miller farm in rural Shenandoah County, Virginia. This excerpt comes from my novel Endless Chain, the second of the Shenandoah Album novels, and Sarah’s letters…

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Sunday Inspiration: Mend A Broken Heart

Broken hearts are all too common in life: broken hearts over a failed relationship, a lost job, a personal failure, a defeated dream, illness, the death of a loved one. Sadness and anguish are a natural part of life, but most of us are woefully ignorant of how to overcome a broken heart, how to…

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Fiction Friday: Sarah’s Letters from Endless Chain

This week I answered a question you might have asked yourself about writers. Do we ever re-read our work once it’s been published? On Tuesday and Wednesday I re-read my novel Endless Chain, published in 2005 and reissued in trade paperback last year. The reason why is a secret, but what I found in the…

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The Write Way: How Much Control Does an Author Have Over Covers?

Recently I received several emails in response to my last newsletter complaining that my newly reissued romance, The Unmasking, was only available as an e-book and wasn’t in paper–unless a reader can find the original paperback, which is almost a collector’s item. While I sympathize, and wish I could magically produce books in all formats,…

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Sunday Inspiration: An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day I’m sharing a favorite Irish…

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Fiction Friday: Madame Celestin Concludes

Today I’m featuring  part two of a story by Kate Chopin.  You’ll find the first part in last week’s Fiction Friday. As I was living in Louisiana and researching my two novels Iron Lace and Rising Tides, I read almost everything by Kate Chopin, as well as Lafcadio Hearn’s Chita, and many nonfiction works by…

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The Pleasures of Grandchildren

I am spending this week with my beloved grandson, son and daughter-in-law, who came to visit this weekend.  Liam, at two, is a reminder of all life’s miracles, and we have had so much fun together.  Love sitting with his wonderful parents discussing their lives and all the things we can’t cover in telephone calls.…

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Sunday Inspiration: Paddling Florida

You’ll want to read about this inspiring young man, Justin Riney, who paddle-boarded 2500 miles around Florida to help raise funds for water conservation. Along the way Justin organized cleanups of waterways and took some incredible photos — there’s a link in the article. Justin “stepped off the ledge,” took a chance and decided to…

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