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Archive for June 2014

Sunday Inspiration: The Joy of Growing

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. -David Hobson ‘Tis the season for gardening, and my husband and I love to get our hands…

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Fiction Friday: Meet Jan From No River Too Wide

Change is rarely easy. In the past two weeks I’ve introduced two of the three major women characters in No River Too Wide, which made its debut this week at your favorite bookstores. If you’ve been reading my Goddesses Anonymous series, then you already met Harmony Stoddard and Taylor Martin, who were both in One Mountain Away…

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It’s Publication Day for No River Too Wide

Okay, it may be considered a “July” novel, but today is publication day for No River Too Wide. This is akin to waking your husband in the middle of the night and explaining that it’s time to go to the hospital because the baby is about to make an appearance. We never really know how…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Keep close to Nature’s heart…”

In honor of the Summer Solstice, keep close to nature’s heart: Summer is the ideal time to enjoy our amazing natural world, but I find immersion in that beauty to be more than enjoyable. When I feel the pangs of stress, grief, frustration, or anger, I’ve learned, as John Muir counsels here, that walking among green…

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Fiction Friday: Meet Harmony From No River Too Wide

Recognize this cover? No?  It’s the new audio version of No River Too Wide. I’m absolutely delighted to say that all three books in the series are being recorded and published by Blackstone Audio, and they’ll be available as CDs and as MP3s on Audible. In fact (don’t tell anybody) it looks as if No River Too Wide  is being…

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The Write Way: What Belongs in Your Novel?

When is just enough too much? Certain rituals develop when you change houses twice a year. Since our summers here in Western New York are short, one of the first things we do once we arrive in May is to plant our “garden.”  Garden in this instance mostly means pots because our yard is in…

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Sunday Inspiration: Lady On A Trike

Here’s an inspirational story that combines my love for books with my love for New Orleans, which was once my home. Laurence Copel knows in her heart that no matter where they live and no matter who they are, children need books to feed their minds and spirits. So she rides her oversize tricycle with…

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Fiction Friday: Meet Taylor from No River Too Wide

Last week I promised sneak peeks at three major characters from No River Too Wide, which arrives at your local bookstore at the end of this month. Since Taylor Martin is featured so prominently on this cover–that’s Taylor standing on the riverbank–we’ll start with her. Do you remember Taylor, Charlotte Hale and Ethan Martin’s daughter from…

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Reviewing A Novel. Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Recently I found myself reviewing a novel on Goodreads. Do you read book reviews? Do you write them? Every time we add a book to our lists at that website, Goodreads reminds us to review, and for some reason, this time I listened. Sometimes I do what I’m told. As an author I make a point…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Be Kind…”

This is a favorite quote of mine — and it’s not from Oprah or Dr. Phil but from the philosopher Plato. Who knew, right? When I hear this it reminds me to see the humanity of those around me. All of us are struggling with pain, with loss, with disappointment and guilt, and just to…

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