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

Archive for July 2014

Radical Changes: Finding Time To Do What You Love

“Oh, I want to write a book, too, if I can ever find the time.” There’s probably not a writer anywhere who hasn’t heard this when we tell a stranger what we do. Everybody wants to write a novel. Everybody is absolutely certain he or she will, just as soon as the time miraculously appears. But truthfully, is…

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Titles: What’s Your Favorite?

I have a guest with me this week, my dear friend Karen Stone Young, whom I met back in the 1980s when we were both writing for Silhouette Romance. Karen and I have remained close ever since, and now she’s with me at Chautauqua Institution for our week on the American West. There are two…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Laugh When You Can.”

Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. And let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances and give your everything. Life is too short to be anything but happy. You have to take the good with the bad. Love what you got. Always remember what you had. Forgive,…

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Fiction Friday: Popular Novels and Bestseller Lists

Welcome to Fiction Friday. I thought for fun today instead of excerpts, I would look for popular novels in four different places. Last week I listed ten novels from the most recent entrants in my July book giveaway.  In order to be eligible to win one of three copies of Somewhere Between Luck and Trust, Book Two of the Goddesses…

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Help! You Know I Need Somebody. . .

This has been a busy writing week for me on a brand new novel. This is the fourth book in my Goddesses Anonymous series, and I’m really enjoying the way it’s all coming together. I’m delighted to see my chapters growing and my characters taking shape. I’ve already had a few surprises and a few revelations, which…

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Sunday Inspiration: Giving Is the Best Communication

I can’t stand watching most commercials.  They seem to always be trying to sell me something I don’t need and don’t want.  So I use my DVR to skip right over them. But every once in a while, there is a commercial that goes right for the heart and that promotes what’s best in us…

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Fiction Friday: What Are You Reading?

Welcome to Fiction Friday, the “What are you reading?” edition. My last email newsletter offered readers a chance to win one of three copies of Somewhere Between Luck and Trust. I asked them “what are you reading?” All they had to do to enter was tell me a book on their summer list. Everybody who did…

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Starting a Novel, the Truth

Starting a novel. Here’s my dream. Dream with me a moment, okay? I’m sitting against a massive oak in a field of wildflowers, skirt spread around me, birds chirping, brook running merrily just a few feet away. In my lap I have a notebook and a fountain pen. The notebook cover is a vintage quilt…

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