Novels and children. Sometimes planned, sometimes not. Sometimes almost trouble-free, and sometimes . . . I bet you’ve already figured out some other similarities between novels and children, haven’t you? Here’s another. A mother protects her children the way a novelist protects her books . She might know they have faults, but even on a…

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius As I’ve mentioned in the past, one of my favorite blogs is “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” by Eric Barker. He writes well-researched essays  that I find helpful. A recent email I received– 5…

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I love the title of my blog today, don’t you? Doesn’t it sound like I know what I’m talking about? That’s always a plus, but not necessarily the truth. Quite honestly my social science background is shaking me by the shoulder and asking how I know what readers love.  Have I done studies or even read other…

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  “After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor. The whole show has been on fire from the word go. I come down to the water to cool…

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If you guessed Costa Rica, you were correct. This particular photo comes from the Mixed Culture website, but I did see the Resplendent Quetzal from a distance yesterday. What a glorious sight. We’ll be home today with great memories of “Best of Costa Rica” from Road Scholar and all the super people we met along…

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I’ve been traveling this week. Here are some photos from my trip so far–heading home soon. Can you tell where I am? Comment with your guess–if you dare. I’m doing this from my iPad, so the photos are not in order of any kind. Have you guessed? Let me know in comments. Meantime have a…

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Today, I have an exciting giveaway I’d like to share with you. Did you spot my novel Dragonslayer way down in the left hand bottom corner? I’ve teamed up with more than 45 romantic women’s fiction authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize…

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  I hope you didn’t miss the birthday last week of one of my — and my children’s — favorite all-time writers, Dr. Seuss. What joy and wisdom he has brought into the lives of so many young people, as well as adults. I believe I’ve read every one of his books many times over…

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One of the things I learned early in my career was to make sure I left time between books for renewal. Slipping back into normal “no-deadline” life means cooking and cleaning, going out with friends, and this week, having my youngest son and his family, complete with my two young grandsons–here to enjoy our Florida sunshine…

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