Category Archives: Writing & Writers

New Novel – murder mystery set at FSH

My new novel begins with a murder that takes place in the Biggs Building, the only high security facility in Missouri for the treatment of the  criminally insane.  It’s set a few years in the past, during a sweltering summer. … Continue reading

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Sensory Words

A phrase we hear often as writers is “Show, don’t tell.” One way we can do this more effectively is to include descriptions using all five senses. Sensory words paint vivid pictures that relate to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch … Continue reading

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Diamond in the Rough by Lori Robinett

Diamond in the Rough by Lori L. Robinett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lori Robinett gets better with every book! Romance, mystery, western, adventure, family. . .this story has it all! The cover drew me in as soon as … Continue reading

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A Re-Blog from Susan Finlay

How to Write a Book Review 02ThursdayApr 2015 Posted by Susan Finlay Before I became an author, I never wrote book reviews on Amazon. It never occurred to me that I should. I would read them, but I didn’t think it … Continue reading

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Inherit the Past by Susan Finlay

Inherit the Past by Susan Finlay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Inherit the Past starts with two old women, who don’t seem to like each other very much, sharing a meal and arguing about a terrible, mysterious secret. Margrit … Continue reading

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The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel brings a new twist, deftly written, to a well worn familiar theme: What would my life be like if I had made a different choice? … Continue reading

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I wrote 40,000 new words in 14 days with Fast Draft

I didn’t write 70,000 words as Candace Haven insists is possible. Still, I have 40,000 words added to my novel that I didn’t have when the Book-in-a-Month class started  May 25th. After 14 days I switched to the second half … Continue reading

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Fast Draft Class – can I write 70,000 words in 14 days?

I just signed up for an online writing class called The Book in a Month Club, taught by Candace Havens. It was a spur of the moment decision,made without any research or consideration.  I saw a positive mention of the class, … Continue reading

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Promises to Keep by Shayne Parkinson

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This review is not just for Sentence of Marriage, which is the first book in Promises to Keep. I just finished the 3rd book, the ending of a … Continue reading

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Story-a-Day OR Scene-a-Day

This past month of the A-Z Challenge has been fun! Posting six days a week keeps my mind working and my typing fingers nimble on the keyboard. Unfortunately, my “real” writing projects haven’t progressed much in the last thirty days. … Continue reading

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