Category Archives: historical

Leaf By Niggle

I thought that I had exhausted all of the Tolkien available, but while perusing audiobooks a short time ago  I ran across this story and it hit straight to my heart. It struck me so much that although I have … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Amber Daulton and Forever Winter

Amber Daulton is a fellow member of the author support group called Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Normally, Amber writes contemporary romantic suspense, but as her website states, she likes to read and write a variety of genres. When she … Continue reading

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Staying On Track

Somehow, my topic suggestions were chosen twice this month. This time, the question I posed was “How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and/or place that’s totally different from where you are?” I don’t … Continue reading

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I Talk to the Trees

Or, rather, the Family Tree, since we were asked this week: “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”  Tough … Continue reading

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Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Maggie Mooha and In the Eye of the Beholder

I love connecting with authors in writers groups on social media, but every now and then I’ll meet an author in an unexpected place. Historical romance author Maggie Mooha is a fellow musician and graduate of Illinois State University, and … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Six

This month, I read three more cozy mysteries and one romance. Regular visitors to the blog will recognize these authors. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott DavidsonGoldy Schultz Mystery, Book Three After her frightening experiences as a live-in chef in … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Jessica James and the Shades of Gray trilogy

My guest this month is a fellow member of the Marketing for Romance Writers support group. Jessica James responded when I mentioned to the group that I was looking for clean romances to promote here. She is celebrating the release … Continue reading

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Guest Authors: Members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and Lost and Found

I’ve mentioned the support I get from fellow members of my local writing groups. Last summer, while the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group discussed fund-raising ideas, someone came up with the idea of publishing an anthology. Author Diana Lloyd, a … Continue reading

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