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Book Club Favorites

What makes a book worthy of a book club? When I lived in Chicago, I was part of an awesome book club made up of twelve women whom I hadn’t met prior. Along with this group of diverse women came a cacophony of unique tastes in literature. While each of these women, me included, were […]

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A Desperate Hope

It’s 1908 in New York City and Eloise Drake is putting her math genius to work for the state water board as an accountant. When she is assigned to return to her hometown to assess properties that are to be demolished she soon finds herself at a crossroads. Her intent to maintain a strictly professional […]

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Raise Your Hand

It’s scary to speak up. And when you raise your hand in class and give the wrong answer, it makes you think twice about speaking up again. This is how eleven-year-old Alice Paul Tapper felt when she raised her hand in school. After ruminating on this embarrassing classroom situation she talked with her mom who […]

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Re-Reading

A friend once told me that re-reading a book is like walking backwards. I wholeheartedly disagree. I own way too many books not to re-read them and one of the very reasons these books have been purchased is because I enjoyed them tremendously and look forward to re-reading them. Recently, I picked a motivational book […]

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How Do I Pick The Books I Love?

My book reviews are not random. In fact, I get to choose from books sent to me by publishers, literary agents, librarians and booksellers and of course a few fellow authors who I’ve been fortunate to get to know. Additionally, I always select a few appealing ones off the bookshelves of bookstores I visit around […]

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Great Resources for Writers

I love finding new resources to support my work as a writer. While sites that inspire are certainly subjective and there are many resources out there that are too numerous to quantify in this blog, here are some of my favorites: Writer’s Digest. The online and physical digest contains market updates, competitions and articles from […]

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A Visit With James Patterson

I wish I were writing to tell you about my recent sit down with the New York Times Bestseller, but unfortunately I’m not. I don’t get the chance to rub elbows with celebrities that much. Still, I am going to share a story about him that has stuck with me until this very day. Fifteen […]

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Support One Another

As writers, authors, readers and members of the literary world, we know the importance of supporting one another. While we don’t always do so—we are human after all—it is something that those in the realm of books do more often than not (at least that’s what I’ve experienced). To give you a snapshot: Recently, I […]

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Southern Book Affairs

I miss living in the South. As a writer and reader, and yes, human being, one of the things I loved most is the hospitality that seems to be a life code for those who were born there or had migrated and stayed. Now don’t get me wrong, hospitality exists everywhere, but there is just […]

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