Category: book

  • Excerpt from Arianna

    The sky was vibrant orange and pink over the lake as Marc and I sat on his couch. “You have a million-dollar view,” I said. “I’d like to think it’s priceless.” I turned toward him and smiled.  His right arm was draped around me as I sat with my legs pulled up on the cushions. […]

  • “As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on – in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were […]

  • Excerpt from Arianna (WIP)

    Friday evening, after closing the book, I went to my familiar place at the vanity and sat.  My tattered journal was now full, so I reached for the paper bag that held a new one.  On the way home from work, I’d taken a detour to a historical part of one of the western suburbs […]

  • Why Reading Matters: From a Little Girl Who Hated Reading

    Why Reading Matters: From a Little Girl Who Hated Reading

    The second hand seemed to take an eternity to make one lousy rotation.  Tick.  The minute hand moved the slightest fraction.  A minute is forever to a seven-year-old sitting on the living room couch next to her mother, the simple supposed easy-reader book between them. “Go ahead.  Sound it out.” The mom’s words could have […]

  • Excerpt from WIP Arianna

    Read Chapter One  Chapter Two Ping!  I raced into my bedroom, still dripping from the shower, trying to keep the towel pulled up around me.  My hands fumbled as I grabbed the phone off the bed, nearly dropping it on the hardwood floor.  It wouldn’t do to break another phone.  If I were smart, I’d invest […]

  • Review of The Blue Rebozo by Pamela Humphrey

    The Blue Rebozo is a fictionalized story based on facts the author had of her ancestors.  I can appreciate Ms. Humphrey’s love for genealogy, as I share this passion. When I wrote my book based off of my late grandma’s life, it was done in a similar fashion, although I changed names and the story’s […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139

    Today I’m sharing with you chapter three of Mile Marker 139. Read chapter one here and chapter two here. Chapter Three: Russ Jacobs His eyelids are growing heavy.  He’s used to lengthy stretches of road and long hours.  When it’s been nearly eleven hours of driving with only two thirty-minute breaks, Russ knows it’s time to […]

  • The Benefits of Joining a Writers Group

    The Benefits of Joining a Writers Group

    There it was for probably the hundredth time on the sign outside my local library: writers group, meeting 8/18 2-4:00 PM.  Okay, maybe not the hundredth time, but how many times did I drive past the library, which is about two point five miles from my house, and see that group advertised and not do […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139

    Today I’m sharing chapter two of my work in progress, Mile Marker 139: You can read chapter one here: Chapter One Chapter Two: Sarah Wilcox “Four years and all that money, and this is what you’re doing with it?” Mrs. Wilcox asks for what feels like the hundredth time that week as Sarah readies for work. […]

  • Where Do I Get My Writing Ideas From?

    Where Do I Get My Writing Ideas From?

    This is one of the questions writers often get asked.  For some writers, they have a dream that inspires a novel.  For others, it’s music.  They hear a song that gets their mind churning, and bam, a story evolves.  Yet for others still, the book comes from personal experience, from real life events that are […]