Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Book Pusher--February 2018

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THE LADIES' ROOM Carolyn Brown: Humorous WF with elements of Romance

Trudy Martin's journey from browbeaten wife to happiness is as sweet as sweet tea and as funny as it can be. Being true to yourself and living your passion is worth the trip and the read.


GENTLEMAN JOLE AND THE RED QUEEN Lois McMaster Bujold, Space Opera (Vorkosigan series)

A fabulously twisty and rewarding SF Romance by a master in the field. Must Read, but only if you've read the entire Vorkosigan series beforehand. 



AN ECHO IN THE BONE Diana Gabaldon: Historical with elements of SF

Amazing. Astounding. Marvelous. Diana Gabaldon is golden. If you haven't read the entire series of OUTLANDER, you're going to be sorry when you watch the STARZ production of OUTLANDER. Go buy her books *now*! ;-D


THE BETTE DAVIS CLUB Jane Lotter Women's Fiction

With a deliciously snarky voice, Lotter's The Bette Davis Club explains how everything's connected and why it matters. A must read. 



LEFT TO CHANCE Amy Sue Nathan: Women's Fiction

Left to Chance is a lovely story of why our pasts and futures are so entwined with our present. Teddie Lerner is the perfect protagonist to teach us that truth.


DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY Aimie K. Runyan: Historical Women's Fiction

With a fabulous, page-turning story, Runyan opens the annals of unsung heroes--this time the Soviet women who flew WWII bombing raids against the Germans in wooden and linen biplanes. The "night witches" lived large and died often testifying to women's place in the military then and now.

Up next: IWSG of course. ;-)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG; February 2018

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia,Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Question: 
What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Short Answer: What's not to love? ;-)

Long Answer:
I write Women's Fiction. And before you groan, I'll ask if you've ever read Jodi Picoult, or Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre? Truly, all books could be classified under this genre if one of the MCs is a woman. The Women's Fiction Writers Association defines the genre as "layered stories in which the plot is driven by the main character's emotional journey." Many classics fall under this definition. Nearly all of the book club choices do, too. So, again, I ask, what's not to love? I enjoy the twists of fate, choice, and connections that fill the pages of much of publishing today. So if you haven't sampled one of these books (and they include Christian, SF, Fantasy, Suspense, and elements of Romance), check out these lists on Goodreads or Pinterest.

Links: (er...make that one link...Real Life has been real. lately.)
Next post: The Book Pusher, of course!
And just because I have a recent picture from Jamaica, I'll leave you with a sunset in Negril. ;-) 



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Book Pusher: January 2018

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GO AWAY HOME Carol Bodensteiner: Women's Fiction/Romance

This sweet story is shot through with truth about love, relationships, and life. A Good Read



INTO THE FREE Julie Cantrell: Christian Women's Fiction

Millie Reynolds knows the deep truth of the natural world, but learning how humans treat each other, for good and ill, comes at a higher price--finding freedom requires all her knowledge and her bravery.


CHRISTY Catherine Marshall: Christian Women's Fiction/Romance

This is a great read and a classic of Christian fiction at it's best. You can't find better insight into Appalachia in the early 1900s.





LIFE IN CHAPEL SPRINGS Ane Mulligan: Women's Fiction

Mulligan's latest humorous story of Chapel Springs pits a middle aged Claire against gold fever. Not only is it a hilarious battle, it is true to life.

PERFECTLY UNDONE Jamie Raintree: Women's Fiction

Career, love, and guilt all roll onto Dr. Dylan Michels and has to decide--should she continue to be "perfect" or come undone. Great read.


CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Beth Vogt: Christian Romance/WF

Vanessa Hollister has to plan a destination wedding for her second marriage where she married her high school love. Only a hurricane has another plan and Vanessa has to decide between husband number one or number two. You'll enjoy this read.

Guest Blog Visit:
Be sure to check out Tam May's The Dream Book Blog on January 24 for my guest visit. 

Next Post: Insecure Writers Support Group

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG: January & Links!

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

Question:
What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I don't have a schedule for my writing at the moment. Sometimes, Real Life throws you an unhittable curve ball. That's where I am at the moment. My momma (yes, I know all about the formal "mother", but my mother is Momma and always will be) needs serious heart surgery. She still has a lot of steps to take before that happens. I'm her chauffer,  scheduler, and main care giver. Only, I'm not as able as I used to be. I've been having to share the load, but I'm still the crew chief. 

Something had to give, and my writing was the main item that could. Momma is the person who taught me to love words, stories, and writing. It's only fitting that her care comes first at this time.

Happy writing to you all! Keep us in your prayers.

Guest Blog Visit:
Be sure to check out Tam May's The Dream Book Blog on January 24 for my guest visit. 

Links:
Next Post: Why, the ever popular Book Pusher for January! See you then! ;-)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Promise

Lit by a star’s glory,
The promise of Christmas
Starts with a baby’s cry.
Its light is the beginning
And with Easter’s dawn,
Arisen and triumphant,
The promise is complete.


Zan Marie Steadham
From A Christmas Walk
Copyright 2010

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Book Pusher: December

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You know you need a few last minute gifts... ;-)


MANY SPARROWS Lori Benton: Christian Historical Romance

How can we trust God when we can't trust others or ourselves? Clare Inglesby and Jerimiah Ring find the answers they seek, but only when they wait and don't make the answers on their own. Great Read.


THE CURSE OF CHALION Lois McMaster Bujold: Fantasy

Lois McMaster Bujold proves again that she is a master storyteller. The Curse of Chalion is one of the best introductions to a new world I've ever read. Cazarile is a fully realized character whose story will hook you and hold you long after you finish. This is a Must Read! 


THE SILENT SISTER Diane Chamberlain: Literary 

When a family hides secrets at in its heart, can anyone come out unscathed? Diane Chamberlain's The Secret Sister tells the story of one such family. Excellent Read!


FREEDOM'S RING Heidi Chiavaroli: Historical Fiction

Grace and love, forgiveness given and received all figure into this fabulous story of independence ancient and forever new. An absolutely must read!


THE CROWS OF BEARA Julie Christine Johnson: Romance

Poetry and magic pervade this amazing romance. If you've ever found a home place, you'll understand. Get this one now!


CLOSE TO HOME Deborah Raney: Christian Romance

Raney's fourth Chicory Inn novel is a beautiful exploration of remarriage, family, and responsibility. The Whitman family once again opens their hearts to how to live and love with courage.

RESTORING CHRISTMAS Cynthia Ruchti: Women's Fiction

You must read this Ruchti book NOW! It spoke to my soul in a deep way that I needed at this time. Ruchti's trademark storytelling and humor are even more important in this book than ever before. Read it today!

And a bonus review...


HOME AT LAST Deborah Raney: Christian Romance

Deborah Raney saved the best Chicory Inn story for last. With one fabulous love story, she explores the complexity of race in America. Read all of the Chicory Inn stories. You'll be glad you did.

Next Post: IWSG, of course!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG: December and Links!

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

I'm not sure I'd do anything differently, but I surely had counted on the outcome to be different. I'd hoped that I'd be able to reveal signing with an agent, but 2017 wasn't allowing that. In fact, I'm shelving my first book and focusing on the second that's entirely different. Some might question this decision, but I know what the agents who have been clear on why they said, "No." The comments are consistent on something not clicking early with my main character. So, I'll let it rest for a revisit later. After all, it's my choice. ;-) 

Add other things in real life and I'm taking a bit of a break from writing this month. My mother needs major heart surgery. We have a lot of hurtles to get to that goal, and I'm her main caregiver. My husband and I inherited his parents' house. While he's renovating, I'm constantly called on to help. I promise I know what I'm talking about since I was raised by a master carpenter. ;-) 

So, 2018, get your act together! I'm gunning for a new complete draft next year. If I can start rewriting before the end of the year, I'll take it. Don't disappoint me!

Links!
Next Post: 2018's first Book Pusher. You know you want to add a few to your resolutions! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Book Pusher: November

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Get a jump on your Christmas shopping with theses gems!

THE BRONZE SKIES Catherine Asaro: SF

With an assured character voice, Asaro continues the story of Major Bhaajan that takes you deep into the Skolian Empine's history. 


SHARDS OF HONOR Lois McMaster Bujold: Space Opera

With this resounding story, Lois McMaster Bujold created a SF series that will stand the test of time. It's a good as anything any other Grand Master has ever written.

A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD Julia Spencer-Fleming: Mystery

This is the second of Spencer-Fleming's marvelous Russ Van Alstyne and Rev. Clare Ferguson stories. If you love mystery, read this one.

A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL Katie Ganshert: Christian Women's Fiction with elements of Romance

Redemption and forgiveness are big concepts for us to understand and, more importantly, live. Ivy Clark, Sara Knight, and Davis Knight all have a difficult and different road to understand the truth--God is love. Taking the journey with them is worth your time. Excellent read. One of Ganshert's best.

POLDARK (ROSS) Bk. 1 Winston Graham: Historical

With a mix of sweet romance and the history of Cornwall, this story is a lovely combination that will keep you turning the pages.


A SON'S VOW Shelley Shepard Gray: Women's Fiction and Romance

Gray pens a riveting story of grief and recovery with elements of women's fiction and romance. This is a lovely read.




THE POISON WE DRINK Carol McClain: Women's Fiction

Torrie Sullivan and her friends face one of our greatest problems--bitterness. But healing is available. A Good Read.


ANOTHER WAY HOME Deborah Raney: Romance

How long do you have to wait for God's time? Danae and Dallas learn how hard waiting is when infertility and family twines together in the third Chicory Inn book. Lovely read.


EMPIRE FALLS Richard Russo: Literary Fiction

With a deep understanding of the failing economy and the desperation it engenders, Russo creates characters who will draw you in and hurtle you through a whirl of emotions. A classic Pulitzer Winner.

Next Post: Insecure Writers Support Group, of course!