Book Review on Goodreads: THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu

I read the following Young Adult novel within less than two weeks; the last 176 pages in one morning! I was so enthralled by the story that I rushed to Goodreads to post my review. I will write a more in-depth review soon, but for now here’s the one I just posted to Goodreads. TheContinue reading “Book Review on Goodreads: THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu”

Debut Novel Coming Jan 2020!

I did it, friends! My debut novel is in the self-publishing process – with a tentative release date of January 2020. Those of you who’ve followed along on this journey likely recall my many claims of “finishing” my book; draft after draft after draft. I held it tight, afraid no one could love it asContinue reading “Debut Novel Coming Jan 2020!”

Jen and Lena: How Kathleen McGowan’s novels changed my life

“I have loved you before I love you today and I will love you again. The time returns.” – Kathleen McGowan The Expected One It’s been nearly a year and a half since my older sister passed, and she’s been on my mind and in my dreams more often than not lately. Jen was aContinue reading “Jen and Lena: How Kathleen McGowan’s novels changed my life”

Day Twenty-Five of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

DAY 25: On the Page I am a writer who has no interest in electronic books. I fight the ultimate shift to a digital age with every fiber of my being. Is downloading a 300 page novel onto a lightweight, portable device more convenient? Sure, but I’d much rather have a creation I can hold,Continue reading “Day Twenty-Five of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”

Novel Update

After completing the latest draft of my YA novel, I read through the content with an objective perspective and asked myself the hard questions: Do I want to keep reading? Do any key elements get lost in the dialogue or subplots? Are there any characters that don’t move the story forward? Who is the storyContinue reading “Novel Update”

Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 97: Lessons Learned at the Local Library Yesterday, I took my 4.75-year-old niece to our local public library for some free entertainment. It got us out of the “sit on the couch and watch a princess film” rut, sparking imaginative play for her andContinue reading “Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 66 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 66: In Wrinkle in Hobbit’s Time The last of the three films in THE HOBBIT series opens in theaters today across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and both THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and THE HOBBIT:Continue reading “Day 66 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Third Times a Charm

It’s been a productive few months. In my prior blog entry, I wrote about how I somehow managed to lose the most recent version of Part 2 of my novel. Since then, I had to admit that I’d gone off-course. I got so intrigued by the secondary characters and their subplots that I made myContinue reading “Third Times a Charm”

Stuck in the Middle

Quite literally actually. This is very difficult for me to come to terms with but…I have misplaced the most up-to-date version of Part 2 in my novel. I have a version saved but I know that I made significant changes in story, tense and dialogue. I’ve looked in all the places I would’ve saved aContinue reading “Stuck in the Middle”