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Feb.16.2012
I’m collaborating with several other Second Wind Publishing authors to write a series of novels online on a blog. The first novel is about the death of a little girl. Her body was found in the desert outside a bedroom community that once had been a working ranch, hence the name of the series,...
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Jan.10.2012
I am involved in a wonderful project with eight other Second Wind authors. Rubicon Ranch is an ongoing collaborative novel that we are writing online. It is the story of people whose lives have been changed when a little girl's body was found in the wilderness near the desert community of Rubicon...
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Dec.16.2011
Girls are disappearing from Standard High while the local sex trade flourishes. Their absences are barely noticed in the worst school in Arbor City, CA, where turnover and truancy are facts of life. Kendra Desola, the only faculty member likely to care, is on a leave of absence. After a...
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Dec.12.2011
Washington Irving wrote: “There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” As I read these words several years ago, I could see her, a drab woman,...
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Dec.07.2011
  I met Joylene Nowell Butler through my blogs, and she has now become a friend. We have never met, might never meet (though I would like to), but the connection is very real. She eased a terrible time in my life with her wisdom and sympathy, with her steadfast presence. I’m ashamed to...
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Nov.17.2011
Welcome, Beth! It's good to talk to you today. What is your book about? A Real Basket Case is the first book in my Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series. Originally released in hardcover and large-print in 2007 and a finalist for the 2007 Best First Novel Agatha Award, it is...
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Nov.02.2011
Have you been wanting to get one of my books? Well, now is the perfect time! The Kindle edition is only $1.99 on Amazon from now until November 8, 2011. Happy reading! *** In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease called the red death,...
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Oct.11.2011
Second Wind Publishing invites you to submit an entry to their short story contest. Stories are to be about spring or renewal. Contest entries must be your own original work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Self-published stories are acceptable, but the story must not exist in print form or in...
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Oct.04.2011
Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States with her husband and son, she enjoys reading,writing, drawing, telling stories, running a local writers' group, and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green. I...
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Sep.22.2011
The most compelling characters are those who want something desperately and who will do anything to get it, which is why Scarlett O’Hara is such a perennially popular character. Frankly, I find her a bit over the top -- selfish and greedy and way too egocentric. I can’t write such characters, at...
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Sep.21.2011
Noah Baird, author of Donations to Clarity, needs the name for a female roller derby player. These girls/women love scary names, so let your imagination fly! He also needs an original rock band name, circa late ‘80s. He wants something so sleazy, so nasty, you’ll want to bathe in Purell and throw...
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Aug.31.2011
Contest! To celebrate the release of Susan Surman’s new book, Dancing at all the Weddings, she is hosting a writing contest, “A Healthy Divorce.” Please write a very short story or a real life anecdote (no more than 500 words) about a healthy divorce — if there is such a thing! Click here for...
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Aug.27.2011
One of the many things you lose when a dear friend or a spouse dies is your stock of private jokes. All the words and phrases the two of you used, the amusing shortcuts to speech, are gone because there is no one left who knows the personal meanings. I've decided it's my mission to pass along one...
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Jul.19.2011
At the front of my notebook of writing tips is a list of reminders and advice to myself -- a credo of sorts. Here it is: 1. Believe in yourself. 2. Expect the best. 3. Have a vision of victory and abundance. 4. Don't settle for a life of mediocrity. 5. There is adventure waiting for you. Run to it...
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Jun.29.2011
There is a maxim in writing called R.U.E — Resist the Urge to Explain. Supposedly, if you show your readers the story rather than explaining it to them, it will allow readers to draw their own conclusions, thereby making readers a part of the story. In some ways, my novel More Deaths Than One is a...
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