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Thoughts on DEEP WORK

This is me most of the time. I feel like I’m pulled in so many directions that I often find it difficult to settle down and focus on writing. In one of the many writer groups I belong to, Deep Work by Cal Newport has been a topic of conversation. I finally got around to reading it. Here are some thoughts on it. A Distracted Society Newport’s primary claim is that in our distracted society, deep work is becoming rare while simultaneously becoming invaluable. His clearest explanation of what deep work is comes near the end of the book. Basically,…

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#99 Pennies – Sale Alert!

The first two books in my Fight for Me series are on sale for only $.99 until September 25. If you haven't read them yet, now is the perfect time! The third and final book in the series, Trust in Me, releases October 24. Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N A lot of other great books are included in this sale as well. Happy reading!

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TEN YEAR DANCE Cover Reveal

Today, I'm pleased to reveal the cover for my friend Ara Grigorian's newest novel, which releases October 16th! About Ten Year Dance: Best friends since sixth grade. A ten-year high school reunion. A truth they’ve danced around for a decade. Unlucky-in-love Sophie Perez knows her divorce won’t be easy—but she doesn’t expect it to be dangerous. So when things get ugly, she agrees to move in with Pete Nicos, her commitment-phobic best friend since childhood. Pete has always been there for Sophie, just like she’s been there for him. At first, taking her in seems like the best option, but soon her…

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The Start of a New Year

Whenever I use phrases such as “this year” or “last year,” I tend to confuse at least a few people. For most a new year begins in January, but for me it begins in September. It’s a leftover result from over a dozen years as a teacher and before that, over a dozen years as a student. While I’m no longer in the classroom, I do have school age children, so I fear I will never leave behind operating in school years rather than calendar years. My boys went back to school this morning and I started my third year…

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Ten Little Things That Make Me Happy

1. The smell of old library books 2. Opening a brand new box of crayons 3. When my total word count at the end of a writing session ends in 00 4. Not having to leave my house on a rainy day 5. Singing along with my favorite songs 6. Listening to my two sons chat and play like they’re best friends 7. Making lists and checking things off 8. Going shopping by myself 9. The first day I can go out without a coat in spring 10. The sound of my dogs barking in their sleep

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Teaser Time: HOLD YOU CLOSE

Her words were cut short when he spun her around and pulled her to his chest, his gaze raking over her face. It was raw and primal, and no one had ever looked at her like that before. She grew dizzy in his embrace and clutched at his arms, fighting to breathe. With every exhale, her chest pressed up against his and her nipples tightened. She couldn’t remember what she was going to say. Leave. That’s right. I was leaving. “Tony . . .” But she couldn’t force the words out, and she certainly couldn’t force the action. Her feet…

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What I’m Reading: FUTURE SHOCK and FUTURE THREAT

I recently finished both Future Shock and Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs. O…m….g….so good! via GIPHY I read the first one in one day and the second over the course of two days, and that was only because I started it too late in the evening to finish it. But you better believe I spent the morning in my PJs finishing it. Ava is recruited by Aether Corporation, a company with questionable motives and integrity, to go to the future along with four other teens. I know what you’re thinking…what? This screams of Back to the Future or the classic…

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Thoughts on STORY GENIUS (Part 2)

This post is later than I expected because I stalled out in reading this book. I got about 80% through it and I doubt I’ll finish it. However, it did change my perspective on writing. The story is how the character changes; it's his/her transformation. The plot is the series of events that cause the character to change. I’d never thought about it like that, and it definitely changes how I look at my own writing. It reminds me of Michael Hauge’s idea of a character moving from his/her identity to his/her essence. Cron stresses the importance of developing a…

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