Guest Blogger Debbie Herbert – Crystallizing Your Book Idea … for Paranormal or Any Genre

Crystallizing Your Book Idea . . . for Paranormal or Any Genre By Debbie Herbert I love paranormal romance because the possibility of magic tingles my creative drive and curiosity. The speculation that there might be something more to reality than can be perceived through our senses provides a natural “what if” environment writers need …

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Guest Blogger Teresa Inge – Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing

Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing by Teresa Inge I grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining my love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. I also love it when I research a new story I am writing. Most of the …

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Debra Does Cooking by Debra H. Goldstein

Debra Does Cooking by Debra H. Goldstein Remember when I decided to try my hand at pottery? (Stop laughing L.M.) Well, I’ve decided to impress Joel with my culinary talents. There is some danger in this decision because I’ve spent thirty years training him to expect a certain level from my homemaking skills. For example, …

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Guest Blog: The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson

The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson The electronic age has made it easy for anyone to self-publish a work of fiction. All you have to do is write a book. It needn’t be approved, edited or even good. As long as the text is formatted correctly, up it goes on Amazon and …

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Fourth of July Gratitude

  Fourth of July Gratitude by Debra H. Goldstein When I think about the Fourth of July, I think about watermelon, fireworks, ribs, and family fun, but I also realize it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The signing of that short document on July 4, 1776 declared our independence from Great Britain. …

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The Meaning of Life by Debra H. Goldstein

The Meaning of Life by Debra H. Goldstein Recently I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the meaning of life and its other alternative. This isn’t a new topic for me to explore. I first started thinking about it shortly after my fiftieth birthday when I woke one morning to find my arms had …

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Guest Blogger: Barb Goffman – Before You Hire a Freelance Editor, Read these Tips

Before You Hire a Freelance Editor, Read These Tips By Barb Goffman Everyone can always use a second pair of eyes. That’s where I come in. I’ve been editing fiction for several years as a co-editor of the Chesapeake Crimes anthology series. (Stories in the series have won nearly every major crime-fiction award—check ’em out …

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Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother?

Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother? by Debra H. Goldstein I hate wasting time sitting in meetings where people talk to hear themselves heard, fail to stick to agenda topics, or where programs are repetitive of what I’ve heard before. So, why do I serve on civic committees and why do I …

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Jaden Terrell – Jared McKean Mystery Series Author – Guest Interview

  An Interview with Jaden Terrell – Jared McKean Mystery Series Author     DHG: You write a very character-driven series…tell us something about it? JT:  The seeds of the character—Jared McKean—were sown during the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. I watched those young men being cut to pieces, the surf turning red, and …

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Guest Blogger Linda Rodriguez: What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers

What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers by Linda Rodriguez Matt Kahn is a blogger with an unusual idea. He is reading the 94 books that have been listed as the year’s bestseller by Publishers Weekly for each year of the 100 years since PW began announcing the bestselling book of each year. http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html …

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