Storytelling and the Ides of March

Storytelling and the Ides of March by Debra H. Goldstein Today is the Ides of March. Originally thought of as a day to settle debts, it became a day of notoriety because of it being the date Julius Caesar was killed. Its significance is that it is believed to have changed the fate of the …

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There’s Cooking and There’s Baking by Kaye George

  There’s Cooking and There’s Baking by Kaye George I know Sarah Blair doesn’t like to cook, but I’m not sure about baking. I’d guess that’s a no to that domestic art also. I’m totally with her on the cooking. But, for some reason, I’ve always loved to bake. My start was Home Ec in …

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Our World by Debra H. Goldstein

The trees outside my window are bare. When we moved into this house a few months ago, the leaves were so plentiful I couldn’t see any of the other new houses being built in our subdivision. But now, although the tree trunks create a barrier, it isn’t the same. Then again, the world is not …

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Patience and Personality

Patience and Personality by Debra H. Goldstein I am not a patient person. It isn’t that I want it yesterday. I am willing to work for things, to wait until a flower blooms to cut it, or however long it takes to make sure something is done right. But, I am not a patient person. …

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Guest Blogger: Joanne Guidoccio – What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave?

What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave? by Joanne Guidoccio When I first heard this question at a creative writing workshop, I was tempted to say that I intended to firmly hold onto the reins. A neophyte with no literary credits to my name, I couldn’t imagine characters actually misbehaving on the page. Thankfully, …

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Guest Blogger: Judith Gonda – Reflections on 2020: Publishing My First Book During a Pandemic

Reflections on 2020: Publishing My First Book During a Pandemic by Judith Gonda 2020 started out with such promise. The first book in my landscape architect Tory Benning mystery series, MURDER IN THE SECRET MAZE, was set to release on February 26. I was finally going to have a book published. The corona virus first …

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Guest Blogger – Janis Wilson – Time for History

Time for history by Janis Wilson Victorian England is the setting of my novels. In Goulston Street, I wrote about the crimes and search for the world’s most famous killer, Jack the Ripper. Extensive research about the period in which the crimes occurred was time-consuming but essential. The most compelling question about the story, of …

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Guess Blogger: Judy Penz Sheluk – It’s Not Always a Murder

It’s Not Always a Murder by Judy Penz Sheluk The first thing I do after writing The End is to send a copy of the manuscript to my beta readers. I did just that with Where There’s A Will, the third (and final) book in my Glass Dolphin cozy mystery series, and waited to hear …

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Guest Blog: FOUR AUTHORS Tell All About Four “Tails” of Miscreants and Murder

FOUR AUTHORS TELL ALL ABOUT FOUR “TAILS” OF MISCREANTS AND MURDER To Fetch A Villain, the third book in the Mutt Mysteries series, features Four Fun “Tails” of Miscreants and Murder. Tell us what it’s like to write with multiple authors? Teresa Inge – We coordinate the stories, editing, cover art, publication, and book promotion. …

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Guest Blogger: Judy Alter – Never Throw Out a Manuscript

Never Throw Out a Manuscript by Judy Alter Back in the day we used to say every author had a stack of unpublished manuscripts in the basement or the closet. Today, those hidden gems are on our computers. I recently reclaimed one from the forgotten files. In the spring of 2017, I started a culinary …

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