The Three Rs: Reading, wRiting, and Roaming

November 14, 2017

I am so grateful to that Christine Keleny has stopped by to chat with me today. Christine is a Wisconsin author who writes both adult and children’s fiction. I’ve enjoyed her historical fiction “Rose” series very much (see below). For the middle-grade audience, I highly encourage you to read her Agnes Kelly mysteries. Book 2 – Narrow Escape in Norway – is now out and just in time for the holidays. This is a great family read! Book 1 – Intrigue in Istanbul – won the Midwest Book Award for children’s literature this year!!  Narrow Escape in Norway continues to follow Agnes and her grandmother on their quest to learn the true nature of her father’s work. Set in 1961, at the height of the Cold War, mysterious and potentially dangerous characters keep the suspense... Continue Reading

November 9, 2017

Wisconsin author Barbara Britton’s third book in the Tribes of Israel series releases in e-book TODAY!!

I am thrilled to be part of Barbara’s author journey and have enjoyed the first two titles in this series immensely. Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey was no exception and I was grateful to be honored with an advance copy! The author is a master at creating characters we love (or ones we love to dislike). The vivid descriptions are woven into a fast-paced plotline that transport you back to Biblical times when women were most certainly expected to know their place in society. (And those who didn’t were dealt with harshly.) Outspoken Adah has you holding your breath as you wonder what speaking the truth may cost her. I highly recommend this... Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

This time of year is one of my favorites—not only because fall is such a lovely season, but more for the mysterious, magical holiday of Samhain. (Yes, I know you thought it was Halloween!) Last year, I wrote a blog post about the tradition of Samhain and how many of our modern-day Halloween traditions come from this sacred pagan holiday. I love that an essential part of writing believable fictional tales is researching and learning about so many interesting things. On the Celtic Wheel of the Year, Samhain (pronounced saah-win or saa-ween) marks the beginning of the spiritual new year. Samhain comes from the Gaelic word “samhuin” which means summer’s end.... Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

In my journey through the steps of independent publishing, refining my writing skills, and most recently completing a successful agent search, I’ve come across some excellent information, tips, tools, and shortcuts that I think would be beneficial to any writer. Once a month, I’ll share the “best of” information and news from the publishing industry as well as feature other authors and writing instructors with tips to share. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors through my company Lost Lake Press

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October 17, 2017
Use suspense techniques to strengthen your writing.

 

 

 

 

The modern world is one of immediate gratification and this phenomenon is reflected in entertainment and media sources. For example, in the genre of mystery writing, a murder almost always happens within the first few pages. In screenwriting, the main idea or theme should be delineated by the third page or the first few minutes. On a website, the “hero” message should be at the top of the site; otherwise, viewers will click elsewhere.

In September, I discussed the benefits... Continue Reading

October 10, 2017

I absolutely loved I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill (the not-so-secret pen name of author Liz Czukas). It all starts with a marriage of convenience between two wonderfully written and believable characters who don't mean to fall in love. They really don't! And I'm not giving away anything here--this is a romance novel after all. Of course, they fall in love. But what happens next is what makes the story so delicious. I just love a story that makes me laugh out loud. I was so glad to learn there that this is the first book in Cahill's Cordially Invited duo. Can't wait for the next installment. 

About the book: 

A little white lie. A little white wedding. A pair of roommates in over their heads.
Days before she's set... Continue Reading

October 3, 2017

They say you write what you want to read, and I’m no exception. I love some good old-fashioned (and newly imagined) witchy magic at any time of year but particularly as we enjoy the days leading up to Halloween. No matter your age, here are some fabulous witchy tales to enjoy this month. (I didn’t include the Harry Potter series because it’s a given that these books should lead any list in the witching/wizarding world.) 

Picture Books

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a... Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

In my journey through the steps of independent publishing, refining my writing skills, and most recently completing a successful agent search, I’ve come across some excellent information, tips, tools, and shortcuts that I think would be beneficial to any writer. Once a month, I’ll share the “best of” information and news from the publishing industry as well as feature other authors and writing instructors with tips to share. I am incredibly thankful for the assistance and advice given to me from writing and publishing professionals and am happy pay that forward. On a professional level, I also use my publicity and editorial skills to aid other authors through my company Lost Lake Press.

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September 23, 2017

Time away from the keyboard boosts writing power

 

 

 

 

If you’re a planner like me, you’re contemplating New Year’s resolutions. Fall is the perfect time to consider goals for 2018. Cool air and long walks—without the stress of the holiday season—affords time to consider next steps and plans to achieve them. A favorite writer’s group leader of mine offers the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as a guide for reaching a goal: it must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. I like it because it’s a great goal-setting process that goes beyond simply writing down one’s future objectives.

In June, July, and August, I offered writing prompts regarding... Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

While we typically say goodbye to summer over the Labor Day weekend, this week marks the true end of summer with the autumn equinox on Friday, September 22 (at precisely 3:02 pm central time in the northern hemisphere.) This holiday is also known as Mabon—a mid-harvest festival. Given the temperatures we’ll expect in south central Wisconsin this week, it sure doesn’t feel like fall. The corn and soybeans still stand in the field and gardens are still abundantly producing. That’s just fine with me. I’ll hold onto summer-like weather as long as possible!

What does tell me it’s fall has nothing to do with outdoorsy activities—it’s the new TV schedule and all the fall premieres that I’ve been waiting for. I was at a conference this weekend and... Continue Reading

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