Tighten your Prose

Before you call your work complete, here is a short list to consider for your work to be tighter. Make sure your nouns and verbs are strong Can you take the “s” off the word? In a list, make the words go from short to long (words or phrases) “the <noun> of” = can you […]

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Interview with Meredith Efken

Meredith EFken is the author of the critically acclaimed SAHM I Am series that traces the friendship of a group of stay-at-home mothers through their emails to each other. She has been a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award and the ACFW Book of the Year award, and critics use phrases like “charming,” […]

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Spaghetti with Chicken Bolognese Sauce

2 tbl olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 clove of minced garlic 1 to 1.5 lbs ground chicken 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz) 1 cup chicken stock 2 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried parsley 1/2 tsp […]

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What to bring to the ACFW conference

For starters, you are going to the conference, right? I went to my first ACFW conference in 2009, but had been to two other writer’s conferences before that, so I had an inkling of what to expect. Multiply that times ten and you have the wonderful experience I call my first ACFW conference. Shall we […]

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Interview with Marlo Schalesky

Marlo Schalesky is the award-winning author of eight books, including her latest novel Shades of Morning (my review is HERE), which combines a love story with a surprise ending twist. She has also had over 600 articles published in various magazines, had her work included in compilations such as Dr. Dobson’s Night Light Devotional for […]

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Book Review – Shades of Morning

Shades of Morning, written by multi-published author Marlo Schalesky, is a refreshing love story with exciting plot twists along the way. Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, […]

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Book review – Chasing Lilacs

Carla Stewart’s debut novel Chasing Lilacs is a gripping read. BACK COVER COPY: It’s the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother’s “nerve” problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her. As […]

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Plotting a new novel on a foam board

So you’ve brainstormed your novel and are ready to plot it – congratulations! Make sure that you’ve read many books in your genre, books that would compare with yours when you are ready to write your proposal. When you read these books, pay attention to how many points of view (POV) there are in those […]

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