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Getting drawn into a good story

Getting drawn into a good story

I'm fending off a cold, and if you've ever come down with a cold during the holidays, you know how frustrating that can be. At times when I need to rest, nothing beats getting drawn into a good book. I can usually tell if a book is for me by reading the first several...

Nine fine books for holiday giving

Nine fine books for holiday giving

It's not too late to order books as Christmas or holiday gifts, and I have nine fine books in mind to recommend. Some are New York Times bestsellers; others are by independent authors who are relatively unknown. FICTION Books aren’t listed in a particular order: Where...

First Meeting, a poem by Karen Benke

First Meeting, a poem by Karen Benke

With Thanksgiving fast approaching in the United States, I am full of gratitude for so many things. This post's excerpt from Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology I edited and published, features a poem by Karen Benke, one of 76 memoirists, essayists, fiction...

Writing book descriptions is challenging

Writing book descriptions is challenging

It's no secret among authors that writing book descriptions is challenging. Extremely challenging. It's easy to assume that after spending months or years working on a novel, writing a short description of the book would be a snap. That may be for some authors, but...

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