Showing posts from March, 2013

Spin the Plate, by Donna Anastasi

Today I'm taking part in Donna Anastasi's book tour for her new novel, Spin the Plate, with thanks to Walker Author tours.

Pulling weeds from flowers and words from a novel

After enjoying a talk on research at our local writers' group and various guest posts on research, I decided it was time to do... some research. So the bed in our spare room (Mum's bed during her Christmas visits here) is covered with Bibles, commentaries, atlases, picture books, history books and more. And I've written the first eight stories of my next Five Minute Bible Stories book! It's going well, I think. I'm learning lots of "stuff." And I'm preparing a Bible study to go with it since my friends at our church's Coffee Break group have very kindly decided to keep me to task by letting me lead studies after Easter on what I've learned. Accountability is wonderful! Thank you friends. For anyone wanting to read the Bible studies, I promise to post them, one a week, on my Bible Study blog--#1 coming tomorrow!

Meanwhile, I'm pulling weeds from the yard and words from my Infinite Sum. The novel really should be ready to submit to a publish…

Printless and reading still

Ah, if only I'd managed to work my way properly into the paperless world. Then my coupons would go to my phone and I wouldn't have to try to print them from the internet. But here I am, neither one place nor the other, with coupons that don't come through the mail, and a printer that won't print the ones which come through email. Soon, I promise I'll buy a new printer. Meanwhile I've learned that black, while not technically a color, is a very important shade. It's not just the small-print that's invisible...

However, I've read several books in real print, where black on a pleasing shade of cream is so gentle on the eyes. So here are three reviews of real, paperback books and one kindle volume (though I'm sure you can get them all on kindle really). I've just drunk some coffee, but please find a mug for yourself before you sit down.

I went to an Oregon Christian Writers' Conference last weekend and happened to sit next to an author calle…

Mysteries, excitement, and adventures with a printer

My printer's still only printing in red and blue. Very patriotic I suppose on white paper, and I can color all my words purple, so they print like those old pre-photocopies all smudged in a dark smeary wash. I almost expect them to leave bruises on my fingers when I touch them. But I suspect any publisher I submit to would take one look and say no without reading the story. Ah well, at least it gives me time for a few more edits. My excellent beta-reader friend has already dropped some hints about where the story could be stronger. So Infinite Sum enters it's next, not yet infinite, editing cycle, while I'm still dreaming it will a) be complete and b) be published before an infinite time passes by.

I'm dreaming my printer might print in black before then too. I've taken the print head out again and I'm soaking it, again, in warm water. Then I'll dry it with the hairdryer. And then I'll put new inks in all the slots--I'd already bought replacements b…

A Nuh Mi Fi Like It, with Len Heymont

Today I get to welcome Lane Heymont to my blog. Lane Heymont is the author of The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff, a time travel adventure set in post Civil War Louisiana. Born in Pennsylvania, he earned a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on literature and history. He also holds a double minor in psychology and business. Currently pursing a Masters in Creative Writing at Harvard University, he has had several short stories published, one of which was recommended for a 2012 Bram Stoker Award.

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And find The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff on Amazon and where good books are sold: Jeb, a former slave, rescues his brother-in-law Crispus from the Ku Klux Klan, pulling him into a world of Creole Voodoo, hatred, time travel, and redemption. The two brothers-in-law set out to stop Verdiss and his Klan followers from using the Pharaoh's Sta…

Opal's Song with SJ Byrne

It's a fun day today. I'm being interviewed over at, talking about Divide by Zero

and at the same time I'm delighted to welcome author SJ Byrne to my blog today with a cover reveal, teaser and blurb for her upcoming novel, Opal's Song. Only on the internet can we be in two places at once--how many places are you today?

So, double your reading pleasure; read both posts and enjoy!