I have to wonder who is reading all these blogs out there. Is it other bloggers, readers or authors. If it is other bloggers and authors looking for information to advance their learning of the craft…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Shay Fish Jul 29, 2012.
I have to wonder how to spread my time with websites. This has been an ongoing problem for me and I keep changing my mind. If I spend the time it takes to go through blogs, websites and forums, I…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Eunice Nisbett Jul 30, 2012.
Okay, maybe that wasn't the best title for this discussion but I wanted to get someones attention.My new ebook is getting ready to go out into the world of book selling chaos and I am gearing up for…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Dwyer Jun 30, 2012.
Has anyone gone from one genre to a totally different one? How did you find writing in a new state of mind? I recently started writing for YA and find it refreshing to write from a young persons pov…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Dwyer Aug 29, 2011.
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In 1933 the Great Depression and Dust Bowl brought devastation to thousands of people. For thirteen-year-old Sammy Larkin, it made him an orphan. Refusing to allow the state to take his seven-year-old sister, Birdie and himself from their farm, he decides to do the impossible—live as if his parents were still alive.
Learning to lie and steal, he embarks on an eye-opening fight for survival in the Oklahoma panhandle, finding help in the most unexpected places. The fear of failure overshadows his every decision. Along with a mangy stray dog and new-found friends, he struggles to adapt to the world of adults, discovering the ugly side of life, all the while questioning why his parents left them.
Battling constant dust storms, known as black blizzards, a menacing drifter, and hunger, he fights to get through each day, hoping for a miracle. When circumstances dictate a change in his plans, he has to make a life altering decision.
If Truth be known is a story of adventure, mystery, and love. It begins with a set of unpredictable circumstances that put into motion a journey that carries you from the jungles of Mexico to Colorado and back. It explores the choices we make and how they affect our lives and the lives of those around us.
Casey Garrett was a career officer in the army. He stood behind every decision he made, including accepting a position in the covert Nicaraguan contra operation, never realizing how that decision would destroy his life and the blind faith he had in the government he served.
When a secret mission in the jungles of Mexico goes wrong, Casey finds himself sealed in a cave where he discovers an ancient Mayan carving buried in the floor. The carving looks familiar and Casey memorizes the simplistic lines and curves before escaping.
Caught during an illegal arms purchase by a local law enforcement agency and then abandoned by the government, Casey serves seven years in the prison system of Colorado. During his years of incarceration, he remembers the carving. It was the same one his parents had discovered when he was a young boy. Although the one they had found was only a partial fragment, they spent their lives in search of its meaning. As young boy with amateur archeologists as parents, he would listen for hours, enthralled with the stories of ancient sites they uncovered and the search for the elusive carving. Visions of untamed adventure filled his mind. He now had the chance to finish his late parents work.
At the end of his prison term, Casey is ready to start a new life.
Casey made a decision to spend his future, alone, away from people who could, and probably would, disappoint him. That decision begins to crumble as he fights his attraction to Sydney, a woman he meets on his way back to Mexico.
The journey pits Casey against an old nemesis, Marty Martinella, from his contra days and a highly secret government group who have taken an interest in his search for the meaning of the carving. A race against time and life threatening situations finds Casey accepting help from an old friend as he inches closer to the truth hidden in the deep, unexplored jungle of Mexico.
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Eighteen months have passed since the divorce and Jennifer McCormack still cannot get past the pain. Today her anger sets into motion a devastation she could never have dreamed in her worse nightmare and drives her into a decision that can only result in the destruction of her own life. What starts out as a beautiful spring day in the Connecticut countryside, ends with her life changing forever.
A deer darting into the road and a car trying to pass as she swerves creates a catastrophic incident that sends Jennifer on a harrowing journey into a living nightmare. A minor fender bender turns into a violent act of road rage and ends with the shooting of her three-year old son, Benny. The young mother will soon discover the strength she never knew she possessed and the resolution that would become her motivation to live.
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Could a simple process be more agonizing? I want a simple cover - more white than words or color. The title (Dirt) pretty much says it all so I don't think it needs clutter. I thought it would be simple, but not so. I am down to three choices and it hasn't gotten any easier. Since this is a YA/adult book I wanted the cover to appeal to both genres.
Has anyone else out there had a difficult time choosing your book cover?
Posted on June 30, 2012 at 12:53pm
I've often wondered how writers/editors come up with book titles, especially fiction. I've heard that using one word for the title is best. I've gone from four words (If Truth Be Known) for my first book, to two words (For Benny) for my second, and now I am down to one word (Dirt) for my current book.
I find that one word titles catch my attention on the self more so than several words. Maybe it's the not knowing what it is all about that makes me pick up the book, or maybe it is so…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2010 at 4:17pm
Although I am editing and revising my third novel, I still find it hard to say "Done". I always go thtrough it one more time and find more things I want to change - put in, take out, reword. Sometimes I wonder if it is just procrastination of the submitting process.
Does anyon e else have this situation when they "finish" a book?
Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:10pm
Okay, I may not be the brightest apple hanging in the tree, but all this blogging is really hard to figure out. Where do I start? What do I write? How do I get all this stuff for my site? Where do all these ads come from? I have to wonder if there is anything I have to say that anyone out there is interested in reading.
Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:00pm