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Featured Poem- From the Archives: Come Not Here

Greetings reader! Like many of you, I’ve been keeping busy during this period of quarantine with lots of cleaning and reorganizing projects. This weekend, looking through some tote tubs of old treasures of high school debate trophies, old photos, tchotchkes, day planners and yearbooks, I happened on some files of my old writings. As I […]

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5 New Writing Prompts

In this new world of ‘safer at home’, I’m finding keeping myself motivated to write more and more of a challenge. Apparently, my muse is also practicing social distancing! If you’re finding it difficult to get the creative juices flowing, here are five new writing prompts to help! Prompt 1 Prompt 2 Prompt 3 Prompt […]

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How to Market a Self-Published Book

You’ve slaved away for weeks, months, possibly years creating your masterpiece. You’ve edited. You’ve proofread. You’ve tweaked the formatting. You’ve agonized. You’ve probably even cried a little. Hey, we’ve all been there! But you’ve finally hit ‘publish’ and launched your book. Now comes the hard part. Marketing. I’ve often said writing a book is the […]

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Book Review: Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Countess Fiona Carnarvon

By Countess Fiona Carnarvon If you’re a fan of the PBS series, Downton Abbey then you’re likely familiar with the show’s setting, Highclere Castle. This book, one of two written by the current Countess of Carnarvon, gives the reader a look into the real history of Highclere Castle. This book focuses mainly on the 1920s […]

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The House on Maple Street Wins Cover Art Award

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the cover art for The House on Maple Street. The art was one of ten books participating in the February 2020 contest on Alternative-Read.com. The contest included a collection of 10 amazing book covers. Voting took place throughout the month of March […]

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Book Review: Hiding in Plain Sight by Betty Lauer

By Betty Lauer Hiding in Plain Sight is the true story of one young woman’s survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. While waiting for their visas to America, in order to rejoin her father, Betty, along with her mother and sister, were rounded up and expelled from Germany, to Poland. This began a six-year ordeal of living […]

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Book Review: The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

By Amy Harmon Orphaned by his mother, Bayr of Saylok is raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill. With her dying breath, his mother placed a curse on the land which prevents the people of Saylok from having daughters. Bayr is blessed with superhuman strength. But he is also cursed with a speech impediment. His […]

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Book Review: When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel by Barbara O’Neal

By Barbara O’Neal. Kit Bianci is a California-based doctor who suffered the loss of her sister, Josie, in a terrorist attack while Josie was traveling in France. But, fifteen years later, Kit swears she spots her sister in a news report about a night club fire, in New Zealand. Kit makes the journey to New […]

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Book Review: Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot by Mez Blume

By Mez Blume The story opens with Katie Watson, a young girl who is feeling a little left out when her parents and older brother leave her to spend her summer holiday with her grandparents while they go hiking in the Scottish highlands. Katie is a mystery enthusiast and amateur sleuth. During a day trip […]

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Ten Day Writing Challenge, New Writing Prompts to Spark Your Creativity

As part of getting in shape to begin writing again, I started with a writing prompt per day writing challenge. If you’ve never tried something like this, I highly recommend giving it a try. Your challenge is to set aside one hour each day to take a prompt and just write. Don’t overthink this. No […]

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