Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Book Pusher--April 2018

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I have a long, lovely list for you. You'll find at least one that draws you in...or two, or three. What the heck! Just read them all!!! ;-)


SAVANNAH BLUES Mary Kay Andrews: Humorous WF/Romance mix

This is cute, quick, and totally hilarious! When you find a joyous read with adorable characters and twisty plots, you have to enjoy.


THE LILAC BOUQUET Carolyn Brown: Multi-generational Women's Fiction 

When an author has the voice and culture of a place down to the core, their stories will stir your heart and open your eyes. This is an A++ Read.


PALADIAN OF SOULS Lois McMaster Bujold: Fantasy

This is a must read for the 3-D characters who portray what heroic really means and a universe that is as multidimensional as the people in it. This is a fantasy and the sequel to The Curse of Chalion. Read Curse first.



THE CAFE BY THE SEA Jenny Colgan: Women's Fiction/Romance

This is charming, funny, and poignant in turns. Colgan creates a story of depth and feeling on the shores of the Scottish Islands.


IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT Gayle Foreman: Literary

An intimate exploration of how love, grief, and music can build a person up and tear them down. Good Read.



SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW Catherine Ryan Hyde: Women's Fiction

When a deep truth is shown through lives of rich characters, you have Hyde's story of love and loyalty. Beautiful Story.



STILL ME Jojo Moyes: Women's Fiction

What a perfect ending to Moyes' trilogy of Louisa Clark. There are readers who think books #2 and #3 are unnecessary, but I disagree. Louisa's story isn't complete until you finish the final installment. Now, get to reading!


THE SPARROW  Mary Doria Russell: Literary SF

With this masterful story of mission, love, and heartache, Russell, introduces us to one of the most endearing and exasperating characters ever. Emilio Sandoz's journey is fabulous and deep. Must read NOW!


LAST CALL TL Watson: Romance

Watson continues to entertain with red-hot stories about intriguing people. Blake and Gwen will win you over and teach you about love. This is a Must Read



THE PROMISE BETWEEN US Barbara Claypole White: Women's Fiction

Anxiety disorders are cruel taskmasters and Claypole White has created a cast of deep characters you will love and cheer for. This is by far her best book yet.

Next Post: IWSG, of course!

My momma is doing well. Her surgery was last Tuesday. She's recovering nicely. Thanks for all the prayers.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG April 2018

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Answer: How cloudy can it get? More than enough. Since last November, we've been working on my momma's Trans-Aortic Valve Replacement surgery. After scopes of her stomach and large intestine, dental surgery to make sure there are no pockets of decay, and tests upon tests, we have a date--April 10. 

Instead of writing, I've been filling the well that's been emptying quickly with reading, reading, and more reading. In times of stress, we sometimes have to step back and rest. Sit down and read. Search our whirring brains for peace. Thank my Lord and Savior, my family is all in to provide Momma with her choice to go for this surgery for an improvement in her quality of life. At eighty-eight, she 's due the support, love, and care we can lavish on her. Even though she has trouble accepting it. 

And that's where I am. Writing isn't on the agenda until we have all this done and Momma is on the road to recovery. 

Please keep us in your prayers.

Next Post: The Book Pusher has tons of good books for you!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Book Pusher--March '18

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THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET Donna Everhart: Southern Women's Fiction

With a great handle on Southern settings, Everhart draws durable characters from Wallis-Ann, Laci, and their family. Enjoy!



WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Diana Gabaldon: Historical Fiction Plus a bit of SF

Diana Gabaldon has again crafted an amazing story, a masterpiece that ties up the threads from its predecessor, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with a roller coaster of a ride. She writes every single one of her POV characters' hearts, minds, and souls with humanity. WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is my second favorite of all the Gabaldon books. But be forewarned: There's more coming in this story. If you haven't read Diana Gabaldon's books before, start at the beginning with OUTLANDER. You won't be sorry.


UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES Louise Gornall: Women's Fiction

Living with agoraphobia and OCD requires vast amounts of courage. Norah has it in spades. The journey is long, but oh, so worth the trip. Must Read! If you like Barbara Claypole White's books, this is a don't miss read.


THE MASTER MAGICIAN Charlie Holmberg: YA

The third in the Paper Magician Series is the best one yet. Love, adventure, and danger are Ceony's to win and over come.




ASK HIM WHY Catherine Ryan Hyde: Family Saga and WF

A deep story of a family in which the silences mask massive psychological and emotional gulfs. Until your ready to ask "why, " you'll never understand someone's motivations--but only ask when you are ready to listen to their truth.


A PLEDGE OF SILENCE Nora J. Solomon: Historical Women's Fiction

Many of us know about the soldiers who suffered and died on the Bataan Death March in WWII, but the military nurses have a story too. Don't miss this story of one such heroine.


THE SOUND OF SLEIGHBELLS Cindy Woodsmall: Christian WF

A sweet story outlines the truth of healing--spiritual, physical, and psychological--that faith and love offers when we are ready to let go of the past.

Next Post: IWSG! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG: March 2018

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham,Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

Question: How do you celebrate when you achiever a writing goal / finish a story?

Good question! It's simple really. My hubby takes me out for a wonderful meal when I finish a story. Well, he takes me out all the time, so that's not special, but the love that flows between us makes it extra special all the time. When I finish a story, we'll go for an extra special meal--with dessert and wine. Does that work? You bet it does!

My momma's health update: We've been slowly working through all the dental and gastro preliminaries. The pre-op heart appointment is March 19. Prayers and good wishes are craved by us all. 

P. S. The cherry tree is blooming a month early due to this weird warm weather. Now, that the flowers are opening, the temps are headed down. I'm crossing my fingers for nothing below 32 degrees. 


Next post: The Book Pusher pushes books, of course. ;-) 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Book Pusher--February 2018

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THE LADIES' ROOM Carolyn Brown: Humorous WF with elements of Romance

Trudy Martin's journey from browbeaten wife to happiness is as sweet as sweet tea and as funny as it can be. Being true to yourself and living your passion is worth the trip and the read.


GENTLEMAN JOLE AND THE RED QUEEN Lois McMaster Bujold, Space Opera (Vorkosigan series)

A fabulously twisty and rewarding SF Romance by a master in the field. Must Read, but only if you've read the entire Vorkosigan series beforehand. 



AN ECHO IN THE BONE Diana Gabaldon: Historical with elements of SF

Amazing. Astounding. Marvelous. Diana Gabaldon is golden. If you haven't read the entire series of OUTLANDER, you're going to be sorry when you watch the STARZ production of OUTLANDER. Go buy her books *now*! ;-D


THE BETTE DAVIS CLUB Jane Lotter Women's Fiction

With a deliciously snarky voice, Lotter's The Bette Davis Club explains how everything's connected and why it matters. A must read. 



LEFT TO CHANCE Amy Sue Nathan: Women's Fiction

Left to Chance is a lovely story of why our pasts and futures are so entwined with our present. Teddie Lerner is the perfect protagonist to teach us that truth.


DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY Aimie K. Runyan: Historical Women's Fiction

With a fabulous, page-turning story, Runyan opens the annals of unsung heroes--this time the Soviet women who flew WWII bombing raids against the Germans in wooden and linen biplanes. The "night witches" lived large and died often testifying to women's place in the military then and now.

Up next: IWSG of course. ;-)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG; February 2018

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia,Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Question: 
What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Short Answer: What's not to love? ;-)

Long Answer:
I write Women's Fiction. And before you groan, I'll ask if you've ever read Jodi Picoult, or Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre? Truly, all books could be classified under this genre if one of the MCs is a woman. The Women's Fiction Writers Association defines the genre as "layered stories in which the plot is driven by the main character's emotional journey." Many classics fall under this definition. Nearly all of the book club choices do, too. So, again, I ask, what's not to love? I enjoy the twists of fate, choice, and connections that fill the pages of much of publishing today. So if you haven't sampled one of these books (and they include Christian, SF, Fantasy, Suspense, and elements of Romance), check out these lists on Goodreads or Pinterest.

Links: (er...make that one link...Real Life has been real. lately.)
Next post: The Book Pusher, of course!
And just because I have a recent picture from Jamaica, I'll leave you with a sunset in Negril. ;-) 



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Book Pusher: January 2018

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GO AWAY HOME Carol Bodensteiner: Women's Fiction/Romance

This sweet story is shot through with truth about love, relationships, and life. A Good Read



INTO THE FREE Julie Cantrell: Christian Women's Fiction

Millie Reynolds knows the deep truth of the natural world, but learning how humans treat each other, for good and ill, comes at a higher price--finding freedom requires all her knowledge and her bravery.


CHRISTY Catherine Marshall: Christian Women's Fiction/Romance

This is a great read and a classic of Christian fiction at it's best. You can't find better insight into Appalachia in the early 1900s.





LIFE IN CHAPEL SPRINGS Ane Mulligan: Women's Fiction

Mulligan's latest humorous story of Chapel Springs pits a middle aged Claire against gold fever. Not only is it a hilarious battle, it is true to life.

PERFECTLY UNDONE Jamie Raintree: Women's Fiction

Career, love, and guilt all roll onto Dr. Dylan Michels and has to decide--should she continue to be "perfect" or come undone. Great read.


CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Beth Vogt: Christian Romance/WF

Vanessa Hollister has to plan a destination wedding for her second marriage where she married her high school love. Only a hurricane has another plan and Vanessa has to decide between husband number one or number two. You'll enjoy this read.

Guest Blog Visit:
Be sure to check out Tam May's The Dream Book Blog on January 24 for my guest visit. 

Next Post: Insecure Writers Support Group

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG: January & Links!

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Co-Hosts: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

Question:
What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

I don't have a schedule for my writing at the moment. Sometimes, Real Life throws you an unhittable curve ball. That's where I am at the moment. My momma (yes, I know all about the formal "mother", but my mother is Momma and always will be) needs serious heart surgery. She still has a lot of steps to take before that happens. I'm her chauffer,  scheduler, and main care giver. Only, I'm not as able as I used to be. I've been having to share the load, but I'm still the crew chief. 

Something had to give, and my writing was the main item that could. Momma is the person who taught me to love words, stories, and writing. It's only fitting that her care comes first at this time.

Happy writing to you all! Keep us in your prayers.

Guest Blog Visit:
Be sure to check out Tam May's The Dream Book Blog on January 24 for my guest visit. 

Links:
Next Post: Why, the ever popular Book Pusher for January! See you then! ;-)