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Thanks and Giving

My fall frenzy schedule of book signings and panel discussions at conferences and workshops wrapped up in the cozy confines of the West Liberty Public Library surrounded by eager readers, aspiring writers and authors I admire.  I’m thankful for the organizers, dreamers and doers who dedicated time and channeled their passion to gather us together. Now, it’s my turn to give! Drop by Kylie’s Fiction Addiction on Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm CST, join the closed group kylies fiction addiction and get ready to win! We’ll chat, exchange trivia and otherwise have fun during the hour-long New Life in
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Fall Frenzy

Where would authors and readers be without libraries – those storied gathering places that connect us to each other and the written word? My Fall Frenzy tour began Indie Author Day at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, continued at a Bettendorf Public Library Read Local evening dedicated to local authors, and continued in Marion at the Celebrate Writing mini-conference. The tour wraps up with the Book Bums Workshop November 5th at the library in West Liberty, Iowa. In between, I’ll spend time with readers and other authors at one of small town Iowa’s best kept secrets, the Maquoketa Art Experience,
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Birthing Belonging

Every author hopes for readers so engaged with the story and characters that they can’t wait to find out what happens next. “Belonging” challenged me in ways I could not have imagined five years ago when I decided to cross write a novel off my bucket list. The sweet summer read romance that brought Ali and Darien to the pages of “Reservations” churned up the storyline that became “Heartland.” But I couldn’t stop there. Marisa demanded her place of “Belonging.” So the circle of New Life in Love that began in New York City cycles to conclude on the west
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Where Writers and Readers Meet

Creative minds need the nourishment of a community that understands the challenge to create, critique, revise and risk rejection of what we create. Writers create in solitude. Conferences invite us to converge as community to learn from other authors and each other, share what we’ve written, refresh and sharpen our craft for readers to enjoy. I sit back and review handouts and notes taken in C. Hope Clark’s class on writing the great mystery at the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. I ponder the constructive session and suggested changes Felicia Schneiderhan shared in her critique of my work. I reflect
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Shakespeare, London & Prince

What do the greatest writer in the English language, most popular author of his time and the iconic musical innovator of the rock and roll era have in common? All produced massive bodies of extraordinary work during their all-too-short lifetimes. William Shakespeare composed 154 sonnets and wrote 38 plays that have been translated into every major living language on earth. Jack London published over 50 books in the last 16 years of his life. Prince released 39 albums, starred in 4 films and is said to have left behind enough musical material at the time of his untimely death to
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Iowa Author Book Signing x 2

I am so excited to announce THE co-author book signing event with an Iowa author whose work I’ve enjoyed and prose I admire! Please join me Teresa LaBella, Bob Bancks www.iowafarmboy.net and our special guest Misty Urban www.mistyurban.net on Saturday, April 23rd from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Elly’s Tea & Coffee in Muscatine’s Historic Pearl Plaza!
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Get Ready to Scribble!

Tune in to “Scribble” on WVIK 90.3 FM at 12 noon this Saturday February 13th for an interview with my filmmaker husband John followed by musings from a local romance writer and a reading from “Heartland” by its author – ME!
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New Year New Life Loving What I’m Doing

  New Life in Love in Real Life … I celebrated an O-no! birthday the day before New Year’s Eve, three months and five days after I closed the door on my day job and opened the window to opportunity. The learning curve toward successful self-employment, fulfillment and enjoyment has been steep.  Navigating the relentless stream of online how-to webinars, blogs and white papers.  Researching and reading books on publishing, marketing and making a living as a writer. Networking to connect with people willing to share advice and pay for what I have to sell.  All consumes energy and time.  Days and weeks flew by.
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Seize the Moments

The day of rain predicted has arrived to drench our December Sunday morning.  We’ll work inside today and savor the memory of a warm and dry Saturday afternoon, our dogs on leashes leading us along a late season green path at West Lake Park. Our almost impassable basement is packed with stuff pushed aside to accommodate delivery of a new washer. Boxes stacked in our living room prevent us from putting up a Christmas tree.  Our not quite ready for clients home office needs immediate attention. We could have stayed in and tackled a task yesterday. But we went to the park instead. We
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Balm for the Author’s Soul

Thumbs up or down, reviews invigorate writers. We know a reader has entered the world created in our imagination and met  characters we breathed life into with words. A review from a respected colleague lifts us up, challenges us to be a better writer, encourages us to go further. Thank you, Misty Urban, for pushing me past “Reservations,” promoting “Heartland” and nudging me to conclude the New Life and Love trilogy with “Belonging.” Link to the blog Post
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