Book Review: Corrag by Susan Fletcher, a historical romance of Scotland
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Book Review: Corrag by Susan Fletcher, a historical romance of Scotland

Corrag by Susan Fletcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most lyrical stories about historical Scotland I’ve ever read! It is told from the viewpoint of a Sassenach, an Englisher, who is said to be a witch because of her skill with herbs. She falls in love with Glencoe and with a…

5 ways to deepen emotional layering in your writing
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5 ways to deepen emotional layering in your writing

Even experienced wordsmiths struggle to portray deep emotion in their writing. It’s as hard as mining copper from sulfur-laden rocks. Writers may either tell about the emotion, for example, “He felt really, really angry.” Or, they may use the “dot-dot-dot” bypass popular when describing sex in 40s novels: “They entered the bedroom, the lights went…

Book Review: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors
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Book Review: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I was 19, I spent a summer as a forest fire lookout. It changed my life indelibly, and for that reason, I was interested in Philip Connors’ book. He does not disappoint. Phillip, for the past 8…

Pegasus Quincy Novel #3 Now available for Pre-Order!
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Pegasus Quincy Novel #3 Now available for Pre-Order!

                                Pegasus Quincy is at it again. She and her partner, Shepherd Malone, are on routine patrol in Arizona’s Verde Valley when the call comes in. “Dispute in progress, lethal weapons involved.” The two deputies arrive at the Spinne horse…

Finding peace in a frantic world
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Finding peace in a frantic world

“I want to be able to live without a crowded calendar. I want to be able to read a book without feeling guilty, or go to a concert when I like.” Golda Meir Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel for ten years and active in public service all of her life was described as strong-willed,…

Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance
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Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance

  My sister’s book club is reading one of Julia Cameron’s books, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond. I promised her I’d take a look at it. I did, and it is delightful. I recommend it highly! In the process, though, I came across another book by Ms. Cameron,…

What’s on my bookshelf right now
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What’s on my bookshelf right now

As we move into fall, weather is getting cooler and days shorter. A great time to read! Here are five that make my list for a good seasonal read:   Cooking like a master chef by Graham Ellliot. Although I do most of my reading on a Kindle, get this one in hardcopy: the photographs…

How I developed the character of Pegasus Quincy for DEATH in COPPER TOWN
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How I developed the character of Pegasus Quincy for DEATH in COPPER TOWN

Usually I begin a new novel with setting. In the case of Death in Copper Town I was fascinated with the history of copper mining in Arizona. It started in the late 1800s, but continued until the 1950s, and even now companies are exploring ways to recover yet more minerals from the earth. Next, I since…

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Downton Abbey: Up close and personal

  I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out the fascination of Downton Abbey. Certainly the clothes. How marvelous! And the interweaving of the upper class with those who care for them. But one of the biggest draws for me was watching the vehicles change. They lived in the Age of Transportation, going from horse…

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I’m turning into my mother-in-law

Some women have a worry of turning into their mother, especially during stressful times. I have found through a quirk of fate that I think I’m turning into my mother-in-law instead! She was a simple, though intelligent woman who died many years ago, a traditional homemaker who raised a large family in the 40s and 50s and…