Banned Book Week

This week is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps a record of books that have been banned, burned, or otherwise discriminated against. Most of the time, it seems these books challenge the current culture, have strong religious undertones, or are explicit sexually, violently, or in language, especially racially.  Many books have made … Continue reading Banned Book Week

Misstep by Deborah Harper: a book review

Misstep, by Deborah Dee Harper, is a great winter tale set in a small town with an eclectic group of residents. Hugh is the pastor of the church in Road's End. He and his wife, Melanie, are newcomers to the town. Throughout the story they face a variety of mishaps that all culminate when a … Continue reading Misstep by Deborah Harper: a book review

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering – a book review

Written in the classic style of Agatha Christie, Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is the fifth book in her Drew Farthering Mystery series. It follows Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline to Bunting's Nest, England, a quaint country town in the 1930s. Drew's old pal from school days asked for Drew's help solving a series of … Continue reading Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering – a book review

5 Writing Tips for Teens

Getting a teenager to read can be as monumental a task as climbing a mountain. Conversely, for those teens who enjoy reading, getting them to put down their book can be an equally challenging task. Whether a teen enjoys reading or not, writing can be another story. Some love putting words on paper, but put … Continue reading 5 Writing Tips for Teens

In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is an historical, inspirational novel set in Alaska during the early 1900s. It follows Allan Brennan on his quest to find the truth about what happened to his father on Denali. Believing the expert guide, John Ivanoff, to be at fault for his father's … Continue reading In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review

A Writer’s Advent – Peace

It's that most wonderful time of the year. But even with lights, family, presents, holiday movies, and great food, one emotion often eludes us: Peace. We can have everything on our wish list, but that settled calm seems to slip through our fingers. We may ask ourselves why we feel disquieted on such a silent … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent – Peace

The Writer’s Advent – Joy

Joy, an emotion that lights up the eyes of a child when they open a gift to find their dreams come true. It fills the soul like a warm cup of soup on a winter's night. It switches out wrinkles for smile lines on the eldest person's face. No time is joy more easily come … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent – Joy

The Writer’s Advent: Love

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It's a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character's action. Of course, there's romantic love. So what makes Christmas Love even more special? I think of … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent: Love

A Writer’s Advent: Hope

I love the Christmas season. It is a time when a child's wonder is most allowed in adults. Lights sparkle on every street corner. Cheer is in the air. Snow is even more welcome. It is at this time of year, amid all the trials and tribulations of adulthood, that we can take a few … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent: Hope

A Writer’s Thanksgiving

As a writer, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are thankful for amid rejection letters, failed technology, and endless revisions. Today, the people of the United States take a day out of our lives to remember all the things for which we can be thankful (while eating amazing food and watching … Continue reading A Writer’s Thanksgiving