Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson: a book review

Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is a mystery set in turn of the century San Fransisco. Camri Coulter's brother has disappeared and Camri leaves everything to find him. On her way to San Fransisco, Camri makes the acquaintance of two other young women, each going to San Fransisco for their own reasons. The three of … Continue reading Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson: a book review

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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

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

How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, a deadline screaming in your ear? Or been in the middle of a story, essay, or assignment and wondered how to get out of the dead spot in the middle? Here are a few tips that can help keep you writing. The Blank Page For … Continue reading How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It is a time when writers all over the world spend thirty days writing a full-length novel of 50,000 words or more. This year, I've decided to join the ranks. Have you? According to their website, NaNoWriMo began in 1999. The organization grew into a non-profit in … Continue reading National Novel Writing Month

A Review: The Cottage by Michael Phillips

The Cottage, a novel by Michael Phillips, is the second book in his Secrets of the Shetlands series. The story follows Allonnah "Loni" Ford in her discovery of her past, her identity, and her future.Having received a letter that a distant relative passed away, leaving her a cottage, Loni decides she must see it for herself … Continue reading A Review: The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began … Continue reading Story Types: The Novel

Book Review: The Count of the Sahara

History and archaeology - two subjects that fascinate me - blend together in The Count of the Sahara by Wayne Turmel. A novel based on the life of Count Bryon de Prorok, the tale follows his journey into the Sahara and the aftermath of his team's discovery. The story is told in two primary voices; one … Continue reading Book Review: The Count of the Sahara

Peaks and Valleys

Rejection can be incredibly painful. In the writing world, it can sometimes be even more so. Our written words come from inside of us, the story we tell, and having it rejected or critiqued is like purposefully baring our souls to the lash. There have been many articles written on turning a rejection letter into … Continue reading Peaks and Valleys

Choices Amid the Trees

Ali Montgomery is on vacation in Tennessee. She loves the woodsy setting of her aunt and uncle's home, but isn't allowed to explore outside alone. So when Colton - the boy living with her aunt and uncle - sneaks out of the house and invites Ali to tag along, Ali must make the choice whether … Continue reading Choices Amid the Trees