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 death, Allen takes a job in Curry, Alaska where he meets Ivanoff and the man’s beautiful daughter Cassidy. Read more

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.

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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? Read more

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. Read more

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 with short story lengths. Last week, we explored novellas. And today, we will talk about the novel. That will lead into a discussion about National Novel Writing Month. Read more

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. Read more

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.

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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 to stay with her annoying little cousins or take advantage of the opportunity to explore the trees.

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For purchasing information, please visit Amazon.com. E-book available August 2, 2016.

A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

As promised, here are the finer details for the Gathering of Authors this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. come to the Wisconsin Downtown Open House. In Plymouth, there will be a variety of events, including a gathering of several local authors who will share their books with visitors.

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An Easter Retelling: a book review of Behold the Man by B. & B. Thoene

Bodie and Brock Thoene have an engaging writing style that brings history to life. Their World War II series, the Zion Covenant, is among my favorites. So, when I saw they had a new novel out that revolved around the subject of Easter, it intrigued me. Read more