News

news-65343_960_720I’m sorry I’ve not been that regular here. In truth, I do not have much going on, as I don’t write a lot these days. Not because I don’t want to, but because my Muse seems to be taking a long vacation like a sabbatical.

I do have some news.

An anthology I am part of, A Book To Last The Year is coming out December 31st. In my case, it’s the romance anthology (there is a fantasy and a horror one as well). There will be a launch party which you can join here. There will be prizes for those participating. My story is about childhood friends reuniting and slowly succumbing to the flame. You’ll know more when it comes out and you can pre-order here.

My novel will come out in 2020, but the release has to be pushed back a little for many reasons. I will keep you posted as things develop. All I can tell you is that I will soon discover the cover and I’m beyond excited about that. The rest is out my hands for now so have patience like I do.

In the meantime, if you see my Muse, send him back. I have a feeling he’s a stubborn one.

Learn when to quit

quit-jobThat’s what I did in the last few days.

I quit NaNoWriMo after less than 10,000 words. I feel off and disappointed but my head was not in it.

I was fully prepared; I had a full outline ready, my characters were present and ‘talking’ to me.

But after a few chapters, writing felt like pulling teeth and I realized I was bored with my story. Not bored of writing because I doubt that will ever bore me. But my story was not even entertaining me. How could it entertain you?

So, I had to learn when to quit and that was last week. I have other stories to keep me company, other projects in the works, don’t worry. I’ll do my best to keep you updated as well!

Book review: Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

2011775Among the things I want to do with this blog are reviews. BUT… I want to review less recent books as well as new ones.

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky came out in 2007 through Anchor Publishing.

Here’s the blurb.

For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, and in addition, unmistakably African-American in appearance. Dana’s determination to discover the truth about her baby’s heritage becomes a shocking, poignant journey. A superbly crafted novel, Family Tree asks penetrating questions about family and the choices people make in times of crisis.

I could NOT put this book down. I came home from work, started reading, and didn’t stop until I was done. It is fantastic, a great lesson in life to never judge a situation you know nothing about. Dana and Hugh are in a pickle and it puts a strain on their marriage, obviously, but around them as well.

I truly enjoyed myself reading this!

Also, if you’re a knitter, you’ll want to knit like never before. It’s not part of the plot but talked about enough that you’ll want to pick up your knitting after reading…or during, if you can hold your book at the same time.

We know the truth. Do you?

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Happy book birthday to me and to all of us who’ve participated in this Area 51 Raid anthology.

We worked hard and fast to put together these stories and we have high hopes you’ll enjoy them. Also know that all the money made from sales will benefit US Veterans. Thank you for them!

Join us Sunday in Red Hatter’s Book Hangout to know more about the stories!

Websitehttps://area51raidanthology.com/

Universal book link: https://books2read.com/u/mv22qz

Muffled creativity

creativity-3207268_1280Anything can muffle your creativity.

Work, family, friends, inane things you don’t even notice until it’s right there in your face.

I’ve been carrying something with me for a long time now, something deeply personal, and today I finally let it out.

I’m hoping that by freeing myself, I’ll be able to write properly again. Maybe even paint or loom as well.

Anything can muffle your creativity. You’ve just got to hold on.