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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Instant in Season and Out

By Shirley E. Gould I love salt! I love salty chips and popcorn. I love salt on my watermelon! A touch of salt on my vegetables makes them better. One thing I don’t love is a bland dish with no … Continue reading

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The Joy of Research

by Kimberley Woodhouse Research. It’s a chore to some people and a delight to others. I happen to fall into the latter camp although I must admit that sometimes I get so sucked into it that I lose track of … Continue reading

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10 Myths about Marketing Your Book

By DiAnn Mills What’s stopping you from marketing your book? Indecision about the tools? Fear of failure or success? How to approach social media? Heard so many cons that you’re afraid? Now is the time to debunk the following 10 … Continue reading

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Writing on the Move

By Rondi Bauer Olson I have lived close to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for twenty-five years, but, despite being an avid backpacker, I had never hiked the forty-mile trail in the park that follows the coast of Lake Superior. Determined … Continue reading

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Be a Branch, Not the Vine

By Tracy Popolizio Jesus instructs us in John 15, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am … Continue reading

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Finding Your Voice in the Sounds and the Silence

By Bethany Turner Is there anything more mysterious to a writer than the concept of voice? We all want ours to be unlike any other in the market. To be distinct and powerful. But how do we go about developing … Continue reading

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Is Age Holding You Back?

By Patricia Bradley How many times heard you heard someone say, “I’d love to write a book, but I’m too old.” And it isn’t limited to writing a book. Mention learning anything new and I hear the same response—“Oh, I … Continue reading

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Rainbow Bookshelves

by Christa Kinde Nothing showcases a book collection more than creative arranging. In recent years, there’s been a trend to organize your library by color, creating a spectrum that spans the shelves. Rainbow bookshelves. The first time I saw a … Continue reading

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A Safe Investment

By Christa MacDonald Recently, one beautiful Saturday, I hit the plant shops with my two youngest kids and bought annuals for the mailbox planter and a few herbs for the kitchen garden. Massachusetts has a short growing season and, although … Continue reading

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Crafting A Great First Line (Hooking The Reader)

By Rachel Hauck In a world where indie and traditional authors are scraping for every bit of shelf space and reader attention, we have to up our game. One of the best ways is to craft a dynamite first line. … Continue reading

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A Story Needs People

by Ann H. Gabhart “I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.” (Berkeley Breathed) As a writer I have become … Continue reading

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Celebrate Independence Day!

By Carrie Stuart Parks Happy 4th of July! My new book, Formula of Deception, will have released yesterday. In it are some historical facts that I researched and I’d like to reflect on as we celebrate our independence. A theme … Continue reading

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Plot Twists: The Paralegal Chronicles

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Next year I will celebrate twenty years of being a published author. This year I surpassed the 90-book mark and reached more than two million copies in sales. Where have the years gone? When I sat down … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: July 2018

July 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.   Contemporary Romance: A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman — After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to … Continue reading

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