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The Untold Story of Charles M. Schultz


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. A while back, a good friend sent me this video about a man who persevered despite his circumstances. An inspiration for all of us! Original link
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Honoring Amelia Earhart


Born this day in 1897, author and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For this flight record, she received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. Ms. Earhart continued to set record after record demonstrating that women could aspire to the same heights as men. And even more amazing she was able to transform her hobby into a career going on to become an author, lecturer, poet, and airline industry vice-president. A powerful role model, she continues to inspire girls and women of all ages. My favorite quotations from Amelia Earhart: Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what d...
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Spotlight on Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder


I’m happy to welcome award-winning author Mary Cunningham. Today, Mary shares her new release, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder. Blurb Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer? Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect. Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manual Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Maria...
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5 Rules for a Happy Life


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. A fan of Dame Helen Mirren, I enjoyed listening to these highlights from her Commencement Sheet at Tulane University on May 20, 2017 in New Orleans. As always, Dame Helen inspires and entertains with her timely advice. Original link
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Your Life in Six Words


Whenever I attend workshops, I take note of any icebreakers. While some participants may groan, I find these short, introductory exercises very effective in creating community and stimulating creativity. One of my favorites is the “Six-Word Memoir,” a spinoff of the challenge once given to Ernest Hemingway: Write a story using only six words. His reply was quick and succinct: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In November 2006, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, asked his fans to describe their lives in exactly six words. Intended to be a one-month contest, the project took on a life of its own. Since that time, Smith has received millions of responses, from the hilarious to the bitter...
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This is It by Lao Tzu


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. Whenever I struggle with staying in the moment, I reread this short, insightful poem by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Original link
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On Exploring Creativity


At a recent workshop, one woman commented, “Everything you’ve suggested sounds great, but what if you’re not naturally creative. What happens then?” Several other participants nodded in agreement and looked to me for answers. I didn’t want to get into a lengthy discussion about whether or not creativity was an innate trait. Instead, I suggested that it was never too late to explore creativity and launch second, third, and fourth acts in life. I then shared three strategies that have helped me on my writing journey. Continue reading on Rebecca Marino’s blog. Original link
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Rebecca’s Power of 10 List…This is NOT a Diet!


I’m happy to welcome author Rebecca Marino to the Power of 10 series. Today, Rebecca shares ten rules for losing weight and her latest release, The Drive. Here’s Rebecca! (Disclosure—I am NOT a health professional or a dietician. I’m a teacher/author who loves to eat chocolate and peanut butter.) April rolled around in Indiana after a snowy winter. In one week the high temperature changed from 31F to 68F. Time for a drastic wardrobe change. I pulled several pairs of shorts from my closet and not one pair fit comfortably…My favorite pair were impossible to get into. I finally squeezed into last summer’s ‘loose shorts’ and decided I really needed to do something. Diet??? UGH! I had all kinds o...
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All About Baci Perugina


When a book blogger asked me to compare the Gilda Greco Mystery Series to chocolate, I had no problems coming up with the perfect answer: Baci Perguina, the most famous chocolate brand in Italy and popular with Italians worldwide. Perugina’s signature recipe includes whipped milk chocolate, gianduia filling, and chopped hazelnuts all in bittersweet chocolate. Each bacio (kiss) comes individually wrapped in silver and blue packaging and hugged by a poetic love note. The three books in the series—A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, A Different Kind of Reunion—contain romantic elements, humor, and bittersweet moments…A perfect fit for Baci Perugina! Continue reading on Peg...
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Audiobook Release: Too Many Women in the Room


I’m thrilled to announce the release of this audiobook! Written by: Joanne Guidoccio Narrated by: Tamara Eastridge Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins Genre: Mystery Release date: 2018-06-11 Language: English Publisher: The Wild Rose Press You can now listen to this book wherever you are and with any of your devices. If you take advantage of a 30-day free trial with Audible, your first audiobook is free. You can keep the audiobook if you decide to cancel at the end of the month. Find out more here. Blurb When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture – Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ont...
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Giveaway–Sizzling Summer Reads


Today, I’m participating in a Sizzling Summer Reads party sponsored by The Romance Reviews. Along with six other authors, I’m offering a prize to one lucky winner. Scroll down here and look for my question: How many former students agreed to participate in the seance? (Note: You will get a clue) Answer correctly and you could win an e-book of A Different Kind of Reunion. Original link
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On Navigating the Murky Middle


I love beginnings—in life and on the page. Anything and everything is possible whenever a blank slate appears before me. That momentum can last for days, weeks, months, and sometimes even longer. At least, that’s what I like to think whenever I begin a new writing project. A linear pantser, I write brief character sketches, plot the first three chapters and the last, and then let the words flow. At some point, usually around Page 80, I encounter the murky middle, that nebulous place where I find it difficult to continue or sustain the tension of the novel. In short, I’m lost with no clear trail or direction in sight. Continue reading on the Writers Who Kill blog. Original link
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Interview with Claire Gem

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I’m chatting with Claire Gem about my writing process and latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion. Drop by Claire’s blog. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Original link
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On Writing Memoir


Yesterday evening, I drove to the Kitchener Public Library to attend a memoir workshop facilitated by Writer-In-Residence Camilla Gibb. The author of four novels and a memoir (This is Happy), Camilla has a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford University. She teaches creative writing at the University of Guelph-Humber, University of Toronto, and Humber School for Writers. Camilla started by suggesting the sub-title of this workshop could easily be “At Your Peril.” For over an hour, she shared well-crafted anecdotes, insights, and advice about the memoir writing process. A short Q & A period followed. Here are several nuggets that captured my interest: • Present trends in memoir writing incl...
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Using Affirmations to Achieve Health and Writing Goals


During my cancer journey, I read Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, and developed an interest in affirmations. What is an affirmation? An affirmation states an outcome or truth you wish to impress upon your mind. While the affirmation doesn’t actually make things happen, it can raise your vibration so that you are more receptive to the desired outcome. At first wary, I slowly warmed up to the topic and adopted several of Louise’s suggestions. Continue reading on Brenda Whiteside’s blog. Original link
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From Long and Short Reviews

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I received a lovely review of A Different Kind of Reunion from the Long and Short Reviews Blog. Molte grazie! Original link
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Protagonist Interview


Jacquie Biggar is interviewing Gilda Greco, the protagonist of A Different Kind of Reunion. Drop by Jacquie’s blog. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Original link
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On Tour with A Different Kind of Reunion


Starting tomorrow and continuing until the middle of June, twenty-four of my author friends will host me on their blogs. I will be sharing posts, excerpts, and recipes with wonderful companions who have provided support and encouragement on my writing journey. I’m hoping you’ll visit their blogs and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Check daily for link updates. May 18 – Mysteriastis BlogMay 18 – Nancy BadgerMay 21 – Liz FlahertyMay 22 – Jacquie BiggarMay 23 – Anna DowdallMay 25 – Nancy FraserMay 25 – Carly JordynnMay 28 – Brenda WhitesideMay 29 – Lois WinstonMay 30 – Romancing the Book BlogMay 31 – Mrs. NJune 1 – Claire GemJune 2 – Writers Who Kill BlogJ...
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A Small Dose of Inspiration


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. I discovered the following short clip during the first winter of my retirement. Each time I watch it, I feel a surge of positive energy. Original link
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Spotlight on a Southern Romance: CIVIL HEARTS


I’m happy to welcome multi-published, award-winning author Claire Gem. Today, Claire shares the inspiration behind her latest release, Civil Hearts. Here’s Claire! Let me begin with a disclaimer: I am not a native Southerner (i.e., born in the Southeastern United States). True, I lived over a third of my life there, but twenty-three years of that was in Florida, which I’ve been told doesn’t count. The two years I spent living in Texas were some of the most enjoyable years of my life, and if I had my druthers, I’d probably still be there. I also lived in western North Carolina for a year, which is probably the most beautiful country I will ever see. But I’m a Yankee, folks. I was born in New ...
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