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Curl Up With These 11 Moving Memoirs This Fall

Posted by Lauren Wise on June 28, 2016 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army

Vicki Cody

August 16, 2016

 

From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family―oftentimes as a single parent―create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life.



Over the years, Cody learns to embrace the uniqueness of her circumstances, and she finds joy, self-fulfillment, and pride in her…

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Are You Writing a Hybrid Book?

Posted by Brooke Warner on July 14, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Hybrid concepts are all the rage in book publishing. She Writes Press is a hybrid press. There are hybrid authors (authors who publish traditionally and nontraditionally); hybrid publishing arrangements (where publishers and authors split costs and royalties in ways that work outside the traditional paradigm); and hybrid books (which cross or blend genres).

I first became aware of hybrid books when I worked at Seal Press in the mid- to late-2000s when we went through a period of acquiring projects that we started to refer to as hybrid memoirs. These were self-help books with a strong personal narrative arc. They were books like Own It!: The Ups and Downs of Homebuying for Women Who Go It Alone and The Money Therapist: A Woman’s Guide to Managing Money and Creating a Healthy Financial Life, and Navigating the Land of If: Understanding…

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What Book Clubs Are Teaching Me

Posted by Sheila Grinell on July 7, 2016 at 10:00am 2 Comments

 

My novel, Appetite, has been out in the world for three months, and I’ve met with two book clubs in person (not by Skype). Six more clubs have invited me to join them next fall and winter, including the club to which I’ve belonged for over ten years. (The woman who will facilitate my club’s discussion said to me, “At first I was reluctant to discuss a friend’s novel, but this is actually a good book.” High praise.) Although my two clubs differed in process and membership, I picked up the same message from both.

            Club A met in a private home and was co-ed (well, several husbands had also read the book); the twelve people present talked loosely for an hour. Club B met at a library, and the conversation among the fifteen women present was led by a skilled moderator. The majority of the members of both groups were women over 50, and they were lovely, thoughtful people. Both groups asked similar questions about my…

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Want to Write a Book? Get out of Your Own Way

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 18, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I'm an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that's usually not the case. I've lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he or she once started writing a book, but then for various reasons it went nowhere. Some of the most common explanations I hear include:

*I got too busy with work/family

*I wasn't sure where the plot was going

*I was afraid it was awful

*It seemed like so much work

*I set it down and just didn't pick it up again

There's absolutely nothing wrong with any of the above, but here is the truth: Yes, they are reasons, but they are also excuses. It's…

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Festival Fever

From the pen of Miss Brooke. My fellow writers, greetings. What’s up? My weight, my cholesterol, my blood alcohol and my love of art and culture. These things always rise this time of year because it is Festival Season! What’s down? My income because I must forego my paid employment in order to wallow in the sheer pleasure of culture, music, painting, drama and literature.

We start off with the opening of two art exhibits at ArtSpace – ‘Animal Fanfare’ by various artists and…

Book Review: Brandi: In Pursuit

     This is a wonderful suspense novel that is full of thrill and pizazz and it is written by a woman!  What a treat!

 

     This is a story about a very strong woman who doesn’t need a man to help her. Neither does she need to be rescued. She is fine on her own, and even thrives.

 

     Brandi Wein is anything but a pushover. She is armed with the task of stopping a terrorist cell committed to blowing up the United Nations. Brandi is part of an all-female top…

Good Evening

Are you communicating actively to those close to you about your wants and needs- or do you just assume they can read your mind?

Do you sit and pout because your significant other didn’t remember that you casually mentioned that you wanted to try the new restaurant in town and then said nothing more about…

Aracelis Girmay's 'The Black Maria'

Posted a brief profile of Aracelis Girmay and the trailer for her book 'The Black Maria':

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2016/07/aracelis-girmays-black-maria-videopoem.html

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