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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Poverty or Privilege – What do clothes mean?

By Carol / 30 August 2017 / 9 Comments

“Dress for success.” “Clothes make the man/woman.” “Dress for the job you want.” I had cause to re-think these oft-heard phrases in the context of poverty and privilege when I read a memoir about a…

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How old do you feel? Time to Reflect.

By Carol / 04 October 2016 / 10 Comments

Recently, I felt the need to journal and reflect. But where to start? I recalled a social media post I read a few months ago that offered a list of questions. As usually happens, though,…

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The Mystery of a Mystery – M.K. Tod

By Carol / 06 September 2016 / 10 Comments

M.K. Tod wrote and indie-published two successful historical novels set during World War I. Her newest novel Time and Regret – published this month by Lake Union Publishing – stays true to Tod’s historical expertise…

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The Seven Year Dress – Devastation & Resilience

By Carol / 09 August 2016 / 3 Comments

Today, I introduce you to Paulette Mahurin and her new WWII-era novel, The Seven Year Dress. The Seven Year Dress covers one of the darkest times in human history from the perspective of one Jewish…

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A different kind of book review – Deeply Odd

By Carol / 21 April 2015 / 10 Comments

Memoirs and historical fiction are my normal reading choices. But every so often, I enjoy trying something different. Recently I caught a Dean Koontz interview on the CBS Sunday Morning show. Though I’d seen his books…

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'You got game, white girl' – Home Sweet Hardwood

By Carol / 11 November 2014 / 19 Comments

Mo’ne Davis pitches like a girl. A thirteen-year-old girl who throws a 70 mph fastball. The star of The Little League World Series may not even realize sports wasn’t always an option for girls like…

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Her kind of historical fiction

By Carol / 04 November 2014 / 2 Comments

“I’m blown away.” That’s what I thought as I read The Girl on the Mountain, a novel set in the West Virginia mountains at the end of the 19th century. The characters are vivid and…

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How much of historical fiction is history?

By Carol / 20 October 2014 / 0 Comments

The 2014 Man Booker Prize winner was announced this past week. The accolades judging panel chair A.C. Grayling heaped on Richard Flanagan‘s WWII-era novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, included this seemingly odd…

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The Invention of Wings – Review – Historical Fiction

By Carol / 16 September 2014 / 4 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Sue Monk Kidd since I read The Secret Life of Bees. So when Kidd released her newest novel The Invention of Wings, historical fiction set in the early 19th century, I…

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What is Go Away Home about? Readers weigh in.

By Carol / 16 July 2014 / 2 Comments

One of my college professors spent much of a semester dissecting T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” I must admit, I left the classroom on most days shaking my head in dismay.…

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