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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.

The Invention of Wings – Review – Historical Fiction

By Carol / 16 September 2014 /

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 /

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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Go Away Home – Blog Tour

By Carol / 08 July 2014 /

I’m thrilled to announce the participants in a blog tour for Go Away Home taking place from July 8 – July 25, 2014. Please join me from the comfort of your own chair as I…

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"Wonderful debut novel" – A Writer of History

By Carol / 24 June 2014 /

M.K. Tod started my week off right when she published her review of Go Away Home on her blog A Writer of History. Mary was one of my advance reviewers and I was particularly interested…

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Historical fiction – Short stories & novels

By Carol / 22 April 2014 /

Three books of historical fiction reached the top of my TBR stack this month. Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. L. Mallery is an engaging collection of short stories spanning events…

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Incredible Women in Historical Fiction

By Carol / 17 April 2014 /

As Alex Myers wrote his book Revolutionary, the story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, he found himself wondering what women his…

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Six thoughts on seeking advance book reviews

By Carol / 15 April 2014 /

Laying the foundation for a strong launch. The manuscript of my historical novel Go Away Home was edited and ready to publish in February. With today’s technology, I could have had the book on sale…

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The Art of War – The Art of Loving

By Carol / 26 February 2014 /

Movies, reading & walking across Iowa uncover surprising connections. Art and history, love and war intersect as I continue my virtual trek across Iowa. There can’t be many who haven’t heard about the movie Monuments…

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Five writing tips from Julia Child

By Carol / 18 February 2014 /

The famous cook’s experiences span the kitchen and publishing Julia Child describes her book My Life in France as autobiographical stories of “the things she loved most in life,” – her husband, France, and the…

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Walking through Iowa; reading through Europe

By Carol / 20 January 2014 /

Goals to keep mind and body fresh. I’ve set two goals for myself this winter: one walking and one reading. In just the first few weeks of the year, I’ve found some interesting links to…

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