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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.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – 2014

By Carol / 01 January 2014 /

January 1 is a time for resolutions and I just made one I know I’ll have no trouble sticking with throughout the year.  This afternoon, I learned about the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, and since…

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The "invisible divide" that splinters families and nations

By Carol / 14 November 2013 /

What makes a family? What makes a nation? What holds them together? What tears them apart? My guest today, author Christoph Fischer, explores those ideas in his books, The Three Nations Trilogy. I recently read…

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Clean-living Mennonite faces a tobacco challenge: And two book giveaways

By Carol / 23 October 2013 /

Today I’m over at Shirley Showalter’s blog talking about how good memoirs include themes that connect with readers. Meanwhile, Shirley is here sharing a story from her new memoir  BLUSH: A Mennonite Girl Meets the…

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History wrapped in a gripping story – Author David Lawlor

By Carol / 02 May 2013 /

I’m pleased to welcome Irish author David Lawlor to my blog today. For anyone with an interest in historical fiction, WWI, and action/adventure stories, this will be a treat.  Lawlor’s just-released novel THE GOLDEN GRAVE…

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TAN – A story of exile, betrayal and revenge – Book Review

By Carol / 25 January 2013 /

TAN by David Lawlor is a gripping novel that tells the story of Irishman Liam Mannion, beginning before World War I and continuing into the Irish War of Independence. Framed for a crime he didn’t…

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap – Historical fiction relevant to today

By Carol / 07 January 2013 /

As a reader and now writer of historical fiction, I’m always interested when an author tells a story that not only realistically captures an interesting place and time but also carries a story with themes…

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How do you write words that sing?

By Carol / 27 November 2012 /

Really good authors make me see the places, feel the emotions, understand and relate to the challenges the characters face. Good authors make me care, whether the time is 300 years ago or 3,000 years…

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Embers at Galdrilene – Well written fantasy

By Carol / 01 November 2012 /

When I read fantasy, I trust the author to build a world that is real and believable and help me as a visitor to this new world navigate without difficulty. Author A.D. Trosper doesn’t disappoint…

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The power of ANYone

By Carol / 18 October 2012 /

Writing earlier this week about The Power of We for Blog Action Day has caused me to think about The Power of One. As I sat down to write, up popped the story of Talia…

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap – Author Interview

By Carol / 10 October 2012 /

I’m pleased to welcome Paulette Mahurin to my blog today. Paulette is a writer of historical fiction and author of the book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Though I haven’t read her book yet, the…

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