Category Archives: Books

A Historical Thriller with a Conscience

Originally posted on E. Denise Billups, Writer:
Yoo-hoo! Happy Memorial Day! After a long break from blogging, I am excited to be back to share with you my just-released cover for book one in the Simone Doucet Series, Tainted Harvest.…

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Don’t Let Fear Stop You

Guest Blog by Laleh Chini of A Voice from Iran Laleh Chini moved from Iran to North America as a teenager, but continued to visit relatives and others there. Along the way, she began collecting folk tales and fables, as … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map (continued)

Note: To read the Preface and Prologue to The Wishing Map first, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter One: The Double Moon “Zachary Zinn rode like the wind on his faithful steed, El Furioso,” Zack narrated as he pedaled. Zachary … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map

Yesterday’s quote from my fantasy novel The Wishing Map was warmly responded to. And I’m currently in the throes of editing the novelization of my feature film Healing River (to my editor’s satisfaction, I pray). And so I’ve re-posted the … Continue reading

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The Upside to COVID-19 (for Writers Only)

Remember… “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” ~Shaun Hick “When everything is wiped blank, it’s life’s way of forcing you to become acquainted with who you … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: The Power of Ironic Reversals

Dramatic tension is the key to an engaging storyline—or even an essay or blog post, for that matter. This takes the form of rising action, a series of reversals (escalating problems or crises) that must be resolved. These keep us, … Continue reading

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Summer Treats on Wheels!

Summer Memories Along with camping and roller rinks, I associate summer with delivery trucks. Huh? Sure, delivery guys were there year-round; the proverbial off-color tease was to suggest a particular young and attractive mom’s kids looked “an awful lot like … Continue reading

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The Smell of Books

“I’ll buy a Kindle when they create a ‘book smell’ app.” I wrote that right before I caved in and bought a tablet computer. But the smell was never the point. It was the memories it evoked (although I do … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping and Etiquette

Originally posted on Pam Webb:
This month’s Why We Say is a batch fresh from the “E” section. Eavesdropper Going back to the Saxon days of England, a person could not build right to the property line since it was…

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Bear With Me!

To my old faithfuls, and hopefully a few new faithfuls, as well: I’m scrambling to finish the first draft of my novel Over-the-Rhine (based on the screenplay of my feature film of the same name). As a result, I’ll be slow … Continue reading

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