I can’t imagine a house without books. I have learned so much from reading books and have received so much pleasure from reading. I hope that I have also given you pleasure with the books I write. So today’s bit of wisdom is from Horace Mann who said, “A house without books is like a room without windows.”
It’s hard to think about taking that first step into the unknown. Whether it’s a new relationship, a new book, or even revisiting something old that you’ve been trying to forget, it takes courage. But taking that first step is a necessary part of a journey that could be truly rewarding. So as hard as it is, take that first step.
Today’s throwback is not so far a throw! I’m taking you back to a fabulous book and wine event put together by the fabulous Roz Lee up at the Brook Hollow Winery that was held on April 22.
What could be better than good romance books, good wine, wonderful authors and even better guests for the event? I dare say that a wonderful time was had by all! Here are photos of all of the authors who were in attendance that day but before I do that, some news.
I’m so excited to let you know that we doing an #AttheShore Cover Reveal for One Summer Night on May 11. Sign up and get behind the scenes tidbits and a chance to win a slew of #giveaways! http://bit.ly/2qs0vYO
And now . . . books and wine! Slideshow will run automatically or click the arrows to advance!
Lately there has been a lot of discussion about blogs and whether people still read them or comment on them. In fact, lots of big online sites have eliminated the comments feature not because it incited sometimes unpleasant discussions, but because of a lack of discussion.
I wonder whether people still like reading blogs like mine, where I share some fun things, some serious, and of course, some book info. I love books. I love to write them and I love to read them.
I wonder if you’d like to see some different things, so here’s your chance. Let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!
When I was a kid, we didn’t have much. Things were tough in some ways. I was a stranger in a strange land and there was sadness about a lot of things. There wasn’t a lot of money, but there was family and support. Those things do make a big difference in a child’s life. Unfortunately, too many children today lack that family structure.
There were also books. My mom and grandmother were both avid readers and they instilled that love of books in me.
With books, I could go anywhere. I could escape into worlds that were new and different and exciting. I learned new words. In fact, when my parents sacrificed to buy us an encyclopedia set, I read through the entire set and I would do the vocabulary tests in the back and challenge myself to expand my vocabulary.
My mother delighted in that because she knew all that knowledge from those books would help me in life. That it would set me free to do whatever I wanted.
I still read. Not as much as I would like due to time constraints, but any moment that I can, I read the news, magazines, papers, and of course, books.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here since I know so many of you are avid readers. I just hope I can reach someone else to let them know that the power to succeed is something they can hold in their hands.
The power to succeed can be found in a book.
Woo hoo, it’s Friday and I’ve got a freebie for you! Claim your copy of the TAKE A CHANCE Box Set #2 which has all 6 – YES SIX – stories in the Take a Chance Military Romance Series.
I have loved writing this series and am currently outlining the next three in the series that I hope to have out later in the year. I just love writing about our military heroes.
By the way, if you’ve read any of the stories, help a girl out and leave a review!
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So sorry to have missed you yesterday, but it was a hectic day since my daughter, one of her friends and I went to see Jimmy Fallon. I had to finish a lot at work before I could go, took them to lunch and then went over to 30 Rockefeller Center to line up for the show. Along the way my daughter got interviewed for one of the skits and we can’t wait to see if it made it into the show. Here’s a picture of us waiting in line!
But back to reality. What happens when inspiration disappears? I have to confess I’ve been struggling with what to do this year and when. I have a new proposal and just got back some comments from my new agent! Yeah. That’ll get me going, but what really got me going was attending my local writing group’s meeting last Saturday. You can check out the Liberty States Fiction Writers here along with their awesome March conference that has both readers and writers tracks.
We had a wonderful speaker – Anne Frazier Walradt – a dear friend and amazing lady. I talked with others about what they were doing and I mapped out a schedule for me for the year. That seemed to open floodgates in more than one way. Suddenly I had some ideas for a new story and then another dear friend asked me to join another box set for mid-year. It has to be new material so . . . have to think about that story as well.
Friends inspire as do fellow writers. Much like Weight Watchers or AA, there is something about being with people with common goals and ambitions and yes, problems, that makes you feel not so alone and can help you keep on moving in the right direction.
I guess the morale of the story is – When inspiration disappears, find like-minded individuals to help you keep on the path if you feel you are drifting away from your intended course.