I have a friend who, after two decades of writing several novels, is ready to throw in the towel.
This person has published a non-fiction book in the distant past. You would think she would have some inkling of the changes in the publishing industry since then.
The reason she's failing is that she has bought into the mantra: "I need an agent. I need a major publishing house." Because the blinders are on, she has failed to notice that the publishing world is in the same… Continue
Added by Sunny Frazier on October 30, 2009 at 10:00am —
Dispel The Mist - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
'Her next dream was a nightmare. Tempe knew she was on the reservation, but it was different looking as familiar places often are in dreams. The buildings all seemed dilapidated and badly in need of repair through she couldn't see them clearly because of a swirling grayish-yellow mist surrounded everything. Jagged black mountain peaks poked through the clouds.… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 24, 2009 at 2:29pm —
A Corpse for Yew - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
As you read the excerpt below, picture a group of elderly ladies, all members of the Shamrock Historical Society due to their ancestors and proud of it. Picture these ladies standing in the middle of a cow pasture as they search for a grave that has been long forgotten. And now listen as they reminisce about another outing that took them in search of a grave… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 14, 2009 at 3:25pm —
Lorraine Jackson was diagnosed with very early stage breast cancer when she was 40. Because of the cancer’s early detection, she was able to be treated with radiation. Doctors explained that had this happened to her only 10 years earlier she would have needed a mastectomy.…
Added by Amy Shir on September 28, 2009 at 10:58am —
And on the Surface Die - Lou Allin, Author
And on the Surface Die - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
'"Don't discount petty-ante crime," Ben Rodgers, her mentor in The Pas, had told her. "Sometimes they're part of a bigger picture, and it usually involves drugs. Why steal a CD player you can sell for only a twenty unless you need another fix?" But Ben had made his own fatal error. Their last month… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 20, 2009 at 4:51pm —
National Women's Friendship Month first began as National Women's Friendship Day in 1999 (celebrated the third Sunday in September each year).
Following the 10th anniversary of National Women's Friendship Day in 2008, it became apparent that one day just wasn't enough, so the celebration was expanded to the entire month of September beginning in… Continue
Added by Amy Shir on September 20, 2009 at 11:56am —
No woman should have to experience a vicious attack.
Being a victim of a violent personal attack is many women's worst nightmare. Such a horrible experience can destroy a persons ability to cope with life. Some women do find ways to discover their… Continue
Added by Amy Shir on September 15, 2009 at 2:23pm —
There are weeks devoted to a variety of causes, but September 27 to October 4 “celebrates” Banned Books Week. The festivities are brought to you by the American Library Association along with other bookish groups and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
To prepare for the week-long event, order your BBW kits now. This includes three posters, a set of bookmarks, a list of banned books, and a button that announces “I Read Banned Books.”
Added by Sunny Frazier on September 15, 2009 at 10:00am —
Man Corn Murders - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
'Now she was too weak to leave the bunk, her tongue swollen and her lips cracking against every shallow breath, and she prayed for blessed release back into a warm, wet womb, her own barren into eternity. The tears had surrendered days ago, re summon them though she would to bathe sore eyes. She blinked a final time as cotton closed her ears and the pain… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 12, 2009 at 4:33pm —
It's approaching fast!
Stress Out will soon be here. Just in time for solutions for holiday stress and great gift idea too.
I am so excited that one chapter is by Ellen Whitehurst. You may have heard her name through ivillage.com, monster.com, Redbook, Woman's World, Natural Health or even Donald Trump. Her wisdom on Feng Shui and Astrology are published…
Added by Amy Shir on September 8, 2009 at 12:26pm —
Secrets by the Sea - Mary Montague Sikes, Author
Secrets by the Sea - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
'Far below, in a brilliant flash of lightning, Dana saw something move. Heart pounding, she brushed her hand across her eyes and leaned closer to the glass. She watched a dark shadow rise from the water - a human shadow with arms flailing skyward.'
Since very early childhood, Dana Sinclair had… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 5, 2009 at 12:11pm —
Just want to let you all know that copies of Widow's Walk are not available. The book can be purchased on Amazon or at the publisher. http://www.allthingsthatmatterpress.com/buynow.htm I am in the process of doing what can best be called a virtual book tour, information on lots of blogs. I've taken the liberty of posting some of that stuff here.
Let me start talking about me, about Ken Weene the person. I love nature, culture, other people, and experiencing the richness of the… Continue
Added by Kenneth Weene on September 2, 2009 at 5:28pm —
WEB OF TYRANNY is a powerful book about difficult subjects. And WEB OF TYRANNY could have been an uncomfortable book, yet it is not. Author Laurel-Rain Snow's easy and engaging writing style completely draws the reader in as this ultimate survival story unfolds. Equal parts bold frankness and heartfelt sentimentality, WEB OF TYRANNY will keep you turning all 599 pages.
WEB OF TYRANNY takes us deep into the life of Meg, beginning… Continue
Added by Laurel-Rain Snow on August 30, 2009 at 11:09am —
The birth of A Lesser Pain took 12 years and along the way there were many doubts. While in a federal prison in Minnesota locked away in solitary confinement 300 pages of my book mysteriously disappeared. It was a devastaing blow but only one of many on my journey to becoming an author. It was than that I really started to doubt the conception of my memoir. I didn't think that I would ever find the courage to start writing again. When I was finally released from prison my best friend died from… Continue
Added by Henry Davis on August 18, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Uncle Si's Secret - M. M. Gornell, Author
Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
Creating Cedar Valley Residence was a dream come true for Belinda Jones and her brother Bernard. They had spent five years making sure each room and suite was perfectly decorated to create a feeling of comfort and welcome. Now it was time to add a new addition, which would create space for more residents and allow Belinda and Bernard to… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 14, 2009 at 3:21pm —
A few years ago in a conversation with a friend, she asked how I was as I moving through a problem that had come into my life. I replied that I was focusing on solutions. She responded that she would do the same but since everyone else was complaining about everything, she felt she wouldn’t fit unless she did the same.
I asked her, and I ask you “Which is more important – fitting in or having the success you desire?”
“The definition of Insanity is doing the… Continue
Added by Amy Shir on August 13, 2009 at 12:15pm —
Are you STRESSED !?
Stress is a constant in our lives—
such a constant that we actually don’t realize we are under stress, we think it’s “just part of life.” …
Added by Amy Shir on August 9, 2009 at 12:45pm —
A Corpse in the Soup - Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
Some one is sabotaging the cooking show of America's favorite Chef. Food testers are coming down with food poisoning, the Baked Alaska is blowing up and the paprika is as hot as Hades. But who would do this and why?
When I was young I enjoyed playing the board game "Clue." What made this game so much fun were the characters. So now I want to introduce you to the characters of A Corpse… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 8, 2009 at 3:49pm —
“You can tell a person, Continue
not by what they say they are gratitude for,
but how they respect…
Added by Amy Shir on August 6, 2009 at 9:39am —
Spice Up Your Life - The Flexitarian Way - Bindu Grandhi, Author
Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
I can't say that I've ever found a "healthy" cookbook that made me actually want to try it's dishes. The pictures grab my attention but the ingredients are always the same. Veggies, veggies, veggies. Don't get me wrong, I love vegetables but when I find myself thumbing through a health conscious cookbook I'm usually turned off by the lack of taste. I want… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on August 4, 2009 at 3:16pm —