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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges us to write a 50K word novel in 30 days.It is doable as thousands of challenge winners from past years show us. Dust off all those stories sitting on your hard drive! No excuses now! Visit for more info.


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Daniel – Christian Bible Study

Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy - Member BookDaniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy – Member Book by Beth Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was used as part of a small group Bible study, and I really wasn’t quite sure I would like it. After all, Daniel is a book in the Old Testament, and I figured it was going to be pretty dry. Was I ever surprised! Once we dug in, I was actually looking forward to the study each week. The book was used in conjunction with a DVD featuring Beth Moore. She did a great job of helping us pronounce names such as “Jehoiakim” king of Judah, “Hananiah”, “Belteshazzar” or “King Nebuchadnezzar”. The video also took us on a guided tour back in time–showcasing actual historical landmarks in Israel that were discussed in the book. The book of Daniel is a wonderful historical study. I soaked up the history lessons, as we also discussed a life of sacrifice–and what that means to our modern day lives. Very interesting, informative and life-changing.

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Thin Places–A Kick to the Gut

Thin PlacesThin Places by Mary E. DeMuth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever read a book that kicked you right in the gut? This was such a book. Mainly, the gut wrenching kick you will feel is from vividly experiencing the author’s harrowing childhood. All children should be loved, protected and cherished. No small child should ever have to suffer the way she did, and all the neglect, sorrow, and abuse was front and center with nothing held back. I also appreciated the skillful way the author wove the love of God into her story, and how this love saved her. She wrote beautifully and poignantly, and held me rapt all the way through to the end. I felt as if I had made a new friend, and didn’t want to leave her as I turned the last page. You will never be the same after reading Mary’s story. I am now on a search for more books by this author.

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Write 500 in 20!

Did you know you can write a 500 word piece of copy in ONLY 20 minutes?



It is true and so easy to do. Whether you are writing a blog post, or a book, this method works time and time again to get the writing done–so you can kick back and relax!

Here are the very simple steps:

1) Make a list about your topic
(either write a numbered list, #1-10, or create a mind map)
(5 minutes)

2) Create a list of questions based on prompts from your list
(5 minutes)

3) Set a timer. Just write as fast as you possibly can. Don’t worry about making mistakes.
(5 minutes)

4) Clean up writing (5 minutes)

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Mary Higgins Clark Does it Again…..

The Lost YearsThe Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been quite a while since I read a MHC book, but the style remains the same. She always brings you along on the journey quite nicely with an interesting cast of characters, locations, suspenseful situations, and a murder mystery. I appreciate the fact that you always know what the main character is thinking, and feeling, and the writing will leave you wanting to know more at the end of each chapter. Of course, she brought in Alvirah and Willy, the amateur detectives, to help solve the crime. Since I have become accustomed to her writing style, I figured out the murderer about halfway through. That does not take away from the fact that her story was well written and suspenseful. Just what we’ve come to expect from Mary Higgins Clark.

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Stray Far from Stay Close

Stay CloseStay Close by Harlan Coben

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because of a review that grabbed my attention in our local paper. I have never read any prior work from this author, and knew nothing about him. From reading reviews of his prior novels, I think I will go back and try one of those to see what the fuss was all about. The opening of the book started out interestingly enough to capture my attention. I was intrigued to find out all about the different characters and how their lives entwined together. However, as the story wore on, I found myself less and less interested, to the point of not even caring who the heck the killer was. The Ken and Barbie characters just did not ring true at all. Maybe there are really nutty people out there like this, but I didn’t believe it in this novel. The characters didn’t hold my attention, and it seemed to go off in one direction, only to halt and head off in another. I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve read one of his prior novels. I really can’t recommend this one.

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Final Saga in Time Travel to Rome

by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third and final book in the “Mark of the Lion” triolgy. This book was very good, but not my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed the first two in the series about the romance between wealthy Roman, Marcus, and his sister’s slave, Hadassah. This book focuses on Atretes, a gladiator, who was trained to be angry and trained to kill. This book is entertaining, yet powerful in its message about the destruction of anger and the power of forgiveness.

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“The big question is whe…

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
-Joseph Campbell (A 2nd Healping of Chicken Soup for the Soul)

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YOU can write for Kindle!

Did you know you can write a book for Kindle?

If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:

Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?

If you answer YES to any of these, then you can write a book.

This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.

It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.

Start brainstorming. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What are your PASSIONS (think: hobbies or ANY life experiences)

Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.

Start making a list. Get a notebook just for this pursuit.

I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:

  1. Mother (or father) to two children
  2. Speak a foreign language
  3. Grow flowers from seed
  4. Run my own farm
  5. Race dirtbikes
  6. Love motorcycles
  7. Grow my own organic vegetables
  8. Exercise daily (biking, running, soccer, basketball, football)
  9. Great organizer
  10. Know how to budget
  11. Spiritual
  12. Love to travel to new places
  13. Have a dog (or cat)
  14. Married (or single)
  15. Love to sing
  16. Play Piano (guitar, sitar, ukelele, banjo)
  17. Great at cutting hair
  18. Woman of a certain age
  19. Man of a certain age
  20. Divorced and dating

If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!


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Write About your World

One of the first Kindle books I actually bought and paid for was “Rumors of Water–Thoughts on Creativity and Writing” by L.L. Barket. The title does not hint at the valuable nuggets inside this book. This is a book about writing–writing about your world. The lessons are woven right into the stories. The author writes about her experiences in her every day world, which consists of teaching her two daughters at home. Lest you think this would be scarce material to write about, she surprises us. The stories spring from their lives, and the language beautiful. Did you know you can weave a wonderful story around tea and flowers and picking colorful vegetables? It is true.

Each of the book’s seven headings tells part of the story:


The one big take away from this book, is that all of us have a story. Our stories–yours and mine–are stories that need telling, and there are people that need to hear them.

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