New Year, New Ideas, New Story Inspiration Pages to Share

I’m really enjoying Jacqui Nelsons “Inspire” theme on her blog. Check it out.

Jacqui Nelson

NewYearNewIdeas-PurpleOh…my…has it really been an entire month since I posted on my blog? And that last blog was about routines and resistance?

Well, it’s a new year and time to make a renewed effort to get back into my routines and overcome resistance in all areas including writing.


For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using Vellum (an ebook and print book formatting package that I bought on January 1st). It’s only available for Macs, so I’m very lucky I chose to buy a MacBook in September to replace my old (and extremely slow and noisy) PC laptop that I’ll soon be retiring completely (along with my PC copy of Scrivener that I previously used to format my eBooks).


Yes! Vellum is making my life easier now that I’ve invested time in learning the program (which was quite easy) and time transferring and re-jigging…

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No Smoke Without Fire*

I love this blog. Margot has an amazing understanding of the mystery genre . I thought I would share this post. Enjoy.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, ‘There’s no smoke without fire.’ That belief – that a story doesn’t generally start unless there’s a kernel of truth to it – is part of the reason so many people believe gossip. It’s also why, if someone is a ‘person of interest’ in a criminal investigation, it can be so hard to get rid of that stigma, even after someone else is shown to be guilty.

It may not be the most appealing quality we humans have, but that old saying can make for a very interesting layer of character development, tension, and even plot points in crime fiction. There are many examples in the genre, of course. Here are just a few; I know you’ll think of lots more.

Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone begins at the Palace of Seringaptam in 1799. During the storming of the palace, Colonel John Herncastle takes…

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Midnight Magic

A new review I have to share.

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before…

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Death by Seance – Cover Reveal #Mondayblogs


Isn’t she beautiful.

It’s created by Authors on a Dime.

I’m nearing the crisis point in the first draft, so I’m guestimating a Spring launch. I ordered the cover early to inspire me, and it has.

What do you think?

Sharing Second Act Wisdom

Pearls of wisdom.

I started the Second Acts series on my blog in July of 2013. Since that time, over 100 women from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States have shared reinvention stories that will inspire anyone asking the question: What am I going to do with the rest of my life?

Here are pearls of wisdom from thirteen of those amazing women…

I leave the “What If?” for my protagonists, and instead, whenever I hear the whispered question, I take a breath and answer “Why not?” It’s the beautiful thing about becoming “older.” If not now, when? D. J. Adamson

Find your passion in life—don’t quit or turn back until you’ve discovered the one thing that you really love. For me, it was books and words. And spread your wings—get to know people in your profession, speak up, present talks, make yourself heard. Judy Alter

Own your own life. At…

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The Rest is Still Unwritten*

I was hooked on the beginning of Sue Grafton’s series. I loved the strength and sass of Kinsey Milhone, and while I moved on to other writers, I’ll never forget her work. I think Margot Kinberg’s post is a great tribute.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

The PI novel has taken many forms over the years, and been influenced by several different writers. And that’s a good thing, since it makes the genre broader and more interesting. One of the most influential authors of PI series in recent decades has been Sue Grafton, who passed away yesterday, as this is posted.

Grafton was among a group of authors who created a new type of fictional PI – the ‘hardboiled’ female investigator. Her Kinsey Millhone arguably helped to pave the way for today’s fictional female PIs, such as Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc, Robert B. Parker’s Sunny Randall, and Zoë Sharp’s Charlie Fox, among others. Was Grafton the very first to create a female PI? No. But her work helped to bring the female PI into the reading mainstream, and to make this sort of character more popular.

Not everyone is a Kinsey Millhone fan. That’s fair enough…

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