HAPPY SOLSTICE

 

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To find an answer to a problem, Bear Heart taught to face east and think about the problem, saying: “Grandfather Sun, you come each day to dispel the darkness. In that same way I ask you to shed your light so that I may see where to take the next step.”

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Book Review – Not by Design

Even though I am on a blogging sabbatical, every now and then I check into my WordPress account and today I got this unsuspected surprise. Thank you so much Ann Fields for your very kind and generous review of my book.
If you are not familiar with Ann’s blog and her writing this is a good time to visit her at https://annfields.com/. Not only is Ann a talented writer but she is also an advocate for peace and harmony. Ann, I am grateful and honored to be on your blog and part of your community!

Ann Fields

Not by Design “Not by Design” is the latest offering from multi-published women’s fiction author Carol Balawyder. It is a sequel to “Getting to Mr. Right,” which you should read if you haven’t. “Getting to Mr. Right” is the story of four women who meet at a support group (the focus of which is women who have men/father issues) and form lasting, sincere friendships.

“Not by Design” is Felicity Starr’s story. She is one of the women in the support group, and she has it all—looks, youth, a rich father, talent, true-heart friends and the love of a handsome, successful man. She is living a fairy tale life in France, studying art and pursuing a career in art, while enjoying an active social/love life. But even fairy tales are wrought with obstacles and that’s exactly what our heroine encounters—one setback after another. There’s the death of her father, a dwindling bank account which…

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Mourning Has Broken: A Book Review

Just at the beginning of my blogging break this post appeared on Annika Perry’s Writing Blog. How could I not reblog!:)
To learn more about Anna visit her home page and her many posts.  

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I read this book during a time of loss and sadness. When my spirits were so low neither music nor books could enter my heart. Numerous books remained unread, the words and stories therein unable to penetrate the wall. 

Then I recalled reading about Carol Balawyder and ‘Mourning Has Broken’; her book on loss and grief. On a whim I bought it.

My attention was seized from the very first few sentences and as I devoured it within two days ‘Mourning Has Broken’ left a deep and profound impact on me.

The writing is exceptional and beautiful. Poetic in places, full of wisdom. Her words spoke directly to me, then at times mirrored my experiences of loss exactly. I have never highlighted so much in a book since my student days. Nor have I I talked so much about a book – I am sure my family by now feel…

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Mystery Mondays: A Gift For You

Thought I’d share this with you.

KRISTINA STANLEY

Today is the one year anniversary of Mystery Mondays.

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 2.24.17 PMI’m very excited to announce Mystery Mondays: 2015-2016 Writing Tips From Over 30 Contributing Authors.

So many of the authors who contributed to Mystery Mondays agreed to have their posts included in this free book. If you’d like a free copy, just sign up for my newsletter. Assuming I’ve done everything right, you should be emailed a PDF version. I’m working on a mobi version to be released later.

Being a author and promoting ones’s books means living in an endless journey of learning something new. This is my first time using MailChimp, so please let me know if something doesn’t work or is inconvenient to use.

The contributing authors in alphabetical order are:

Cathy Ace, Judy Alter, Catherine Astolfo, Carol Balawyder, M.H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Brenda Chapman, Viv Drewa, Ann Farnsworth, Gloria Ferris, Kat Flannery, Elinor Florence, Darlene Foster, Barbara…

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Cover Reveal

It took a lot of searching and tries before I finally settled on a cover for my upcoming novel Not By Design.

My first idea for a cover was one that would depict Rome – where the novel is partially set. I particularly liked a certain photo that was on an Italian tour company’s website – an alleyway with huge overflowing flower boxes.

Here’s an excerpt from my novel to explain why I thought such a cover photo was appropriate. (Garbatella is a village-like community about twenty minutes from the center of Rome.)

The fifteen-minute walk to Tina’s cottage leads through a maze of courtyards, each with its own English garden. Her low-rise house, with its wrought iron gate, is at the end of a winding, cobbled street filled with overflowing flower boxes. I make my way along the curved sidewalks, soaking in the splendor of the terra cotta buildings with their clotheslines full of colorful laundry slowly drying in the late afternoon sun. I pass by a huge mural and smile to myself. Perhaps one day, Garbatella will also have one of my paintings on its walls.

Alas, my request to use the flower boxes-alleyway photo was never answered. That was a good thing. Not by Design is about more than Rome and its great places to eat. It’s about a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her road map. A short novel more about character than setting.

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I haven’t completely chucked the idea of using the setting as background for a future cover of this book. Consider this quote by Tim Kreider in his The New Yorker article The Decline and Fall of The Book Cover.  

I’ve been told that the most powerful figures in the current literary world, the buyers for the major national bookstore chains, have been known to offer to increase their orders for a book if its cover is changed.

Matt Dorfman, art director of The New York Times Book Review, lists The Best Book Covers of 2015 in this article.

Enjoy! 

What do you think? Do you judge a book by its cover?