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Hello! You’ll find posts here for readers, writers, and anyone interested in life. Check out the categories to the right for your favorite topics, or just start browsing. Sometimes I throw in a recipe or a poem, share my writer’s life, or tell you how I came up with one of your favorite characters.  I’ll announce contests and share pics from events. Sometimes I delve into how to handle tough political, social or religious topics in your own books if you’re a writer, or share what I learn about the ever-evolving world of publishing. Whatever the topic, I promise to do my best not to waste your time. There’s enough clutter online without my adding to it.

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LOVE

LOVE

BIG TOPIC TO COVER in 1000 words or less. We’ve heard all the songs, seen all the bumper stickers, and put up all the posters in our dorm rooms. All we need is love. Love conquers all. But what is love, and, how, as authors, do we deal with it in our writing? Maybe...

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SCORE!

SCORE!

I’ll never forget my first athletic success. It’s easy. I only have one. It happened one hot afternoon in July. We’d just moved to Newport News, VA from Yokohama, Japan. Like every move in our family, this represented a fresh start. In an effort to revive their...

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New OC Writers Column

New OC Writers Column

Thanks to O. C. Writers for inviting me to do a monthly article about Writers Craft. They are giving me pretty free rein, which I appreciate, so you never know what topics will pop up! If there is something you'd like to explore, let me know. This opportunity is an...

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NetGalley 5-Star Review

NetGalley 5-Star Review

"The beginning of what is sure to be an amazing series!! Logan was a kick ass heroine! I look forward to reading the rest of the novels included in this series!"  - Megan Heenan 29-year old Megan Heenan of Henderson, Nevada reviews Science Fiction, Mystery and...

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New 5-Star Review from Canada!

New 5-Star Review from Canada!

I love it when librarians like my books. See what Ontario librarian, Shannon Terril, has to say about why she enjoyed SHATTERED: Logan Book 1, in her recent review on NetGalley: "There was something so engaging..." Thanks for the 5-stars, Shannon! There was something...

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Discovering Scrivener

Discovering Scrivener

TECHNOLOGY AND I HAVE A TORTURED HISTORY.  I'm old enough to not only remember the computer revolution of the 70's, but worked in the messy heart of it in Silicone Valley during those tumultuous years. I am totally old school. I went from using a Selectric typewriter...

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HOW MANY POV’s?

HOW MANY POV’s?

QUESTION: "How many points of view can my novel have?" ANSWER: "As many as you can handle...well." That last word is the kicker. The skilled author of an epic, historic novel could let us get inside 20 different characters' heads, but most of us aren't Tolstoy, nor...

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Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

MRS. MOMMY BOOKNERD'S Showcase and Interview with me. Emily Lewis did a great job featuring the first two books of my Logan McKenna series, SHATTERED and FOREST PARK, then made me really think by asking me some great questions during our interview. Find out why I...

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About Valerie

A self-admitted book addict, Valerie was the kid with the flashlight under her pillow. A life of travel with exposure to many different cultures led to a pervasive interest in people, with degrees & teaching credentials in Cultural Anthropology & English.

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