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Dreaming of Austenland by Sia Huff

Shannon Hale’s, book Austenland was adapted into cute rom-com movie, starring Kerri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymore. What I love about the story is the premise. Jane Hayes’s adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends […]

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Marilyn Baron - September 2, 2014 - 12:15 am

I’m not ready for Outer Space. Maybe Scotland, any era. I’m probably being influenced by Outlander.

Sandy Elzie - September 2, 2014 - 6:31 am

Oh my, what an interesting question. I love a good adventure, but a wagon train to the old West? With Indians and wild animals along the way? (The Oregon Trail?) Oh, and don’t forget fordging a river & freezing to death? Hummm

Each era has so much good…and bad…it’s hard to pick one and be sure I stayed safe and alive. I’d love to have been along for the ride when we first stepped on the moon.

Sia Huff - September 2, 2014 - 7:57 am

LOL, Marilyn. I agree about outer space, but I love to meet Luke, Leia and Han.
Definitely Scotland! The moors, the heather. I read Outlander has been renewed for another season. I didn’t know they started a series on Diana Gabaldon’s novels. Of course, I don’t get Starz, so I’ll need to catch up later. Is it as wonderful as it looks?

Sia Huff - September 2, 2014 - 8:05 am

Hi Sandy, I love an adventure too. The old west, huh? Did you ever read Julie Garwood’s Rose series, Starting with “For the Roses.” Great reads.
Hallmark made a movie and killed off one of the brothers, :( who later had his own book. Hard to have a romance when you’re dead.
Oh, and since this is a dream or fantasy, none of the freezing to death stuff. :)

Maxine Davis - September 2, 2014 - 8:31 am

Sia, I enjoyed your post! For me, it would be Scotland or ireland, either the 1950′s (Patrick Taylor’s, An Irish Country Christmas) or 1800′s. The romantic pull from these two countries is strong. Or Austenland…

Connie Gillam - September 2, 2014 - 9:56 am


The movie sounds cute, Sia. I love Jane Austen but I think I’d find that era too constrictive.

I’d love to see the future-maybe fifty years from now. Because of the racial climate in the United States, I wouldn’t want to visit the past.

Walt Mussell - September 2, 2014 - 11:06 am

OK. Let me see if I understand this.

There’s a movie with Keri Russell, the person who my wife blames for my obsession with The Americans.

There’s also Jane Seymour (who will always be Miss Solitaire to me).

Why haven’t I seen this movie this yet? I’ve got to ask myself that.

As much as I would love to visit medieval Japan, the fact that I would likely commit some faux pas that gets me executed and would be welcome to none of the foreigners of that time period (an English-speaking Catholic would tick off all parties in the era of the Shogun novel) scares me.

Sia Huff - September 2, 2014 - 11:53 am

Hi, Maxine. So glad you enjoyed my post. Scotland are Ireland are calling. I’d love to go with you. Christmas sounds enchanting, but you know I’d freeze.

Words – Software For The Brain

  By:  Sandra Elzie   Someone recently sent me this cartoon and I had to laugh. It’s not what you have to say, it’s how you say it. You have to consider your audience and then write using words they can understand.   When I used to teach classes for the State of California or […]

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Marilyn Baron - September 1, 2014 - 1:52 am

Great post. I have seen examples of what you’re referring to, but offhand can’t recall them specifically.

sandra Elzie - September 1, 2014 - 2:04 am

First, I must say that you and I are both night owls. It’s almost 2 am and I’m still up. (What’s with this???!!)

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. BTW, you’re the winner of the Jeweled Flash Drive on my blog…Life, Love and A Good Book.

I’ll get it to you soon. Hope you drop by and leave a comment for the new release…Katie – Book 3 of the GA Heart series.

Marilyn Baron - September 1, 2014 - 6:51 am

Yay, Sandy. I’m so glad I won. Thank you. I will stop by your blog to leave a comment, I saw the flash drive at the last GRW meeting. You can get it to me at the next GRW meeting or M&M.

Maxine Davis - September 1, 2014 - 9:22 am

Sandy, I enjoyed your post. I saw that cartoon, and being a fomer teacher, loved it. Yes, I have seen mistakes – don’t recall the books, but it always jerked me out of my reading-world and it interrupted the book.

Sia Huff - September 1, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Hi Sandy, Love the cartoon. You’re right, using the wrong word can causes issues. I don’t recall any in books. But recently, Downton Abbey released a picture that had a diet coke on the mantle. Oops.

Sandy Elzie - September 1, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Hi Maxine,
Yes, I know what you mean about jerking you out of a story. I once read a story that told about the hero driving out of Sacramento, CA on “P” street…but “P” street is one-way only…heading INTO town. Jerked me right out of the book.

Sandy Elzie - September 1, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Hi Sia,
Whoops! Well, it could have been worse…it could have been a diet Pepsi. (okay, so my loyality to the Atlanta-based Coke company is showing)

My hubs loves to catch bloopers in movies where the hair is different, or something is different in the room from one scene to the next. We don’t look for them, but sometimes they glare right out of the TV…or off the page.

Walt Mussell - September 1, 2014 - 5:18 pm

One of the biggest blunders I think I’ve ever seen came from an author whose work I think is great and whose books I still buy. (Absolutely wonderful writing.) Had it been her first book, I think I wouldn’t have purchased anything afterwards. Because it was her fourth or fifth book, I let it slide. (A character in a book set prior to the Depression made a Sir Edmund Hillary scaling Everest reference.

As for me, I’ve had a few historical slips occur in contests. One judge of my work said that she expected characters to use more contractions and it seemed stilted without it, but that otherwise my characters were too informal.

Sandy Elzie - September 2, 2014 - 6:25 am

Hi Walt,
Did the judge know the country and time of your book? As a judge on contests in the past, I’m a bit hesitant to comment unless I’m very educated in the particular historical time & place.

Walt Mussell - September 2, 2014 - 10:22 am

Sandy, I don’t know if the judge knew. The overall comments made by the judge, however, were excellent and I agree with what she said. It was a new era for me (the WIP) and it was my first contest with it. I usually take comments like this to mean that I did not do a good enough job as a writer in bringing the reader into my story.

I learned the above reasoning based on my first contest with my first Japan WIP. A judge commented that my book wasn’t anything like “The Last Samurai.” While the first thing that went through my mind was that my book was about three centuries earlier, I still took it as me not being able to push the reader from “The Last Samurai” to “Shogun.”

Leaving new Orleans

by Maxine Davis The fabulous tour that my husband took ended with everyone saying what a wonderful time they had.  This left us a little time to discover The French Quarter on foot.                                             […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 29, 2014 - 8:05 am

I really enjoyed the tour of New Orleans. It’s been years since I’ve been there. I love the pictures. Thank you.

Maxine Davis - August 29, 2014 - 8:28 am

Marilyn, I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. I just can’t seem to get the hang of posting them like I “think” I put them in–neatly. Oh well, they came through. I appreciate your support.

Connie Gillam - August 29, 2014 - 9:11 am

I love New Orleans and can’t wait until my next trip, which will probably be next summer-the worst time (weather wise) to be there.

Thanks for the pictures, Maxine.

Walt Mussell - August 29, 2014 - 11:36 am

This has been an enjoyable tour. I haven’t been to New Orleans since the Auburn-Syracuse Sugar Bowl game. Ti’s been a while.

Maxine Davis - August 29, 2014 - 11:40 am

Hi Connie, I know you will enjoy New Orleans no matter when you go. Thank you for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 29, 2014 - 11:42 am

Hi Walt, Yep, I think it is time for a family trip to New Orleans. Just don’t go the weekend of the Final Four–or is it Final Five? We did. Anyway, traffic was a nightmare and you had to “look up” to see all the tall players in the lobby. Did see a couple of famous ones, though. Thank you for commenting.

sandra Elzie - August 31, 2014 - 11:52 am

I love all your pictures!!! What a great time you must have had. And now NCIS…my favorite show…is going to branch off and have shows down there. Fantastic!

Maxine Davis - August 31, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Sandy, Thank you! Oh yes, NCIS is my favorite. I’ll, naturally, watch the NOLA one. Thank you for commenting.

Things to learn as a newbie author

By Piper Huguley My good friend, Vanessa Riley, invited me to participate in a self-publishing panel at her church a few weeks ago.  Before and after the panel, she explained, would be a book signing, where I could sell copies of my book. Wonderful!  I’m an old pro at this now since I messed up […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 28, 2014 - 5:55 am

Good luck at The Decatur Book Festival. I’ll be on a panel from 10-10:45 Saturday morning. Maybe we’ll see each other there.

Piper - August 28, 2014 - 6:46 am

Hi Marilyn,

I’ll be there most of Saturday, so I may see you! Thanks for commenting!

Sandy Elzie - August 28, 2014 - 6:55 am

I’ll be out of town, so I won’t be able to visit you guys at the festival, but I know you’ll do a fantastic job. All the planning in the world is great, but there’s always SOMETHING that comes up that you didn’t think about. Pens…extra pens. Also I love the idea that Carol did one year at conference…little excerpts (I think it was a chapter) printed as a handout. For a crowd like Decatur, maybe a 5×7 with the first page or whatever with a copy of your great cover on it? Good luck!

Maxine Davis - August 28, 2014 - 9:14 am

Piper, wish I could be there. I know you will do great. The table looks nice. All it needs is you and your books. Best of luck.

Belle Calhoune - August 28, 2014 - 9:34 am

Sounds like fun, Piper. You are very organized and poised for a wonderful signing. Wish I lived closer so I could attend. You may have this already, but a nice picture of yourself or one of the book covers propped on a stand would be nice. Best of Luck.


Piper Huguley - August 28, 2014 - 10:05 am

I don’t have it already, Belle! See the things that need to be thought of?? Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - August 28, 2014 - 10:06 am

Thank you for your kind words and good wishes Maxine! I hope so! :)

Piper Huguley - August 28, 2014 - 10:07 am

I’ve seen those little books, Sandy from 9th moon and they are great to give out! Pens, I’m making a note…thank you for stopping by!

Connie Gillam - August 28, 2014 - 11:49 am

You’re years ahead of me in the signing department. See you on Saturday.

Sia Huff - August 28, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Piper, you’re great on the fly. Very creative solutions.
Bring water and mints for your throat. That way your voice is good to go when speaking. You’ll be fantastic. And have fun – it shows. :)

Piper Huguley - August 28, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lol, Connie! If you say so! I’ll see you on Saturday! Thanks for commenting!

Carol Burnside - August 28, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Wish I could be there, but I know you’ll be great.

Piper - August 28, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Good suggestion Sia, thank you! And I guess I had to be creative… even if my solutions were a little silly…thank you for stopping by!

Piper - August 28, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Thank you for your kind words Carol. They are much appreciated!

Welcome AMY PATRICK – author of Channel Twenty Something !!

I’m so excited to be here as a guest chef! On today’s menu… the greatest excuse ever for vegging out and watching movies… We all have favorite movies and movie scenes. Without fail, my favorite scenes are always filled with emotion. I can’t get them out of my mind and sometimes see them and hear […]

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sandra Elzie - August 27, 2014 - 6:01 am

Hi Amy,
I’ve never read New Adult, but yours sounds so interesting that I’m going to get one and read it. I have a granddaughter that’s approaching that age dynamic and I think she’d enjoy them also. Guess it’s time for grandma to start gifting her with some books. :)

Thanks for being with us.

Marilyn Baron - August 27, 2014 - 6:37 am

What an interesting idea to do emotional research and apply it to the show vs. tell in our books. I love the way your covers tie your books together. Thanks for being our guest today.

Piper - August 27, 2014 - 7:31 am

Hello my Lucky Dreamweaver sister! Welcome to the PFHT blog! So happy to see your continued success and I am looking forward to the release of your second book which will make you multi-pubbed. Exciting! Big kudos to you on your research method. I think everyone needs a little more of a Hemsworth brother in life (I’ll take both Chris and Liam, thank you). It’s for the writing! Great job and please visit again soon!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 7:32 am

Thank you Marilyn! The 3rd book has a blonde on the cover, but still the same look, and it takes place in Atlanta! Thanks for having me today. I love your blog. :)

And Sandra, I’m completely flattered that you’d read CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING! I hope you enjoy dipping your toe into New Adult. Thank you for being a wonderful host and making it easy and fun.

Julie Mulhern - August 27, 2014 - 8:06 am


Great post! No one should ever give me an excuse to watch movies. I could do it all day. Research? Does that mean all night too?

Congratulations on a phenomenal book! Can’t wait to read the next one.

Gail Hart - August 27, 2014 - 8:20 am

Amy – Oh yay about the blonde on the next cover! I love blonde heroes. *Drools on keyboard*

I never thought of watching movies for body language cues. I’ll have to try it.


Connie Gillam - August 27, 2014 - 8:40 am

Welcome, fellow YARWA sister! Never knew when we rode in together from the airport in San Antonio you’d be blogging on PFHT. Small world.

Your books sound great. Writing emotion is always a challenge for me. I see it and feel it but getting it onto the page is difficult. I’ll have to watch more movies.

And yes, the Helmsworth boys are easy on the eyes.

Shelly Alexander - August 27, 2014 - 9:08 am

Great blog, Amy! Can’t wait to read the next installment, STILL YOURS. Keep the great stories coming!

Miranda Liasson - August 27, 2014 - 9:13 am

I love this idea!!! A lot of writing comes from within but there are times when you need to see things in real life (or movie life) in order to feel them and describe them. Looking forward to Mara’s story, Amy!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 10:09 am

Hi Gail! Thank you for coming by today my Lucky sister!

And Connie– how true!!! After seeing you in SA I’m running into you everywhere it seems. So honored to be on your blog today. :)

Hi Miranda– you’re right– the stories and ideas and scenes and actual feelings have to come from inside us, but movies help me visualize the details I sometimes might not imagine. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing on Facebook and Twitter today- love my Luckies.

Lenora Bell - August 27, 2014 - 10:16 am

Yay! So excited for you, Amy. Love your concept, the blurb, and the super cute and sexy cover!

Carrie Padgett - August 27, 2014 - 12:35 pm

You are so right! Lately I’ve been studying Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls for how to deliver funny lines that actually ironic and full of emotion. Thanks for the post!

marymarvella - August 27, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Amy, I love the idea or watching scenes over and over to catch nuances of emotional reactions for certain characters.I’m gonna have to torture myself and watch Highlander the series to study Adrian Paul’s expressions and body (body language, too). I can see your books will be a hit!

Susan Carlisle - August 27, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Thanks for joining us today. I love your book cover. Watching a good movie is a wonderful way to get a description of how a person’s emotions show when they are mad, happy, sad. Thanks for the great tip.

Maxine Davis - August 27, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Amy, Welcome to PFHT. I am going to have to read a New Adult book. They sound wonderful. I enjoy watching a movie and seeing the hero’s reaction to an unexpected whisper and smile from a naive-looking heroine. By the way, your author picture is beautiful.

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Thank you Julie! That means so much to me, and you now have express permission to research movies all night long. :)

Thank you Piper for having me on this wonderful blog and for sharing the Hemsworth-love.

Thanks Shelly, Lenora, and Carrie for bringing out the Dreamweavers awesomeness today. Love you!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Susan, you and I are obviously long lost relatives, as my name was Amy Carlisle for the first 25 years of my life! My folks are from Mississippi– you? Thank you for the cover compliment!

And Maxine- thank you for the warm welcome to the blog. AND for the author photo comment. My sister took that in my dad’s backyard in MS in August– it was about 101 outside, so don’t zoom in– there may be a “glow” visible on my top lip!

McCall Hoyle - August 27, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Amy, I love the post, and I love seeing my friend and critique partner on PFHT’s. I know whoever wins the drawing will love CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING as much as I did. As always, your writing advice is amazing. I’m going to line up a movie-thon this weekend and log it as writing time. Hugs!

Suzanne - August 27, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Great idea, Amy. In my first draft, it’s nothing but: He smirks, she smiles, he grimaces. With each edit, I have to dig deeper, and it’s so hard to find fresh ways of expression visceral responses. I try to get into the character’s skin, but I think it would be sooo helpful to actually watch an emotional reaction on the screen and pick up the cues from that. Clever girl!

Denny S. Bryce - August 27, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Like you take on using actors tand movies to help visualize character. Very cool. And congrats on new book!

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Mary– I can see that you are truly devoted to your craft. ;) Enjoy that Highlander research– I’ve been doing some of my own with that series LOL!

And McCall my sweetie, it’s a honor to be here on our friend Sia’s stomping grounds. Thank you for making time to come by today! Wish I could do that movie marathon with you– CP sleepover!

AE Jones - August 27, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Amy! Thanks for the wonderful idea. I struggle with expressing emotions too in my writing and now I can pull out my trusty DVD/DVR and see these in living color! AE

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 27, 2014 - 8:14 pm

Hi Denny! Thank you for stopping in to comment and for the congrats. :)

Darcy Woods - August 27, 2014 - 9:04 pm

AMY! My sweet and talented, Lucky girl, what a fantastic idea!!! I Google stuff all the time (admittedly, i just googled “how to make out” bc my character did–I SWEAR), so why not do it for emoting? It’s brilliant. Suddenly doing my homework is lookin’ up! ;)

Speaking of hot tamales…SO excited for Mara’s story!!!

Leslie Lynch - August 27, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Amy, that’s a WONDERFUL idea for getting body language right! I had never thought of it.

Looking forward to reading Channel 20Something!

Jacqui Nelson - August 28, 2014 - 1:20 am

Great blog, Amy! I love watching movies and i know I’ll love watching them even more if I can call it research. There goes my weekend :)

Sia Huff - August 28, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Oh Amy, I can’t believe I’m a day late. Helping out a friend at her store and lost track of the days. Love, love,love your research technique. And love re-watching DVD’s. It’s a no brainer.
Channel 20 Something sounds great. I’m going to start reading a new genre. :)
Wishing you continued success, my dear, and many, many sales.

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 28, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Suzanne, AE, Darcy, Leslie, and Jacqui– the GH sisterly love is here with the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales today! Thank you so much for coming by and sharing my movie-watching-excuse. :) Love you all.

And Sia– so glad to see you no matter WHEN it is! And if I can lure you to the *sweeter* side of New Adult, even better. Thank you for welcoming me to your blog today and for the good wishes. :)

Sandy Elzie - August 28, 2014 - 4:32 pm

I bought your book yesterday and started reading. I’m enjoying it already!

Carol Burnside - August 28, 2014 - 4:59 pm

What a neat concept! And your covers are eye-catching and reflect the genre well. I’ll have to check them out more closely. Wishing you lots of success with your series.

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - August 28, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Oh Sandy- that thrills me! Thank you!

sandra Elzie - September 2, 2014 - 11:55 am

The Winner of a free download of Channel Twenty Something is AE Jones. Congratulations !!

What’s My Line?

By Sandra Elzie Years ago there was a weekly show called What’s My Line and a panel of of celebrities had to ask questions of the guest to try to determine who they were or what they did in life. Today we won’t be asking questions…or trying to determine what someone does for a living, […]

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Marilyn Baron - August 26, 2014 - 4:49 am

The first line in my new book, Stones, a humorous women’s fiction is:

Thank God for lint.

Carol Burnside - August 26, 2014 - 4:51 am

Hmmm… Oh, I know!

From Deborah Smith’s The Crossroads Cafe:
“Before the accident, I never had to seduce a man in the dark.”

I had a half dozen questions just from that one line.

And from Nobody’s Baby, which I’m hoping to publish before Christmas the first two lines: Four weeks to freedom.
Katherine Morrisey longed for the day her body wouldn’t be on loan anymore.

Piper - August 26, 2014 - 6:55 am

It’s a wonderful skill to be able to craft first lines like that! Wonderful. Mine in The Preacher’s Promise is: Amanda Stewart had nothing but the clothes on her back.

As a reader, I will read beyond the first line to give a book a chance, but they are important these days for writers. Great post!

Connie Gillam - August 26, 2014 - 11:03 am

I have to confess that writing a great opening sentence or paragraph is tough for me. I rewrite the opening a thousand times and I’m never satisfied with it.
From my young adult novel, The 5th Realm:
Huge and menacing, Haverford Academy looms in front of me like something out of a Stephen King novel.

From Nora’s Immortal in Death: Getting married was murder.

Walt Mussell - August 26, 2014 - 11:20 am

When I saw the reference to “What’s My Line,” I thought of the intro to “Catch Me If You Can.” The movie begins with the world’s most infamous con man going on What’s My Line to trick the panel.

From a Barry Eisler novel: The last thing (Character) thought about, before a bullet went through his brain, was that things were finally looking up. Then the entire chapter goes through the challenges the guy has had recently and then ends with the words “Things are finally looking up.”

Maxine Davis - August 26, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Sandy, Good post. I do like the opening (2 ines) in One For The Money by Janet Evanovich: THERE ARE SOME men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me—not forever, but periodically. And,of course, JK Rowling’s opening line in HP and The Scorcerer’s Stone. And really, too many to name. I enjoyed recalling them (and looking them up, lol)

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Oh, Marilyn, I love that line! It tells you right away that it’s going to be humorous. Great line.

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:28 pm

I haven’t read Crossroads Cafe, but that line conjures up all kinds of questions about the story. Intriguing. And as for your first line from Nobody’s Baby, that line is enough for me to know I’ll want to read your upcoming book. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Great line, Piper. It set’s the stage for the reader to already have sympathy for Amanda and be on her side in whatever the story was going to be. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:39 pm

I’m with you, Connie. First lines…or in my case, the first few pages, are tough. I rewrite and rewrite. Your opening line tells me right away that it’s going to be a scary ride…or at least that it’s making her shiver. That’s what Steven King stories do to me. Thanks for commenting.

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Goodness, Walt, what a line that is. It not only tells that things must have been really bad for the fellow before, but gives promise for a story to come. It hangs the reader in the middle…wondering what happened to put him in this spot and wondering how it’s going to get better. Thanks for commenting.

Sandy Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Hi Maxine,
Yes, yes, yes…Love Janet’s opening line about men screwing up her life, etc. Great picture painting with words.

Here’s a couple of others I like:

John Grisham’s The Firm: The senior partner studied the resume for the hundredth time and again found nothing he disliked about Mitchell Y. McDeere, at least not on paper.

Or: Nora Roberts’ The Witness: Elizabeth Fitch’s short-lived teenage rebellion began with L’Oreal Pure Black, a pair of scissors and a fake ID. It ended in blood.

Bruce - August 26, 2014 - 7:12 pm

may two favorites are………YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH, and one that I have no idea where it came from……….ANOTHER DAY ABOVE GROUND……..

sandra Elzie - August 26, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Good ones, Bruce. Both would make me want to read on.

Thanks for dropping by.

Meet Me at the Decatur Book Festival

By Marilyn Baron If you love books, you won’t want to miss the Ninth Annual 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend. The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. I’ll be participating on a panel called Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction with Linda Joyce, Melissa Klein […]

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Piper - August 25, 2014 - 8:10 am

Looking forward to your panel Marilyn! I love your cover too!

Melissa Klein - August 25, 2014 - 8:18 am

Readers love the humorous way you handle the challenges the characters in your books face. I know they’ll also connect with the family issues you’re going to discuss Saturday. I’m also excited to be talking about characters with disabilities-a topic I’m passionate about.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 8:26 am

Thanks for commenting. I know people will look forward to your panel on August 30 from 1:45-2:30 on the topic of #WeReadDiverseBooks:African-American Popular Fiction, also at the GRW Pavilion.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 8:27 am

My fellow Wild Rose Press Author and panelist, everyone will love your presentation. I’m looking forward to meeting readers at The Decatur Book Festival.

Maxine Davis - August 25, 2014 - 8:54 am

Marilyn, sounds like a fabulous day. Wish I could be there. You and the panel will be great speakers. Have fun and I’ll think of y’all.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 9:12 am

Thanks for commenting. Sorry you won’t be there at the festival but we appreciate your good wishes.

Diane O'Key - August 25, 2014 - 10:10 am

Sounds like a marvelous event, Marilyn. Wish you and our other Roses much success! So wish I could be there…
Have a lovely time :-)

Tamara LeBlanc - August 25, 2014 - 10:50 am

I’m hoping to be able to go…my daughter has a soccer tournament in Augusta :(

Walt Mussell - August 25, 2014 - 11:26 am

Hoping to make it there this weekend for a few minutes. My younger son has football on Saturday and baseball on Sunday.

Pam Asberry - August 25, 2014 - 12:13 pm

I’m looking forward to it!

Connie Gillam - August 25, 2014 - 12:37 pm

I’ll be there.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Thanks for visiting the blog. I wish you could be there, too. We appreciate your nice comments.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 12:53 pm


We would love it if you could be there.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 12:55 pm


I hope you can make it. We would love to see you.

And Connie, I’m so glad you will be able to come.

Marilyn Baron - August 25, 2014 - 12:56 pm


That’s wonderful that you will be there! Looking forward to seeing you.

Carol Burnside - August 26, 2014 - 5:23 am

I think that might be a tad far for me to fit in the schedule. ;-)

Wish I could be there. It sounds great. Congrats on the new release!

Marilyn Baron - August 26, 2014 - 11:54 pm

You will be there in spirit.

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