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No Lions or Tigers, but Bears, Oh My!

By Marilyn Baron On our trip to the Grand Canadian Rockies, we came across wildlife of all types, which we saw from our motor coach, walking near our hotel, or on a wildlife tour. One man on our tour was hiking in the woods and was confronted by a black bear and her two cubs. […]

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Walt Mussell - July 18, 2014 - 5:38 am

Some of the memories I have from my two trips to the Canadian Rockies is all the wildlife that crossed the road. In the southern U.S., I’m used to signs that warn of deer. The variety in the Canadian Rockies is amazing.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

Aren’t the Canadian Rockies amazing? But at the same time our subdivision has so many deer I feel like I’m in a wildlife preserve and it’s pretty cool to see them right in our neighborhood.

Ashantay Peters - July 18, 2014 - 8:36 am

Marilyn, so glad you were able to see some of the abundant wildlife out West! Enjoyed your post and the photos.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you so much for visiting the blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pictures.

Piper - July 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I’ve not gotten along well with wildlife in my life, which is why God blessed me with an animal- crazy son. :) I know he would have enjoyed your sights. Great pictures!

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - July 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Wow! These are some pretty incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thanks for commenting. I love wildlife. We have a birdfeeder on our back deck and we get all kinds of birds from woodpeckers to cardinals, bluejays, and goldfinch. And as I said deer are everywhere.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you like the pictures.

Connie Gillam - July 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. The Canadian Rockies sound like a wonderful place to visit. Like you, my subdivision abound with deer. Our house backs up to a nature preserve. We have owls, blue heron, fox, coyote, but thankfully, no bears.

Diane Burton - July 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Great pictures.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Yes, Western Canada was amazing. I would love it if my house backed up to a nature preserve. We actually do have owls, I only saw a coyote I think once, but no blue heron. And no bears!
The people in Canada called their geese, American geese like we call ours Canada geese. Or maybe that’s just a joke.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

Sandy Elzie - July 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

love the pictures…your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. I love being out in nature. Thanks so much for sharing.

Maxine Davis - July 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Marilyn, It is amazing at the different wildlife you saw – well, except for the tour :)
Beautiful pictures! I’m sure it is a trip that you’ll always remember. I’m enjoying it through your eyes.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and the trip was wonderful.


Yes it was a great trip and especially seeing the two types of bears.

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. Sounds like an incredible trip – just glad you went during the summer. Thanks for sharing.

Single Again

By Pam Asberry A broken engagement is 100% better than a broken marriage. ~ Unknown Yep, you guessed it. My engagement is off. Since our break-up in June, I have been playing the tape of our six months together over and over in my head, trying to pinpoint exactly what went wrong and what we might […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 17, 2014 - 12:22 am

I’m sorry you had to go through this but you have a good attitude and when you’re ready I know there is someone out there who will be perfect for you.

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:30 am

Marilyn said it well, Pam. My sentiments exactly. We’re all giving you cyber hugs and wishing you the happiness you so deserve. Those single months are important. Love and take care of yourself. You’ll know when you’re ready to get out there again.

Sandy Elzie - July 17, 2014 - 6:48 am

I’m proud of you for having the guts to take off the rose-colored glasses and face life as it really is…and thank goodness it was before, not after, the wedding bells. Breaking up any relationship isn’t fun, but divorce is hell.

Like Carol, sending you a cyber hug and a pat on the back for bouncing well. Better days await…go forth and enjoy them.

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:49 am

To be honest, Marilyn, I am beginning to wonder whether or not there *IS* anybody out there for me. If not, I am willing to accept it and will make the most of being single. :-)

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:51 am

Keep those cyber hugs coming, Carol! I need every one of them!

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 8:53 am

Having experienced it thirteen years ago, Sandy, I can confirm that divorce is hell. Before I get married again, I want to be absolutely certain that it is for keeps.

Maxine Davis - July 17, 2014 - 11:07 am

Pam, Bless your heart, I am so vey sorry, but I’ll tell you something, I do believe you are one strong lady! I know it has been rough and there will still be rough patches, but I also really believe you will come through this much stronger – and happier. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous - July 17, 2014 - 11:24 am

So sorry, Pam. I hope love surprises you when you’re not looking one day soon! Take care, and carry on. You are one tough and wonderful woman!

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 11:46 am

Thanks, Maxine! I’m just taking it one day at a time…

Piper - July 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm

I’ve been through a broken engagement before myself and it does take some time to come around. Be good to yourself and take care of yourself. One day, you’ll look up and find yourself in a new, but pleasing circumstance. Blessings to you.

Debbie Kaufman - July 17, 2014 - 1:03 pm

I’m so sorry. I know it will look better down the road, but I also know that despite the encouragement and understanding, there must be times it is just still awful.

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Thank you so much, Anonymous! One never knows…

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:11 pm

That means a lot, Piper. This is actually my SECOND broken engagement since my divorce – sigh – so I know that time really does heal the wound, although there is still a scar remaining…

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2014 - 9:12 pm

That is so true, Debbie. But every day I feel a little bit stronger. :-)

Anonymous - July 18, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I don’t know the circumstances, but from reading your other posts you seemed happy and in love. True love never dies – but sometimes needs a reset! My husband and I broke up during our engagement, but we talked and worked out what was wrong – and we just celebrated our 28th year of marriage. Best of luck to you.

Pam Asberry - July 18, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Thanks, Anonymous! The outcome remains to be seen…

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Ahh, Pam, I’m so sorry that things didn’t work out. You’re one smart lady to follow your gut as well as your heart. One day at a time, my friend. Glad your treating yourself well. And good luck on the declutter. {{{Hugs}}} I understand about needing an extra few hugs.

In-house Guest Chef: Carol Burnside

You can ask any indie published author, getting reviews these days isn’t easy. The market is glutted with books competing for  reviewer attentions, so unless you’ve already got a big following, the reviews will trickle in. We authors give books away as prizes and gently suggest the reader could leave a review on various sites […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 16, 2014 - 8:25 am


I’m so glad to hear all the good news about your books. And it’s not just difficult to get reviews for indie books. It’s just as difficult to get them for traditionally published books. About a year ago someone at a book festival told me they really loved one of my books and it kept them up all night reading. I just contacted that person (after a year) and asked if they wouldn’t mind posting a review about the book and they did it immediately and gave me a 5-star review. Sometimes I think we have to ask for reviews because people may enjoy the book but don’t think to post a review. I’m just as guilty. I read books constantly and don’t necessarily post reviews. But I was thrilled to get this and each one is exciting.

Pam Asberry - July 16, 2014 - 9:19 am

Congrats on all the good press, Carol! It is richly deserved. I loved both novels in your series; I reviewed the first one and voted several times for the second. Keep ‘em coming!

Maxine Davis - July 16, 2014 - 9:30 am

Carol, Congratulations!! I know you must be thrilled. I hope you keep turning out these winners.

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Oh, Marilyn, isn’t it wonderful when readers say that your book kept them up reading? I love it when I’m the reader, too.

Debbie Kaufman - July 16, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Wow, girl! I haven’t read A Suitable Wife yet, but really loved Her Unexpected Family. So happy for you :)

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Pam, I’m sitting here smiling because you wrote, “I loved both novels in your series” and I just wanted to soak that in for a few seconds. I’m such a goof! Thank you for saying that. Remarks like that get me through writing the next when I worry it won’t be as good.

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Yes, I am thrilled, Maxine. As for the other…I’m trying. :-)

Carol Burnside - July 16, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Thank you, Debbie!

Piper - July 16, 2014 - 12:40 pm

So glad to help support you in the contest Carol! It was fun watching your climb (and you were very deserving). I love the sounds of these books! Awesome! Big congrats to you on your output!

Sandy Elzie - July 16, 2014 - 8:39 pm

congrats Carol!! I know all about hard-to-get reviews and I don’t participate in Street Teams and such, so………… But that is absolutely fabulous about being recognized for your work. Can’t wait to read your book, it sounds right down my alley.

Connie Gillam - July 16, 2014 - 10:17 pm

I agree with you, Carol, about reviews. It’s like pulling teeth. I also gave away free books on Goodreads and hope I receive some reviews from the freebies.

Congratulations on the Book of the Month award!

Walt Mussell - July 16, 2014 - 10:50 pm


Congratulations on your success.

I have to admit that I’m guilty of getting books for free and not doing a review. I do reviews when I can. Sometimes they are quick. I rarely do long ones.

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:27 am

Piper, it was fun to watch for me too. Thanks for your help!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:31 am

Sandy, I don’t think any of us have time to participate in Street Teams. Heck, I don’t even have time to coordinate one right now. LOL!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:34 am

Connie, let’s compare notes in a few weeks and see what results we’ve gotten off the giveaways, okay? One thing I do know is that the Goodreads campaign gave my book a lot more exposure sitewide and that’s worth the price of mailing out books, though I might not include Canada again next time unless I can mail direct through Amazon. $$$!

Carol Burnside - July 17, 2014 - 1:35 am

Oh, Walt, we all are. I have dozens I haven’t even read yet, though I can’t resist new ones as they come available. So many books, so little time.

When In Doubt, Read The Directions

by Maxine Davis   I think I like writing novellas.  I’ve “somewhat” written three.  By somewhat, I mean they all need serious editing.  Two novellas were written a few years ago, and at the time, I referred to them as my short books. I put them away because I felt they were, 1) a finished […]

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Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - July 15, 2014 - 4:11 am

Short books are definitely okay, thank goodness!

Those word counts mean nothing to the average reader, which is frustrating. I can’t tell you how many reviews I’ve seen where the reader slams the story because it was short, though it’s clearly marked a short story or novella. I don’t see novelette used much.

Guidelines on these things seem to be fluid, depending on which publisher’s info you’re looking at, or even which genre.

Kudos to you for not adding “filler.”

Piper - July 15, 2014 - 7:38 am

There was a big discussion on one of the FB groups that I am in about how writers are starting to “chop up” their novels and make novellas out of them, forcing people to buy several novellas (totaling a higher price) than a novel. I couldn’t imagine why someone would do that, but there you are. It takes all kind to make a world. Thanks for the great column Maxine!

Marilyn Baron - July 15, 2014 - 8:21 am

I’m with Carol, I’m glad short books are popular. I enjoy writing short stories and my short story publisher lists these guidelines for short stories: Short Story A:4,000-7500 Short Story B: 7500-11,000; Short Story C: 11,000-14,500; Short Story D 14,500-20,000 and Short Story E: 20,000-30,000. The company that publishes my novels starts their word count at 7,500 and go through 100,000+. I’ve written books of all lengths but it’s nice to know there are options for the writer and the reader.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 8:39 am

Carol, I have had friends that received such comments on short stories, but I always thought it was a complete story. Thank you for your comments.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 8:41 am

Piper, That’s awful that some would chop up their books over money. I thoroughly enjoyed your post the other day about your novella. I already had my blog written so I hoped you’d not mind if I talked about, it too. I appreciate you commenting.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 8:42 am

Marilyn, Thanks for the word counts! That is interesting. Yes, it is good to know there is a market for all word counts. Thank you for commenting.

Connie Gillam - July 15, 2014 - 10:03 am

I’ve never written a short story and don’t know if I can, but I’m about to find out.

Thanks, Maxine.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 10:23 am

Connie, Go get ‘em! You can do it! Thanks for commenting.

Debbie Kaufman - July 15, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Short books are popular, but I do want to be warned if the story isn’t really complete. Those “chopped up” books that Piper referred to make me crazy!

Susan Carlisle - July 15, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Not only are short books good but short stories are becoming the thing. Keep up the good work and get them out to the world.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Debbie, I know what you mean. I didn’t know people actually chopped up their books just to sell more. I’d be afraid they’d get mad and never read anothre one. Thanks, Debbie.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Susan, I’m glad to hear that. I’ve got to get mine publish-worthy and put them out there. I’ve got my work cut out for me, I guess! Thank you for commenting.

Walt Mussell - July 15, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Alright, I now have to start calling my published “novella” a “novellette.” I’ve never heard that term.

Sandy Elzie - July 15, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Hi Maxine,
I don’t write short…haven’t since the 4th grade and I guess you guys that know me can understand why…I just have too many words rolling around in my head (and coming out of my mouth).

Congrats for finishing a story…even short…nothing wrong with short. I Love to read them, I just haven’t been able to cut my 60-70,000 words down to 20 – 40,000.

Can’t wait to read them when you get them published.

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Hi Walt, If you want to call it a Novella, I say call it a Novella – who is going to count words! Just proud you wrote it!

Maxine Davis - July 15, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Hi Sandy, I nearly laughed out loud when I read your first line. No, and absolutley no offense, I cannot see you writing short, but you say “some really good stuff, so keep it up!

Going Nuts

The place was Duffy Street Seafood in Myrtle Beach. My 12-y.o. son stared at me from across the table, as his older brother and I munched peanuts from the beach sand bucket in the table center. “Dad, what do peanuts taste like?” I didn’t know what to say. I love peanuts and my older son […]

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Marilyn Baron - July 14, 2014 - 1:15 am

I was born without a sense of smell, so i couldn’t describe how peanuts smell but I wish I could. I love peanuts and foods with peanuts in them so I’m sorry your son isn’t able to taste them. I guess I would say they’re salty but your potato chip references were really inspired.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - July 14, 2014 - 2:09 am

Geez, that’s a tough one. I would tell him they taste like they smell, but they’re not salty to me in their raw form.

Sandy Elzie - July 14, 2014 - 7:04 am

Very interesting to think about. (like describing a sunrise to someone who’s blind)

Is it just peanuts?? or all nuts? If he can eat raw almonds, then he’d have a point of reference for texture.

Love the picture…beautiful family you have there.

Pam Asberry - July 14, 2014 - 8:24 am

The great Vladimir Ashkenazy once said, “If you try to put into words what music is trying to say, then you have words, not music.” Maybe the same applies to what peanuts taste like. I guess you do the best you can with the words, and then leave the rest to your son’s imagination.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 8:44 am


I didn’t know you had no sense of smell. There’s a whole post in how that would challenge a writer.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 8:46 am


I think we could let him smell a big bag and that might be fine. Like, I mentioned he can touch them without problem.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 8:51 am


I had similar thoughts along what you suggest. I remember watching the movie Mask, the story of a boy born with a badly disfigured face. During the movie, he goes to camp and falls in love with a blind girl. He tries to describe colors to her, and ends up using temperature. Cold items are blue. Red items are hot. Warm items are pink.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 8:51 am

That sounds logical. Describing them takes away their taste.

Piper - July 14, 2014 - 9:19 am


I have no idea, but I wonder what your 12 year old said. They are still in a position at that point to admire the things that you say. Did he believe in your answer to him?

Connie Gillam - July 14, 2014 - 10:26 am

I asked my family members to describe the taste of peanuts. (My house is loaded with people this week.) “Peanuts taste like peanut butter,” the response from my seven-year-old granddaughter.
“They are crunchy, salty, and taste like a peanut,” the response from her grandfather.

So you see, it’s a hard nut to describe. Good luck with that one, Walt. I’m sorry your son is missing out on the taste. I love peanuts.

Tamara LeBlanc - July 14, 2014 - 10:47 am

Loved this post, Walt, and the pic. That’s a really good question…what DO peanuts taste like? Salty is good, but I eat them without salt. They have a slight crunch while still being tender. They taste like summer and go great with beer. That’s not very helpful, but it’s a tough question :)

Have a great week!

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 11:23 am

I actually came up with my analogies after the fact. Just trying to figure out a way to help him understand.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 11:25 am

I agree. Explaining the taste is a tough nut to crack. (Sorry for the pun. Couldn’t resist.)

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 11:27 am


I have a feeling that my 12-y.o. will eventually try beer, though I don’t know when. Hopefully, it’s an antidote. :-)

Sandy Elzie - July 14, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Hey Walt,
I asked my husband and he said to have him eat Gabonzo beans while with his nose near a peanut butter jar. That’s texture and smell.

You might want to try that yourself and see if it comes anywhere near what a peanut tastes like.

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 6:12 pm


I just mentioned your idea to my son. It looks like I’ll have to try it for him, as you suggest. Thanks. :-)

Maxine Davis - July 14, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Hi Walt, Leave it to kids to ask questions that are hard to answer. I kind of like the “smell them and eat Garbonzos.” Maybe have him tested? Or just tell him they taste horrible :)

Walt Mussell - July 14, 2014 - 10:54 pm


We will eventually have him tested. However, the “horrible” won’t work as he sees me chowing on them often.

Debbie Kaufman - July 15, 2014 - 12:05 pm

My younger son turned out to be allergic to all nuts, as well as almost everything else on the planet. Therefore almond butters, etc. weren’t something he could use. He ended up using Sunbutter instead, a sunflower seed alternative. I recently found Biscoff Spread. OMgoodness, it should be illegal.

Walt Mussell - July 15, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Debbie, thankfully, he isn’t as allergic as that. I’m still looking at the garbonzo bean suggestion. My son is saying to me, “you first.” :-)

Western Canada: Trains, Planes, Ferries and Float Trips

By Marilyn Baron On my trip last month through the Grand Canadian Rockies, my husband and I traveled on all modes of transportation. First, we took a classic overnight rail journey (the VIA Rail train, “the Canadian”) from Vancouver, British Columbia, into the Canadian Rockies. When converted to sleeping quarters at night, we slept in […]

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Maxine Davis - July 11, 2014 - 8:36 am

Marilyn, I want to go! Your trip sounds fabulous, and the pictures are amazing. I’ll have a front-row seat every Friday!

Marilyn Baron - July 11, 2014 - 9:21 am

Thanks Maxine. There are more great pictures in store.

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:22 am

Ahh. Canada!

So beautiful! And I love their national anthem. I am looking forward to these Fridays Marilyn. What great pictures!

Marilyn Baron - July 11, 2014 - 9:27 am


Thanks. I thought the scenery in Canada was amazing and it was hard to decide between all of the pictures.

Walt Mussell - July 11, 2014 - 12:36 pm

I have been to a few of those places. I’ve been to Banff and the Athabasca Glacier. I’ve taken the ferry to Victoria. Also, when we lived in Portland, we drove to Vancouver to visit friends (and for the Chinese food).

I could do it all again. It is a beautiful area.

Sandy Elzie - July 11, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Canada is one country that we want to travel to and spend more time. We’ve been there, but not for long enough. Your pictures make me want to leave tomorrow.

Marilyn Baron - July 11, 2014 - 2:23 pm

You are lucky to have seen those places. It took me a while to get there but I loved it. Vancouver would be a great place to live.

Marilyn Baron - July 11, 2014 - 2:25 pm

I would go back tomorrow, it’s so beautiful. I’m glad you like the pictures.

Pam Asberry - July 11, 2014 - 3:40 pm

The pictures are breathtaking! I have only been to Canada once and that was just over the border from Niagara Falls. Clearly I need to get back up that way soon!

Marilyn Baron - July 11, 2014 - 5:37 pm

I was in Toronto which I loved, but this is something completely different. Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies is spectacular.

Debbie Kaufman - July 15, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Wow, sounds like a lot of fun!

Learning how to sprint–writing a novella

  By Piper Huguley When I started writing at the age of 12, I was always in the writing game for the long haul.  I loved writing the novel. Back in those days, I wrote them in longhand. Friends of mine would read my awful handwriting in stapled-together notebooks that would be numbered one after the […]

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Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - July 10, 2014 - 9:29 am

Hi Piper! Boy was this great post right on time. I want to write a novella as part of my 20 SOMETHING series, and the idea is daunting because I’ve only written novels. Thank you for getting me started. I’m so thrilled for you about YOUR series, and I’m anticipating very good things for you. :)

Susan Carlisle - July 10, 2014 - 9:45 am

I love the cover. I would pick up your book for no reason but that. I’m impressed you can write short. That is so hard for me to do. Short stories scare me to death.

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 10:47 am

Thanks for coming by Amy! I think in these changing times, writing shorter is a skill we have to pick up…I know you can do it if I can! :)

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 10:48 am

Thank you for your kind words Susan! (Please notice I said nothing in the post about short stories–lol!) Thank you for stopping by!

Jacqui Nelson - July 10, 2014 - 11:39 am

Great blog post, Piper! Loved hearing how you came to write THE LAWYER’S LUCK. Looking forward to seeing what comes next in your wonderful series. I’m hooked :)

Connie Gillam - July 10, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Thanks for the idea, Piper. One of my reviewers said my current book should have a prequel. Now with this post, I’m going to try my hand at a novella. Thanks for the inspiration.

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm


With John in it?? Oh yes…let’s have more of him!!! Glad to help and thank you for stopping by! :)

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jacqui! I so appreciate that you stopped by!

Debbie Kaufman - July 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Go, Piper! Good idea to learn by reading. It usually answers most of your questions. :) Just grabbed a copy for my NOOK!

Sandy Elzie - July 10, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Hi Piper,
Love the cover…can’t wait to read it. I’ve never tried to write a novella…guess it’s an area I should try. thanks for the inspiration and congrats on succeeding.

Marilyn Baron - July 10, 2014 - 2:19 pm


I’m so glad you brought up the subject of writing short. Before I got published in novel length, I published four short stories with a small press and I loved writing them. They were humorous supernatural stories. My books range in length from 65,000 to 90,000+. I also wrote a prequel to one of my books, which my publisher picked up. Although the readers loved the prequel and cried, they wished there could have been more and since it came out after the actual book a lot of people didn’t know about the original book when they read the prequel. It used to be that all I could write was long novels, but lately, I find that I prefer writing short. In fact I have another book coming out at the end of the year that’s 45,000 words. I always like to point out that the great writers of the past used to write short stories. And now novelists are picking up that trend and writing prequels or short stories. I’m glad that genre is back in vogue because truly, I prefer that length. Good luck with your current book.

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Thank you Debbie! And that’s a different kind of reading, but there are many more novellas out there, so it’s not hard to get something in the genre that you like too! Thank you for buying it in Nook!

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Thank you Sandy. I love my cover artist too. And give it a try…you never know. That talk really lit a fire under me, you know? Thank you so much for your kind words.

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 3:17 pm


I’m so glad that you found a length that you are comfortable with. More publishers are publishing at 45k as well, so it’s a good time for all! Thank you for stopping by!

Mary Curry - July 10, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Hi Piper,

My did you bring back some memories. When I was in 5th grade, we had a talent show in summer camp. I wrote a skit for my sister and her friends to perform. I’m thinking those must have been my Little House on the Prairie days because it was a family saga – emphasis on SAGA. They didn’t use a cane to drag us off, but they did lower the curtain and tell us we were done. OUCH.

Needless to say, trying my hand at a novella would be a rather scary proposition. ;)

Congrats to you on doing it so well!

Piper - July 10, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Lol!!! What a cute story Mary! I’m saving my juvenalia to share for some other column and it was great stuff–believe me!! :)

And if you told me a year ago I would be doing this now–I would have thought you were crazy. So never say never…:) Thanks for stopping by Mary!

Walt Mussell - July 10, 2014 - 10:34 pm


Congrats on your novella. I remember that lecture and it made me wonder who I would need to do a novella of. So far, I only have one option in my Japan series manuscripts. However, I’ve yet to jot the idea down.

Tanya A. - July 10, 2014 - 10:55 pm

Piper, I always learn so much from you. Congratulations on finishing your novella and on your upcoming release. It’s always fun to read about what characters other writers choose to spin off a novel and why. So far I’ve only read the first few pages of The Preacher’s Promise, but both your novella and novel I feel are must reads for sometime in the near future.

Sandra Owens - July 10, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Love the cover, Piper. The Lawyer’s Luck is on my Kindle and I look forward to reading it.

Carol Burnside - July 11, 2014 - 12:15 am

Piper, I applaud you for writing a novella. They’re not easy, but I enjoy the challenge of them. I actually prefer writing shorter works. Short stories, novellas and 45-65K novels. Best of luck with your series!

Maxine Davis - July 11, 2014 - 8:30 am

Piperk, Please forgive a day late. Ienjoyed your post. Congratulations on your novella. I’m off to get it after this. Can’t wait to read it. I tried writing a novella and enjoyed it. I need to revisit and get it out there. You are an inspiration. Best of luck.

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:04 am

Thanks Walt for your kind words. It’s great to hear that you have an option! Write it down! I’m always afraid these things will get away from me! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

Thanks Tanya! You are right, it is interesting to see what people think of as potential for other stories. My editor brought up a different character I hadn’t even thought of giving a story in The Lawyer’s Luck and so, as I went over The Preacher’s Promise, I gave her a little more prominence with that in mind–in case I give her a story. Thanks for stopping by!

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

Thanks for the buy Sandra and for commenting! I appreciate your support!

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:19 am


So glad you found a length you like. And they do require a bit more, don’t they? I’m just glad I tried it! Thank you for commenting!

Piper - July 11, 2014 - 9:21 am

No worries Maxine! Thank you for your kind words. I do my best! Thank you in advance for the potential buy of The Lawyer’s Luck!

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