My lifelong obsession with books

15Mar, 2020

Tropical Treasures

Guest Blog by Linda Ulleseit My husband’s mother and grandmother were born in Hawaii. He has dozens of relatives there, and we attended our first family reunion in Honolulu this past February. The outpouring of ohana and aloha was amazing! Maybe it’s this connection to family that has always driven [...]

15Feb, 2020

Must Read Memoir

Guest blog by Kathryn Taylor The beauty of memoir is that it offers insight and understanding by the sharing of personal experiences. A memoir can be filled with hope and inspiration, guiding the reader along a path which often overcomes adversity. It transcends time, race, education, socio economic status, religion [...]

15Jan, 2020

Bridging Worlds

Guest blog by Laura Nicole Diamond My favorite novels are those pull the reader into the character's mind and heart, and experiences the world through their eyes and ears. A good story well told seeps into your skin, breathes into your lungs, creates images so rich the mind incorporates them [...]

15Dec, 2019

Holiday Cheer

I love the holiday season. The lights bring a welcome respite from the darkness of winter’s cold and short days. The messages of hope and goodwill are uplifting. It’s a time of year to cherish your seasonal traditions, whatever they may be. One treasured ritual for me has been attending [...]

1Dec, 2019

The Enduring Appeal of WWII Fiction

Guest blog by Barbara Ridley I was raised in England in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The war was so recent it didn’t feel like history. Bombed out buildings still littered the streets and we had rationing for some items through the mid-fifties. People of my parents’ [...]

15Nov, 2019

The Story Behind the Story

Guest blog by Eileen Harrison Sanchez Nearly seven years ago I began to seriously write a novel. It started as a writing critique on an ordinary Monday morning. The multi-genre group had copies of my eight-page attempt at memoir. My essay told the story of the 1969 November day I [...]

1Nov, 2019

Women Who Go Their Own Way

Guest blog by Rifka Kreiter  I closed the book with a contented sigh just as the sun peeked through my bedroom window one summer morning in 1961. I’d been reading all night. Published in 1959, Mary Astor: My Story was one of the first confessional autobiographies to come out of Hollywood, by [...]

15Oct, 2019

Getting Real

A reader recently wrote a review of my novel, Better Than This, and described that it was painful to read, but not in a bad way. Rather, it was a book that explored a difficult topic, but ultimately left the reader feeling hopeful and empowered. As a psychotherapist, I think [...]

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