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Mother's Day Tribute

I would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially the amazing woman who brought me (and 4 older brothers and sisters) into the world. We call her Mother Theresa or MT for short. Her name really is Theresa so it wasn't a stretch to nickname her after the famous nun who healed the sick and cared for the poorest of poor. We think our MT is pretty special too. It's hard to describe how I feel about her without getting a big lump in my throat. She fills my heart with love, she's my best friend, my confident, my counselor and supporter.







At a very early age she instilled a love of reading in us that kept us entertained over the years right up until this very day. Being an avid reader herself, she is also my biggest fan, of course. I should dedicate every single book I write to her as she has also been the most enthusiastic cheerleader, always keeping copies of my books on hand to sell to her Thai Chi class, Red Hatter group... and she even…

What I learned from Re-Writing my Novels - guest post from Samantha Bryant

Please welcome author Samantha Bryant as a guest on my blog today to share a little insight into her journey to launch her debut novel. 

What I Learned from Rewriting my Novels
Writing a novel is a learning process. Rewriting one, even more so. Whenever I am working on a rewrite, I get mad at my earlier self for not being more careful with continuity and pacing. "What idiot wrote this gobbledygook anyway?" I shout to the heavens. Oh yeah…it was me.

I've been through the writing/rewriting cycle a few times now: for two, as yet, unpublished novels, for Going Through the Change, a novel which is being published right now, as I write this (Release date: April 23, 2015 from Curiosity Quills Press), and for a fourth book (a sequel to Change) that I'm working on right now. 
Here's what I have learned in all of this work:
1. Each novel is its own specific puzzle. You can't put this one together the same way you did another. 

I felt like I learned so much from writin…