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It’s Book Pub Day! New Releases: September 29, 2020

Hi! It’s Pub Day, here again! There are some INTRIGUING new books being released into the world today, everybody. Shall we take a look?   Fiction The Bell in the Lake: A Novel, by Lars Mytting   Just Like You: A Novel, by Nick Hornby   Non-Fiction The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World that’s Pulling Apart, by Noreena Hertz   Memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis   Spirituality/Faith The Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey   Poetry Swimming Lessons: Poems, by Lili Reinhart   Whale Day, and Other Poems, by Billy Collins   Happy reading…

It’s Pub Day! New Books to Read! September 22, 2020 Releases

Hi! Tuesday is Publication Day in Book World. It’s the most exciting day for an author: new books are released by their publishers, we get to read them, and all are happy. Because I know many of you like to read as much as I do, I want to share with you a lineup of some new titles available to us today. Fiction And Now She’s Gone, by Rachel Howzell Hall   The Book of Two Ways: A Novel, by Jodi Picoult   Daughters of the Wild: A Novel, by Natalka Burian    To Tell You the Truth: A Novel, by Gilly MacMillan   Nonfiction We’re Better than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, by Elijah Cummings   Poetry She’s Strong, but She’s Tired (What She Felt #3) by r.h. Sin   Young Adult Far from Normal, by Becky Wallace   How it All Blew Up: A Novel, by Arvin Ahmadi   White Fox, by Sara Faring Happy reading…

Because the Best Writers are the Ones Who Stopped Thinking

The writing has been tough for me this winter. I’d been on a roll, but then suggestions from my agent stopped me in my tracks (her suggestions were spot-on. It’s just that when anybody else expresses an opinion about a project early in I tend to shut down for a couple of days. I’m sure that’s totally normal). Then when I got rolling again, I started working with a writing craft book that, while super helpful with technique and plotting, completely took me out of the story. My writing became less about the characters than it did about what I could DO with the characters, if that makes any sense. Basically, I was thinking too much instead of acting on instinct, and everybody knows that thinking too much is the best way to make sure no actual doing happens. So, that was strike two. And then Christmas happened, and then a website overhaul, and then…well, here we are. I’d been in and out of the story so inconsistently that for a while I felt like I’d struck out. I was on the DL. I&#8217…