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Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Although much has been written about Karen McQuestion’s extraordinary journey to publishing success (including Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith), the most important story remains between the covers of her debut novel, A Scattered Life. After all that was the Kindle book optioned for film, adored by ebook readers, and put Karen — not only on the literary map — but in The Wall Street Journal as well. So what’s it all about? Simply put, the novel’s story is…

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Jenny Nelson and Georgia’s Kitchen

Jenny Nelson and Georgia’s Kitchen

According to Jenny Nelson, the best advice she ever received on writing a novel was, “to write the book I wanted to read.” It took years to complete but when the author debuted with Georgia’s Kitchen on August 3, 2010, she had told a story that also appealed to countless readers. The proof: Five star reviews at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders! Ah reviews, the author’s main character Georgia Gray knows them well. From the novel’s title one would…

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Keetha DePriest Mosley and Culinary Kudzu(s)

Keetha DePriest Mosley and Culinary Kudzu(s)

From the Book’s Back Cover Kudzu. That quintessential Southern vine that seems to envelop everything in its path and can’t be deterred. Much like this indefatigable creeper, Southern culture seems to have ingratiated itself into every aspect of our daily lives. Nowhere is that presence more apparent than in the kitchen. Long have Southerners appreciated and embraced the joys and memorable times that accompany good food and good friends. Almost five years ago, Keetha DePriest Mosley [formerly Reed] (Culinary Kudzu:…

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Guest Robin Antalek on Raising (Writing) Good Characters

Guest Robin Antalek on Raising (Writing) Good Characters

[Robin Antalek, in her debut novel The Summer We Fell Apart, (Facebook) introduces the reader to four main characters — all siblings in a dysfunctional family. In today’s guest post she describes the toil and toll required to birth, develop, and then let each one go out into the world…even beyond the book’s pages.] During the process of writing The Summer We Fell Apart I was a mess. These characters and their lives were so demanding of my emotional well-being…

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Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and
Pamela Ferdinand with Three Wishes

Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and
Pamela Ferdinand with Three Wishes

Although its title and description may sound like a fairy tale, the collaborative memoir, Three Wishes:A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood by Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand, is a 21st century non-fiction account of how anything is possible through traditional hope and love. Once upon a time — ten years ago — these three successful, connected, savvy journalists began to realize a personal deadline was looming….

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Carleen Brice and Children of the Waters

Carleen Brice and Children of the Waters

Last spring, Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint & Honey (which was optioned by the Lifetime Movie Network) instantly became a #1 Denver Post best-seller and Essence Magazine Recommended Read. Yet there was more. Later in 2008, this writer won the Breakout Author of the Year Award from the African American Literary Awards Show and in 2009 she received the First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Carleen is also a finalist for the 2009…

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