Authentic Book Reviews

At times, I’m hesitant to write a bad review, wondering if my judgment is flawed, especially if it’s not my preferred genre. Surely someone else has a better opinion. But being genuine is better than false praise. As a writer, I’ve learned one of the greatest efforts an author can make is supporting fellow writers….

Toward A Different Stream

          I meander a bit diverging, twisting, and flowing aimlessly dodging stagnant conventions dabbling in a little of this and that never a straight path enticed nor pondered sinuous cerebrum crevices like a waterfall, forever flowing I meander, a persistent crooked stream through motionless, manmade ponds escaping raging rivers and confusing channels toward…

Downtime

Last year was, above all else, an uncompromising creative effort to finish what I started. My mind, messy with factual and fictional images, either utilized or trashed, kept me in constant wonder. Immersed in the fabric of my plot, characters, dialogue, and information, I felt isolated—not my typical self, abandoning friends and family for fictional…

Finally!

I’ve been away, but not gone entirely, thoroughly engrossed in my characters, it was an effort that required any extra time I had left in a busy, chaotic life. Finally, I’m done with my third novel, Kalorama Road, titled initially, A Blog Affair. Much like marathon training I’d done over the years, the novel required…

AGAIN… MORE TEARS

America has a sickness that spreads to the very core of our culture. It’s a black, insidious disease that threatens the lives of us all. Is there a panacea for what ails a culture of gun violence? Can we scour away an illness that’s blackened our hearts and minds? There is not one cure, there…

All Hallow’s Eve

  For many, including myself, Halloween is a fun autumn holiday filled with trick-or-treating, costumes, candies, carving pumpkins, and ghoulish theme parties of wicked laughs and cheer. All Hallows Eve is a tradition brought to America by Irish emigrants during the 19th century. Given Halloween’s origins stemmed from pagan festival of Samhain when people worshiped…

Holiday Stress

The holiday season is here, a time for cheer and celebration with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many, this time of the year can be downright depressing. All the planning, decorating, cooking, shopping, parties, and, traveling can leave us exhausted and stressed-out. The American Psychological Association (APA) states that everyone experiences stress differently. “Symptoms include a combination…

A Perfectionistic Mindset

Recently, I stumbled across the term Impostor Syndrome, or Fraud Syndrome, and was surprised by the number of successful writers who experience this phenomenon. Clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes identified impostor syndrome in 1978, as feelings of fraud and self-doubt suffered mainly by high-achieving individuals. Despite their success, the person believes they don’t…

Search For Maylee by Didi Oviatt – Blog Tour/Interview

Originally posted on Brickley Jules Writes:
? Search for Maylee by Didi Oviatt Release Date: October 6, 2017 Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Crime-Thriller Book Description: Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt  ? Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside…

My Novel: Watching Glass Shatter – ON SALE

Originally posted on This Is My Truth Now:
I am very excited to announce that Watching Glass Shatter is officially available for purchase on Amazon at: http://mybook.to/WGS. It will be available as an electronic read for the next few weeks, followed by physical copies in November. I also have an author page at Amazon that you can…

Beliefs and Values

  “A value is a measure of the worth or importance a person attaches to something; our values are often reflected in the way we live our lives… An attitude is the way a person expresses or applies their beliefs and values, and is expressed through words and behavior.” Your personal beliefs and values are shaped by family, friends, school,…

Coincidence or Mastery?

Have you ever seen an actor or a dancer get up on stage and perform without hours and hours of rehearsals? Has a painter ever created a masterpiece without mastering technical skills? Like any artist, a writer needs to practice, practice, and practice. I don’t believe in coincidence when it comes to writing success. Like…