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Writing Journal November 16-21

Monday November 16 Definitely in a better headspace today. No crying! Getting back to our weekly schedule helped. I also saw friends in social distanced outdoor meetups. We are lucky the weather has stayed so good for so long. I have to admit seeing 60 degrees projected for this weekend helped my mood immensely. Today I didn’t edit in order. I did line edits on the last scene of the last chapter. Then my stretch goal for the day was to ask another writer I’m acquainted with but had never read my work to read the book. They offered to …

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Writing Journal November 9-14

Monday November 9 Not much progress this morning. Still on fleshing out and clarifying description duty as I work through the chapter. I did get some important errands accomplished today. Both kids have much needed new shoes that actually fit. I ordered a gobbler sandwich online, picked it up and then drove to a nearby park to eat lunch with a friend. I shall consider it my finishing my book celebration.  Tuesday November 10 Between an editing session last night after the kids went to bed  and another session this morning when they were on zoom I finished line edits …

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Writing Journal Nov 2-Nov 7

Monday, November 2 I don’t write on Sundays but we voted yesterday! I am so glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore. What a relief! Now we just have to sit back and see what happens this week. I am super excited to write today. I went to bed early last night so the morning would come earlier so I could write.  Today I need to rewrite chapter 27. The whole thing needs to be trashed so we are starting from scratch. In my head, I’m shooting for min 2500 words. Maximum  4000. 3 scenes. I can write …

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I have some exciting news about my flash fiction this week. The Mormon Lit Blitz founders have compiled an anthology of contests winners for the first five years of the contest. That means three of my stories will be included in the collection. This is such a great opportunity for many authors that have participated in the contest throughout the years. It is also an awesome collection of Mormon flash fiction and poetry from so many talented and experienced writers in the field. It it a great collection to have on hand for a quick bit of entertainment and inspiration. …

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Writing Journal Oct 26-Oct 31

Monday October 26.  Woke up excited to write. Anxious because they are turning our water off from 9-3. We’ll see how much the little distractions that come along with that does for our progress today. We’re over 50,000 words into this edit. Now that we’re on the last third of the novel we’ve got serious revisions up for us. So we can land the ending. Starting with chapter 23. 23 you shall not defeat me.  Tuesday October 27 Got the first half of Chapter 23 revised yesterday.  Pleased with results. I’m having trouble writing the transition to the next scene. …

book review

The Doctor and the Midwife by Sarah Alva

Back Copy: As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating—and inconveniently beautiful—midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride. Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she’s heard about in an online forum. Her …

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A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

Sometimes I feel like there are two types of Regencies. There are the historical Regencies that not only pay careful attention to the technicalities to British class rules but also historical attitudes and expectations. Then there are Regencies that are what high fantasy is to the medieval era. Basically, there is a castle and there is a king but everything else goes. Some Regencies have started to take on that sort of feel. Add a duke and a fancy English setting but everything else goes regardless of the social and historical realities of the time period.  There are major aspects …

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A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson

Backcover Copy: Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.  Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on …

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Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball

My Review: I really enjoyed reading Where the Stars Meet the Sea as it was set in a sprawling English castle that the author allowed her character to explore freely. So, while the main character Juliet is not sparing with the taciturn duke of Halstead she is exploring libraries, observatories, and a sunny orangery. On the surface this novel is a typical romance full of familiar regency tropes and a predictable plot but that is also part of what makes it so compelling. Kimball layers many conflicts on top of one another but expertly weaves them together in a way …

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A week of Proper Romance and Historical Fiction Deals

There are so many ebook deals for Shadow Mountain and Covenant titles this week. Many novels in the Proper Romance line are $2.99 right now. It’s really rare for DB to discount their books this way so get them while you can! Covenant also has a slew of deals running right now too. Esther Hatch’s A Proper Scandal is on sale for $0.99. Probably to celebrate the fact that A Proper Charade released this week–currently on sale for $5.99. Second, Covenant is marking the 75th Anniversary of VE day by offering several WWII titles for $0.99 Free books!