Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pamper yourself this summer!

Last year I took a leap of faith and hosted two all-day grief writing workshops in North Carolina. I've taught my "Writing the Heartache" Workshops at other people's seminars, but never on my own where I was responsible for locating the venue, serving lunch, advertising, etc.

I'm happy to announce that this summer I will offer another all-day workshop in Raleigh, NC. "Gateway Through Life's Losses" will be held at the Raleigh-Cary, NC Hampton Inn and Suites' Capital~Piedmont Room on July 30th from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

This is a workshop for anyone who wants to write from any kind of loss (divorce, death of a loved one, financial, etc.) or from broken relationships. The grief/loss scope is wide.

Writing therapy is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself this summer! One of the participants from last year said that she had taken care of so many, now it was time to take care of herself and pamper herself with the workshop.

I've created a page on my website with all the details.

Please spread the word to all your friends and family in this area who could benefit from a day of healing, health, and hope.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Giving away a summer read!

Per my newsletter, Literary Lyrics, this month I'm giving away copies of a most suitable beach read, Hatteras Girl. In order to qualify for the giveaway which will be two drawings, one on the 18th and one on the 25th, you must follow this blog or LIKE my Facebook Fan Club page. After you do that, send me an email at with Giveaway in the subject line and you'll be entered. I hope those of you who are already following my blogs and/or are Facebook fans will enter the contest as well.

Play to win!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review: Chasing Sunsets

Everyone needs a place to heal from wounds. In Eva Marie Everson's newest novel, Chasing Sunsets, Kimberly Tucker, under the insistence of her father, goes to a beloved childhood spot known as Cedar Key Island. There, she discovers truths about herself, her two boys, God, friendships, and the reasons behind her previous marriage which ended in divorce. She also rekindles her romance with Stephen Granger, wanting to believe that he is as good as he seems, in spite of someone who tries to convince her otherwise.

Written in an easy-to-read style, including chapters that convey scenarios from the past, Chasing Sunsets moves quickly and captures any romantic's attention. Everson knows how to create a well-crafted tale.

This book was received for the purpose of review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Book Review: Steps to Courage

Three young lives are tied together in this debut novel, Steps to Courage, by Sandra Stiles. Plagued with scars, Lucas, Mark and Trina, must battle their own pasts. Little do they know that the past is not all they will have to deal with on that fateful day of 9/11/2001.

Written in third person, Stiles fills us in the background of each youth, as well as their reasons for being in New York City on this day. For those who remember the horror that unfolded in New York, Pennsylvania and D.C, the book will capture many of those events, painting them with realistic emotions. In spite of unfavorable circumstances, the three friends reinvent their lives, seeking hope and happiness.

Recommended for young adults, especially girls.