Thinks I Think

(as posted on If I wrote a book, this is how it would start. There is a road that travels from the far southern tip of Gaston County, through hill country and farmland over small rivers and along dry creekbeds, cutting up north and east until it runs out into a great highway and disappears. It widens as it snakes through open land, and gradually narrows to make way through small towns: Eaton, Bradford, Sain, Denton....more

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Books for Booklovers

Nothing makes a booklover's heart patter more than unwrapping a book... unless it's a stack of books. If the booklover in your life is anything like me, they rarely get books as gifts. I've never been sure if it's because people aren't sure what books to buy us or if they've decided we have enough books already, but I'm always thrilled when people give me a book as a gift. Here are some suggestions for titles that booklovers would be happy to unwrap this holiday season. ...more
Thanks for the list. Several titles sound interesting, including Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. ...more

(Interview) Margaret Dilloway Talks to BlogHer

We recently caught up with BlogHer Book Club author Margaret Dilloway about her novel How to Be an American Housewife. Here's what she had to say about her novel, her favorite English class and we even wrangled a little bit out of her about her next book....more
I so enjoyed your book Margaret, and look forward to reading your next novel. :)more

The Great Inditionater

Bam!  Whizzle whizz splat!  Keen heard the noises and saw the great machine shake and shudder.  Broken pieces came out on the conveyor belt. He scooped them all up and threw them into the recycle bin.  Unfinished pieces could be tossed out, but completed works would have to be kept whether they made sense or not.  Keen had to do something, tell someone fast!  He ran to the telephone to call maintenance. ...more
I'm really glad you liked it, I always look forward to your comments! @HomeRearedChefmore

(EXCERPT) How to Be an American Housewife

If you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of BlogHer Book Club's October pick, How to Be an American Housewife, here's an excerpt to get you started....more

Book Talk: *The Handmaid's Tale*, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale...more
I only read it for the first time in the last 10 years. It's a weird combination of interesting ...more

Ten Tips for Writing Dialogue

My novel edit continues, and right now I’m looking at dialogue, so I’m trying to pull together everything I’ve read, heard, and been taught about the art of writing good dialogue. Here’s the checklist I’ve put together for myself....more

Call for Submissions

No longer taking submissions. Thanks! Kelly...more

Sam Dawson: A Quick Summary

For those who want to play, here's a quick summary of the novel so far.  You choose what happens next.Plot so farSam Dawson, Queer Studies Professor at Britney U, finds her dead boss, Alexandr "The Bull" Turnbull dead in her hotel room with a fountain pen jabbed in her chest.  Sam's step-daughter M.C. is also along for the ride--just wait until her mother finds out....more

Sam Dawson: Want to try an experiment?

So, if you've been reading any of the earlier posts, you know that this blog is a novel in progress.  Actually it's a novel already done and soon to be available via Smashwords: Samantha Dawson and the Mystery of the Apple....more
Can't wait to see what you have to suggest. I'll work with anything you give me!more