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TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Newly elected state senator Ashley Halliday is over her failed engagement and ready to help make Idaho a better place to live and work. She has no time for romance … until she and Richard, a handsome state representative, take their friendship to a new level. But then there’s John, an aide to the governor of Idaho. Both hold power … but only one is a good man. The other is on a mission to destroy lives. Will she learn the truth in time to save lives and keep her friends safe from dark influences?

Sports bar owner and state representative Richard Fowler is happy for his best friend Stephen and his bride, Rose. He knows their secret–Rose came back from the dead to save Stephen from his lofty ambitions. Richard himself has no time for any supernatural goings-on or for romance, not with his work to save state education funding. Until he sees the vibrant Senator Halliday through new eyes, that is. But to win Ashley, he must keep her safe from a rival who wants her for darker reasons.

FROM A DARK PAST

A villain has returned from the dead, summoned by a demon, and given another chance to do what he failed at the first time. He’ll gladly take down anyone else who gets in his way. And his new post in the halls of state government? A devilish chance to play corrupt lobbyist, and foil the plans of those with loftier goals.

Writers Block

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One of the most frustrating times for a writer is working on a story and hitting a wall. I’m talking about that phenomenon known as writers block. Unfortunately, I have suffered from this problem on a few of my earlier books. You are writing away, happily immersed in your story and putting your characters through all sorts of trials and tribulations when suddenly the bottom falls out of the story and you don’t know how to move forward.

The cure for this problem is planning. Now before I even begin a story, I outline my idea from the inciting event all the way to the end of the book. I have found that when I have a road map of where I am going it is a lot easier to make my daily word count and keep the story on track. Another thing that helps is to know your characters. I do a character sheet on each one. Since I am writing several series, I need to keep track of who is who. It is amazing how many times you need to write a detail about one of your characters and you don’t remember it. What color eyes does he have? What element of his back-story caused him to react a certain way? Where was he born? A complete character sheet on all your primary and secondary characters can save a lot of time, which would otherwise be spent going back through your manuscript trying to find the place where you mentioned it before.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being stuck, I have found that it helps to stop and go back and read what you have written, taking notes along the way. Many times the answer to your plotting dilemma lies in the part you have already written. If you can’t find an answer to your problem, a careful reading of the story thus far can show you where you went off the rails and what parts you need to remove in order to get out of the corner you’ve written yourself into.

We all have those times when you want to take your work in progress and run it through the shredder. Sometimes that best thing to do is walk away from your manuscript and let your head clear.

What do you do when you’re stuck?

The Thorn of A Rose-Quote

“Ambition can be a stimulating aphrodisiac and as deadly as poison.” - Stephen Winship - The Thorn of a Rose

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Interesting Fact About Mammals

Mice, giraffes, elephants, whales, and humans all have seven neck vertebrae

Cold Taco Salad

Here is a great quick recipe for a salad.

Cold Taco Salad

Richard Fowler – The Thorn of a Rose

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Inspiration Monday

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Inspiration From Confucious

“it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius Kushandwizdom

Augustina Van Hoven

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