Writer’s block . . . What are you afraid of?

Sometimes people ask me about writer’s block and how I deal with it. Writer’s block is the bogeyman living inside the closet of every writer’s mind. It’s scary to think about, and many writers allow it to cripple their motivation, ideas, and words. Early in my writing career, during the writing of my first novel, writer’s block moved in uninvited, and I didn’t write a word for almost a year. When I finally broke through, I promised myself I would never allow writer’s block to strangle me  again and would find a way that consistently worked to defeat it. My answer to how I deal with writer’s block often surprises people: I deal with it by refusing to allow it to hide out, lurking in the shadows. I don’t acknowledge it, so it does not, cannot affect my writing. I write in spite of writer’s block. This attitude comes from my belief about my writing. I am a writer, and… Read more

Book Review: Christmas Angel by Jo Beverly

Jo Beverly is one of my favorite Regency Romance authors and Christmas Angel, The Company of Rogues series, book 3, is one of her best. I love the Company of Rogues series. While at Eaton, eight boys formed a pact – sealed with a blood oath – to protect each other and be there when needed. Now that they are men, they have been through war and difficult situations. This series chronicles some of their lives and how the Company of Rogues has stepped in to help. Although there is a little overlapping of characters, each book can stand alone. In “Christmas Angel” we get to read the story of Leander Knollis, Lord Charrington. He has returned from war and decided he wants a wife without the complications and emotional tangles of love. He thinks he’s found that in Judith Rossiter, the Weeping Widow, who is apparently still mourning her husband’s death even though a year has passed. Judith has other… Read more

Book Review: Inheritance – A Psychological Suspense Thriller

by Thomas Wymark — Mystery, Psychological Suspense Review by Susan L Stewart “Inheritance: It was hers from the beginning” is not the kind of book I normally read, but the first line of the synopsis sounded interesting enough to give it a try: “Somewhere deep in her mind Christine Marsden is witnessing the murder of young girls. And now she has urges to hurt her own children.” Wow! To say I couldn’t put it down once I started is a cliché, but true. This story, told in first person by the main character, is the riveting account of how her life falls apart after being mugged and receiving two brain injuries. The horrifying nightmares of sexually assaulting and murdering young girls, visions of people not there, voices telling her to hurt people – including her children – and blackouts during which she does things she has no memory of, almost push her permanently over the edge to insanity, but she refuses to give… Read more