Spotlight: Terry North Fisher


Accepting second best is good for her career, but first-grade teacher, Retta Curt, delays signing up for the disappointment. Given two weeks to consider her contract, she retreats to Gram’s cottage on Moon Lake, the last place she felt contentment. But the cottage is derelict; Cousin Julie, distant; childhood beaux, Dean, bitter; and Sweet Picks, the family ice cream stand, in danger of folding. A surly newcomer is buying and then running down properties until nothing remains of the idyllic lakeside community she remembers. When vandals target Sweet Picks, Retta’s dreams to recapture her happy childhood collapse, and the return to Moon Lake becomes a decision worse than accepting her teaching contract. Disheartened. Star-crossed. Can Retta save the family business and rediscover happiness, or is she destined for a second-best future?

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Terry Korth Fischer writes short stories, memoirs, and mysteries. Transplanted from the Midwest, Terry lives in Houston, Texas, with two guard cats. When not writing, she loves reading, frolicking with the kittens, and basking in the sunshine. Yet, her heart often wanders to the country’s heartland, where she spent a memorable—ordinary but charmed—childhood. Learn more about Terry at her author website:

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July 4 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), Rube Goldberg (1883), Lionel Trilling (1905), Ann Landers (1918), Abigail Van Buren (1918), Neil Simon (1927), Richard Rhodes (1937), Thomas Nagel (1937), Tomaž Šalamun (1941), Jaimy Gordon (1944), Deon Meyer (1956),

Neil Simon won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “Lost in Yonkers”

Richard Rhodes won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”

Quotes: “The more you do it, the better you become. There is nothing that improves your writing more than just sitting down and doing it.” – Deon Meyer

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fanshawe

“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” ― Ann Landers

Tip: It is Independence Day in the US. What do you need to do to mark your independence in writing? Carve out space and time for yourself and declare your independence.

Jumpstart: If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, would you? What would it be? Why would you change that?

July 3 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860), Ralph Barton Perry (1876), Franz Kafka (1883), M.F.K. Fisher (1908), Tom Stoppard (1937), Dave Barry (1947), Rohinton Mistry (1952), Franny Billingsley (1954), Charles Higson (1958), Julie Burchill (1959), Joanne Harris (1964), Matt Haig (1975)

Ralph Perry won the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for “William James”

Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for his humorous works.

Quote: “Getting published requires a great deal of time, energy and commitment. You are likely to be rejected many times. You will need to develop a very thick skin. If you are very sensitive, or if you think rejection will upset you too much, then perhaps you should just stick to writing for pleasure – after all, not everyone who plays tennis wants to be a pro. A very few writers make lots of money. Some writers make enough money to live on (I am one of the lucky ones). Most writers don’t make enough money to live on. Some don’t make any money at all.” – Joanne Harris

Tip: Be careful about overusing tropes (a common theme that shows up in a lot of books). They can be used to your advantage, especially in some genres, but use them carefully.

Jumpstart: In 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania became the center of the conflict between the North and South. Put your character there. What side is s/he on? Is s/he a fighter or a civilian? What happens?

July 2 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Hermann Hesse (1877), Jean Craighead George (1919), Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923), Wislawa Szymborska (1923), Mark Billingham (1961), Jack Gantos (1951), Elizabeth Graver (1964), Darren Shan (1972), Matthew Reilly (1974), Tao Lin (1983)

Hermann Hesse won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his writings. Best known for his books “Steppenwolf” and “Siddhartha”

Jean George is best known for her work “My Side of the Mountain”

Wislawa Szymborska won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature for his poetry.

Jack Gantos is best known for creating the character of “Rotten Ralph”

Quote: “Unless someone has broken all your fingers there’s nothing stopping you writing. It won’t always be any good of course, but writers have good days and bad days, same as anyone else.” – Mark Billingham

Tip: Three act structure is the most common storytelling device. In Act I, the main character’s life is thrown out of whack. In Act II, he tries to solve the problem, but can’t. Act III, he uses knowledge gained in II and formulates a new plan.

Jumpstart: You have just learned that you are the heir to a kingdom – a very small one with rich resources but surrounded by larger, not so nice ones. Do you take the throne? Why or why not?

July 1 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Johann Heidegger (1633), Gottfried Leibniz (1646), George Sand (1804), William Strunk (1869), James M. Cain (1892), Amber Reeves (1887), James Cain (1892), Jean Stafford (1915), Emily Arnold McCully (1939), Denis Johnson (1949), Lisa Scottoline (1955), Louise Penny (1958), Genevieve Valentine (1981), Blake Bailey (1963),

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is thought to be one of the founders of library science.

William Strunk, Jr. was a grammarian best known for his book “The Elements of Style” which was revised by his student E.B. White.

Jean Stafford won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her “Collected Stories”

Lisa Scottoline’s book “Final Appeal” won the 1995 Edgar Award.

Quote: “I love writing both fiction and memoir. Both have unique challenges; bottom line, fiction is hard because you have to come up with the credible, twisty plot, and memoir is hard because you have to say something true and profound, albeit in a funny way.” Lisa


Tip: Consider using a storyboard for your book. Set up a chart—either paper, computer or large piece of cardboard or whiteboard that you map out your scenes and chapters on. Sticky notes work well for this as you can move them around.

Jumpstart: Write a scene where two enemies are caught in a stuck elevator. What happens?

June 30 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Winston Graham (1908), Czeslaw Milosz 1911), Harry Blackstone, Jr. (1934), Assia Djebar (1936), Jose Emilio Pacheco (1939), David McPhail (1940), Ahmed Sofa (1943), Daniel Goldhagen (1959), Adam Roberts (1965), Dinaw Megestu (1978),

Czeslaw Milosz won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Quote: “Don’t think about how your characters sound, but how they see. Watch the world through their eyes – study the extraordinary and the mundane through their particular perspective. Walk around the block with them, stroll the rooms they live in, figure out what objects on the cluttered dining room table they would inevitably stare at the longest, and then learn why. Be generous to your characters: kill them, save them, break their hearts and then heal them. Stuff them with life, emotions, histories, objects and people they love, and once you’ve done that, once they are bursting at the seams, strip them bare. Find out what they look like—how they stand, talk move, when they have nothing left. Now put them back together, fill them once more with life, except now leave enough room for the reader to squeeze their own heart and imagination inside.” – Dinaw Megestu

Tip: In dialogue, try to avoid the “But as you know…” syndrome. If the reader should know it, then you should have had it in before this.

Jumpstart: Open any magazine to a picture and write a paragraph about what is happening or what is being advertised. You’re trying to describe this to someone who can’t see it. Be specific.

June 29 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), John Toland (1912), Julia Kepes (1918), Frederic Dard (1921), Charlotte Bingham (1942), Quintin Jardine (1945), Brian Herbert (1947), Breece D’J Pancake (1952)

Antoine de Saint-Expury is best known for his novella “The Little Prince”

John Toland won the Pulitzer Prize for History for “The Rising Sun”

Quote: “You can’t write any form of fiction unless you enjoy reading it. You must be sincere in your approach. It’s no good despising the form. So many people think they could earn some money from writing something for which they have no affection. It won’t work. The first thing you have to have is belief.” – Charlotte Bingham

Tip: Try not to give your reader “ping-pong” dialogue. Break up long passages of dialogue with actions.

Jumpstart: List ten things that annoy you. Pick two and write about them. Why do they annoy you? What can you do about them?

Spotlight: D.R. Grady

A geeky R&D director asks the reigning sales queen on a date and they’re both shocked when she accepts.Can the geek keep the girl?


Nerdy Nick Harrington can’t believe his superpower over gorgeous sales queen Alexis Collins. He, dorky lab guy, starts distracting their focused revenue maker from important meetings and clients after their first date.

Things go swell for a few euphoric weeks. She meets his cat, he meets her friends, and they contemplate meeting the parents. Then their boss casually mentions that they should both apply for a new vice president job.

Nick and Alexis have to decide between their precious new relationship or their dream job.

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Spotlight: Maria Imbalzano

The untimely death of EJ Hampton’s father kills her dream of practicing law with him in her hometown of Wylder. Heartbroken, she now has two weeks to organize the practice for sale. When she meets her father’s millionaire client Dylan Addison, he is demanding and entitled—yet his charisma captivates her.
Dylan is under pressure to renovate the Wylder Hotel before his father pulls the plug on his project. He needs EJ’s expertise, but she is bent on returning to her life in San Francisco despite the fireworks between them.
EJ walks a tightrope trying to balance Dylan’s needs against her own, but doing so is far more complicated when emotions get in the way.

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Spotlight: Skye Warren


Finn Hughes knows about secrets. His family is as wealthy as the Rockefellers. And as powerful as the Kennedys. He runs the billion-dollar corporation. No one knows that he has a ticking time clock on his ability to lead.

Eva Morelli is the oldest daughter. The responsible one. The caring one. The one who doesn’t have time for her own interests.

Especially not her interest in the charismatic, mysterious Finn Hughes.

A fake relationship is the answer to both their problems.

It will keep the swarming society mothers from throwing their daughters at him.

And it will keep Eva’s mother from bothering her about marriage.

Then the fake relationship starts to feel real.

But there’s no chance for them. No hope for a woman who’s had her heart broken. And no future for a man whose fate was decided long ago.

WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk…

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