Category Archives: Reading

Writer’s Digest Magazine

March/April 2018 Issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine is out!

Writer's Digest Magazine March-April 2018 CoverI just received the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine! All of the winners of the 25th Annual Book Awards are named in this issue, including Brought to Our Senses in the Mainstream/Literary Fiction category! Take a look here (click on image to enlarge for reading) or on the Writer’s Digest website. Help support these fine authors by buying some of these award-winning titles in the categories you read and enjoy. I’m going to add quite a few of these books to my own reading list! Continue reading

Six questions for an author interview

Sweet Spot Living Magazine Author Interview

Here’s a fun author interview from the January 2018 issue of Sweet Spot Living Magazine where I was asked to answer the following six questions about writing and my novel Brought To Our Senses:

  1. Did you find the writing to be therapeutic in dealing with the real-life emotions you were experiencing?
  2. What advice do you have for someone who wants to write a novel, but is struggling to get going?
  3. How did your love of music inspire your writing and storytelling?
  4. Has the book’s success exceeded your expectations?
  5. Do you have any plans for a second novel?
  6. If you could have lunch with any three writers from throughout history, who would you choose and why?

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Prairie Skies Public Library author event January 16, 2018

Book Reading and Signing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6 pm
Prairie Skies Public Library, 555 Buckeye Road, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Prairie Skies Public Library Book Reading and Signing January 16, 2018Join me at Prairie Skies Public Library in Pleasant Plains, Illinois on Tuesday, January 16th at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. I’ll discuss my inspiration for writing Brought To Our Senses and share a reading from the novel. Got questions for me? I’ll do my best to answer them, and I’ll sign books for those who are interested. Thanks to Director Kathy Roegge for the invitation and for coordinating this event. I look forward to seeing enthusiastic readers there!

2017 reading challenge: my year in books

Surpassed my 2017 reading challenge goal!

2017 reading challengeOn the last day of 2017, I pause  to reflect on my 2017 reading challenge goal. I’m thrilled to report I’ve exceeded my objective by 25% this year! I joined my local library’s contemporary fiction book club last summer, and this reading group has positively influenced my reading habits. Not only that, but I’ve been exposed to some terrific books and alternative genres that I would not have discovered or tackled on my own. Continue reading

Be Aware Women’s Fair October 21, 2017


WHAT: Supporting women’s overall health at the Be Aware Women’s Fair
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 4 H Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

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2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Brought To Our Senses

Family Saga Novel Wins Readers Favorite Book Award in International Competition

I’m thrilled to announce that my family saga novel Brought To Our Senses won a 2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Fiction-Drama! What a privilege it is for my book to receive an honorable mention in this category alongside the other winners and finalists, all with truly remarkable stories. Thanks so much to Readers Favorite Book Awards and the judges of this competition for this great honor. I’m flattered to be in the company of such accomplished writers and outstanding work.

2017 Readers Favorite Book Award for Brought To Our Senses

The Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest features thousands of contestants from all over the world. Submissions are judged from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers.

Head on over to the Readers’ Favorite website to see all the 2017 winners and discover some great books to add to your reading list!


American Writers Museum wows in Chicago

What is the American Writers Museum?

American Writers Museum SignThe American Writers Museum sign on the side of a building caught my attention as I cut a path through the crowd along Michigan Avenue to meet a friend. What exactly is the American Writers Museum, I wondered as I hurried to reach my luncheon destination north of the Chicago River. My curiosity piqued, I vowed to check it out later during my weekend stay in the Windy City.

Finding a few hours of free time the next morning, I retraced my steps to 180 North Michigan Avenue and entered the American Writers Museum on the second floor as the doors were unlocked at 10 am sharp, pleased to be the first visitor of the day. Wowed by the high-tech and shiny-new gleam of the place, I learned the museum’s grand opening on May 16, 2017 had been less than two months before my visit. Here’s what I discovered on my tour. Click on any image to enlarge and use your back arrow to return. Continue reading

Motherhood: Lost and Found

Books I’m Reading: Motherhood: Lost and Found

Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann CampanellaI recently read the book Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann Campanella. It was a good memoir about the sandwich generation trying to do the right thing for their aging parents, their children, and themselves. Campanella writes beautifully and truthfully about the difficulties of undertaking and balancing the tasks of having and raising children, family caregiving for ailing parents, and pursuing a career and personal hobbies. Thank goodness for Campanella it all works out in the end. Job well done!

AlzAuthors eBook Sale June 21 – 28, 2017

AlzAuthors eBook Sale starts on The Longest Day during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!

AlzAuthors eBook Sale June 21-28, 2017Looking for some great new books to read? Then you’ll want to know about the AlzAuthors eBook Sale that starts today, which includes my award-winning family saga novel Brought To Our Senses offered at an insane discount for the very first time!

First, a little bit about the group offering this great eBook sale. AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. I am pleased to be a member of AlzAuthors.

You may have heard that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and June 21st is The Longest Day. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, these important events increase awareness of Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and brain health. In recognition of these events, AlzAuthors has put together our very first eBook sale! Continue reading

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her AgainWhere the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading Where the Light Gets In and recommend the book. I think I wanted to see if a celebrity might somehow have a different experience with dementia than the average person. And largely the pain and struggle is the same, regardless of status. Dementia is cruel and difficult for all. My favorite part of this memoir was when the author rid herself of selfish expectations and learned to connect with her mother in the moment of what was left to share. It’s an “a-ha” moment that I finally reached as well, and what I hope others will discover too as they struggle through a loved one’s journey through dementia. Kudos to Williams-Paisley for showing the reality of this disease and not sugar coating the difficulties.

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