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Books to take to Summer Camp

Books to take to Summer Camp

Lucky Me by Cindy Callaghan Meghan McGlinchey is the most superstitious girl in her family. After receiving a chain letter from Ireland, Meghan passes it on. However, Meghan took a shortcut in the directions and now she is experiencing an unlucky streak, punctuated by losing the election […]

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Four Classic Horror Novels Worth a Second Read (And One New Book They Sired)

  The Shining (Stephen King, 1977) Save me O please save me if you can’t at least come play with me…Forever. And Forever. And Forever. This is simply the scariest horror novel I have ever read, and don’t think you know what’s going on in between those […]

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Summer Reading Recommendations 2014

Summer Reading Recommendations 2014

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand 48-year old Dabney was born with the gift of matchmaking and with 42 happy couples together to date, she has plenty to be happy about. That is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes—a woman seeking Dabney’s help to heal […]

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Jane Austen and Change

In 2013, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice. After two centuries, we still can’t get enough of Austen’s “own darling child.” Much has been written about its timeless themes, its characters, and the love story at its heart. What I […]

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How Can We Be Sure It’s Good?

No matter how positive I am something I’ve written is worthwhile, I’m never really sure. And even reaching the point where I’m so damned positive I’m not quite sure takes time and requires negotiating numerous detours and obstacles, many of my own devising (though I’d happily blame […]

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Why I Write at Happy Donuts

Several years ago, I started writing my novels at a 24-hour donut shop a couple of blocks from my house in San Francisco. Unlike the new minimalist coffee houses in the Mission District, where each cup of coffee is individually brewed and where every customer there is […]

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My Mother, My Loss, My Story

   “So what’s up with this first novel?  The Sandpiper?  Why did you write it?”  Questions I keep hearing from members of book clubs I talk to.  While I am all about the story, they want to know more about the storyteller.  I wasn’t ready for that. […]

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(Seven Glamorous Years in) The Life of a Corporate Lawyer Turned Debut Fiction Author

    The life of a Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer. Spanning the country (and beyond) in hushed first-class cabins, bantering with flight attendants and strategizing with colleagues on the ‘Deal Team’ before touching down in it-doesn’t-matter-where. Then a limo to a glass tower where The Other Team […]

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The Courage to Write

In the fall of 1986, I was ten years old, and I found myself sleeping on the muddy ground of a temperate rainforest on an island in Washington State. The muddy bed was supposed to be temporary. My alcoholic Salvadoran stepfather was building a wooden pyramid for […]

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Why Your Characters Are Your Best Ghost Writers

I’ve decided to train my cat to fetch.  I just think that would be amazing – to have Whiskers return sticks, or a Frisbee… it would be so cool!  I don’t have a problem with mice in my apartment, but I sure could use a park buddy. […]

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