Posts Tagged "books"

I’m Back!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts | 6 comments

    As some of you may have noticed it has been over a year since I posted on my blog. I haven’t even been to my website for months, so I went today. It seemed the thing to do on January 1st. I reread the last posts and noticed something. I haven’t done any of the things I intended to. Like sell books. But, I have no regrets. Let me explain. Towards the end of summer, 2016 I began to realize that I had way over reached my ability to keep it all together. After some discussion Bruce and I decided I needed to back off the writing part and focus on the marketing. It would give me a break, and sell books! We pushed on through the launch of my most recent book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Russian Jewels and it was an AWESOME launch. When I jumped off the merry-go-round I discovered I wasn’t just tired. Rather, I was empty. I couldn’t do anything more than the necessary. I couldn’t even think about writing, let alone write a blog. So I started looking at what I needed to do to rejuvenate. There were several things that God reminded me of, but one of them was reading. The truth was that Miriam, an author and lover of books was suffering from a serious book reading deficit. You see, reading doesn’t just pass the time for me. It relaxes me. It gives me new ideas. It builds me up. So, I determined to read at least 50 books in 2017. I would try for a book a week and see what happened. In addition, I would read through the Bible. Now, historically I struggled with that. No matter what read-through-the-Bible program I’ve used, it becomes an assignment. So, I hit on a new approach. I would pick whatever book in the Bible I wanted, and read that. Then I would pick another and read that! Wow! What an incredible difference it made. (I know, I know. It might or might not be a control thing.) How did I do? I’m so glad you asked! I read the entire Bible in ten months. I also read 50 other books for a total of 51 for the year. One of the interesting things that “happened” was that I found some historical Bible novels, commentaries, and other Bible based books and I read those in correlation with that section of the Bible. The Bible came alive for me in a way I had never experienced before. So, instead of waiting for January 1st, I started reading the Bible again in November. And today I spent some time sorting books on the shelves in my room. One shelf is last year’s books. Another is for the books I want to read in 2018. Yes, I am going to aim for 50 books again. I read history books, mysteries, biographies, novels, self-help, children’s (Winnie the Pooh—who doesn’t like Winnie...

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My Book of Possibilities

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Blog, Double Cousins | 2 comments

My Book of Possibilities

Knowing what to pack when you are going on a month long writing retreat is a bit tricky. It’s not the clothes thing. Which clothes to take rarely bothers me. I just throw some in and live with it. I guess I’m not a clothes person. I’m a book person. And therein lies the challenge. Let me put it this way. I came with one suitcase, packed in about ten minutes. I came with three bags of books, and they took me weeks to pack. I started with one canvas bag, then I pulled out some books and put others in. After a few days, I added more and put some of the original ones back in. Then the bag was too full, so I got a second bag. You get the picture. The problem is I didn’t know what I would want or need to read. I knew I would need my tried and true reference books, the ones I use with revisions. But, I wanted this retreat to be about more than just writing a book. I wanted to have times of learning new stuff. I also wanted a spiritual retreat. Oh, better put in some devotional books and journaling books. And talking about journaling books, I might need a  couple composition books for new projects I wanted to start. Then, there is the important work of reading for fun. I know that writers are readers, and sometimes you just need to run away into a book. I even put in a book of adult coloring pages for when I needed to figure out the next scene.   So, I came with three bags of books. After two weeks we went home for a weekend. I took one bag of books with me. These were books that I realized I wouldn’t need after all. Having only two bags of books to bring home at the end of the month would be just that much less to load up. It was a great plan. But. I had two new books waiting for me at home when I arrived. Books I had become aware of and ordered while I was gone. In addition, I found a pile of books I had intended to bring from the outset, but alas, they hadn’t made it into any of the bags. So, I emptied my third bag, refilled it and brought it with me.   Today I saw a quote that helped me realize why I always take so many books everywhere. Here it is.  “Having a huge number of books is not exactly about reading them all—it’s about having the possibility of reading them.” I like possibilities. My husband says my “Book of Possibilities” is an index to my home library! He may just be...

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Ten Things This Author Loves to Hear!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog, Double Cousins |

Ten Things This Author Loves to Hear!

    1. I  couldn’t stop reading your book. 2. When is the next book coming out? 3. This reminded me of my Grandma/Grandpa. 4. I just put a review up on Amazon. 5. This is the first book my son ever enjoyed reading. He can’t wait for the next one. 6. My children/grandchildren and I are reading the book together. 7. I caught my child reading your book under the covers with a flashlight. 8. I would like two please! 9. I could really relate to that piece! 10. Can I publish your book and give you a large advance? (A girl can dream, can’t she?)      ...

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Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts |

Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?

             Who? YOU! What? Social Media Sale!  Buy one of each of my three books for only $25.00 plus shipping! (Bonus: I’m happy to sign and personalize each book!) When? Now until December 31st Where? www.Doublecousins.net or doublecousins.net@gmail.com How? Simply email me your order and I’ll take care of the rest! I’ll contact you for payment options. Why? Because it’s a great deal! A gift for children and/or adults! As always, all three books are available on Amazon and other online bookstores. They are also available in Kindle!...

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All I Have Needed–a Legacy for Life

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts, Uncategorized |

One of the things I learned from my parents and grandparents was this love of books. Even though books weren’t always easy to come by in the Sandhills, my ranch grandparents loved reading.  Grandma Jones was such a voracious reader that after her eyes failed her we arranged for her to get books on tape from the library. Yesterday, in interviewing my aunt for our family newsletter I discovered that my great-grandmother also loved to read. She always kept her magazines, Capper’s Weekly and GRIT by her chair. I get GRIT. I love the connection. Today, as I often do, I find myself wishing I could share something with my grandparents but I can’t. They are all in heaven. So, instead I am going to share it with you, and indeed all over the internet! I am pleased to announce the cover of my newest book, All I Have Needed, a Legacy for Life. This book is a collection of pieces written about the common sense life lessons gleaned from my parents and grandparents. I learn best through hearing and seeing, so the fact that I was surrounded by people who were gifted at creating word pictures for me was an incredible blessing. Not a day passes where something I see, hear, smell, taste, or touch doesn’t bring up a memory of something I learned from one of them. I am blessed. So rejoice with me that we have a cover. Keep your eyes open for updates on a definite release date. As of now, it appears that our release date is May 30th. As we get closer to that date I’ll let you know more details, but with the title name and my name you should be able to start watching Amazon and such places for pre-orders. You can also notify your local bookstore to be on the lookout for...

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