My Genre-Writing Preferences

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Growing up, I lost myself in Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, and The Hardy Boys mysteries plus The Wizard of Oz and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books. In high school, I studied western literature and enjoyed such classics as The Virginian and The Grapes of Wrath. I also took a science fiction course, where I read Brave New World, 1984, and others. As a college student, I got into some horror, suspense, and paranormal fiction.

Now, with my sixtieth birthday less than six months away, my reading preferences have mellowed out. I prefer memoirs and novels that focus on families and relationships with some humor. I also like some historical fiction. I no longer care for books with violence or explicit descriptions of sex. Some strong language is fine, but I recently started a promising novel where every other sentence contains an F bomb. No, thanks! Science fiction somewhat interests me, but mysteries, horror, and paranormal fiction are out. Since I don’t care for these genres, I wouldn’t write them.

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Thanks to Stevie Turner’s Open Book Blog Hop for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate, click here.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Another Review of the Red Dress

The following is a portion of a review from Gerardo Corripio, who listened to the recorded version from the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled. (NLS) It was posted on an email list for NLS users.

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This is one of those novels that’s a light read, but also has lots of little life tidbits that get you to think. The moral that comes to mind after reading the novel is something to the effect of “closing cycles”. It’s very realistically done, and I was able to readily identify with the characters, their situations and dynamics needed to cope. Forgiveness and its rewards are also a moral of the novel. How liberating it can be, not only for the ones affected, but for the families involved!

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Dropping a Line #TMI Tuesday

I’ve never been much of a fisherman. But according to this week’s TMI Tuesday blog post, the best way to call a fish is to drop a line into the water. So, here goes.

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What movie can you watch over and over and never tire?

 

I loved The Wizard of Oz when I was growing up. In the fifth grade, I acted in a play we wrote ourselves, based on the movie. For my twelfth birthday, my grandmother gave me a black dog she’d knitted herself. I held him in my arms and called him Toto. Maybe I was too old, but Toto and I were inseparable for a few years until he unraveled.

 

Who is someone you only met once but they left a big impression on you?

 

I can’t think of anyone like that. But I’ve had many friends over the years who have made an impression on me.

 

If you had to run away from everyone, where would you hide yourself?

 

Since I live alone, I don’t feel the need to run and hide. Besides, I’ve discovered that you can run, but you can’t hide forever. If I really wanted to, though, I suppose I could hide in my own house. I could close and lock all doors and windows, pull down the shades, and people might think I wasn’t home.

 

What is the worst topping to put on a pizza?

 

Peanut butter! I hate it with a passion. I’ve never liked the smell or taste of it. My late husband Bill, on the other hand, loved the stuff and would have eaten it on a pizza if given the opportunity. After he suffered two strokes that paralyzed his left side, guess who had to make his peanut butter sandwiches. You can learn more about our life together by reading My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

What do you spend most of your time doing?

 

I spend most of my time performing writing-related tasks. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy reading books and magazines and listening to podcasts. I also attend water exercise classes at the YMCA and sing in a women’s choral group.

 

Bonus: If you could pick any animal to talk, which would it be?

 

How about dogs? They’re intelligent and observant. I think they would have a lot to say.

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Now, it’s your turn. To learn how to participate, click here. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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What’s That Smell? #TMI Tuesday

Don’t judge a blog post by its cover. I doubt you’ll need to hold your nose while reading most of these questions and my answers. Enjoy!

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What is the last song you sang?

 

I perform songs here regularly as part of my Musical Monday feature. The last song I sang was “In the Garden.”

What place are you longing to visit?

 

I’d love to go back to Jupiter, Florida, to see my brother and his family. We always have a great time together. Maybe when this pandemic is over…

Tell us about the last time you were insulted?

 

A fellow blogger once told me I needed to be more creative. Well, I’m using my imagination to the best of my ability, and we are all creative in our own way. What’s creative to one person may not be as creative to another. I’m trying to develop a thick skin and not let such implications bother me, but it isn’t easy.

When was the last time you hung out with anyone not in your immediate household? What did you do?

 

I sang. I perform with a women’s choral group. For the first couple months of the pandemic, we didn’t practice at all, though we met a few times to visit via conference call. Then, at the end of May, in a peak of ingenuity, our director invited us to her home, where we practiced in her driveway. For the next few weeks, since it was warmer, we practiced on her patio, which was shaded. Then, one windy evening, she moved her car out of her garage, and we became a garage band, consisting of a keyboard and at least ten voices. I think that’s how we’ll stay for the rest of the summer.

 

Fill in the blank: I spend a lot of hours ________

 

 

Writing. When I’m not doing that, I’m participating in water exercise classes, reading books and magazines, and listening to podcasts and the occasional radio program.

Bonus: Which is worse–smelly feet or smelly breath?

 

They’re both bad, but what’s worse is the stench of fecal matter. During the six years I cared for my late husband, I dealt with plenty of that, and you can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

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Now, it’s your turn. To learn how to participate, click here. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem #Re-Blog

Just in time for Easter, blogger Alice Massa shares one of her poems and includes a video by her sister, a pre-kindergarten teacher, in which she narrates an illustrated book about how dinosaurs read. I’m sure you’ll find Alice’s poem to your liking. If you have young children, they’ll enjoy the video. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover, or any other holiday this weekend, despite social isolation, I hope your celebration is a good one.

 

Via Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem

 

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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