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Human Trafficking- No, it doesn’t happen here…does it?!

by Susan

Last weekend, my husband, daughter, and I rented the movie Taken. The topic of human trafficking was not foreign to us, as our church brings it to the forefront, and recently an inspired twenty-something friend of mine did a huge awareness campaign about this awful reality at a local junior college. However, to sit with my lovely, young daughter, imagining that she could be the…

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Nov
2012
Interview: Juliette Fay
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Interview: Juliette Fay

by Susan

Sean Doran has spent twenty years as a nurse in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s bestselling first novel, SHELTER ME. There he discovers that his steely aunt, dramatic sister and quirky nephew are having a…

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Oct
2012
Interview: Frederick Lee Brooke
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Interview: Frederick Lee Brooke

by Susan

Interview with Frederick Lee Brooke, author of Doing Max Vinyl, and Zombie Candy. Thank you, Fred, for letting me interview you. Reading Doing Max Vinyl was so different for me! It opened my eyes to the world of crime suspense with purpose, though, as you weave in the issue of e-waste—a huge issue in the world. A fellow Indie author, the following is my interview…

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Sep
2012
in Life

Thelma and Louise meet Velma and Mildred

by Susan

My dear friend/writing partner and I hopped in my car for a four-day get-away to write, relax, stroll on the beach, and escape the day-to-day “stuff” that can suck out our creativity. We’d done a few of these trips before, and never written one page. This time we made a promise to ourselves, and I publicly declared, that we would return with pages in hand…

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Sep
2012
Interview: Tracey Garvis-Graves…a second look!
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Interview: Tracey Garvis-Graves…a second look!

by Susan

In May, 2012, I had the pleasure of interviewing, then, Indie author Tracey Garvis-Graves, author of On the Island. Captivated by its stunning cover image of a woman on a sandy beach, I uploaded it to my Kindle, was swept away by the story, then reached out, via email, to Tracey. As Indie authors, a number of us support one another, offering encouragement, interviews, and…

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Aug
2012
in Life

Remember your first…

by Susan

Tomorrow is a huge day for me and many parents whom I’m acquainted: our babies are starting high school. This is big. Colossal. Somehow, we could delay the fact that “we” are growing older, remain in some sort of denial, because, well…one of ours was still in grammar or middle school. Not anymore. My daughter had her “final” sleep over of the summer last night….

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Aug
2012
Interview: Rodney Walther
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Interview: Rodney Walther

by Susan

Synopsis of Broken Laces: Everyone deserves a second chance. Jack “The Cannon” Kennedy thinks he’s living the American Dream. A fancy house in the Houston suburbs. A promising career. And a loving wife who tolerates his long hours and selfish ways. In one horrific instant, he loses his wife. Then his job. Then his hope. And that just leaves Kellen, the young son Jack hardly…

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Jul
2012
in Life

The End- Bidding Farewell to Our Days at Montessori

by Susan

Our keyboard is getting pelted with lots of tear drops lately. My daughter has been preparing her graduation speech for 8th grade. The theme: friendship. I read over it last night, in awe of what she pulled from inside. Later, I shed tears. It hadn’t hit me that we were rapidly approaching the end of our time at this precious, protected time in life. I’d…

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May
2012
Interview: Tracey Garvis-Graves
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Interview: Tracey Garvis-Graves

by Susan

I had the opportunity to sit down with Tracey Garvis-Graves, author of On The Island, and talk with her about her life, her novel, writing, and upcoming projects. Thank you for letting me interview you, Tracey. I saw your book on the Kindle’s top 100 list and loved the cover. I’m a beach girl, from Santa Cruz, California, and so, I had to see what…

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May
2012
in Life

Ten Days of Crazy

by Susan

May. It’s here again. I love it. I dread it. It’s the two-sides-of-the-same-coin syndrome for me. The month which brings me joy is also a source of emotional angst and reflection, threatening to suck me in to an ocean of melancholy. What can I say? Therapists and writers, of which I am both, reflect, ponder, stew. What luck for my family It really is quite…

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May
2012
in Life

Diving into the Shallow Pool

by Susan

Passing notes, caddy girls, one-week “relationships”, matching outfits, best-friends on Monday, not speaking on Friday, school dances filled with angst, hormones, “Do I fit in?”, self-doubt, leaving childhood…any of this sounding familiar? I would call these the worst two years of my life, save meeting my best friend, Cori, and two unique kind-hearted boys named Billy and Chris. Junior high, or middle school, is a…

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Apr
2012
Interview: Terri Giuliano Long
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Interview: Terri Giuliano Long

by Susan

Terri, thank you for allowing me to interview you! I so appreciate what you have done for me as a writer. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that if it were not for you introducing me to the Indie community of writers, I would not have the success with Out of Breath that I have today. You are an encourager and a blessing!…

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Mar
2012
in Life

Finding our Rival

by Susan

A couple of weeks ago, I squished between oodles of parents, opposite what is affectionately referred to as “the loud crowd” to watch my son play basketball against their school’s rival team. This is no ordinary game; these two schools act as though they hate one another. We are the hicks. They are the “money” school. If anyone believes we are making strides in political…

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Feb
2012
in Life

Out of Breath has hit the shelves!

by Susan

I know this is not a heartfelt post about my kids or a reflective sentiment about the new year…sorry…I must admit, there are many things tugging at my heart and I will allow them to percolate and then something will pour out and make sense from what is swirling inside. However, I can’t tell you the thrill of seeing my dream come true: Out of…

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Jan
2012
in Grief & Support Articles

Deck the Halls… Do I Have To? – 4 Ways to Cope During the Holidays

by Susan

“Grandma’s house is the only place that we’d ever had Christmas. Her tree, hand cut by dad, was filled with hand-made ornaments from her grandchildren and old fashioned bulbs from the ’50′s. Grandma died of a heart attack in October. How can I possibly celebrate the holidays now that she’s gone?” Grieving the loss of any family member, spouse or friend can be all-encompassing. Periods…

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Jan
2012

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