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April: TERRY PELLMAN

Those pesky April showers may or may not be falling in your area of the world, but around here I welcome just enough to coax my new plantings to open and grow. I'm also pleased to feature another Ohio author whose work has a strong Christian flavor. Terry Pellman is the self-published author of five novels and a collection of short stories. He was selected as a Finalist and also a Third Place Winner of the past Dayton Daily News Short Story Contests. His novel [...]

By |2024-03-31T23:14:30+00:00March 31st, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Does Busy Equal Better?

For reasons I'd like to think are beyond my control, I find myself very, very busy this year. Many opportunities to share my writing life with the public have dropped into my creative lap. I consider these messages from the universe, so I tend to respond in the affirmative when they appear. But is busy the way to go? For me, at this stage of my life and writing career, the answer is YES! These days a writer faces an uphill climb in publishing. The [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:22:23+00:00February 29th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

March: M.J. WERTHMAN WHITE

  There is so much to celebrate in March - St. Patrick's Day, the coming of spring (even when it doesn't feel like it!), the Ides of March, if you're into the ominous, and this year, Easter. So many new beginnings, and for this month's featured author, a new venture, a transition from her poetry to a lovely, poignant novel - INVITATION TO THE PARTY. MJ Werthman White reveals such insight into the human condition in her poems and now, in prose, she shares that [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:21:38+00:00February 29th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background...) The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny's specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year's tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the [...]

By |2023-12-31T18:03:56+00:00December 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

January: KATRINA KITTLE

A new year brings each of us the chance to begin new projects or revitalize ongoing ones. For me, 2024 marks the sixth year of featuring authors on my website. I've been blessed to introduce readers to sixty local and national writers from debut novelists to New York Times and USA Today Best-selling authors. This January, it is my distinct pleasure to highlight one of Ohio's most accomplished creative minds, a writer whose career spans more than a decade and who has gifted readers with [...]

By |2023-12-31T17:48:20+00:00December 31st, 2023|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments

December: J.A. SMITH

December is a month filled with anticipation and expectation, with wonder and magic. To celebrate these days, I'd like to introduce you to J.A. Smith, more familiarly known as Jeannie, my friend and a fellow writer whose first children's book- Poppa's Treasures -- was released at the end of November. Smith is a retired educator, having taught French in grades 7-12 for more than 33 years. She and her husband have been married for 51 years and have two sons and two "extra-special" grandchildren. A [...]

By |2023-11-30T20:39:54+00:00November 30th, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

November: JUDE WALSH

Welcome, Readers, to the November edition of my Book Nook. This month I'm featuring a woman who crafts memoir pieces guaranteed to lift the spirit and provide guidance for the weary of heart -- Jude Walsh, author of Post Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me.  Walsh is a writer and a creativity and mindset coach. With a doctorate degree in education, she is as comfortable in a classroom as she is in a lecture hall, bringing her unique perspective on life to receptive audiences. [...]

By |2023-11-01T12:08:10+00:00October 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

September: RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS

When I met author Ruth Dudley Edwards at the PrimeCrime Conference in 2022 in Indianapolis, I immediately knew I wanted to interview her. What I didn't know was that she would be the featured author in September of 2023, the same month I would be traveling to the British Isles for the first time! Nor did I know that I would be in London and have the opportunity to meet her at her favorite café in Covent Garden. Wow! The universe sends gifts when one [...]

By |2023-08-31T17:05:37+00:00August 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

August Author of the Month: De’Shawna Yamini

One of the responsibilities of being a writer is giving back to the community that has nurtured me. One of the best ways to do that is to champion new writers when they begin their writing careers. It is always a privilege to discover someone whose passion for a topic had compelled them to write a story that will help others. So this month, I'm so pleased to introduce readers to De'Shawna Yamini. Yamini is a lifelong resident of the Dayton, Ohio, area and a [...]

By |2023-07-31T15:53:36+00:00July 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

July Author of the Month: CHARLES JACOBS

Summer is the perfect time to explore new authors and expand your reading world into genres unfamiliar to you. July's author offers a dive into the sci-fi thriller pool with The Pangaea Solution. This debut novel by one of my newest author friends, Charles Jacobs, doesn't disappoint in the action category. In his day job, Chuck works as a management consultant, specializing in quantitative analysis applied to risk and strategy, and as an aspiring writer.  In his writing, he mixes a thrilling story with complex, [...]

By |2023-06-30T17:45:06+00:00June 30th, 2023|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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