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Connect the Dots

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. – Steve Jobs

When you turn your dream into a goal, you won’t know how to reach it. That’s normal. In fact, that’s the point.

If you already knew how to sell a million copies of your book, it wouldn’t be a dream. It would be one of the items on your todo list. It would be all in a day’s work, the way it is for James Patterson.

When you’re manifesting your dream, the only thing you’ll know is the next step. Take it. Once you do, you’ll be able see where to go from there.

It’s only after you’ve reached your goal that you can look back and see all the steps that got you there. For now, focus on the next step. It’s all you need.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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