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Focus and Desire

Yesterday, I recorded a podcast with Tim Grahl. It’s a new show, The Book Launch Show, and it’s all about book marketing. Our first episode will launch later this month.

What struck me as interesting, is that we talked about focus.

I can lock in and focus on a writing project because I’m interested in it. Marketing? Well, that’s more challenging.

For Tim, it’s fascinating. That’s why he does it and that’s why he puts people on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. So our ability to focus is intrinsically tied to our interest level; our desire to do the thing we need to do.

The best part about all of this is that desire can be created — even for something we currently don’t enjoy.

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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