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Luck Has Nothing To Do With It

I can’t tell you how many people comment that I’m lucky to have a job I love. It’s becoming a thing.

I do have a job I love, but it isn’t by luck, it’s by design. I chose to be an author/editor/creative entrepreneur. I left a job with a pension to do this and that option is open to anyone. Most people don’t do it though, because being happy – authentically happy – involves risk. And risk is scary.

Standing out and being different – being the fifth hammer – is scary.

You can have the job/relationship/life you want, but luck has nothing to do with it.

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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