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The Magic Begins!

My book is humming along beautifully!  Thanks to all who’ve been checking in with me online, and off.  Still working on a block of text that will become chapters 5-7 (thought 5 was done, turns out I’m still messing with it) – but it’s shaping up nicely and I’m thrilled with how it’s reading.

This is the part of the story where my characters enter the parallel world.  (Don’t think that gives too much away … it is a fantasy novel after all … parallel worlds are par for the course.)  It’s also the only part of the book I hadn’t yet “imagined”.  Obviously I knew the basic plot points that needed to be hit, but the devil (or perhaps magic!) is in the details.  Think how different Harry Potter would be if J.K. Rowling hadn’t taken time to imagine Diagon Alley.

The kids are at the cottage with my sister for a few days, and Mudman (my other half, so nicknamed because he is usually found plowing through the muck in his Jeep or dirt bike) is camping.  So until Sunday it’s just me, the cats and my MacBook Pro.

I can’t wait for you to read it – you’re gonna love 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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