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Wonderful writing tips from 15 successful writers. I’m going to try and apply several of them to my writing life. Let me know what you think – do you already do some of these things? Which ones have worked for you?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

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Beatrix Potter “This looks like the end of the story; but it isn’t.” – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

I love this quote, because in the best books, you think you know the end of the story. But you don’t! Everything you need as a reader to figure out the conclusion of the book is there, but the writer has woven the tale so masterfully, you don’t see the finish line until you’re nearly upon it.

Of course, there are times I want a happily-ever-after ending, and I know by the final page characters will die, dreams will collapse, and wars will be lost. Like in the movie, Atonement. We think the joyful story of young lovers reunited is true, but alas discover the soldier was killed and never returned to his beloved.

How about you, do you always recognize the “real” end of a story

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This is the tenth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Rush of Wings owl close up Owl art: A small rectangle of a larger painting called “Rush of Wings,” rather than a drawing from Owl Light. “Rush of Wings” was used as a page in a 2014 calendar of my speculative art published by Alban Lake Publishing.

Owl fact: An owl has 3 sets of eyelids: 1 for sleeping, 1 for blinking, and 1 to clean the eyeball and keep it healthy.

Owl saying: Even an owlet is beautiful in the eyes of its mother.

Owl folklore: People of the Lenape Native American tribe (named by Europeans: “Delaware Indians”), believed that if you dreamt of an Owl, it would become your guardian.

Owl link: If you want to know about North and Central American owls, Owling is the site for you,  and a video of a very vocal owl.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.
Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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As an author, reader, book-lover, and a fan of sharing the love of writing, I love the idea of little free libraries scattered here and there. Now, I’m not sure I’ll spring for the hundreds of dollars needed to buy one of the little free library mailboxes they sell, but I’m betting I can come up with a reasonably-priced substitute. What do you think of this idea?

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I visited this post just to see if I’d read any of the Science Fiction novels listed!

I had – five to be exact. And of that five, I hated one of them. (No, I’m not going to tell you which one I loathed). Of the remaining four, I think I liked Dune by Frank Herbert (and his other novels set in this world) the best.

Though lists like this perhaps nudge readers to pick up a good book they’ve missed, I think they also do a disservice to the dozens of should-read books they ignore. For me, what I noticed most about this particular “top ten,” was the lack of female writers. Let’s not forget the ladies!

Do you agree with this “top ten” list?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

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154 “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

As a gardener and an avid book reader, I agree. Which is why I not only share books with my grandkids, but encourage them to help me in the garden. Yes, sometimes they pull up flowers instead of weeds. Yes, mulch goes everywhere. Yes, I end up covered in more dirt and debris than I would if I gardened alone. But visiting a library and gardening with children are ways to make the world a better place.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

(And, yes, I know Cicero is kind of a geeky favorite — but I took Latin for years, and read quite a few quotes by him).

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AUTHOR Thanks to author Tami Cox, author of Spirits of Gettysburg: Tales of a Ghost Tour Guide (as Tami Rasel), for stopping by and chatting about her newest romance novel, Boone and Molly.

Whimsical Words followers will remember Tami stopped by in March with a post about her first novel, Blue Moon Over Martinsburg. I mentioned in the intro to that post, West Virginia holds a special place in my life (and heart) – so it’s great to have an opportunity to promote another book set in WV.

Boone & Molly by Tami Cox

“When we last visited with Boone & Molly (Blue Moon over Martinsburg) – Spoiler Alert – the couple had finally gotten married in a romantic ceremony and was planning on moving away from the little town on Berkley Road. Boone & Molly, the second book in the trilogy, begins with the couple starting their new life in a new town.

Life appears perfect to Molly. She is finally attending college, they live in one of the most charming towns in West Virginia—Shepherdstown, and she is married to the man she has loved and adored since she was fourteen-years-old. Perfect that is, until she discovers Boone’s dark secret—his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Boone’s addiction sends their life into a whirlwind of turmoil and has disastrous consequences for the young couple. Molly soon realizes that she has to make one of the most difficult choices of her life. She can stay with the man she loves more than anything and continue in her role as Boone’s enabler, or she can leave him and begin to live free from a life consumed with drugs and alcohol.

boone and molly 2 Continue on with the epic love story of two unforgettable characters in Boone & Molly.

And now, a little bit more about me, my writing, and books:

I chose to give Boone and Molly the trial of dealing with drugs and alcohol because I’ve worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and a prevention educator in York and Adams counties for the last several years. I’ve seen firsthand how drugs destroy a person’s life and also the life of their family, their loved ones, and worst of all, their children. Enabling the addict seems the compassionate thing to do. It’s not easy to turn away the person you love; unfortunately, enabling usually does nothing but prolong them from getting much-needed help.

I love the story of Boone and Molly. I enjoyed writing it and have received so many wonderful reviews from folks who also enjoyed reading Blue Moon over Martinsburg and have begged for their story to continue. Both books are an easy read and both I believe will be difficult to put down. One of my favorite reviews was from a lady who told me that when she wasn’t reading the book, Boone and Molly’s story kept playing over and over in her mind and she couldn’t wait to get back to the book.

Recently, I went into my local bank to take care of some business and the tellers told me they were all reading Blue Moon over Martinsburg, and were excited for the next book to come out. One teller told me that she was in the middle of the story, was supposed to go to a Bruno Mars concert with her husband and was so anxious to find out what happened that she took her Kindle with her to the concert. I love hearing the excitement my readers are sharing with me and how they can’t wait to find out what happens to Boone and Molly next. I’m grateful for the fans.”

Want to learn more about Tami and her books? Visit her on Facebook.

If you’re curious about her first book, Blue Moon over Martinsburg, here’s the Book Trailer to give you a taste, and you can view the Book Trailer for Spirits of Gettysburg, too.

You can buy Blue Moon over Martinsburg, Boone & Molly, and Spirits of Gettysburg from Amazon.

Thanks again to Tami Cox for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more Monday Guests, Quotable Wednesdays, Saturday Owl Posts, blogs from me, and more. Have a fabulous day – Vonnie

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