Thursday, July 28, 2011

Article Writing

The article I wrote for Oklahoma Living Magazine is now available for viewing on my website under publications. It will be mailed to more than 650,000 subscribers in August.

Homeschooling Trends was a fun article for me to write as it was about homeschooling, one of my passions! I enjoyed meeting new homeschooling friends, as well as interviewing Shandra Pinion, a young lady I've known since she was a child.

I also enjoyed working with a new editor, Anna Politano. She was absolutely wonderful to work with. Thank you, Anna, for the great editing job, too!

Magazine writing is a rewarding experience. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. Here are some reasons I like magazine article writing:

  1. I get to meet new people: the people I interview, as well the editors for whom I am writing
  2. I get to learn something new - even if I am familiar with the subject, I always learn something from my interviewees
  3. I get to visit new places - I love to go to new towns, visit their museums and discover their local dining hangouts
  4. Sometimes I get freebies for writing product reviews, such as iPad covers, appliances, sports equipment, books, etc.
  5. The assignment has a deadline - I work more efficiently with deadlines
  6. The assignment is short - I get to see the fruit of my labor much sooner than if I were writing a book
For more information on how to writer for magazines, check out these books:

  1. Writer's Market 2011 - find out which magazines are buying articles and what the editors want
  2. Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles - an introduction to magazine writing
  3. Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing - this is the one I learned with. Although it's not as current as it should be, it still provides all the essential information needed by writers of magazine articles.
  4. On Writing Well - a classic - this book will help you improve your writing skills. I try to read it at least once a year. It's time to read it again! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hidden Affections - Book Review

Hidden Affections was my first Delia Parr novel, but it won’t be my last! I loved it! The plot was fun – girl and guy handcuffed by thieves during a robbery and then forced to marry in order to protect her “honor.” From there, it only gets better. They plan to hide their marriage and secretly get an annulment; but somehow the news gets out that the “rich bachelor” in town has finally married. Now, they’re stuck with each other until they can figure out a way to get “unhitched.” In the meantime, romance begins to bloom and trouble comes in the form of past secrets.

This is the way I like my romances: clean, fun, entertaining, romantic and inspirational. You can’t get better than that! I’m so glad I got to review Hidden Affections because now I’m off to find more of Delia Parr’s books to read. This one is 5 stars!

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House with no expectations of a positive review. The opinions I express are my own.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

For those who haven’t read Quinn’s first book, The Night Watchman, the main character, Ray Quinn, is an ex-homicide detective, turned private investigator, because of an on-the-job injury. Quinn lost his girlfriend at the same time as he was injured himself; so, not only is he in physical pain, he is in emotional pain, too.

In The Corruptible, Quinn is trying to locate some missing corporate files for his client, Armon Mayer. Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop who works as a security officer for Mayer, is supposedly the thief; but when Quinn locates Ramsey, he finds the officer dead and the files missing. To make matters worse, Quinn begins to realize that Mayer is being less than truthful.

In The Night Watchman, Quinn solves a case involving the brother of a girl named Pam. She plays a role in this second book, also. Pam is the Christian in the story, and a good friend to Quinn. Quinn is a skeptic, an alcoholic, and not interested in religion of any kind; but because he respects Pam, he does allow her to mention her religion on occasion. The religious references are few and not preachy at all.

My husband was a cop, so I know what cops are like. Ray is a believable cop as far as his work and attitude go, but because there’s no cussing or sex, he does seem a bit too “nice.” However, as a Christian, I appreciated this about the book. I don’t think you have to read cussing or sex scenes to enjoy a story. I know others will disagree; so buyers beware. If you want a rough cop story with cussing and sex, skip this one. If however, you want to read a good detective story with a gentler main character, you’ll love the book. The writing is good, the plot is interesting, and the main characters are likable. Read Chapter one of The Corruptible.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! 

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."