Learning from Hollywood


My friend Dawn and I were discussing the TV show Arrow, which has quickly become one of my favorites. We talked about why we like it so much – other than the obvious man candy appeal! Dawn hit the nail on the head when she said, “…superb writing and excellent acting make for a kick ass show.” Woot woot! Of course, she is 100% correct!

Before I get too far into this, if you are an Arrow fan and aren’t current on the episodes, proceed with caution. I didn’t try to give anything away, but I may have inadvertently done so.

That line of thought (not the spoilers but the show in general) led to . . . as writers, what can we learn from Arrow to make our own stories better? Continue reading “Learning from Hollywood”

Thoughts on Divergent

I recently finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is a Young Adult (YA) readDivergent that I flew through – took me two days to read. It is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian read. I have to say that I enjoyed it much better than The Hunger Games or even The Maze Runner.


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Continue reading “Thoughts on Divergent”

It Started with a Kiss

  • Title: It Started With a Kiss
  • Author:  Lindy Dale
  • Published: October 10th, 2013
  • Publisher:  Secret Creek Press
  • Word Count:  21,000
  • Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit

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Out for a jog one Saturday afternoon, Georgie Bird is greeted by two things she never expected to see ~ a huge lump of dog doings on the sole of her shoe and her old boyfriend Nate. Nate and Georgie had been the only peas in the pod growing up and in It Started With A Kissthe twelve years since they’ve seen each other, neither of them seems to have forgotten. Over a cup of coffee and a series of shared recollections, Georgie and Nate begin to rekindle the embers of the love they lost.

But can they save the relationship or will their one night of passion bring the closure they never had?

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Shadowed Book Blitz

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  • Published:  February 6th, 2012
  • Publisher:  Windward Road Press
  • Word Count:  85,000
  • Genre:  Paranormal Thriller


ShadowedHe can hear a whisper a block away… and can’t remember why.

Paul lives in hiding, struggling to control preternatural senses no secret is safe from, and certain that nobody suspects he exists. And now he must risk everything to protect the family he left and face enemies more ruthless than his worst fears… because the one person who knows what happened, is the one who did it to him.

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