Margo Hoornstra

Margo Hoornstra

Nov 112015
 

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Love’s Triumph
by Rohn Federbush
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Genre: Historical Inspirational Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Length: 192 Pages

Abigail Breckenridge is studying to become Ann Arbor’s second female attorney, but a scandal interrupts her studies and sends her off to Europe to avoid the town gossips.

Charles Van Aker, a 6′ 5″ poet, is the oldest of eight and at the age of 18 helps run his father’s furniture company. Charles and Abigail have been friends since grade school, so when the scandal surrounding Abigail violently erupts, Charles and his large family of brothers and sisters stand by Abigail.

Through scandal, distance and lost faith, the love between Abigail and Charles grows steadily, but can it survive the tragedies that a typhoid epidemic buries them under? Continue reading »

Nov 042015
 

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month online so member writes can share and encourage each other.  So here goes with my November contribution.

Everbody run!

What a way to start a story, right? Engage your reader from the get go. Make them care about what’s happening. Intrigue them, so they will have no choice but to … turn the page.

If you think about it, though, completing a story, be it short, novella length or epic really is as easy as A, B, C … Continue reading »

Oct 192015
 

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Midnight Kiss - CoverMidnight Kiss (Touched by Midnight – Book 1)
by Nancy Gideon
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published by: Imajinn Books
Release Date: July 12, 2015
Length: 262 Pages

“Dark and compelling, Gideon’s novel will appeal to those who enjoy the vampire novels of Anne Rice.” —Library Journal

“A colorful and hauntingly beautiful tale of otherworldly love . . . destined to become a classic!”–Affaire de Coeur

“Incredible, spellbinding reading!” —Rendezvous

Hunt or be hunted . . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon’s Touched by Midnight series. Continue reading »

Oct 142015
 

This post first appeared on October 11th at The Roses of Prose in honor of my good friend. It’s important enough to me, to include it on my own blog as well.

 

“The Paper Burns, But The Words Fly Away” – Ben Joseph Akiba

You’ve heard the term – ‘You look like you’ve lost your best friend.’ A sort of universal acknowledgement to denote unspeakable devastation, failure or loss. A couple of months ago, I literally lost my best friend. One woman, outside of my family, who meant the world to me.

Barbara Kerns Johnson and I met at a writer’s conference many years ago. Two strangers with the love of words in common, who went on to become inseparable friends despite our differences. While I’m a worrier tried and true, Barb was the exact opposite. She could have been the inspiration for the song – Don’t Worry Be Happy – and knowing her, she probably was. As time went on, we worked together, collaborated together, traveled together, enjoyed life together. That’s not say she didn’t drive me crazy at times. I’m sure she’d tell you I returned the favor and then some. Continue reading »

Sep 302015
 

You’ve seen this book here before, but bear with me because  ….. SATURDAY IN SERENDIPITY is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 cents. These stories of love rediscovered—Three Strikes Thursday; Two On Tuesday; and One Fateful Friday—take place around the week end of a twenty year high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont.

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Among the six heroes and heroines, the most memorable character for me to write was Aaron Goodwin, the anti-hero who wreaked havoc in Two On Tuesday.

I’ll let him tell you more about it. Continue reading »

Sep 172015
 

 

I’m visiting downtown Saranac, Michigan today from 4:00 to 8:00 pm to participate in Girls’ Night Out and the Michigan Author Event, hosted by the Saranac Public Library. Stop by and say “Hello” to the 24 Michigan authors participating in the event. I’ll be signing copies of my books – I hope to see you there!

Sep 162015
 

Not only have some of us heard a form of the above from a frustrated adolescent we are equally frustrated at trying raise, I, for one, have thrown those same words at whatever WIP I’m struggling to finish and submit.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t.

As with all things new, an undeveloped story idea is, in many ways, a gift. Something that comes to you from who knows where. Pristine and fresh. Ready and anxious to grow. So you grab hold and run with it.

Things go along fine for quite some time. You and your characters are getting along beautifully. Everyone is happy and content to do exactly what is expected of them. Life is good. Life is grand.

Then without warning or provocation It! happens. Anarchy of the worst kind invades this perfect world you and your characters have created. And you are at a definite loss what to do about It!. Continue reading »

Sep 022015
 

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

A colleague of mine, a fellow writer, recently shared how she’s taken a year off from publishing. Not writing, she was quick to add, just the publishing side of things.

I have to say, that concept really resonated with me.

Especially being deeply embroiled doing the necessary promotion of what I already have published, fulfilling obligations for blog posts, sharing for others and such.

In addition, I’m in the hunt for a home for my WIP romantic suspense series, Brothers In Blue. You know the drill, I’m stressing over whether to insert a comma or not. Re-reading, self-editing, proofing and the like until I can hardly see straight. In short, the process is becoming work, I’m sorry to say. I need to revisit the joy of writing for the sake of writing in all its unencumbered and freeing glory.

Right now, one of four books in the Brothers In Blue series is completed and ready to go, with the second nearly halfway done. Continue reading »

Aug 052015
 

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

There’s no rhyme or reason to the way I write. I’ll admit to it. Not always proudly.

I have writer friends who compose their books in a linear fashion. They, rather the characters they create, travel from Point A to Point B to Points C, D and E. All the way from Once Upon A Time straight through to Happily Ever After.  With no side-trips, no deviation.

Man, I wish I could write like that. But I can’t. My stories come to mind in the form of complete scenes and characterizations, rushes of dialogue. Sometimes this is all related to what has come before, often times not. Through no fault of mine, my characters will react in ways I hadn’t expected. Many times I have no idea why a character will say what they say, or think what they think. Until a few chapters down the road, when everything makes perfect sense. Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 

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Eat Crow and Die (A P.J. Benson Mystery – Book 3)
by Maris Soule
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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Five Star Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2015
Length: 281 Pages

P.J. Benson knows Sheriff’s Detective Wade Kingsley wouldn’t blow up his own boat to kill his ex-wife and her new husband, Michael Brewster. Sure, Wade wasn’t happy that his ex was taking their six-year-old son, Jason, to live in California, but Wade and Jason were also onboard the boat when it blew up. Wade would never have endangered his son that way. Nevertheless, the investigating detectives consider Wade their prime suspect, and Wade’s ex in-laws loudly accuse him and threaten to file for custody of Jason.

Under the circumstances, P.J. is certain this isn’t the right time to tell Wade she’s pregnant, but bouts of morning sickness give her away. Wade is upset by the news. P.J. wonders if it’s because he’s afraid he’ll be put in prison for a double homicide he didn’t commit, or if he’s afraid the new baby will cause P.J. to become schizophrenic, as was the case with her mother. Even P.J. is worried about that. Although Wade doesn’t want her playing detective, P.J. soon discovers that Michael Brewster wasn’t as great a guy as everyone thought. But did anyone hate the man enough to kill him? Continue reading »

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