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Author Collaboration: Comfort, Courage, and Community

Author Collaboration: Comfort, Courage, and Community
Jan 24, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Authors may write alone but we are part of a beautiful, large community. We collaborate in many ways, from creation to promotion, and we have others who come alongside us to support and encourage. I'm blessed to be part of the wonderful organization and employment sector called "Author/Writer."

Fictionalizing Bible Characters - Meet Litany Lineberry

Fictionalizing Bible Characters - Meet Litany Lineberry
Jan 10, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
I enjoy meeting new authors and reading their work. Litany Lineberry is a poet, new fiction author, pastor, and computer scientist. What an amazing combination and an amazing woman! We first met through Christian Book Academy, a program offered by CJ and Shelley Hitz. Litany and I became accountability partners, meeting over Zoom twice a month. We encourage each other in our writing and faith walk, and I'm honored to host her on my blog to learn more about her new fiction book release titled "The Heart's Hope Diary: Book 1 - Sarah Ann," first in a series based on people in the Bible. 

Preparing for a New Year and Change in Life

Preparing for a New Year and Change in Life
Dec 20, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Winter officially arrives on Wednesday, December 21, and with it, according to weather forecasters, will come snow and Arctic air. Are you prepared? Are you prepared for other changes, such as the holiday season and a new year? We can prepare for some things, like forecasted weather, but not for others. I'm preparing for another type of change, in addition to the weather -- it's called 'retirement.' After working more than 40 years, am I ready?

New Books to Enjoy This Holiday Season

New Books to Enjoy This Holiday Season
Dec 06, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Books make wonderful Christmas gifts, either for oneself or a friend or family member. It's fun to discover new authors and new books, and on this blog post, I'm happy to introduce you to two of my writer friends, whose works delight and inspire readers!

Finding the Writing Groove

Finding the Writing Groove
Nov 08, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
I had great plans for my writing year of 2022, with several stories in my brain seeking to be written as books. But, life happened. And magazine and newspaper article writing happened (for which I'm thankful!). Then, brain seemed to simply shut down, much like turning off a light switch. I could write articles, I just couldn't produce book chapters. What happens when the authoring groove stops dancing? Can one get the groove back? 

All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses
Oct 25, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Horses bring beauty to one's life; they often bond quickly with people. Whether grazing in a lush pasture or eating grass on the plains of western states, the majesty, and magic, of horses connects with our spirits. Wild horses face many dangers, often caused by humans as they are "managed" by a federal agency in charge of "multiple use" on public lands. Sadly, these majestic creatures often lose on that spectrum, and a complete loss may be on the horizon. Horses play a role in several of my romance books, and through research, including recently, I've come to appreciate these animals so much more. I hope you will, too.

Celebrating Dogs, Books, and Anniversaries

Celebrating Dogs, Books, and Anniversaries
Sep 28, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
September 2022 is about to end, and we will step into a new month and the last quarter of the year. Time to think holidays and celebrations, and for those of us who write sweet romance with pet rescue and adoption woven into the story, September and October present special times for such books: September is designated Responsible Dog Ownership Month and October is considered Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month. Discover some new books and authors who write about love and dogs and celebrate with me the publication of my first novel as you read this post.

Change in Seasons, Change in Life

Change in Seasons, Change in Life
Sep 12, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Seasons in nature change. Seasons of our lives change. An idea for a devotional sprouted in my heart and mind in 2007 as I strolled a garden area of the location of the first writer's conference I attended. This autumn, 15 years later, the book will publish. We go through many seasons, both in our lives and in nature. We go through change, and that's not always easy. We experience joy and sorrow, beauty and challenge. Yet, as Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is noted for saying, "The only constant in life is change."

Readers and Writers Learn from Each Other

Readers and Writers Learn from Each Other
Aug 24, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
I recently conducted two library presentations, and I learned several things from the attendees, like a few books to read. Authors and readers sharing stories, ideas, and book recommendations is one of the perks about being an author -- and a human being!

Helping Animal Welfare Organizations

Helping Animal Welfare Organizations
Aug 10, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
His name was Cody and his age estimated at 10 years. One look at his sad, amber eyes through the cage at an animal shelter in Wyoming, and I knew I needed to take him home. My birthday was two days away, and I decided if he was still available for adoption, he would be my gift to myself. He was both. I thought I'd give him the best few years of his senior life since he had been a stud dog and then tossed away when he became 'too old.' Cody lived to be nearly 18 years of age before his heart and spirit gave out. I saved at least one life that day in March, and gave that elderly dog almost double the years. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. We all have opportunity to save animals' lives, through adoption and support of animal welfare organizations.

Breaking Through Author Burn-out: New Release by Eliza Boyd

Breaking Through Author Burn-out: New Release by Eliza Boyd
Jul 26, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
When I discovered A New Leash on Love by Eliza Boyd several years ago, I felt thrilled! I also purchased her second book in the series, No Kidding in Love, when it released, and now I’m happy to share with you that the third book in her delightful True Love Animal Sanctuary series releases this week! I'm happy to welcome Eliza to the blog not only to highlight her new book, but to address an issue many writers experience at times: burn-out. However, she also reminds us that break-through happens, and what often results is a deeper, more delicious creativity. 

Beauty Brings Light If We Dare to Look

Beauty Brings Light If We Dare to Look
Jul 12, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Beauty of all sorts surrounds us. That beauty brings light to our hearts, our souls, and our lives ... if we allow that to happen. Circumstances and situations can assail us. Negative words and actions impact us. Physical limitations, financial setbacks, family strife, governmental chaos, and so much more affect our lives and press down on our spirits. Yet, the smallest of things, including time with friends and the majesty of nature, can uplift us. Those small things are beautiful things -- yet even the faintest of light can empower us.

Self-Care Amid Stress

Self-Care Amid Stress
Jun 21, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Welcome to summer! Amid the stress we experience from work, school, family events, athletic endeavors, vacations, and other happenings, no matter the season of the year, we need to take care of ourselves. Self-care is vital to a balanced life.

Networking + Connecting = Relationships

Networking + Connecting = Relationships
Jun 09, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Connections personally and professionally enrich our lives. As a writer and author, I connect with and network with various people, from those I interview for magazine and newspaper articles to fellow authors aspiring to educate, entertain, and inspire readers. I learn from each encounter and experience, and occasionally I'm able to help others learn as well. Relationships are vital to growth, as an individual and professional.

Just Like Seasons, Our Lives Change

Just Like Seasons, Our Lives Change
May 17, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Just as seasons change, so do our lives. Sometimes the change is welcome, like flowers in springtime, while other times we dislike the change that occurs (like a blizzard during winter, threatening driving conditions and the lives of animals or people caught in the storm). Embracing change isn't easy, but accepting what we cannot change, or taking specific steps to implement a needed/wanted change, are ways to cope with life.

Writing from the Heart: Prose with Purpose – Part 2: The Importance of Nature and National Parks

Writing from the Heart: Prose with Purpose – Part 2: The Importance of Nature and National Parks
Apr 19, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
As a writer, I enjoy entertaining, educating, and inspiring readers. One of my favorite subjects to write about is nature, including America's national parks. Nature offers people opportunities for tranquility, pleasure, and reflection. Even if you can't visit a national park, there are ways to enjoy the solace nature provides. 

I Love Love

I Love Love
Apr 04, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Meet contemporary romance author Anita (A.N.) Verebes from Australia! Her second book, You Can't Hurry Love, released last month. I welcome her to my blog to talk about writing romance and give us insight into her novels that are part of a series she calls The Jukebox Collection.

New Children’s Book Emphasizes the Importance of Kindness

New Children’s Book Emphasizes the Importance of Kindness
Mar 15, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
Teaching kindness to kids will help our world become a better place. Children's author and educator Christine Dankert shares her new, soon-to-be-released book with us. Called The Kindness Machine, she uses her words and the illustrations created by her husband, to help children understand the importance of kindness. She's also having a giveaway and a kindness challenge. Read on!

Writing From the Heart: Prose With Purpose – Part 1: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Writing From the Heart: Prose With Purpose – Part 1: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
Mar 08, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin

On this International Women's Day, let us be mindful of the reasons to celebrate the journey of women, yet also mindful of the many missing, murdered, enslaved, and suffering. I recently wrote two articles about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and People (MMIP), and through this writing from the heart and with purpose, I gained greater knowledge and awareness -- I seek to share that. Read on.

Discovering Authors and Romance Stories Featuring Pets

Discovering Authors and Romance Stories Featuring Pets
Feb 24, 2022 by Gayle M Irwin
If you enjoy sweet romance or cozy mystery stories that feature pets amid the pages, you'll enjoy the authors and books I highlight in this blog post! Included at the end is a link to a Book Funnel promotion of such stories with books on sale through March 20, 2022. Read on!