On Writing, Books, Authors, & Animals
Sweet Romance Book Connoisseurs: Meet Aminata (Ami) Coote!
Feb 13, 2024 by Gayle M Irwin
Hosting authors on my blog is something I enjoy. I love meeting authors and learning more about their books! Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'd like you to meet sweet/clean/Christian romance author, Aminata (Ami) Coote, whom I met virtually last year when our stories shared a romance anthology book. Ami releases her new book, Falling for My Fake Wedding Date, this month. I encourage you to read the blog interview I recently held with her.
Loving What You Do
Feb 07, 2024 by Gayle M Irwin
February is the Month of Love. I write books about love and about a subject I love: pet rescue and adoption. Writing has been a love for me since childhood, and now that I'm a fulltime author and freelance writer, I work on things that I love. Can you relate? Are you doing things you love? Read the full post and be inspired! (as that's one of my goals as a writer -- to inspire others).
National Parks Inspire Romance Books ... A Story Excerpt
Jan 16, 2024 by Gayle M Irwin
I enjoy America's national parks, and I've set my Pet Rescue Romance series of stories in and around Yellowstone, America's first national park and an area where I once lived. My latest book, to be released in February, is part of the series and has scenes inside the park. These places are filled with inspiration and beauty, something I know from visiting and that my characters either already know or they learn. Travel with us and read an excerpt from my upcoming book, "Paws-itively Love" through this blog post.
Historical Romance Weaves Wyoming History, Christian Faith, into Collection
Jan 02, 2024 by Gayle M Irwin
True events from American history and Christian faith amid struggles are part of the four stories found in the recently-released book from Barbour Publishing titled The Legacy of the Rocking K Ranch. Filled with romance and strong female characters, this historical romantic fiction, written by four different women authors contributing their four separate, yet artfully woven, stories is a work to be added to your winter reading list. Find out more about this new sweet, Christian romance book for the New Year!
Seasonal Joy – Enough to Last Through the New Year
Dec 18, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
2023 can't end soon enough for me and many others I know. Despite the challenges and sorrows experienced this year, joyful opportunities also abounded. Whenever disappointment, discouragement, or depression begins to set in, I prompt myself to think of things for which I'm grateful ... and there's much for which to be thankful and joyful even through sorrowful and troubling times. Read on to discover how the joy of this holiday season can extend through the upcoming new year.
Winding Down a Long Road
Dec 05, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
This year seems like a long and winding road., as goes the title of a Beatles song. My family and I have traveled a path filled with stress and heartbreak, including the passing of four pets: 3 of mine and 1 belonging to my parents. Health issues, a major move, and the death of two human family members contributed to other bends in this year's journey. Yet, as our beloved springer spaniel, Sadie, taught us, there is joy in the journey and always reasons to smile. Come along with us!
Celebration Amid the Storms – Thanksgiving 2023
Nov 20, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Thanksgiving -- a time of joy and a time of challenge. A season for gratitude and a season of survival. People experience storms, difficulties, and challenges, including during the holiday season, yet if we look close enough and long enough, we can also find blessings, big and small. In this blog post, you'll find some of the blessings and joys I've experienced in spite of the numerous storms this year has brought.
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like …. Books and Book Events!
Nov 06, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
We've turned the calendar to another month, and now that the holidays are approaching, authors are busy with new releases and book events. I'm among those authors! One event done and a new children's book released, and more stories and events on the way, including sharing booksignings with other authors and collaborating on an anthology with a group. See what's happening in my life and the lives of other authors I know. You may even find some holiday gift ideas ... for yourself and the people you love!
Author Collaboration is Cool! (and Encouraging)
Oct 24, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
I became an author more than 15 years ago, I've met and interacted with many different writers, from children's book authors to romance writers. Collaborations and encouragement are vital in the author world. Such endeavors increase confidence, provide inspiration, and are just plain fun! Ways to collaborate include creating an anthology, sharing a booksigning or other author event, and gathering in groups. I enjoy collaborating and encouraging with other writers and spending time uplifting one another.
Celebrating An Adoption, A Move, A Birthday, A Book Sale, and More!
Oct 12, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Amid the chaos around the world and within our lives, we can find things to celebrate. Whether family, friends, pets, career, or the change of seasons, we can experience joys and blessings, large and small. For me, the past few months have brought special celebrations regarding my dog, my parents, and my writing career.
Persevering to Birth a New Book
Sep 16, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Christian and sweet romance author Eliza Boyd weaves faith, courage, perseverance, and strength into her small-town and billionaire love stories. She has created several series, including those set in True Love, Arizona, a fictional town in her state of residence. A new book releases this month, and Eliza shares more about the story in this guest blog post.
Inspiration from People and from Nature
Aug 22, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
People and nature can inspire writing, whether that's poetry, short stories, articles, novels, song lyrics, or non-fiction books. Nature has inspired me for decades, especially travels to national parks. I recently attended an author event, reconnecting with others I'd met before and creating new acquaintances. Afterward, I drove into Yellowstone National Park, soaking in the fresh mountain air, gazing upon the vast Yellowstone Lake, awed by wildflowers and wildlife encountered. Travel with me as I talk about the journey I experienced earlier this month.
Little Dog Lost Reminder of Similar Experience That Launched My Author Career
Aug 06, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
If you've ever experienced a pet go missing, you know the stress, worry, and panic that consumes your being. Recently, a lost dog in the woods near our mountain property took me and my husband back 20 years when our blind springer spaniel went missing in the same area. Thankfully, our dog and the lost Shar-pie were found safe. That personal experience led me to become an author. Learn more about both of these brave dogs who endured their adventures and how my lost pup inspired my authorship.
Why I Write Pet Rescue Romance Stories
Jul 10, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Writer with a purpose. Many book authors write for a reason, in addition for the love of storytelling. I am one of those authors. I create sweet, contemporary romance books that weave pet rescue and adoption into the story. Why? Because animals need homes. I write not only to entertain, but also to educate and inspire. Read about some of the dogs and cats that inspire me to create the Pet Rescue Romance series, and find out more about the new boxed set now available and your opportunity to help animal rescue organizations!
National Parks Make Inspiring Settings for Romance Stories
Jun 07, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
America’s national parks speak to the hearts and spirits of visitors from around the world. Amid the 60+ areas designated by Congress as national parks, one experiences wonder and awe, from scenery to wildlife. Such places can, and do, serve as settings in romance books and movies, including my own writings. Learn about two historical romance authors who set their love stories in places such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, and other wondrous sites known as America's national parks.
Stop Being a Jerk at Work: Business Book for Working People
May 09, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
No matter where you are in your career, just starting out, a mid-level manager, desiring to move up, or looking to make a change, workplace attitude and behavior can propel or stagnate you. Professional leadership coach Dr. Guyla Greenly draws on her own experience and education to provide helpful insights for employees in her new book Knock it Off! How to Quit Being a Jerk @ Work. Learn more about the book, written with touches of humor as well as wisdom, and the author on my blog this week! By the way, this book makes a great graduation gift!
Finding and Giving Encouragement: A Writer’s Reflection
Apr 05, 2023 by Gayle M Irwin
Everyone needs encouragement, including writers. I've been fortunate to have supporting friends and family members during my career, and whether its kudos for an article or a book, a short story or a novel, I'm grateful to the people who reach out and tell me something I've written has been helpful or inspiring. As a writer, I want to inspire, encourage, educate, and inform; I want to be a source of positivity, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. In this post, I reflect upon being an encourager and receiving encouragement from others.