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    First Sentence Fridays! CHAPTER TEN
    August 18, 2017
    While writing this book, I had to dig deep to try and picture living in a situation where you have access to...not much.  Food for instance.  In...
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    First Sentence Fridays! CHAPTER NINE
    August 11, 2017
    I've watched commercials on TV where they show one of those nice bathtubs you can step in, shut a door, and let it fill up, targeted towards...
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Eight
    August 4, 2017
    As kids, my brother and I always hated when our parents argued.  We'd want it to end quickly and without any long term sense of discord in...
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Seven
    July 28, 2017
    Exposure to the natural elements is a big part of this story, so here's a question.  In such a situation, (think of the show, NAKED AND AFRAID)...
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Six
    July 21, 2017
    It's that time of year when those of us who live in certain regions of the U.S. are told to be prepared.  We're told to have enough...
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Five
    July 14, 2017
    The back flap copy of the book cover says, "Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name." An early reviewer who posted on Goodreads, said, "Wallis...
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Four
    July 7, 2017
    The mind can play tricks on us, usually when we're at our most vulnerable.  I told a story a while back on the blog here about traveling...
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    Goodreads Giveaway for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET!
    July 5, 2017
    I absolutely love these giveaways!  Kensington is holding this one, and you'll have a chance to win one of FIVE copies of THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! Contest begins...
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    Independence Day!
    July 4, 2017
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VPpAZ9_qAw Chimney Rock NC Flag that inspired Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key) Save Save Save Save Save
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    First Sentence Friday! Chapter Three
    June 30, 2017
    I've already mentioned parts of THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET have some historic fact, and it was the flood in western North Carolina in 1940 that became the...
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    First Sentence Friday!
    June 23, 2017
    Years ago, my husband to be and I went on a hike in Doughton Park.  If you click on the link you'll see a list of trails...
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    Here We Go! First Sentence Fridays!
    June 16, 2017
    Welcome to First Sentence Friday for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! When I set out to write this story, I knew I wanted it to take place in one...
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    Get Ready For The Road To Bittersweet!
    June 1, 2017
    I’m excited to share that in two weeks, on June 16th, I’ll once again start First Sentence Fridays as a way to introduce readers to my next...
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    Sacrifices
    May 26, 2017
    For this, we honor and thank them.
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    Now Available! Excerpt to THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET
    May 16, 2017
    Today's the day! The Fall/Winter 2017 Buzz Books catalog published by Publisher's Marketplace and featuring the top forty titles for the season is now available. What you want to...
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    Encounters
    May 2, 2017
    Just a little story here... Out on my run the other day, I'm going along, head in the clouds so to speak. I've said it a bunch, when...
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    The Halfway Point
    April 14, 2017
    It's been a while since I wrote a post about...writing. The truth is, writers are never not writing, ya know?  Even when I'm not telling you I'm writing...
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    Do Over on Lots Of News!
    April 6, 2017
    Don't you just love do overs?  Although I provided a "correction" to what I'd talked about in my post yesterday with regard to all the news related...
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    Lots of News! A CORRECTION!
    April 5, 2017
    My word, y'all.  There has been so much pouring in, I figured I better do a post just to make sure I'm able to keep track of...
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    Early Buzz on THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET
    March 30, 2017
    I thought I'd share with you some early "buzz" about my next novel, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET.  Yesterday I received an email from one of my publicists...
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    WYPL 89.3 Book Talk Interview
    March 26, 2017
    Below is the link for the interview I did for Book Talk Memphis when I visited Mississippi in February.  Linda Lloyd was the interviewer for WYPL 89.3...
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    Dear Betsy
    March 21, 2017
    ...how you honored me today with this!!! For years, I've followed agent Betsy Lerner's blog - make that agent extraordinaire, i.e., also writer, poet, and of late, fierce...
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    COVER REVEAL! THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET
    March 17, 2017
    The moment has arrived...and the wonderful folks over at Deep South Magazine agreed to do the cover reveal for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET! View the cover, plus what...
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    Post Event Wrap Up - In The Land of Cotton
    February 26, 2017
    We're back in North Carolina after a whirlwind week in Mississippi.  We left last Friday, February 17th at 5:00 a.m. and arrived in Holly Springs around 4:30...
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    Way Down Yonder
    February 15, 2017
    In a couple of days we're heading for Mississippi, land of cotton, home of the blues, and a history so rich in all things southern - some...
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    Spring Melt
    February 9, 2017
    The spring robins are here already.  They filled my yard yesterday morning, their burnt orange chests fat and plump.  There must have been at least forty, maybe...
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    On Writing and Publishing...an Authorlink Interview
    February 1, 2017
    Authorlink contributor, Diane Slocum, requested an interview to discuss my writing process on THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE. What is uniquely different about each interview I've done thus...
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    Interview with Bloom
    January 25, 2017
    I was proud and honored to be asked to do an interview for Bloom. From their About page: MISSION Welcome to Bloom — a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling,...
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    The "Official" Official New Website Launch!
    January 23, 2017
    Deja vu, anyone? I know, I already announced this once when we were still working on the ability to publicize my posts simultaneously to social media.  That's been...
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    Welcome
    January 21, 2017
    ...to my new web site! While working with the great design team over at Surfside Web, my main goal was to have an internet presence to represent what...
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    Kodachrome
    January 12, 2017
    I got a new camera for Christmas.  My husband can't stand to see me struggle over anything, and although I never complain, there must be a look. ...
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    New Year, New Look
    January 5, 2017
    Fyi, y'all. My website is undergoing an overhaul - this time not by me, but by professionals. Amen to that! As much as I like plunking around and figuring out...
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    Holiday Blowback and A Southerner's New Year's Day Meal
    January 1, 2017
    Over the holidays it got so busy I believe there were several times my brain and body disconnected.  Matter of fact, I know they did.  It was...
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    Out With The Old
    December 27, 2016
    ...in with the new, as the old saying goes. Yesterday I took the tree and decorations down.  Some will think, but what about the Twelve Days of Christmas...
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    Silver Bells
    December 24, 2016
    I grew up listening to the old classic Christmas songs sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby,  Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee,  Alvin and the Chipmunks (yes, that one!)...the...
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    Christmas in Dixie
    December 21, 2016
    The perfect song - even without those two words reminding me of a certain book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOGZJvNa8S4
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    Merry Christmas From The Family
    December 20, 2016
    Right about now?  I sure do need me a good healthy dose of Robert Earl Keen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg
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    2016 In Review
    December 14, 2016
    I'm in a state of disbelief another year is just about gone, and so, what better time to gather up some pictures and share them here, thereby...
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    More BIG News!
    November 29, 2016
    I was in Raleigh yesterday helping Mom.  This was the second time while away from my computer, emails, all manner of "connectedness," that exciting news about THE...
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    Book Stalker
    November 18, 2016
    Folks, I'm in the throes of making some minor revisions on BITTERSWEET and wrangling holiday decorations.  When I'm not doing that, I'm trolling the 'net, stalking my...
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    The Road To Bittersweet
    November 4, 2016
    I wanted to wait for things to settle down (ha!) a little bit before I shared this with y'all.  Unbeknownst to many, except family...oh, okay, maybe I...
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    BIG NEWS!!!
    November 1, 2016
    Amazon (!!!) has selected The Education of Dixie Dupree as their "Debut Spotlight" book along with being on their list of TOP 10 Picks for November!   Save
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    THE FINALE of First Sentence Fridays!
    October 28, 2016
    And here we are...can you believe it?  It's the finale of First Sentence Friday, and let me just say, this one's a doozy! CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT I bet a...
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    She's Here!!!
    October 25, 2016
    Can you believe it? It's THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE Release Day! I sincerely appreciate your support, thoughtful comments and shared excitement throughout the last 19 months.  Thank you...
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    First Sentence Friday!
    October 21, 2016
    Did you keep a diary while growing up?  It's sort of funny, and I never thought about it until recently, but all the diaries I ever came...
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    First Sentence Friday!
    October 14, 2016
    CHAPTER TWENTY SIX In the end, it hadn't mattered who would have believed me about Uncle Ray, because afterward, no one would forget. I'm going to let that stand...
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    Aftermath
    October 12, 2016
    We are fourth for states producing hurricane force winds, and in my lifetime alone, there have been 126 tropical, sub-tropical cyclones to hit North Carolina. Before I write...
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    First Sentence Friday!
    October 7, 2016
    Do you remember your mother quizzing you, expecting certain answers to questions?  I sure do.  It was meant to see if I did as I was told,...
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    First Sentence Friday!
    September 30, 2016
    We used to take trips to Maine every summer, which is Mom’s home state.  That trip was the highlight of the summer months.  We always left in...
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    A Flash Fiction Contest for THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE!
    September 24, 2016
    Folks, I've made it. I have arrived.  🙂 Well, that's more or less what one of my writer friends (Micki, I'm looking at you) tweeted out; "You know...
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