A Reblog of: An Open Apology To Dolly Parton  | Rawe-struck

I’m reblogging a post my daughter sent to me in which the author admits to an early prejudice and her subsequent discovery that Dolly Parton continues to use her influence and money for good.

Take it away, Amy Rawe:



Dear Dolly, I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist, and your syrupy-sweet southern accent just to sell yourself and y…


Source: An Open Apology To Dolly Parton  | Rawe-struck


Check out the Giveaway HERE!

10 copies of the audiobook for Two from Isaac’s House will be given away on October 1.


Other authors are also joining in the fun. Check out the Twitter posts by searching for the hashtag #Fall4Audio.

See you there!



New Vendors for TWO FROM ISAAC’S HOUSE in audio



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Here’s a sample of Brandon Potter reading the narrative. Wait until you hear him do the Middle Eastern voices…


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New RELEASE: From Fire into Fire

The ebook for the Isaac’s House novella, From Fire into Fire, released today on Amazon. It will hit other markets in the next few days.

The paperback should come out in a few weeks, so we’re doing a happy dance here!

Coming Soon


Find out how Tony, from Two from Isaac’s House, got into the business….

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From the author of Two from Isaac’s House comes the story behind the story.

Sixteen years after terrorists target Meira, she and her husband face their toughest task yet: telling their boy the truth.

Tony Rasad has spent most of his young life in Lebanon, the Arab-American son of a university professor. Beirut’s where he ought to be now, running around, playing on the beach with his best friend. Instead, he’s stuck at this lake house in upstate New York, preparing to go to a prep school he’s certain to hate.

He’s about to learn a secret that will change everything. His parents, the liars, have been living under a cover so deep they never even told their only son who he actually is.

Exposing their lies could cost them everything, including him.


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Let’s Talk Covers

I just received another of those newsletters. You know the ones: Buy These Books, Bargain Books, E-Book Specials… When you read as much as I do, you hunt up bargains. And so I faithfully peruse the four or five presented each day.


Lots of Books!
Lots of Books!


And what happens at first glance? The covers either work…or they don’t.

Today’s were all failures. If they were professionally done, they were failures in taste. If they were homespun, they were still failures in taste.

Of course, that is my taste we’re talking about. You may have loved one and all. To be honest, I bet some of you did like them, and I say that based on the “gorgeous cover” comments I see in social media for covers I think abysmal.

Which brings me to the questions for today. What are your criteria in judging a cover? Will you buy a book even if you hate the cover? And if so, why? What would make you take a chance on a book if not the cover?

And just for fun, I’ll post my latest covers, designed by the talented Jenny at Seedlings.  Would these prompt you to stop, maybe even buy one or both?


Please tell me in the comments section. I’d like to know.



Prequel Novella Coming Soon
Prequel Novella Coming Soon


This will be the baby sister for my latest:

Two from Isaac's House
Two from Isaac’s House


Breaking My Rules: Writing a Review

I decided a few years ago that I would no longer review books here, mostly because I didn’t want to hurt feelings or neglect anyone. But sometimes rules need to be broken. And this is one of those times.

I met Barbara Claypole White (online, but we’re going to fix that soon at the WFWA Writers Retreat) when both of us were about to see our debut babies sail forth into readers’ hands. Her brilliant work, The Unfinished Garden, shared a release party with Becalmed. 

Barbara’s niche in the world of literature has evolved because of her own struggle to raise a son with OCD. We’ve seen the movie versions of this illness and tried to find the humanity in it, the place where we might be comfortable in its company. But Barbara gave us James to challenge all of our preconceptions–and we loved him. No, we fell in love with him.

Her sophomore novel dealt with other issues and did it well, but it’s her third book, The Perfect Son, that firmly establishes Barbara as an author who is going places.


In a world filled with cries for perfection, be it of body, performance, or mind, Barbara Claypole White brings us a story of the imperfect. And then she makes us fall in love with her messy crew.The Perfect Son

I consider this nothing short of brilliant. BCW began this journey into the world of flawed characters in The Unfinished Garden, and I fell in love with James as he battled OCD. In The Perfect Son, she explores flawed people of differing ages dealing with other flawed people—and doing it badly—until a crisis forces them to grow or to fold. The title works on so many levels.

Some stories push you to accept characters in spite of their issues. The Perfect Son made me long to meet Felix, Harry, Max, Katherine, and Eudora—and, of course, Ella—because of their issues and their triumph of spirit. Managing that, my friends, takes a gifted author.


Stop by WFWA Café May 25-May 29

We’ll be discussing Sailing out of Darkness all week long at the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Café on Facebook.sod small

Stop by any time to comment or ask a question–and perhaps win the book!