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review 2016-11-24 09:13
Book Review: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Warm, wonderful and witty advice on writing. There were times when the humour was too obviously contrived, but as Lamott explains, humour was her defence mechanism in childhood. On the whole a book every writer should read for its honest look at the writing profession. Even as an experienced author, the emptiness of the blank page had almost overwhelmed me - after reading Bird by Bird I'm fired up with enthusiam again.

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review 2016-10-25 00:20
A Lowcountry Heart
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life - Pat Conroy
Reflections on a Writing Life  
ISBN:  9780385530866
Publisher: Doubleday
A Memoir 
Publication Date: 10/25/2016 
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 Stars
 
A special thank you to Doubleday and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, a collection of non-fiction writings by the beloved Southern author, we all loved, Pat Conroy, as well as special remembrances from his friends.

Throughout A LOWCOUNTRY HEART, the indisputable power of Conroy’s work resonates, and his influence promises to endure. A sharing of stories. A moving tribute and a cherished keepsake for Conroy fans. To one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters.

“A man who loved the written work beyond all measure, and who believed that each of us has at least one great story to tell.”

From Conroy’s famous “hey, out there,” his first letter ever written for his website, his hated word “blog”, his special friends, and his love of the LowCountry—Charleston. From his special journals, letters, interviews, and essays, to his oldest friend, Bernie Schein's farewell letter to the beautiful introduction and acknowledgments by his beloved wife and writer, Cassandra King Conroy. Even includes a Conversation with Pat Conroy, from Beaufort Lifestyles, Oct 2015.

A touching collection of moments and treasures from the man we all admired. From an intimate letter to his grandson about sportsmanship and basketball, Citadel, Andie MacDowell, Beaufort, his books, his writing life, teachers, Vietnam, Charlie Gibson of Good Morning America, Paris Days, A Eulogy for a Southern Gentleman, South of Broad, Penn Center, one of the first schools for freed slaves, (his final resting place-Memorial Garden), birthdays, travels, teachers, his first book, sermons and speeches, plus many more special tidbits from an extraordinary man.

Each fan will have special fond memories of different segments of the memoir. I particularly enjoyed how he metCassandra King , later in life, where they found in their fifties and sixties, a time of joy, productivity, and contentment. Their shared love of books, writing, and life. Their first meeting at a writer’s conference in Birmingham, Alabama. She fell upon his spell. Their twenty years together. People were Starstruck by him and his presence.

“Pat could make the deaf hear and the mute speak. Sweeping you up in a conversation with those intense blue eyes focused like lasers on you and you alone, he had the ability to ferret out your secret self that had been undercover for a lifetime. “

From his musings, critiques, observations, and meditations, his journals, and stories. How a hearing a good story filled him with great excitement. His love of book signings. Stories were a way Pat connected with readers.

It was amusing to read about his resisting modern technology, emails, blogs, tweets, and twitters. However, most of the works in this collection come from the "blog" he began to write when he was between books; when his health began to fail since he was limited to travel.
 


These were called blog posts or letters. He never learned to type. It was the way he collected the stories he would turn into the books his readers yearned for. He would take your story and make it large and glorious and unforgettable.

From his great love of books, his first, plus some of his favorite authors and friends, John Grisham, John Irving, Richard Russo, Anne Rivers Siddons, Ron Rash, Fannie Flagg, and more– books that inspired him, and his family.

Being a native Carolinian, enjoyed revisiting special places like the Highlands, NC, Charleston and Beaufort, SC, among others. Pat was a great man, a talented author, possessing a rare gift, which is missed tremendously.

A beautiful collection, a treasure, and tribute to his work and his life. His love of the South, food, friends, family, and mostly words and stories. "Our own prince of tides."
 
 
 
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/07/01/A-LowCountry-Heart
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review 2016-08-31 04:45
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

While certainly not as autobiographical or as interesting as Dreams From My Father, Obama is clearly a gifted storyteller and orator. This one's worth a listen if you want to jump back 10 years, to hear the political stances of a man not yet elected.

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text 2016-06-30 16:33
Goodbye Blogger, Hello Wordpress!

Yes, the title says it all– I'm moving from this blog to a brand new website. I'm still having challenges with Wordpress, so it's safe to say that what I've uploaded won't be the final website. I'd like to add a bunch of other features but as I've learned recently, Wordpress is very stubborn about what you can't and can't do. 

 

Anyway, the site is cleaner and a lot more organized, and I'm happy with it design wise! Check it out below!

 

AMY BRAUN AUTHOR

 

I will be keeping the blog open to redirect traffic, and potentially open my book shop. Once I understand more of what I have to do (website creation is not my forte), I'll keep everyone posted. Thanks for stopping by this final time!

 

Cheers!

 

Amy

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text 2016-06-27 16:30
Weekly Recap

Last week got a little crazy near the end, what with edits coming back, a new website being made, and news about a future short story collection, and while I didn't exactly get everything completed, I passed the major obstacles:

 

  • Format Midnight Skyfor print and order author copies
  • Complete and launch website (Completed but launch date is hesitant)
  • Plot remaining books for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Minor plot alterations and continue writing The Iron Gargoyle
  • Edit Storm of the Gods
  • Make list of publishers accepting new authors and sending queries for Storm of the Gods

 

This week, I'm determined to cross off the remaining items on my list:

 

  • Launch website
  • Plot remaining books for the Iron Gargoyle series (create a map)
  • Continue editing Storm of the Gods(finish first chapter)
  • Make list of publishers accepting new authors and sending queries for Storm of the Gods

 

Yes, it's time to keep forging ahead. I'm still working out the kinks for my new website (tentative launch coming on Thursday), and I'd like to assume that the rest of the Iron Gargoyle series will be plotted out soon. I want to say that Chapter One of Storm of the Gods will be edited by the end of the week, but there's a lot to be done. Not that I'm complaining. Editing is a key part in being an author, and I actually kind of like doing it since once it's over, I know that my story is stronger and more polished. 

 

Damnation's Door has mostly winded down in terms of promotion, though it will still pop up on Kindle and Kobo from time to time. I'm also thinking about doing a giveaway when my new website launches. 

 

 

Demons are free. Angels are fallen. Hope is dying...

Constance Ramirez and her adopted sister, Andromeda, have stopped Lucifer’s plan– They have closed the Heaven Gate and kept the demons out. But their choice came with brutal consequences, and now every angel on earth is trapped in their mortal body.

All that remains is closing the Hell Gate and establishing a balance once and for all. That means returning to the city of Constance’s nightmares, which has become a haven for murderers and monsters. But even more dangerous than their hunt is that Andromeda’s powers and instincts are turning darker, and this time Constance doesn’t know how to protect her.

Constance is ready to fight for her life, but her enemies have plans she can’t begin to imagine, and they’re prepared to make her suffer...

Trust is lost and hearts are broken in the epic conclusion in Amy Braun’s Cursed trilogy...

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One

 

Buy it here:

 

Amazon Kindle Paperback | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Nook | iBookstore |  Goodreads | Smashwords 

 

 

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Starting this weekend, I'm going to work on promoting Dark Sky and its sequel, Midnight Sky.

 

 

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices… 


The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

 

Media Kit

 

Chapter One


Preorder Links


Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords | Goodreads

 

 

Book bloggers interested in promoting/learning more about Crimson Sky and/or Midnight Sky can now signup for reviews and/or the release day blitz and blog tour:

 

Blogger Signups

 

Review Opportunity For Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky

Midnight Sky Release Day Blitz

Midnight Sky Blog Tour

 

Onto other writing news. Last week, Mocha Memoirs Press, my first professional publishers, emailed me with plans to combine four of my short stories– Call From The GraveHotel HellLost Sky, and the upcoming Engineered Deceit into a single collection called The Shadow Omnibus! I'm jumping all over myself with excitement for this, and couldn't be more thrilled about the September release. I think it'll be a great way to not only promote myself as an author, but to help promote the Dark Sky series since two of the stories in the collection coincide with it. 


And that's what's happening! Hopefully Thursday's post will be on my new website, but regardless, I'll keep everyone posted about what's going on. Thanks for stopping by!


Cheers!

 

Amy

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