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Creekside Cafe Chat with Joanna Warrington

Welcome Joanna to my virtual café. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll build a real café on the edge of the creek where I can sit on the porch in warm weather and talk to fellow authors about books and writing. Right now, we are in the cold and rainy season here in eastern North Carolina. We rarely get snow so close to the … Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with Joanna Warrington

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So Long 20-20

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JCJFND6 Happy New Year 2021, Good-Bye 2020 This year has been filled with many ups and downs. While some of you have been forced into quarantine and sought to fill your time with delicious books, I and many others were considered essential employees. For those of us blessed or forced to remain on the job, we’ve had to deal with more regulations and responsibilities. While … Continue reading So Long 20-20

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A Southern Christmas

“How do you do it?” Heather Lang asked pushing her dark red hair off her neck as White Christmas played over the store’s speakers. “Do what?” Britany picked up another ornament and put it in her basket. Her attention divided between the colorful array of Christmas ornaments and her friend’s question. The two women were neighbors having moved in across the hall from each other … Continue reading A Southern Christmas

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How to Fail at Flirting

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams Narrated by January LaVoy By the title I expected “How to Fail at Flirting” to be a lovely rom-com, and while Ms. Williams entertained with a few palm-to-the-forehead moments, it soon became apparent that this was a serious story of one woman’s journey of trust. Dr. Naya Turner should have it all. She is a strong, beautiful … Continue reading How to Fail at Flirting

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I’m a Proud Affiliate of HB90

I’m a proud affiliate of Sarra Cannon’s HB90 course! Many of you know how much I love Sarra Cannon’s YouTube videos. I met Sarra at a Heart of Carolina Writers’ Conference. I had heard of her from my fellow HCRW members who remembered when she lived in North Carolina and was a member. Sadly she had left the area before I became a member or … Continue reading I’m a Proud Affiliate of HB90

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Failing at NaNoWriMo

This is my third NaNoWriMo event. For those of you who don’t know what NaNo is, it is National Novel Writing Month challenge. The month of November celebrates the novel. Writers from all over the world get together via the internet and local groups, to write fifty thousand words in thirty days. (If you are a writer and you’ve not heard of NaNoWriMo go to … Continue reading Failing at NaNoWriMo

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Morally Gray Characters and Antiheroes

Morally Gray Characters Versus Antiheroes ~ What are they? What is the difference? Why do we like them? Morally Gray Characters are the intermediate between villain and hero, neither wholly good nor completely bad. According to the Urban Dictionary they are a character who does too much bad to be good, yet too much good to be bad, like Robin Hood or Iron Man. Hmm, … Continue reading Morally Gray Characters and Antiheroes

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I Believe in Romance & Happy Endings

Romance is more than two people coming together for a night, it’s about giving someone what they need to be the best they can be for a lifetime. I believe in romance and happy endings. Sometimes you have to cry a lot of tears before you get there but I do believe. My husband and I recently celebrated 29 years married and this month makes … Continue reading I Believe in Romance & Happy Endings

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Creekside Cafe Chat with M. Lorrox

I’d like to welcome the awesome M. Lorrox to my Creekside Café. M. Lorrox and I are both members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and I’m thrilled to have him at my virtual café. M. Lorrox: Hi Sherri, I’m happy to be joining you, thanks so much for inviting me! Sherri: If I ever win the lottery, I’ll build a café near the … Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with M. Lorrox

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How-To Manuals for Romance?

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, Narrated by Andrew Eiden, Maxwell Caulfield What do smart guys do when their love lives are on the rocks? They turn to romance novels for advice. When second baseman Gavin Scott of the Nashville Legends discovers his wife has been faking it in the bedroom, he is hurt and angry, his pride destroyed. He behaves badly. When … Continue reading How-To Manuals for Romance?

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Creekside Cafe Chat with Kimberley O’Malley

I’m so happy to welcome author Kimberley O’Malley to Creekside Café. Thank you for stopping by my virtual café, my dream is to someday win the lottery and build a real café on the water where I can invite writers and other interesting people to stop by and chat, but until then it’s a good thing I have a great imagination. Can I get you … Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with Kimberley O’Malley

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Who Wants to Marry a Duke

Who Wants to Marry a Duke by Sabrina Jeffries Narrated by Beverley A. Crick There are very few authors who I pre-order, Sabrina Jeffries is one of them. I love this series and was anxious to read it. It was worth the wait, another fabulous story. Women of strength and substance people Jeffries’ novels, the latest heroine is chemist Miss Olivia Norley. When she offered … Continue reading Who Wants to Marry a Duke

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On The Porch With Kevin Lane

Welcome to my virtual café, author Kevin Lane. This is my daydream to have a coffee shop on the river to visit with my writer friends. The Netherlands is a long way from North Carolina, do you live on the coast?   Kevin: No actually. I live rather close to the German border if I’m being honest! Sherri: We have several Dutch communities in eastern North … Continue reading On The Porch With Kevin Lane

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Writing Sex Scenes

Sensuality, Intimacy and Sex I recently attended RWA’s virtual conference, during which I took a couple of classes on sex and sensuality: “Let’s Talk About Sex” with LaQuette and “Writing Intimacy and Sexual Tension” with Molly O’Keefe. I’ve also been reading or listening to a variety of authors and paying attention to how they write intimacy. Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez has a sexually … Continue reading Writing Sex Scenes

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Creekside Cafe Chat with Seralynn Lewis

Today I’d like to welcome fellow Heart of Carolina RWA member, Seralynn Lewis to my virtual café. It’s good to have you here. Seralynn: Thank you, it’s an honor to be here. Sherri: Your novel, Cassie’s Secrets is your debut novel? Are you traditionally published or Indie? Tell us about your journey to publishing your novel. Seralynn: Yes, Cassie’s Secrets is my debut novel. I … Continue reading Creekside Cafe Chat with Seralynn Lewis

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Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron (audiobook) Narrated by Wendy Tremont King Understanding the science of what a story does to a brain. Writing well and telling a good story aren’t always the same thing. You can have all of the mechanics correct but if you don’t reach the reader and excite their emotions and desires, the story can fall flat. This book shows how … Continue reading Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

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Elite Seductress Spy

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, Narrated by Jeremy Bobb Dominika Egorova must fight for her independence and salvation against the iron fist of the Russian bureaucracy when her dreams of being a ballerina are thwarted and she finds herself at the mercy of her uncle’s machinations. Forced to become a Sparrow, one of the elite seductress spies, Dominika is sent to discover a mole. Pitted … Continue reading Elite Seductress Spy

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Cafe Chat with Neostriker, J.D. Nyle

Welcome JD Nyle to my virtual café. If I ever win the lottery I’ll build a real café on the river and invite my writer friends to drop in and talk about books, writing and the business of being a writer, but until then, I’m here on my blog, dreaming. It’s good to have you here JD or should I call you Neostriker? JD: Thank … Continue reading Cafe Chat with Neostriker, J.D. Nyle

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Witches of Bourbon Street

Jade Calhoun series, Book 2 by Deanna Chase, Narrated by Gabra Zackman Jade Calhoun has shunned magic for years. When her mentor, Bea, becomes gravely ill she convinces Jade that she is the only one who can help. She must embrace her witchy side and learn to use the magic. Jade’s prejudices block her powers. She is angry at magic for stealing her mother and … Continue reading Witches of Bourbon Street

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My World and My Story World

A Multicultural View With each book I feel I’m learning more about what I want to do with my writing but especially what I want to say. The town of Leeward is peopled with a variety of personalities, races, religions and ethnicities, much like the community where I live. I want it to represent my home but more importantly, I want to represent the place … Continue reading My World and My Story World

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The Wreck

I have been so busy I haven’t had time to do a rewrite on my idea of a horror story. I finally took the time to try again. I hope you like the rewrite. Don’t forget The Pamlico Writers Group and The Haunted Pamlico are having a writing competition. I can’t compete but I can have fun writing. Let’s see what you’ve got. “Lady, ma’am, … Continue reading The Wreck

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The Trackers Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

This was an awesome series, probably not the best books to listen to in the middle of a pandemic but I truly enjoyed them. I’m not sure if part of the enjoyment wasn’t sharing the experience with one of my sons but I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook series. It made me want to be a prepper and get away from the east coast but other … Continue reading The Trackers Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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The Ideas for the Harrell Family Campgrounds

After raising six boys I can tell you my greatest surprise is that they all managed to get grown without any major permanent damage. Well, at least physically. They’re all a bit crazy but that’s what you get from jumping off the roof of houses, leaping onto moving cars, and getting into fights with trees, walls, your brothers, etc. It’s their father’s fault. Our best … Continue reading The Ideas for the Harrell Family Campgrounds