Writing What You Know

Most writers have heard the adage, “Write what you know.” It’s a good principle. If you’re writing about something you know the story will sound authentic and hopefully the passion and sincerity will ring through to the reader. But what if what you want to write is a murder mystery? […]

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Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Is life stressing you out? Take a breath and relax. Or so we’re told. Some days, it’s not so simple. I’ve learned how to breathe four times in my life. Once, with that first, lifegiving gasp. The second time, when I was five and learning how to swim. Third time, in acting class, with lessons on voice projection and breath control. The most important breathing lesson came a decade later. As a young adult I was introduced to biofeedback, a kind of visualization technique used to control some of our body functions like heart rate, breath, muscle response, and brain waves. It can help relax muscles, decrease heart rate, and slow and deepen breathing. It has been clinically proven to help with a myriad of ailments. […]

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Let’s Talk with Lois Winston

Reviews By Lois Winston I recently read a review from a national newspaper for a memoir that has received quite a bit of hype. The reviewer gave it only two stars, stating that the book left her frustrated because it didn’t live up to what it had been purported to be. Instead of “a dissection […]

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Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

New Beginnings by Nancy J. Cohen January is a time of new beginnings. And so it is for me in writing my next book, #18 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. I’m in the “Discovery” stage of writing. This involves choosing the setting, doing preliminary research, and then identifying the suspects. Since I’m more of […]

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Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Pentimento by Debra H. Goldstein The first time I came across the word pentimento was when I read Lillian Hellman’s book, Pentimento: A Book of Portraits, which were short autobiographical pieces. I thought the book was merely okay, but the word fascinated me. Pentimento, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “the reappearance in a painting of […]

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Happy Holidays To You

Holiday Cheer from All of Us We’re delighted you enjoy visiting with the authors of Booklover’s Bench. Nancy J. Cohen, Maggie Toussaint, Diane A.S Stuckart, Cheryl Hollon, Debra H. Goldstein, Terry Ambrose, and Lois Winston wish everyone a joyful holiday season. This year we’re each sharing our favorite holiday beverage. Cheers to all! Let’s hear […]

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Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

The perfect decoration for the Holidays! By Cheryl Hollon This is the first holiday season after my beloved mother passed. It is a bittersweet joy to hang this treasured banner on my wall to celebrate the twelve days of Christmas. It’s a fascination we shared from my childhood. One year, my mom’s sister-in-law gifted her […]

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Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Things I’m Thankful For By Maggie Toussaint Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, I wish I’d done a “thankful” jar all year long, tucking little slips of paper inside when good news occurred. So here’s my list from memory. Vaccines. I am very thankful for the covid vaccines. They give me hope that we can […]

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Let’s Talk with Lois Winston

I vs. Me By Lois Winston Peggy Riley Hughes, my seventh and eighth grade English teacher, was a grammar martinet. Her weapon of choice was a yardstick which she slammed against the blackboards that lined the front and one side of our classroom, metaphorically beating grammar rules into her students. As a result, those blackboards […]

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Let’s Talk with Diane A.S Stuckart

ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN… By Diane A.S Stuckart The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Even the most casual history buff will recognize this phrase from 1918. That’s the point in time when the Armistice between the Allied forces and Germany officially took effect. The agreement marked the end to fighting in […]

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