I could easily let Joan Didion's words speak for me as they simply do, but I'd be remiss to use this spot not to elaborate just how this is the case. Since the dawn of my time, I've kept a diary, journal whatever one may call it now. It captures my thinking to process the … Continue reading The Balance of Writing
Several years ago, after writing and publishing my stories and meeting and working with other writers - budding and those who've been on the journey for years like me - while helping to run our family-owned business, I decided to further my education and pursue my masters with the concentration in writing fiction. I knew … Continue reading Introducing NovelEssence Writing Academy
Burying the Bitter: A Boutique Series Short is on the move today on Amazon! I can't be more proud of this story to reach so many people and quite happy to say the least! With its love story, there lingers a very serious topic that's loud today as it should be. Eveline's heading back to … Continue reading Climbing the Amazon Ranks!
My short novel, Arnie Somers: A Novelette, is a sweet, fantasy story that's great for a Halloween time read. Right now, you can get your copy for free! Details below: Beloved veterinarian, Arnie Somers, is faced with the horrible possibility of losing his wife to a devastating auto accident. As she struggles to survive, Violet tells … Continue reading A Paranormal Romance – Arnie Somers by Tonya Rice
Once I'm finally sitting and concentrating(!), I use WriteWayPro for my first draft (the outine feature helps me quite a lot as I move ahead; I can see the story beginning to shape up clearly). Sadly the WriteWayPro company is no more, so their support is gone. I'm okay with that though, since I've been … Continue reading My Writing Routine – these days
Abduction pieces in the news rip me apart. Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, a major bestseller, was about just that. I couldn't read in when it came out back in 1996, in spite of the fact it was the first book of Oprah's Book Club. I remember, too, being marveled by a … Continue reading Writing Through the Fear
I am still lamenting the end of my journey with Harry, Ron, Hermione, et al. From the end of July until last week, I was completely immersed in the rest of the series, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'd been on a reading slump much … Continue reading The Harry Potter Series and Me
Each year around this time, the American Library Association encourages bibliophiles like me to acknowledge the erroneous judgment of those who continue to seek censorship in our schools and libraries. It calls on us to celebrate the list of banned books, which lengthens every decade, during Banned Books Week, which is going on now (September … Continue reading I Read Banned Books, Too – 2019 edition
Here's a fun tag post featuring Goodreads to share (thanks, Alex, for passing it along: https://mybookworld24.com/2019/08/15/goodreads-book-tag/ ). Funny thing is that I'm currently on a series roll as you'll see below: 1. What was the last book you marked as "read"? 2. What are you currently reading? 3. What was the last … Continue reading Goodreads Book Tag
Now also available in paperback is Grand Opening: A Novella (The Boutique Series #1)! Yay! Grand Opening, a romantic suspense story, is the first book of The Boutique Series which features the life of Eden Harper, owner and operator of Richmond's hottest couture boutique, Josi's Boutique, her family, her business, and her love - Nelson Donnelly, … Continue reading Grand Opening: A Novella is Available in Paperback!