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Confession of a Traditional Author turned Small Press

As a traditional writer for 20 years, I worked under contract with deadlines, often pushing myself, neglecting friends and family and missing out on a great deal of life. Yes, I earned a healthy amount of money, but as time passed, and life became weighted with pressure, I realized it was no longer for me, […]

Living in the West

Moving from a place I lived forever wasn’t easy but I knew I would love it here in the West and I do. In Michigan, my view was houses with lawns of green grass and flowers and trees everywhere. The skies were blue most often with clouds. The seasons saw leaves fall or snow pile […]

The Pain and Joy of Moving

In the beginning of September 2016, this huge moving van pulled in front of our new house with our life in boxes. We moved 2000 miles across the country leaving family, friends, banks, stores, doctors, and life behind us in Michigan. And why would we do this? Because we fell in love with Sedona, AZ. […]

The Cottonwood Book Fair Giveaways and Bargains.

Since moving to Sedona, I’ve been living a different life than my lifetime residence in Michigan. That was home forever but Sedona opened my heart to the amazing experience of Red Rocks, a small town and a different lifestyle Sedona is also known for its artist community and that includes writers. Though I missed the […]

My Life on the Rocks – Gail Gaymer Martin

I was born and raised in Michigan and thought I’d be there forever…and nearly was, but life has a way of changing things. While Michigan is beautiful with hills and mountains, islands, forests and water of all kinds from the Great Lakes to inland lakes, and winding rivers and creeks. I’ve always love Michigan but […]

Let’s Talk Perspective.

Perspective is part of our lives. It’s how we look at things, physically, mentally and emotionally. Perspective combines available facts with personal ideas to shape our mental state. Writers think of prospective as POV or point of view. It is how a character looks at and deals with life and living based on how he combines the […]

Writing A Christmas Novel

Some of the best selling books happen at Christmas time or ones that focus on other holidays. I have written many Christmas romance novels. The one pictured was my first Love Inspired and Upon A Midnight Clear became a big seller and an award winner. People love books about those special times of year, and they stimulate […]

Free Book Drawing – A Mother To Love from Love Inspired.

A Mother To Love, published by Love Inspired,  is the first book in the Lilac Circle series and revolves around a cul-de-sac street in Owosso, Michigan, a real town. Each romance focuses on one or more residence of the street, and readers can continue to follow character’s lives in each book. Book two, A Husband For Christmas will be […]

What Makes A Successful Person?

Most everyone wants to be successful. Sadly more often most of us are unsuccessful — or sort of successful. So what does it take. Dan Barbow’s article on Elect To Be Successful appeared in early November lst year on Steve Laube’s Blog and focused on the election, but in that article an interesting study prepared by Mary […]

Leaving Winter Behind

My home is in Michigan, a beautiful state surrounded by water–the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and waterfalls. You can visit vast metropolitan cities, small towns, farmland, national forests, rocky coasts or sandy beaches, many lighthouses, and sand dunes. But in winter you are surrounded by snow and cold temperatures. My mailbox that […]