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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning Through Adversity

My husband and I love to travel. We’ve enjoyed many foreign countries and also many beautiful and interesting places in the United States. For the past few years, one of our favorite places is Sedona, Arizona, where we enjoy part of the winter in a townhouse we rent. We golf, hike, visit the many amazing […]

Christmas: Moments To Remember

Most of us are too young to remember these wonderful old days, but our grandmothers or great grandmothers will. These were the times of small towns, community, and people caring for people. At Christmas it meant chopping down a Christmas tree and decorating it with many homemade ornaments, such as: stringed popcorn or cranberries, adorned […]

Do You Research Your Setting?

I have learned over time if I want to write real I need to visit the location of my novels if I’m using a real location. Creating a fictitious location is easier, but you’ll find bonuses in writing about real places. The first bonus is visiting a town that you have never been to or […]

Fresh Spirit, Fresh Ideas for Fiction

How often do you see what some call Buttermilk skies? Traveling through the Kansas prairie, this sight amazed me. When we view new places, experience new adventures, breathe in the fresh air of a new environment, novelists are inspired to new and creative ideas. I’ve had this experience for the past few years, spending time […]

What Did You Say?

Imagine learning to speak English while listening to our American way of saying words. You think French and Chinese are difficult? Take a lesson from this video.

PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL

   At the age of eleven the world suddenly took shape, colors became deep and brilliant, the chalky hieroglyphs on the blackboard became words that I could read. That was the year, 1948, that I was prescribed glasses. In my new world of color and clarity, it was all so amazing, and with eagerness, I […]

me in front of the B & B

Book Tour to Northern Michigan

An author’s job consists of, among other things, book signing tours. I just returned from five days in northern Michigan—very much a tourist area in the summer—to promote Barbour’s Mackinac Island anthology and also my older book, Michigan. While there, I had the opportunity to tell readers and booksellers about my Steeple Hill Love Inspired […]