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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review of With Every Letter

A brunette female lieutenant is shown on the cover

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. Lt. Philomena Blake is a nurse that is part of an Allied group that is supposed to help treat wounded soldiers and airlift them to safety. Lt. Tom MacGilliver is an engineer that is also aiding the Allied effort. The story is quickly set in motion as Philomena’s superior introduces an anonymous letter-writing campaign between Philomena’s group and her superior’s husband’s group, of which Tom, is also a member.
With Every Letter is carefully crafted and cleverly written. The plot is well devised, and the characters are likeable and believable. Tom and Philomena are regular people with common faults. Readers should easily identify with the main characters.
The author does a good job of interweaving historical facts with a fictional story. In addition, Sundin superbly provides rounded and multi-faceted, as well as dynamic characters.
This novel should appeal to a wide audience, especially readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance. With Every Letter is a conflict-packed, fast-paced novel that should keep readers turning the pages. (I had a hard time stopping to eat dinner and putting down the book for a few minutes.) The book had a cinematic feel (like an old war movie), and I would love to see it adapted for film.
To learn more about the author or to view her flight aboard a B-17 bomber, please visit her Web site,

Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Five Tips for Getting Published

First, I wanted to post the cover art for my debut novel, Dog Tags, available from Harbourlight (Pelican Book Group). Nicola Martinez did a great job on the cover. 

a woman's face with a hand covering her mouth is shown as well as a hand writing a note and a pair of military dog tags. Text on the front cover reads "You Belong With Me. You'll See. I'll Prove it to You."

Second, I wanted to share five tips for getting published:

(1) Find a professional writing organization and join it. 

(2) Obtain a copy of Writer's Market

(3) Research agents and publishers. 

(4) Establish a platform. 

(5) Continue to learn the craft of writing. 

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