The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares her private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss–and a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper than the legend.
In early 20
13, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in nearly every major battle of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication t
o service to supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and, most special of all, their family was whole, finally.Continue reading →
Evie Rosen has had enough. She’s tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She’s over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it’s time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she’s done that too!)
And that’s when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn’t mean you can also unplug from life.Continue reading →
No, really. Sure, embarking on a land that exists completely in the writer’s head can be great. Fantasy worlds and people. Made up lands and problems. Fiction does a great job of reflecting the times, but nonfiction is where the authentic experience lies.
The imagination is ripe with creativity. But I have found, that the lives of real people— the memoirs and biographies and interviews and journalistic pieces— are just as fascinating. Sometimes more. Why? Because real life has just as many twists and turns as a good fiction piece. Here are a few reasons nonfiction is just as good as fiction: Continue reading →
If you are participating in National Poetry Month, NaPoWriMo‘s website is a great resource. Each day they feature a site, some helpful tools, and a writing prompt that you can choose to use… or not. Completely up to you. Yesterday’s prompt was to write an aubade, a morning poem, related to the Monday woes. I decided to share a famous aubade and also share that which I wrote for this prompt. Continue reading →
Sometimes, organic inspiration fails to come when we need it, and we need a little assistance. Writing prompts come in handy for creating inspiration. Here are 25 writing prompts to help you on those days that need a little help. Continue reading →
“The Proposal”: Pooja and Akshay don’t want to bother with relationships, but they get cornered into marriage. The two devise a fool-proof plan: get married, then get their divorce papers ready. But will they have the guts to go through with the break up?
“Remembrance”: Helen wakes up in the hospital, but she has no idea how she got there. Everyone dodges the question…and then the sister she hasn’t spoken to in 11 years arrives. Why is she here? And will Helen ever remember what happened?Continue reading →
This information was originally published on Shelf Awareness, yesterday, April 1st. I do not own any rights to this information. I am simply sharing because this is enormous news to publishers and indie bookstores everywhere. Continue reading →
It’s Day 2 of National Poetry Month! Today, I thought I’d spotlight one of my favorite kinds of poems: the haiku.
What is a haiku?
The haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7, and the third line has 5. Traditional Haiku poems are generally about nature, but can always include a metaphor to a larger theme. Continue reading →