I’m pleased to say that Elaine has offered one of my readers the chance to win a copy of Beyond the Scars. Just leave a comment on this post by Friday evening and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. And there’s more good news. When Elaine mails off the winning copy of the new book, she will donate a copy of the original edition to her local cancer center. Everyone wins! If you know a woman who needs this kind of encouragement–the kind it takes to move beyond the scars and step into the future, this book would be a blessing to her.
… I carried heavy sadness with me, the kind of sorrow that comes when you stop dreaming. Curled up next to Terrell one night, I thought about staying in bed forever.
I’ll never forget what he said to me: “What happened to the girl I married? The one who was going to change the world?”
My words hammered in my chest. “I don’t even dream of changing the world anymore. I just want to survive it.”
His response filled our bedroom. “We used to be dreamers. What happened to us?”Life happened. (Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch)
My sweet spot wasn’t exactly a success story. I think we often confuse glory with something glorious. Nothing really changed, not for a long time. But I had changed. I was pursuing my passion. I was living an authentic life. I was satisfied, and that changed everything. (Kristen Welch, Rhinestone Jesus).
Laura, the complicated main character of The Novelist, never leaves her house (unless you count her porch or her soiree into cyberspace) but she takes the reader into “the great unknown” (as she quotes James Scott Bell from his book Plot & Structure). A copywriter who also writes poetry, Laura is completely daunted by the task of novel writing. The reader is treated to her internal process which delightfully weaves together her troubled upbringing, a broken romance, her love of tea, and poetry…beautiful poetry.
Such a clever book that highlights some of the tried and true rules of writing fiction and then breaks them all. Wonderfully. Plus there is all that delicious name-dropping of poets and other writers.
If you’ve read L.L. Barkat before, you’ll recognize her deep and smart writing but might be surprised by her storytelling. But if you’ve read her poetry, you won’t be surprised by the sensuality in this compelling story.
A lovely portrait that does justice to the complexities of life and the human spirit.