Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Like books by writers like Rona Jaffe, Judith Michael and Barbara Taylor Bradford?


DECADES, Book #1 in the Park Avenue Series was originally published in hard cover by Simon & Schuster. Now FREE at all ebook vendors.


THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES.

Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rebellious Make Love, Not War 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations presented by the turbulent decades in which they lived.

Evelyn, talented but insecure, faithful to the traditional values she grew up with, is a loyal and loving wife whose marriage means everything to her.
Nick, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.
Joy, their daughter, coming of age at a time of anger and rebellion, needs them both but is torn between them.
Barbara is the other woman. Younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone, she wonders if she can have everything--including another woman's husband.

But can she? Is she willing to pay the price? And how will Evelyn handle her rebellious daughter, her straying husband and the threat to her marriage?

DECADES, sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, is the emotional, compelling story of family and marriage, betrayal and healing.

“A brilliant book. Three generations of women are succinctly capsuled in this novel by a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion. Rarely have attitudes been so probingly examined—tough, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, Ms. Harris recreates the decades in which her heroines lived, from zoot suits and Sammy Kaye, through Eisenhower, Elvis and poodle-cut hairdos to moon walks, Mick Jagger and micro-minis. Readers will be entertained and few will be able to forget what Decades has to say about men and women and the games people play.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ruth Harris has re-created both the style and substance of three decades of American life—from the bobby socks and innocence of the 1940s, to the crinolines and caution of the 1950s, to the bra-less T-shirts and alienation of the 1960s.” —Book-of-the-Month Club

Powerful. A gripping novel that depicts the lives and loves of three generations of women.” —Women Today Book Club




Sunday, October 16, 2016

A new trilogy. PERIL: THE WIZARD'S JOURNEY


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THEY HATED HIM AND TRIED TO KILL HIM.

Justin Rakka knows from an early age that he is different but he doesn’t understand why. An only child and heir to a large fortune, he is shunted aside by his parents and viciously bullied at school. Lonely and misunderstood, he cannot find his place in the world until a distinguished presence from a secret sphere reaches out to him.



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ACCUSED!

Justin is accused of a vicious crime and the police, convinced of his guilt, hound him without mercy. 



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LIFE? OR DEATH?

With Juliet’s freedom at stake and Justin’s own life in the balance, can he defeat the vicious demon sworn to steal his powers and destroy them both?

Monday, October 10, 2016

How To Fix The Novel That Fizzled

Janice Hardy tells how to fix the novel that fizzled.


The Wrong Protagonist?

The Wrong Story?

The Wrong Point of View?

What Conflict?

Stakes—What Stakes?

Lack of Credibility?


Janice asks the questions and gives the answers at Anne R. Allen's blog.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Self-sabotage And The Fear Of Success



Midnight In Paris: The Impossible Dream?

Fear of Success vs. Fear of Failure
5 Ways Writers Block Success
The 4 Irrational Fears That Hold Writers Back


Fantasy and reality, illusion and disillusion, and the invisible traps writers set for themselves explained at Anne R. Allen.


Monday, September 26, 2016

First Drafts: Sticking Points And Solutions

First drafts can be like mazes. The way through is never a straight line.


That delightful, delicious, d*mn first draft!

Love it? Leave it? Or is there something in between?
I found out how other writers from David Hewson to Nora Roberts solve the first draft.
Learn what I discovered in my report at Anne R. Allen's blog.
Join the fun! Share your sticking points and solutions in the comments!

Monday, August 29, 2016

How to write compelling characters.

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress

Clothing and appearance, scent and sensibility provide powerful metaphors for a character’s inner life


Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads.

Harry Potter's wand.

James Bond's Beretta.

Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie.

Dragon Lady red lips.

Summer in the city.

A leather-upholstered Rolls-Royce in Hong Kong.

Sexy, man-trap perfume.

Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress.


They all have something in common. What is it?
Anne and Ruth know—and they tell. :-)


Thursday, August 4, 2016

She's getting older, but is she getting better?



DOWNHILL (OR, NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE)


From carbon paper to carbon emissions.

From Edward R. Murrow to Bill O’Reilly.

From Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga.

From Julia Child to Rachael Ray.

From Ernest Hemingway to EL James.

From Dr. Freud to Dr. Phil.

From I Like Ike to Le Donald.

No wonder I’m so p*ssed off. Not just because I’m about to turn sixty and not just today, but just about all the time and just about everywhere.

On line at the supermarket where I have to bring my own bag and pack my own groceries.

At the gas station where I have to pump my own gas.

On hold listening to the robot telling me my call is important.

At the twenty minutes of trailers and commercials that precede every movie.

At splash ads on the internet.

At cellphones and their rude, clueless users.

At Metro cards that don’t work on first swipe, at double length buses that make Manhattan’s terrible traffic worse.

You name it, it bugs me.

And, right now, you can add Ralph to the list.

Just because we’d been married since about forever did he really have to go on a diet, start exercising, and buy a fancy new wardrobe?

Was he having a mid-life crisis? Or was he having an affair?

For the answer to this question + more, read The Chanel Caper, Book #1 in the Strong, Savvy Women Series.

Available for your Kindle.