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Sharon Fiffer | How To Enjoy A Writing Conference
Uncategorized / October 21, 2009

Since I do not exactly write a regular blog on, I probably worry way too much about what I should, can, am expected to, or will-write–when asked to “guest-blog.” This time, however, to circumvent the problem, I have decided not to wax poetic, ruminate, or explore a topic. Instead, as my heroine, Jane Wheel, might do (and does several times in Scary Stuff and all of the other books chronicling her adventures), I will offer you a practical list. How To Enjoy a Writing Conference 1. Attend conferences where readers and writers meet. Don’t overdo conference-going or you will never find time to write, but once a year or every other year, take the plunge. (I just returned from Bouchercon 2009–—a fan-based mystery conference which, this year, was held in Indianapolis) To read the rest of Sharon’s list and to comment please click here. Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick | COLONEL BRANDON’S DIARY by Amanda Grange
Fresh Pick / October 21, 2009

July 2009On Sale: July 7, 2009Featuring: James Brandon; Marianne Dashwood304 pages ISBN: 0425227790EAN: 9780425227794Paperback$14.00 Romance Historical Buy at Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange A vibrant retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Grange’s sweeping epic breathes new life into another of Austen’s best-loved novels. “Colonel Brandon’s Diary” continues Amanda Grange’s popular series of Jane Austen retellings. At the age of eighteen, James Brandon’s life is set fair. He is in love with his father’s ward, Eliza, and he is looking forward to a lifetime of happiness with her. But his world is shattered when Eliza is forced to marry his brother and James joins the army in despair. Whilst he is in the East Indies, Eliza is badly treated and she seeks consolation outside her marriage, leading to divorce and destitution. Returning to England, Brandon finds her in a debtors’ prison. He rescues her from her terrible position, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes some consolation from her illegitimate daughter, whom he raises as his ward. But at the age of fifteen, the young Eliza goes missing. Oppressed by the thought of what could have…