From Kindle to Print: Memoirs Released in Paperback

Seasons SpringExciting news! My award-winning memoir vignette, “1945,” which was selected for the Seasons of Our Lives anthology in 2014, is making a comeback on Amazon. My story was written from the point of view of my childhood alter ego, Nellie Quinn—the little girl who tells so many of my memories. In this one, she’s barely more than a toddler when she experiences one of the harsh realities of life. Another vignette, “Why Didn’t You Catch Me?” (told by the adult me) was selected in 2015 for the award-winning anthology, Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond. This story tells about my sister’s suicide and its immediate aftermath.

Tales PondAll of these anthologies—the Seasons series and the Tales series—were originally published as Kindle books, but you know, as great as e-books are, I still like the feel of a print book in my hands. The good news is that all four Seasons anthologies and the two Tales anthologies are available now in paperback. My sister memoir authors have written powerful stories in these anthologies, and I know you will get as much out of them as I have. Collectively, they speak to all our lives.

Those of you who are interested in writing memoir would do well to read the many vignettes included in these anthologies, along with the commentary that editors and memoir coaches, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnet, offer about our stories, along with their advice for aspiring memoirists. In fact, in the anthologies, you will find a mini-lesson following each story, something focused on the skills that story demonstrated.

Butler is the award-winning co-author of the collective memoir, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, and other books. A psychologist, online and in-person memoir coach, and writing conference speaker, she writes and teaches in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Bonnett is the award-winning co-author of Rosie’s Daughters and Writing Alchemy and author/ghostwriter of nine books, a marketing executive, a speaker, and memoir coach. She regularly blogs with Matilda Butler at, writing and teaching from her home in Downeast Maine.

About Seasons of Our Lives, Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Writing from Life, said, “It is true that each woman is a story waiting to be told—and in this outstanding collection of memoirs you’ll find many wonderful women’s stories. It is also true that each woman’s story is everywoman’s story, for we share so many of the same experiences. As I read these stories, I am reading bits and pieces from my own life, and I am inspired to write my own with a more passionate and compassionate heart. I hope you are, too.”

The paperback publisher, Knowledge Access Books, has listed these four volumes—Seasons of Our Lives (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)—at a special introductory price on Amazon for family and friends of the authors. My vignette featuring Nellie Quinn is in Seasons of Our Lives: Spring. If you are interested in getting a copy, the price is $9.97. Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond, which has the story of my sister’s suicide, is available for $19.97. After June 15, the prices will go up by $2.

I’d love for you to read the stories in the volumes—mine and those of the other authors as well, and if the spirit so moves you, post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are the links to the books with my stories:

Seasons of Our Lives: Spring

Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond

The other anthologies are available at:

Seasons of Our Lives: Summer

Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road




A Review of Winter’s Edge: An Anthology of Historical Fiction

36580289Winter’s Edge includes seven stories written by seven authors in a literary “Where’s Waldo.” The stories recount the travels through time and across the globe of three daggers forged in sixth century Rome. In each story, set in a different century and a different place, one of those finely-crafted daggers, each with a silver, snarling wolf’s head atop the handle, plays an important part in the experiences of characters who come alive on the page (or screen, if you will).

Paul Murphy’s “Wolf of Saturnalia” introduces the daggers in an action-packed adventure in ancient Rome; “Vielle,” written by Prue Batten, puts a dagger in the story of a twelfth-century musician in French King Phillip’s court at a time when tensions were high between England and France; T.C. Hester offers “DiPaolo and DaVinci” in the sixteenth century when the famed artist uses one of the daggers in the service of life; “Sweet Nightingale,” by David Neilson, features his eighteenth-century heroine, Sophie Rathenau, once again solving a crime in Vienna in which the dagger makes a surprising, but satisfying, appearance; “Bingley and Darcy,” by Martin Rinehart, fills in the details of the relationship between Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennett which are missing from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice; in the Kansas Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the dagger makes an appearance in a stunning story of friendship, love, and survival by Lena Maye; and, finally, in present-day New York, the three daggers are re-united in “Warm Me Softly,” a gentle love story by D.M. Davis.

This anthology is cleverly conceived and expertly rendered. Very impressive work from a stable of fine writers.

Get your copy here:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon UK

Interview on Book Marketing BuzzBlog

Sharon K. Miller fell in love with words at a young age, and writing became a big part of her life from that moment on. Her fascination with the archaeology and history of the Sonoran Desert and the Indigenous cultures who left their stories etched on and buried in the land inspired the books in the Clay Series—the interconnected tales of three women separated by centuries.

Many thanks to Brian Feinblum for posting my interview on his blog.

Interview With Author Sharon K. Miller

The Clay Sustains [Book 3 in the Clay Series was published in September, 2017]

Clay Series Box Set.pngSharon K. Miller fell in love with words at a young age, and writing became a big part of her life from that moment on. Her fascination with the archaeology and history of the Sonoran Desert and the Indigenous cultures who left their stories etched on and buried in the land inspired the books in the Clay Series—the interconnected tales of three women separated by centuries. She lives beneath the back range of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. See:

  1. What really inspired you to write your books, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a series? There is a state park not far from where I live near Tucson, Arizona, and in the park is an interpretive trail that winds through the ruins of a prehistoric Hohokam village which was inhabited from approximately 200 BC to about 1450 AD. At the same site are the remains of a nineteenth-century homesteader’s house. Signs along the trail describe how the Hohokam lived and farmed the area and how Francisco Romero brought his wife there in the nineteenth century to establish a cattle ranch. The first time I walked this trail, I wondered about Victoriana Romero’s life in this lonely place where Apaches stole their cattle and did battle with her husband, threatening their very existence. My first inclination was to write her story, but I discovered there was very little in the historical record about her. I decided instead to write about a fictitious woman, Esperanza Ramirez, who finds an ancient pot and makes a connection to the Hohokam woman who made it—a connection that helps her deal with loneliness and threats from those who would do her harm.

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Author Spotlight: David Neilson and the Sophie Rathenau Vienna Mysteries

If he were to fail to meet her standards, she just might pull her gun on him—a gun she carries primed and loaded in case she needs it in a hurry. But David knows to follow her lead.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that a man can’t create a living, breathing, believable female character. I am continually astonished at the sensitivity with which David Neilson builds his main character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. I think Sophie truly does live in his head, and she directs the stories he writes. If he were to fail to meet her standards, she just might pull her gun on him—a gun she carries primed and loaded in case she needs it in a hurry. But David knows to follow her lead.

In an online interview, he tells us that Sophie does, indeed, resonate in his head. “She knows she’s the star turn and she doesn’t tolerate rivals. I can catch her sometimes thinking whether she’s tough enough in one scene, or vulnerable enough, or self-righteous enough.… the best moments for me come when Sophie says or does something outrageous, for example, getting to get into a ball for free by pretending that a non-existent husband will pay, or trying to con a Jesuit rector into believing she’s a rich patroness.”

Who is this woman, you ask. “An investigator in Mozart’s Vienna, she’s tousle-headed, modest of bosom, large of hand, acid-tongued, and inclined to be self-righteous. Getting involved in the direst conspiracies of her day, she needs all her wits to come out in one piece.” That’s how David described her in an interview with Sue Seabury on her blog, The Technopeasant. Mozart’s Vienna in the 1770s hardly evokes a society in which a liberated woman might thrive as a private investigator. But Sophie manages to be the woman all women want to be.

The Prussian Dispatch and Lay Brothers, books one and two of the Sophie Rathenau Vienna Mysteries, bring you the adventures of this remarkable woman. In the first, Sophie is caught up in an international conspiracy when she is hired to locate a missing government dispatch sent from Prussia to Vienna. To complicate matters, she must keep a vengeful Chancellor at bay and deal with a past that threatens to engulf her. In the second, she’s managed to escape to Munich where intrigue comes in the form of a request from a friend who needs help finding a missing priest. In searching for him, she raises the ire of the increasingly corrupt Jesuit Order whose efforts to silence the priest turn deadly.

I promise you that if you love strong women characters and historical fiction at its finest, you will fall in love with Sophie Rathenau and the stories she drives David Neilson to tell. Visit Sophie’s website, which is a treasure trove of information about Vienna in the 1700’s, the politics, the people, the architecture, and the fashion.

Visit David’s Pinterest page, another place to see images of the people, places, and fashion of Sophie’s world. You can also view the trailers for each book:

The Prussian Dispatch

Lay Brothers

The third book, to be released soon, is Serene. In it we will find her protecting the rebellious Austrian Archduchess Isabella in Venice, a place Sophie had been warned never to return unless she is prepared to die. If something happens to the Archduchess and Sophie manages to escape Corona Mundt’s threat, the Austrian Chancellor will exact his revenge. It’s a lose-lose situation. Having had a preview of this third book, I’m eager for it to be published.

Karen J. Mossman: Author Spotlight

A secret is a secret for good reason. Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

A New Feature

I’m pleased to introduce a new feature to my blog called Author Spotlight with Karen J. Mossman as my inaugural author.

Karen J. Mossman is originally from Manchester in the UK, but she has now settled into retirement with her husband of nearly 40 years. She lives on Anglesey, a small Island off the North Wales coast and says, ‘Retirement means I am busier than ever as I’m able to spend more time writing. I’m also an avid book reader and blogger. When I am not working on my computer, I belong to an embroidery club where I cross stitch. I am also involved in Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institute. So, retirement has improved my life by enabling me to do the things that make me happy.’

Karen’s book is called The Secret.

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The Secret

Image 1A secret is a secret for good reason.

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

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What Readers are Saying

Karen Mossman’s The Secret is the beautifully written story of high-spirited, Irish-born Kerry O’Brien who struggles to walk a tightrope in her dangerous home life. Set in Manchester, England, in the 1970s, a more “innocent” time when family secrets could be even more deadly than today and the cloud of secrecy over domestic abuse made it hard for victims to find a way out.

Lynne Murray

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.

S. Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen, and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.

Jenna Hodge

The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let’s hope others can find the strength, just like Kerry, to come out the other side.




An Interview with Cheryl Holloway

I recently had a lovely interview with author and book blogger, Cheryl Holloway. You can read it here. Cheryl’s blog is her way to “pay it forward” on behalf of other authors. She says, “To Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves,”  and she does just that.

It was great fun talking about all three books in the Clay Series. Book 3, The Clay Sustains, is due for release on September 29, 2017. Amazon pre-sales will begin on September 1.

In her interview, she asked which book was the hardest to write. My answer? It was the upcoming third book, The Clay Sustains, because I had to do a certain amount of world-building, since it was a prehistoric culture and society I was describing. Many of the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the characters were borrowed from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s ancestral people, the Yoeme, as well as from the Tohono O’odham Indians, who believe they are direct descendants of the Hohokam. I felt an obligation to treat these beliefs and practices with the utmost respect, while at the same time creating a society that readers should not assume to be factual representations of either culture or tribe. And, because Yoeme spirituality is somewhat complex, I had to work hard to make it accessible to my readers.

Striking a balance between creating a fictional world and honoring the real culture that serves, to some extent, as a model is something that I had to keep in mind with every word, sentence, paragraph, and chapter. I can only hope I succeeded.

She asked a wonderful series of thought-provoking questions that gave me an opportunity to explore my writing experience in depth.

Mosey on over to Cheryl’s blog and catch up with me and my author’s journey.

By the way, I will have a repeat interview with Pat Rullo on Speak Up Talk Radio on Tuesday, September 22. It’s a follow-up to last year’s interview in which I talked about writing the first two books in the Clay Series. Now I get to talk about book 3, The Clay Sustains.