Wednesday, September 17, 2014


by Kate Larkindale

I’m often asked how to write a book. It’s a question that has as many answers as there are books in the world, I think. I doubt any two writers approach writing a book in quite the same way.

For me, a book starts with a single idea. It can be an image or a phrase or even an issue. Something about that one thing triggers my imagination until a story begins to shape. At this point a lot of writers will outline the story, making sure all the key pieces are in place. I imagine this is particularly important for mystery or thriller writers who need to ensure all the clues are placed in the correct order.

I don’t outline. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work for me. If I outline, I know what’s going to happen and if I know, why bother writing it? Part of writing a book for me is discovering the story. I don’t lead my characters – they lead me!

I start with a single scene. Often it’s not at the beginning of the story I’ve envisaged. Quite often it’s a big scene, a climactic one, and I start with that. If it works the way I want it to, it will be my entry point into the book. Writing in a linear fashion doesn’t always suit me and if I find I’m stuck somewhere along the way, I’ll often skip forward or back in the story to a scene or series of scenes I know need to be there.

A lot of writers do write beginning to end, but if that isn’t the way you like to work, no one is forcing you to. I’ve written 10 novels now, and each of them has followed a slightly different process. There is no right to wrong way to approach the task. It may take time to figure out what works best for you, but that’s okay.

One of my CPs likes to get critiques chapter by chapter as she writes. She revises each chapter as she writes it and doesn’t move on until she feels each one is perfect. It takes her a long time to get through a first draft, but her first drafts are as good as my third or 4th ones.

I prefer not to revise as I go. I like to draft quickly, letting the story pour out onto the page without worrying too much about pretty language or whether each word drives the story forward. My CPs never see my first drafts—no one does. It’s only once I’ve started picking through the pile of word vomit and shaping the book that anyone gets to see it. It’s usually at this point that I will write an outline to ensure the story moves in a way that makes sense and doesn’t drag.

Feedback is crucial to the writing and revising process. If you don’t have impartial readers to look over your work, you need to find some. Join a writing group or an online writing community. I found my crit group on, and some of us have been working together for over 5 years now. None of my work would ever have made it to print without these people.

Have you ever written a novel? What’s your process?

Here is a small sample from my YA, An Unstill Life.

Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she loves.

Things at home are rough for fifteen-year-old Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer free for almost ten years. Her mom becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better. Just when she needs them most, her closest friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up on a series of disastrous blind dates.

Livvie seeks refuge in the art room and finds Bianca, the school ‘freak’. Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.

When their relationship is discovered, Livvie and Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.

While searching for the strength to make her life her own, Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she loves.

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Having spent a lifetime traveling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but she doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.

She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad historical romance. She is currently working on a new YA novel that is still looking for a title other than its Twitter hashtag, #juvvielesbian.

Learn more about Kate on her blog and Goodreads. Stay connected on Twitter.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LIFE is too Short not to ENJOY the SWEET THINGS

by Sharon Ledwith

In my book, Legend of the Timekeepers—the prequel to The Last Timekeepers series—my 14-year-old protagonist Lilith is faced with the reality that Atlantis is on the brink of being destroyed, and her family must evacuate their home immediately. While many of us look back on our lives and think—where the heck did the time go?—it doesn’t take a catastrophe like Lilith and her father had to endure to make us realize that life is indeed short, and we’d better be grateful for what we have in the present. The following recipe will make you appreciate the sweet things in your life, and is great to prepare on those cherished afternoons of baking with a loved one.

Maple Madness Butter Tarts

Tart Shells
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) salt
¾ cup (175 mL) all-vegetable shortening, well chilled (we use CRISCO® Golden All-Vegetable Shortening)
4-8 tbsp. (60-120 mL) ice cold water

Blend flour and salt in medium mixing bowl. Cut ½-inch (1.5 cm) cubes of chilled shortening into flour mixture using a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized pieces remaining.

Sprinkle 4 tbsp. (60 mL) of the ice cold water over the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir and draw flour from bottom of bowl to the top; press chunks down to bottom of bowl with fork. Add more water by the tablespoon, mixing until dough holds together.

Divide dough into two balls. Flatten balls into ½-inch (1.5 cm) thick disks, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Place ball of dough on lightly floured work surface. With floured rolling pin, roll out thinly from center outward. Cut out 6 rounds with 4” (10 cm) cutter. Repeat with second ball of dough. Fit rounds into 12 medium-sized muffin cups.

½ cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
¼ cup (60 mL) pure maple syrup
¼ cup (60 mL) corn syrup
¼ cup (60 mL) all-vegetable shortening
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
¾ cup of raisin or pecans (if desired)

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)

Combine all filling ingredients except raisins (or pecans); mix well.
Evenly divide raisins (or pecans) into pastry shells.

Fill cups ⅔ full with syrup mixture.

Bake on bottom shelf for 12 to 15 minutes or just until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool completely before removing from the pan.

Makes 12 Maple Madness butter tarts.

Now, while you’re waiting for your butter tarts to cool, why not partake in an afternoon of cozying up on the couch with a good book? Ready for a trip to Atlantis?

There is no moving forward without first going back.

Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.

Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.

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If you haven’t already read Sharon Ledwith's novel, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, here’s the blurb…

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.

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Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Musa Publishing, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Heavy Breathing Not Always Required

Sexual Tension
by Sloane Taylor

The enraptured sigh, the long staring gaze, or quick hops in the sack testing multiple positions are not what writing sexual tension is all about. For each type of romance there is a draw between your hero and heroine. If you don’t have the tension, you don’t have a sellable romance.

Sexual tension can be broken down into the explicit meaning of each word.

SEXUAL: of or involving sex which equates to wanting it.

TENSION: mental or emotional strain which equates to not being able to get it.

So what you have here is a great emotional strain to have sex with a specific person, but it’s not happening. Consider it a form of foreplay. This is what you must create between your characters. The longer you delay the actual act, and increase the attraction, the more your readers will love the story.

How do you build Sexual Tension? In one word - awareness. Each of your characters needs to notice small things about the other. Sure Cassie can appreciate the bulge in Clive’s jeans while he’s admiring her breasts, but sexual tension is not all tits and ass.

You must tease your reader while your characters slowly become more aware of each other. Such as;

Cassie glanced down. Her eyes widened in admiration at the bulge in Clive’s jeans.
Clive tweaked a smile. He knew what she’s doing, though she wouldn’t admit it, even to herself.

It’s more than body parts. You also need to write more than the physical. Each character must be aware of the others values, good and bad;

Warmth spread through Clive as Cassie clasped the tiny hand of the lost child.
Cassie’s lips tightened when Clive cursed at the driver who had successfully run them off the road.

Our couple has become more aware of each other and therefore we have successfully drawn them closer.

Think of it this way – Do you remember when you first fell in love? Did you notice everything about this new person all at once? Or did the scent, strength, and mannerisms dribble into your conscientiousness a drop at a time? More than likely the nature and spirit of your other half slowly made itself known to you.

This is how you need to write sexual tension, a bit at a time. As your story progresses the awareness increases. It may go on for pages, even chapters, until Clive and Cassie are so attuned they have to make love.

Another important key is that by now your reader is begging for Clive and Cassie to make love and live the happily ever after. It’s up to you, the author and the genre you write, to decide how explicit the love scene will be.

If you’re shy, you can bring your couple to the location – bed, couch, floor – then write a few lines before the door closes and provides them with the privacy they deserve. Or you can write it all, leaving nothing to the reader’s imagination. Either way, it must be fulfilling to the characters and more importantly, to your reader.

Do not cheat your reader. They have invested both their hard earned money to buy your book and their valuable time to read it. You are obligated to provide your reader with an afterglow.

As always, I love to hear from you. If you’re not comfortable posting a comment here or prefer to talk privately, email me at with WRITING in the subject line. I’m happy to spend time with you.


Award-Winning author Sloane Taylor believes humor and sex are healthy aspects of our everyday lives and carries that philosophy into her books. She writes sexually explicit romances that take you right into the bedroom. Being a true romantic, all her stories have a happy ever after.

Her books are set in Europe where the men are all male and the North American women they encounter are both feminine and strong. They also bring more than lust to their men’s lives.

To read excerpts from the erotic romances by Sloane Taylor, please click HERE.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


Where did you get the idea for The Treason of Memory?
It actually began in a writing exercise I do weekly with an online writers' group, where we write for an hour to a prompt. I can't remember what the prompt was, but I wrote a scene that set up this story. As sometimes happens, though, that scene ended up on the cutting floor when I edited it.

It's set in the same world as many of my stories, but most of them have a more standard fantasy culture, pre-gunpowder although not mediaeval. At the time, I was experimenting with different types of setting in different eras of the same world, and for this one I moved on a little to create a kind of "flintlock & sorcery" tale.

As far as I remember, there were two specific influences. At the time, I was reading 1610: A Sundial in a Grave by Mary Gentle (an excellent book) which has a similar setting in real history and starts with the assassination of Henri IV of France. The other was an episode of Starsky and Hutch I recall from many years ago, where someone's memories had been manipulated to make him commit a murder. Not the same situation, but an analogous one.

How did you develop your lead characters?
The POV character, Estent n'Ashne, really started out by being what the plot required, both to get him into his predicament and to have the qualities that would allow him to get out of it. He's a young man from minor nobility who's never had to try very hard at anything. On the other hand, he has a romantic sense of adventure and a strong sense of right and wrong.

The second lead, Sharru, is pretty much the opposite. He's an older man, haunted by past mistakes, who reluctantly works as the grimiest, sleaziest kind of spy. It quickly became clear that this was a buddy relationship — I fairly often write male-male romantic relationships, but that wouldn't have fitted here. As far as characters are concerned, the story's about Estent putting aside his privileged preconceptions and drawing on his abilities, and Sharru admitting he's lonely and this snotty rich kid actually is good company.

What drives you to write fantasy?
Almost everything I write is fantasy in some way, although sometimes fringing on other genres like historical, SF or horror. It's what I mostly read, too, and like most of us I'm writing the stories I'd like to read.

I think one thing I love about fantasy is that it's completely upfront about creating its own fictional reality. All authors create a world for their stories to play out in, even if it often seems at first glance to be the world we live in (the "real world", whatever exactly that means). Most genres try to disguise this in some way, but fantasy uses and celebrates the possibilities.

What fantasy offers is the chance to do thought experiments with your characters and settings that wouldn't be possible in realistic fiction, let alone in real life. One of my characters, for instance, is an ordinary human who just happens to live for thousands of years. He gives me the chance to look at the difference between the effects of long life and the effects of the ageing process.

Besides, I love history, and fantasy gives me the chance to create more of it. It's fun.

Here is a brief intro to The Treason of Memory. I hope you enjoy it.

Estent remembers assassinating the king he loved – but, in a sordid world of magic and espionage, can he trust his own memory?

Young aristocrat Estent n’Ashne has been arrested for assassinating the king he’s always loved. He remembers the deed, though not why he did it, but the enigmatic spy Sharru seems convinced of his innocence. Together, the unlikely pair must search through the slums and palaces of the city of Jalkiya to uncover both political intrigue and an ancient evil. But how can Estent find the truth when he can’t even trust his own memory?

Combining the sordid world of espionage with dark magic, The Treason of Memory is an action-packed adventure story set in a fantasy world of flintlocks and rapiers.

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Nyki Blatchley is a fantasy author and poet and has been writing since early childhood. While in his teens, Nyki created a world that became the backdrop for most of his stories with an immortal character called the Traveller.

His poetry has been published and he has also performed it with his own musical backing in many venues in London and elsewhere. During the 90s, his spiritual home was the legendary Bunjies Coffee House in London, once a haunt of the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and David Bowie.

To date Nyki has written over forty Traveller stories that have been published in a variety of magazines, webzines and anthologies. His novels and novellas include At An Uncertain Hour, The City of Ferrid and The Temple of Taak-Resh.

Nyki is a graduate from the University of Keele in English and Greek Studies. He currently lives just outside London. His interests include reading, folk music, history (any period, but especially classical Greece and medieval Europe), Doctor Who, cricket (as a viewer only), rock music, historical re-enactment, astronomy, and acquiring general knowledge.

Learn more about Nyki Blatchley on his website and his blog.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cataracts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Anne Montgomery

“You’re blood pressure is a little high,” the nurse said.

I smiled. “Could it be that you’re about to stick sharp objects in my eyeball while I’m awake?”

My flippant answer belied the fact that I was certainly nervous, since the surgeon would soon be probing the inner recesses of my eye with a scalpel, a tiny ultrasound wand, and an itty-bitty vacuum cleaner. That I had waited patiently for my insurance company to cover the surgery for years did not make me feel any better as they wheeled me into the operating room.

My vision had been deteriorating for a decade. I can now hear those football coaches who have complained about my officiating screaming in unison: “We always knew she was blind!” Admittedly, while I could certainly see all those behemoths holding on the line and the players who felt it necessary to dump a defenseless quarterback on his butt for no reason, I did sometimes lose sight of the ball in the hazy glow of the lights. Off the field, nighttime driving became difficult: headlights in the dark were punctuated by colorful sparks shooting in all directions.

According to the National Eye Institute, a cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. By age eighty, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. While my parents did not undergo the operation until they were in their eighties, I am currently fifty-nine. What caused me to begin loosing my vision at a relatively young age? In retrospect, probably officiating. It was once believed that sports officials should never wear sunglasses, an effort to cut down on the above mentioned, “Geez, ump, you blind?” quips.

Today, especially here in the Arizona desert, the idea seems ridiculous. (Then again, you may recall that coaches used to think they were building character when kids who didn’t perform up to par in practice were denied water.) Sports officials do commonly wear sunglasses today, but those years without eye protection took their toll. While cataracts can result from certain health issues like diabetes and from tobacco and alcohol use – here’s hoping Chardonnay doesn’t count here – prolonged exposure to sunlight is definitely a cause. I probably spent the first twenty years of my officiating career squinting in the sun.

As it turned out, the surgery was a breeze: quick and painless. As a bonus, while the surgeon was mucking about in my eye, I was treated to a color show reminiscent of an Impressionist painting. The drops used to dilate your pupil are heavy-duty and last twenty-four hours, so driving is out. After that, there’s only a little scratchiness and a regime of drops for about two weeks.

There are a few shocks when your vision adjusts. There’s a depth to objects that had been missing, the loss of which was so gradual I didn’t know it was gone until I stood before my rock box. I’m a mineral collector. Hundreds of specimens I’ve gathered since I was a child rest in a pine and glass case in my living room. Each night before going to bed, I look at the rocks. My friends know to be wary when asking about the specimens, since – given the right amount of wine – I am apt to tell you long stories about where and when I got them, whether you want to know or not. The night after my surgery, I approached the box to take my nightly look and turn off the lights. Colors leaped out, richer than I’d seen in years. Crystal facets glittered. It was like meeting old friends after a long separation.

However, my new peppers have also prominently displayed a few things I’d, quite frankly, rather have not seen. My house is not quite the paragon of cleanliness I’d always imagined. Dust bunnies and not so immaculate tile floors accuse me of shirking my domestic responsibilities. But the biggest surprise came when I looked in the mirror. When did all those wrinkles appear? Like an aging on-camera news anchor shot through a gauzy filter, I’d been seeing myself through a similarly cloudy lens for years.

And here I thought I’d been aging so gracefully.

Here is a short introduction to my historical novel. I hope you enjoy it.

The past and present collide when a tenacious reporter seeks information on an eleventh century magician...and uncovers more than she bargained for.

In 1939, archeologists uncovered a tomb at the Northern Arizona site called Ridge Ruin. The man, bedecked in fine turquoise jewelry and intricate bead work, was surrounded by wooden swords with handles carved into animal hooves and human hands. The Hopi workers stepped back from the grave, knowing what the Moochiwimi sticks meant. This man, buried nine hundred years earlier, was a magician.

Former television journalist Kate Butler hangs on to her investigative reporting career by writing freelance magazine articles. Her research on The Magician shows he bore some European facial characteristics and physical qualities that made him different from the people who buried him. Her quest to discover The Magician’s origin carries her back to a time when the high desert world was shattered by the birth of a volcano and into the present-day dangers of archeological looting where black market sales of antiquities can lead to murder.

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Anne Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award-winning SportsCenter. She finished her on-camera broadcasting career with a two-year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

She has been a freelance and staff writer for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her first novel, The Jerusalem Syndrome: The Wreck of the Sunset Limited was published in 2004 and took second place honors in genre fiction in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.

Anne currently teaches journalism and history at South Mountain High School in Phoenix and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


Musa Publishing is excited to announce the erotica historical novel Prentice & Desiree, Book 2 in the Sapphire Club series, by multi-published author Brita Addams is now available.

Guard your heart. Passion comes with a price.

Lost in grief, Prentice Hyde, the much sought after Marquess of Wycroft, salves his broken heart at the Sapphire Club. He wants love, but finding it presents problems of disloyalty to his dead wife.

Widow Desiree Huntington appears at the Sapphire Club, sees Prentice in action, and presents him with a request so seductive, he finds it difficult to refuse.

As their arrangement progresses, Prentice takes Desiree to the heights of sexual endurance and enjoyment, mires her in passion, and sees a way out of the loneliness that is his life.

But Desiree wants all Prentice has to offer—but his heart.


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Brita Addams was born in Upstate New York, but now makes her home in the sultry south with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children are grown.

Brita and her husband love to travel. They've enjoyed no less than twenty-five cruises and countless long car trips, as well as completed a Civil War battlefield tour, and visits to many sites involved in the American Revolutionary War. Their 2013 anniversary tour of England, Scotland, and Wales gave Brita fodder for many new tales. Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals, as well as few contemporaries, have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Speaking of Action

Punctuating dialogue tags and action in the middle of a sentence of dialogue
Take a Tip from Helen #11

by Helen Hardt

I've seen many errors in this area. I hope this post helps you.

If a sentence of dialogue is broken up with a dialogue tag, end the first part of the sentence with a comma and closing quotation mark, write the dialogue tag, comma, then the rest of the sentence, starting out lowercase.

“The thing is,” Gregory said, fidgeting with his phone and not meeting Beth’s eyes, “you told me that you would help me out this weekend. I was counting on you.”

If the sentence of dialogue is broken up with an action beat, use em dashes. The words that go between are treated as part of the sentence, meaning you don’t have to capitalize the first word or add a period at the end before the dialogue picks back up. Whether the dashes go inside the quotes or outside depends on whether the speech is intended to be interrupted by the action or intended to be spoken smoothly throughout the action.

Dialogue is paused for action:

“Well, you—” she huffed and grabbed the phone out of Gregory’s hand “—clearly didn’t listen to what I said.”

Dialogue continues uninterrupted while action is performed:

“What I said”—she placed the phone on the counter—“was that if I could get off work, then I would help. And I’m sorry, but my boss said no.”

Dialogue continues uninterrupted while the narrator comments to himself:

“What I said”—damn, that man never listens—“was that if I could get off work, then I would help. And I’m sorry, but my boss said no.”


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Helen Hardt is the Head Line Editor for Musa Publishing and a freelance editor. She is also an award-winning author. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance for several publishers. Her non-writing interests include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)

Learn more about Helen Hardt and her editing service on her website.