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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dear Diary by Rose Anderson

The RB4U theme for August includes diaries, so that's my topic this month. I hope you enjoy. 

When we're teens, it typically goes like this: We know who we are and it isn't about to change. I recall my 8th grade year when I knew everything I could possibly know. I was on top of the heap. The cream of the grade school. Then high school happened. Then college happened. Then marriage, then motherhood, then an empty nest happened. And in between I worked and played and had my fair share of highs and lows. While I was living each stage of my life, I never figured my attitudes, opinions or dreams, for that matter, would change much. I never gave much thought to stages back then. 

Many of my friends kept diaries when we were kids. I had one too. It was white fake-leather vinyl with hippie-type flowers and had a small lock fitted with a generic flat brass key. I was never one to journal (as wordy as I am as an adult, that might be hard to imagine.  *smile* ), so the diary had two entries, and two torn out pages, and then promptly fell to disuse and disinterest. But if I had kept a diary at each stage when I was busy being this or that, I would have seen a profound change in me over time.  

Some say journaling acts as a cathartic release. I have a friend who swears by it for just that reason.  Diary/journals are that gauge--a reminder of mistakes made you'd rather not make again and a way to asses to be sure you never do. You can talk out issues troubling you and doing so might just reveal answers to problems. The subconscious mind often intuits solutions long before the conscious mind does, even if the words describing how are a long way off. It's a way to hold on to high points-- those memorable moments and accomplishments you're proud of. Others say keeping a diary/journal acts as a way to harness one's creativity. As a writer I say, just write a novel! 

Many diarists write things down for posterity's sake. Others, by no design of their own, end up having their words define a time in a zeitgeist view of their world. I would imagine they never dreamt their diary would be read by others. Anne Frank's tragic diary comes to mind, as does the diary of Samuel Pepys. Of the former, without her secret diary we wouldn't be aware of the strength in this young girl's dreams as she hoped for a better future, despite the terrible fanaticism that would brutally take those dreams away. (A lesson to the world if ever there was). Of the latter we wouldn't have the clear picture of the scope and breadth of the Great Fire of London in 1666. His words leave a candid description as clear as that from any intentional chronicler.

As a person who does historical research for kicks, I can tell you there's nothing so satisfying as first-hand accounts and citeable references.  If you're like me, then I have something for you!

11 Historical Diaries & Journals Found Online  
  1.  500 historical diaries online
  2.  Wisconsin Historical Society - Historic Diaries 
    (type in Diary in the search bar)
  3. 19th Century Travel Diaries 
  4. Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher & More
    An Edwardian England diary
  5.  Diary from Dixie 
  6. Diary of 18th century midwife Martha Ballard
  7.  50 digitized Iowa Civil War diaries & more 
  8. Nebraska State Historical Society
    3000 homestead letters
  9. The American Memory Project of the Library of Congress
    African American Odyssey
  10. 100 links to diaries, journals & recollections from the Overland Trail
  11.  The diaries from two communities during the Reconstruction
    The period after the Civil War
♥♥♥ Authors and readers, do you enjoy original sources such as diaries and journals? Feel free to share in comments those portions that captured your fancy. Have you any diary/journal links to share? Please do! ♥♥♥
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Rose is a multi-published, award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and discovering interesting things to weave into stories. She lives with her family and small menagerie amid oak groves and prairie in the rolling glacial hills of the upper Midwest.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dear Diary with @kristaames #RB4U

Hi and welcome to my day on Romance Books 4 Us !!
My name is Krista Ames and I am a brand new author member and 
super thrilled to be here among so many other great authors!
My apologies for this being posted a tad late, i had it in my head the 3rd was my day :)

This month we were given a choice of topics 
(Dear Diary, or Birthstone and Flower for the month of August)  
While the birthstone of August, a Peridot, is actually my own,
I think Dear Diary has struck an interest.

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Dear Diary...

Age 8:  I don't think i could ever like a boy, they have cooties and are mom keeps telling me the boys that are mean to me like me but why would i like some gross boy that pulls my hair and follows me everywhere on the playground?

Age 11:  Sherry, if  you are reading this, STAY OUT OF MY DIARY OR I'M TELLING MOM!

Age 13:   The most fabulous boy in my school looked at me today and i thought I was going to throw up... Dear Diary, what should i do?

Age 15:  I don't think i'll ever eat another thing.  My best friend told me today that i was fat, in front of the whole lunch room!  Can you believe it?  How will i ever be able to face my friends tomorrow at school.  Maybe my parents will move us out of the country instead?  It could happen...right?

Age 17:   Dear Diary, please, please please help me!  Greg just has to ask me to prom or i swear I won't go.  But if he does ask me, i think i'll scream.  Oh my gosh, if he asks, what should i wear?  Are we supposed to match?  Will my dad even let me ride in the same car?  My mom and dad are NOT  driving me to the prom.  How embarrassing...

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I can't say that I actually ever kept a diary where I would write my deepest secrets or disappointments and wishes when I was younger. If i had, it might have looked something like the excerpt above.
 However, now that  I have kids myself and even though I never did, I find myself encouraging my kids to write down their thoughts, good or bad. I can only imagine how similar to the above my kids diaries might be. I try to stay away and let that be the one thing they can keep to themselves.
I think it's a great way to work through their frustrations with school or their siblings or even mom :) Of course, sometimes they think i'm nuts but that's ok.  I'm sure I've had a few pages in their diaries dedicated to this mean old mom!

So, did any of you write diaries when you were younger?
Do you keep a diary now?

I've actually thought about it once or twice but at this point in my life, when my kids give me time to think that is... my stories are consuming my thoughts so much that the diary idea has turned itself into a journal of sorts for all my story ideas.   I would like to say though that after thinking of and writing about keeping a diary, it's given me an idea for a story line :)

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Thanks for visiting me today and I'll be right here again next month !


Sisters, Book 2
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Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan.  She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours.  He is excellent at bouncing ideas around with and even helps the occasional writers block.  He’s also a terrific “in house” editor.  Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy.  With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and 2 rambunctious cats, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household. 

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.  She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world. 

She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dear Diary with @AuthorNicMorgan #Romance #love

Welcome to Romance Books 4 Us everyone. I'm your tour guide for the day, Nicole Morgan and as some of you may have noticed I drop by with a new post on the first of every month and either ramble like a fool or amaze you with my intellect. LOL. Okay, yes that last one was a stretch, but...I've got you smiling now, don't I? Now that you're good and loosened up, go ahead and kick your shoes off, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Dear Diary... 

For the month of August, the authors of Romance Books 4 Us we have chosen the themes of the August birthstone, Peridot (a potent love amulet; likely to have a sweet disposition), the July Flower, Amethyst and added to that the theme of Dear Diaries. What do these things mean though, once combined together? For each of us we will probably have our own unique thoughts and ideas. And that's what I'd like to focus on for today's post. 

Dear Diary,

I have not had an easy year. In fact, it's been one of the hardest I've ever gone through. I could cry every night about how it's not fair. I could beg and wish for my one true love. I could even wish for riches beyond on my wildest dreams. But, I will not. You see, I'm getting a little wiser in my years and know that money will not buy happiness. The perfect man (not that he exists LOL) will not bring happiness, nor will it fix anything.

Happiness, love and healing starts from within. No one person or thing can make that possible. It's all up to each of us to find that. So please don't dwell on what you don't have. Instead find the blessings and gifts in what you do have.

We are all blessed in this life. Even if we do not realize it, we have things in our lives that we should be grateful for. Please... never ever forget that... ❤


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I'll see you here next month,

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Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She also has a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors, as well as Sweet and Sexy Divas. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recap of #RWA15 and RUBIES!

Whew. It's been quite the week. For those of you who follow me on social media, you know that I was at the annual Romance Writers Convention in New York. It was crazy and amazing and . . . a tad overwhelming, lol.

One of the best things about the conference was reconnecting with old friends. Most of my close writer friends live in Canada, which is a whole country away. We use conference time to see each other and catch up. Let me tell you, there's nothing more motivating than being with author friends who understand you amd care.

A lot of great projects start at conference as well. This past April, my bestie Lauren Hawkeye and I sat down and plotted the Black Tower series over coffee. Three hours, three books, the first of which was released a couple of weeks ago. This series never would have seen the light of day if we didn't have the chance to get together and work out the fabulous world in which these characters live.

To find out more about this book, and for buy links, go here.

I also had the chance to do a couple of book signings. Let me tell you, these were fun. It was amazing how many people had heard of me and my books. Talking with readers and listening to how they connected with my characters was one of the highlights of the trip! It made me want to do more reader evnts in the future.

Lastly, the best part of the week was watching my close friend, Juliana Stone, win the RITA for best Young Adult Novel. We have known each other for almost a decade and it was so awesome seeing her stand up on stage and receive her award. She has worked hard for it and deserves it. We both cried, and both celebrated, and I'm just so happy that I was able to be there for her.

The gemstone of July is rubies, which are about friendship and love. I have to say that this past week reminded me of how lucky I am to have such wonderful writers as my friends.

How about you? Do you have any friends who are writers? What is the one thing you love the best about having writer friends? Tell me about it in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!

A lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy.
Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency and writes mainstream romances under the pen name Ava Conway.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A touch of summer from Eastern Canada #RB4U #RomFantasy

Most people love summer, and look forward to the freedom it offers them to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I’m not one of those people. Despite the inconvenience when snow piles up all over the place, I much prefer the cold Winter magic to the heat and humidity of East Coast living. However, when I do venture out into the summer sun, and it does happen once in a while, I love to go places locally that take me near the water. I thought I’d share some of the lovely places I tend to go to clear my head and rejuvenate, because they are truly beautiful.

Most people have heard of Peggy’s Cove if they’ve ever looked up Nova Scotia for any reason. It’s iconic worldwide as a symbol of this little province jutting out from the east side of Canada. (The only place more eastern than us is the island of Newfoundland.) I like to visit Peggy’s Cove every couple of years if possible, even though it’s a two hour drive from me. There’s a lovely restaurant that is busy all year round, and the Lighthouse in the summer is the post office, so loads of people like to mail cards from there to get the special postmark they use.

Sadly, far too many visitors tend to ignore the inherent dangers of getting too close to the immense power of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes onto the rocks of Peggy’s Cove. Every year several people get too close in their curiosity to go down on the rocks and they are swept into the surf. Some are rescued and survive, most do not. There are signs everywhere telling people to stay off the rocks, though there are always those who want to ignore and end up paying a terrible price. Recently an American visitor was swept into the water when a wave crashed onto the rocks and pulled him down. He was rescued by a local fishing boat and he and his partner have been trying to rally people into having the area fenced off–the locals are not having any of it. I can’t blame them, fencing would destroy the majestic grandeur of the place, and people need to be more responsible for themselves.

Last time I visited, I took photos, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you:


Closer to home, but equally lovely is McCormack’s Beach, and the Fisherman’s Cove area of Eastern Passage. This is only 15 minutes from me, and I go there often. The boardwalk is one kilometre, so it’s great to walk a few rounds on it while enjoying the ocean breeze at the entrance to Halifax Harbour. There’s always a sailboat or two on the water, and the fog devils on a misty day are awesome!! There’s a great restaurant, a tourist centre, an art gallery, and shops in the Cove area, and the beach… Have a look:

The Boondocks Restaurant and Lounge:

And, of course, anyone with kids might recognize this guy sitting in Halifax Harbour, it’s Theodore Tugboat!

Enjoy the Sunshine!!

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