Cinderella’s Misunderstood Strength

When someone says Cinderella, what do most people think? Weak, pushover, pathetic, damsel in distress? Perhaps those are accurate, from a certain viewpoint.  Perhaps she is a terrible role model for young girls. It’s easy to see her as moping around waiting for her prince to come rescue her. But consider her story from a different perspective – a perspective that’s hard to see beneath all the girl power rants, a perspective I believe Kenneth Braunagh captured well in the live action film – and maybe you’ll begin to see her a little differently. Continue reading “Cinderella’s Misunderstood Strength”

Meet B.B. Swann

This week I’m introducing B.B. Swann, author of the adorable young adult novel Breaking The Bro Code.

It’s the 80’s. Hair is big, styles are bitchin, and Molly Mason must run for her life. Her plan is simple—race fast enough to get a cross country scholarship. Hayden Bishop has a different idea—convince Molly, his best friend’s girlfriend, that he can treat her better.

Hayden and Molly find themselves entangled in a relationship with more twists and turns than a Rubik’s Cube. Friends interfere. Lies are born. Molly’s scholarship is put in jeopardy and Hayden’s chance to win her is slipping away. Only the truth will save them, if they can both find it in time. Continue reading “Meet B.B. Swann”

Meet Emily Wendell

This week I’m introducing Emily Wendell, author of The Inventor series. They’re steampunk romance and the first book, The Inventor And His Muse, is available now.

The year is 1855. Since the Great Exhibition, steam has taken the world by storm and destroyed Gemma Hayslip’s engagement. It’s fine; he clearly wasn’t good for her. Her life returns to the mundane until a man from New London, who is a Lord of somewhere, falls out of the sky (literally), promising to make her rich if she’ll come back to New London with him. With two younger sisters and a failing farm, Gemma agrees to Lord Winston Winchester’s terms. Caught up in his web of power, Gemma finds herself in an inventor’s paradise until someone starts threatening their lives. Now, Gemma and Winston must outsmart a killer before she loses everything she was trying to save. Continue reading “Meet Emily Wendell”

Podcast Ponder 2: Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses: 9.13 Three Pronged Character Development

First let me introduce this podcast. It’s one of my favorite writing podcasts, put together by published authors Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and the creator of the hilarious comic Schlock Mercenary, Howard Taylor. Since I started listening to this podcast, the quality of my writing has skyrocketed. Continue reading “Podcast Ponder 2: Writing Excuses”

Meet Willie Handler

This week I’m introducing comedy writer Willie Handler (yes that’s his real name, so don’t ask).  He’s the author of the political satire, The Road Ahead as well as several short stories published online on CommuterLit and Show Me the Funny.


Rick Tompkins, a suburban Toronto insurance broker, never considered a career in politics until a good friend, who happens to be the leader of the Conservative party, asks him to run for office. He accepts the offer, with the understanding that he would probably not win, but can use the opportunity to gain some visibility for himself and his business. Jerry Switzer, a veteran party worker, is sent in to guide Rick through a campaign in a riding that hasn’t elected a Conservative in years.

Rick fumbles his way through the election campaign and manages a surprise win but at the expense of saddling his party with an impossible commitment. What makes matters worse, Rick is anything but politically correct. He offends everyone in his path and stumbles from one political scandal to another. Still, Rick has one saving asset: a political party machine that is able to spin scandals to its advantage. Continue reading “Meet Willie Handler”