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A writer's musings about the craft, the drive, and other topics of (her) interest, including American Civil War History, Flash Fiction, Book Reviews, and Marketing.

April 3, 2018

Every writer experiences writer’s block at one time or another. I typically experience it more frequently if I put any pressure on myself to meet a self-imposed deadline. Before my first novel published, I didn’t feel this pressure quite as often because my creative wr...

March 27, 2018

Title: The Comfort of Secrets (a Sweet Lake Novel, Volume 2)

Rating: Five Stars (5/5) 

In The Comfort of Secrets: A Sweet Lake Novel Volume 2 by Christine Nolfi, Cat Mendoza is a stunning, thirty-year-old woman trying to find herself as she begins a new job as marketing...

March 18, 2018

Title: The Election

Author: Landon Wallace

Rating: Five Stars 

Publication Date: November 2, 2017

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Reviewed by Stacie Haas for Readers' Favorite 

The Election by Landon Wallace is the story of State Senator Blake Buchanan and his long-shot run for...

March 17, 2018

Title: Undercover Chefs

Author: Erin Fry

Rating: Five Stars

Published: February 24, 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction 

Undercover Chefs follows three students: Isaac, a Junior Olympic track star under immense pressure to succeed; JC, a scooter aficionado whose school work su...

March 17, 2018

When writing my debut novel, Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee, I struggled mightily with the opening chapter. I knew I wanted to place my protagonist, Thomas, in the middle of a battle to give the book a dramatic opening and lay the groundwork for the rest of the story...

March 15, 2018

"Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is an historical fiction novel written by Stacie Haas. The character of Thomas Beck, the young Chinese American who joins the Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry with his brother, Robert, is based on the true-life story...

January 28, 2018

Early reviews for Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee are steadily appearing on As authors, we are incredibly grateful for anyone who is willing to not only purchase our books, but who also take the time to leave their honest feedback. A sampling of the five-s...

January 28, 2018

"Sometimes all it takes in one brave person to change the world..."  

Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is now available via Ingram Spark at a 50 percent discount for wholesaling and distribution. As this is an upper middle grade book primarily for ages 12-16, this...

January 27, 2018

“Daddy, is that a mountain?” A little girl pointed to the massive wind-created landform ahead. 

“It’s a sand dune, Biscuit. Wanna go check it out?” 


He lifted her up and placed her on his shoulders. Her sand-covered feet dangled over them, dusting his bare chest wi...

January 22, 2018

“Do you want to dance by the light of the moon, Katie, like the old folk song says?”

“Don’t be a nerd. I’m no buffalo gal.”

“You have no sense of adventure.”

“Let me guess, Asher. You find the moon romantic.”

“It’s brightening up a dark blue sky; we’re lying on a blanket i...

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