Writer’s World Wednesday

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On today’s “A Writer’s Desk” I’m thrilled to introduce you to Spencer Hyde. His first novel, Waiting for Fitz, comes out March 5th from Shadow Mountain Publishing.

Spencer has this to say about his writing space.


I’m lucky enough to write at the office—it’s called “working” while I’m there. I honestly prefer noise as I write, so I keep my door open. The hallway is always filled with different voices and conversations, and that keeps me focused. Seems counterintuitive, right? But it works. And I can’t get enough of the mountain view.

The Blue Chair

At home, I like to sit in the small blue chair while my four children crawl all over me. I don’t know why the chaos helps, but it’s like I find myself in the eye of the storm and all is peaceful in my writing mind while all else is flying by at 200 mph. Cleaning up around the chair happens once a month, maybe. So, enjoy the picture. It won’t last long. There’s also something magical about that chair. I’ve held every child in that chair. I took my PhD written exams sitting there. I watched my first Marvel movie in that chair–maybe that doesn’t fit with the rest! Seems to be it’s a talisman, of sorts.

I try to save the afternoon for writing. I like to get in at least one hour of writing each day, and then I’m off to pick up another book and read someone else’s beautiful stories. Reading the “hope machines” of others, their well-crafted and intricate stories, gives me hope.

Thank you, Spencer, for giving us a peek into your writing world! Y’all, get this book! I am so pleased to share this release and this author with you! I’m a fan of Spencer’s for many reasons (we share a publisher and an agent, how cool is that) but more importantly (because it’s a cause near to my heart) is Spencer’s commitment to bringing mental health issues out of the darkness and into important conversations that will make a difference. Thank you for that, Spencer. 

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When One Good Book Leads to More

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Let’s go back to the start. Story time with T-Rex (and one frazzled mom): Bedtime was a battlefield and  Gen. Mom was losing hope fast. The Little Army of Two was winning and it was getting ugly. All measures had been exhausted… then one last idea occurred to Gen. Mom. It was a total turn around of strategy. It was a complete restructure of tactical agenda. It was…. the Library.

General Mom wasn’t sure how she had forgotten about this simple technique: reading.

So, off she and Lt. T-Rex (that’s me) went searching for new weapons, I mean books. One of the first randomly chosen was called Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem.


It was a  well crafted. It was funny. It was intelligently written. It was her last hope, and it worked. The Army of Two sat, and listened. They laughed. They asked her to read it forward and  backwards–which she did, no, really.


They were lulled into a new state of mind. They asked for another book, so she read another.

Over the next few night, she exhausted the small arsenal she had collected from the library. The battlefield grew quiet and the Little Army fought less. It wasn’t always a peaceful surrender, but the new weapon, sorry books, helped a great deal.

Billy Twitters had saved the day, I mean night. But he had set quite a precedent and Gen. Mom would find herself back at the Library requesting a meeting with the Commander in desperate search for more books of such quality.

When she mentioned Billy Twitters to the Commander, her eyes lit up and she waved Gen. Mom over to the stacks. “Yes, I know just what you’re looking for,” she said.

And so began the brave new battle of the books! What would they read next….

Stay tuned for a favorite… does the name Jon Agee mean anything to you. Oh, it should. Come back next week for a T-Rex favorite.

See you on the battlefield,


Lt. T-Rex

Check out. Mac Barnett, the author of Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Authors are my rockstars.


T-Rex Loves Tacos

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Wing envy? Hungry for tacos? Maybe, but whatever it is, T-Rex loves this book. I was telling T-Rex that I was one of those kids who thought a Book-a-Thon was the best thing ever. Read a ton a books and win a prize. I’m on it. No prize? No worries.  I just liked making that list of books. Going to the library was like pirate treasure, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, finally getting a different toy in your Happy Meal after you’ve already gotten that same My Little Pony five times. I love taking my kids to the library. Dragons Love Tacos is our latest new love. T-Rex totally recommends this book!

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Party planning has never been more fun, or more fraught with danger. Find out how to plan the perfect dragon party, but make sure you read all the ingredients in your toppings first. A hidden danger awaits. See what will happen if the dragons eat those tacos!

We’ve already read this book so much we got a craving for tacos, too. Books and food, what could be better!

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This kid takes his taco eating seriously. That’s his dragon face! (Hair cut by sister, not by dragons, although it looks like it.)

Check out this book and fill up on food and fiction.

T-Rex Approved!



What is T-Rex Reading Now?

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You know that T-Rex likes a good road trip, but did you know that he’s an avid reader, too. He wanted me to share some of his favorite books with you, so I decided to let him have his own column here on my blog. Look for more books and other things that “T-Rex Recommends!”

This week T-Rex wants to share Can I Bring my Pterodactyl to School, Mrs. Johnson. You’re probably thinking that T-Rex likes this book just because it’s about a fellow prehistoric creature. Well, sure, but more than that, this book is smart and funny and it’s just plain fun to read. (Hint, parents, this means it’s fun for you, too.)

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Go on a fun journey of justification for bringing a huge flying creature to the classroom. When it’s all said and done, Mrs. Johnson, I don’t know how you could say “no.”

T-Rex would love to know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it?

Thanks for hanging out!






Just in Time


This is perfect! I just remembered that November is NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month.

Ok, I didn’t remember, but one of my young writing students just, very excitedly–how cool is that, told me that she’s doing it this year…and also NaNoWriMo started emailing me.

So, despite my forgetfulness, this is perfect. I just started a new novel, and I really want to make some progress on it. Once I can get the rough draft done, then I can start the fun part. Revising. (Yes, you read that right. I love editing. It’s where all the magic is.)

So, let’s get the tricks all planned out and get this thing written, so that I can start pulling rabbits out of my hat.

Ready, set, WriMo!

Hi, Friends!

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I’m so happy to see some new “faces” (I only see your user name, but “faces” seems so much more friendly) signing up to follow my blog and be a part of the circle here at Amy’s Place.


If you (old faces and new–you’re all gorgeous either way) haven’t yet, follow this link over to my newsletter sign-up and put yourself on that too. The September issue comes out soon where I’ll announce the winner of a copy of the audiobook for The Lemonade Year! All you have to do to be entered is be on the newsletter email list. Super easy!

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The newsletter is also going to keep you in the loop even more about publication news and tour stops! Plus there are always fun sites, recipes, pics, videos, and more only on the newsletter!

Join me there too!

Thanks, y’all!


Jane by the Book Cover Reveal!

Check out my author friend, Pepper Basham’s new book! Drum roll……



About the Book

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

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The Cover!
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You can find Jane by the Book this JULY in the Once Upon a Laugh Novella Collection.


About the Author


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.


Also by Pepper Basham


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As part of this Cover Reveal Blitz, Pepper is giving away 1 (ONE) ebook copy of Second Impressions. Please enter via the Rafflecopter Form below.


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