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Author Barbara Hinske Will Be Speaker

Barbara Hinske will be the guest speaker at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in north Phoenix on July 10. Friday Night Writes meets most Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30. The cost is $5.00 which can be applied to the guest speaker’s books.

July first was the release date for Barbara’s latest novel. The series is about Maggie Martin, a forensic accountant who inherits Rosemont, a beautiful home in the Midwest. She moves there and finds corruption, a furry friend, and new love. That’s all in the first novel.

Barbara has given a number of talks around the Phoenix area on her promotional strategy. She has a strong internet presence and also depends on word-of-mouth.

Her first book, Coming to Rosemont, earned her the title of top debut author at her first appearance at the Tucson Festival of Books. It was also named the best in women’s fiction by BookBub.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

Barbara Hinske at a recent talk and signing at Phoenix Writers Club.

My review of Weaving The Strands follows:

It is always hard to wait for the next volume in a series you love. Waiting for the latest Rosemont novel was especially difficult. I have thoroughly enjoy the first two, and the author carries parts of the mystery throughout.

The heroine, Maggie Martin, is a strong woman who doesn’t back down. Yet she isn’t afraid to be taken care of by her special man or to fret over a litter of motherless kittens.

When I found myself wanting to yell at the bad guy, and tell Maggie to “Watch Out!” I knew for sure this novel was a winner.




Alan Black Helps Writers Find Their Own Feet With Figures of Speech

Multi-genre author, Alan Black, spoke at Dog-Eared Pages Used Bookstore last week. His subject was “figures of speech.”

Whenever this came up during my school days I tuned out; boring. That is until the teacher had to say “onomatopoeia” a few times.

I always learn interesting things from Alan, but this time I had fun too. I had no idea focusing on figures of speech could bring so much interest to writing.

There are 240 figures of speech in the English language with numerous variations on many of those. Alan Black

Some of the ones you may be familiar with are personification, simile, metaphor, implication, allegory, hyperbole, and oxymoron. Alan mentioned many more and gave fun examples to go with them.

I went on the internet to check some of my spellings and was overwhelmed by the number of Web sites that focus on figures of speech. I’m going to make an effort to study more of these.

Thanks, Alan, for making writing a bit more fun and interesting.



Author: Steven P. Wyner

Steven P. Wyner spoke at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books a couple of weeks ago. He writes fiction set in the Phoenix area, where he has lived since 1981. One of his pet peeves is inconsistencies in books and movies and he set out to write well-researched stories that Google searchers won’t be able poke holes in.

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As a paralegal and ghost writer Steve draws on a number of cases he has viewed over the years. He uses various characters and composites of people he has known to develop the characters in his series of books.

Murder on Camelback Mountain was a fun read about a private detective caught up in a local murder as a suspect. Herb Nash introduces himself and the city to the reader in a fast-moving story.


When Steve sat down to write the characters started “jumping out of the keyboard.” He then moved on to interview them just like he would the clients he interviews for the lawyers he works for.

He suggests that writers visit the place and “inhale” it.

Murder on Camelback can be found on Amazon or through his Web site.  The second novel in the series will be available soon. He has already started writing the third.


Speaker: Krista Cantrell

Friday Night Writes at the Dog-Eared Pages bookstore had another great guest speaker on Friday. Krista Cantrell, M.A., works with dogs, cats and horses as a cognitive

behaviorist, healer, and nationally published author. Her books include Tao of Puppies: How To Raise a Good Dog Without Really Trying,

Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right: How To Train Any Dog In Five Minutes A Day,and Housetrain Your Dog Now.scan0009_crop

You can learn more about Krista and order her books here.

That said, I wish every one of my readers could have heard Krista’s talk. She had us envisioning other worlds and taking

the time to ask questions about Everything. She stresses that we use power words – words that have an impact on the

story. To always have surprises. When she reads a line she starts asking questions. What did the hand look like? What type of

fabric was used? What was behind the curtain? Why were the fingertips purple? Why? What? Who? Where? The questions went on and on.

I can’t even begin to explain the energy and ideas she shared with all of us.

I forgot to take my camera so instead of a photo of Krista I’m introducing you and her to my own magnificent dog: Maggie. She is a rescue

that the Humane Society thought was an Australian Cattle Dog. However, Maggie kept growing and at about 8 years old weighs around 70

pounds. We’ve decided she is actually a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, at least in part. I love to tell people we have a catahoula. They

always say, “A cata what?” Now why is that? How did Maggie end up on the streets of south Phoenix lost, dehydrated and covered in ticks? How does she feel about

dressing up in costume and visiting Tombstone, Arizona? What is she thinking?

All the questions.

Thank you, Krista, for opening my writing to so many more possibilities.





Speaker: Kris Tualla


Romance writer, Kris Tualla, paid another visit to the Dog-Eared Pages bookstore last week.  This time she spoke about adding humor to your novel.

She said that throwing in something funny can wake up a scene and the reader. If a moment is becoming too tense and full of anger a bit of humor can lighten the mood, just like in real life.

It can also be used to bring down a character that is a little too full of him or her self. Even heroes and heroins can appear more human with a bit of humor. Kris read several examples from her own work and had the group laughing and sharing some of their own hilarious stories.

Kris also announced that the conferences she is involved in will be five days next year. Buildin’ the Dream: Authors Helping Authors and Arizona Dreamin’: A Romance Reader Event were well attended this year and I’ve heard nothing but good reports. For more information visit: TheDreamsConvention.com.