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Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Book Release: Harry F. Atwood Speeches

Harry F. Atwood Speeches

Harry F. Atwood was, among many things, a prize-winning collegiate orator and a highly praised professional speaker. This book reproduces nine of his speeches from the years 1905 to 1921 which address many issues that are still with us today. We cannot hear the passion of his delivery, or feel the magnetism of his personality, but reading his books and speeches gives us a sense of the man and his ideas, and reminds us that often the best solution to any problem is found through education and information.

“Atwood has the splendid and unusual faculty of teaching people to think—and a thinking person is the formidable foe of fallacious panaceas. Through him we have the assurance of better things.”

This book is a great companion to Atwood’s other books Safeguarding American Ideals and Keep God in American History, both available from Quilldrivers.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Writers Helping Writers

Writing is hard, isn't it? Create the perfect hook. Make your first page compelling. Craft an amazing 25 word pitch. Knock out a query that will blow an agent's mind. On and on it goes. And sometimes, well, you just wish someone would help.


From October 21st until October 27th, Writers Helping Writers is posting an OPEN CALL for writers. You can fill out a form, requesting help with critiques, book visibility, social media sharing, blog diagnostics, advice and more.

I will be joining an army of Amazing Racers who will be helping with your submissions. How many people can we help in a week? Let's find out! Maybe I will pick your submission to help with!

Each day this week, there's an AMAZING giveaway, too. So, beginning Monday, stop in at Angela & Becca's new Writers Helping Writers website and find out how to take advantage of this unique, pay-it-forward event for writers. I'll see you there! 

As always, if you need more complete or specific editing services, visit Driving the Quill now or any time.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Novel: The Secret Marriage Vows

The Secret Marriage Vows

How far can a husband and wife stray before their marriage breaks?

Tim and Michele are trying to cope with the death of their child. Michele indulges a fun-loving nature to forget her pain; Tim dwells on memories to keep his grief alive. Her behavior is mistaken for indifference, his for obsession. A demanding job and friendly coworker leads to Michele’s physical distance; a former love leads to Tim’s emotional distance. Soon, issues with everything from trust to finances are cropping up. Every attempt Tim and Michele make to mend their unraveling marriage somehow fails, and the rift between them deepens. Though they both want to salvage what was once a fantastic relationship, is a permanent break inevitable?

Be sure to check out all the other fiction and non-fiction books available from Quilldrivers.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New book release: Safeguarding American Ideals

Safeguarding American Ideals

In this book, originally published in 1921, Harry Atwood described the twelve keys to American foundational and functional exceptionalism, exploring the reasons behind each ideal; identifying the threats against each and the consequences of forsaking each; and setting forth a prescription for achieving each. His American ideals were the time-tested truths upon which the nation had been built, had prospered, and must stand if it would survive.

This new edition reveals for the modern reader the full historical context of the original, illustrating how the issues of the past relate to the issues of today, and how the solutions remain the same. Atwood's public speeches are also referenced to expand and detail the points made in his book.

Though this book is of an historical, rather than political, nature, it is interesting, if not instructive, to note how events of recent years so closely mirror those of 100 years ago. Because of those similarities, the book Atwood wrote in 1921 still has profound relevance today.