January 2020 Newsletter


Happy-New-Year-2020From the Wright Writers of Dayton

Book of the Month

The Amulet of Elements

fantasy, adventure, romance, adult fairy tale

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Princess Ellyria Rose found her special places in the books she read. Imagining herself in far off lands, she would dream of the knight who might rescue her one day from her dull, everyday life of needlepoint and lessons on becoming a lady.

Princess Ellyria Rose yearned for adventure and on her sixteenth birthday she got her wish, being rescued by the man of her dreams. Little did she know that would prove to be an adventure she did not expect to have.

Betrayed by the very man whom Princess Ellyria trusted, and left at the mercy of her father’s enemy, she had to use her wits to escape; along with the help of the very man who led her astray in the beginning.

Danger unfolds time and again, revealing an ancient story about a princess and a prophecy.

The Amulet of Elements is
Book One of The Amulet of Elements Series!
Available on Amazon. Click below.
www.amazon.com/Amulet

Word of the Month

genesis

The word genesis can be traced back to the Greek gignesthai meaning “to be born.” When written with a capital G, it refers to the first book of the Bible, but it is often used in a non-biblical sense to mean “an origin, creation, or beginning.”

Source below
www.dictionary.com/e/s/beginnings

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Editor: Colleen Green
Contact: colleen_grn@yahoo.com

January 2019 Newsletter

Article of the Month

Potential of the Future
by Colleen Green

January is a time of reflection of the past and looking forward to the potential of the future. New year’s resolutions are made, but unfortunately can be disregarded by October or even sooner. I am in favor of having yearly goals if they are realistic. Why set yourself up for failure? It is better to be cautiously optimistic than overly enthusiastic. If you want to succeed, the best way is to take your end of year goal and break it up into twelve steps to accomplish one every thirty days or so. You can make progress this way and stay on track. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to complete each task. If personal interruptions or unforeseen events sets you back, you might need to do double duty the next month to make up for that bump in the road. Put the goal on your mirror by using notes. After you complete the thirty-day goal, put up the next one. This will make you look at it every day and probably multiple times. It is a visual aid to remind you of your daily intentions to heighten your self-awareness. Consistency is about having enough discipline to make an effort each day. Some days you will have more time than others for your project, and that is okay because it has to be. If you track your weekly time, you can gradually increase it when possible. Your time will add up every week. Anything worth doing right takes a while to accomplish. The only person you should compare your progress to is yourself. For example, if my yearly goal is to write a new book every year, it is possible that in the future I may get to the point where I can write two books a year. Comparing myself to authors who only write and do not need to work full time for a living would be a mistake as would be comparing myself to a seasoned writer who had been doing it longer. That would only frustrate me and would do me no good. Instead, I focus on my ability to improve my writing by learning from my editor’s notes and comments. Each time I go through an edit, I learn how to make better decisions with many aspects of the written word. Between writing two books, I have gotten better at dialogue, character arcs, giving detailed background setting information, creating sympathy for my main character, and creating friction between characters without taking things too far. When you consistently work on a skill you will learn and grow. To me that is a reward unto itself because I’ve made progress. Follow my twelve-step plan for your yearly goal, and I bet you’ll grow and learn as you go. At the end of the year, write down all the aspects about your project in which you have gained new knowledge that you can apply to the following year’s goal. After you reach your goal at the end of December or sooner, celebrate the fact that you did it.

Colleen Green is a member of the Wright Writers of Dayton. She is the editor of the newsletter, a speaker, and an author of romance/suspense books.

Links to her books below.

Last Words 
Book One in The Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2VDpTb8

City in the Middle
Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2FeJklg

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Word of the Month

Equivocal

Equivocal adj. Open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous. Uncertain or questionable in nature. “Congress was equivocal on its domestic spending package.”

source: http://www.wordthink.com/

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June 2018 Newsletter

Editor: Author Colleen Green
www.colleengreen.info

Book of the Month

Timeless Twists and Turns

These pages of poetry let us be kids again. They also offer encouragement to navigate tangles and temptations in relationships or inspire us to begin to heal, especially if we have experienced abuse, cancer, or PTSD. National and regional prize–winning poet Vickie L. Weaver respectfully identifies with us while setting fresh eyes on timeless twists and turns of our unpredictable paths through life. The rhythm and flow of her rhymes and free verse show imagination, fact or abstraction, sensitivity and intuition, or painful clarity. Take time inside this book to question, cry, or laugh with her on your journey.

Available at Xlibris
www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/Book

Recipe of the Month

Hawaiian Juice

by Author Colleen Green

fruit punch drink for blog

  • 2 liters of fruit punch
  • (2) 6 fl. oz. cans of pineapple juice
  • 3 cups lemon lime soda
  • (1) 6 fl. oz. can of pineapple juice poured into ice cube tray and frozen overnight
  1. In a large pitcher pour 2 liters of fruit punch.
  2. Add (2) 6 oz. cans of pineapple juice.
  3. Add 3 cups of lemon line soda.
  4. Stir ingredients.
  5. Put pineapple ice cubes into glass and then add punch.

Fills 7 tall glasses

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Word of the Month

Pensive

Pensive adj. Deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful. Expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness. “She was feeling pensive after seeing an old boyfriend.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.

Tena Desae (model-turned-actress)

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April 2018 Newsletter

Book of the Month

front cover only

City in the Middle
Book Two in the
Amber Milestone Series 
by Colleen Green

Amber Milestone moves to New York for a fresh start after ending a traumatic relationship, but what she doesn’t realize is that her new life in the Big Apple may put her in greater danger than her old life ever did. Drugs, murder, and mafiosos seem to be around every corner, and if she can’t find a way to stay out of the danger, she may just be consumed by it. But after making some irreplaceable friends and finding a man she’s crazy about, turning away from her new life doesn’t seem so easy.

Available to buy on Amazon. Click on link https://goo.gl/gi1Nvr

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Saturday, April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day.

Meet Colleen Green and buy a signed copy of City in the Middle at New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm. Free recipe packet with purchase of City in the Middle.

New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd
Englewood, OH 45322

Recipe of the Month

Greek Tuna Salad

GREEK TUNA SALAD

Greek tuna salad is perfect for when you want a break from beef and chicken. It is a twist on the traditional tuna salad I had growing up. This hearty sandwich is easy to make.

  • 2 cans tuna (4 oz. each)
  • small can of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 2/3 cup light mayo
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  1. After boiling the eggs, let them cool. Remove the shells from the eggs and chop them.
  2. Drain the tuna from the can and put into mixing bowl.
  3. Add the other ingredients to the bowl and with a spatula stir the mixture. Spread the mixture on your bread and make your sandwich.

Serves 4

Recipe from author Colleen Green’s website: https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/

Word of the Month

Lucid (lu·cid) adj.  1. Easily understood; intelligible. 2. Mentally sound; sane or rational. “A lucid conversation.” 3. Translucent or transparent.

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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March 2018 Newsletter

Editor of the newsletter
Author Colleen Green

Book of the Month

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
By Jeannette Walls

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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

 

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

Unless someone like you cares a whole
awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Dr. Seuss

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Word of the Month

Coltish adj. Energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behavior. Playful, not trained or disciplined. “Coltish horseplay to celebrate their graduation.”

Source: www.wordthink.com

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September 2017 Newsletter

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Recipe of the Month

Italian Meatloaf

by Colleen Green

 

  • Approximately 2 lbs. of 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (Progresso Garlic & Herb) 
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (Prego Italian Sauce Three Cheese)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (Philadelphia)

Mix ground beef (refrigerated not frozen) with the bread crumbs, pasta sauce, and parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour and forty-five minutes. 

Pour remaining sauce to cover the top of loaf. Cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake for fifteen more minutes. Take out of oven.

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Book of the Month

“WHITE LINES” by Wright Writers of Dayton member Greg Enslen newest book is available on Amazon.

Be the first to read the new
Frank Harper mystery.

 

White Lines

“He tried to make things better…and failed. Miserably. Ex-cop Frank Harper is battling his addictions and wondering if his missteps in a recent case caused the horrific death of an innocent family. Meanwhile, a Dayton drug task force is struggling to contain hostile street gangs engaged in a surging drug trade that is spinning out of control. When Frank steps in to investigate the family’s deaths, can he avoid a desperate standoff between warring factions that may cost him his life?”

Click to buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h3EpZd

Also available at 
New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd
Englewood, OH 45322

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens

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August 2017 Newsletter

Editor: Author Colleen Green

Article of the Month

Are We Almost There? 

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Vickie L. Weaver

Wright Writers of Dayton Author

Are “almost” and “nearly” interchangeable words? I don’t think I ever heard anyone say “nearly” when I was growing up. Instead, as far as I can recall, everyone said “almost.” Of course, down the line in my education I learned about its similarity to “almost.” I must admit it: “Almost” is the first word I think of whenever I’m talking or writing about not quite getting there. To many of us their definitions are identical. So, are they interchangeable? Most of the time they are. The differences seem to come, for the most part, regionally and in people’s educational levels and social standing. “Nearly” seems to be more sophisticated and occasionally is the only choice, as in “I didn’t like the show nearly as much as you did.” Otherwise, using one versus the other really is not a big deal, most of the time. Whenever you’re in serious doubt about the better usage, just rephrase the sentence. You can take it from here.

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com/

Book of the Month

City in the Middle

Book Two

in the Amber Milestone Series

By Colleen Green

Wright Writer of Dayton Author

Romance/Suspense novel will be released Oct. of 2017

Follow her Amazon Author Page to be notified via email when it is available to purchase. amazon.com/author/colleen

Dayton, Ohio readers check out this special offer. Sign up to be entered to win a gift card for New & Olde Pages in Englewood, Ohio by preordering a copy to be picked up at the store when it is released. Winner notified via phone or email on Oct 10th. Ask for the sign up sheet at the register.

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Preview of City in the Middle

Preview 1

What I was about to find out could ruin my new job. In a way, the implications that Teresa had made about the Bugiardini family had left me doubting the credibility of the pub. So yeah, I needed enlightened. I did a search for Bugiardini, New York. Scanning the links that came up, I found none were good. Words such as arrest, mafia, and criminal were frequent.

Preview 2

He leaned over putting his cheek against mine pulling me deeper into his embrace. He slid his arms down until we were dancing more relaxed. His arms wrapped around me. I closed my eyes and felt his heart beating.

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