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Isabelle Grace, a family-first woman of substance, inspired teacher, and TALENTED new voice in contemporary romance!

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Okay, you all knew it was coming. More interviews. SASSY SCRIBES–my diverse and DRIVEN collective of women writers supporting personal best and writing the stories YOU WANT TO READ–is on the MOVE!

SNOW IN LOVE–our debut collection of sweet holiday romances brought to you by Readertainment–is on pre-order for a scant .99 cents at Amazon. (Isabelle’s ‘Mistletoe and Holly‘ is included among 8 great and diverse new voices.) Amazing, you say? Impossible? How is it that eight sassy stories that are sweet and full of heart can be selling for a scant .99 cents??

Temptation, baby. Women’s empowerment. Needs MUST! Sassy Scribes want you to know we have your back. And would very much like to get to know you better. Specifically, what YOU want in romance and women’s fiction. Communication is key and so is this unbeatable deal.

But .99 cents won’t last forever. Much like summer has morphed into Autumn, it just happens. Overnight. Look to October 14th for holiday romance to turn tension-riddled frowns upside down. But only if you jump in like the SASSY SCRIBES and order now. (You know you want to!)

Where is your HEART?

Now it’s on to Isabelle Grace, a most gracious lady and one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve encountered. True love? You bet.

Caring is at the core of this woman who takes whatever she attempts to heart, right along with those individuals blessed to become part of her circle. That’s why she takes such care in crafting tales for readers. She knows what feels are like and wants YOU to experience them in full with every flip of the page. But let’s begin at the beginning for those who’d like to know if they should follow the teacher.

What moves you to write and what do you write, Isabelle? (Fiction? Poetry? Screenplays?) Students of life and love want to know.

Can you feel me???

I’m motivated to write by many things – words from a song, a scene from a movie, a catchphrase, something I’ve read or seen. Although I have written a few articles years ago for our local paper, now and since college, I’ve concentrated on contemporary romance.

I hear you, Isabelle. Focus is critical and something I struggle with too often as you know. So tell this reformed panster what you prefer. Are you a panster or a plotter? (What does method bring to your stories?)

I am primarily a pantser.  I do a little character background plotting and have a basic idea in my head when I start, but I don’t outline. I just write and let the characters guide the story. Impatience is the main reason for being a pantser. I like to get in and get started. As to what it brings to my stories – I’ve had some interesting turn of events crop up either in the rough draft or during edits. I hope they enhance the story. (Sounds a lot like life. The guy you never thought you’d fall for leaves you jumping off love’s cliff with a sloppy grin you never suspected was in you!)

What’s your favorite movie/music? You’ve admitted to finding inspiration in varied places, Isabelle, so what is it that moves you?

What’s say we revisit this movie as PRETTY MAN???? Or, PRETTY AWESOME. Or…MAKE MINE A GERE!!!

My favorite movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz. (YESSSSS!) On a more contemporary note, it’s Pretty Woman – the ultimate Cinderella story in my opinion. I saw it in the theaters eleven times, pre-ordered the video, and wore it out! (Now that’s FOCUS!) As for music, I listen to a variety of music – mostly soft rock, country, classic 80’s, top 40. In high school, one of my favorite songs was Barry Manilow’s Weekend in New England. So romantic. (Viva la Barry!!!)

What’s on the horizon, Isabelle? Books? Projects? Whatever? (We’re nosy here. LoL!!)

I have a 4-book collection I want to publish – The Blackwood Brothers Series. Each brother has his own book. A veterinarian, a best-selling author, a widowed farmer, and a construction worker, Drew, Jack, Reese, and Holden Blackwood are each paired with a strong, independent woman who ultimately make their lives complete. As I wrote the series, I fell in love with each brother and wanted to be the heroine lucky enough to become a part of their life. I am hoping readers will feel the same. (You’ve got something there with brothers, Isabelle, seriously. Rugged, able, and needing just the “right” match. What’s not to love??)

What writer’s organizations if any have helped you achieve successes in your writing life? (Not a shameless plug, but a serious question, people. You know me.)

Sassy Scribes for sure. I have been a member of other more official groups, but the Sassy Scribes have offered more support, inspiration, motivation, insight, and knowledge than anything else on the writing front I’ve been affiliated with. (Okay, shamelessly true and I agree 100%. Readers can expect to hear more from SASSY SCRIBES in future as we plan to take personal empowerment and the power of the pen on the proverbial road. Fair warning. It’s gonna be bumpy but never boring!)

Now, just for fun, an absolute must during Covid-19 crazies and frankly anytime. What’s your favorite animal, Isabelle? Do you have one???

Bella is SO ready for her closeup. I hope we’ll see more of this little jewel on Isabelle’s Blog!!!

I like dogs and horses and have had both.  Currently, though, I have Bella, a Pomeranian rescue.

What would you do if you won the lotto?

Pay off my bills and help out my family and friends. I’d also give money to a few charities, and establish a foundation to provide scholarships and grants primarily for education. And, of course, the Sassy Scribes could become their own publishing group. (SEE WHY I LOVE THIS WOMAN??)

Okay. Time to channel Miss Universe, Isabelle. Would you strive for world peace? Why or why not?

I would like for all people to live in harmony. Yes, we’ll have differences in looks, opinions, ethnicities, genders, belief, and everything else under the sun, but we won’t feel threatened by it. We can be accepting and get along peaceably. We can appreciate the diversities and celebrate accomplishments. The world could be where kindness, unity, love, understanding, and grace could prevail.

What’s your view on character flaws for heroes/heroines?

I think they’re wonderful and realistic. Makes the books more interesting and the characters more human! Sure, we’d all like to find the gorgeous male with rock hard abs, a killer smile, and bedroom eyes who is just perfect, but in real life, that’s next to impossible, right? Let’s create heroes and heroines that are like the rest of us in the world!! We’re lovable, too!

What’s your QUESTION??? (We LOVE you, Alex!)

What would YOU like to tell readers about yourself? Think Jeopardy and give me the answer and the question.

I have lived in the same county in WV all my life. From middle school through college, I worked on my uncle’s dairy farm where I learned a lot about things I now realize some folks won’t ever have the opportunity to experience firsthand. For that, I feel very lucky.

Personally, I am blessed with a wonderful family and awesome friends. Though I have no biological children of my own, I have a spectacular nephew who is like a son to me. He is my heart as well as my pride and joy. I have two beautiful nieces, two bonus great-nieces, a goddaughter, and one great niece or nephew on the way. And thanks to my sister by heart, I am also fortunate to be an honorary aunt to her granddaughters.

THEY GROW TOO FAST!

I teach at the same high school from which I graduated. I’ve been there for many years, first as a special education teacher and not as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (formerly Home Economics). I teach Parenting, Foods and Nutrition, and Personal Finance. Though education has changed dramatically since I began teaching, especially in the last six months, I am honored to have the opportunity to educate our youth with skills that will be useful to them all their lives.

Plus, I’m blessed to see the potential in our teenage population and hopefully, in some small way, to help cultivate it.

WOW. Just wow. It’s the story behind the romantic lines that makes them resonate. Yes, you’re blessed, Isabelle, but so are we. Thank you for sharing yourself with me, with the SASSY SCRIBES, and now you’re reading public.

I’m anticipating great things.

Isabelle Grace – dedicated to teaching critical life skills. At school, at home, and ON THE PAGE!!

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WRITE ON!!

 

 

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Digging Into History Dishing with Di

Dishing with Di: Could this be Spring?

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December 21st marked the “official” opening of winter, yet spring has been teasing us in Maine.  Rain and wind has cleared the snow and ice off the roofs, melting much of the white stuff off the ground.  This is winter? The officials must be wrong. Considering we got snow two days before Halloween, what’s a gal to think when we have patches of bare ground at Christmastime?  Other than the still bare trees, it looks like spring.  We even had a day that got up to 50*.  A few days ago I rode home with my window down because my car was so warm.

Sunny, snow-free days can make for a “warm” winter drive!

In Oregon this would be due to what we call a Chinook, and the temps would be 30-40 degrees warmer than we’re experiencing.  Old Man Winter said I’ll give you a pretty day with the sun shining down from a clear blue sky, but I’m keeping it cold enough so you don’t forget what season we’re dealing with.

Deciding to take what I could get, I headed out for a little adventure and drove down to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, located halfway between Muscongus and Sheepscot Bays.  A pretty drive no matter what time of year.

An unchanging friend

The light was commissioned by President John Quincy Adams in 1827, but had to be replaced in 1835 due to the use of seawater in the mortar.  The light was automated in 1934 and added to the National Register of Historical Places April 16, 1985.  It is currently owned by the U S Coast Guard and licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation.  The residents of Maine voted for this lighthouse to be on the 2003 quarter when the US Mint honored all 50 states with that particular coin.


Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Museum

For me, seeing it again after twenty years, was like greeting an old friend.  One who had changed very little.  These days a long ramp leads up to the lightkeeper’s house, now a museum.  The museum is only open when volunteers are available.  Evidently, those volunteers must’ve been getting ready for Christmas.  The white picket fence, surrounding the house, now holds more ground and was festooned with green wreaths sporting red bows.  The row boat we’d climbed into for photo ops all those years ago was missing. Still, the view is breathtaking. 

A dazzling view

The sun glinting off the waves as they beat upon the rocks, as they’ve done for thousands of years.  Ice hiding down in the crevices of those rocks, as water trickled beneath that crisp layer.  The wind whipping my scarf into a knit weathervane.  No snow covered the ground, but the grass was frozen and bare places gave a glimpse of mud season to come.  Stately pines speared up into the sky forming a windbreak for the house.  Across the small cove houses peek out beneath more trees.  Imagine the view those home owners must have!

Okay, it was “chilly” outside the car

While the lighthouse park was by no means crowded, I was not the only one willing to brave the brisk wind to enjoy this beacon of safety. Along my drive were various holiday decorations to be enjoyed, people bustling from shop to shop, or gathering to visit family and friends.  What I found most impressive, aside from the lighthouse, was the huge chunks of ice slowly moving down the Kennebec River.  Last year Coast Guard cutters had to break up the ice on that same river to help prevent flooding.

What a difference a year makes!

Most of my day was still spent inside, but when that interior is a car, and you can stop at any time to take in a view, listen to water flow, or simply to appreciate the architect of a building, you feel as if you’re outside.  I view soaking up some sun and fresh air as my Christmas gift to myself.

Make sure to tuck a little adventure into your own stocking!

THANK YOU, Di, for another dish. And something to consider whether it’s Christmastime or not. Maine may not be on many people’s radar for a vacation adventure, but you’re giving us good reason to check it out. Whether it’s reading your Men of Maine series, trekking north in person, or both!

Write on