For I know the (writing) plans I have for you

Hello, Blog readers! Susan Karsten here. It occurred to me that the Gracious Woman blog needs more posts about writing, so here I am with a report on my speaking engagement last night. The leader of the Fond du Lac Writers Club, John Silah, invited me to speak to the group after seeing a magazine […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Lady Luck’s a Loser, by CARYL McADOO

Wow!  Who’d have thought a older heroine named Marge and a size 2X hero would make for such an entertaining romp of a story?!  Now, I have it from the author, that this book was written well before the show Bachelorette came on TV, but the story has some similarities.  So, if you are a […]

Daisies are Forever, by Liz Tolsma ~ Susan Karsten’s latest book review

Revealing a little-known time/event in WWII history, this fascinating book takes you to places and events you never knew existed. And TAKE YOU THERE Tolsma does! I couldn’t get to sleep one night during the reading of this book, because of the images flitting through my mind – the novel is extremely vivid in creating […]

Cherie Burbach Interview ~ Poetry, and interview by Susan Karsten

Cherie Burbach – Interview About Poetry How did you first discover that you loved poetry? In second grade, my teacher suggested I start writing poetry. I knew nothing about it, but was writing a lot of short stories that she said had a “poetic” vibe about them. From them I start writing what I thought […]

Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: One Perfect Spring, by Irene Hannon

One of the FINEST inspirational romances I have EVER read. I won’t give away any of the delicious plot details–you’ll want to discover them on your own–but, I will tell you why this book, One Perfect Spring is so great. Endorsed by massively successful Debbie McComber, One Perfect Spring delivers. The hero and heroine are […]

Cardinal, a poem by Cherie Burbach

Hi, friends, you may have been enjoying my posts featuring Wisconsin’s esteemed poet, Cherie Burbach. Here is another example of her work: Cardinal Red feathers stand out defiantly against snow heavy branches. He sits boldly, refusing to hide while she perches near him quietly but strong. As danger approaches, he releases a sound, sharp and […]

“My Soul is From a Different Place” new book by Cherie Burbach

Esteemed Wisconsin poet, Cherie Burbach, has a new book out! Yay! This is a lovely book, and if you like poetry, you are in for a treat!  The poems in My Soul Is From a Different Place reflect the hope and spirit that have been evident in Cherie Burbach’s work for over a decade.  Each poem […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: Chain of Mercy, by Brenda S. Anderson

  Here’s a little summary of newly-released Chain of Mercy:  When a high-powered Manhattan businessman’s life crashes down around him, he flees to Minneapolis, and hides away as a boiler repairman, living a solitary, humble life. The heroine is a female executive who falls head-over-heels for the handsome custodian/boiler man. She thinks he’s perfect but […]

Austen Sequels, Retellings, etc. ~ An Embarrassment of “Riches” by Susan Karsten

Researching this subject taught me a new term and concept: Jane Austen para-literature. Oh my. This is a huge topic. I am only able to skirt around it, since to cover this topic completely would take years. The incredible array of sequels and retellings of the Austen ouvre is astounding. I, dear reader am a […]

Revising Your Novel ~ a Necessary Task

I wrote my first inspirational Christian fiction historical romance a couple of years ago, and blithely charged on to begin (and finish!) my second book. About that time, my tough, but excellent critique partner got wind of my thoughts about starting book three. To paraphrase, she said, “You are not going to start another book […]