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October 2016 Edition

Welcome to fall, ya’ll!

My favorite season of the year and I’m so excited to share some of the things that have happened since last month’s edition (if you’re following my weekend reviews*, you might already have some idea!). So since there’s a lot to cover, let’s just dive in… like we’re flopping onto a giant pile of leaves.

*This weekend would’ve been Week 5 on the list so consider this a weekend/month review in two. When in doubt, the monthly editions will trump the weekenders.


It’s that time of year again when readers for the Historical Novel Society begin requesting/receiving titles to read and review for another issue and I’m jumping back in with both feet. I’ve requested several titles but we’ll see which ones over the next couple of weeks I’m assigned and I’ll share those titles with you just as soon as I’ve figured it out myself!


Since beginning this post, the mail has come and TWO books have arrived thus far…

artisans-wife_miller The Artisan’s Wife is a historical inspirational novel by Judith Miller, you may recall my review of one of her earlier novels, The Potter’s Lady, back in February of this year, and I quite enjoyed that so I’m looking forward to this new title.

perks-loving-scoundrelThe Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston is not the sort of book I’d normally read (an Avon romance) but I was really amused by the excerpt posted on the Amazon sales page that I added it to my prospective list anyway. I’m hopeful that the glimmers of humor I saw will be prevalent throughout the book, and if so, it’ll be a fun read for sure.

Currently Editing

The August and September 2016 issues of The Scribe are now available for reading online or for download to your preferred reading device. Be sure to click on the covers below if you’d like to check out those titles:

666280   668042

Writing Stats

For the month of September, I had set a modest writing goal of 3,000 words (roughly 100 words/day) as I am trying to build a daily habit of writing. I can say that so far, my habits don’t match the ideal. I write when I have something to say, and that is sporadic and in short bursts of activity, usually in the latter part of any given week.

That being said, I matched and nearly doubled my writing goal for the month (178% of my goal). Most of this can be credited to the remodeling of the website which I did this month and the new features added to the home page. If you haven’t perused those yet, you can read about my four-step process here, here,  and here.

September 2016 Total: 5,344
2016 Year To Date: 19,253

I also added a Shop section this month where you can download (for free!) some of my older bits of micro fiction. Please contact me and let me know what you think. 🙂

Other News

I will be volunteering at some NaNoWriMo lock-ins in the St. Louis area, to support the NaNoWriMo community. If you’re looking for opportunities to get involved, check out the official board for the STL area and other programming available through

As far as personally participating in NaNoWriMo, I’ve seriously got to up my writing game (at least the prepping part of it) if I’m going to make a real go of it. If not, it’s still a great opportunity to work on ANY kind of writing and be around all that buzzing electric creative energy. 🙂

On a serious note, if any of you were/are being affected by Hurricane Matthew, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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