• Guest Post from author Jacqueline Levering Sullivan: It Takes More than a Weekend to Write a Children's Book

    Guest Post: It Takes More than a Weekend to Write a Children’s Book by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Jacqueline Levering Sullivan! She is the author of 4 children’s novels and is here to talk about what actually goes into writing a book for children. It Takes More than a Weekend to Write a Children’s Book I am no longer amazed by the number of people I meet casually who tell me they have always wanted to write a children’s book. Recently, at a formal fundraiser dinner, a woman sitting next to me, on learning I was a children’s author, pronounced, “I’ve always wanted to write a picture book, and some weekend I plan to do just that.” Picture books are usually…

  • Guest post: Fairy Tale Romance by I. L. Cruz, author of The Enchanted Isles series

    Guest Post: Fairy Tale Romance by I. L. Cruz

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome I. L. Cruz! She is the author of The Enchanted Isles series, an enchanting Latin-inspired fantasy series. Currently, the first two books, A Smuggler’s Path and A Noble’s Path, are available for purchase (see below). I adore I. L. Cruz, her books, and her blog, Fairy Tale Feminista, because she takes a different approach to looking at and understanding fairy tales. Her posts are fun, informative, and thought-provoking. Enjoy her guest post below about fairy tales and romance, just as I did! Fairy Tale Romance We are quickly approaching Valentine’s Day (what happened to January?) and that means thinking about love and romance. For some, it…

  • Guest Post: Appaloosa Sky by Karen Brenner

    Guest Post: Karen Brenner, Author of Appaloosa Sky

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Karen Brenner, author of the fiction novel Appaloosa Sky! Enjoy a brief excerpt from her novel and a short piece about what publishing a debut novel was like. Title: Appaloosa Sky Author: Karen Brenner Publisher: Brenner Pathways Publication date: December 13, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary (from Amazon): At only eleven years old, Ginny Spangler is left orphaned after a horse theft gone bad. As Ginny grows from a self-reliant young girl to the fiery matriarch of a sprawling Texas ranch family, she passes on her resiliency and bold spirit to her nieces, Scottie, Rory, and Georgie O’Brien – sisters that are growing up with a distant…