Author Archives: dianabletter

Judge a Book By Its Cover: My Novel, A Remarkable Kindness

I posted the book jacket of A REMARKABLE KINDNESS on my FB page but now present it here. Can you tell a book by its cover? Doesn’t this cover make you want to dive right in? The work of this … Continue reading

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The Tin Horse Author Janice Steinberg’s Rule #1 On Writing: Go Toward What Scares You

I’d like to welcome novelist Janice Steinberg whose novel, The Tin Horse, (Random House) has been translated in four languages with Portuguese and Japanese in the works. Diana Bletter: How did you move from writing as an arts journalist to … Continue reading

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Six Lessons I Learned from a Dead Bird

I sat down to eat my breakfast the other day and promptly heard a boom against the window. I looked and saw a bird conked out on the pavement. The bird must have hit the window, conked its head, and … Continue reading

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Andria Williams’ Debut Novel: The Longest Night

I’m happy to welcome Andria Williams, who just sold her debut novel, The Longest Night, to Random House. The sale of her novel (originally called The Falls) and the sale of my novel, A Remarkable Kindness (originally called The Women’s … Continue reading

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Jewish Book Carnival: October 2014 Edition

Hear ye, hear ye. Step right up to the October 2014 Jewish Book Carnival, where http://www.thebestchapter.com is happy to host. This is a monthly event for those who cover Jewish books online to “meet, read, and comment on one another’s … Continue reading

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When We Don’t Always Know What’s Best for Us.

In my last blog post, I wrote about looking for spiritual lessons in difficult situations. I wrote about trying my hardest with my step-son, Izzy, to find a way to reach him. I’d made a conscious decision to love him … Continue reading

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New Twist on the Old Serenity Prayer.

Your toughest experience can be your best lesson. I learned this when my husband, Jonny, and I combined our six children—three boys and three girls all under the age of eleven—into one blended family. I had the hardest time with … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Even in the Midst of War, Celebrate Life. Photos of a Henna Ceremony in Israel

Even in the midst of war, celebrate life. Especially in the midst of war. A lot of Islamic terrorists boast that they will win against the West because they celebrate death and we celebrate life. As if that’s something to … Continue reading

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Good News from Israel (For a Change): Got My HarperCollins Contract for My Novel, A Remarkable Kindness

There may or may not be a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. But you want to know what is definite? My novel, A Remarkable Kindness. Here is a photo of the contract from HarperCollins Publishers signed and stamped by them and … Continue reading

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and Speaking the Truth

OK, so what does the Israel-Arab conflict have to do with living our best chapter? Everything. Because it’s about living our truth and not being afraid to speak up for what we believe in. I came across Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s … Continue reading

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