She’s the Assistant Stage Manager for Oklahoma!, calling missing cast members and tracking down props, when her family learns that Bri didn’t survive. Rob, the manipulative stage manager, who was Bri’s best friend, becomes erratic. Then the principal asks her to tell the student body about her brother, and she channels her energy into that.
While Sandee speaks to the assembly, Rob gets into a shouting match with an insulting bully. Later, he gets drunk. Sandee drives him home, but can’t rouse him when the police pull her over. He goes to juvenile hall and Sandee becomes the school’s youngest stage manager. She’s more than Brian Mason’s little sister, and everyone knows it.
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“Sandee Mason will win your heart from the very first chapter of Talent. Goodwin has created a character facing obstacles both far-reaching-her brother is Mia in Afghanistan-and close to home. Her struggles with finding her own identity and her own strength kept me riveted, and the novel never shies away from the complicated issues of our time. Talent is a formidable debut novel that lingers long after the last page.” ~ Stacey Swann, Stegner Fellow at Stanford University
Lynn Goodwin knows the worlds of this novel–the world of high schools, the world of theater, the world of teenage struggle and she blends them into a novel that draws you in and keeps you there. Every reader will love Sandee and identify with her journey of personal discovery and growth. ~ Aline Soules, Librarian and Author of Evening Sun and Meditation on Woman
Talent releases in November, 2020 from Koehler Books – Read an Excerpt HERE!
NEVER TOO LATE:
A 62-year-old goes from Wannabe to Wife
How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on . . . Craigslist!? Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises?
Author B. Lynn Goodwin tells all and more in NEVER TOO LATE. How she was attracted to Richard’s clear expectations, his honesty, and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him.
Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world?
Whether you’ve been single forever, are trapped in an unhappy marriage, or you’re simply curious, you’ll find secrets to a happy marriage in NEVER TOO LATE.
You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers
Over fifty million caregivers spend every spare minute driving to medical appointments, stopping at the pharmacy, cooking, answering questions, paying bills, and helping with matters that used to be private. They feel trapped in an endless loop and need to release the stress of caregiving.
B. Lynn Goodwin’s You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers allows users to process their stress and celebrate what is right. It gives readers open-ended instructions on spilling their guts in the safety of a private journal and offers two hundred sentence starts to help them begin writing. Caring for oneself is as essential as breathing, but caregivers lose sight of that fact. Think of the flight attendant who says, ‘Put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you.”
Journaling is a caregiver’s oxygen mask, which You Want Me to Do What? provides.
OTHER WORKS BY B. LYNN GOODWIN
- Owner, editor and writer for Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com since 10/97
- Book and web site reviewer
- Information coordinator and guru
- Writing After Retirement edited by Carol Smallwood and Christine Redman-Waldeyer, “My Niche, My Way.”
- Small Miracles from Beyond edited by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal, “Hello, Lynn”
- Impressions: LPC Anthology 2015 edited by George Cramer, “Center Stage.”
- “Hidden Love” in True Words Journal
- SAMPLE ARTICLES AND ESSAYS:
- “Why I Finally Stopped Shaving at Fifty” in GoodHousekeeping.com http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/a33666/stop-shaving-body-hair/
- The Sun, “Sugar”– a short personal experience for A Reader Writes
- Study Sync, www.studysync.–Wrote essay questions, intros, blurbs and other material for classic and contemporary literature
- Inspire Me Today, www.inspiremetoday.com
- How Can I Find My Path?
- Celebrate Your Uniqueness
- The Transformative Benefits of Journaling
- Finding Inspiration in Shingles
- Craziness is in the Eye of the Beholder
- For the Danville Weekly (sample articles):
- Comedy Goes With Chemo
- A Welcome Respite
- Like To Write? Join a club
- Legend Lives On
- Artists Strut Their Stuff
- For Small Press Review:
Reviews of periodicals, literary magazines, and books over 5 years
- For the Oakland Tribune:
“A Part of History” – first person essay
- For the Contra Costa Times:
- “Absence Makes The Lies Grow Stronger” – first person essay
- “A Reflection in the Mirror is Reward Enough” – first person essay