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Kristen Houghton’s latest book is the new highly praised thriller, FOR I HAVE SINNED A Cate Harlow Private Investigation. Book critic and author Greg Archer says of this thriller:

“A masterfully woven story about the horrors of the sex abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church and the impact on both victims and their families. PI Cate Harlow handles the case of a missing boy and a pedophile priest with a perfect combination of hard-nosed detective skills and compassion.”

Kristen Houghton is an award-winning author of four fiction and two non-fiction books. Her vast portfolio includes writing for The Huffington Post, More Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and Women Magazine as well as celebrity interviews and reviews for HBO documentaries, OWN-The Oprah Winfrey Network, and The Style Channel. She appears as a guest author and book commentator regularly on TV, radio, and internet shows.

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Entries by Kristen Houghton

Spotlight On Children's Books and Author Karen T. Bartlett

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 4:00 AM

As an author, parent and educator, I am a huge proponent of getting kids to read real books. Ebooks are fine, of course. But holding a real book in your hands and turning the pages is a precious experience that all children should have. You make a connection with a...

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Hello Younger Me! Want Some Good Advice? Please Yourself First!

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 8:44 AM

When I look at pictures of myself as a young girl, young teen and young woman, there's always a moment of mild surprise at the naked innocent hope that I see. There's a look of expectation on my face and a too ready smile that begs people to like what...

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The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 11:09 AM

"The writing world is a small one, Kristen," said my first agent, "And by that I mean that what you do and say can very quickly become common knowledge." This was my agent's cautionary introduction to a profession that I love and of which I was damn happy to be...

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The Art of Book Signing 101

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:09 PM

I've been doing book signings for quite a number of years now but I never get over the thrill of meeting people who enjoy reading my books and want an autographed copy of one. I've learned to relax, be myself, and enjoy the 'meet and greet.' I've mastered the author's...

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Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:43 AM

All authors and writers will tell you that there was a time in their lives when they wrote articles and stories for free. Whether it was in a school literary magazine or the school newspaper in high school and college, we happily wrote for free and for the glory and...

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What I Learned From Creating Cate Harlow

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 10:40 AM

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women who have made our lives better. It's also a good time to remember the strong women in fiction who have inspired us and made an impact in our real lives. Female characters from Jane Eyre...

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Plus-Size Model Is Just Right, Right?

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 3:35 PM

The media is filled with the "news" that, for the very first time in the history of its swimsuit issues, a plus-size model will grace the pages of Sports Illustrated. Plus-size? I think they might better describe the lovely Ashley Graham as a "real-size" model. Most women are not a...

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Prisoner of Technology Escapes!

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 8:45 PM

No matter where we go in 2015 we can be reached at will by the outside world. Cell phones and text messages, Bluetooth and Sync, Skype and email -- you're only a click away from being found. Honey, you're in techno overload; I am a prisoner of technology!

Everywhere I...

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Grace Revealed: A Powerful, Haunting Memoir

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

There is something in the human heart that has an unconscious yearning to know about the past, most specifically our own family's past. Who hasn't looked at old, faded pictures of relatives long gone and wondered about their lives? Who were these people? What were their lives like? What were...

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You've Grown as a Person, He Hasn't: What Happens to the Relationship?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Building a relationship with someone you love takes time and energy but most of us will agree that it is worth the investment. Once you have the basics down pat, life should be comfortable. Occasional arguments and disagreements notwithstanding, you now have the opportunity to grow both as a person...

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Die neue Vorzeigefrau

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Der Begriff „Vorzeigefrau" hat eine neue, vornehmere Bedeutung erlangt. Männer finden mittlerweile, dass die attraktivsten und sexuell begehrenswertesten Frauen nicht hirnlose Schönheiten sind, deren einzige Funktion es ist, gut auszusehen und ansonsten den Mund zu halten.

Stattdessen wählen sie Frauen, die gutes Geld verdienen und Führungspositionen innehaben (man denke...

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It's Your Life: Create Your Own Holiday Traditions

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Why Not Create Your Own Holiday Traditions?

A friend of mine was concerned about the upcoming holiday season. Recently married to a man with two young children, she and her husband were at a loss as what to do about traditions.

"The kids have been wonderful about accepting me...

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The New Trophy Wife

(147) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:18 PM

The term "trophy wife" has taken on a new, more upscale meaning. Men are finding the most attractive and sexually desirable women are not brainless beauties whose sole function is to look good and stay quiet, but women who are making good money and are in positions of power (See:...

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Peter Pan Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 11:28 AM

According to Urban Dictionary, the word "manolescent" is a noun and describes a "man of any age who shirks adult responsibilities."

In other words, an adult male, chronologically and physically, who still wants to live the carefree life he had as an adolescent. You probably know a few. They ascribe...

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The Moment I Became Me

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 5:25 PM

It only takes a moment to make a decision that will impact your life. My moment was a long time in coming.

After teaching International languages and cultures to high school and college students for twenty years, I took a long, hard look at myself and how I was...

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Nowhere Safe: A Must-See Anti-Bullying Film by Paul Parkinson

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Paul Parkinson has made a powerful statement about the effects of bullying on victim and family with his movie Nowhere Safe. Cyber-bullying, especially among high school teens, is a new form of terrorizing your target victim. The movie, inspired by true events tells the story of two teen...

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Sometimes It Pays to Be a B*tch

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:41 PM

I was a nice girl, a people-pleaser -- and I looked the part. California blonde, a ready smile, and soft-spoken: a nice girl. I got good grades, played on the girls' tennis team where I would never, ever argue an umpire's call, and was always pleasant to everyone. The problem...

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Sometimes Your Happiness Depends On Walking Away

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Recently a very good friend was terminated from a position she truly thought was her dream job. Spending long hours and expending enormous amounts of time and energy to do her absolute best for this job was something she didn't mind doing. She was very good at what she did....

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For I Have Sinned: A Writer Combines Raw Truth and Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

"What's in the news is a fascinating story unto itself simply because it is true," said a grad school writing professor of mine. He was right. True stories make for interesting reading and writers have found that combining raw truth in a fictional tale enhances a good book.

For over...

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Is Envy Controlling Your Life?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:50 PM

"I am seriously thinking of breaking up with Caryn," says my cousin Tony after our weekly tennis game.

"Seriously?" I say. "I thought you were crazy about each other. What's the problem?"

"Nothing is ever good enough for her. Caryn calls us 'have-nots' because all her friends...

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