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365 Days to Alaska — Review

Thought for the Day: “Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But ‘said' is far less intrusive than 'grumbled,' 'gasped,' 'cautioned,' ‘lied.'”~ Elmore Leonard ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I never think very much… Continue reading 365 Days to Alaska — Review

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7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”~ Brenda Ueland ~… Continue reading 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

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Blood and Germs — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”~ Winston Churchill ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice has a terrific post HERE that will help you Improve your Writing with These 10 Quick and Easy Tips. I particularly… Continue reading Blood and Germs — Review

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While I Was Away — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”~ Walt Disney ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I think writers… Continue reading While I Was Away — Review & Giveaway

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Before the Ever After — Review

Thought for the Day: "THE GREATEST TEACHER FAILURE IS.” ~ YODA ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: HERE is a new post on getting rid of filler words and phrases by Karen Hertzberg on the Grammarly blog. It’s worth your time. Grammar Girl has a very helpful post HERE about Why Dumbing Down Your Language… Continue reading Before the Ever After — Review

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The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” ~ Michele Ruiz ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jill Hedgecock wrote a terrific post HERE for The Creative Penn that gives you a way to use visual inspiration for your writing. I’m always… Continue reading The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway

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One Time — Review

Thought for the Day: “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”~ Victor Kiam ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I had a query critique recently, and the person critiquing said I need to find more recent books to compare mine to. HERE is a good post on just that topic from… Continue reading One Time — Review

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Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "When I'm writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences."~ E. L. Doctorow ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I have a couple characters in my novel who have heavy accents, but how should… Continue reading Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

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One Last Shot — Review

Thought for the Day: “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.”~ Octavia Butler ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Looking for an agent? NY Book Editors has a very helpful post HERE on how to land an agent. Dialogue can make or break a story. Becca… Continue reading One Last Shot — Review