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Leonard (My Life as a Cat) — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”~ Sidney Sheldon ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I have often thought about writing a book with talking animals, but I never tackled it. But since reading the article from The Writer HERE… Continue reading Leonard (My Life as a Cat) — Review & Giveaway

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Midnight at the Barclay Hotel — Review

Thought for the Day: “The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.”~ Mary Roberts Rinehart ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Starting an agent search? The post HERE by Carly Watters on The Write Life is a must read. I try to… Continue reading Midnight at the Barclay Hotel — Review

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Sunshine — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up.”~ Ursula K. LeGuin ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: If you want to add tension to your story, and you should want to, you can raise the stakes. Rhiannon Richardson has a great post HERE on the Good… Continue reading Sunshine — Review & Giveaway

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The Sisters of Straygarden Place — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Characters can be happy for the last three minutes… until then, it’s a bumpy road.”~ Julian Fellowes ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Every manuscript needs to be tightened and trimmed. HERE Kathryn Craft has a great article with 5 Random Ways to Trim Your Manuscript. Backstory is always hard. How… Continue reading The Sisters of Straygarden Place — Review & Giveaway

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Under the Broken Sky — Review

Thought for the Day: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”~ Arnold Schwarzenegger ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I am always interested when there are announcements of Word of the Year. I think I linked to Webster’s… Continue reading Under the Broken Sky — Review

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Daily Bread — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”~ George Herbert ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Every story needs antagonists, and HERE is a… Continue reading Daily Bread — Review & Giveaway

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A Talent for Trouble — Review

Thought for the Day: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”~ Shannon Hale ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: It's awfully important to have clarification on your theme as you write your novel. C. S. Lakin at Live Write… Continue reading A Talent for Trouble — Review

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Clan — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”~ David Lynch… Continue reading Clan — Review & Giveaway

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Flying Over Water — Review

Thought for the Day: “Your black moment isn’t black enough until the reader, and possibly even you as the writer, can’t see a way out.”~ Kara Lennox ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Chris Mooney has a good article from Writer’s Digest HERE that gives you 5 Rules for Writing Stories that Work. Lots of… Continue reading Flying Over Water — Review

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The Last Mirror on the Left — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”~ Maya Angelou ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I sometimes see calls for fairy tale retellings or stories based on myths or legends. I had better know what is what, or I may mess up and may not… Continue reading The Last Mirror on the Left — Review & Giveaway