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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

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Beyond the Bright Sea — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: ”There’s a phrase I use called 'The Valley Full of Clouds.' Writing a novel is as if you are going off on a journey across a valley. The valley is full of mist, but you can see the top of a tree here and the top of another tree over there.… Continue reading Beyond the Bright Sea — Review & Giveaway

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Red Fox Road — Review

Thought for the Day: “You might not write well every day, but you can edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”~ Jodi Picoult ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We all know titles are important. HERE is a fun quiz. See if you can guess which books came from these original titles.… Continue reading Red Fox Road — Review

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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