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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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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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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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The Time of Green Magic — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”~ Vincent Van Gogh ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I found the link on KidLit411 to a terrific post on Ingrid’s Notes HERE from a few years ago with… Continue reading The Time of Green Magic — Review & Giveaway

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96 Miles — Review

Thought for the Day: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Word choice is pretty fundamental to what we do. Connie J. Jasperson at Life in the Realm… Continue reading 96 Miles — Review

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Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home — Review

Thought for the Day: “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” ~ Joss Whedon ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We all have incidental characters in our novels, but do we really need them? C. S.… Continue reading Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home — Review

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Wink — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.” ~ Duke Ellington ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Naming characters is always something of a challenge. Writer’s Digest has a good article HERE with The 7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters. Bushra Rahmani did a great guest post… Continue reading Wink — Review & Giveaway

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Wildfire — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "Don't wait until you're 'in the mood.' Get into the mood by writing." ~ Margaret Atwood ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I know a lot of you have an interest in writing historical fiction. K. M. Weiland has a good post HERE with 7 tips for researching when writing historical… Continue reading Wildfire — Review & Giveaway