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Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”~ Stephen King ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jenna Harte has written a great guest post HERE on Fiction University that give Easy Tips to Incorporate Backstory… Continue reading Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea — Review & Giveaway

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Real — Review

Thought for the Day: “The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things.”~ Thomas Hardy ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Barbara Linn Probst has a terrific guest post HERE on Writers in the Storm that will give you 10… Continue reading Real — Review

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Soul Lanterns — Review

Thought for the Day: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”~ W. Somerset Maugham ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: This is just for fun. Mental Floss has a terrific list HERE by Erin McCarthy of 56 Delightfully Unusual Words for Everyday Things. C’mon. Clinchpoop? Fimblefamble? Rechauffe?… Continue reading Soul Lanterns — Review

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "Fiction gives us empathy; it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.”~ Neil Gaiman ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: September C. Fawkes has a really interesting… Continue reading The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise — Review & Giveaway

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Nobody Likes You, Greta Grump — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”~ Denis Waitley ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Naming characters is fun, but it… Continue reading Nobody Likes You, Greta Grump — Review & Giveaway

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37 Days at Sea — Review

Thought for the Day: "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."~ Swami Vivekananda ~ Gifts… Continue reading 37 Days at Sea — Review

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Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.”~ H.W. Fowler ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Backstory is always an issue. Susan DeFreitas has an excellent post HERE on… Continue reading Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

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Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

Thought for the Day: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”~ William Faulkner ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward has a great post HERE that explains What’s the Difference Between Dashes and Hyphens. I discovered I don’t always… Continue reading Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

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Alone — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander." ~ Anne Lamott ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Janice Hardy at Fiction University always has something good for writers. HERE she has… Continue reading Alone — Review & Giveaway

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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