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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you might not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging.”~ Maxwell Perkins ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jami Gold has really helpful writing posts. HERE she… Continue reading Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure — Review and Giveaway

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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