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Fighting Words — Review

Thought for the Day: "If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."~ Joyce Carol Oates ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Aaron Elkins has a… Continue reading Fighting Words — Review

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Amy McDougall, Master Matchmaker — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”~ Ray Bradbury ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: It’s important to describe our characters, but it's also important to do it in a way that doesn’t stop the story… Continue reading Amy McDougall, Master Matchmaker — Review & Giveaway

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Red, White, and Whole — Review

Thought for the Day: "You always think, 'Oh, if only I had a little chalet in the mountains! How great that would be and I'd do all this writing' Except, no, I wouldn't. I'd do the same amount of writing I do now and the rest of the time I'd go stir crazy. If you're… Continue reading Red, White, and Whole — Review

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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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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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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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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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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