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Starfish — Review

Thought for the Day: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”~ Neil Gaiman ~… Continue reading Starfish — Review

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The Best Worst Summer — Review

Thought for the Day: "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”~ Albert Einstein ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Sometimes we all need a nudge, and good writing prompts can be that nudge. HERE is a fun list of 50 Writing Prompts from The Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors. Suzanne Lieurance has a… Continue reading The Best Worst Summer — Review

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Double Review & Giveaway — The Genius Under the Table & Picturing a Nation

Thought for the Day: "Do you want to do this thing? Sit down and do it. Are you not writing? Keep sitting there. Does it not feel right? Keep sitting there. Think of yourself as a monk walking the path to enlightenment. Think of yourself as a high school senior wanting to be a neurosurgeon.… Continue reading Double Review & Giveaway — The Genius Under the Table & Picturing a Nation

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The Chance to Fly — Review

Thought for the Day: "When I'm writing, I'm waiting to see somebody, and I'm waiting to hear them. It's almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability."~ Charles Baxter ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: This is just for fun. Mental Floss has a post HERE with 25 Words That… Continue reading The Chance to Fly — Review

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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