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Cress Watercress — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “It may be that when we no longer know what to dowe have come to our real work,and that when we no longer which way to gowe have come to our real journey.The mind that is not baffled is not employed.The impeded stream is the one that sings.”~ Wendell Berry ~… Continue reading Cress Watercress — Review & Giveaway

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The View From the Very Best House in Town — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”~ Ayn Rand ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We all need a little inspiration now and again. HERE Melissa Donovan on Writing Forward gives us 20 Fun and Inspiring Character Writing Ideas. Lisa Wilson-Hall… Continue reading The View From the Very Best House in Town — Review & Giveaway

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The Insiders — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "I came to writing kind of late. I was an engineer, and the one thing I've learned is that you have to steer a project in the direction of the maximum fun for you. You could say lively energy, or you have to try to be intrigued. Basically, if you were… Continue reading The Insiders — Review & Giveaway

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Tips for Magicians — Review

Thought for the Day: "Sometimes, when you're writing sentence by sentence, you're not really sure what footprints you're going to fall into, or what ghosts might appear."~ Karen Russell ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Eldred Bird has an article on Writers in the Storm HERE that explains what a MacGuffin is. First, it’s very… Continue reading Tips for Magicians — Review

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The Beatryce Prophecy — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”~ Pablo Picasso ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Character descriptions are important but too much can get in the way. David Safford has a great post HERE from The Write Practice that has good tips and excellent… Continue reading The Beatryce Prophecy — Review & Giveaway

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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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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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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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The Last Mirror on the Left — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”~ Maya Angelou ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I sometimes see calls for fairy tale retellings or stories based on myths or legends. I had better know what is what, or I may mess up and may not… Continue reading The Last Mirror on the Left — Review & Giveaway

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The List of Things That Will Not Change — Review

Thought for the Day: “There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.”~ Robert Graves, poet and novelist ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Sometimes in our writing (books, stories, or even blog posts) we lose sight of the problem of plagiarism. It’s important. John Peragine has a terrific post HERE… Continue reading The List of Things That Will Not Change — Review