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Treasure in the Lake — Review

Thought for the Day: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”~ Bill Gates ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: My critique group complained that my main character was just too perfect. They were right. I had to rough him up a little. Ellen Buikema has a… Continue reading Treasure in the Lake — Review

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Weird Kid — Review

Thought for the Day: "In my later years, I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and… Continue reading Weird Kid — Review

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Imaginary — Review

Thought for the Day: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~  Stephen King ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Laura Fineburg Cooper has a great post HERE on Writers’ Rumpus on figuring out which tense — past or present — will… Continue reading Imaginary — Review

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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