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The Turtle of Michigan — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.”~ Sydney Smith ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Using flashbacks in your story can be really tricky. HERE is a terrific post on Writers in the Storm by Tiffany Yates Martin with 4 Questions to… Continue reading The Turtle of Michigan — Review & Giveaway

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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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Northwind — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”~ Denzel Washington ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I recognize some of my weaknesses as a writer,… Continue reading Northwind — Review

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Crazy in Poughkeepsie — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.”~ Robert Cormier ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Everyone has to start somewhere,… Continue reading Crazy in Poughkeepsie — Review & Giveaway

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Dog Star — Review

Thought for the Day: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”~ Henry Ford ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Anne R. Allen has such an important post HERE on her blog. If you have ever thought of using a little snippet of a song lyric in one… Continue reading Dog Star — Review

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I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau — Review

Thought for the Day: “Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”  ~ Kurt Vonnegut ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We… Continue reading I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau — Review

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The Book of Amazing Trees — Review

Thought for the Day: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”~ Theodore Roosevelt ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I haven’t posted a synopsis helper post for a while, but HERE on Writers in the Storm, Kris Maze has a really… Continue reading The Book of Amazing Trees — Review

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day — Review

Thought for the Day: "The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”~ Junot Diaz ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I think we can all learn some things from the greats and their thoughts on writing. HERE is an article with… Continue reading Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day — Review

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Say It Out Loud — Review

Thought for the Day: “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”~ Paul Coelho ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: C. S. Lakin has a great post HERE on Live Write Thrive that will give you 3 Powerful Cinematic Techniques for Novelists. Eldred Bird has a wonderful post HERE on Writers in the Storm about… Continue reading Say It Out Loud — Review

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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