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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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37 Days at Sea — Review

Thought for the Day: "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."~ Swami Vivekananda ~ Gifts… Continue reading 37 Days at Sea — Review

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Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.”~ H.W. Fowler ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Backstory is always an issue. Susan DeFreitas has an excellent post HERE on… Continue reading Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

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7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”~ Brenda Ueland ~… Continue reading 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

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The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” ~ Michele Ruiz ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jill Hedgecock wrote a terrific post HERE for The Creative Penn that gives you a way to use visual inspiration for your writing. I’m always… Continue reading The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway

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One Time — Review

Thought for the Day: “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”~ Victor Kiam ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I had a query critique recently, and the person critiquing said I need to find more recent books to compare mine to. HERE is a good post on just that topic from… Continue reading One Time — Review

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Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "When I'm writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences."~ E. L. Doctorow ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I have a couple characters in my novel who have heavy accents, but how should… Continue reading Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

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One Last Shot — Review

Thought for the Day: “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.”~ Octavia Butler ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Looking for an agent? NY Book Editors has a very helpful post HERE on how to land an agent. Dialogue can make or break a story. Becca… Continue reading One Last Shot — Review

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Beyond the Bright Sea — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: ”There’s a phrase I use called 'The Valley Full of Clouds.' Writing a novel is as if you are going off on a journey across a valley. The valley is full of mist, but you can see the top of a tree here and the top of another tree over there.… Continue reading Beyond the Bright Sea — Review & Giveaway

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Red Fox Road — Review

Thought for the Day: “You might not write well every day, but you can edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”~ Jodi Picoult ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We all know titles are important. HERE is a fun quiz. See if you can guess which books came from these original titles.… Continue reading Red Fox Road — Review