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The Boy with the Butterfly Mind — Review

Thought for the Day: “Beginnings and endings remain with the reader long after the story is gone. They are powerful, emotive signs cut into the storytelling trees. Pay attention to them. Work hard on them. Ignore them at your peril.”~ Jane Yolen ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Orly Konig wrote an interesting post HERE… Continue reading The Boy with the Butterfly Mind — Review

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Skunk and Badger — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”~ Stephen King ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Writers need words. This is just for fun. There were 650 new words added to the on-line dictionary, dictionary.com, this year. HERE is an article listing 50 of them. My favorite, in this… Continue reading Skunk and Badger — Review & Giveaway

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A Slip of a Girl — Review

Thought for the Day: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”~ Colin Powell ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I always learn something when I read an author’s journey or interviews with authors. Noelle Sterne has a guest post on Live Write Thrive HERE… Continue reading A Slip of a Girl — Review

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Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you might not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging.”~ Maxwell Perkins ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jami Gold has really helpful writing posts. HERE she… Continue reading Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure — Review and 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

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More Than Marmalade — Review

Thought for the Day: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”~ Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Rebecca Zanetti has a neat post HERE on her blog about Scene Layering and… Continue reading More Than Marmalade — Review

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A Field Guide to Getting Lost — Review

Thought for the Day: “If you want to write fiction, the best thing you can do is take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and wait for the feeling to pass. If the feeling persists, you probably ought to write a novel.” ~ Lawrence Block ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Staying in… Continue reading A Field Guide to Getting Lost — Review

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Voices of Young Heroes — Review

Thought for the Day: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” ~ Bob Dylan ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Our heroes are often underdogs, especially in middle-grade fiction. Charles Yellowitz has a good… Continue reading Voices of Young Heroes — Review

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Things Seen From Above — Review

Thought for the Day: “When it comes to people - don’t write about who you know, but what you know of human nature.” ~ Candace Bushnell ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I think it's always informative to read hints from successful writers. HERE you will find an article called How I Do It: Anne… Continue reading Things Seen From Above — Review

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The Unteachables — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~ William Faulkner ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: HERE is a good article from Writer’s Digest with 5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make. I often say I don’t read… Continue reading The Unteachables — Review & Giveaway