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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

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Leonard (My Life as a Cat) — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”~ Sidney Sheldon ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I have often thought about writing a book with talking animals, but I never tackled it. But since reading the article from The Writer HERE… Continue reading Leonard (My Life as a Cat) — Review & Giveaway

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Midnight at the Barclay Hotel — Review

Thought for the Day: “The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.”~ Mary Roberts Rinehart ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Starting an agent search? The post HERE by Carly Watters on The Write Life is a must read. I try to… Continue reading Midnight at the Barclay Hotel — Review

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Sunshine — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up.”~ Ursula K. LeGuin ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: If you want to add tension to your story, and you should want to, you can raise the stakes. Rhiannon Richardson has a great post HERE on the Good… Continue reading Sunshine — 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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Under the Broken Sky — Review

Thought for the Day: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”~ Arnold Schwarzenegger ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I am always interested when there are announcements of Word of the Year. I think I linked to Webster’s… Continue reading Under the Broken Sky — Review

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A Talent for Trouble — Review

Thought for the Day: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”~ Shannon Hale ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: It's awfully important to have clarification on your theme as you write your novel. C. S. Lakin at Live Write… Continue reading A Talent for Trouble — Review

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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 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