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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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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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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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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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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

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This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor — 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: We all make mistakes. Writer’s Digest has a good article HERE that will show… Continue reading This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor — Review & Giveaway

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The Presidents: Portraits of History — Review

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 The Presidents: Portraits of History — Review

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Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918 — Review

Thought for the Day: “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~ Karen Lamb ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Anne R. Allen has a great post HERE with 10 tips for writing a good first chapter. I have been told that my book is “episodic.” What does that really mean… Continue reading Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918 — Review

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Wildfire — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "Don't wait until you're 'in the mood.' Get into the mood by writing." ~ Margaret Atwood ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I know a lot of you have an interest in writing historical fiction. K. M. Weiland has a good post HERE with 7 tips for researching when writing historical… Continue reading Wildfire — Review & Giveaway

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The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” ~ Colin Powell ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Writer’s Digest has a good column HERE by Ann Garvin that will give you 10 Ways To Hook Your Reader (and Reel Them in for Good). How much… Continue reading The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins — Review