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The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish — Review

Thought for the Day: "Mere literary talent is common; what is rare is endurance, the continuing desire to work…"   ~ Donald Hall ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Elizabeth Sims wrote an amazing article for Writer’s Digest HERE that will give you 7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to Your Novel. It has terrific examples.… Continue reading The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish — Review

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Marcus Makes a Movie — Review

Thought for the Day: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’~ Harriet Tubman ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I always learn something interesting and helpful when I listen to other writers. HERE… Continue reading Marcus Makes a Movie — Review

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Soul Lanterns — Review

Thought for the Day: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”~ W. Somerset Maugham ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: This is just for fun. Mental Floss has a terrific list HERE by Erin McCarthy of 56 Delightfully Unusual Words for Everyday Things. C’mon. Clinchpoop? Fimblefamble? Rechauffe?… Continue reading Soul Lanterns — Review

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Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

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: Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward has a great post HERE that explains What’s the Difference Between Dashes and Hyphens. I discovered I don’t always… Continue reading Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

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Alone — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander." ~ Anne Lamott ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Janice Hardy at Fiction University always has something good for writers. HERE she has… Continue reading Alone — 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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Blood and Germs — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”~ Winston Churchill ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice has a terrific post HERE that will help you Improve your Writing with These 10 Quick and Easy Tips. I particularly… Continue reading Blood and Germs — Review

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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