Review: Quintina by Meghan Riley

 Rating: Three out of Five Stars I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a YA Bound Book Tour. Summary: (If you haven’t read the first novel in this series, Anna, be warned the following summary may spoil some of the plot surprises from that book). […]

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Review: Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce

Rating: Four out of Five Stars I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a YA Bound Book Tour. Summary: Think Whale Rider meets Dune. Windrunner’s Daughter offers up a good old fashion girl power story with an unusual twist: hand gliding on Mars. Wren is young woman living […]

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Cover pages and other ways to lose friends . . .

       The good news: my first round of cover proofs are in! The bad news: I am way pickier than I realized. On of my friends put together these mages for my novel cover earlier this week and while they are totally gorgeous they are totally not what I have been imagining in my […]

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The Joy of the Nightmare of Querying

Vanilla Ice said it best. “Love it or leave it you better gain weight, You better hit bull’s eye the kid don’t play.” Okay, that actually makes a lot less sense than I remember rapping as a teenager, but the key here is that there are some things that I really hate doing and writing query […]

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Something I learned about writing today: It’s okay to have fun

Writing groups. Like blogs and sea monkeys, they are born with such enthusiasm and yet so often stall and die after a very short time. I have been a member of at least three that have long since expired, which was why I was very much inspired to read this post by Alaya Dawn Johnson, […]

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Something I learned about writing today: what makes a killer page one

The first page is the most valuable property in a book. If a reader doesn’t feel compelled to get beyond those first few paragraph than the rest might as well be pi numerals. I have been told this many times by editors, and yet one of the biggest pieces of feedback I got about a recent manuscript was that […]

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How’d she do that? A peak into the making of Ruta Sepetys’ new novel

As much as I love reading books, what I love even more is the stuff that isn’t on the page: the journey that the author took to creating their finished work. In so many cases, this story can be just as dramatic as the works themselves–such as with this one, about how a pair of […]

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