Archive for March, 2013

Mindi Scott- Live Through This
Book Reviews

Mindi Scott- Live Through This

Mindi Scott’s Live Through This is: “Harrowing, sad, funny, and romantic. I couldn’t put it down.” –Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss. I couldn’t say it better myself. Fifteen-year-old Coley Sterling is petite, blonde, popular, and athletic. She’s what I consider a golden girl- a girl who […]

I’d Rather Write Than Bake Gobs
Encouragement

I’d Rather Write Than Bake Gobs

This morning I was in a bit of a funk. A question kept swirling around my brain like flies on cow patties: What if I’m the only one who reads what I write? Then clearly, I should quit and start doing something useful with my time. There are so many […]

Short Story- Internet Love Story
My Writing

Short Story- Internet Love Story

* This was published in eFiction magazine April 2012 * Rejected by NoAtypicalTypes.com, which supposedly weeds out “crazy” people, and fed up with SweetMates.com, which should be re-named MeatMarket.com, Sandy decides to give CherryToMyCola.com a whirl. She’s a cute, up-beat girl, so who really cares if she’s twenty-eight,  and lives […]

Amanda Hocking- Ascend
Book Reviews

Amanda Hocking- Ascend

                       Ascend is the third novel in Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series and it was just as un-put- downable as Switched and Torn. Wendy Everly is an eighteen-year-old princess; married to a man she doesn’t love, loving a man she can’t have, […]

Amanda Hocking- Torn
Book Reviews

Amanda Hocking- Torn

          Torn is the sequel to Amanda Hocking’s Switched. Princess Wendy is torn between the Trylle and the Vittra kingdoms and between Finn, her mysterious bodyguard, and Loki, the Vittra prince. In Torn, Hocking masters the classic love triangle which reminds me of one of my […]

Amanda Hocking- Switched
Book Reviews

Amanda Hocking- Switched

Amanda Hocking sold over a million copies of her YA paranormal books by self-publishing, which makes her an outlier. Non-fiction writer Malcolm Gladwell describes an outlier as a man or a woman who “for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that […]

76 of My Favorite Authors
Encouragement

76 of My Favorite Authors

As much as I love the idea of the Thank A Writer Project, I’m doubtful that I’ll be able to chose five of my favorite authors to thank- how can I choose?! Here are 75 of my favorite authors (in no particular order): Gillian Flynn- Gone Girl, Sharp Objects Suzanne […]

Thank A Writer Project
Encouragement

Thank A Writer Project

I just read a post by Nathan Bransford, (former literary agent, author, and one of my favorite bloggers) about the “Thank A Writer Project.” Bransford and his friend Maggie Mason (aka Mighty Girl) are going to hand- writthank you notes to their five favorite authors, then post them on the […]

Splintered- A.G. Howard
Book Reviews

Splintered- A.G. Howard

One of my favorite lines in A.G. Howard’s YA novel Splintered: “Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That’s what fills the emptiness. It’s the only thing that can.” Splintered is a modern day twist on Lewis Caroll’s […]

Make History
Encouragement

Make History

I just read “You’ve Got to Sell Your Heart,” a fabulous post by Christian Mihai. Mihai mentions a letter written in 1938 to Frances Turnbull by F. Scott Fitzgerald. At the time, aspiring writer Turnbull sent a short story to family friend and prolific author, Fitzgerald. His response to her story […]

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