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Pitch Contests

For the first time EVER I'll be participating in a Twitter pitch contest. I'm both nervous and excited. For those who don't know, a Twitter pitch contest is basically an opportunity for unagented writers to potentially find a literary agent or an editor who will be interested in their finished (and polished) unpublished manuscript. The… Continue reading Pitch Contests

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Book Review Marilla of Green Gables

Synopsis: A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable… Continue reading Book Review Marilla of Green Gables

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“Showing” Tips for Writers (Part Two)

Oftentimes we use certain words that tell an emotion rather than show our readers what that emotion feels like to the character going through it. Some of those "emotion telling" words are: SadScaredFrustratedExcitedHappyGiddyAnxiousJoyous These words tell the reader how characters are feeling, but they do little to show the actual reactions and emotions of the… Continue reading “Showing” Tips for Writers (Part Two)

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Book Review

Synopsis: Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future. In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón stands over an open grave. Alone, she buries her mother—the only family she has ever… Continue reading Book Review

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How Fires End Book Review

Synopsis A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian.… Continue reading How Fires End Book Review

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Overcoming Reading Slumps

Personally, reading slumps happen to me when I start reading a book that doesn't engross me completely, and I put off reading it because I dislike being bored. So, I end up not reading at all. I started reading Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald in July, and although the writing is beautiful and the… Continue reading Overcoming Reading Slumps

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Writing is Hard

I've come to the conclusion, in the last couple of months, that writing a book with 100% seriousness and dedication is one of the hardest professional challenges a person can face. At least it has been for me. Not even graduate school was this hard (or maybe I'm forgetting my #gradschoolproblems). Anyway, I think part… Continue reading Writing is Hard

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

I finished reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a couple of weeks ago and never wrote anything about it, so here are my thoughts on it. Synopsis ”The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers… Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Writing Update

I've been so absent from here! So I figured I'd update you guys on how my WIP is going. Originally I'd planned to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to work on another writing project I've been researching for the last few months. That, however, didn't turn out to be a good idea. I knew in my… Continue reading Writing Update

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Work in Progress Update

Hello, friends! I feel like I haven’t written a blog in ages. It’s been ten days! I do apologize, but my husband surprised me with a road trip to South Carolina to celebrate my 29th birthday—and it was also my brother’s wedding—so I’ve been a bit busy. But I’m back and ready to blog! This… Continue reading Work in Progress Update