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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

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

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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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“Showing” Tips for Writers

As writers, we hope to portray our characters as real people in the eyes of our readers. “Showing versus telling” is such a crucial aspect of writing, especially when writing critical scenes or dialogues. And in order for us to get it right, we need to understand the actions and reactions of our characters, whether… Continue reading “Showing” Tips for Writers

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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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Sudden Traveler Book Review

Synopsis: "Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall's third collection travel far afield in location and ambition--from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria. The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love.… Continue reading Sudden Traveler 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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Get Your Writing On!

It's back to school season, and every year I feel the blues of not being a student anymore. I'm one of those people who, if given the opportunity, would be a student for life. I think that's part of the reason why I love working with students so much. For those of you who don't… Continue reading Get Your Writing On!

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Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

This past year, I’ve realized that I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. It’s ironic, really, because I’m such a plotter in my regular, day-to-day life. I have a planner, which I schedule every Sunday with tasks for the upcoming week (including house chores and lunch ideas). Whenever I travel, I love to plan… Continue reading Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

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Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Today is #nationalbookloversday and I felt the urge to write a blog in honor of such a beautiful celebration. There are uncountable reasons why we #bibliophiles love books so much. And here are five of mine: 1). Books are the best teachers. Through books, I’ve learned about subjects I would’ve never learned otherwise (mostly science… Continue reading Happy National Book Lovers Day!