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Synopsis: The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction? Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a… Continue reading Book Review

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Book Review: The Hollows

I’ve been into historical mysteries as of late, and I’m excited to say I thoroughly enjoyed The Hollows. By now you’ll know I’m all about the historical aspects of books, especially when they tackle hidden or little known histories, and Jess Montgomery doesn’t disappoint in her research. She delves into the lives of the WKKK… Continue reading Book Review: The Hollows

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New Year, New Projects

Happy 2020, friends! I’m so excited about everything 2020 has in store and can’t wait to share all of the exciting projects I’ve been working on with you all! First of, I’ve been busy planning my year, which is part of the reason why I've been so absent. But I am back. And one of… Continue reading New Year, New Projects

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Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

It's the first day of #nanowrimo ! Who’s excited? I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year. I managed to write 54K in 26 days and sort of gave myself a break for the remainder of the month since I had already surpassed my 50K goal. I decided to participate again this year,… Continue reading Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

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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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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