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Book Review: The Lost Melody

by Joanna Davidson Politano publisher's synopsis When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant's father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman's portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lost Melody

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Book Review: Lights Out

by Natalie Walters publisher's synopsis CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing. Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency (SNAP) for… Continue reading Book Review: Lights Out

Writing, Writing life

Writing Takes Time

A while ago, I was talking with my boss about how I’m a writer, and said that writing is a long game career. And it really is.Writing a first draft takes time. Editing takes time. Honing your craft takes time. Querying takes time. Getting a contract takes time. Formatting, cover design, getting endorsements, marketing—it all… Continue reading Writing Takes Time

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Book Review: The Emerald Enigma

by Paul Regnier publisher's synopsis Space heroes or cosmic rejects?Captain Glint Starcrost is not having the carefree, adventurous life the space academy brochures promised star pilots.Broke, with an unreliable star freighter and a bounty on his head, Glint is desperate enough to try anything. Even set out on a quest to find a fabled good luck charm,… Continue reading Book Review: The Emerald Enigma

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Book Review: A Dragon By Any Other Name

by S.D. Grimm publisher's synopsis This time, beauty is the beast. And she wants prince charming dead. At eighteen, Keira is a formidable dragon hunter bent on finding her parents’ killer—a forest dragon she once helped escape her mother’s laboratory. Biggest mistake of her life. Now, Keira pours her thirst for revenge into her mother’s… Continue reading Book Review: A Dragon By Any Other Name

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Writing Resource: Stories are Soul Food

I have a podcast recommendation for you! A while ago, I found the Stories Are Soul Food podcast hosted by author N. D. Wilson and editor Brian Kohl. And I love listening to it. N. D. and Brian have fantastic thoughts about reading, writing, and how we think about books in general. To try and sum up the… Continue reading Writing Resource: Stories are Soul Food

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Book Review: Beyond the Shadowed Earth

by Joanna Ruth Meyer publisher's synopsis It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of… Continue reading Book Review: Beyond the Shadowed Earth

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Dealing with Critique

How do you take feedback?Let’s be honest—taking critique can be hard. Even well-meaning, honest critique can sting. So what do you do when you get your story back with red ink?Personally, I don’t look at it right away. I’ll let myself skin it super quickly to see the damage, but I don’t really read anything.… Continue reading Dealing with Critique

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Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

by Axie Oh publisher's synopsis Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea