Nov 24
Guest Post: On Emotion and Personal Awareness, by Anne Dickson

Guest Post: On Emotion and Personal Awareness, by Anne Dickson

Guest Post: Anne Dickson The story behind Reconnecting With The Heart Whether teaching assertiveness, interactive communication, running sexuality groups or training women in leadership, I have found in all my work over the years that participants always struggle to deal with their feelings. The whole emotional realm tends to make us uncomfortable so there is a lot of confusion and there are many, many questions. How do I recognise what I am feeling? Do I say anything or keep quiet? Aren’t some feelings harmful and best hidden away? Isn’t showing feelings a sign of weakness? Isn’t anger the same as… Read more »

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Nov 23
Chat Between Chapters: How Many Books Do You Read In a Year?

Chat Between Chapters: How Many Books Do You Read In a Year?

 How many books do you read in a year? Do you set yearly book reading goals? What is the most books you have ever read in a year?  Julie: Since I actively use Goodreads, I have the past few years of number of book data I can share. As you can tell from the table below, my book reading isn’t exactly consistent. I had a HUGE jump from 2010 to 2011, and have fluctuated a bit in the following years. So far in 2014 I’ve read less than 70 books. I kind of have an excuse, don’t you think? Moving,… Read more »

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Nov 20
That’s what HE said Thursday- November 20, 2014

That’s what HE said Thursday- November 20, 2014

Every Thursday we are hosting a meme called: That’s what HE said Thursday. For more info on what this meme is all about click here.   Julie’s Quote: “She moaned into her pillow. “Go away. I feel like dying.” “No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?” She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?” “Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too–why, the assassin was… Read more »

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Nov 19
Dorothy Must Die Review

Dorothy Must Die Review

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige Series: Dorothy Must Die #1 Publisher: HarperCollins Date Published: 2014-04-01 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins Pages: 464 Format: Audiobook Description: I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like… Read more »

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Nov 17
10 reasons why I will/will not follow your blog by email

10 reasons why I will/will not follow your blog by email

I’ve mentioned before that I use email subscriptions as my main way of reading blogs. Sure, I follow on multiple other social media channels, but those feeds are very busy and hard to keep up with. So the blogs that I really like, I subscribe to by email. That means my inbox gets very full on a daily basis, and I need to clear it out before the next day or it too can start looking like a social media feed. So here are some reasons why I will or will not subscribe to your blog. 10 reasons I will… Read more »

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Nov 16
Chat Between Chapters: GRAMMAR!

Chat Between Chapters: GRAMMAR!

 Grammar  Julie: Being ESL, I admit that I’m not a grammar expert. That being said, most of the time I can tell if something is not grammatical and if it sounds wrong to me it usually bothers me. This is especially true in books. If I can tell there are mistakes left and right, that shows me the author failed to hire an editor, and that is just unforgivable. If *I* notice errors, everyone else should too. I get that when you’re the writer you’re probably too close to see errors – so that’s why a professional editor is so… Read more »

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Nov 13
That’s what HE said Thursday- November 13, 2014

That’s what HE said Thursday- November 13, 2014

Every Thursday we are hosting our meme called: That’s what HE said Thursday. For more info on what this meme is all about click here. Lynn’s Quote: “Last night you said you wanted to know what to expect so you could better select your attire. I told you we were going to visit a vampire in a Goth-den tonight. Why, then, Ms. Lane, do you look like a perky rainbow?” -Jericho Barrons to MacKayla Lane (Darkfever (Fever #1) by: Karen Marie Moning) Barrons is witty, smart, SUPER HOT, and owns a bookstore. Plus, has an accent. These are the best kind of… Read more »

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Nov 12
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1 Publisher: Quirk Books Date Published: 2011-06-07 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins Pages: 352 Format: Audiobook Description: A mysterious island.

 An abandoned orphanage.

 A strange collection of very curious photographs.

 It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales,… Read more »

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Nov 10
Interview with Kate Perry

Interview with Kate Perry

Interview with Kate Perry At what point did you decide to be an author and what was your path to publication?  I decided to be an author when it became clear I was too old to be a Raiderette. A shame, really—silver and black are my colors, and I’ve got mad pompom skills. Have you watched “Lord of the Rings?” You know Frodo’s journey to Mordor? That was based on my path to publication. Describe your writing process. Do you outline, plot and plan, or is your writing more organic? Kate’s Writing Process: A Spiral into Insanity Drink champagne. Torture… Read more »

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Nov 09
Chat Between Chapters: Book Buying Budgets

Chat Between Chapters: Book Buying Budgets

 Book Buying Budgets: Do you have one? Do you wish you had one? Do you track book buying expenses? Are you ready to show your book shelves some love by signing up for our No Book Buying Challenge???  Julie: I’ve kind of adopted a ‘stop buying books you hoarder’ budget where I can only buy books if I’m going to read them right away. I give myself a pass if the kindle daily deal for a book on my TBR is like $1.99, ’cause come on! But normally, I try to avoid buying books that will just sit on the… Read more »

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