Mar 30
Guest Post: The Pain–and the Joy–of Editing Fiction by Allen Woods

Guest Post: The Pain–and the Joy–of Editing Fiction by Allen Woods

Guest Post: The Pain–and the Joy–of Editing Fiction by Allen Woods It took me several years to complete The Sword and Scabbard, since I was only able to work on it part-time between paid writing projects. When I look back, I realize that a large percentage of that time was spent editing one draft after another. I also believe that every hour was worth it. I take for granted that fiction writers share some basic attributes: a keen eye for observing people and their mannerisms; a deep pain that propels them to tell a story that somehow reflects or refracts… Read more »

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Mar 29
Chat Between Chapters: Did the movie prompt you to read the book?

Chat Between Chapters: Did the movie prompt you to read the book?

 Have you ever read a book simply because you saw the movie? Or maybe heard about the movie and wanted to read the book first? What about TV shows?  Julie: I usually decide to see a movie based on a book because I already read and enjoyed the book, but sometimes I’ve done the reverse. I saw the movie Water for Elephants first, and enjoyed it so much that I got and read the book. I suppose this can apply to Harry Potter too.  I finally read the books in 2012, after all the movies were out. I don’t think… Read more »

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Mar 28
2015 Audiobook Challenge: Q1 Update

2015 Audiobook Challenge: Q1 Update

The only challenge (other than our Shelf Love challenge of course) that I signed up for in 2015 is the Audiobook challenge. I didn’t end up doing an introductory post and instead linked up my GR shelf. But I still wanted to participate in the quarterly updates, so here we go. I’m kind of going back and forth between the following two levels. I know I can get “My Precious”, which is also what I signed up for last year. But I might make it to Marathoner, so I’ll leave that option open. My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically… Read more »

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Mar 26
That’s what HE said Thursday- March 26, 2015

That’s what HE said Thursday- March 26, 2015

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.   Lynn’s Quote: “Do you think I can’t protect you should you persist with your idiotic passivity? … It’s time. … You’re not living anymore, Rainbow girl.” “You better bring your ass back to me, woman.” -Jericho Barrons to MacKayla Lane (Burned by: Karen Marie Moning) I couldn’t manage to pick just one quote between Barrons and Mac. That’s like picking a favorite child. All of these quotes show how much Mac means to Barrons. And how… Read more »

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Mar 23
Spell Bound Review

Spell Bound Review

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins Series: Hex Hall #3 Publisher: Hyperion Book CH Date Published: February 5th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult Narrator: Cris Dukehart Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins Pages: 336 Format: Audiobook Description:  Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium.  Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know… Read more »

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Mar 22
Chat Between Chapters: Should Books Have Closure?

Chat Between Chapters: Should Books Have Closure?

 Should books have closure, even if they have a sequel or are in a series?  Julie: YES! I absolutely prefer each book in a series to have their own ending, and then a set up for the following book. I hate cliffhangers – really not a fan. Also, can’t stand books that just STOP. That’s not a complete book, that’s a ploy to sell more books.  Rose: Yes, Yes, Yes. Books should definitely have closure. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a book ends where there is NO real ending. I like cliff hangers for the most part…. Read more »

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Mar 20
Book Review – Wicked

Book Review – Wicked

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout Series: A Wicked Saga #1 Publisher: Self-published Date Published: December 8, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy Pages: 300 Format: eBook Description: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her… Read more »

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Mar 19
That’s what HE said Thursday- March 19, 2015

That’s what HE said Thursday- March 19, 2015

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. Rose’s Quote: “There was a time when I would have been fine with this. I would have taken any part of you that you that you wanted to give to me and found a way to deal with the rest… I want to be the kind of man you deserve to have… I want to be honorable… I want to be the better man, Kiera, and I am not.” -Kellan to Kiera (Thoughtful by: S.C. Stephens) … Read more »

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Mar 18
Women Winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Women Winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Being that it is Women’s History Month, I thought it would be quite appropriate to share this awesome infographic about the 13 women who have won the Nobel Prize in literature. Let’s hope the upcoming years will see more lovely ladies winning Nobels for their work. I actually haven’t read ANY of these, so now I hang my head in shame. Which of these lovely authors have you read? Courtesy of: http://www.freshessays.com

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Mar 17
Easy Discussion Guide

Easy Discussion Guide

 I run a book club. From time to time, I find it almost impossible to find good study guides/discussion questions for the books we are reading. So I thought I would share the study guides that I created myself and offer them for your use with your own book club. I do not mind if you use these, but would greatly appreciate feedback if you found them useful.  Discussion Questions for Easy by: Tammara Webber Names is an important theme throughout this book. Take note of the following passages: Jacqueline reclaims her old name instead of Jackie (p. 19) Lucas meeting Jacqueline… Read more »

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