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Why You Might Want to Change That Repeated Word

I just finished a chapter-by-chapter repeated word search of my manuscript, and it was brutal. I started at the end of March and have been working on it diligently since then. That’s right–for six weeks! You may think that’s dedication, … Continue reading

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YA Review: MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

All you have to do is read the dedication to know this book is going to be awesome: For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door. And for England. We’re really sorry for what … Continue reading

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I can’t remember the last time I had two MMGMs in a row, but here we are! When I attended NESCBWI this spring, I met several middle grade writers, and I’m still working my way through the books I acquired. … Continue reading

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Check Out My Interview at Caffeinated Fiction!

Happy Thursday, everyone! Last year I connected with author Laura L. Zimmerman after she visited my blog and we started up a dialogue via email. I love how blogging has expanded my writing community! A few weeks ago, Laura asked … Continue reading

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Remembering a Friend Lost Too Soon: Ashley Gammon

It’s not often I diverge from writing topics on the blog, but the unexpected death of a friend last Friday compels me to express my grief the best way I know how–with words. I first met Ashley Gammon in 2006 … Continue reading

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YA Review and Giveaway (2 signed books!): UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody

I finally got to read the last books I purchased during the Fierce Reads Tour back in October. I still have quite a reading backlog from the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and Christmas, but I couldn’t put these off anymore because … Continue reading

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A Halloween Memory

A couple of days ago I received an email that said, “Guess who’s turning 87 on October 31?”, and my breath hitched a bit. Because she’s not. My grandma passed away in January. I immediately went in and deleted her … Continue reading

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