Meeting Simone Elkeles

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I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Simone Elkeles, and NY Times bestselling author of Perfect Chemistry      and Rules of Attraction    and… well I could list all her titles, but why don’t you just go check out her awesome website.  Isn’t the animation cool? Anywhooo, late last year, Ms. Elkeles did a school […]

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Friday Morning Rambling

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Friday is one of my favorite days of the week. There’s a circular reference with the name… Fri-day – as in French Fries, my favorite food. French – the language spoken in my favorite city – Paris. Paris – also called The City of Lights. Lights – as in Christmas. Christmas – my favorite holiday. […]

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Back from Hiatus

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Sometime in November, my kids charged into my office while I was plucking away on my keyboard. “You’re always working on your computer,” said my seven year old. “Or your book,” the nine year old chimed in. “You never play with us.” What I didn’t hear, but could see in their eyes and hear in […]

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A Little Something New

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How about an update on the WIP?  I’ve re-visioned during the editing phase, which is taking a lot of work.  My brain is overloaded with my characters and plotting and trying to spoil their perfectly happy lives.  Feedback from some CPs have indicated that I need more conflict, which has resulted in new scenes and […]

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A Note on Writing Male POV

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First a word of caution.  There is a long preface to the point of my post, so please stick with me.  I promise; my rambling is worth it.  So…my seven year old son is playing 6-7 year old football in the local youth league.  The kids are assigned to teams based on which high school […]

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Book Review: PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles will make you fall in love with contemporary YA.  The story, told in alternating POV of Alex, a Latino member of a gang in the suburbs of Chicago and Brittany, the All-American girl who appears to have it all.   For the first few chapters, I didn’t like Alex.  He was […]

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Book Review: THE DEATHDAY LETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Imagine a world where impending death was announced by a Deathday Letter.  When it was your time to go, you’d receive a letter telling you that within twenty-four hours, you’d be dead.  What would you do with that time?  This book is about fifteen year old Ollie Travers and what he does with his last […]

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New Additions to My Library

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Wow.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about the new acquisitions I’ve made in TL’s Library.  I’ve been keeping the bookstores and Amazon in business. The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson – I’m reading this now and loving it.  It’s morbidly hilarious and written in a teenage boy’s perspective.  How enlightening. Mockingjay by Suzanne […]

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My Thoughts on LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

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I hate to admit it took me longer to finish LINGER than I wanted.  Life just got in the way…  It was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer, since SHIVER, the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, is one of my favorite books. EVER. Maggie Stiefvater didn’t disappoint.  The […]

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