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Book review of The Jewel: Has the makings of greatness, but ultimately underdeveloped

Book Review of The Jewel by Amy Ewing Book Description The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the royalty and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at […]

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Binge-worthy book series: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I recently tweeted this: I binge book series like I binge TV.   I struggle to find my way back to reality until I’ve completed the series. Well, that tweet was because of a book series in particular. The Selection by Kiera Cass. In the case of this review, I’m going to give a review […]

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Writing Romance: Why Perfect Men Make Boring Heroes

Recently I was reading a promising romance novel, and then, in the midst of chapter six, I found myself placing the book face down on my kitchen table in frustration. The hero was absolutely perfect. And I was bored out of my mind. A perfect man—that sounds amazing, right? That’s what we want in a romance […]

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Great Premise that Falls Short: Settle Down Now Book Review

Settle Down Now by Leenna Naidoo About the book: Billionaire Charmaine Donnet’s search for Mr Right has gone public in the most humiliating way. Her dating coach, and trusted friend Joss, has decided to turn introvert Charmaine’s quest into a hit reality TV show. Charmaine finds herself interviewing potential Mr Rights live on air, and […]

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How An Editor Sees It (#10queries)

*This post was updated in August 2017. I am a participating editor for a contest called #RevPit. It’s an annual contest for writers that happens once a year, in April. To learn more and see the schedule of events, visit: http://www.reviseresub.com/  This event matches authors with editors with the goal of completing detailed edits to have […]

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Just a Little Crush? More Like Just a Lot of Heat! (Book Review)

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I recently read Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola and I loved it! This is a new adult romance novel and I read the entire thing on a Saturday. I couldn’t put it down! I’m pretty sure I was in the middle of another book too at the time, but […]

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