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Craft Book Review: Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker

Book Review of Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker ★★★★★ Anyone who has worked with me through developmental editing has at some point heard me recommend this book. It’s my ultimate go-to craft book. It’s short, easy to apply and understand, and focuses on the heart of what we need in a book. I can’t recommend […]

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What Readers Want: Romance Edition

What Readers Want: Romance Edition We’re kicking off the new year with the start of our What Readers Want series. This month we have an interview with Christy! An avid romance reader and top reviewer on Goodreads, Christy also blogs at Book Babes Unite. When it comes to romance novels specifically… 1. Sexy people on the cover – […]

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Book Review: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj

@KatieMcCoach About the book: In this captivating and surprising novel of spiritual discovery—a No. 1 bestseller in India—a young American travels to India and finds himself tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Max Pzoras is the poster child for the American Dream. The child of Greek immigrants who grew up in a dangerous New York housing […]

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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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Thrilling short story: Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This short story – and it is a short story – is an enjoyable, quick escape thriller. The story starts off without a hitch and sucks us into the action. A girl at college, not really a partier, is chatting with her roommate and they […]

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