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15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters

15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters A few weeks ago was the submission review period for the annual RevPit contest. During this review period, each editor has one week to review submissions from authors in order to make their final pick to work on one manuscript for the next five weeks. The […]

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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 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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5 Key Ingredients All Young Adult Novels Must Have

The young adult market is unyielding in popularity, at least for the foreseeable future, but this also means it’s a flooded market with content published daily. So the big question right now is how can an author stand out from the crowd? The answer is writing a seriously great YA novel. That may seem like […]

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