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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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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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Audiobook Tips for Authors

Audiobook Tips for Authors from a Listener * This is not based in research, only the personal reactions of a newly addicted audiobook listener. Lately I’ve become addicted to audiobooks. I love that I can do other things while I read a book; exercise, play mindless iPad games, clean, cook, eat, etc. I tend to […]

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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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Best Craft Books on Writing

The debate on whether craft books on writing are necessary or not has gone on, and will continue to go on, forever. I believe that first and foremost you learn best by doing—the more you write, the more you’ll learn. As Jayne Ann Krentz & Susan Elizabeth Phillips (bestselling authors) replied when asked (at RWA), “What […]

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Recommended Read For Writers: Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I recently finished reading, well actually listening to Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of  the Craft.  Highly recommended for all writers! There’s a lot of conflicting advice about craft books for writers—some think you can’t learn from them, or that the best way to improve your writing is just by more writing. And I agree […]

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