On Giving Up A Favorite Author

I could have titled this post “How Writing Has Changed My Reading Habits, Part 3” because it’s really a continuation of how my growth as a writer has changed the way I read. Part 1 focused on how querying made me switch from reading mainly adult books to middle grade and young adult. (I sort…

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YA Review and Giveaway (2 signed books!): UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody

I finally got to read the last books I purchased during the Fierce Reads Tour back in October. I still have quite a reading backlog from the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and Christmas, but I couldn’t put these off anymore because the third book in Jessica Brody’s UNREMEMBERED series comes out at the end of February,…

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The Manuscript That Won’t Let You Go

Do you have a manuscript that won’t let you go? It seems that every writer I talk to has one, and I’m no exception. Mine is a manuscript I shelved after querying quite successfully–well, as successfully as querying can be without an offer. It garnered a lot of interest, all the way up to an…

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YA Review: PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

I know I said I wouldn’t have a review for a few weeks because I was catching up on all the adult books I received for Christmas, but then I went over to my parents’ house for New Year’s Day without one of said books and they decided to watch “Dumbo” with the kids. It’s…

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2015 Debuts I Can’t Wait to Read

I saw a few people posting the debuts they’re most anticipating in 2015 and thought, you know, I want to jump on that train! Because I have some writing friends/acquaintances with books coming out this year, and I’m really excited about that. Besides, I’m not going to have any reviews for a couple of weeks…

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What I Read in 2014

I read 107 books in 2014. The breakdown included 20 middle grade, 63 young adult, one new adult, 22 adult, and one non-fiction. Thirteen of those books were re-reads, including two that I read aloud to my son :). Books I reviewed are linked. Want to know which were my favorites? Well, I wrote a post about…

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YA Series Recommendation: Crewel World by Gennifer Albin

Maybe it’s good I already posted my favorite reads of 2014 because if I’d finished this series before then, I would have had even more trouble deciding on my top five young adult reads. But it’s already done, so I can’t go back. Instead I’ll just make one last recommendation for the year. I was…

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My Favorite Reads of 2014

I’m doing this post a week early because I’ll be traveling for Christmas (attention crazies: my house will not be empty!) and I’m sure I’ll be playing catch-up when I return. As of today, I’ve read 104 books. I’ll probably squeeze in a couple more before the end of the year, but we’ll go ahead…

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Pushing Through to the End of My Draft

Hi everyone! I was a neglectful blogger last week. It was Christmas show week, which is a crazy time in my house. My husband and I both play in our church orchestra, and my son was also in the children’s choir this year. Between the three of us, someone had rehearsals Sunday through Wednesday, and…

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Revising from Public Critiques: Baker’s Dozen Edition

Hi everyone! I took Monday off from the blog due to Thanksgiving (which also happened to be my birthday), followed by Black Friday shopping and Christmas decorating. It was a crazy but fun-filled weekend. Oh, and I participated in a little contest called Baker’s Dozen. If you’re not familiar with this annual contest, it’s hosted…

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MMGM: EVERBLAZE, BALANCE KEEPERS, and THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE

Today I’m continuing my reading roundup with middle grade books–because of course my reading extravaganza included a few of those. I wish I had the time to give them full reviews, but alas, still speed-reading. Of course I have to start with the book by MMGM founder Shannon Messenger. EVERBLAZE is the third installment (and…

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How Do You Pull Off A Successful Unreliable Narrator?

I just finished reading a certain best-selling book that included an unreliable narrator, and it got me to thinking about how you pull one of these off. It’s no easy task. I tried it. Unsuccessfully. I ended up rewriting the manuscript a different way, and as much as I liked the idea of the unreliable…

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