YA Review: THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK by Jenny Lundquist

While today’s review is for a young adult novel, it’s an author I discovered through MMGM. Two years ago I won a copy of SEEING CINDERELLA by Jenny Lundquist, and it was my favorite middle grade read of 2012. I also enjoyed her second MG, PLASTIC POLLY, so I was excited to read THE PRINCESS…

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My Second Blogiversary–with Giveaways!

Last year I forgot my blogiversary until two weeks after the fact. I had it more on my radar this year, perhaps because it’s once again the date for The Writer’s Voice, the contest for which I started this blog. The reasons I gave last year for why I love doing this blog remain true…

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My Writing Process Blog Hop

First of all, the winner of a paperback copy of PARTNERS IN CRIME by Kim Harrington is: Susan Congratulations, Susan! Now on to today’s post. Last week my lovely CP Kip Wilson Rechea tagged me in the My Writing Process blog hop to celebrate the release of Sucker Literary Volume 3. Because you don’t already…

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YA Series Recommendation: Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

I know I’m late to the party here, but I read Ally Carter’s Heist Society series before the Gallagher Girls. So when I went to her St. Louis event in February 2013 for the release of PERFECT SCOUNDRELS, I was a bit shocked by the huge turnout of teenage girls armed with hundreds of questions…

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How I Tackle Revisions: Reading in a Different Format

There comes a point in the revision process where you can’t look at your document another minute because it all starts to blur together. I’ve found that the best way to pull the words out of the fog is to look at the manuscript a new way. Here are some ideas on how to read…

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MMGM Review & Giveaway: PARTNERS IN CRIME by Kim Harrington

Today I have another of my Scholastic Warehouse Sale finds to share with you for MMGM–and to give away! Here’s the description for the first book in Kim Harrington’s Sleuth or Dare series, PARTNERS IN CRIME. When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up…

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YA Series Recommendation: HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you can tell from the first page that you’re going to not just like it but love it? That’s how I felt when I started reading HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins. I was cracking up on page two and devoured the first book in an…

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MMGM Series Recommendation: Real Mermaids Series by Helene Boudreau

Hey look! It’s only been two weeks and I have another MMGM! This one is thanks to my Disney World reading spree. I read the first book in the Real Mermaids series a few years ago, but my local library didn’t have the second book. I requested it, along with the subsequent installments, and finally…

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How I Tackle Revisions: Crutch Words

So I’ve written about crutch words before. On my last manuscript, weeding out crutch words was my final step before querying agents. I decided to address them much earlier in the process this time, while I was waiting for feedback from my first round of readers. I realize that I’ll be making significant changes to…

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MMGM Review & Giveaway: JUNIPER BERRY by M.P. Kozlowsky

I’m so excited to jump back into MMGM today. I’ve been on a bit of a YA kick lately, so it was great to return to middle grade. A few weeks ago I did a poll to see which of my Scholastic Warehouse Sale finds I should read and give away next. JUNIPER BERRY was…

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How I Tackle Revisions: Let It Go

Like many of you, I have “Let It Go” on a constant loop these days, and I can’t always blame my three-year-old :). But as I was getting ready to write this post, I realized how apt the title is for the current step in my revisions. As I shared in my last post, the…

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YA Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab

I reviewed the first book in this series, THE ARCHIVED, after meeting Victoria Schwab at an event last year. I loved the book and so picked up the sequel as soon as it became available. I think I might have loved this one even more! If you haven’t read THE ARCHIVED and intend to, the…

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