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Three Reasons I Avoid Writing Book Reviews

I read tons of books. And I enjoy reading them. Even if I don’t end up liking the book all that much, reading has the potential to make me a better writer of stories. And even though I track all my books on Goodreads, I’ve stopped writing reviews for many of the books I read. …

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Rick Riordan brings The Sword of Summer to life

Rick Riordan writes middle grade and young adult adventure books in a way that makes me drool (as I’m rapidly turning pages to discover what happens next). His newest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, delivers nothing less. When a book begins with the main character’s death, you know something interesting has got …

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Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair Book Blitz with Giveaway

Welcome to the first Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays! This week features Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and …

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John Green’s Award-winning Paper Towns

Surely it comes as no surprise that I’m a member of a book group called “Adults Reading Kids’ Stuff.” A school librarian founded it, so none of us are shocked that she’s always recommending award-winning literature. At her urging, I accepted a library copy of Paper Towns by John Green. I’ve read some other Edgar …

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What’s the point of a book review? And why you should leave one

Reviewing books can be work, especially if you didn’t enjoy any aspect of the story. For authors, reviews build credibility or detract from it, depending on the contents, of course. It’s no secret that this blog is about building my author platform. In fact, every aspect of my online presence feeds into that goal. Whether …

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