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The Catch-22 of Memoir Writing

When I started to write The Butterfly Groove, which follows my search for answers among my mother’s mysteries from her past, a decade after losing her, I had a hope that I set too high on my list of Miracle Writer Tactics. Not only was I going to write a great book with journalistic integrity, unravel a thrilling family mystery, and, tell it from a dual perspective, I was also going to open people’s minds about who my mother was to them. I was going to make…


Added by Jessica Barraco on August 21, 2015 at 4:11pm — 2 Comments

Top Romance Novels by Famous Authors

Those who love, drink and breathe love stories, are truly romantic at hearts. The genre appeals to the emotions in them, keeping them hooked to the romance novels. Be it fiction or real life love tales, we always take an instant liking to any saga that starts with – A boy meets girl, they fall in love and so on. They keep us intrigued till the end overflowing with emotions, whether they meet a happy or a sad fate. The story should not breathe its last without an eternal romance in the…


Added by Maria Witwiky on August 17, 2015 at 5:18am — No Comments

Before Starting Your First Book

    Deciding to write a book is the easy part, everything gets difficult from there on, but I thought I'd share some tips with you before you get started on writing your first book.

 First, you will need to decide whether you will be writing in present, past, third person omniscient, third person objective, or third person limited omniscient. Research what these mean before starting.

 Main character. You don’t have to have his/her personality figured out entirely--you…


Added by Ashley Earley on August 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Whom do you love? Virtue vs. villainy in literature


In last weekend’s New York Times book review, Bookends asked, “Can a virtuous character be interesting?” Two writers, Thomas Mallon and Alice Gregory, present their case for which type of literary character makes for more interesting reading: a good person, or a…


Added by Jenna Sauber on August 11, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

Preparing for My First Book Signing

Okay, the day has come for my first book signing.  Yikes!  I will be at the Half Price Books in Garland , Texas to sign GIANNA THE GREAT.  This is my children's book about genealogy and family history.  The…


Added by Becky Villareal on August 5, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Waiting on Gianna

Bringing a book to life is a lot like bringing a child into the world only having a child takes less time. When the first tiny grains of the idea for my book presented themselves, I was busy working with a classroom full of PK students 14 boys and 2 girls mind you!  I…


Added by Becky Villareal on August 4, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

Wednesday Wonder: 100 Years to Build a Library

Posted Wednesday Wonder, a look at Scottish artist Katie Paterson's project "Future Library", which will take 100 years to complete.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 17, 2015 at 8:01am — No Comments

Coffee&Books: What Should You Read Next?

Are you a coffee addict? 

Do you write and read books? 

I am, and I do! That's why I was truly inspired by the infographic of The Dog House Diaries about the connection between your coffee preferences and your character; I went further, and had a crack at creating... well... let's call it "a kind of" infographic about book recommendations based on your favorite coffee drink.

It's summer now! And this is the best season to read, isn't it? Many cool websites have made the…


Added by Lesley J. Vos on June 17, 2015 at 5:08am — 4 Comments

Cozy Mystery Is Now An Audiobook

When reading a book, you picture the characters interacting with one another, but an audio brings everything to life as you listen to the dynamics of the narrator. You hear the anxiety, suspense, comedy, and romance in the person’s voice as you sit and relax in an easy chair or if you’re driving down the road to work. It’s entertainment at its best.


Red Mountain Shadows Publishing presents The Bali Mystery: Amelia Moore Detective Series by Author Linda Weaver Clarke.…


Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on June 9, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

Monday Muse: 'My First Time'

Posted Monday Muse look at Paris Review's newly launched video series 'My First Time':

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 8, 2015 at 7:34am — No Comments


I try to remain positive in my blogs. No one wants negativity; there's enough of that in the world. So I keep my blogs positive and optimistic. However, I'm going to change that policy with this blog. I need to vent.


I'm an author. My job is to write and then sell my books. One possibility for this is a…


Added by Patty Lesser on June 6, 2015 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Your Favorites Best-Ever Teen Novels

We live in a golden age of young adult literature today, when books written for teens are accepted equally by readers of different generations. I think, it's not surprising to see Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series atop. They are my favorite novels, too. :)

Hope you will find other really good books you've not probably read yet.…


Added by Emily Johnson on June 2, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

I recently had a coaching session with an author who’s finished with her manuscript and ready to shop it. Like most of the writers I work with, it’s taken her a year to complete, and there were another five years before we started our work together during which she was plotting and…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Top Ten Short Classic Books That Will Fire Up Your Classics Reading Engine

Have you been meaning to read a few classics but haven't found the time or the motivation? Are some of those thick and heavy monster classic books scary to you? If so, you'll like this post...

About 5 years ago I decided that I wanted to read as many books of classic literature as I could. I…


Added by Bryn Hottman on May 15, 2015 at 4:50am — No Comments

My first article for The New York Times is on libraries, Instagram and #BookfaceFriday

I'm thrilled to have this article, "Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface" in Sunday's New York Times Styles section. It's my first piece for them, and is about my favorite topic, books! (Yes, sorry sex and dating, my main beats, but books really are my absolute favorite thing to write about, with those a very close second.) Hope you like it, and if you know any… Continue

Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on May 2, 2015 at 4:37am — No Comments

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Added by JoAnne Myers on April 14, 2015 at 4:16pm — No Comments

From Laura Ingalls and Alicia Florrick to Elizabeth II: literary and historical women as role models

The more time I spend reading, writing, volunteering at the library, and exploring what I want to do with my life, the more I’ve learned that what I read and who I read about has influenced who I am and who I want to be. While I love Dickens, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, and Shakespeare, my…


Added by Jenna Sauber on April 12, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Find Out the Title of Your Next Book Right Now!

Added by Lesley J. Vos on April 7, 2015 at 1:41am — No Comments

Finding Your Audience - Part II - Reviews

One of the hardest parts of "finding" your audience is actually connecting with it.  You might know who it is, but you also might not be able to find a way to make them find you.

Advertising is one way, but that can be expensive.   

It is interesting how many freebie book sites are online right now, and even a few review sites where you can submit your book to be reviewed - by an average reader.  As frustrating if not terrifying as this can be, it is actually a good exercise.…


Added by Marguerite Arnold on March 31, 2015 at 3:37am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, a quote from the Prologue of 'La rosa profunda' by Jorge Luis Borges:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 29, 2015 at 10:44am — No Comments

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