Quarreling Couples

  Quarreling lovers. Or soon-to-be-lovers. Or once-upon-a-time were lovers. In any scenario, they’re definitely locking horns with each other in some way. My husband and I got into an argument on this subject. Well…not exactly an argument; more of a disagreement. We were watching the new HBO drama Newsroom, I think episode four. I’ve really […]

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Present vs. Past Tense

When novels written in present tense first began to appear, I thought sure it was a fad. A trend that would disappear as quickly as it had sprung into being, when sane readers and writers everywhere would agree on how annoying it was. Wrong. It hasn’t disappeared; in fact, it’s caught on and stuck. People […]

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To E-read or not to E-read…

Are you hoping to find an e-reader under the Christmas tree this year? With the proliferation of devices such as the Kindle, Sony E-Reader, Nook and Nook color, iPad, iPhone, and Android phones, more and more of us who once swore we’d never give up our print books are jumping on the bandwagon. That’s not […]

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Holiday Gifts Featuring Colorado Authors

Subscribe in a reader It’s that time of year…Aren’t there some children, tweens, or teens on your list who would love receiving a book for Hanukkah or Christmas? As a child, a book was (and still is) my favorite gift! Today’s post is dedicated to Tween and Teen books. A follow-up will feature middle grade, […]

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Steampunk. Who Knew?

At our RMC-SCBWI Fall Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting next to a group of young adult librarians at the Saturday lunch. Shamelessly, I wasted no time in picking their brains to get ideas for my YA Lit class, which I’ll be teaching again this spring. One of them said the best book she’d […]

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Critiques

Tomorrow my critique group is meeting here at my home. Aside from dressing in Halloween costumes and gorging ourselves with snacks, we have a manuscript to critique. A year or so ago I wrote about the experience of having my own manuscript, Kissing Shakespeare, critiqued by my group. To say I was somewhat stressed is […]

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Misery Lit: Have We Had Our Fill?

I recently read that Daisy Goodwin, Orange Prize chair, was bothered by the unrelenting “misery” going on in the books eligible for the prize. In case you’re not familiar, the Orange Prize is awarded to a woman writer of any nationality for a novel written in English. After reading 129 novels, Ms. Goodwin told the […]

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