Review: Stephen King, On Writing

Imagine you finally start a book on your endless “to-read” list, but by the time you’re two-thirds of the way through, you’re thinking to yourself, how am I supposed to finish this? That was me, two-thirds of the way through Stephen King’s On Writing. I have never read a Stephen King novel before this one. … Continue reading Review: Stephen King, On Writing

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Review: Ally Carter, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

This book is my favorite book of all time. You should see my copy-- you can turn to any page, and it'll just lay flat, because the spine has been cracked so many times. There's even a questionable substance that got stuck between two pages (I'm pretty sure it's the remnants of an M&M). Anyways, … Continue reading Review: Ally Carter, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Review: Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

It's important to understand icons we've lost. Carrie Fisher, better known as Princess Leia, or Debbie Reynold's daughter, tells it like it is in her memoir, Wishful Drinking. Her raunchy language and blunt descriptions lead the reader in all different kinds of directions. She doesn't skirt around the horrible events of her life; instead, she … Continue reading Review: Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

Tips for Creating Character Boards on Pinterest

Authors are weird characters. Sometimes, we like to see everything that's tucked away in our minds before we start writing. That is why those of us who use Pinterest create boards for our novels and for each of our individual characters. I wrote separate post about creating Story Boards. Character boards are also a great … Continue reading Tips for Creating Character Boards on Pinterest

Review: Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky

I've started digging into my July book haul. Beneath a Scarlet Sky tells the story of Pino Lella, a teen living in Milan, Italy, near the end of World War II. Due to certain events and circumstances, Pino, who doesn't want anything to do with the war, finds himself part of an underground railroad saving Italian … Continue reading Review: Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Review: Karen Kondazian, The Whip

When more than three people recommend a book, you should definitely read it. Karen Kondazian's The Whip received many positive words from others, so I thought I'd give it a try. The novel tells the story of the legendary Charley Parkhurst, who, as a woman, left her northeast town after her former slave husband and their child … Continue reading Review: Karen Kondazian, The Whip

Review: Jojo Moyes, The Girl You Left Behind

I have an obsession with used book stores. I love walking into places where the shelves are overflowing with books older than me, with yellowing pages and musty smells. One of the less-musty books I found recently at a bookstore was Jojo Moyes' The Girl You Left Behind. It tells the story of two women: one is … Continue reading Review: Jojo Moyes, The Girl You Left Behind