Writers, Get Ready: Five Steps Toward NaNoPrep Success

Writers, Get Ready Five Steps Toward NaNoPrep Success

By Eliza David

October is here – Halloween, Indigenous People Day, and pumpkin spice everything happens during this month. What rings most important to writers everywhere is one word: NaNoPrep!

This month is the time to gear up for NaNoWriMo, which can be both refreshing and excruciating! All writers know about the stressfest NaNo in November tends to be.  Crossing the 50K word finish line is enough to send even the most seasoned scribe running for the hills. I won my first NaNo in 2014.  It launched my indie romance writing career with the release of my debut novel, The Cougarette. In subsequent years, I’ve come to learn that what you do in October can make your November a little easier. Continue reading

Donald Trump Is A Human Garbage Fire & You’re Worried About Hillary’s Book?

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By Jillian Stacia

I’ve tried to play nice.

I’ve spent the past ten months coming at this with an open mind and a forgiving heart. I’ve prayed all the prayers and asked for surrender and guidance. I’ve tried to let it go and move forward as best I can.

But in this case, I just can’t. As in, I literally cannot handle people talking about how “selfish” and “horrible” and “divisive” Hillary Clinton’s new book is.

You know what is selfish and horrible and divisive? The president supporting Nazis in the United States. Getting in a pissing match with North Korea. Ending DACA. Denouncing global warming. Continue reading

9 Chilling Mysteries To Add To Your Summer Reading List

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By Casey Rose Frank

Though I’m the type of reader to enjoy a good mystery or sharp thriller year round, there’s something about summer that gets me extra excited to read books with twisty plots and high tension twists. Maybe it’s because as an adult I yearn for the ghost stories told around the campfire as kid.

June, July, and August deliver some tales that I can either personally vouch for how awesome they are, are new books from well-known names, or have received enough positive advance praise for me to feel confident giving them the thumbs up. Continue reading

Embracing The Darkness That Leads To Light

Let Your Darkness Lead You To Your Light

By Kate Kole

The Target sale stickers get me every time. In my (failed) attempt to zoom past the rows of books on a recent outing, the 30% off tag on its cover caught my eye and propelled me to impulse buy a copy of the memoir, Present Over Perfect.

Upon flipping through the first couple chapters, the benefits of the insight offered in its pages outweighed its discount price. By the time I reached what I viewed to be the goldmine chapter, ‘Must Be Nice’, I could practically feel the truth of Neiquist’s written words running off the pages and through my veins. Continue reading

Turning 27 And Accepting Imperfection In The Public Eye

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By Casey Rose Frank

Lily Collins would not be surprised to hear that her roles in movies like “Mirror, Mirror,” “The Mortal Instruments,” and “Stuck in Love,” have cemented her in my mind as perpetually 18. The actress, who turns 27 today, addresses her young face and the pros and cons of her perpetual youthfulness as just one topic in a collection of essays published last week, “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.Continue reading

6 Must-Reads for Women’s History Month

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

History is full of women who, in spite of many challenges and roadblocks, pursued a life of courage, determination, and passion. They impacted science, the arts, politics, sports, and every other area of life. Some even risked their lives in order to free the oppressed and lift up the downtrodden. As we celebrate Women’s History Month this far-from-comprehensive list will help you learn about a few of them and be inspired by their stories. Continue reading

6 Must-Read Books of 2017

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By Casey Rose Frank

2017 is likely to be another roller coaster year as we navigate a new political landscape. But as we move forward, let’s celebrate all the good that has yet to happen, including another year of great books. The first third of the year promises some great new books that I have had the pleasure to read in advance of their US publication and highly recommend.

My personal preference for mystery and YA is definitely evident in this list, so you’re in luck if you like unreliable narrators and young characters tackling new paths. Continue reading