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Get Ye Back to Schoole: Top Ten Tuesday

This is a TTT post. On Tuesdays we make lists, we love books, and we makes lists about how much we love books. Wednesdays are for wearing pink. This week’s list is broadly on the topic of learning, since most of us are either going back to school, know someone who is, or are hauling our own offspring in. So here are ten of the nonfiction books I’ve read and really learned from. 1. Having Faith, Sandra Steingraber. Nowhere else have…

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10 Reasons Writers Are Creatures of the Night

We function best with darkened spaces. Like a desk, or a writing cave. 2. We’re characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. When we can get away with it. 3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the time. Especially you, quirky customer in line who is abusing the cashier for no real reason. Oh yes. You’re going in the next book. 4.…

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Adding AllAuthor to Your Author Toolbox

Yes, there is BookBub.com. It’s right up there with the ginormous Goodreads as a top spot for recommendations and book lists. Pretty much every post or anecdote I’ve heard about BookBub emphasizes how amazing it is when it comes to promotion. I believe those posts, and I’m happy for those authors but . . . BookBub will promote you, and it will work, but it’s also common knowledge that it will cost you roughly an entire month’s worth of income. At least. If you’re…

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Seeking Sensitivity

Representation in romance is very important to me. Even (especially?) in the realm of erotic romance. Humans come in infinite variety, so why not include that variety in books which are about humans? Sounds like a good idea to me. So the fact that my MC, Colton, is dealing with bipolar disorder and falling in love at the same time is something I’m proud of. Poor Colton, I put him through the wringer. He’s taking care of his mental health,…

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The 10 Totally Made-Up Commandments of Querying

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Since I’m currently querying and fielding nothing but rejections, I’d like to share the pain. Odds are good that some of you are in the trenches with me. The optional August question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? Querying. Avoid querying, if at all possible. No, I don’t mean that. It’s just the bitterness talking. Really, what I mean is: don’t query before your manuscript…

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Books That Lived Up to Their Hype

Watching a book get smeared all over popular culture is a bit anxiety-inducing for me. When a book has legions of adoring fans, I want to trust them. I really do. They must like it for a reason, right? It’s popular and everyone seems to love it. But will I love it? Is it too hyped? Does it deserve all the praise? Wait, did yet another person just rate it five stars on Goodreads? Every bookworm knows this feeling. It’s anticipation, mixed…

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10 Books That Have All the Sensory Feels

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, and it’s all about the trip down memory lane. It sounds strange at first to think a book, dead leaves stuffed full of words, could come with a strong sensory memory attached to anything other than your eyes. But if you think about it, a lot of different things combine to be part of the reading experience. Where you were, what you were going through at the time, your environment, even what you…

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TTT: The Shorter the Better!

Since I missed the last Top Ten Tuesday and the next one will be taken by the Author Toolbox blog hop, this TTT is going up now so you can pick it up any time you go by. It might even be on a Tuesday. The tag started on The Broke and The Bookish all the way back in 2010, but now lives at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s one of the bigger blog hops I’ve found for the bookblog world and I…

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