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Friday Favorites wants Your Childhood

October 11: Favorite Books from Childhood Let me just throw this entire list at you, and then try to fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately. Beatrix Potter stories For some reason we also owned the VHS animated BBC versions of these stories and guess what I bought as soon as I could (on DVD, yes, THERE ARE DVDs!) for my own children. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis Re-read all of them to this day. No,…

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group October

It’s the first Wednesday and you know what that means! Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Awww, yeah. Come bask in the support, my friends, and know you’ve entered a judgement free zone. Possibly the only one left on the flame filled inter-web. As always you can sign up to be part of the group here. The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! The optional question this month…

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Yea Verily, Friday Favorites is Verbose

September 27: Favorite Words *Content Warning!* I enjoy curse words, the more inventive the better. This is one of the reasons I follow Chuck Wendig’s blog religiously. No one can cuss with more aplomb and less apology. HOWEVER. I do realize overt bad wordery is not for everyone and so I’m including this content warning. Here be rude & vulgar words. If this cussing has offended, think but this, and all is mended; that you’ve only not to read, and to…

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Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Horror Edition

September 20: Favorite Autumn Reads I am one of those annoying people who love pumpkin spice and celebrate the season it shows up in everything. I admit this with zero shame, because pumpkin spice is the best. And you know what’s even better? Apples. And caramel. And caramel apples. And butternut squash, pecans, maple, cinnamon, cloves…basically every food item in autumn. I’ve learned how to make pumpkin spice (it’s super easy) so I can include the flavor whenever I want, year…

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Friday Favorites Has Some Unfinished Business

September 13: Favorite Unfinished Series (either you haven’t read all the books or series that aren’t complete yet) This one will be kinda short. When a series is recommended to me, I try out the first few books. If I don’t fall in love it that’s where it stops, so those would be my unfinished series for today, but the problem here is that bookstagram almost never steers me wrong. And when I love the first few books in a series,…

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Friday Favorites is at Your Side, to Kick You Into Shape

September 6th is: Favorite Side Characters The title is supposed to reference sidekicks, but I suspect it’s just going to annoy Google’s search parameters, so really I see no downside to this. Onward! Favorite Lord of the Rings Side Characters Samwise Gamgee: The ultimate, gold-standard, shall-not-be-topped loyal, devoted, fearless, practical, loving side character. Sam is just the best. Pippin & Merry: It takes some skills to be the comic relief to Gandalf Greybeard, Wizard of Sass, but I also love how deep the…

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Friday Favorites is Totally Adorkable

August 23: Favorite Nerdy Characters Quick internet searching tells me that a nerd is defined as; “a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted, interested in obscure or not-popular things, and lacking social skills.” Basically? I am ALL OF THOSE THINGS. It’s like the internet knows my life! (Hi, yes, agents of Big Brother, in all honesty I do hope you enjoy my blog. Quality geek content here.) I am a nerdy-shaped peg and I have found my perfect nerdy-shaped hole…

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Friday Favorites is Gonna Be Me

August 9: Favorite Books that Define You Watch me rebel this week by listing the authors who have defined me. If I started listing books we’d be here all day and I don’t think we’re ready for that conversation! Consider these authors the most favorite, the ones I can quote without pausing to think, the ones who fill my shelves…the ones whose books helped shape the (admittedly slightly twisted) spaces in my soul. Robin McKinley “Roses are for love. Not silly…

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Friday Favorites Gets a Little Hot

July 19th favorites: Summer Reads Tis the season for some hot, hot stuff. This makes total sense and I refuse to give up my summertime Alien Romance addiction. Somehow this is the perfect weather to sit sipping a cold drink and reading all about abductions, mail-order brides, cute hybrid babies, forced proximity, sometimes hilarious language barriers, cultural differences, and desperate escapes. If you’ve got a kink, alien romance has you covered. It’s ALL here. Go nuts, and you’re so very welcome.…

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Writing the Good Bad Boy: Author Toolbox

This is an author toolbox blog post. To get in on the authoring goodies distributed every month, go sign up on the website of our generous leader Raimey Gallant The Brooding Bad Boy* as a trope (otherwise known as Damaged With a Heart of Gold, Alpha Male, or Redeemed Rake, depending on what time period you’re writing) seems to be huge, ESPECIALLY in YA literature right now. Dark romance and angst as a plot line are trending, which means the…

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