A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad [...]

Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favorite Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I'd be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about [...]

Friday Favorites Gets Controversial

The favorites for April 26: Favorite Movie or TV adaptations As we all know, one of the Ten Bookworm Commandments is: Thou shalt never be satisfied with a movie adaptation because THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER. Obviously, Kibby just wants to fling that match and watch the bookworm world burn. While standing there looking cool, backlit [...]

Friday Favorites Takes Me Away

April 19 Favorites: Fictional Worlds For this week's post I wanted to mix it up a little. So I'm making a half-and-half list. Five bookish worlds I would move to tomorrow sign me up, I'm bringing the family, see you later reality! Then five bookish worlds where I'd last long enough for one good Hollywood scream, and yet, I [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

Make a Wish: an IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a judgment-free presence in your author life. Tell us about your doubts or fears, and how you have conquered them. Bring us in on your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who might be struggling. Visit and connect with your fellow writers. The group aims [...]

Friday Favorites Tunes

March 15 Favorites is all about the albums or songs I love listening to while reading Music, in general, is one of my very favorite things so this week is pretty much fantastic. Buckle up, bookworms. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole, in the immortal words of Dean Winchester. *Sorry there's no album [...]

Friday Favorites Gives You a Show

March 8 Favorites: TV Shows to watch (when not reading). Bit of a puzzler this week. I . . . don't actually consume much media other than my books. I am a book junkie. The husband mainlines Netflix shows, but it's the way he GOES TO SLEEP, how can you possibly fall asleep with a show [...]

Friday Favorites Will Set You Up on a Date*

* A virtual date, with a fictional character. I mean date in the metaphorical sense here. Sorry. Didn't want to get your hopes up to Match.com standards here. Look, I can barely people on the best days and setting other humans up with dates is WAY out of my skillset. I'm incredibly lucky to have [...]

Friday Favorites will Mentor You

Friday Favorites is a new weekly blog hop from Something of the Book.com. Come join in! Today's favorite: Teacher/Mentor Characters Dimitri Belikov--Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead Let's go ahead and lead off with my (probably inappropriate) love of May/December romances. Dimitri is EXACTLY what I want in my mentor characters. Grumpy, older, hot, with a sexy Russian accent, [...]