I recently had the honor of being named as a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest, and had two days in which to make changes to my entry to resumbit for the finals.
That was a tense two days, as I agonized over every word, every sentence and every paragraph (and for that matter--every comma). My entry consisted of a one-page, single-spaced synopsis and the first fifteen pages of my manuscript.
The whole process underscored for me the importance of the first few pages of… Continue
Added by Cathy Bryant on May 28, 2009 at 9:57am —
Added by Mary on May 28, 2009 at 8:17am —
What can I say about The Story of O
other than it is a tour de force, in my view one of the best novels, certainly the best erotic novel, ever written, all the more remarkable because the author was woman.
Anne Desclos, who went by the pen-name of Pauline Réage, has the most incredible style; tight, angular, and translucent; every word seems to count. I read the novel as a dark existential fairy-tale, one in which the subject… Continue
Added by Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont on May 27, 2009 at 9:14pm —
The Burning Secret and Other Stories
By Stephan Zweig
Introduced by John Fowles
Penguin Books, 1989 reprint
In a way there is no point reviewing this particular anthology, insofar as a review is intended to encourage people to buy a book, because it has been out of print for twenty years. Even so, the individual stories, which include The Royal Game
, The Burning Secre
t, Fear… Continue
Added by Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont on May 27, 2009 at 7:27pm —
Short Fiction Competition
End Date: Jul 15, 2009
Description: CWC invites fiction entries from new and established writers for its inaugural competition. The top three entries will receive the cash awards listed below. In addition, the top five entries will receive copies of What the Shadow Told Me, the award-winning novel of our judge, Kurtis Davidson. The first place winner… Continue
Added by Peter N. Jones on May 27, 2009 at 6:35pm —
Today I do my Gypsy Stone Readings at Idyl Book Cafe. Then it's home to feed the cattle and get ready for play rehearsals at the Beechworth Memorial Hall.
The show was fantastic last night. The Yackandandah senior citizens really enjoyed it. It makes such a difference to us too, to have an appreciative audience.
I'll have to get myself organised today so I can get everything done. It has been such a busy couple of weeks, my feet have hardly hit the… Continue
Added by Brittany Kingston on May 27, 2009 at 5:05pm —
In the past year, I've visited many book clubs for THE YEAR OF FOG
. One of the things I've learned from this experience is how deeply books live inside the minds of their readers: once a reader opens a book, the story is never exactly what the author intended it to be. It takes on a new life, a life informed by the very… Continue
Added by Michelle Richmond on May 27, 2009 at 1:16pm —
I am a total MC Beaton Fan. How does one start a group on a writer? Or a genre?
Added by Katew on May 27, 2009 at 12:34pm —
I joined book blogs to discuss a variety of books with lots of like-minded and even non-like-minded readers. But I'd also like to let people know that I have a blog called Diamondsandtoads.com. It's all part of a course I teach here in Northern Indiana on analyzing and understanding fairy tales. It's also open to everyone. So come on over and check out some fabulous illustrations, new ideas on old stories and some awesome, useful links!
Added by Katew on May 27, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is another great selection from Miriam at the Hachette Book Group for an Early Bird BlogTour!
Peggy has been living with her boyfriend Brock for seven years now. As she heads to Vegas for a friend's bachelorette party, she gives Brock an ultimatum - they need to be engaged within a year or she'll leave. Peggy has a great time in Vegas. Maybe too great. She wakes up the morning of departure to find herself (fully clothed) in bed with a nice… Continue
Added by Luanne on May 27, 2009 at 8:41am —
I am starting to read Jane Austen's Persuasion
, for my book club.
It's a bit of a departure for me, but it seems pretty good, so far.
Also in the works: The Virgin Suicides, and Blonde Ambition...
Added by MissAndree on May 27, 2009 at 7:30am —
Please check out my review of Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak!
Added by Michelle Shannon on May 26, 2009 at 10:22pm —
My first ever romance review is posted for Surviving With Love. It almost blew my socks off!!!
I have been happy dancing all day.
Please drop by You Gotta Read
to read it.
Added by Rebecca J Vickery on May 26, 2009 at 9:52pm —
Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Published: New York : Delacorte Press, c2000
Series: Book 2, Den of Shadows
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Allodola discovers that the vampire world of her fiction is real when she develops relationships with an alluring vampire named Aubrey and the teenage witch who is trying to save Jessica from his clutches.
Demon In My View is part of the vampire genre. I quite liked the book, it was a very small book being… Continue
Added by Rebecca on May 26, 2009 at 7:22pm —
I have a quiz that will tell you how sharp your persuasion skills are and how to make them even sharper. It's excerpted from my new e-book, Principled Persuasion.
See how well you do with the following:
Even before the birth of our nation, persuasive tools proved vital for explorers. Witness the story of Luis de Santangel who persuaded Queen Isabella of Spain to reconsider a proposal she had rejected. Because of Santangel's remarkable skills, Columbus was located and told… Continue
Added by Marlene Caroselli on May 26, 2009 at 1:26pm —
Love Waits by Donald James Parker
Published: Sword of the Spirit Publishing, 2009
Cheri is an innocent fourteen-year-old raised in a small town in Nebraska. Her father lands a promotion, demoting her to a status of ‘nobody’ in a much larger and inhospitable city. One of the few people she connects with in her new school spills the beans that Cheri is still a virgin. Some of her cool schoolmates frown on that condition and exert pressure on her to ditch her inhibitions.… Continue
Added by Rebecca on May 26, 2009 at 7:46am —
My award winning novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' today received its 22nd Five Star review at Amazon (10 in the UK, 12 in the USA). I'm delighted that the book continues to entertain and enthrall its readers and here's what the latest reviewer at Amazon.co.uk had to say:
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone!!!, 25 May 2009
By G. Brandom "Gina" (Scottish Borders) - See all my reviews
Added by Brian L Porter on May 26, 2009 at 3:48am —
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Published: London : Gollancz, 2009
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the… Continue
Added by Rebecca on May 26, 2009 at 1:27am —
Just heard that The Dragons of Fyre, a sensual fantasy romance will be released on Wednesday. This makes close to thirty books or more published.
Added by Janet Lane Walters on May 25, 2009 at 8:35pm —
Just posted a book giveaway on my blog Chick with Books
! Follow the link to get all the details and join in on the fun!
Added by Suzanne Levin on May 25, 2009 at 2:59pm —