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The Classic Wind in the Willows

I didn’t remember much about Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908). Whenever I came across the title on my shelves, I had a brief image of a toad and a rat having tea, but I couldn’t say for certain if that truly took place. All I did remember was that I was enchanted as I …

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NaNo Inspiration: WOOL

During the month of November, which we all know is National Novel Writing Month, many folks will ask you why? Why are you doing this? What is the point? As the month progresses even your most ardent supporters may flounder as they grow lonely waiting for you to finish. You spouse may begin to think …

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NaNo Inspiration: The Night Circus

During the month of November, which we all know is National Novel Writing Month, many folks will ask you why? Why are you doing this? What is the point? As the month progresses even your most ardent supporters may flounder as they grow lonely waiting for you to finish. You spouse may begin to think …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

In honor of Halloween, and in my Saturday tradition of talking about kids’ books, I thought I would recommend some great collections of scary stories for kids of all ages! The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1812-15)was always a favorite around the campfire as a kid. Those original tales are full of evil characters who …

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Giving Me Goosebumps!

Back in the mid-90s, my nephew used to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. I admit that I never picked one up back then and only recently read a few entries in the long list of books by this author. There are over 200 of them! R.L. Stine (1943-present) is a seriously prolific writer! Often called the …

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Love to Discover NYS Authors!

I always love to research an author I enjoy and discover that they live within an easy morning drive of me. No, I do not stalk them! But it is nice to know that not all authors live in big cities like New York City or exotic locales. 🙂 Vivian Vande Velde was born in …

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You are So Ugly!

At least you are ugly if you refuse to bend to society’s norms in Scott Westerfeld’s series! Scott David Westerfeld (1963 to present) lives in Australia and New York City. His young adult Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print and spent many weeks on the New York Times best seller list. It …

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RELEASE DAY!

Woohoo!! It is the official release day of my first novel! 😊 Available in print and ebook on Amazon.

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