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7 Keys to Writing Book Reviews that Rock

7 Keys to Writing Book Reviews that Rock

Book reviews are a treasure trove for readers and can bolster sales for authors. More than sales, though, book reviews let authors know what resonates with readers. And, for readers? Reviews provide insights, opinions, and recommendations that help us make that...

Favorite Things: Planner Life

Favorite Things: Planner Life

As the New Year rolls around, I’m prepping my 2024 planner. Things look a bit different this year, though. First of all, I’ve been using My Brilliant Writing Planner for several years, but this year’s the first time I’ve set it up in full, 8 ½ x 11” size, with Happy...

Learning from a macro edit

Learning from a macro edit

I completed my first draft in a record (for me) 117 days. I knew it wasn't perfect, but I wasn't sure exactly what all I needed to do with it. I'd stared at it for 3 1/2 months straight and it had all become a bit of a blur. Enter the macro-edit. Check out the lessons...

Book Review: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris

Book Review: You Belong with Me by Tari Faris

“You Belong with Me” is Tari Faris’ debut novel and it reads like the work of a seasoned novelist. The characters are well-developed, the plot has great movement and timing. I found the characters believable and likable. The story follows two old friends, Hannah and...

Book Review: Knox by Susan May Warren

Book Review: Knox by Susan May Warren

Knox Marshall is the guy who keeps his promises. The promise he made to his father led him to save their family ranch. And, after an explosion at a national bull riding expo in San Antonio, the promise to keep Kelsey Jones safe. But Kelsey isn’t one to trust readily...

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