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Special on Great Summer Reads

Hot sun, hot sand, cool drinks. Ahhhh. But your summer won’t be complete until you land a new BOOK BOYFRIEND, right? Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered! Covered with just about any genre you could name, that is.  I’m going to snag a few for myself, and I can personally recommend Myndi Shafer’s Shrilugh and The Darkening, and K.B. Owen’s Dangerous and Unseemly.  See what’s here that you like! SUMMER BOOK CRUSH offers 50+ titles in many genres. This means 50+ chances to (fictitiously) fall in love. And the best part? Each of these gems is only 99¢, but for a limited time only. The SUMMER BOOK CRUSH event starts on June 26th and ends (yes, even the best things in life end at some point) on June 28th. So don’t wait up! Mingle with our BOOK BOYFRIENDS and invite all your friends to participate too. There are plenty … Continue reading

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Reading is a Sign of . . .

“Someone reading a book is a sign of . . . ” A few weeks ago, my writing professor put this quote by Mary Ruefle up on the computer.  And since the giant guy between me and the projector screen was leaning forward, I couldn’t see the rest.  So of course, I filled in the blanks myself. My mind is not the most, shall we say, predictable.  Hubby O’Mine likes to say I use circular logic.  I like to say I have an imagination.  And frequent silliness.  And occasional snark.  So here (in order) is where my mind went: Someone reading a book is a sign of … intelligence. Someone reading a book is a sign of … insanity. Someone reading a book is a sign of … unwashed dishes. Okay, I’ve just admitted I use books as a major form of escape.  But what else are novels for, but … Continue reading

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Literary Citizenship – Pay It Forward

What is literary citizenship? How do you promote it, and are you a good literary citizen? Some of my shower thoughts (best time for thinking, right?) kept tumbling around and then mixed with Cathy Day’s talk about literary citizenship at the 2012 Midwest Writers Workshop. Cathy, author of The Circus in Winter and Comeback Season, said that being a good literary citizen is being part of, and promoting, a literary community: reading, writing, and all that goes with it.  She suggested a few things we could do to build that community, and, as writers, build relationships that will benefit our own careers in the process: Talk about books with LIVE people (in person, as opposed to not-dead). Write notes to authors when we enjoy their books. Be interested in others.  She quoted Dale Carnegie: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in them, than in two … Continue reading

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