Book review now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve got a brand new book review up for you now. Today I share with you my thoughts on The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien. Does this YA novel deserve your time? Here’s an excerpt from my review:

Author Caragh M. O’Brien provides readers with a fascinating concept. She examines the idea of dreams and how scientists use those dreams. The result gives the book’s intended audience some interesting fodder for thought. Unfortunately O’Brien’s narration leaves several gaps in the story.

Read the whole review now!


Getting to know you…

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. We’ve had to turn on the heat here in Illinois — and we’re only just today halfway through September! I hope this isn’t a harbinger of the winter to come.

Sometimes it’s good to take some time to get to know a person. This week’s content has something to do with that idea. We start with your motivational quote of the week. It’s an understood concept that if you follow a particular life passion, you want to be involved in all aspects of that passion. For writers, that means reading as much as we write. Today’s quote goes in that direction. Click now on “A Writer’s Heartbeats” to find out how to get to know the writers in your life better.

But getting to know a person isn’t just about what’s on their bookshelves. Sometimes we don’t get to know a person until we meet them at a crucial crossing point in their lives. Today’s short story (up on time for once!) speaks to that very idea. Here’s an excerpt for you:

Mr. Brand opened the door to the conference room and made a sweeping motion with his right hand. “After you.”

Darlene smiled at him and entered the conference room. The hum of conversation distracted her for a moment. She took four steps into the room and stopped cold.

Read the whole story now!

On Wednesday you’ll get to know another character–the protagonist of Caragh M. O’Brien’s brand new novel The Vault of Dreamers releasing this week. Is it worth your time to add this book to your “to read” list? Find out in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

At the end of the week I’ll help you get to know my children even better with brand new Spurts. Join me on some parenting adventures this Friday on Growth Chart.

Have a great week, readers!


More parenting adventures now!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I hope you’ve survived the weather flip that has occurred this week. We’ve gone from summer straight into fall with no stops in between. Parenting, too, changes like the weather, and those of you in this fraternity know you have to wake up every morning ready for anything.

To that end I have a brand new Growth Chart for you now. Here’s an excerpt:

I knew I would go back to it eventually. If something bothers one of my children, I really can’t stop until they’ve told me what and why. I’m their mother, right?

Read the whole Chart now!