Book review now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you. Today I share my thoughts on Lisa Scottoline’s newest novel Someone Knows. Here’s the opening to my post:

Twenty years after witnessing a horrific event in secret, a woman goes back to her hometown. This time, however, she’s determined to face the others involved in the secret and make things right. Author Lisa Scottoline stretches the limits of plausibility in her latest thriller, Someone Knows.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a great day, readers!


As the weather becomes grayer…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! What a gray, gray day in Central Illinois today. It reminded me of my years living in the Pacific Northwest. Summers were beautiful (as you can see from the header image above,) but winters provided a challenge because of the endless stretches of rainy weather without the sun appearing for weeks, and sometimes months on end. Today reminded me of those years.

Sometimes, though, the grayness can be a blessing. It can offer a blanket above us to keep us from being distracted from our life passions. The sunshine is beautiful, invigorating even, and also enticing. It can lure us away from the big goals. You know, those pursuits that make us wake up first thing in the morning with excitement or that sustain us through — what else? — gray days.

That takes us to today’s motivational quote. Once again, it’s about writing, but, really, you could substitute anything for “writing” and the quote could apply. The point is, anything worth having is worth working for.

“Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work are involved.”—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

And now for today’s short story. I came across this writing prompt the other day, and it immediately brought to mind my novel. Although I’m knee-deep in my second draft, I wanted to share a scene with you that is an extra. This isn’t in the book and won’t be, but it provides a little insight into the story. Here’s a quick excerpt:

The sun cleared the tops of the buildings in the village square. For a moment Quinn stopped and blinked against the morning light. How could a new day start with such terrible news?

Hmm. Maybe sun-filled days aren’t necessarily the best after all. 😀 In any case, you can find the full piece now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop! Be sure to let me know what you think of this little peek into the world I’m building one page at a time for publication someday.

In the middle of the week, I’ll come back with a new book review. A few weeks ago, I went to an event at our local library and picked up a free copy of Lisa Scottoline’s latest novel Someone Knows. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought of this thriller.

And, at the end of the week, it’s back to my world in pictures — Instagram! Check out older posts using my handle, @EktaRGarg, or by visiting my Facebook author page (where you’ll also get other fun content that I don’t post on Twitter or Instagram.)

That’s a wrap for this evening, readers! Have a great night!



Parenting adventures posted!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you. Here’s a quick peek at what you’ll find:

Are you tired of your current career? Do you feel like your friends are moving up the ladder faster than you are? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend time with contentious middle schoolers?

Introducing our brand new training program called “Parenting Tweens!”

Read the full Chart (and all program details :D) on Growth Chart now!

Have a fantastic week, readers!