Book review now up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you. Today I share my thoughts on the debut novel Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher. Here’s the opening to my review:

A high schooler mourns the loss of her best friend after a terrible accident. When she receives an unexpected gift, she traces it to its origin and discovers a secret. Debut author Ashley Schumacher uses innovative prose to explore the depth of grief and the healing power of love in her novel Amelia Unabridged.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Wear a mask; stay socially distant. Wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Have a lovely day, readers!



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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re at the start of a new month — can you believe it? March is here, and with this month comes the transition from winter to spring. We’ve already had several sunshine-y days here in Central Illinois, which makes colder temperatures much more bearable. Definitely cheers a person up, no matter what!

As always, we’ve got a full week around here. First up, this week’s motivational quote. In a small twist, this one is for the readers out there. I think, though, that it can easily be applied to the pursuit of those life goals of ours.

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

Next is this week’s short story. Here’s an excerpt for you:

I turned my back to him and the van and did a quick scan myself. The meteor shower had dropped hundreds of samples that I wanted to gather in my arms like rolled-up socks so I could take them back to the lab. Not that I’d get very far; the government had deemed the entire shower area federal property due to an emergency temporary order.

Read the whole piece now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share another book review. I’m currently reading Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher. On Wednesday, you’ll find out what I thought about this YA novel. Check it out on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Also on Wednesday, I’m teaching my first live Biblio Breakdown! That’s right, the podcast is now also becoming a virtual writing workshop on Zoom. Many thanks to the Champaign Public Library for letting me have this opportunity. I’ll be talking about how to surprise your readers within the context of Logging Off by Nick Spalding. If you want to know more and register for the event, click here.

Then, on Friday, we’re back to Instagram. Find out what I’m reading, what I’ll be reviewing next week, and what I got in the mail (hint: it’s connected to writing and books. :D) Check it out on Instagram on Friday!

Wear a mask; stay socially distant. Wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Have a wonderful day, readers!


February Growth Chart up!

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A very good (and late!) evening to you, Write Edge readers! This day slipped away from me, but I couldn’t go to bed until I posted this month’s parenting adventures. Today I share an instance of the sisters presenting a united front against the Big Evil Parents. 😀 Here’s an excerpt:

In the last year, then, we’ve started relying on Fourteen to help smooth ruffled feathers when Twelve gets upset about something. She may not realize this, but as time goes on we plan to use her more and more as the buffer. The mediator.

The person privileged enough to listen to Twelve’s bellyaching.

Read the full post now on Growth Chart!

Wear a mask; stay socially distant; wash your hands; find out about the vaccine.

Have a lovely weekend, readers!