Book reviews

Book review posted!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you. Today I share my thoughts on Nick Spalding’s book Fat Chance. Here’s the opening to my review:

When an overweight couple gets the chance to compete for a large cash prize by losing weight, they’ll do everything possible to slim down. As they work toward their goal and winning the competition, they come to understand the value of who they are as people. Author Nick Spalding takes readers deep into the minds and hearts of his obese characters but doesn’t quite hit the mark in his novel Fat Chance.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a great evening, readers! Don’t forget to vote!

E.R.G.

The last week of October…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s the last week of October. I can and also can’t believe it. One thing I’ve discovered in the course of the pandemic is the elasticity of time. We wake up one morning and discover that two weeks or two months have passed, yet within those days each hour seems to stretch beyond 60 minutes.

While the epidemiologists and other scientists work on a vaccines, I’d love for some physicists to work on this conundrum for us.

In any case, we press on. Even in these challenging times, there’s always a bit of magic to be found in the books we love. Now, more than ever, you can support new authors or go back to the ones you love. Find that innocent glee you’d feel at reading a beloved story. That leads us to this week’s motivational quote, which on the surface may seem simplistic but also asks us to look for the extraordinary in our ordinary circumstances:

“[A child] does not despise real woods, because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.”—C.S. Lewis

With it being the last Monday of the month, it’s time for another writers’ showcase. This month we have melancholy, yes, but we also have thinking pieces and a story from a potential Pushcart Prize winner. Check them all out on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share another book review with you. Currently I’m reading humor author Nick Spalding’s novel Fat Chance. Find out on Wednesday what my thoughts were. You can get that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

At the end of the week, I’ll go back to my parenting adventures and how the kids and I are dealing with one another 😀 during the pandemic. Find out more on Friday on Growth Chart!

Also, this Friday my latest episode of Biblio Breakdown releases. For previous episodes, click here. At the end of the week, find out what book I chose for this latest episode on how writers can surprise readers.

Wear a mask, stay distant, stay warm, and get out there and vote!

Have a great week, readers!

E.R.G.

Cutting the week in half

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! This week I’m cutting my week in half by posting the majority of my content today. I wanted to post my short story on Monday, but, in truth, I was trying something new and a little reluctant to finish it. As a writer, I’m always pushing myself to push my personal writing boundaries. Sometimes that also means giving myself a pep talk to get through a new story. Hence the extra time to finish it.

Regardless, I’m here today with everything you expect from The Write Edge every week. First, this week’s motivational quote. It’s a reminder that creatives will always do their best work when they’re heard and when they strive for that voice.

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”—Emile Zola

Next, this week’s short story, which, as I said, I was a little reluctant to finish. Next week, as many of you may remember, is our monthly writers’ showcase. That means I won’t be posting a short story next Monday, and I was curious as to what writing a scary/horror/creepy short piece might look like (in honor of Halloween next week.) This is my attempt, and I don’t know if it’s any good but I do know that I have increased respect for people in the horror/scary story genre. Here’s an excerpt:

Her terror dimmed in the weeks after that incident. The doll didn’t seem to want to punch her to a pulp with its tiny porcelain hands. It just kept moving from spot to spot, no matter how many times Haley sat it on the dresser.

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

And with that, we’re back on track for the week. It’s Wednesday, which means our regular book review. This week I’m sharing my thoughts on the recent release Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker. Here’s the opening to my post:

When a woman disappears, her daughter decides to look for her in defiance of the police and her family. Despite the general consensus that her mother left on her own, the daughter is determined to follow her instincts and bring her home. Author Wendy Walker builds a compelling plot that fizzles out and devolves into something much less serious in her newest novel Don’t Look for Me.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And Friday, of course, we’ll go back to Instagram and I’ll share my latest adventures in picture form. Find older posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page.

Have a wonderful week, readers!

E.R.G.