Book review

Summer’s coming…

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Hello, Write Edge readers, and for those of you in the States, Happy Memorial Day! I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our service men and women, those still in uniform and our veterans, as well as their families. Our country possesses the freedoms it does because of your service and sacrifice. Even if I wrote for a lifetime, I wouldn’t be able to do justice to what you all have given us. Please know my gratitude comes from the deepest part of my heart.

Thank you.


Another reason why people in the U.S. look forward to this day is because we consider it the unofficial start to summer. Granted, this year summer’s going to look different for many of us, but we can still enjoy the ample sunshine, the laid-back texture of our days, and the ability to take walks. Even with restrictions easing, I urge all of you to stay safe and stay healthy. It’s the only way to guarantee we can enjoy many more summers to come.

Longer days and a more relaxed schedule means a chance (it’s the hope, anyway) for more writing. To that end, here’s this week’s motivational quote for the word warriors of the world.

“A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of he had not started to say them.”—William Stafford

It’s the last Monday of the month, which means our Writers’ Showcase. In this month’s showcase, you’ll find a poem assembled from the most unlikely collection of words and the start of a creepy (but in a good way) story among other things. Find these pieces and more now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday I’ll share a new book review for a novel coming out tomorrow. Debut author Maggie Brookes’ book The Prisoner’s Wife releases Tuesday. In the middle of the week I’ll let you know what I thought of it on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Later this week, I’ll post the last segment of my new 2020 feature, Thursday R.E.A.D.s. This month I’ve been diving deep into Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Come back on Thursday for the final installment to see how the book made an impression on me as a d.reamer!

And, finally, on Friday, two things to look forward to. First, we go back to Growth Chart (I promise :D) and my latest parenting adventures. Second, though, you get to hear my thoughts and (for writers) writing exercises in my first full-length podcast for The Writescast Network in the regular feature, Biblio Breakdown. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Have a fantastic week, readers!


Book review now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you, and this one will definitely hit home for anyone who likes books. Eve Smith writes about a near future in her dystopian novel The Waiting Rooms, in which the world is experiencing a worldwide pandemic.

Yeah, I know.

Here’s the opening to my review:

In the near future, a nurse who helps people die discovers the truth about her birth mother. When she embarks on a mission to find the woman, she learns why she was given up for adoption in the first place. Debut author Eve Smith’s novel feels exceptionally prescient in our current times while balancing compassionate opinions in The Waiting Rooms.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home, readers.