Rebecca McLaughlin

Book review posted!

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Good evening, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the new book release Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin. Here’s the opening to my post:

A peasant is named the heir of a kingdom that doesn’t even recognize her. Despite her uneasiness with her new status, she must navigate court politics as well as the mystery of how she became the heir in the first place. Old friends and new allies come forward to help her in her cause as she struggles to make a name for herself. Debut author Rebecca McLaughlin gives YA readers a new heroine to cheer for in her terrific novel Nameless Queen.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!


And into the new year we go!

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Hello, hello, my dear readers! A very happy new year to all of you. I realize I missed wishing everyone on the first day of this year and decade, and I apologize for that. It’s always a creative enterprise in scheduling when one is visiting family. Rest assured, however, that all of you are never far from my mind.

This year is an important one for me, in many ways. As longtime readers know, I launched the blog in the month of February so that’s what I count as the “new year” for The Write Edge. Next month I’ll go into more detail about what this new year means for me as a writer and a person. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I’d like to start this first Monday post of 2020 with an encouraging quote. We often hear about amazing feats of science or the arts, and sometimes it feels like these individuals achieved all their success overnight or that what they’ve earned comes from a great deal of intrinsic talent. Neither is completely true, and I think the following wise words from a well-known American figure is the perfect reminder that dreams and goals are, without a doubt, worth working toward. You just can’t give up.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”—Stephen King

As I think about new beginnings and the new year, I’m reminded of my time in graduate school. Going to Northwestern and living in Chicago was a huge step for me, personally and (eventually) professionally. Today’s writing piece reflects all that and more. It’s a micro piece, so I won’t share an excerpt, but please do visit The Write Edge Writing Workshop to read the it. I hope it’ll offer you its own little bit of inspiration toward a new goal for this year and decade.

Next, it’s on to brand new books. Tomorrow sees the release of Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought about this YA novel.

Finally, we go back to parenting adventures. I have a little gem of a story I’d like to share that reiterates (for me, at least) what a new year can mean. One of the greatest pleasures a parent experiences is watching their children grow, but it can often surprise us too. Find out more in Growth Chart on Friday.

Have a lovely first full week of 2020, readers!