The Grand – Book Review

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The Grand

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

The story is explained in several perspective angles and then brought together for the final reveal. I found this approach to add more depth and dimension to the story.

The Grand begins with Dean Wister, a federal agent that has lost his wife, Sara, through cancer. Before she passes away, she asks Dean if they could go to their favorite place, the meadow, once she is feeling better. Unfortunately, she passes away and does not make it. Dean takes time off and goes to the meadow (located in Teton), in her loving memory.

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Is Europe Becoming a Cliché?

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by Jordan Jolley

“This Royal throne of kings,
This scepter’d isle…
This blessed plot,
This earth, this realm,
This England.”

It seems in our fantastic literature, a European setting is what usually comes into our mind. This is with good reason. When I read fantasy books, I notice that the setting is often comparable to English, Irish, or Norse cultures. I actually quite enjoy this setting.

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6 Ways to Transition Out of Writer’s Block

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by Kathryn

Writer’s Block
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing it.

Also known as: every writer’s worst nightmare.

And let’s be real, it happens to everyone. Even the best writers in the world get stuck sometimes.

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Hachette Partners with Wattpad to Produce Audiobooks

by Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly

Wattpad, the online writing and reading community and entertainment platform, is partnering with the Hachette Book Group to launch Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad, a joint venture that will produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories.

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Workshop Wednesday: Let Them Argue

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by Destine Williams

Conflict, conflict, conflict. The C-word.

We shrug from it in real life, and yet we demand it in our fiction or we feel cheated.

And today I’m here to tell you that if you’re writing a scene where two characters are about to go at each other’s throat and you’re getting ready to make them see sense in the same scene…

Don’t.

Let them fight. And here’s why…

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Love Rehab – Book Review

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Love Rehab by Louise Bay

Ever wanted to fast forward to your happily ever after?
My name is Mackenzie Locke and I’m a loveaholic. I haven’t got a handle on men. Not even a little bit.

So I staged an intervention and booked me and my two best friends into Love Rehab, complete with a love shaman, horse therapy and a bunch of stones that promise to change my life. I’m not leaving until I’m cured.

Lesson #1: the first night of your stay, don’t have a one night stand with the hottest guy you’ve ever seen in your life.
Fail.

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Writing to Market – What Does It Mean?

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By Julianne Q. Johnson

Should a novelist write to market? Should they avoid writing to market like the plague? Should they write to trend or to tropes? What does it all mean?

Take heart, gentle reader, I will do my level best to tell you what it means.

To start with, my research shows these terms to be a bit fluid. If you ask different people in the know, you might get different answers. The following is my understanding of the terms and what they mean.

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A Look at Effective Novel Intros

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by Whitney Carter

If you’re anything like me, I have a hard time writing if I can’t get a story’s hook correct. It will bother the daylights out of me, so that I write a sentence or two, then go back and try to edit the first line, which usually results in having to hit the backspace button on the following sentences as well. Even the tried and true advice to write now and edit later is only minimally effective here.

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