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Rise & Decline – A Guest Post by Michael Waller

  The Rise of Genre and the Decline of Story By Michael Waller   When I was young I prowled the aisles of my local library unhindered by the fear of the unknowns of literature or the restrictions of genre. There were only two sections, fiction and non-fiction. Admittedly there were numerous subdivisions in the non-fiction side, but in fiction the shelves started at A and worked their inexorable way to Z. I was like a literate cow grazing a lush field and trying everything green in sight, grass, daisies, dandelions, all different, but all succulent. Now however, I have to have my han...
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Sage Words of Advice

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  I have a ton of favorite authors. I know that might sound ludicrous to you (because how can a person have more than one favorite?) but nevertheless it’s true. The majority of authors gracing my “favorites list” are there for one (and only one) reason…they know how to entertain me. They make me laugh. They make me cry. They expand my ability to imagine. Katie Kacvinsky is NOT on the list for any of those reasons. Because, while she CAN make me laugh, or cry, or imagine, it’s her ability to INSPIRE that keeps me coming back. Three years […]

Tuesday Newbies!

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For The Love of Free Will + Giveaway!

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   I’ve discovered (over the last 6 years) that writing reviews for books I love is a much harder task than writing a review for a book I hate. Writing a comprehensive review for a book I love? Even harder. Sometimes (despite my predisposition for penning incredibly lengthy reviews) I want nothing more than to write just once sentence. No explaining why I thought it fit the bill, no over-analyzation of the plot, no…the characters are great because. Sometime I just want to write: “This book is superb…buy it!” And call it a day. This is one of those times. […]

When All The Pieces Come Together + Giveaway!

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  I posted an article on my Facebook page the other day titled “10 Things That Happen When You Can’t Put A Good Book Down.” The article listed things such as: being late to work, becoming a recluse, neglecting housework and loved ones, all very spot on symptoms of getting wrapped up in something awesome. But it was number one that I quite literally laugh out loud at. Number one was… Losing track of time. Why was it so funny? I’m so glad you asked.  See, Thursday morning (the day before I posted that article) I woke up bored. Honestly, […]

Rise & Decline – A Guest Post by Michael Waller

Michael Waller (The Wizards Gift)

  The Rise of Genre and the Decline of Story By Michael Waller   When I was young I prowled the aisles of my local library unhindered by the fear of the unknowns of literature or the restrictions of genre. There were only two sections, fiction and non-fiction. Admittedly there were numerous subdivisions in the non-fiction side, but in fiction the shelves started at A and worked their inexorable way to Z. I was like a literate cow grazing a lush field and trying everything green in sight, grass, daisies, dandelions, all different, but all succulent. Now however, I have […]

A Magical Deception + Giveaway!

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  I don’t know about you, but I do a LOT of reading in coffee houses. I do this with the intention of being less distracted. This might not makes sense to you, but…if I’m at home I can find roughly a million other things to do. When I’m curled up on a couch, headphones on and not in the vicinity of my washer and dryer, I accomplish more. All I worry about there is how full my coffee cup is and whether or not my facial expressions are giving away my thoughts on the book in my hands. Every […]

Tuesday Newbies!

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Needless Sacrifice? + Giveaway

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  It’s no huge secret that I take fairly significant breaks between NA novels. Six months ago I told myself this was for no other reason that to offer the author a “fair shake.” Even though I am a fan of the genre, I tend to find myself lashing out at the blatant similarities between them. (Aka: if I read them back to back, chances are I’m going to mentally slaughter the second, third or fourth book I read. Not because it’s “bad” because chances are I will find crumbs of book one between it’s pages.) However, it wasn’t until […]

Plantation Nation – Excerpt + Giveaway

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  Plantation Nation by Mercedes King Add it to your Goodreads shelf / Amazon wishlist   Excerpt   Washington, D.C. May, 1861 Overdressed in Quinn’s old, ill-fitting clothes ¾and with linen strips squeezed around her breasts ¾Emma stepped off a train that arrived in the capital city on a sunny afternoon and never felt more awkward. Every time someone’s gaze rested on her, she feared her disguise was a failure. Eye contact made her queasy, so she did her best to keep her head down as she headed into the city’s busy streets. But the horde of people bustling around […]

Cover Reveal – The Collectors’ Society

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    The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons Publication Date: October 23, 2014   Add it to your Goodreads shelf From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet. After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, […]