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Even when making stuff up, honesty is still the best policy for writers

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Being a humor columnist, I am often asked: “Where do you get this stuff?” “How did you even think of that?” “Do you just make this [censored] up? “Isn’t marijuana legal in Oregon?” The answer to all of those questions is a definitive “Yes,” particularly on Ballot Measure 5. However, each of the first three include an important addendum that reads as follows: “While the consumption of humor shall be made…

OUT OF AGONY Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

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Gliterary Girl Book Tours presents the blog tour for the release of OUT OF AGONY, Book #4 in the Starting Over Series, by Author Lynette Endicott. Brian Van Pelt has barely survived an anguished year of loss, hiding his sorrows under the facade of a cool and uncaring attorney. Not able to deny his grief any long, heartache drives him to collapse and his life takes an unexpected turn. When Jessie Ingram…

MORE THAN A JOB SALE!

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Author Lynette Endicott wants you to fall in love with her Starting Over Series, so she has decided to put book #1, MORE THAN A JOB, on sale for $0.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY!  Get your copy and the rest of the Starting Over Series before July 21st so you can be all caught up for the new release of OUT OF AGONY, book #4 in the Starting Over Series releasing on…

BLISSFUL TRAGEDY SALE & GIVEAWAY

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Author Amy L. Gale’s debut novel Blissful Tragedy is now ONLY $0.99 for a limited time   BUY NOW ON AMAZON    Ambitious 22-year-old Lexie Waters is intent on taking the advertising world by storm.  When she’s offered the soon to be open position she’s been vying for at a swanky advertising agency, there’s only one last summer separating her from dreams of corporate success.  Still bitter from catching her boyfriend…

SHAMAN RISES (The Walker Papers)

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Author: C. E. Murphy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format: Tradeback Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Release Date: June 24, 2014 Recommended Reading: Adult   OVERALL THOUGHTS: It’s a bittersweet ending. Eleven books later, the Walker Series has come to an end. I was eager to read the final installment but at the same time, I wanted to savor it. Ms. Murphy did not give me that chance. Shaman Rises…

Beta This Please!

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Everyone throws the term beta reader around. Goodreads, blogs, forums, you name it…people are always looking for someone to read their book and pass judgment. Except, there is a key to picking the perfect beta and it doesn’t include expectations of edits and it certainly doesn’t mean they will or should blow glowing smoke up your perky backside. What a beta reader does is simple…they read and give critique, but they…

Pushing the Limits of YA

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I recently finished the book by 80′s YA Goddess Judy Blume entitled Forever. It was entirely about sex and I was stunned. Not because of the racy subject matter or that Judy Blume uses the “F” word in it and writes about orgasms, but because it was Judy Blume for godsake! This is the writer who penned Blubber! Her books were my payment for weekends spent working in Cousin Arthur’s Bookstore in Brooklyn Heights. They were short,…

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THE WOODLANDS

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Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor Published: 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Dystopian Availability: Printed and E-Reader Read on my E-Reader, free in exchange for an honest review 4.5 out of 5    OVERALL THOUGHTS: I picked up this book. I started…

IGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3)

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IGNITE ME (Shatter Me, #3) Author: Tahereh Mafi Rating:  4 out of 5 Genre: YA Dystopian/Paranormal Format: EBook Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: February 4th, 2014 Recommended Reading: 16+ Contains no spoilers OVERALL: It has taken me a month to get around…

CHAMPION

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Author: Marie Lu Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Genre: YA Dystopian Format: EBook Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Release Date: November 5th 2013 Recommended Reading: 16+ Contains no spoilers THE GIST: Marie Lu rounded off her series with a solid conclusion. What began as…

SHADOW AND BONE

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SHADOW AND BONE (Book 1 of The Grisha Trilogy) Author: Leigh Bardugo Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Genre: YA, Fantasy Format: EBook, Print Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Release Date: June 5, 2012 Recommended Reading: Grade 7 and up ****THERE ARE…

PAWN by Aimee Carter

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PAWN (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) Author: Aimée Carter Rating: 4 out of 5 Genre: YA Dystopia Format: Digital ARC Publisher: Harlequin Teen Release Date: November 26, 2013 Recommended Reading: 15+ Contains No Spoilers Received a free copy in exchange for an honest…

CONVERSION by S.C. Stephens

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CONVERSION (The Conversion Series, #1) Author: S.C. Stephens Rating: 4 out of 5 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format: Paperback Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: September 3, 2013 Recommended Reading: 18+ Contains No Spoilers OVERALL THOUGHTS: I enjoyed this book.  It was a bit slow in…