Horror Selfies: Because Not Reading is Scary!

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has recently launched the Horror Selfies campaign, just in time for the Halloween season, in an effort to highlight the exceptional work, both literary and cinematic, produced by the horror genre. Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the world why they love horror. The HWA put out the call to authors and readers, actors and directors, fans and followers, to submit a selfie in which they hold a sign encouraging others to read horror/dark fantasy, to watch horror movies, or to write horror. Additionally, the HWA is also encouraging … [Read more...]

Book Gems

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Guest Post by Maria Schneider Oh, to sort the wheat from the chaff, to find those special books, the ones that you chortle and gloat over, the ones you read more than once because they are just that good! Some gems are hidden behind odd covers. Some gems sparkle right from the start, while others pull you in slowly until you're caught up in the sparkle. I'm a reader. Like the gold hunters of the Old West, I pan for the best and brightest. Kobo Writing Life has invited me to share a few of my favorite finds.   Genre: Humorous Mystery - Jana DeLeon I'm particular about my cozy mysteries. I need a lot of action and require an intriguing career to hold my interest. There's knitting needles, tea parties, and then there's Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune series featuring an undercover … [Read more...]

Back to Basics

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You might have a great story idea and are ready to get it down on the page, but there is so much more than the actual plot line you need to figure out before the book is complete. With text messaging and spellcheck we might not be fully aware or even remember the basics of the written word.Here are some books that might help. They will refresh your memory on punctuation, grammar and dialogue.    “Shut UP!” He Explained: A Writer’s Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue By: William Noble "Shut Up!" He Explained (the title comes from a Ring Lardner poke at the way some people overwrite), William Noble shows you how to write dialogue that sounds right and contributes. Fiction or Nonfiction With liberal use of anecdotes and examples, Noble develops … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life New Releases – Hot Edition

Here are some new KWL Romance and Erotica titles that are sure to keep your summer nights hot, hot, hot. Romance All For You (Laurel Heights series) By Kate Perry Anna Godwin likes it spicy. At least she used to. Somewhere between law school and real life, she lost her sparkle. Now she wears boring business suits to boring dates in her boring life. The last time Anna remembers feeling that sizzle was with the one man who's all cayenne and passion: Max Corazao, the one who got away. Except Max still sees Anna as a woman full of spice. And Anna intends to do whatever she can to be that woman again—with his (unknowing) help... Redesigned (Off the Subject #2) By Denise Grover Swank While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in … [Read more...]

Happy Fathers’ Day: Good Dads, Bad Dads, and In-Between Dads

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Some are good, some are bad, Daddy issues almost always make for interesting reading when you write about them well. Here, in honour of Fathers’ Day, are a few of our favourites, the good, the bad, and the in-between. Good dads…     Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig The narrator of this story gives his son Chris both a solid philosophy of life and the best road trip any father and son have ever gone on.   The Tender Bar J.R. Moehringer When Pulitzer-prizewinning memoirist J.R. Moehringer was growing up, he desperately wanted a dad. But he finds a whole room full of them when he starts follows his bartender uncle Charlie to work in this incredibly touching book. Bad dads…     Lullabies for Little … [Read more...]

Writing Motherhood

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Whether she was Mrs. March or Medea, everybody had a mom, and no matter what her strengths or foibles were, she had a huge part in shaping who you are. The relationship between mother and child is one of the most challenging to dissect that there is, but some writers manage to do just that. For this mother’s day, we’ve put together a list of some great books by mothers and about mothers that explore the challenges of being--and loving--a mom.    Drunk MomJowita BydlowskaBydlowska’s harrowing description of the tug of war between maternal love and alcohol addiction she experiences after giving birth to her first child is both a grim page-turner and a lesson in frank self-examination. White Oleander Janet FitchFitch’s Ingrid, a brilliant but dangerously unstable poet imprisoned for … [Read more...]

Want a smart, fun read? Try some chick lit

By Samantha Stroh Bailey I write chick lit. Okay, are you still reading or have you screwed up your face in distaste? Well, before you judge, do you actually know what chick lit is? For some reason, after the pink explosion of chick lit in the late 90s, it seems to have gotten a misconstrued reputation for fluff and froth. Now, don’t get me wrong, the covers are delicious and flirty, the female protagonists do imbibe some fruity cocktails and there may even be some shopping. But, this is not what chick lit is all about. Chick lit, a sub-genre of women’s fiction, is usually about the journey of a strong, independent and sassy female main character. She may be searching for a new career, moving to a new place, getting married, divorced or looking for love, and she often has an amazing … [Read more...]

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