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True Confessions of an Unapologetic Book Hoarder

I use Grammarly's plagiarism detector online, because too many books, too little time, people!

I have a confession to make. I am the worst, most dirty, most disgusting, most despicable type of human being. Yes, I am a hoarder. 

As I hang my head in shame, let me assure you, I have no problem throwing out old junk mail, expired pantry items, or my birds'

Why I Sometimes Write Negative Reviews & Why You Should Consider Doing the Same

Today, I'm going to talk about a very controversial topic among authors:  Whether or not it's okay to write negative book reviews.

I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Many people consider this bad manners, because "as authors, we understand all that goes into writing a book, and it's just not fair to tear apart all that hard work." Others may feel compelled to write

My 20-Step Foolproof Writing “Process:” You Can Do It Too!

So apparently people are intrigued by my writing process. Let's put that in quotation marks, shall we? "Process." There, that's better.

I've received numerous remarks over the past two years that I'm crazy efficient or write faster than people can think. First of all, thank you! Second, so NOT true. In an effort to decode the mystery, I've decided to write a completely--and perhaps embarrassingly--honest post about my "process."

Sun Conure says, “I love my new daddy, even though I bite him!”

Your good friend Ducky here. And, well, basically I'm writing this blog post as part of a punishment.

Last night, Mama Emlyn was lecturing me about how I live the sweet life, nomming on tasty mango treats, reclining in my deluxe pent-house aviary, and listening to my very own Pandora station whenever the mood strikes me. All that's true.

But then she moved on to

Ducky reviews The Ugly Duckling and relates it to his own life

This is a post by Ducky the Sun Conure  

Everybody knows the story of the Ugly Duckling, right? A nest of eggs hatches--there are tons of cute little yellow fluffballs and one awkward-looking gray one. His mean-o brothers and sisters name him Ugly. Poor thing! Ugly has a very hard childhood. Everywhere he goes people and animals reject him because he is just so ugly. Then one day, he looks down and catches

Coffee house rules: Shut up or get out (I’m trying to write)

Rules, they’re not just for curfew-breaking teenagers or grueling sports matches. Sometimes rules can be overbearing, but sometimes they are absolutely necessary for everyone’s mutual enjoyment of a place, an event, or just life.

Enter a fast food restaurant; you’re sure to see a sign that reads “No shirt. No shoes. No service.” Go to the library, and you’ll be met with “Quiet please” signage.

My reviewing style, schedule, and history: How I got “discovered” as a writer

This post describes my reviewing style and schedule, but first, you get to read a personal narrative about my history as a book reviewer. :-)

We all know I was born a writer. Remember that story about the fountain pen being grasped firmly in my left hand as I emerged from my (still sore about it) mother’s womb? That’s the truth, and it cannot be denied... But

A series in re-review: The Baby-Sitter’s Club, the books that made me love reading

If I had to pick a single person to credit for my love of reading, it would be Anne M. Martin. I remember coming home from second grade and reading two Baby-Sitter's Little Sister books at a go. Karen Brewer had a crazy imagination like me, and she had two very good friends. I pretended they were my friends to make up for the fact that I didn't really have any

I’m in love with a vampire; he has a cotton tail. A re-review of Bunnicula, the book that made me smart.

Bunnicula made me smart. Seriously, it did.

Yes, I’m raising serious nature vs. nurture questions here, but the authors Howe & Howe really deserve some credit. They didn’t dumb down their vocabulary to appeal to children, no. They let the big words and the references to classic literary works fly. The authors didn’t say, “Hey, wait a sec here. How are kids supposed to know about Dracula, or

Harold and the Purple Crayon: A re-review of the book that made me love reading in the first place

I can’t believe I’m late for posting to my own challenge. I’d say that’s pretty indicative of how crazy my life has been lately, well okay, always. Anyhoo, better late than never; it’s time for my review of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

Harold and the Purple Crayon has had a tremendous impact on my life. I mean, it says it right there in my

Writing a Duet: Joint Interview with the Authors of Song of Secrets

Today I'm pleased to bring you an interview with not just one--but two totally awesome authors. YAY! I caught up with Tate Hallaway and Rachel Calish, and we had a great talk about their new LGBT Urban Fantasy, Song of Secrets, which I adored btw (seriously, check out my review here). So check out their answers to learn more about this phenomenal book, and make sure to enter the giveaway at

Fun with Chickens!

By now you all probably know that the two things I love most in this world (besides my family, of course) are books and birds. Imagine my delight, when fellow children's book author RC Beaird reached out to me to review his book about chickens!

Like my series, The Bird Brain Books, the story in "Randy Bamboo in Chicken City" is longer than a standard picture book even

New York Times Bestselling Author Offers Her Advice to Writers, Plus an Amazing Giveaway!

#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy talks writing, publishing, and finding balance, plus gives her advice for new authors… Check out what she has to say then Read on for more information about this blog tour and all its great prizes!

You’re an icon in—not just the indie publishing community—but the publishing community in general. Your success is something to which we all aspire. In your opinion,

Reading Devil Music is like plotting evil with Squidward while chilling in an LA oil spill

Hi, everyone. I'm right in the middle of reading a really amazing new book. It's part lit fic, part thriller, and fully magical (you know, in a magical realism kind of way). I'll have a review for you later this month, but for now I want to introduce you to this quirky, cool author and her plot for world domination. Oh, and there's a giveaway at the end. Enjoy!

When a Cat thinks it’s a Dog, You get Great Fiction

Hello, and thank you for tuning into my interview with Rachel Gold, and author whose book I just adored (check out my review via my other blog). Somehow Just Girls was both super serious and incredibly fun. I used to review by separating out my ratings for entertainment value versus depth of meaning, and even though I don't do that any more, I would have easily given

“Shatter Point had me on the edge of my seat until the very end”: A Guest Review

This is a guest review by my good friend, Tracy. YAY! 

"I'm a killer. No better than a common murderer, and worse, really. More like a serial killer who can't help himself as he takes life after life, unable to stop even if he wished he could."

Right from the first few sentences, Shatter Point held my interest, with an opening like that how

Reading Shatter Point is like Speeding through NYC in a Porsche with the Most Interesting Man Alive

Just look at that beautiful title. In case you weren't paying attention, here it is again: Reading Shatter Point is like Speeding through New York City in a Porsche Accompanied by the Most Interesting Man Alive. Sounds thrilling, no?

And, guess what? Shatter Point really is like that, and so is its awesome author, Jeff Altabef. For a glimpse into the mind of the man who wrote this hot

Hey, Writers. Have You Found Religion (in Your Writing)?

A Guest Post & Cover Reveal by Melissa McPhail

Every author should understand world-building. Whether engaged in the writing of genre or literary fiction, an author crafts a unique world with each novel. Even when set in the present day, the novel’s events layer a new dimension upon our visible reality. It’s the dimension of those characters, of that story, but it should feel as real to the

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