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Why this New Mommy is Making Time for Herself and Refuses to Feel Guilty about it

On October 15--just two short months ago--I welcomed a beautiful, "little" 11 lb 6.4 oz girl into this world. And I feel as if I've changed so much throughout pregnancy and new mommyhood, too. I'm not as quick-witted as I once was, I rarely have time for anyone or anything other than my precious, little bundle, and I'm just plain exhausted.

Still, I wouldn't trade Baby Phoenix for

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

Shadow Swarm is like a plastic dinosaur driving a fighter plane through Middle Earth while eating a delicious hamburger

What got you to click into this article? Was it the WTF title? I thought so... Well, I've known D. Robert Pease for a few years now, and I can honestly say that the title does summarize him pretty well. If you read the interview, then you'll obviously understand much better. And don't you want--nay, NEED--to understand? Oh, and you could totally win a $50 gift card to celebrate this new found understanding.

Full of Excitement, but Difficult to Put into Spoiler-less Words: A Guest Review of EXODUS 2022

Today, I'm delighted to feature a guest book review by my good friend, Tracy. This is one we read together, and I will be sharing my review shortly on my other blog, www.melstorm.com. Needless to say, I also loved it! So read on for Tracy's review and a special tour giveaway--enjoy!

Tracy's Review:  Wow. I want more!! I would love to see what happens

Underdog Characters You Can’t Help but Root for: A Guest Review of Atheist’s Prayer

Today, I'm delighted to feature a guest reviewer on my blog! My good friend Tracy loves to read and review books, but just doesn't care for all the work that goes into updating and maintaining a blog of her own. I, for one, am delighted to have her and her awesome review (and giveaway) for The Atheist's Prayer by Amy R. Biddle. So read on, my friends, read on!

Walking a Mile in Someone Else’s Skin: A Review of Skylar Wishes by Tina L. Hook

Have you ever been so jealous of another that you wanted what she had? A job? A car? A boyfriend? A life?

That’s the fascinating premise of Skylar Wishes by Tina L. Hook. Although it is the second book in the Enchanted Series (preceded by Enchanted by Starlight), it can easily be picked up and enjoyed on its own. The exciting concept is matched by beautiful, elegant writing

This NEW FRONTIER is a meditative, battle-hungry shark with a time machine and a TARDIS

Ahh, the week of love, culminating in a "holiday" that you either love or love to hate. Well, whether or not you have a significant other in your life for that crucial Feb 14 date, I'm sure we can all agree on one important, ever-lasting love:  reading.

And what is it you love about this, our favorite pastime? 

I find there is much to love.

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