Book review – Ellen Outside the Lines (Spoiler Free)

"We're a family, Ellen, but we're not all the same. And that's a good thing." Title: Ellen Outside the Lines Author: A. J. Sass Genre: MG Fiction Pages: 336 pages Publication date: March 22, 2022 I can’t remember exactly where I first heard of Ellen Outside The Lines. I’ve seen that cover so many times … Continue reading Book review – Ellen Outside the Lines (Spoiler Free)

10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022

I haven't done one of these before, but I love reading them, so I decided to give it a try. Perhaps you'll find a book you like as well.  For this list, I picked seven books I already have on my to-read shelf. My shelf is almost full, so I'm hoping to get it down … Continue reading Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022

Just a quick reminder

The end of the year tends to be busy, but don't let that stop you. Your goals and dreams are waiting for you at the end of the finish line. Reach out a little farther. Find pockets of time between the couch. Look into the mirror and smile at what you've already accomplished. You can … Continue reading Just a quick reminder

First lines given – #10

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Jaya! She said: I absolutely love this first line. Here we go: And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it … Continue reading First lines given – #10

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time—and only once—everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word said for every single dialogue tag. I raised my hand and … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

First lines given – #9.5

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. So, you might remember the first line is by Innerdialects. She said: I got a request to continue the story a bit more. Here's the first one in case you missed it, and here's the … Continue reading First lines given – #9.5

First lines given – #9

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Innerdialects! She said: I decided to go in a different direction than I normally go in. Here's the result: It seemed like a good start. It had that edge, that … Continue reading First lines given – #9

First lines given – #6

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Danny Beattie! He said: I like the tone of this one. Here's the result: Of course Marko would say that. He always does. But that was the thing about Marko: … Continue reading First lines given – #6