From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

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From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

Rants/Raves | November 3rd, 2014 | 2 responses

Writing Stalled? Try This!

Julie Brown

Your day has been derailed. You’re unmotivated. You’ve lost focus. You can’t concentrate. You would rather do the laundry, wash the car, or file your back taxes.

Most writers have days when writing is near impossible. We have weeks when the stars refuse to align, forces conspire against us, and ideas that once seemed brilliant have lost their sparkle. At these times, my friend, you have two choices: give up and quit or do what I do: “DIS” yourself.


Rants/Raves | October 23rd, 2014

Women Writers Everywhere! by Anesa Miller


In the mid-1990s (way back in my early childhood—lol!), I completed a graduate program in Russian literature. To prepare for comprehensive exams, I had devoted three years to reading my way through a list of novels, short stories, and poems by such luminaries as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and others. Once I had passed the exams and found a spare moment to reflect on things, I came to a startling realization: it had been ages since I last read a book by a woman.

Rants/Raves | October 21st, 2014

Your Passion or Your Husband by Alretha Thomas

alrethabenchnice500x780 “If your husband told you he needed you to stop pursuing your passion because he was feeling neglected would you?” This was the question my sister asked me during one of our many daily calls to each other. Her question gave me pause because I could never envision being married to a man who would ask me to choose between what I love to do and our relationship. I have truly been blessed in the husband department. Not only is the love of my life a great guy, but for the past 16 years he has supported me wholeheartedly while I have been chasing my dream to become a successful writer. But…but…yes, that three letter word. But, even nice guys have limits and this year I have truly pushed the proverbial envelope. I need to take inventory of the myriad activities that stem from my creative endeavors. I must find balance and that’s definitely easier said than done.

Rants/Raves | September 15th, 2014

Nothing Brings a Stepfamily Closer than Scary Stories by Holly Robinson

Holly RobinsonFour children are not really so many. Plenty of couples have more. But, when I married my second husband, Dan, we brought four children into our new family. Because our kids were so young and close in age—6, 7, 8 and 9—that number seemed exponentially greater than the sum of two and two.

In other words, it was bedlam.

Rants/Raves | September 9th, 2014

The Gift of Cancer by J.S. Foote

J.S. FooteCancer has its benefits. For one, you don’t have to shave. That’s a big one. The sudden disinterest in food also helps. But what is the best thing about having cancer? The inevitable reorientation. What used to matter so much to you, suddenly seems trivial. Now the only thing on your plate is to survive—for yourself and your loved ones. And then having survived, to live a better life.

Rants/Raves | September 4th, 2014

Amazon the Conqueror by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Amazon/Hachette Book Group battle, but in case you’re in the dark, Amazon wants to set the price for Hachette e-books. Hachette believes that the publisher should make that decision, and Amazon has responded by delaying shipment on Hachette books, as well as disallowing pre-orders. So who gets hurt? Hachette authors, of course. Sure, J.K. Rowling and James Patterson can take it in stride. But what about debut authors? As Sherman Alexie said on his Colbert appearance, “Presales determine the sales of a book . . . [without preorders] the book is dead.”