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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 15 March 2014 · 24 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rclewisbo...iv><br /></div>

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Book Talk: BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 14 March 2014 · 33 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style&nbsp;or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://riffle-bookco...re.<br /><br />

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Cover Talk With STITCHING SNOW Debut Author RC Lewis - ARC Giveaway!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 11 March 2014 · 29 views

I love talking to debut authors. Our experiences are so similar, yet so very different, that every one of us has a new story to share. Everyone says that the moment you get your cover it really hits you - you're an author. The cover is your story - and you - packaged for the world. So the process of the cover reveal can be slightly panic inducing. Does it fit your story? Is it what you hoped? Will it sell? With this in mind I put together the CRAP (Cover Reveal Anxiety Phase) Interview.<br /><br />Today's guest is super-special because she's also my critique partner and my keeper - which means she takes care of my reality-based needs, like reminding me periodically of what time zone I live in. RC has an amazing debut in <a href="https://www.goodread...r.js"></script>

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My Bucket List: Celebrating SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 March 2014 · 23 views

Next week brings two very exciting things on the same day - <i>my birthday</i> and the release of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy. In honor of Julie and her debut, I'm putting together a bucket list of my own. Scroll down to see what I want to do before I kick it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://d202m5krfqbp...ady Gaga.</div>

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 08 March 2014 · 17 views

<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rclewisbo...iv></div></div>

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Book Talk: One Crow Alone by SD Crockett

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 March 2014 · 35 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style&nbsp;or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://riffle-image...ng never comes.

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Thursday Thoughts

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 06 March 2014 · 19 views

Thoughts lately...<br /><br />1) Sometimes when I'm shopping in the dairy section and there's a person on the other side stocking from the back, I have this perverse desire to talk to them. But there's a wall of milk there. Somehow it's socially unacceptable to break the fourth wall of milk, and I instinctively know this.<br /><br />2) Why do we give people presents on their birthdays? Shouldn't we give the present to their mom?<br /><br />3) I'm going to see Phantom of the Opera this weekend for the third time. I'm Team Phantom, and every time I'm like, "Maybe THIS time...."

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Successful Debut Author Talk with Kate Jarvik Birch

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 04 March 2014 · 24 views

Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Kate Jarvik Birch, author of <a href="https://www.goodread... the world.</i>

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A Decisive Moment In the Life of This Reader

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 03 March 2014 · 21 views

I've been ripping through the TBR lately, as you've probably noticed from the giveaways that have been hanging around on the blog. I've been continually victimized by polar vortices and because of this have made leaps and bounds forward in writing, reading and knitting. I also may have become slightly anti-social and stopped wearing makeup.<br /><br />But I'm not sure that last bit has anything to do with the weather.<br /><br />In any case, as I plow through my pile of ARCs I've also been wading into more weighty tomes. I'm a fan of the classics and I've recently rediscovered a less-well-known author of British parlor-room-and-Parliament drama, Anthony Trollope. If you have a spot in your heart for Dickens or Thackeray I highly recommend delving into Trollope as well.<br /><br />The title I just finished - CAN YOU FORGIVE HER - is the first in what's called the Palliser novels by Trollope. I grabbed an old tattered paperback at a library sale some years ago. I love well-worn, cheaply made books. I really do. The pages are like onion paper, the print is smudgy, and there are various fingerprints all over the thing. All four corners are feathered from who knows how many pairs of hands rubbing their thumbs on the edges while they hope and pray that the wellborn women they're reading about make the right choice of husband. Sigh. Yes, even I fall prey to such things when couched properly.<br /><br />So having escorted one such lady to the proper decision, I'm happy to move on to the next title - PHINEAS FINN - when I discover that the overly-handled set of paperbacks I grabbed on a whim a few years ago doesn't have that one. It's an injustice and an inconvenience so I tromp up the stairs from my library, up to my flannel-sheeted bed and burrow in to order a copy.<br /><br />Except... I don't really have to. Because I can download it. For free.<br /><br />Now I'm in a pickle. A few minutes ago I'd been grumbling under my breath about inconvenience and here I find that I can have the words I'm searching for delivered to me. Right now. For free. But... my iPad doesn't feather on the edges when I grip it during tea-time with a rascal, and the only fingerprints on the shiny screen are my own. What's the fun in that?<br /><br />On the other hand, I'm also a highly practical person and I'm unsure I want to spend money on something I can have for free. So I hit up some lovely book swapping sites - <a href="http://bookmooch.com...g about myself.

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