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Book Reviews

If Fallen Stars Are Real, So Are Promised Dragonfly Heroines—My Review of Halayda by Sarah Delena White

It's human for us to want to deal with darkness, and senseless suffering, and pain. All too often, though, these themes leave us into a dark labyrinth of despair. What I love so much about Halayda is how it deals with darkness, bloodshed, and loss with a sense of eternal hope. This is a rare [...]

the detective's assistant by kate hannigan
Book Reviews

The Detective’s Assistant Review

Did you know that Pinkerton's hired the first lady detective? Her name was Kate Warne, and her story is partly told in the delightlful and touching middle grade novel The Detective's Assistant, by the lovely Kate Hannigan. There are so many wonderful things in this story. A few who worked on the Underground Railroad, even [...]

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Literature

The Power Of Indie Platforms

"I don't think you're dark enough for young adult. If you're going to submit this book to this agent, I would make it a middle-grade novel." I considered this an immense compliment. Kate Hannigan and I were chatting about what sells in young adult fiction today. Angst, darkness, often it's overly-sexualized themes. Yeah, I wouldn't fit [...]

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Life, Uncategorized

5 Favorite Excerpts from 5 Favorite Books

"But she had the German penchant for telling people off, and she died alone at 81, having scolded away all her friends." Because I am of Austrian/German heritage, I never forgot these words I read in William Zinsser's book, On Writing Well. “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness [...]