True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:If Cinderella Was A Writer:

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Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea ~ Fiction Book Review

25489185This is a by-the-book-mystery, which I feel like I come across very rarely lately. As a mystery lover, this book didn’t appeal to me just because it stuck to the formula as much as all aspects of the formula were done right. I did see through the red herring that led to the final plot twist, but Donlea had created so much tension and suspense that when the action ramped up at the end, I couldn’t put the book down.

As far as mysteries go, it wasn’t spectacular, but it was solid. The writing, character, tone and pacing melded together to make this a book I’d recommend, and this is an author I’d read again. A very nicely done mystery. 4.5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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Hallucinations and Psychology: What Happens When You Read?

This is fascinating! Big thanks to Kristen Twardowski for posting this!

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I’ve talked a bit about the health benefits of writing, but what does reading do to the human body? Luckily the fine folks at the University of Virginia Library have put together an infographic on just that topic.

During the first stages of reading, the tactile senses are engaged, and people enjoy things like that book smell. Then people begin to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. Readers become entwined with the book’s narrative. Though some of the stages listed by the folks at UVA are a bit tongue-in-cheek, the graphic presents an optimistic overview of how people’s bodies and minds respond to reading.

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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica ~ #Fiction #Book #Review

25855515Well, you can’t love them all. I heard a lot of hype about this author and decided to check her out. The book was well written, suspenseful, and kept me reading. That said, something about it really pissed me off, crawling under my skin and itching like a rash I couldn’t get to.

All the women in the story struck me as exceptionally weak, and not because of  circumstances or illness. It felt like they were written by a sexist man. (Not trying to offend anyone, plenty of men write superb women characters, but these women seemed liked stereotypes created by a member of the He-man woman haters club.)

I’m not ruling out Kubica’s other books, there’s more good than bad, but this book just wasn’t for me. 4 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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Play Dead by Angela Marsons ~ #Fiction #Book #Review

29543952This is another exciting installment in the D.I Kim Stone series. As usual, Marsons leads the reader around a series of twists and turns, makes the outlandish seem probable, and pushes the boundaries in a most enjoyable way.

In book four, D.I. Kim Stone’s character continues to evolve. As her persona is fleshed out, it endears her to readers even more. The mystery, as usual, has an element that strikes close to home for Detective Stone, and the time on the clock is ticking down fast.

I love these books. A series that got under my skin after I swore off series, I can’t stop myself from coming back for more. This author is fresh and inventive, balances the light with the dark through the development and healing of her characters, and is a true artist when it comes to weaving together the many fibers of an intricate storyline to create a perfect tapestry of crime. 5 stars!

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