Fifty Shades of Shame by Guest Blogger @MonicaMarieV


I’m an author with a distinct tastes in books. I’ve tried to read things like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, and Lord of the Flies. But I couldn’t. They didn’t catch my attention, they didn’t hold my attention, and I didn’t enjoy them. That’s not to say that they’re not great books, I just didn’t like them.

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World Peace


Okay, Aamir says, and I try to roll my eyes but my happiness betrays me. In an attempt to hide the effect of his friendship I tilt my smile to the sky. The stars are faded and broken, hidden above a veil of smog and dust blown in from one desert or the other.

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REVIEW: Broken Places by Rachel Thompson

bpI’ve been following Thompson’s writing through blogs and social media for years, but nothing could have prepared me for the stunning voice this author has.

I’m not much of a poetry reader. Though my favorite genre is Literary, I’m definitely one of those numbskulls that just doesn’t get it. I want to read a story, not words.

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Facebook Literature Giveaways Galore


All weekend long, I am running a massive giveaway on my Facebook page. There are more than 20 e-books up for grabs.

All you have to do is comment on the post you want (or all of them!), and I hope you’ll consider checking out the authors involved in the giveaway.

K.M. Randall, Author of Fractured Dream

Jonathan Bruce, Author of Project Northwoods

Chris Minich, Author of Misadventures of Princess Sydney,

Jesse James Freeman, Author of Billy Purgatory

Barbara Eppich Struna, Author of The Old Cape House

Jennifer Gracen, Author of Autumn Getaway.

Julie Schaarsmith Farley, Author of Tripped Up Love

Marianne Sackett McKiernan, Author of Dogs Speak

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Author of Unfinished Business

Larry Weiner, Author of Paradise Rot

Hilary Grossman, Author of Dangled Carat

Tess Thompson, Author of Blue Midnight

Claudia Long, Author of The Duel for Consuelo

Rachel Thompson, Author of Broken Places

Meara Platt, Author of My Fair Lily.

Mary Rowen Horgan, Author of Living by Ear

Marni Mann, Author of Seductive Shadows

Melissa Thayer, The Stories We Don’t Tell

Melissa Palmer, Author of Twin Oaks

Shari Ryan, Author of Tag

Thank you so much to all of the authors that participated.


A Berlin Story Celebratory Interview


Earlier today, I was lucky enough to celebrate the launch of A Berlin Story by Tiffani Burnett-Velez (who assisted me with the Russian dialogue in Paper Souls) by answering some of her questions about Paper Souls. I’ve also read the novella, which is beautifully written. You can read my five-star review of it on GU next week.

Below is a transcript of the interview. Enjoy.

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