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Cut and Paste

Get it? “Condensed” versions had ‘extra scenes’. EXTRA. I have read many a tedious book or parts that I skimmed through, (Elaine mentioned “War and Peace” earlier in the week; I could not have cared less from which direction Napoleon … Continue reading

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Please Read Part of My Book!

Our resident hound asked, “How would you feel if Reader’s Digest abridged one of your novels? What reservations (if any) might you have? My parents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and I remember spending lots of time … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Jennifer Girardin

I met today’s guest online and was captivated by her varied and beautiful posts. Jennifer Girardin is the author of the Moriston House British Mystery Series, and many of her posts reflect that life. Welcome, Jennifer! Your posts are often … Continue reading

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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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Guest: Kristen Lamb

Kristen and I have been Facebook Friends for years and yet wires crossed. I have been trying to get her in for an interview for some time, but once we made contact, it worked. BOY, did it work! Kristen could … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Three

Our stay-at-home orders are still in effect, and I’m still sewing like crazy, in addition to grading final exams. But I did find some time to read. If you get a chance to check some of these out, you might … Continue reading

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Bring ’em On!

What do I read? What genre or genres? The real question is, what don’t I read? I was one of those kids who read the cereal boxes at breakfast. I read through the family’s World Book Encyclopedia by 4th grade. I … Continue reading

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Tod Edit, or Not To Edit – Testimonials

In my travels around the world… of reading, I have encountered the world of short, testimonial anthologies. Most of you are familiar at least with the premise of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books: people submit their personal stories … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Chrystyna K. Lucyk-Berger

How much I LOVE Facebook! I get to meet so many people I would never even knew existed, let alone get to virtually-literally travel the world. Chrystyna K.  Lucyk-Berger is an accomplished woman, who is another friend through mutual friends … Continue reading

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YA Read Any Good Books Lately?

Free Week :it’s Thanksgiving Week in America. I have had some respiratory illness, so as much as I usually enjoy having a full house, (and often guests from out of town), this year is quiet and I probably needed for … Continue reading

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