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review 2016-04-06 03:13
Unleashing Mr. Darcy - Teri Wilson
ro  Rewrite of Pride and Prejudice in the dog competition world. I enjoyed the alternate points of the story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I especially liked how we get more of Mr. Darcy's thoughts as he struggles with his attraction and questions why it is happening with Elizabeth. It was fun to see it all work out against the dog shows and the preparation of the dogs for the shows. It is different from the Hallmark movie but both follow the basic Pride and Prejudice storyline.
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review 2014-02-26 00:00
How to Edit, Revise and Rewrite Your Novel--a Quick and Simple Guide (Writing Novels)
How to Edit, Revise and Rewrite Your Novel--a Quick and Simple Guide (Writing Novels) - Gordon Kessler Gordon Kessler's book "How to Edit, Revise and Rewrite Your Novel--A Quick and Simple Guide" is a very helpful little resource. Packed with great information for the beginning and intermediate writer (like me), this guide is succinct, well-written, and organized, without a lot of fluff. At the price of free, it's definitely worth picking up.
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review 2013-12-02 00:00
Rewrite Redemption
Rewrite Redemption - J.H. Walker I wish to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Other than dystopia, time travel is one of my favorite things to read about. I mean, hey, who wouldn’t like to be able to go back and forth in time? As I’ve gotten older I know that there are things that I a few years ago I would have loved to have changed but now know it was for the better. Unlike most time travel books, A.J. doesn’t know how to control it, why it happens to her and how to bring herself back on her own. Throughout her life, this has caused some problems along the way, especially in her personal life where those around her don’t understand the whys or how’s neither.

This story revolves around A.J., a teen growing up basically relying on her two best and only friends and who in turn rely on her. All their lives are completely abnormal due to their parent’s flaws. The story also centers around Constantine, a transplant in A.J.’s area due to something Constantine did in a past time travel that really screwed things up full circle with his family. The difference between the two is that Constantine knows the answers to the why’s and how’s. How their meeting and growing relationship plays out is what you need to find out by reading this book.

Even though I loved this story as a whole and enjoyed the two POV’s that changed from chapter to chapter, the time it took to actually get to the nitty gritty of the story, to get to A.J. knowing that she’s not a freak and for her to know that Constantine is just like her on most levels was just a bit mind numbing. This is not a short book, and if it hadn’t been for me wanting to know where the story was going to go and for this being read for a review, I may have stopped short. By the time we get to something many books would be nearing the end of their own story.

The details are wonderfully done. You can picture the tree house, the scenery (future and past), the characters themselves with little to no guess work. The way the different characters act and the whole mean girl bit was done perfectly. I loved the tit-for-tat between Lex and Misty aka Bratz Doll so much. I felt like I was right there with them and found myself doing the triumphant giggle when it was over. Kind of like, oh no she didn’t, oh yeah she did, SNAP! The author also did a great job explaining the reason why only a handful of the world’s population were time traveling and how it was kept all hush-hush.

I recommend this to anyone who likes time travel books with a touch of flair. Nothing to outlandish, but coated with the perfect level of reality thrown in with levels of mayhem, chaos, and done in a way that will leave the reader completely satisfied at the end.
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review 2013-11-14 12:09
Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker
Rewrite Redemption - J.H. Walker

Another indie Amazon YA freebie, but this one's a whole 'nother bottle of .. stuff that comes in bottles. It's great!


Summary: AJ and her friends Lex and Ipod are a family. Lilo and Stitch style, small, and broken, but they are more family than any of their real families can manage. Ipod's father is a bully, Lex's mother couldn't care less as long as Lex doesn't get in her way, and AJ feels responsible for the death of her mother and the disintegration of her father. On top of all this, she has a secret: She disappears, randomly, to who knows where or when, or for how long. Enter Constantine (what are the odds I'd pick up a book with an MC named Constantine just a couple of days after the gorgeous baby post on BL :). Anyway, Constantine is not just the new guy at school, he seems to have something to do with her disappearing, or at least knows more than AJ does about what's going on.

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quote 2013-10-24 23:01
Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.

Larry L. King, a respected Texas playwright and National Book Award-nominated author of many books, said this, and it is, in my eyes, quite true. 


To become a great writer, one must sit down and write. Words must flow from your pen. It could be a short story, a poem, or even a journal entry. Writers must strive to write every single day, even if it is only jotting down ideas or scribbling. 


Afterwards,  you must rewrite (edit) those ideas, stories, and poems. As an editor, rewriting is important; words need to be shaped, enhanced, and strengthened. No piece is ever finished -- you can always go back, rewrite it, and remaster your writing.


And who doesn't love to read? When we read, we are inspired, and sometimes, our writing style changes to show homage to authors we love and admire. For instance, if I take a break to read a chapter of a book by Neil Gaiman or Clive Barker, I'll come back to my own writing with fresh ideas on style, creative language, and characters.


Do you try to take a shortcut, or do you use all three ingredients in your writing?

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