Researching Medina Hill wit..

Trilby Kent, author of Medina Hill, has graciously offered to talk a bit about her researching process for her book – which I loved. It might sound a little strange, but I often find I enjoy researching a new book just as much as I enjoy writing. There’s something very exciting about historical research, in particular. Not only does it help to really understand my characters, to get under their skin, but it can also suggest all sorts of alternative plot developments that would never have occurred to me otherwise. One thing that you learn very quickly as a historical […]

Posted November 4, 2009
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Book Review: Medina Hill

Book Review: Medina Hill

Medina Hillby Trilby Kent SummaryIn the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence […]

Posted November 3, 2009
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Book Review: Fire Study

Book Review: Fire Study

I am on fire for Maria’s study series. Oh, aren’t I pun-ny! No, really, I am so incredibly in love with this series… keep reading to find out why… Fire Studyby Maria V. Snyder I’m tempted to start with the ending… but I have to be “vague” – it ends the way I wanted it to. Oh Maria, I love you for ending this series the way you did! Okay, onto the plotline: Yalena continues her adventures in Sitia with a lingering evil force still free and another, more sinister plan boiling beneath the surface. Yalena is a Soulfinder and […]

Posted November 3, 2009
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Book Review: Magic Study

Book Review: Magic Study

Just as addicting, Maria V. Snyder’s Magic Study will keep your attention and make you want more. Magic Studyby Maria V. Snyder Yalena heads back to Sitia to be reunited with the family she does not even remember. While her parents and sister are welcoming, her older brother Leif remains distant and suspicious of her sudden return. She is there to study and improve her magical skills. Of course, she meets the heir to Ixia’s throne – all of his family who had been killed by Valek – and learns of his ambition to take back the throne with an […]

Posted November 2, 2009
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Book Review: The Forest of ..

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie RyanReleased: March 2009Description from GoodReads:In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she […]

Posted November 2, 2009
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Book Review: Poison Study

Book Review: Poison Study

The first book in Maria V. Snyder’s Study Series, Poison Study is a fantastic read that you will not want to put down. 😀 Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Stolen from her home at a young age, Yelena was taken to Ixia where she was thrown into experiments – at first harmless tests of her magical ability. Magic is forbidden in Ixia, but in the home of General Brazell – he took in orphan children that had magical abilities. As Yelena became older, she realized that Brazell was not a fatherly figure, his tests turning into tortures until she was […]

Posted November 1, 2009
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Design It Up! (2)

Design It Up! (2)

Today, we are going to tackle something that will help all bloggers with networking: the blog button grab box. This is a great tool will help others take your button, and spread the word about your blog. There are three steps to this process, so you may wish to look at each step to see if you need to complete it. Step One: Blog Button You will need to have a blog button. This can easily be made using Photoshop, or by searching Google for sites that can help you make on. Once you have the button, you will need […]

Posted October 30, 2009
Design It Up
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Book Review: Gateway

Book Review: Gateway

Author: Sharon ShinnReleased: October 15, 2009 by Viking Juvenile Description from GoodReads: As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that “black jade” translates to “Daiyu”—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it’s more than that; it’s magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and […]

Posted October 29, 2009
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