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K.L. Kranes, Author

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November 2017

10 Must-Read YA Novels I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet!

As a young adult (YA) author, I wish I could say I've read every great and even every good YA novel. But I haven't. In fact, I've come to realize my YA bookshelf is rather lacking. 

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Forget Black Friday, For Book Lovers It’s All About Small Biz Saturday

Baby, it's cold outside. What better way to stay warm and walk off all those Thanksgiving calories than going to the mall? OK, now scratch out "mall" and replace it with "local indie bookstore" because this weekend it's Small Business Saturday AND Indies First. (Insert squeal of joy.)

Thankless for Thanksgiving, But in a Good Way

Thanksgiving is the combination of two simple words: thanks and giving. However, have you ever noticed how the tradition of giving thanks, which should be selfless, tends toward the self-centered?

Weekend at the Theater: Book of Mean Mormon Girls

Two nights. Two musicals. Two very different experiences. This made for one interesting weekend.

Writing Quandary: Personality Test for Your Characters – Helpful Writing Tool or Waste of Time?

For me, personality tests are like a piece of free candy, if I see one, I'll take it. They can be serious, like Myers Briggs, or fun, like the "what do you see" Rorschach-like personality tests constantly popping up on Facebook.

Forget Laughter, Books Are the Best Medicine.

They say laughter is the best medicine. I say it has some competition with books.

NaNoWriMo Newbie: Advice from Week 1

If you read my blog last week on NaNoWriMo, you already know I'm a newbie to this writing event. I didn't quite know what to expect when I started. It's now been one week (technically 8 days when I'm writing this). What have I learned so far? Anything?

A LOT to Really Be Scared Of (My First Stephen King Novel)

I'm going to do it. I'm going to terrify myself again, willingly. I'm going to go back to that place, that time.

It’s a Small Animal! It’s a Writing Contest! It’s Nanowrimo?

The first time someone said the word "Nanowrimo" to me was in a Starbucks and I thought it referred to a miniature rhinoceros. I was just a tiny bit off.

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