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My Top 10 Coolest Libraries Around the World

The days of stuffy, dark, dust filled libraries, that feel like you've stepped into an 18th century novel about etiquette run by uptight librarians hissing "shhhhh" at the slightest noise are over. Check out some of the coolest libraries on the planet. I want to fly to these places now just so I can hang out here all day.

Monday Blog – Trans-Relating: Suburban Moms Read “If I Was Your Girl” for Book Club

At our last meeting of the Nightlighters Book Club, I think the we had two firsts - unless I'm forgetting something. The first first was that we read a YA novel (i.e. young adult). The second, and probably more important first, was that we read book with a LGBTQAI main character. The book? If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

Lazy Sunday – My Favorite Places to Snuggle Up with a Book

I took an insane trip recently where I left Washington, DC at 6 am and flew to LA (a 4+ hour flight) and then took a flight home that same day. Other than realizing that was not one of the smartest decisions I ever made since it left me exhausted and loopy, I did get an excellent amount of writing and reading time in! It made me think of the best places to read and write. Here are my favorites.

Behind the Book Blog: Interview With the Lovely Lady of ‘Books, Vertigo and Tea’

To an author, especially one like me from a small press (The Travelers, Saguaro Books) without a huge marketing budget, book review bloggers are critical for success. They're also the gateway for readers to a world of undiscovered books. Book bloggers constantly reviews books, feature authors, write profiles on upcoming book events or materials. But, has anyone ever stopped to ask them - you write about everyone else, what about you? What motivates you to write about books? Well, I'm curious about book bloggers....so I asked one if I could interview her...

Friday Reads: Harry Potter Book 2 – The Secret to the Chamber of Secrets? Repeat Book One

This will probably be a controversial opinion on Harry Potter, even in my own house...

Why My Book Club is the Best and How Yours Can be Too

This week we had our monthly Nightlighter book club meeting to discuss the YA book, If I Was Your Girl, which lead to an enlightening literary and cultural discussion. Obviously as a writer/author (The Travelers), I think books are very important. It's not a stretch to say that I think book clubs are important. So let's talk about why I love my book club and why every person should be in one!

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Surprisingly Dark and Twisted Plotlines from Your Favorite Fairy Tales

With all the swirl around Beauty and the Beast lately, I thought it might be fun to talk about fairy tales. Disney has done a laudable job of Disney-ifying classics with positive messages and happy endings. And while I remember obsessing over Disney's Aladdin well into my teens, I also remember going to Blockbuster and renting videos (yes I predate even DVDs) called Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre. And Shelley showed the truth about those fairy tales - they were dark.

Why Can’t a Writer be President? America’s Obsession With Visual Un-Reality

Almost everyone, at least in the US, watches TV daily. We consume shows and movies like they're candy that our parents might suddenly take away. We all have our favorite genres and actors.

Saturday Story Time: How To Be Outsmarted by a Dog

It's Saturday, so I thought I'd have a little fun storytelling time. As a writer and an author (The Travelers), I tell stories. That's basically the essence of a writer. I thought it would be fun to write down some of my oft told stories. When I think about this story, it feel a little like a fable in that there is a moral embedded in here somewhere. So I'm going to write it that way. Once upon a time....

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