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Spy Fiction (Part 2): The Real Mystery—Where Are All the Women? (Guest Blogger E. Biedell)

Spy fiction is not a genre I usually read (ok, never read) much to the chagrin of my friend, Elizabeth MacKenzie Biedell.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Let Books Keep You Warm This Winter

Baby, it's cold outside. Therefore, I'm choosing the best therapy for the cold I know, books! Here are some book suggestions to keep you warm winter season!

Spooky Story Podcasts to Get Ready for Halloween

I love reading. But I'm a busy gal. I likely won't be able to work my way through Stephen King's expansive horror collection before Halloween. What is a girl to do then? Lightbulb! Podcasts!

5 Books and Films to Read/Watch for the Upcoming Eclipse

It's literally a once in a lifetime experience. The blotting out of the sun. A total solar eclipse. Maybe that's why books and movies like to use eclipses for plot and metaphor...

Go Rogue on Valentine’s Day: The Anti-Romance Book List

With all the rogue sites popping up - AltUSForestService, AltBadlandsNatPark, Resistance_NASA, Rogue NOAA, etc - It got me thinking. I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day. It's a Hallmark-created corporatized holiday that makes people who don't have a Valentine feel bad and people who do feel pressure to be romantic just because it's February 14. I'm all about embracing this sea-change of rebellion against a corporate, money-driven society and going rogue on Valentine's Day!

My Favorite Things of 2016, Yes There Are Some! #goodthingsin2016

2016 wasn't completely awful, right? Here are some things I found in 2016 that not only didn't suck but were kind of awesome...

It’s Criminal! The Search for YA Noir Detective Novels

Is anyone else watching this show on TBS called Search Party? I don't watch a lot of television. (Unless you count 6 hours of Gilmore Girls, but that couldn't be helped. Nothing keeps me from the Lorelai ladies.) Along with periodically catching up on episodes of Atlanta and Nick Cage, Search Party is really the only other show I watch consistently. It's like HBO’s Girls and Veronica Mars had a baby with Sam Spade! (Yes, I realize that sounds crazy. But the show is crazy – crazy good!) And, of course, since my mind went to Sam Spade, it then took the not so far leap, where my mind is concerned, to detective novels.

Favorite Books My Characters Would Recommend & the Books They Secretly Love

Everyone has a guilty reading pleasure, right? Well, in my world my characters do also. Therefore, in this blog I’m going to talk about the books my characters would recommend and their secret guilty pleasures, including books on vampires, zombies (ooo, shiver), pants (yes, you read that right, pants) and Mandalas. What's a Mandala you ask? Read to find out!

Journey in Writing: Tips for Penning Spooky Prose

Since I’m a writer, I figured it was time to post something about actual writing. Now, I write YA fantasy novels, specifically The Travelers. So, I would never claim to be an expert on writing scary stories. (Honestly, I don’t claim to be an expert in anything except insomnia.) Lucky for me, there are tons of experts out there willing to share insight on the subject. Since it’s Day #11 of my Halloween-themed blog countdown, here are 11 tips I found that, as a writer, resonated with me. Some even transcend writing just horror and suspense.

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