Monday, February 18, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for February 18, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, February 11 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, February 12 -

THE PIRATE'S JEWEL - RELEASES TODAY!– A medieval pirate romance from USA Today bestselling author, Ruth A. Casie. This swashbuckling action-adventure is part of the Pirates of Britannia world.

Wednesday, February 13 -
WRITING THE PROJECT YOU FEARBy author Nicole Luiken. All writers want to grow and take on bigger challenges. But are ANY novels easy to write? And what is it we fear?

Thursday, February 14 -
"HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A VALENTINE" - The gang at Here Be Magic have gotten together to share ideas, treats, and memories from the holiday devoted to love. And we have treats for our readers too!


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New Release: 


THE PIRATE'S JEWEL by Ruth A. Casie
Deception and family honor are at stake, so is the heroine’s heart in this new medieval pirate romance from USA Today bestselling author, Ruth A. Casie.

Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?

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Sales, Contests and Events:


Our authors often take part in hosted giveaways and events, or sponsor their own.
Here's one of the latest! 

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DANI'S WEBSITE CELEBRATION

The Dani Harper website has been rebuilt, redesigned, and revamped from the ground up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. 

Look for new features, e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d information, and a shiny new Grim Series Glossary to explore.


Three people will win a deluxe Dani Harper tote bag with the new owl logo from my homepage on it. PLUS your choice of one of my paperbacks (signed) to put inside it!


WEBSITE:

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A VALENTINE - by the Authors at Here Be Magic

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
We associate Valentine's Day with couples, but the holiday isn't just for lovers. It's a great time to show yourself a little kindness too. After all, how many of us are genuinely nice to ourselves? 

And whether you have a significant other or not, Valentine's Day can be a great opportunity to do a little something for a neighbor, a friend, a family member, or even a stranger. 


The Here Be Magic gang has gotten together to share ideas, treats, and memories from the holiday devoted to love.


PLUS we have some Valentine goodies for YOU at the end of this post!


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LINDA - "Treat yourself to something you haven’t had or been able to do in a long, long time. Whether it’s that decadent dessert you’ve been eyeing but denying, a short trip to a location you’ve been wanting to revisit, or it could be something as simple as calling up an old friend you haven’t heard from in a while and letting them know you were thinking of them.

"After all, bringing a little happiness to someone else will always lift your spirit too." ~ Linda Mooney


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CINDY - "My freshman year at university was mostly an exciting time, but it was also a big adjustment. I wasn't homesick in the beginning, but by mid-winter, it had been creeping in. My roommates were friendly, but not real friends, and the guy I'd been dancing around dating had recently decided he was still in love with his girlfriend back home. Valentine's Day was going to seriously suck...

"That's when the card from my parents showed up. It was the first time they had actually written me, other than sending money, since I'd gone away. It was such a little thing--a Valentine from my folks. But it changed the entire tenor of the holiday, because it made me feel special and loved." ~ Cindy Spencer Pape



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JODY - "Self-care: What makes ME feel the best that I can do for myself? For me, I like to FINISH. I like to write THE END. And since I can’t guarantee I’ll be finishing a book or project around the fourteenth of February, I can instead guarantee I’ll be finishing something on my TO-DO LIST.  :)

"What I plan to do for myself on Commercialized Candy Day is clean out some clutter and donate it. I’ll feel better because I completed a task I’ve probably been putting off for a long time, and donating to the right types of charities is good for society." ~ Jody Wallace


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RUTH - "What do I do to feel special...
  • get a manicure and pedicure
  • tuck myself into the comfy chair in the living room and read a book - from cover to cover
  • take my daughters out for coffee without the grandchildren - a girls thing (sometimes I take them for a mani/pedi)" ~ Ruth A. Casie

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MAUREEN - "If I want to show myself a little love I buy myself something that I don't really need, but something I've wanted. A little indulgence like new books, soft pajamas, or another item that has been in the 'save for later' basket online because it wasn't really necessary. Or else I forget about the endless chores waiting and settle in to watch a favorite movie with a beverage of choice, even if it's the middle of the day.


"Since my girls were little, my hubby has always gotten them flowers and chocolate on Valentine's Day. I didn't want them to ever think they had to wait for a boy to make them feel special, because they always have their first valentine, their dad." ~ Maureen Bonatch


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JENNY - "The perfect Valentine's Day treat is a walk along the beach. Depending on where you live, you might think I'm crazy (hello, blizzard outside), but here in Australia it's summer. Perfect beach weather. Splashing in the shallows and collecting shells is a little bit of joy and a whole lot of peace. Happy Valentine's Day!" ~ Jenny Schwartz





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DANI - "Playing Easter bunny to my daughters was always one of my favorite things. So it was natural for me to play VALENTINE bunny too! After they'd gone to bed, I'd tiptoe around and leave chocolate treats, cards and heart-shaped goodies of the season on their nightstands or beside their beds. When the girls got to be older teenagers, though, I had to change my method - they were awake a lot longer than I could possibly stay up. (Soooo not an night owl!) However, I WAS an early riser, so the Valentine bunny started making her rounds at 6 a.m. It was a sure thing that no teens would be conscious at that time of day!" ~ Dani Harper


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SHAWNA - "I’ve been divorced now for quite a while, and my ex was never one for flowers and chocolates anyway, so Valentine’s Day and I have had a bit of a spotty relationship over the years. Lately, I’ve learned to warm up to the holiday again, and for that I credit my friends. 


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"There was the male co-worker who wished me a happy Valentine’s Day (in an entirely platonic and non-creepy way), probably because he knew I was single and didn’t have anyone at home who would say it to me. A colleague from the evening shift came in extra-early one year so she wouldn’t miss me with her Dove chocolate bounty. A friend of mine who loves my Ravensblood series gave me a handmade ‘un-Valentine’s Day card with a raven on the front. Inside it said I’m raven’ about your writing. 

"What really caused a paradigm shift was a card my friend Andrea sent out to all the lucky people on her ‘card list’. She makes lovely cards for each holiday, and the one year in particular she sent cards that listed, without naming names, all the particular, unique things she loved about each of her friends. 



"I got all sniffly, and realized that Valentine’s Day isn’t about choosing the perfect gift for your spouse or lover. It doesn’t have to be about romantic love at all. It can be a day to remember and celebrate the many people in your life that you celebrate in many different ways. So, Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you." ~ Shawna Reppert

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VALENTINES FOR OUR READERS!
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Linda Mooney is offering up a free ebook of her humorous and erotic novella, SPANK MY VALENTINE  (Tales of the Blakeney Sisters, Book 3).


If you'd like a copy, email her through her website at http://www.lindamooney.com/ and let her know what format you need.




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From Jody Wallace


"In February, I will be offering the first volume of my science fiction romance choose your own adventure spoof for free:  

EARTHBOUND PASSION." 

http://jodywallace.com/books/earthbound-passion/ 


"If you want to indulge in the self-care of raunchy, dirty jokes, mockery of tropes, terrible snark, and laughter, this is a very inexpensive way to do it! (Beats sorting through unmated socks, anyway.)"


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Shawna Reppert has a free full-length novel for you!

WHERE LIGHT MEETS SHADOW is an M/M fantasy romance 


The Scathlan elf Kieran journeys through mortal lands in search of new songs and tales to renew his people’s dying culture. His most cherished, most impossible hope is to rediscover the powers of bards from legend in order to wake the queen, in a stupor since the end of the war between his own people and the Leas elves...


Ebook is FREE on Amazon for Valentine's Day at 


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Ruth A. Casie has a brand new release:  


The Pirate's Jewel 

(part of the Pirates of Britannia World series)

Free with Kindle Unlimited

otherwise a swashbuckling gift at just 99¢!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M81Y7HM



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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Writing the Project You Fear

Posted by: Nicole Luiken

I’ve seen this advice a few times: write the project you’re afraid of, the book that you know is going to challenge you to the limits of your ability, the book that you’ll have to level up to complete.
I’m not entirely sure I agree with this advice (more on that below), but this year I’m going for it. I’m taking another stab at my teen novel (working title Replacing the Princess) that I stubbed my toe on last year. I’m determined to work hard and do it justice.
The novel has several difficult bits that I’m juggling: a non-human main character with gender issues who is not entirely likeable (because she’s an assassin), and a secondary viewpoint character who is a Person of Color and, in the current version at least, comes from a fantasy version of a First Nations culture--which means I need to come to a better understanding of cultural appropriation.  I’m also struggling with the ending. I want it to have a strong climax that isn’t an outright cliffhanger yet sets up book two nicely. On top of my usual goals of telling a fast-paced story in an interesting world with dynamic characters… well, it’s a lot. I may succeed. I may fall flat on my face. I may fall flat on my face, then later succeed. We shall see.
I want to grow as a writer. I want to level up. But the idea of being this ambitious for every project is one that I find, frankly, exhausting.
Mostly, however, I think the advice is a bit misleading, because it makes it sound like there are easy novels to write.
True story: my previous big project before this one was supposed to be easy--a rewrite of a trunked adult fantasy novel of mine (working title Path of Power) that I had some new ideas for. I had last worked on the novel eight years before and, while I liked the main storyline, I felt my writing skills had improved significantly. I thought it would be easy-peasy to pull this one out, shake off the rust, and produce a competent, saleable fantasy novel in about six months.
Yeah. That would be a big, fat no. It took me a year, and it was *not* easy. It was every bit as hard as starting a new novel fresh would have been.
Because I had grown as a writer, I wasn’t satisfied with the simple story I had previously told. I decided it needed more viewpoint, including from multiple antagonists (a headache I solemnly swear NEVER to do again), more plot twists, better world-building, stronger characters… better everything really. The book almost doubled in length.
So, in summary, writing an ambitious book is hard. So is rewriting a trunked novel. Pretty much writing any book up to high standards is hard. 
If you find this advice inspiring, by all means go for it! But if the thought of it exhausts you, don't feel that you're chickening out or letting yourself down. As long as there is something you love about the current project then it's the right project for you.
 Onward! Persist!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Pirate's Jewel - Releases Today!

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

Deception and family honor are at stake, so is the heroine’s heart in this new medieval pirate romance from USA Today bestselling author, Ruth A. Casie.
The Pirate’s Jewel
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all.
Ruth lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her writing voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance.
Visit her website to see what she writes. Her historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary suspense will keep you turning the pages until the end. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.
Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, Pinterest RuthACasie. Instagram RuthACasie

Monday, February 11, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for February 11, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, February 4 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic, including TWO new releases.

Tuesday, February 5 -

"HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR - It's the Year of the Pig!" - Author Dani Harper talks about the legends surrounding this astrological animal. Hint: There's a reason piggy banks are in the shape of pigs! 

Wednesday, February 6 -
"TO BE IN A BOOK CLUB, OR NOT?" - When you fall in love with a book, you naturally want to talk to others about it. It’s a lot like sharing the latest episode of your favorite TV show with other fans at work the next day. Could a book club be like that? Author Maureen Bonatch talks about the pros and cons.

Friday, February 8 -
MYSTERIOUS BEASTS — FACT OR FICTION? – Author Angela Campbell talks about one of her favorite urban legends and asks: How much do we really want to know the truth? 

Saturday, February 9 - 

Love gargoyles? This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is STONE” by Linda Mooney, a contemporary fantasy/paranormal romance. Best of all, the ebook's on sale for 99 cents! See below for details.

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Bring It Back(list) Feature:


From February 1st to 28th, you can get the ebook for just 99¢

Available at this price only on Amazon 

(Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

STONE
by Linda Mooney
Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal Romance 
Word Count: 50K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p

#gargoyle

Garenth had been awakened to retrieve an ancient artifact that was crucial to his well-being. He had few memories of what his life had been like when he had been a man. What memories that were left were filled with blood and excruciating pain.

That part of him was over now. The talisman had been taken from its sacred burial place, and it had to be returned as quickly as possible. It was up to him to follow through with his mission so he could return to another thousand years of sleep.

Brielle Van de Camp knew an extraordinary find when she saw it. The small clay figure was the key to a potentially earth‑shattering revelation about a previously unknown time in man's ancestry. She would bet her life on it.

Unfortunately, others had gotten wind of the talisman, and they were equally determined to claim its promise for themselves. If Brielle wasn't willing to part with the figurine, they had no compunction about prying it from her dead fingers.

They never counted on having to face the guardian of the statuette, who turned out to be more than a creature of mythology.


Warning! Contains a magic talking rock, a mother idol, boo-lets, a cell phone app, deadly intruders, a ruthless businessman, a key card, and a warrior trying to cope with an ages-old curse with the help of a woman who must be a blessing from the gods.
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Sales, Contests and Events:

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EBOOK SALE

Love gargoyles? 
Check out "STONE" by Linda Mooney. 

And from February 1st to 28th, you can get the ebook for just 99 cents!

Available at this price only on Amazon and http://lindamooney.com/Stone.htm 

(Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

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DANI'S WEBSITE CELEBRATION

The Dani Harper website has been rebuilt, redesigned, and revamped from the ground up, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. 

Look for new features, e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d information, and a shiny new Grim Series Glossary to explore.


Three people will win a deluxe Dani Harper tote bag with the new owl logo from my homepage on it. PLUS your choice of one of my paperbacks (signed) to put inside it!


I hope you'll stop by and explore! Giveaway is located on the Contest page plus on my Blog page.


a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bring it Back(list) - STONE, a Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal Romance by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
From February 1st to 28th, you can get the ebook for just 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my  website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

STONE
Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 50K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p

#gargoyle


Garenth had been awakened to retrieve an ancient artifact that was crucial to his well-being. He had few memories of what his life had been like when he had been a man. What memories that were left were filled with blood and excruciating pain.


That part of him was over now. The talisman had been taken from its sacred burial place, and it had to be returned as quickly as possible. It was up to him to follow through with his mission so he could return to another thousand years of sleep.

Brielle Van de Camp knew an extraordinary find when she saw it. The small clay figure was the key to a potentially earth‑shattering revelation about a previously unknown time in man's ancestry. She would bet her life on it.

Unfortunately, others had gotten wind of the talisman, and they were equally determined to claim its promise for themselves. If Brielle wasn't willing to part with the figurine, they had no compunction about prying it from her dead fingers.

They never counted on having to face the guardian of the statuette, who turned out to be more than a creature of mythology.

Warning! Contains a magic talking rock, a mother idol, boo-lets, a cell phone app, deadly intruders, a ruthless businessman, a key card, and a warrior trying to cope with an ages-old curse with the help of a woman who must be a blessing from the gods.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Mysterious beasts — Fact or fiction?

Posted by: Angela Campbell
Last night I had some spare time to kill – unusual for me — plus I was trying to think of something fun to post about here today. I turned on the TV and discovered a new show on the Travel Channel on demand called "Legend Hunter" that I am now somewhat obsessed with. What caught my attention was an episode in which the host, Pat Spain, traveled to Wisconsin to investigate the Beast of Bray Road.

My first book, "Cry Wolf" from Carina Press, was inspired by this legend. I've seen countless documentaries about it, read books, you name it. I've always been fascinated by this urban legend out of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where residents in the 80s and 90s reported numerous werewolf sightings. Back when I was researching my story for "Cry Wolf," I even interviewed some folks who had sightings of the beast in a cornfield. Yes, modern-day werewolves in cornfields. How can you not love a hook like that?

Anyway, Pat Spain set out to determine what the Beast of Bray Road really is, according to science.

I should have turned the TV off right there. And I won't spoil it for you if you're interested in seeing for yourself what he deduced. I admit, he's probably right. But I don't like it.

By day, I'm a journalist, and I try to look for both sides of the story; I dig for the facts to back up claims. That half of me enjoyed the show, I admit.

The other half was gritting her teeth by the end and yelling, "Nooooo! That's a stupid explanation!" at my TV. You can ask my cat because she was not amused by my reaction.

Maybe it's the creative writer in me who prefers to leave the mystery unsolved. As much as I love Nessie and want to travel to Scotland to go looking for her, I honestly would rather not know if there's a lake monster in Loch Ness. It's so much more romantic to believe in the possibility that there's a dinosaur in that lake than to accept the scientific explanations of what Nessie could be.

Some people call me an idiot for that, but I just smile and glance over at my "I want to believe" poster — a throwback from my X-Files fan club membership that I can't bear to throw away. 

Is there an urban legend you heard growing up that you still believe in? Share it below. You know you want to...and I want to hear about it!

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Angela Campbell is the author of the psychic detectives series from Harper Impulse. Learn more about her books at www.AngelaCampbellOnline.com

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

To Be in a Book Club, or Not?

Posted by: Maureen

 
C.C. Photo Courtesy Unsplash
Most of us have read a book where the characters are so real to us, and the story lingers so long, that we’d love to be able to talk to others about the book. Kind of like the latest edition of our favorite television show that we discuss the next day at the office. 

We may have thought, if only I belonged to a book club and we could dissect this book together. Some people belong to a book club and love it, while others either never tried it, or are never going back. Here’s some reasons why being in a book club might be a good idea, or not. 

Book Club- Yay!


Reading Outside Your Genre
This could be a positive, or a negative, reason to be in a book club. It’s wonderful if you discover books that you may have never read otherwise, but if your book club is very restricted on the selection you might not enjoy it if it’s not a genre you prefer.

Share the Story
Reading is a solitary activity. When you really love a book, it’s so fun for the story to live on after you are done reading if you can discuss the characters with other people.

Camaraderie
A book club can be whatever you’d like it to be. Some make it very informal and get together with dinner or drinks to discuss the book. While others might be more structured with rules to follow and perhaps change locations or have each member host.

I was in a book club before until life got too busy for me to keep up with the meetings and the stories. The organizer was a fabulous host who spent a lot of time with structuring the club. The hostess was encouraged to have the meeting themed with the book. I won best theme one year. 


Book Club– Nay!


Read What They ‘should’ Read Instead of What They Like
Some book clubs may make their selections based on the what ‘everybody is reading’, literary classics, or choose a book that they feel is intellectually stimulating. This might not be enjoyable if your reading time is limited and you end up feeling as if you must read something you have no interest in.

Strong Opinions
You love the book and the characters—they hate it. Are you prepared to let them crush the characters you’ve come to love? Your comfort with the members of the club, and their personalities, might help you decide if it’s worth the battle.

Pressure to Finish 
Book clubs usually have a deadline when you must be done with the book to be ready to discuss it. This could be good in that it makes sure you make time for reading, but it could be bad if you feel forced to finish before you’re ready. It could take a little of the enjoyment out of reading.

There are pros and cons to joining a book club. The most important thing being that it’s comprised of people whose company you enjoy. Whether you decide to join a book club, or not, there’s no reason not to keep reading.

 

What Are Your Thoughts on Book Clubs?


Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

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