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–of the Action

​As writers, we’re told to start in the middle of the action so the reader doesn’t get bored. We don’t want to give our reader details and backstory that aren’t necessary for understanding the current action. We want the reader to care about the character and understand the situation enough to want to turn the […]

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Loving the Library

I’m so thankful to belong to two excellent local library systems, particularly in this time when all physical libraries are closed. If one system doesn’t carry an ebook, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the other will.  I love being able to check out books by authors I’ve never read before. Reading an excerpt of the first […]

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Pet Peeves: Unbelievable Plot Elements

Recently, I watched an episode of a TV show that’s a thriller with a few sci-fi elements. I’ve watched other shows by these writers and producers, but I was thrown out of the story way too often by plot inconsistencies, given their level of experience. Here’s what bugged me. First. If you work at the CIA and […]

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Kobo – SSU Books 1-3 Sale!

Looking for your next book binge to help you through isolation?  Kobo has the SSU Series Books 1-3 for 40% off now through April 29th. Use promo code APRILSAVE at checkout. Valid in CA/AU/NZ/UK/US only.  Here are the country specific links:AUCanadaNZUKUSEnjoy! Share0 Tweet0

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Save Indie Bookstores

Here’s a great way to make a difference during the pandemic. Give to the Save Indie Bookstores campaign. This is a collaboration between James Patterson, Reese’s Book Club, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), and the American Booksellers Association (ABA). They’re trying to raise millions of dollars to help independent bookstores stay in business. If you love […]

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Book Cover Puzzles

​I don’t know about you, but I’ve maxxed out on COVID-19 news. So I decided that what I needed to relax me was ​a fun jigsaw puzzle. Voila! I found an online tool that turned my book covers into jigsaw puzzles. 35Vengeance The default number of pieces is 35, but you can change that under the […]

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Helping Our Local Businesses

This week I thought I’d share some ideas on how to keep cash flowing into our local businesses despite the COVID-19 shelter-in-place rules.If You Have a Bit of a Cash CushionBuy gift certificates or gift cards. If this isn’t currently an option, call and ask if you can pay for several haircuts/massages/yoga sessions to be […]

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The April Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The April 2020 edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, April 2nd. It includes a hopeful message for these stressful times, along with something fun to distract you. If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on […]

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A Bit of Humor

​​This week I thought we could all use a laugh (or at least a chuckle). So here are some jokes to lighten up your day. I think I heard these on Smart Podcast Trashy Books (click or tap in the box or on the dots to reveal the answer): What do you call a 200-year-old […]

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