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1. Which Books/Websites?

Hi, I have reached the editing stage for my 95,000 word novel. This is my first time finishing a novel I'm only thirteen, but I want to try querying to

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2. Fight the Summer Slide!

Some food for thought while you are either encouraging your children to read this summer or donating and sharing books with families that don’t have the resources to acquire books.


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3. KidLit Author Events July 7-13


Shimmer!My son is off visiting colleges this week but I’ve got the puppy and a friend’s shiny new manuscript to keep me busy. Because of the silver sprinkles in her black fur we’ve named her Shimmer, Shimmy for short because she backs up with a cute wigiggle. She’s training well, learning to sit, stay and heel but it will be a loooong time before she stops chewing every single thing she can get her teeth on. I’m not sure if it’s because of the barking or the smell of puppy, but our summer guest corn snake, Roger, has been in hiding ever since Shimmer arrived.

We’re still short of author visits this week but there are several events for writers. Sign up and join the fun! For upcoming workshops in the Houston area, see Houston Writer & Illustrator Events.

West Houston RWA
Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Drive
Shelley Wall: How to Pitch

Shelley Wall,  author of Text Me and Bring It On will be speaking on Pitching.

JULY 11, SATURDAY, 9:30 AM-12:30 PMWritespace
Cassandra Rose Clarke: Worldbuilding
Level: Beginner, Intermediate; Cap: 12
Cost: $30-$45

In fiction, setting can be as an important a character as the people. And in speculative fiction, that character often needs to be built from the ground—and history, and culture, and physics—up. In this workshop, we’ll be tackling worldbuilding. What issues arise when you set a story in a world that’s not our own? How can we build worlds as complex and lived in as the real one? How can we avoid creating the same fantastical world that’s been done a thousand times before? We’ll attempt to answer these questions and more through discussion and writing exercises, and with any luck, you’ll leave the workshop with the seeds of a brand new world.

JULY 11, SATURDAY,1:30 – 5:30 PMWritespace
Elizabeth White-Olsen: Art and Writing
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced; Cap: 10
Cost: $30-$45

Ever wondered how visual artists work, or are you a visual artist excited by the relationship between writing and art? In this workshop we will explore the magical kinship between art and writing. We will visit the studios of Writespace’s painter neighbors and ask them questions about their relationship with their ideas, materials, and creative processes, as well as watch them work. We will explore writing exercises based on the works we view in the studios of artists such as painter Justin Garcia and photographer John Bernhard. This workshop will consist of group Q&A sessions with artists and ekphrastic writing prompts (meaning, writing inspired by art), as well as time for writers to explore studios and begin poems, essays, and scenes on their own. Please bring a journal and a favorite writing instrument, as inspiration is meant to strike.



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4. बीमार का हाल

बीमार का हाल

मेरी एक जानकार बहुत बीमार थी. काफी समय अस्तपाल मे भी रही. छुट्टी मिली और घर आ गई. मैने फोन करके मिलने को कहा तो उसने बेहद शालीनता से मना कर दिया.

उसने कहा कि कुछ ही दिनों की बात है वो ठीक हो जाएगी तब वो खुद ही फोन कर देगी. तब जरुर आना. बातो बातों मे उसने बताया कि मिलने वाले बीमार की नही अपनी सहूलियत के हिसाब से आते और धंटों बैठ कर गप्पे भी मारते और चाय वाय पी कर आराम से जाते हैं.

एक रिश्तेदार तो इसलिए नाराज हो कर चले गए कि उसने खाने को नही पूछा.. बीमारी करके वैसे ही किसी का हंसना बोलना अच्छा नही लगता …  ये तो लोगो को सोचना चाहिए … अगर उसने मुझे बुला लिया   और दूसरों को मना कर दिया तो भी सब बुरा मान जाएगे …. इसलिए मना कर रही हूं …

सभी को मना किया है. प्लीज बुरा मत मानना…!!!

मैने बिल्कुल बुरा नही माना बल्कि बहुत सही है…  अस्पताल में तो टाईम फिक्स होते हैं पर घर पर फिक्स नही कर सकते..  वाकई में लोग अपनी सहुलियत देख कर ही आते हैं और एक बार आकर आराम से  बैठ जाते हैं …

अब मैं उसके जल्दी से ठीक होने की प्रार्थना कर रही हूं ताकि उससे मिल सकूं…

वैसे आप भी अगर किसी बीमार से मिलने जाते होंगें तो कम समय ही लगाते होंगे .. है ना … अगर नही तो जरा नही बहुत सोचने की दरकार है क्योकि बीमार का हाल अच्छा नही है … !!!

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5. Here’s How to Properly Use a Semicolon

Have you ever feared the semicolon? Get ready to tackle this fear with a grammar lesson from the TED-Ed team.

The animated video embedded above features a three-minute lesson to discuss the semicolon and demonstrate its proper usage. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.

Click here to check out a comic by The Oatmeal for more information about the semi colon. What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

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6. NYPL’s Rose Reading Room Won’t Reopen Until 2017

The Rose Main Reading Room at The New York Public Library’s main branch will remain closed until 2017, after inspectors discovered asbestos while fixing structural damage.

In May 2014, a plaster rosette fell from the ceiling, and the room along with the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room has been shut since for repairs. The library recently revealed the latest status including that they discovered asbestos “in a closed attic above the Rose Main Reading Room.” Here is more from the library’s website update:

Asbestos is commonly found in many older buildings in New York. While we have since removed that asbestos, an examination of the ceiling of the McGraw Rotunda revealed asbestos above the ceiling in an area not accessible to the public or staff, the removal of which is in progress.

The library plans to reopen the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room by fall 2016 and the Rose Main Reading Room by early 2017.

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7. Warren Ellis & Jason Masters to Create a James Bond Comic Series

007 logo (GalleyCat)Last year, Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. announced a new partnership to create several new products centered on the legendary James Bond. The two companies recently announced that Warren Ellis has been hired as the writer and Jason Masters has been brought on as the artist for the James Bond 007 comic book series.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The first six issue arc of the series will be titled ‘VARGR,’ and feature the return of a young Bond to London after a mission in Helsinki, only to inherit a mission left incomplete after the death of a fellow agent. James Bond 007 will launch in comic book stores and digitally in November.”

According to Comic Book Resources, some of the other Bond-related projects in the pipeline include adaptations based on Ian Fleming’s original books and a James Bond origin story. The origin story project will take readers to a time prior to the events of the Casino Royale novel. (via io9)

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8. The Other Side of Gustave Doré

When I think of the work of Gustave Doré, I usually think of the moody black and white engravings from the Bible and the Divine Comedy that appeared in the Dover reprint editions.

So I was pleasantly surprised to discover a broader scope of his talents in the current issue of Illustration Magazine (Issue #48). 

The article by Gary Land has 40 illustrations. There are some of the classic engraved black and white pieces, but most of the images are in color, including this wonderfully strange portrait of a grimacing Pierrot, painted in watercolor and gouache. 

Publisher Dan Zimmer told me: "I tried to focus on showing color works, and things that were new to me, as I assumed they would probably be new to many other readers as well."

Doré, Souvenir of Loch Lomond, 1875
Doré was largely written off by the critics and historians because he was from outside of Paris, and he was a child prodigy who got started illustrating very early. But he was painting all along, and some of his landscapes are reminiscent of the lyrical landscapes of the Barbizon painters or the Hudson River School. 

La Siesta, Memory of Spain, 1868 by Doré 

Many of the published Doré engravings were based on his fully realized paintings. Because of the reach of his published art, he was admired worldwide, including by American illustrators such as Howard Chandler Christy, who said,
"Gustave Doré! What a thrill this name meant to me as a small boy on an Ohio farm, where the only art news to be had came to us through books and magazines. Harper's and Century Magazine were the publications of note then, and from time to time they would reproduce some of the great paintings of the masters....I came to know the works of that great genius Gustave Doré—Doré who could picture both Heaven and Hell with such tremendous bigness and unlimited imagination, giving the impression of thousands of figures on one canvas, above and below—human beings floating, falling, tumbling, flying through space—Doré, the greatest one of his kind the world has ever known." 
Illustration Magazine
The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy (Dover Pictorial Archives)
The Dore Gallery: His 120 Greatest Illustrations (Dover Pictorial Archives)
Gustave Dore 1832-1883: Master of Imagination

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9. The Prestige

The Prestige. Christopher Priest. 1995/1997. Tor. 360 pages. [Source: Library]

It began on a train, heading north through England, although I was soon to discover that the story had really begun more than a hundred years earlier. 

I saw the movie first. I think there are some benefits to having seen the movie first. It's impossible not to compare the two--the book and the movie--especially since I finished the movie and rushed to put the book on hold at the library. So this "review" will talk about both the book and the movie. I will try my best to keep it spoiler free, especially the opening paragraphs!

The book is different than the movie. The book has a contemporary framework. Andrew Westley, the narrator, has received a magic book from a stranger, the hint being that it was written by one of his ancestors, an Alfred Borden, a Victorian magician. Andrew was adopted, and he knows nothing at all about his Borden relatives. He's manipulated into meeting a woman, Kate Angier. She has much to tell him, for, she believes him to be Nicholas Borden. The two met when he was three, just before he was adopted. He, of course, remembers nothing. And the idea that there is a historic feud between the Borden and Angier families doesn't really intrigue him all that much. But he stays to hear her out.

The book consists of several stories: Andrew's story, Kate's story, Alfred Borden's autobiography, and Rupert Angier's diary. (Andrew's narration opens and closes the novel.) By the end of the book, a fantastic, strange story has been told.

At its simplest here is the plot: Alfred Borden and Rupert (Robert) Angier are rival magicians ever in competition with one another to be the best, to be recognized as being the best. Both the book and the movie convey this. It is HOW it is conveyed that allows for such big differences between the two.

The movie is more dramatic than the book. It makes the rivalry more intense, more personal, more life-and-death. From start to finish the movie is all about REVENGE and LOSS and doing WHATEVER it takes. The book is quite different. For example, in the movie, Angier blames Borden for the death of his wife who drowned during a performance in a water tank. In the book, however, Angier becomes angry with Borden when Borden disrupts his seance and reveals him to be a fake spiritist. Quite a difference! Especially since the "loss of family" angle is huge in the movie. But in the book, Angier has a family: a wife and three children, I believe. That is the only difference I'll mention in the review since I do want it to remain mostly spoiler free.

The Prestige has plenty of twists and turns in the plot. Especially the movie. But also in some ways the novel. Though if you've seen the movie, then, the book will be essentially spoiled. I think you could say the same if you'd read the book first: the movie would be spoiled.

Which did I prefer? I enjoyed both. I did. I really enjoyed the movie. I thought it was great. I watched it twice in one week. I read the novel in one day. There were sections that were quite compelling. My favorite probably being Alfred Borden's autobiography. And then perhaps Angier's diary. I wasn't as drawn to the contemporary story of Kate and Andrew. Though it does intensify the creepy factor greatly. The Prestige would be PERFECT to read for Carl's R.I.P. challenge in the fall.

Have you seen the movie or read the book? Did you like it? love it? hate it? I'd love to know what you thought of it. If you've seen the movie and read the book, which would you recommend first to others?

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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10. Literary Events This Week: Rocker Corey Taylor and the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration

Summer-ReadingHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Rock star Corey Taylor and radio personality Lou Brutus will sit for a conversation about Taylor’s new book, You’re Making Me Hate You. Meet them on Wednesday, July 8th at Bryant Park from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (New York, NY)

More than one dozen children’s books creators will appear at the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration. Check it out on Saturday, July 11th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Queens, NY)

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature a dual paperback launch for A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor and Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. Join in on Monday, July 13th at the Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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11. Facing Facts When A Contract Isn't Renewed

With the restructuring at Berkley/NAL I've had a lot of great talks with clients about their careers and publishing careers in general. Unfortunately, in this case, we were forced to have these conversations because with any merger/restructuring, authors are going to feel the impact, good and bad.

When new people are in charge (of anything) things will change and in publishing that usually means the publisher will take a closer look at what's working and what's not and some authors will feel the fallout.

It is always difficult for an author to face the fact that something isn't working or is no longer working. There's nothing worse then putting everything you've got into a book series only to learn that your contract won't be renewed (that you won't be offered to write more books in the series). For every author during a time like this there's always a feeling of loss. I mean face it, I'm not sure there's any author who feels good about not finishing the story.

Sometimes though, that non-renewal might in fact be the smartest business decision anyone ever made for you.

For so many years writers spend all of their time focusing efforts on being published. An incredible goal to have. However, once you are published your goals need to change. No longer is your goal to be published, and it should always be bigger than just staying published. Your goal is now to build a career and continuing to write books that are reaching fewer and fewer readers with each book does not a career make.

In fact, there have been times when I've talked to my clients about ending a series even if the publisher is offering on more. If we can see the writing on the royalty reports and we know numbers are going down why would we want to continue on that road? It's certainly not building anything.

So instead of seeing a non-renewal as a personal insult or as a publisher who doesn't like the kind of thing you write, look at it for what it is, an opportunity to make some career shifts, something every business has to do from time to time. After all, Coca-Cola hasn't had the success it's had by only putting out a cola. When consumers wanted lemon lime they created Sprite and when water became trendy they added Dasani.

While every business owner will mourn the loss of books they love writing, no successful business owner closes the business. Instead she takes a close look at what the market is begging for or wants and checks her back pocket for which ideas fit those needs.


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12. Begin a Summertime reading series that delightfully jumps into Autumn, Winter and Spring,

I am working on a de-lightfully amusing new four book series with Debbie Estrem that unfolds wonderful memories of childhood uniquely celebrated in each season. We both were children of the 60's-70's and wanted to share some it's activites and adventures with little ones! 
For ages: infant -preschool

Coming Soon from Halo Publishing.

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13. Butterflies for July

If You Love Honey by Martha Sullivan, illustrated by Cathy Morrison and published by Dawn Publications
July's word of the month is "Butterfly". Here's a spread from If You Love Honey that comes out this fall.  You can see more about this book on my Studio With A View Blog.

Thanks for taking a look!

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14. My Butterfly to Be...

My butterfly isn't a butterfly yet - but it will be some day.

John Nez

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15. The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melbourne:Text, 2014. A sort-of Review

For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq.
Now they are back in town where he grew up so Hayley can go to a proper school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

I have just finished reading this book, which I bought at Reading Matters Conference. It took me only a few hours ; I started it yesterday and finished just now, in between taking out my teenage niece and phoning a friend who needed cheering up. Fortunately, my niece is a fellow reader; after I'd bought her a copy of the latest James Dashner adventure, we went for afternoon tea and sat with our noses in our books until it was time to catch our bus. Just as well, because while I enjoyed our outing and her company, I had a hard time putting this book down. 
I really must take my hat off to Ms Anderson, who can do both contemporary fiction for young adults and historical YA fiction, such as Chains and Forge. I don't read adult contemporary fiction, but YA is so much more readable! 
And this one was. The girl's relationship with her father really brought home how it might feel to be the child of someone suffering post traumatic stress disorder. I have read that the author had a father who was suffering it after having seen the concentration camps at the end of World War II. (My own parents were camp survivors and while they didn't do any of the things described in this novel, it definitely affected their lives.) Hayley's father, a professional soldier, has been unable to hold down a job for long and has had nightmares after tours of duty in both Iran and Afghanistan; the author inserts a number of short scenes from the father's viewpoint to make this point. He and Hayley love each other, but the PTSD has made their lives difficult. 
A word about Finn. Honestly, I wish there had been a Finn in my life when I was at school! He is not merely good looking, he's warm and funny and matches Hayley's intelligence, he respects her and, above all, is kindhearted. He's not perfect - and he has his own troubles. But he is there for her when she needs him and in return she tries to be there for him. 
Despite the tragedies, there is plenty of humour. Finn and Hayley tell each other ridiculously exaggerated stories. Hayley's best friend Gracie describes Romeo and Juliet in a way that would havr made coffee explode from my nostrils if I'd been drinking any; I'll be sharing it with the English staff at my school, who will also enjoy it. 
This book is going into my library for the students to enjoy. 

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16. The Best Way to Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

IMG_1654“Kids will always be more excited about reading, if they can choose what to read,” says Stephanie Phelix, Library Media Specialist at Belle Forest Community School in Memphis, TN.

“If it’s a cookbook or the cheat codes to their video games, it’s still reading. When they’re at the grocery store, they can read the signs around the store. If the boys want to read books about Spiderman or comic books, that’s reading too!”

She believes reading of any kind is valuable for her students. This summer, however, she wanted to give her students the best resource to keep them reading over the summer – books they are excited to read.

IMG_1660Stephanie’s school serves students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and goes out of its way to make sure every child is successful.  But as a brand-new school, one thing they didn’t have were  books to send home for the summer. With support from First Book and partner Conn’s HomePlus®, each child was able to choose one book to take home for the summer.

“I tell them, read what you want to read. The books we sent home with them are a great start,” says Stephanie. “Giving them books and other tools at the end of the school year keeps them motivated.”

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17. let wonder be our guide in this age of the apocalpytic: Leif Enger/Peace Like a River

I confess: I am the last person in America to read Leif Enger's Peace Like a River. The last person to wake earlier than the usual early to get more pages in. The last person to brim up over the magnitude of this book's heart. The last person to sit very quietly still after the final sentence was sung and wish that the book had not been read yet—that it was still out there, rewarding discovery, still out there, beckoning.

For what a book is this book about an asthmatic boy and his literary sister, their miracle-stirring father, their outlaw brother, the minor and major sacrifices one makes when protecting love against the provable facts of a crime. This story about the wild west, the Valdezes and Cassidys, the crags in the earth that burn unending fires, the storms that blow in the snow or simply blow the snow, the quality of icing on cinnamon raisin buns. The stars:

They burned yellow and white, and some of them changed to blue or a cold green or orange—Swede should've been there, she'd have had words. She'd have known that orange to be volcanic or forgestruck or a pinprick between our blackened world and one the color of sunsets. I thought of God making it all, picking up handfuls of whatever material, iron and other stuff, rolling it in. His fingers like nubby wheat. The picture I had was of God taking these rough pellets by the handful and casting them gently, like a man planting. Look at the Milky Way. It has that pattern, doesn't it, of having been cast there by the back-and-forward sweep of His arm?

Magnificent, right? Magnificent. And not an ounce of the angry in this book, which is not to say there is no moral complexity or confusion. Not a whiff of cynicism, which is not to say that this ageless/timeless book is devoid of brave impartings. When I think about why I love this book so much, I think it has something to do with this: it is not afraid to be alive with the wonder of our living.

Am I right? Perhaps. For when I set off to read more about Enger, I came upon this excerpt from a Mark LaFramboise interview. Wonder is his topic—the importance of holding fast, and holding true, to the mysterious.

There is no greater lesson, I believe, for anyone writing right now. We seem in all-out pursuit of edge and bitterness, declarations of the apocalyptic. But aren't our very best books sprung from respect for natural and man-made loveliness?

Q: Although the narrator tells the story in retrospect, we see the world through the eleven- year old eyes of Reuben. How were you able to capture the wonder, fears, and curiosity of such a young protagonist?

A: First, my parents gave me the sort of childhood now rarely encountered. Summers were beautiful unorganized eternities where we wandered in the timber unencumbered by scoutmasters. We dressed in breechclouts and carried willow branch bows, and after supper Dad hit us fly balls. It was probably most idyllic for me as the youngest of four, since three worthy imaginations were out beating the ground in front of me; who knew what might jump up? Now I see that same freedom in the lives of our two sons, whose interests cover the known map. It's easy to witness the world through the eyes of a boy when you have two observant ones with you at all times. But the ruinous thing about growing up is that we stop creating mysteries where none exist, and worse, we usually try to deconstruct and deny the genuine mysteries that remain. We argue against God, against true romance, against loyalty and self-sacrifice. What allows Reuben to keep his youthful perspective is that he's seen all these things in action -- he is the beneficiary of his father's faith. He is a witness of wonders. To forget them would be to deny they happened, and denying the truth is the beginning of death.

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18. Curious George and his... tomahawk

Over 2000 libraries have H. A. Rey's Curious George Learns the Alphabet on their shelves.  The book was first published in 1963 by Houghton Mifflin. Here's the bottom of the 't' page:

With that foot in the air, I think it is fair to say that George is doing what he (Rey, really) thinks is some kind of Indian dance. Regular readers of AICL know that I find this sort of play problematic because it immediately lapses into stereotyping.

As noted above, the book was first published in 1963. But, it has been published again and again... most recently (I think), in 2013, with a set of flashcards. That year (2013) was the 50th anniversary of the book, hence, a special 50th Anniversary edition. The local library doesn't have it. I wonder if the 't' page was revised? Do you have that version on your shelf? If yes, I hope you'll take a look and let me know.

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20. Katharine Morling

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Katharine Morling is an award wining artist working in ceramics, describing her work as “3 dimensional drawings”. She creates her sculptures from porcelain, using a monochromatic aesthetic. Katherine’s work has been featured in the likes of Elle decoration, Country & Town House and Dpi Magazine.

To see more of this amazing artists work visit her website and Facebook page 

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21. What's New in YA


Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!



When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister. As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.


*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!




Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.

Soon Eva’s life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they’ve even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer’s blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, Don’t Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.


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When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other.  They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences.  When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor’s alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


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Three lost girls, one mysterious boy. They battle for his heart while he struggles for their souls in this gripping conclusion to The Blessed trilogy, from the New York Times bestselling author of the ghostgirl series.


Lucy, Cecelia, and Agnes have sacrificed everything for their belief in a boy who stole their hearts. First in Precious Blood and then in Passionaries, the girls have struggled to reconcile with their destinies. Now, as the world turns against them, will they be able to hold steadfast? Will they survive the final test?


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Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?


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The best place to hide is in a lie…

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…


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First crush, first love, first kiss—Nell finds summer romance and rediscovers her passion for music in this addition to the sweet and clean Flirt series.

Shipped off to camp for the summer, Nell isn’t looking forward to campfires, (too many) sing-alongs, and a WiFi-free existence. And no matter how much she wants to keep a low profile, Nell knows it’ll be impossible. Her family is folk music royalty, and she’s the best fiddle player at the camp. With no other option, Nell jumps feet first into a world of music lessons, craft classes, and countless renditions of Kumbaya—exactly what she was hoping to escape.

But Jacob—a fellow musician at the camp—decides to remind Nell of her folk music–loving roots. He sees her talent and can’t understand why she’s pushing music and her family away. Jacob convinces Nell to go with him on a series of cliché camp adventures, in the hopes that she’ll begin to see herself through his eyes.

As his plan starts to work, Nell slowly beings to fall back in love with music—and fall for Jacob—but is he falling for her, too?


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Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?


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People in the small town of Greenton mark their lives from that day in late summer when crowds lined the streets to see off high school athletic stars John Robison and John Mijias. That was the day the Johns, as they were known by adoring fans in Greenton, left for state college, and never made it there—or back. The Johns had spent their high school years putting that nowhere losing town on the map with playoff runs in football and state championship bids in baseball. For Concepcion “Chon” Gonzales, the days that the Johns headed out and didn’t return was the first day of his new life. He had waited all his growing up years for a shot at Araceli when one of the Johns, John Mejia, stole her away. Now, while Greenton mourns, while the Johns’ families become actors in a spectacle of grief, while Johns memorabilia is sold in every gas station and convenience store in town, while Araceli has to endure a senior year in the watchful gaze of the whole town, Chon Gonzales makes his slow methodical move on the only girl he’s ever loved, hoping maybe that she won’t notice what he wants.


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Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.


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Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless.

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else-before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this-things would never be the same again.

And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.


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We’re all gonna die down here. . . .

Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.


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When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective’s daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can’t shake the feeling that something’s off.

When Adam’s body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life.


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When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.’s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians’ scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister’s footsteps and becomes D.C.’s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy’s. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.


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Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.


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22. हिंसक होते बच्चे

हिंसक होते बच्चे

कई बार लगता है कि बच्चो की गुस्सैल और हिंसक होती प्रवृति के जिम्मेदार और कोई नही हम खुद ही है. कारण भी एकदम ठोस है. असल में, बदलते समय के साथ साथ हमारी करनी और कथनी मे फर्क आता गया जो हम महसूस ही नही कर पाए और बच्चे इस बदलाव को सह नही पाए.


यकीनन हम बच्चो को किताबी पाठ पढाते रहे कि सदा सच बोलो . ईमानदारी का जीवन अपनाओ. बडो का आदर करो. नकल करने से जीवन मे कभी सफल नही होगे.पर हकीकत मे हम उनके आगे कुछ और ही परोसते रहे.

मसलन, अकसर झूठ बोलने पर हम ही उन्हे उकसाते हैं.पाठ ईमानदारी का पढाते हैं और आफिस से रिश्वत या तो ले कर आते हैं या उनके सुखद भविष्य के लिए दे कर आते हैं और तो और परीक्षा हाल मे बच्चो को नकल मारने के लिए सदा उत्साहित करते हैं ताकि कही अच्छी जगह दाखिला होने मे कोई दिक्कत ना आए.

जुगाड संस्कृति से हमेशा बच्चो को जोडे रखना चाहते हैं ताकि कोई दूसरा बच्चा उसको काट करके आगे ना निकल जाए. बडो का आदर करने का पाठ तो पढा देते हैं पर हम घर पर अपने ही बडे बुजुर्गो से ऊची आवाज मे बात करते हैं.

ऐसे मे अगर हम अपनी गलती मान लें तो कोई छोटे नही बन जाएगे.बच्चो का सही मार्गदर्शन हमारा पहला और आखिरी कर्तव्य होना चाहिए….

कैसा लगा आपको ये लेख हिंसक होते बच्चे …. जरुर बताईएगा :)

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23. Feel the Wind - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some quotes ...


Unwrapping today's book...

Authored by Rhéa Dufresne

Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault 

Ages 3-8

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

About the book...

I loved this book.  Tender, soft and gentle, just like a summer's breeze, the rhyming words flow from page to page.  A little boy gets lost in the wonder and awe of the power and magic of the wind.  

He becomes aware of its presence as he observes turbines spinning, his balloon being whisked away at the amusement park, kites being spun out of control because of it's quick snatching fingers, and the melodious music of the chimes that clash and dance together on his front porch.  

He comes to the realization that it's the wind that dries his clothes, flapping happily on Granny's clothesline, and its strength that moves the ships as they sail by with their flags fluttering high in the air current.  Everywhere he turns the wind is interacting with him.  It  enriches his playtimes, tickles and ruffles his hair, and gives him a sense of relaxation and contentment as he lays back and stares off into the clouds lost in the wonderment of it all.  

The illustrations are perfect and enrich the the boy's experiences as they are personified and extremely kid-friendly.  The colour pallet is muted and mellow.... just like the rhymes themselves.  I highly recommend this book.  

Look Around Books: With rich vocabulary and delightful illustrations, the Look Around Books (Hear the SeaLook at the SkyFeel the Wind) are a perfect way to introduce the beauty and power of nature to young children. These three separate picture books are thematically linked--celebrating the wonders of nature that children encounter in their daily lives--but the rhythm of the text and style of the art are unique to each story. Be sure to get all three titles in the Look Around Books series.

About the author...

After studies in child psychology, Rhea Dufresne chose to unleash her passion for children's literature. Jack of all and wanting to know everything, she exercises in a joyful disorder, Performer trades, reader and critic, editorial assistant, bookseller, trainer and even volunteer librarian. She lives in Laval with his family.

About the illustrator...

Guillaume Perreault was born in Rimouski and he spent his childhood in this region. While young, he has a passion for drawing. After studies in graphic design in Ottawa, he puts his talent to the service of children's books, comics and various collectives. Its main allies are his feathers, his pens and pencils. He favors the conventional use of the drawing board and then complete its work digitally. William lives in Gatineau.

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

Contact me at storywrapsblog@gmail.com

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24. Redwall art

Getting this Redwall painting ready to offer at my ETSY shop. I love drawing otters!

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25. Increase vs decrease

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Increase vs decrease

जनसंख्या लगातार बढ रही है. महंगाई का तो कोई हिसाब ही नही बेरोजगारी ,भ्रष्टाचार,प्रदूषण, पेट्रोल, राशन आदि की तो बात ही मत करो . हाल बेहाल है. क्या इनसे कभी छुटकारा मिलेगा.  क्या हमारे सामने कभी कमी भी आएगी या कमी का नाम भी इतिहास हो जाएगा    क्या इनसे कभी छुटकारा मिलेगा…..

अगर आप ऐसा ही कुछ सोच रहे हैं तो परेशान होने की कोई जरुरत नही है क्योकि आज के समय मे बहुत सी चीजो मे कमी या गिरावट आई है और तो और कुछ चीजे तो इतनी सस्ती हो गई है कि उनका कोई मोल ही नही रहा और आप हैं कि राग अलापे जा रहे हैं.



सुनिए हमारी जान(जिंदगी) सस्ती हो गई है इसकी कोई कीमत नही रही.

जीवन के मूल्य गिर गए है.

आँखो का पानी खत्म होता जा रहा है.

विश्वास की नीव कमजोर हो गई है.

सहनशक्ति कम हो गई है.

जंगल खत्म हो गए हैं हरियाली मे भारी कमी आई है.पक्षियो की चहचाहट कम हो गई है.

चीनी मे मिठास कम हो गई है.

बिजली की सप्लाई कम हो गई है.

स्कूलो मे टीचर और अस्पतालो मे डाक्टरो की कमी हो गई है.

खाने मे पोषक तत्वो की कमी हो गई है.

लडकियो मे खून की कमी हो गई है.जागरुकता, इज्जत, आदर मान ना के बराबर रह गए है और भी बहुत उदाहरण है इसलिए यह मत कहिए कि आज के समय मे कमी की कमी हो गई …..


कैसा लगा आपको ये Increase vs decrease लेख जरुर बताईगा :)  )

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