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Enemy, I Love You. Why Polar Opposites Power Storyline

Devour a book, become hooked on a TV show or be inspired by a speech and you're enjoying the skill of the storyteller. As to whether you remain reading, keep watching or tune-out, that's all down to how well your storyteller understood the power of paired opposites. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Show More Summary

Retired VA Employee Shows Pride for New Disabled Veterans Memorial

I am a veteran with more than 30 years of service both as an enlisted servicemember and as an officer. I served in Vietnam and the Middle East, in addition to serving as a member of the Stabilization Forces in the Balkans. When I retired, I chose to serve 10 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Section. Show More Summary

Doctor's Dilemma: Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole

Famed and multi-awarded neurologist Dr. Allan Ropper, author of the definitive textbook on clinical neurology, with the help of Brian David Burrell, has turned his prodigious medical knowledge to us, the people, with an entertaining and eminently readable book, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole. Show More Summary

Why Drake Is One Of The Best Contemporary Poets

I often have one poet that I am in love with for a very long time, whose songs I can't ever completely tap out of their inspirational resources. For the past few years, that poet has been Drake. You all likely know who Drake is. Aubrey...Show More Summary

If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To?

As many of you know, my book The Gift of Maybe is being published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on November 4, 2014. What some of you may not know is that I originally self-published my book in February 2013 (the original title was The Book of Maybe). Show More Summary

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Witches and Halloween are two of my favorite things. So it's no surprise that my upcoming debut novel Hollywood Witch Hunter is full of witches, powerful spells and even a special nod to All Hallows' Eve. Literally, I'm obsessed with witchy women, and it seems I'm not alone. Show More Summary

The International Gay: Around the World in Three LGBT Books

One of the things that I love about being part of the LGBT community is feeling strongly connected to the rainbow way that spans the globe. Sometimes our experiences are different -- vastly so -- but there is some commonality in struggle...Show More Summary

Breaking Bread: Salman Rushdie and Mazen Darwish

Last week's PEN Pinter prize awarded to Salman Rushdie and Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish began with a story about potatoes. Ian McEwan's introductory speech, read by the writer Blake Morrison because the novelist was ill,...Show More Summary

When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor?

Every so often (fairly frequently, actually) I get an email from an author telling me that an agent or editor really loves their work, but... From here any number of scenarios ensues. The agent has suggested that a multiple point-of-view...Show More Summary

How Rude! Alex J. Packer's New Teen Guide to Good Manners Is a Must-have Book!

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World "Hallelujah! Finally a book for all ages, a dictionary with a built in thesaurus for every questionable rude behavior. Mankind will benefit from Packer's work as it teaches and transcends from generation to generation. Show More Summary

Myths and Mazes: The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet

In The Door in the Mountain Caitlin Sweet's work ventures into new territory for the author in two ways: It is YA, and it is a Greek mythology retelling -- in this case, the myth of Theseus. Yet The Door in the Mountain is still recognizable...Show More Summary

'Clotel': The Life Cycle of a Great American Novel

Great books have their lives as surely as do their authors. Sometimes they correspond; sometimes not. Which one has the stranger life is often unpredictable. Take Walt Whitman and his "unkillable work," Leaves of Grass. It had multiple...Show More Summary

13 Ulta-Creepy Books To Avoid Before Bedtime

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz Let's kick off this list with the trilogy of books I've revisited most in my life, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Sadly, these books have been re-released without the original illustrations...Show More Summary

Jane Austen: Feminist In Action

Jane Austen was certainly not the first feminist in print -- Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of The Rights of Woman was published when Austen was still only 17. But she was certainly the first feminist in action, her novels lessShow More Summary

7 Books That Will Get Young Boys Reading

Bob Shea: In celebration of the publication of our comedic dinosaur-tinged western, Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads Lane and I were asked to recommend excellent books every boy is sure to love. Lane Smith: There's only one problem, all boys are different. Show More Summary

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Lev Raphael Rap about Writing

We all know that writing is a solitary affair--even when you talk to yourself and your spouse or your dog comes in and stares at you. That's why it's so much fun for us authors to go to conferences. It's not just about meeting fans, though that's always a treat. Show More Summary

Finding Faith

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay. Show More Summary

How Writing The Brick Yard Changed My Life

I've been a published author for almost eight years, so when I was asked to write a story to launch the What's His Passion? line at Totally Bound, I assumed the process would be the same as the other 150+ books that I've written. I couldn't...Show More Summary

Metamodernism: The Basics

{NB: The below was written in response to a call by Timothy Green, editor of the literary magazine Rattle, for literary metamodernists, and this author in particular, to be clearer about what metamodernism means and intends.} We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. Show More Summary

Kahlil Gibran Wedding Readings

Couples of all backgrounds and faiths appreciate the romantic inspiration on marriage and love by Lebanese-born author, poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). While his classic book, The Prophet, spiked in popularity...Show More Summary

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