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The Crystal Cave - a Review
"The Crystal Cave", by Mary Stewart, is the first of four books about the legend of Merlin and King Arthur. A stunning historical fiction novel, "The Crystal Cave" introduces us to Merlin as a young boy, as a child who likes to be alone in the dark.
The Critical First Draft
Some compare writing a book to building a house. Before you put up the framework, you have a blueprint made so you know just what you are going to do.
The Creation of Eve - a Review
"The Creation of Eve", a historical fiction novel written by Lynn Cullen, takes you on a journey to the Spanish court and the world of painting during the Renaissance.
The comma is one of the most misused punctuation marks. Some people seem to haphazardly throw commas into what they write. Maybe they think that makes them appear as though they know what they are doing. It doesn’t. All it does is show they need to brush up on their punctuation rules.
The Classic Poison Strychnine
Arsenic, cyanide, and strychnine are the classic poisons. This article focuses on strychnine, the crystallized powder that is white, odorless, and bitter.
The City's Son - a Review
The City's Son is an urban fantasy debut novel by Tom Pollock. Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy. Most are set in contemporary times. This story takes place during modern times in the busy, crowded British city of London, England.
The Christmas Spider
What do these eight-legged creepy crawlies have to do with Christmas? In Australia, a country famous for its dangerous spiders, there really is a Christmas spider. Other countries have legends about spiders and Christmas. How many stories will you write that include a Christmas spider?
The Chitlin Strut & Other Wacky Festivals
How will you poke fun at a fire ant during the Fire Ant Festival? Will you annoy the ant so much that he sets you on fire? Will your woolly worm win the race at the Woolly Worm Festival? What is a chitlin and why do they hold a festival in its honor? Will you attend the Chitlin Strut to find out
The Brightest Star in the Sky - a Review
Marian Keyes takes us to her hometown of Dublin, Ireland in "The Brightest Star in the Sky". Her story reveals to us both the humor and the tragedy in the characters' lives – humor and tragedy that could easily exist in our own lives.
The Black Madonna of Derby - Review
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first began to read The Black Madonna of Derby by Joanna Czechowska. Normally I read mystery, suspense, or science fiction/fantasy. Pleasantly surprised, I discovered that historical fiction, especially if written by Joanna Czechowska, is quite enjoyable.
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