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    The romance genre makes up a huge market share of the total books sold annually. Industry data shows unit sales of romance novels have been increasing yearly with no signs of slowing down. So, with so many readers reaching for these titles on the shelves, how come the genre doesn’t get the love it deserves? ...
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    Cliché, You Say? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a trope as, “a common or overused device: cliché.” This carries a distinct negative connotation. Why is that? Familiarity doesn’t equate to laziness. I argue it takes talent and imagination to put a unique, entertaining spin on an established literary device. Some readers will seek certain tropes because ...
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    The holiday season is upon us! Did you know that dozens of international holidays take place in December? Many different faiths and cultures have celebrations happening as the year draws to a close. There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day, just to name a few. But there are also some noteworthy days related ...
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    A Night Out! I love attending live concerts. As the crowd sings along, getting every word right, I am struck by an intense, warm-hearted affection towards my fellow fans. All of us share an unspoken union. I feel like anyone in the stands could turn to the stranger next to them and say something like, ...
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    Collecting books is an entirely separate hobby from reading them. It is an easy habit to fall into. After all, books are everywhere, even at yard sales and the supermarket. Although hardcovers can be a little pricey, paperbacks, ebooks, and second-hand purchases don’t cost an arm and a leg. Compared to some other leisure pursuits, ...
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    Book Fair Day! I recently attended The Write Women Book Fest in Bowie, MD. As soon as I walked into the hotel ballroom and saw the rows and rows of author tables, I thought, “Ah yes. These are my people.”  I found myself reminiscing about the annual school book fair from my grade school days. ...
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    Independent authors and publishers aren’t ruled by the almighty bottom line like the big publishing conglomerates are. Therefore, they can put out literature that don’t fit neatly into current market trends. Indie books have more freedom to experiment with narrative structure, mix genres, and tackle unconventional themes. The result is fascinating, innovative stories. Did you ...
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    Is there a reading version of a double take? I suppose instead of a turn of the head, it’s a flick of one’s eyes back over what they just read. It’s a jolt of familiarity, a sense of déjà vu. In that moment, you feel all your synapses light up, forming new connections of understanding. ...
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    When I tell someone that I want to read all the books, they often respond with a polite chuckle followed by a good-natured remark about knowing I am a nerd. If they are avid readers, they may nod in understanding and companionable agreement. I could leave it at that. I would have communicated that I ...
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    Knowledge and ideas abound within the pages can be found the smell of ink conjuring images in a blink journey to distant lands all within the reach of your hands No need to even get dressed for your imagination will address All within the comfort of your own home you can enter the ancient city ...