July 2014 Archives

Who has time to

Who has time to read? If you're a writer, you do. Reading can unlock the mysteries of writing.
Christopher Meeks

When writers "fudge" format

When writers "fudge" format for professional critiques, contests, etc., it doesn't make the critiquer feel kindly toward the writer or ms.
Christine Kohler

When something can be

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela

When James Cross Giblin

When James Cross Giblin was asked his opinion on talking animals, he said, "It depends on what they have to say."
James Cross Giblin

Ultimate Fractured Fairytale - Enchanted

Enchanted-New.jpgEnchanted (Harcourt, 2012) by Alethea Kontis is the ultimate fractured fairytale, although not just one fairytale, but a whole magic sackful stirred together to make a delectable stew.

Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter and what she writes has a tendency to come true. Her family doesn't want to listen to her stories, but Sunday meets a frog named Grumble who does. He's obviously a man under an enchantment. The two fall in love and he becomes a man again. Unfortunately, he is the last man that her family would accept--he's the prince whose family is responsible for the death of Sunday's oldest brother Jack.

I loved this book and am so excited that there's a sequel already out. It's called Hero. Hero-Cover.jpg

And in February, the 3rd book in the Woodcutter series will be out--it's titled Dearest.Dearest-cover.jpg

Best Selling Author Alethea Kontis is very active in social media and has other books out as well. Check her out on her website and on her literary agency's site where her bio is so much fun.

When a story works

When a story works for me, the hair goes up on my neck. It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, it is elegance.
Gary Paulsen