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Amazon’s Data Mining of Novels

I find data-mining as interesting as the next person. On any given day, you’ll find me clicking into the results of surveys about consumer habits, in any number of categories. I do this for reasons that are as unnecessary as they are ambiguous. Being from Washington, DC, and having cut my political teeth at an early age, I know how much wiggle room – and wishful thinking – is spun into the cloth of marketing data and rankings. So much…

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Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the kind of person who can just kick back and live the quiet life, I need to have a goal, and writing has…

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A MEASURE OF DISORDER by Alan Tucker

High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw -- if she lives long enough to enroll, that is. Jenni's ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to another world. There they encounter amazing creatures, some of which think a kid shish kebab would be a tasty treat. But they soon find…

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THE JANUS COMPLEX by Graeme Gibson

The Janus Complex, Book One of the Dark Secrets Trilogy, follows  the growing pains  of a young man (Jamie Raeburn) through all of the complications of life, love, lust, intrigue and violence. Street wise but impetuous he saves the life of an American sailor being brutally attacked in a dark Glasgow alleyway and his life changes completely. Why was Lieutenant Conor Whelan there that fateful night? And what secrets does he keep? Hospitalised with his injuries, Jamie meets and falls in love with Kate Maxwell,…

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Kate LeDonne

"I encourage writers to make it about the work, and doing your best work. Detach. It's not about you. It's about the work. Let go and see what happens. You can always change your mind and put things back in."
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The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

Who says a trip to the hardware store can’t be romantic? Not me!Not any of my friends, either, as it turns out.Over the summer, couple after couple pointed out to me (in unrelated conversations) that once they had settled down, they spent far more time together going out to hardware stores than going out to restaurants.To a one, my friends joked that “date night” had evolved from stolen kisses and candle-lit dinners into Friday night trips to the hardware store,…

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Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was a freshman in college, my English teacher tried to talk me into changing my major to English. Well, I changed it from Biology to Nursing to Education…

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Just a Matter of Time by LaRhonda Simmons

About Just a Matter of Time:Jade is dating super sexy personal trainer Eli Turner. Eli is the best thing that's happened to her in a long time and the sex between them is the best she's ever encountered. The only problem is that Eli is very secretive about his personal life, which makes Jade think he's hiding something. But no matter how things appear, Jade has no intentions of giving up her prize. Sierra has the perfect life to those…

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Author Interview: Staci Hart

1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all! When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew that the story would be fairly short, though I was determined to get the word count into a range that would be considered a novel. I…

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Cailin by Rosalind Scarlett

 About Cailin:A love which transcends existence . . .It is the year 1702.  Aislinn, the daughter of a sheep farmer in western Ireland, is a tenacious redheaded lass who has NO intention of ever settling into the dutiful roles of marriage and motherhood demanded of her by her father.  The only thing she has ever wanted is to pursue her dreams of being a professional fiddler, and that is fully what she intends to do— with or without the blessing of her…

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