April 16 New Reviews, Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

New reviews are up!

Under Romance: Heart Fire by Rose Mackie and Strong Enough by Jana Richards

Under Science Fiction: Imago by Greg Belliveau

Under Mystery: Murder with Darjeeling Tea by Karen Rose Smith

Under YA: Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman and Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl by Julie Kagawa

Under LGBTQ+ for Adults: Fireman’s Carry by Andrew Grey

Birthdays: Anatole France (1844), Gertrude Chandler Warner (1860), John Millington Synge (1871), Dorothy P. Lathrop (1891), Howard Mumford Jones (1892), Tristan Tzara (1896), Berton Roueche (1910), Garth Williams (1912), Kingsley Amis (1922), Carol Bly (1930), Diane Middlebrook (1939), Tracy K. Smith (1972)

Anatole France won the 1921 Nobel in Literature.

Dorothy Lathrop won the 1929 Newbery Medal for “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years”

Howard Jones won the 1965 Pulitzer for Nonfiction for “O Strange New World”

Tracey K. Smith won the 2011 Pulitzer for Poetry for “Life on Mars”

Quote: “Your readers expect a story, a story that answers the question, ‘So what, why do we care about what this person has done?’” – Diane Middlebrook

Tip: Many people confuse the words then/than. “Then” refers to time (we will do this first then that) while “than” is a choice (I’d rather do this than that)

Jumpstart: Take the first line from any book and write it into a paragraph, first as a mainstream book, then as a mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and romance.

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