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How Not to Engage Readers

How Not to Engage Readers

I've been chewing on whether or not to share the most recent creepy Goodreads friend request I received from a self-identified aspiring author. But this one was uncomfortable enough, that I felt like I needed to share in hopes of helping educate other aspiring authors about what not to do when attempting to engage readers. 

Listen, I know authors are told to engage, engage, engage, but there's a way to do it that doesn't completely freak out readers. Unfortunately this recent request landed smack in the creepy zone. (Note: I've redacting information about this person.)

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Recommendation Roundup: April 2015

Welcome to another edition of Recommendation Roundup!

This month I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Lisa Schroeder's upcoming YA novel, All We Have is Now and it's so, so good, y'all. It's definitely got a literary vibe to it and asks a lot of important questions. I also read and loved The One That Got Away, which is Bethany Chase's first novel and reminds me of the really great "chick lit" from the early 2000s--it's voicey and funny and smart.

I finally found a Karie McGarry novel that worked for me (though it was not without its issues) in her upcoming novel, Nowhere But Here, and glommed a bunch of Sarah Mayberry's backlist, which I seem to do once a year. I still have mixed feelings on her writing at times (she tends to use the same phrasing over and over and it bugs me), but she's definitely one to snag if you want a quick, satisfying read. 

Sarah Recommends

Sandra Recommends

Note: Sandra would like you to know that her picks are kind of dark and she likes it that way.

Laura Recommends

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
 
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Recently Read: Comics Edition

Recently Read: Comics Edition

You may recall that I've slid far, far down the comics rabbit hole. I even have new releases on my calendar so I remember to get say, the new Saga, on the Wednesday it releases. 

Here's what I've recently read.

Hawkeye, Volumes 1-3.

These combined volumes feature the archer Avenger and his mentee Kate, who's also known as Hawkeye and is super rad. I knew nothing about The Avengers going into this and found it incredibly accessible and liked the healthy does of angst. Fraction writes Sex Criminals, which I love, so I shouldn't be surprised by this one, but I was. My favorite was the third volume, LA Woman, which is just a Kate story.

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Kicking Off Podcast Season 3: Episode #27, "Hug It Out"

Kicking Off Podcast Season 3: Episode #27, "Hug It Out"

Hi folks! Welcome to season three of the Official, One and Only Clear Eyes, Full Shelves Podcast!

Apologies for the long hiatus, but we had reasons. We've both done a lot of reading and watching television/movies during our time off, and we kept circling back to the idea of the way family relationships are portrayed. More often than not, it's hard for both of us to see familiar patterns and resolutions that feel "real." Obviously, as we mention in this episode, we only have our own experiences to draw on, but we also know we can't be alone. 

Remember, if you want to get your new episodes early, subscribe in iTunes, the show drops there about a day earlier than it does here. 

Enjoy!

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