Laura Ingalls Wilder Week: The Comfortable Home

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

Last week was spring break for me, so I took the time off to visit my dad and my grandmother, who is ill with cancer, in Missouri. My grandma finished her last radiation treatment while we were there, so we are hoping that things look good and that she’ll start to get stronger and be able to care for herself again.

While there, my dad took us to the Laura Ingalls Wilder house in Mansfield. I have been wanting to visit this historic site for some time, but we were last there during Christmas, and the house is not open until March 1. I had good timing for this trip, and we took a day to visit the site.

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So this week on my blog, I’ll be posting all about that day trip and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

There are two homes that belonged to the Wilders in Mansfield. One is…

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Book Review: The Devil’s Detective

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The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Reviewed by Raul

It is uncanny how a writer can so easily create a work that revitalizes a genre and sends it in a new direction simultaneously leading the reader on a breathless chase after clues that reassert the book’s place as a solid detective mystery. And this is a noir mystery, no doubt – the darkest you can imagine for it is set in Hell and there can be no blacker place for murder and deception.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man charged with investigating crimes that have attracted Hell’s notice. Crimes, of course, occur all the time in Hell: murder, rape, brutality of all sorts, but Fool is sent to investigate only those that are noticeable. He is informed of these crimes with red ribbon wrapped tubes and the majority of his work is stamping the notices of crimes as “DNI”…

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150 Years of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland at The Ransom Center

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Quite a long time ago, 150 years in fact, down down down the rabbit hole little Alice went, and when she came out again she was not the same person as went in. Not at all! Her curiously wonderful journey, filled with as many rash impulses and poor choices as any adolescent’s life could possibly be, has somehow wound its way from the little boat on The Isis, where Lewis Carroll first invented the story in 1863, up through the tendrils of culture and time to become one of the world’s most beloved stories. First published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has never been out of print, and has inspired countless artists to create their own interpretations of Alice and her curious companions.

Currently here in Austin, Texas, The Ransom Center hosts “150 Years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, which celebrates Lewis Carroll the author and photographer, his enduring classic and the…

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News from the Book Multiverse

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Hello Friends and Intrepid Explorers of the great and unfathomable depths of the eternally expanding, perpetually ineffable, gloriously vast and deliciously mysterious book multiverse! As ever, we here at the BookPeople blog have returned from our own amazing adventures sailing said galactic seas to bring you the latest in newsy goodness from the far reaches of literary space:

Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, and you can read an inspiring list of readers talking about their favorite women writers here. And speaking of women writers, a recent study as shown that self-publishing has increasingly allowed women to break through the publishing “glass ceiling.”

A new app has been released that will allow readers to remove objectionable language from e-books.

We reported just last week that the United States Postal Service will be issuing a stamp in honor of Maya Angelou, and a preview of the stamp can now be…

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#SnippetSunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – March 8, 2015

Originally posted on The Tsuruoka Files:

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

I think you’ve all got the gist of the scene between Jake and Marisa on the beach so I’m going to move ahead a bit in the story. Jake and Marisa successfully make it back to the Sunshade Motel. This scene takes place in the middle of the night, after the first snippet I shared from this WIP (the one in which she asks Jake if he knows how to hurt people)…

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