Sadie Watson

AvatarWhat do the classics The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird have in common? They’ll be celebrated as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrations from September 29 to October 6.

A challenge is a person expressing a point of view and is also an attempt to remove or restrict materials from the curriculum or library, based upon the objections of a person or group, thereby restricting the access of others. A banning is the removal of those materials. The top three reasons usually cited for challenging (and banning) material are that it’s considered to be “sexually explicit,” contain “offensive language,” and be “unsuited to age group.”

BannedBooksWeek2007While books usually are challenged with the best …

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Avatar"Traveling where the page takes you," says author Sue Charnley. Or as other writers call it—evoking a sense of place. It means taking us, the readers, right where the action in the story is occuring.

Every place, be it a beach in Southern France, an overused campsite, a street corner in Manhattan, or the Alaskan wilderness, can be dialed up with a few carefully chosen details. Less is always more in this case, but its pulling certain specifics out of ordinary life and putting them together in special ways that bring a place vividly to life.

By emotionally shading those details, by reprising them as motifs, by painting scenes with a large color pallette, by using word repetition and alliteration and words that sound like their meaning (snap and ding), …

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AvatarGoing with the assumption that two months late is better than never, I’m posting photos with comments about my side of the trip to Dallas. This was my first Romance Writers of America national conference, and I was star-struck, excited, and incandescently happy to be with folks who thought marks on paper is a valuable way of life.

I first started my journey to Dallas by making detailed notes about what I wanted to do during the five days I was there…

Then came the packing

Despite judicious choice of items to take with me, I ended up with too much luggage

Dallas Skyline

Romance Writers of America 2007 Logo

Literacy Autographing

With authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Teresa Medeiros, Elizabeth Bevarly

With authors Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd

With …

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Don’t be shocked by the question.  I stand in front of you proud to say that I am a
flasher.   I love to flash.  In fact I do it several times a time.  I love the idea of
showing people what I am about.  It is one of those things that I believe everyone should
be doing.   Actually, I think everyone should do it many times a day.

No, I’m not talking about exposing my body to the world.  I don’t think the world could
handle that!   What I am talking about is one of my pet peeves. Flashing, signaling, or
whatever you want to call it . . . please just use your automobile turn signal!!!   It
drives me batty when I am driving through the chaotic traffic of …

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AvatarWatching Bravo TV’s show Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style outfitting a woman with wardrobe essentials, got me thinking about the top twelve things without which I couldn’t live my day-to-day life.

0. Book

1. Moisturizer — Dramatically Different by Clinique and Daily Eye Benefits by Clinique

2. Concealer — Airbrush by Clinique

3. Acne Treatment — Outer Peace by Aveda

4. Foundation — Mineral Powder by Bare Essentials

5. Lip Balm, and Lip Gloss or Lipstick — Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works, and Juicy Tubes by Lancôme or Different by Clinique

6. Brow Groomer — Brow Expert by Lancôme or Quickliner for Eyes by Clinique

7. Mascara — Fatale by Lancôme

8. Makeup Remover — Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover by Clinique and Galatée Confort by Lancôme

9. …

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A few months ago, my brother-in-law got married. I have been looking at all of the wedding
photos online and it got me thinking about all of the weddings I have read
about in romance novels. Some were
beautifully romantic, some were as plain as could be, and other were nothing
but rushed.

One of my favorites is from the first romance novel I ever
read. Connor MacAlister’s and Lady
Brenna’s ceremony from Julie Garwood’s The Wedding. Theirs was a rushed wedding, taking place in
a Highland glen.
The glen itself was surround by lush
forest. The ground and trees were
covered in vibrant hues of brown and green and purple flowers dotted the area. Who doesn’t love an outdoors wedding? I was vastly amused by the fact that …

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