Monthly Archives: May, 2016

Hooking the Reader by guest author Paula Berinstein

SIX TIPS FOR ENGAGING READERS WITHIN TWO SECONDS: THE HOOK IN FICTION AND MEMOIRS This article first appeared in Kobo Writing Life published on 14 October 2012 at https://kobowritinglife.com/2012/10/14/six-tips-for-engaging-readers-within-two-seconds-the-hook-in-fiction-and-memoir/. The secret to writing great hooks is to infuse them with possibility and add a dash of spice. Here are six tips to help you engage readers in …

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

When I was a teenager, I decided that I would make it my life’s work to read every book in the library. It was only many years later that I realised that libraries re-cycle books, take out unpopular titles and buy new books. I thought that was so unfair! During that period, one of the …

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Avenger by Frederick Forsyth

I had never read any books by Frederick Forsyth, although I felt I should have done. So, when my husband and I were clearing out the spare bedroom and we found Avenger, I set it aside to read. Frederick Forsyth, CBE is an English author, former journalist and spy, and occasional political commentator. He was …

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Man on the Run by Tom Doyle

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as the bassist of the Beatles. He was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942. Paul was always my favourite Beatle. Like many young women at the time, I was sure …

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Paths of the Dead by Lin Anderson

I like Lin Anderson. I say that to lay my cards on the table because I have no doubt that personal feelings colour our view of someone’s work. In this I always think about Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in 1996 aged 122. She was interviewed about a year prior to her death. She had met Vincent van …

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Twitter for Authors by guest authors Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

Twitter for Authors first appeared in Deadly Ever After, the website of Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel on 01.May.2016 at https://deadlyeverafter.com/2016/05/01/twitter-for-authors/. I hear authors say it all the time. I have no idea what to do with Twitter. But still, they’re there, because everyone else is. And as a result, they share mostly promo posts. This …

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