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A New Era in Fashion—How Abercrombie & Fitch Saves Needless Suffering

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I didn’t think it was possible, after her first brilliant post on A&F, but Kristen Lamb, just blew it out of the park! With humor.  Nailed it!

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Last Friday, I wrote a post about how Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Michael Jeffreys’ message hurts us all, no matter how fat or thin, pretty or ugly, rich or poor, popular or unpopular. Yet, upon closer inspection, I am compelled to retract my statement. In fact, I think Jeffreys’ should be given serious consideration for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Bear with me.

The Birth of Fashion

At one time, early in human history, clothing served to protect humans from the elements and keep them warm. But, what many of you might NOT know was that everyone looked the same, running around in somewhat smelly saber-tooth outerwear.

It was really Ug who came up with the first line of saber-tooth necklaces to accessorize these early, boring designs. Ug later inspired Og to use the teeth of a boar as bracelets. Not only could one look smashing day OR night, but boar-tooth…

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The Little Black Book Blog

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The Little Black Book Blog

Check out “The Little Black Book Blog,” which is celebrating 3000 “Likes” on Facebook, with a giveaway!

“Darkness Avenged,” by Alexandra Ivy

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“Darkness Avenged,” by Alexandra Ivy

Mark your calendars for June 4th!  The tenth novel in Alexandra Ivy’s “Guardians of Eternity” series, “Darkness Avenged,” will be released!!

Book Review – “Logan and Jenna” (Wolf Mate #6) by R.E. Butler – Sassy Fairy Meets her Alpha Wolf

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Short, sexy read. Logan and Jenna may be my favorite couple of the “Wolf’s Mate” series. Jenna surprised me at how strong she was, both physically and emotionally. Logan was so much sweeter than I had imagined him to be, which endeared me to him. As a couple, they were protective of each other and oh, so HOT.

Here is the link to my review:  Sassy Fairy Meets her Alpha Wolf

Finding Your Passion Again – despite the burnout

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Book Reviewers – Check out Terri’s discussion on burnout and re-igniting our passion for reading.

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I read a post the other day on The Passive Voice about how some writers may condemn a bestseller book because of all the “bad” that’s in it. Though the title of the post points to the fate of today’s book bloggers — who are suffering from overload because they’ve become the new gatekeepers for the slush pile — a lot of what was written in that piece really hit home for me.

See, I’m human and, like many other writers, I get annoyed when I read a bestseller book that, in my opinion, is poorly written. Now, let’s get something out of the way before I go on, okay? What I consider poorly written is not necessarily what someone else considers poorly written. However, I do believe there are some universal traits on what most readers consider “bad”. Writers, on the other hand, are more critical because they deal…

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Perfect Fling Giveaway & More

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Perfect Fling Giveaway & More

Visit the Plotmonkeys website for a fun Summer giveaway.   The Plotmonkeys are four of my favorite contemporary adult romance authors!!  Check them out!

How to Write a Book Review Like a Human (Cheat Sheet Included)

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I write reviews for books that I move me, either positively or negatively. This post has some great advice for would-be reviewers.

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      Our post on scam reviews led to some great conversations and questions. However, there was one question that stood out above the rest. Over and over, we heard, “I think I sound like a scammer! How can I write a review like a human?”

      Well, you asked and we delivered. Here are our tips to writing reputable, honest, and real reviews.

If you bought the book, show it.

      Several ebookstores will distinguish your review if you purchase and review the book on the same site. This is the first step to setting yourself apart from the scammers.  Amazon has Amazon Verified Purchase: “Customers reading an Amazon Verified Purchase review can use this information to help them decide which reviews are most helpful in their purchasing decisions.” On Amazon, the Amazon Verified Purchase tag will appear below the name of the reviewer.

      Smashwords goes even…

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