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Fiction Writers Blog Hop #LinkParty #amwriting #amreading

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

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UPDATE (August 1st): At the bottom of this post – watch my son and daughter draw the winners of the two $20 Amazon gift cards. One for a lucky blog hop participant and one for a lucky commenter… 


Are you a writer, reader, book blogger, and/or fan of books and blog hops?
Hopping along the Fiction Writers Blog Hop is super easy. Simply click on a square below, then enjoy being whisked around the blogosphere reading great articles and meeting interesting book people.

Want in on the action? Creating a square and linking an article from YOUR website to the hop is easy. Complete instructions HERE including an important sentence you’ll need to add to your post on your website.

New to Blog Hops? This might explain why they’re not only fun, but a great way to boost traffic and connect with others: Blog Hops: Comprehensive List of Benefits

Want to see how it works? Here’s a peek at a previous month’s hop.

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Great news! To celebrate summer, I’m tossing in two $20 Amazon gift cards.
One for a lucky blog hop participant (those folks creating a square and linking their website to the blog hop) and one for a commenter kind enough to leave comments on the posts linked to this blog hop. The more comments you leave, the greater your chances of winning. Check back Friday, July 31st around 5-ish for two Vine videos recording the drawings. Good luck!

Oh! Don’t forget to mark you calendar. I host this blog hop on the last Wednesday of every month.

And if you feel so inclined, hit a few of those social media buttons at the bottom of this post to share the fun. (Much appreciated!)

Okay, that’s it. Let’s hop!

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Congrats to Sonja Yoerg, the “participant” winner of one $20 Amazon gift card and to Jayne Denker, whose comment on Shelly Hickman’s website won her the other $20 Amazon gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated! :)

#Bookreview: The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop @KathieShoop @BookSparks #SRC15

I’m pretty psyched to travel to Des Moines, Iowa this week for my BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. I’ve got lots and lots and lots of family in the great state of Iowa. A cousin in Des Moines and hundreds of family members (seriously, hundreds) in the great river town of Dubuque.

My beautiful hometown of Richmond, VA ranked #10 on the USA Today Reader’s Choice “10Best” List of Best American Riverfronts. Dubuque came in at #4 on the list. Go Dubuque! You sure know how to rock the Mississippi.

Traveling by car from Dubuque, head southwest through Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Don’t forget to wave as you pass the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop – a place I found truly magical the summer I studied fiction writing surrounded by corn and the books at Prairie Lights Bookstore (located on South Dubuque Street). Then head due west to Des Moines, the setting of today’s book discussion.

Oh, wait. I forgot this important part of the directions: You have to travel back in time, too.

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#BookReview: Beautiful Girl by @FleurPhilips @BookSparks #SRC15

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This week on the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge, I’m hitting the mountains of Montana with Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips. Seventeen-year-old Melanie Kennicut is beautiful. Her entire life revolves around this beauty because her overly controlling mother has been dragging her to … Continue reading

Neverending Beginnings by Mary Chris Escobar @marychris_e

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Author Mary Chris Escobar is on tour July 6 to August 3 with her novel Neverending Beginnings. Today, she’s on my site with: a $50 Amazon gift card giveaway; a retweet-to-win signed copy of Neverending Beginnings; an author interview; and a book review. … Continue reading

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I can’t wait to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new novel, Maybe in Another Life. (Last summer, I read and reviewed After I Do.) I keep checking my mailbox but it hasn’t arrived yet. Probably delayed in the mail due to the Fourth of July … Continue reading

It’s You by Jane Porter @authorjanep @BookSparks #SRC15

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With this post, I’m halfway through my 18-book list on the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. I’m back in California with this title, Jane Porter’s It’s You. (The last California destination on my travels was Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.) About … Continue reading