The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich

Voracious Reader

Today I am reviewing The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich.




Blurb: “Accept the book with the amber spine.
Return the frog. Take the cab.

What the hell kind of advice is that?”

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading… and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family… except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and…

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Beginning writers:


First, let me say this again. Before you put your book on Amazon, please get an editor. No book is going to be 100% perfect. However it shouldn’t be completely littered with issues.

Just because you have a thesaurus doesn’t mean you need to use every single word in it.

The word ‘said’ is a perfectly acceptable dialogue tag. It’s not necessary to use every possible tag except said.

If you are going to use an adverb to infer rapid movement, the word ‘quickly’ is fine. You don’t need to use ‘expeditiously’ when describing how the character walked down the sidewalk.

Please, for the love all that’s holy and unholy, if your characters are in an intimate scene remember the guy can shout, yell, scream but do not used ‘he ejaculated’ as a dialogue tag. It does not work in that kind of scene.

And while I’m up here on…

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RWBY by RoosterTeeth — Awesome!

Lexy Wolfe

So, I have been putting together the playlist of the new web series RWBY done by RoosterTeeth.  This is the brainchild of Monty Oum and I think it is absolutely awesome.  They release a new episode every Thursday on their website, and the previous week’s release on YouTube, which is what I have compiled here.

Some have complained that the episodes are too short.  The reason some are short is what they truly do is release the equivalent of a movie over the span of weeks, and what they release are scenes.  When they compile them together to release the DVD, they are merged and the whole story is blended together.  While I, too, want more than what they give, it is their prerogative.  They are putting real work into this.  This is what the United States of America is about.  It is hypocritical to demand more and expect…

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Dancing With Bulls, by Alan Cook- Four Star Review

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“Dancing With Bulls” By Alan Cook is a cute young adult book based strongly on Greek history and mythology. It involves two boys traveling back into time and landing themselves directly in the myth about the Minotaur in Crete. Of course, myths are always based on reality but the story reveals the truths the myth was founded upon, which isn’t exactly the story you know and love. The book is well explained, well written, and beautifully illustrated. The illustrations, in fact, I was truly in awe of. Just gorgeous! The ending was a little blunt. Anyone who follows my reviews know that this is a deal breaker for me. However, I will say that although the ending is a bit blunt, it still manages to wrap up the story nicely. Maybe I’m just rather picky. Either way, I was intrigued and am seriously debating on reading some of…

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Spiral Aloe, by L.A. Forbes- Three Star Review

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“Spiral Aloe” by L.A. Forbes was a good story…at first. I did get through the whole book, which was packed with action, deception, and plenty of side stories mingling with the main plot. A few things got a little tangled, but they seemed to be clearing up in the end of the story. Actually, let me put it this way: I was enthralled with this book until it ended- by which I mean, I don’t get the ending at all. The story just stopped in what I assumed was the middle of the story. Nothing was resolved at all, and there was no indication of a follow up book. You know, no hints or cliff hangers, just a blunt ending. I’m still sitting here wondering if it actually ended…although I read the last bit twice through to make sure. Otherwise, the book really was great. The word choice…

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