The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich

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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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