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Neal Wyatt Book Pulse -> PEN Award Winners and a Recommendation from Stephen King

The PEN Awards were announced last night. Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press: LJ starred review) won the night’s richest prize, the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, considered the “book of the year” award. Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) won the The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny: Random House) won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The full list of winners is online.

In other award news, Patricia Smith’s Incendiary Art (TriQuarterly/Northwestern Univ.) wins the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Donika Kelly’s Bestiary (Graywolf Press) wins the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Read complete article -> PEN Award Winners and a Recommendation from Stephen King

Barnes & Noble: By Joel Cunningham All the Nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards

By Joel Cunningham All the Nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards

Today, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2017 Nebula awards, honoring science fiction and fantasy works—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year. If the Hugo Awards, voted on by fans, are the SFF version of the People’s Choice Awards, the Nebulas are the Oscars, voted on by industry pros.

Around here, we’re big fans of the Nebulas—the novel ballot in particular is always a reliable indicator of the year’s best in sci-fi and fantasy literature (case in point: six of this year’s seven nominees for Best Novel are on our lists of the year’s best books). We’ve even made it a tradition to read through all of the Best Novel nominees every year and offer not just reviews of the books, but a little inside baseball awards prognostication.

We can’t wait to get started: this year’s lineup is an especially strong one. Here are the nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards.

Read more -> All the Nominees for the 2017 Nebula Awards

Roanne King -> Using the Emotional Wound Thesaurus and More to Prep for NaNoWriMo

When I discovered the list of Emotional Wounds on last year, I was beyond excited. One of my novel projects would involve the POV of three sisters facing life-changing events and I needed to get to know each of these characters personally and separately in order to give each woman her own voice, struggles, fears, etc. I had an idea of their current personality conflicts, but wasn’t sure how they got there.

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Using the Emotional Wound Thesaurus and More to Prep for NaNoWriMo

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® -> How Your Hero’s Past Pain Will Determine His Character Flaws ~

By Angela Ackerman
Authentic characters are usually modeled after real people. I don’t mean pulling traits and quirks from those we know (say, taking Aunt Judy’s laughter and blending it with the overly-smiley bus driver who takes us to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Rather, I’m talking about mirroring the human experience in the fictional world, giving readers a character who has desires they can relate to, and who struggles, fails or succeeds all in turn.

happinessHuman experience is also about the push for self-discovery, finding meaning, and achieving worthy goals. Just like real people do, our characters should seek to improve themselves in some way—at work, in personal relationships, spiritually, or through self-growth.

In fiction, the road to what one desires is never easy. Authors want to create a window into this internal life struggle that we all know so well. To do so, we write characters who have flaws–negative qualities that surface at the worst of times, sabotaging their efforts, blocking them from gaining what they want both on a conscious and subconscious level. It’s ironic, really; who they are and what they want are often at odds, making it difficult for them to achieve success.

As you can imagine, choosing the right flaws for a character is really important as they will directly affect character arc and how the story plays out for readers. So let’s look at why flaws become part of who someone is, and where they come from.

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How Your Hero’s Past Pain Will Determine His Character Flaws ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

The Book Date -> what Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Kindle February 18, 2018

Terry Crews
From NFL player turned film and TV star Terry Crews comes a wise and warmhearted memoir chronicling his lifelong quest to become a good man, loving husband, and responsible father.
Redemption Street (Moe Prager Book 2)
by Reed Farrel Coleman (Author)
Walking the Perfect Square introduced Moe Prager – retired New York City cop-turned-wine shop owner – to much acclaim and an enthusiastic readership. Still possessed of his vintage police savvy, and perhaps the only Jewish licensed PI in the five boroughs, Moe wonders if he’s really meant to be a merchant and not a cop. Redemption Street finds him in 1981, lured into the mystery of a 1966 hotel fire – one that killed seventeen people, including his first love – by a long-grieving brother and Moe’s own restless determination to set things right.
By James Ellroy
From the legendary author of L.A. Confidential, hailed as “one of the great American writers of our time” (Los Angeles Times Book Review): The City of Angels in the ’50s is no place for the fainthearted — as young cop Freddy Underhill learns when he investigates the death of a former girlfriend.
Blood Ties – A Magnolia Novel
by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen
LiAnn Tuck and her daughter, Karina Summers, are settling into their new life, enjoying the small farming community of Sheridan, Arkansas. The slower pace, compared to the craziness of Los Angeles, is a welcome distraction for them both. Taking care of her aging parents and their small farm is just what LiAnn needs to forget her twenty-five-year career as a detective. And Karina’s new love interest brings back the smile she lost from years of undercover work and her cheating ex-boyfriend.

Their idyllic lifestyle changes the minute a family friend, Cecil Pickard, pays a visit. He lives at The Magnolia, an independent living facility in Hot Springs, and believes someone is stealing from him. LiAnn and Karina offer to investigate and suddenly find themselves inside a living nightmare.

Theft isn’t the only criminal activity taking place inside the historic, stately walls of The Magnolia. Organized crime has infiltrated Hot Springs, and what they’re after is not only money, but life itself. As LiAnn and Karina dig deeper, they might just be digging their own graves.

First Street Church -> The Sunday Bulletin is Here: When Love is Blind

When I was growing up, there was a blind woman in our church who was incredible. Insight, encouraging, mentoring women across the city and always cheerful, I would watch her as a child, intensely curious, never sure whether I should be staring but unable to look away.

It was only as I grow older, into a woman myself, that I realised that the seemingly cheerful woman that I watched probably was not always as happy as I thought her. There must have been moments when she cried out to God for healing; when she was frustrated at the lack of support; when she wondered how her life would have been different if she could.

Read more -> The Sunday Bulletin is Here: When Love is Blind

The Fussy Librarian: Q&A with romance author Julie Ortolon

Back in her school days, Julie Ortolon could never have imagined becoming a USA TODAY best-selling romance novelist — but thanks to one special novel and the invention of spell check, that’s what she is today.

The average person loves to gush about his or her gratitude for spell check. But writer Julie Ortolon has an even deeper appreciation for it than most of us.

The USA TODAY best-selling romance novelist has dyslexia, and the day her husband brought home a computer — with spell check — was the day she was able to move stories from her head onto the screen with greater ease.


49 Writers, Inc.: Why Nancy Lord Reviews Books—and Why You Should Consider It

I’ve loved reading ever since I was a child, and I loved doing book reports for school because I got to write and talk about books I loved. When I was in an MFA program I loved the required book responses (or annotations, as we called them) because I got to take those books apart and think about how they … Read More ->

Why Nancy Lord Reviews Books—and Why You Should Consider It

49 Writers, Inc.: Roundup | February 16-22, 2018

Hey, folks! We’re switching back to weekly Friday Roundups, as opposed to biweekly. Please email your short news items to by Wednesdays.  New releases Heart Berries | Written by Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries is her memoir of overcoming personal trauma, mental trials, and reconciliation with her parents. Mailhot graduated with a MFA in fiction from the Institute of American … Read More ->

Ah, the memories…

Flashback to November 14, 2013: 49 Writers’ Crosscurrents event, “On the Edge of Publishing”. L to R: Vered Mares, Buffy McKay, Kris Farmen, Kate Partridge, and Martha Amore.

Literary Roundup | February 16-22, 2018 – 49 Writers, Inc.