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Featured New Books: Without a Home and Never Again by David Sturman

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

David Sturman dropped by not that long ago to feature his first book, Broken Son, here at West of Mars. He said back then it was the first in the trilogy, and today, to mix things up a bit, he’s back with the next two books!     Let’s just hand things right over to […]

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Back Home Again

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

We rolled into town just a few minutes late on Wednesday, and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. It’s easy to tell which clients don’t read my blog or Facebook; I heard from all of them while I was gone! (note to self: work on client-only mailing list) As always, being in Yellowstone is a […]

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#SaystheEditor Said, or Asked?

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

It’s not just new writers I’ve caught doing this, so it’s worth a mention for all of you to keep an eye out for as you revise your work. If your characters ask a question, use asked in your dialogue tags. “How are you today?” Shawn asked. Believe it or not, I often see: “How […]

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#SaystheEditor: Red Comes in More Than One Shade

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I’ve noticed this a lot lately, so it bearsĀ  bringing to your attention, writers everywhere: The color red. Open a box of Crayola crayons, why don’t you? Grab a book of paint samples. You’ve got Scarlet, Red, Fire Engine, Candy Apple, Cerise, Flame, Rose, Crimson, Cardinal, Lava, Rust… oh, the list goes on. Fifty shades […]

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One Week Warning

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

In a week from today, I’m heading out on my first REAL vacation in three years. Not a week at Scout camp (although that’s always a welcome break). Not a weekend adventure. A real, honest-to-God, airplane-involved vacation. And like any good Boy Scout, I’m going to mostly be camping. In a national park. If you […]

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