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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling


I'm thrilled to be spotlighting Melissa Groeling's YA book, Traffic Jam, today! You can also win a hard copy...



Traffic Jam
by Melissa Groeling
5/26/12
Black Opal Books
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Smashwords

When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…
Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?  

Melissa Groeling
Melissa Groeling graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English. She lives, reads and writes in the Philadelphia region and wherever else life happens to send her. She is a hardcore New York Giants fan and loves chocolate. Traffic Jam is her first young adult novel.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Warner Grimoire Book One: Bad Apple Blog Tour {Author Interview and Giveaway}


I'm thrilled to have The Warner Grimoire Blog Tour stopping by today! Clay Held, author of The Warner Grimoire series, is here today for a fun interview. Plus, there's an awesome giveaway...



The Warner Grimoire Book One: Bad Apple
by Clay Held
5/1/13
Purchase: Amazon

Meet Simon Warner, a fourteen-year-old who drowned. Death was just the beginning. Dying awakens an angry and malevolent force inside Simon–magic, and before he can comprehend his mystical transformation his adopted father is kidnapped during a mysterious fire that destroys their home.

Within hours Simon is violently yanked into the supernatural world, where the real trouble starts: he is the descendent of an evil sorcerer, and the magical community isn't exactly welcoming of him. Making matters worse, Simon finds himself on a collision course with the forces of the deranged Silas Darrow, a charming yet xenophobic warlock who fears humanity will one day eradicate all magic. In order to protect "his" people, this false messiah intends to strike first.

Magic--it may have saved Simon's life, but it may have just doomed the world.

Does your heart go bump in the night?

14-year-old Simon Warner isn't having a very good October. To start with, he drowned, and then the real trouble started. Next thing he knows, he's back among the living, and face-to-face with a ghoulish-looking man who kidnaps his adopted father. Enter Nathan Tamerlane, a bonafide wizard, and soon Simon is deep in the hidden world of the supernatural, walking among the Freemancers: a secret society of wizards, and the stewards of all magic on Earth. Soon the truth is revealed: Simon's birth parents are wicked sorcerers who betrayed the Freemancers years ago before going into hiding. Making matters worse, a cruel and xenophobic warlock named Silas Darrow is gathering his followers (some would say worshipers) to lead an assault on the non-magical world. Now, if Simon ever wants to see his adopted father again, he's going to have to join Darrow's cult. Easier said than done. All it takes is one moment of weakness, and a powerful evil will infest Simon's soul forever.


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What three words best describe THE WARNER GRIMOIRE BOOK ONE: BAD APPLE?
Fun, relatable adventure
Can you give us your best one sentence pitch to convince readers (especially reluctant readers) to give THE WARNER GRIMOIRE BOOK ONE: BAD APPLE a try? 
A teenage boy must risk his soul and enter the world of monsters and magic in an effort to save the only family he has ever known.
Grab a copy of THE WARNER GRIMOIRE BOOK ONE: BAD APPLE and answer the following: 
Favorite chapter?
The Door at the Bottom of the Lake
Favorite page? 
Page 283 (from the original manuscript)
Favorite character? 
Malkin
Flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentence teaser: 
"In shock he let go of the vines, and then he was losing his footing. In an instant Simon went from imitating one of the numerous stone gargoyles that perched along the exterior into a free fall."
What inspired the idea behind this series? Did any specific books/movies/pop culture influence the story? 
The first seed of the idea came to me the night I lost my job in 2009. It was a scary idea, but it was a scary time, so I figured why not? I'm glad I made that choice. One of the big ideas influencing the story was the idea of the apprentice/teacher relationship. I didn't want a magic school. I wanted something more personal than that. Apprenticeship just seemed natural.Another big influence, believe it or not, was Degrassi. I started watching this show several years ago, and a lot of the issues in the show aren't just kids' issues. In fact, the show is pretty mature with its material. You have kids in over their heads, dealing with situations that not even adults might handle well. Social pressures, identity, the choices you make, these are the real demons kids face these days.
Supernatural and fantasy elements play an important role in this series, can you tell us a bit about those elements? What is your favorite supernatural/mythical being or creature? 
The world of Simon Warner obviously has a lot of magic to it. There are laws, rules, different types of magic, and more than one way to cast magic. The world's use of magic has a certain syncretic element to it, in that a lot of ideas over time have slowly melded together, so one wizard may be all about arcane incantations, where other have developed a more modern approach.Magic also works on a character level, which is how I think fantasy elements are best used.
You can find more about the magic in Bad Apple by visiting the Warnerpedia at http://warnerpedia.drupalgardens.com/, also.My favorite supernatural creature has to be the revenant.
If you could “borrow” any character from any book/movie/etc to write about, who would you choose? What would you do with them? 
I'd love to borrow the character of Castiel from Supernatural. He's a fallen angel who is so out of his element on earth. I would send him grocery shopping at a big box retail store.
Which made-up world from any book/movie/tv show/etc, would you love to visit? What would you do there? 
I'd love to slip into the world of Game of Thrones IF ONLY TO GET ARYA BACK TO HER FAMILY.
Fill in the blanks: 
I'm really awesome at ___.
cooking
I'm really embarrassed to admit that___. 
that I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until 15.
My comic book superhero alter-ego would be____.
Batman. Always Batman.
The coolest way to kill off a character is___ 
with a Heroic Sacrifice.
 The last great book I read was___
Ready Player One.
If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by THE WARNER GRIMOIRE BOOK ONE: BAD APPLE, what would it taste and look like, and what would you call it? 

Oh it would definitely be an Apple Crumble Cupcake. I'm picturing a simple apple cupcake with some pecans and walnuts on top with brown sugar. I'd probably call it a Warner Cake.

 Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Clay! That cupcake sounds super yummy, and you being a Supernatural and Castiel fan pretty much means we're now BFF's!!!

Clay Held
I'm Clay Held, a refugee from wild world of video game testing, currently a project manager passing my days in the wild (and very flat) plains of Central Illinois. Once upon a time I was the editor for Grassroots Literary Magazine at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing. Today I help make sure software ships on time, and at night I'm busy making things up and writing them down.
In my spare time (what is that again?) I like to read and cook and play with my cats and maintain my blog at www.clayheld.com. When the weather is right, I go storm spotting. Illinois is good like that.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Goodie Basket (47): Weekly Book Haul and Blog Recap


Goodie Basket...is a weekly feature hosted here at Word Spelunking that showcases all the goodies (books, bookish things, reviews, interviews/giveaways/guest posts, blog tours, etc) that popped up in the Goodie Basket that is Word Spelunking each week.

(This meme is inspired by other book haul memes such as In My Mailbox hosted by  The Mod Podge BookshelfStacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, Showcase Sunday hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea and Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer )

This has been an EPIC mail week for me! But, one special delivery was especially EPIC and AMAZING...


Meet Aeicha Elizabeth Matteson, my new niece born 5/24/13...isn't she the most perfect baby you've ever seen?! And yes, she does share a name with her fabulous book-lovin' auntie! I'm so thrilled to be an aunt for the first time and look forward to reading many books with this lil' cupcake!!!

IN MY MAILBOX THIS WEEK...

FROM HARPER COLLINS
This week Harper Teen and Harper Childrens sent out some of the books on their summer must read list...

(middle-grade books)
Stick Dog by Tom Watson
Platypus Police Squad by Jarret Krosoczka
Summerkin by Sarah Prineas
The Girl From Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson
The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
House of Secrets by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

(young-adult books)
Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano
Towering by Alex Flinn
Arclight by Josin McQuein
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Wild Awake by Hilary Smith
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Parallel by Lauren Miller

I now have some doubles and ARC editions of some of these books so I can definitely see a giveaway in the future ;)

OTHER BOOKS/SWAG

Matilda by Roald Dahl
(Penguin)
(I'm participating in the 25th Anniversary Blog Tour for Matilda and Penguin sent me this awesome pink edition!)

Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Fallout by S.A. Bodeen
(Macmillan: sent from pub)

The Nightmare Affair Swag from Mindee Arnett

EBOOKS FROM NETGALLEY

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
(Harlequin Teen)

Invisible by Marni Bates
(K-Teen)

Big THANK YOUs to Harper Collins, Penguin, Macmillan, Harlequin Teen, and K-Teen for all the bookish awesomeness this week!!!

Weekly Blog Recap
This week I...

REVIEWED
Firecracker by David Iserson
Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata

INTERVIEWED

PARTICIPATED IN

AM GIVING AWAY

What did you get this week?!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Forever Me Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway


I'm thrilled to have the Forever ME Blog Tour stopping by today! Below you will find an excerpt from Forever ME by Thomas Amo, plus an ebook giveaway...


Forever ME
by Thomas Amo
10/11/12
GothicTwist Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Inspired by True Events

Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an "Eastie."

After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby "Stilettos" at school, Hannah's life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself.

Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?

Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"?

~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you're not~


From FOREVER ME...

The alarm buzzed and Hannah rolled over on her back in bed and stretched. She tried to get her eyes to focus on her cell phone to see what time it was. The digital numbers told her it was 4:15 a.m. She stopped the noise and reached an arm behind her to shake Taylor awake, but the bed was empty. Surprised, she rolled over and found she had the bed all to herself.  She hoped she hadn’t forced Taylor out. She had been known to be a bed hog, especially with the covers. She propped herself up on her elbows when the bedroom light flipped on. Like a vampire recoiling from the sunlight, Hannah’s hand quickly went to shield her eyes.
“Morning sunshine,” called Taylor in a chipper voice.
Hannah slowly lowered her hand and saw Taylor standing in the doorway, still wearing her father’s t-shirt but with a gator clip in her hair to hold it up.
“I thought I set my alarm for six.”
“You did, but I changed it. Hot Girl Rule Number 1: Rise early and get your face on. Only homely girls sleep in.”
Hannah let her head fall back on the pillow. “Ohhhh, let me be homely, just for an another hour.”
“Oh no you don’t,” called Taylor as she reached under the blanket, grabbed Hannah by the wrist and tugged her up into a sitting position. “Let’s get those feet on the floor, I already picked out your outfit, got the flatiron hot and made coffee.”
“I swear, if I didn’t love men, I’d probably marry you, just for the fact you made me coffee,” Hannah said rubbing her face trying to wake up.
“Yeah, don’t get ahead of yourself there, doll. You’re pretty cute, but not my type. By the way I made the coffee for me. I’m just sharing it with you. Now let’s get going, the sun will be showing up in an hour,” Taylor teased.
“Okay, Sarge,” Hannah said with a half salute. Her feet touched the floor and she recoiled. She started to climb back under the covers but then saw the look on Taylor’s face. “Okay, okay.” Hannah stood up and winced once more from the cold floor on her feet. She stumbled from her bedroom to the bathroom across the hall. Taylor had everything laid out like a display in a showroom. She was truly organized when it came to preparing for the day. Hannah examined her face in the mirror. She was prepared for the worst. She was afraid she was going to wear the after effects of Lauren’s punches for the next week, but surprisingly, there was only a small amount of bruising on the corner of her chin and up next to her right eye. Even the swelling in her lip had pretty much disappeared.
Taylor returned to the bathroom with a cup of coffee for Hannah. Hannah turned and took the cup with a grateful expression. She took a sip and instantly felt the perfectly made drink intoxicate all of her senses. She sat the cup on the vanity and wrapped her arms around Taylor and hugged her. “I love you,” she whispered.
Taylor stood being a prisoner of Hannah’s clinch. Her eyes darted from side to side. Her expression of feeling awkward reflected in the mirror. “Um—love you too, but it’s just coffee, Hannah.”
Hannah shook her head. “No, that is a cup filled with love,” she said with sleep-crusted eyes.
“Okay—are you like this every morning?”
I just need a moment,” Hannah teased as she hugged her once more. Taylor gave the patented pity hand pat on Hannah’s back that meant, Okay, I love you too but I’m beyond comfortable now.
“How did you sleep?” Hannah asked as she took a healthy drink of coffee.
Taylor took Hannah’s hair into her hands and ran the flatiron across it. “Pretty good, but you are a cover hog.”
“I know, but in my defense you’re the first person I’ve ever slept with.”
Yeah—let’s not share that information,” Taylor said teasing.


Thomas Amo
Thomas Amo is the author over 20 comedies and farces for the live theatre. This former full time theatrical producer has spent the last thirty years writing in many different genres, from pilot scripts for television to screenplays on independent films. Outside acting, directing and producing, his first love has always been writing. Forever ME, marks his debut into YA fiction


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday (64): The Real Boy


"Waiting On" Wednesday...is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week I'm excitedly waiting on...

The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu
9/24/13
Walden Pond Press

From Anne Ursu, the author of one of the most widely acclaimed middle-grade novels in recent memory, comes a new fairy-tale adventure of magic and friendship.

On an island at the edge of an immense sea there is a city, a forest, and a boy. The city is called Asteri, a perfect city that was saved by the magic woven into its walls from a devastating plague that swept through the world over a hundred years before. The forest is called the Barrow, a vast wood of ancient trees that encircles the city and feeds the earth with magic. And the boy is called Oscar, a shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. Oscar spends his days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master's shop grinding herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island generations ago. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite fit in.

But it's been a long time since anyone who could call himself a wizard walked the world, and now that world is changing. Children in the city are falling ill and something sinister lurks in the forest. Oscar has been content to stay in his small room in the cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the trees will keep his island safe. Now, even magic may not be enough to save it...

What are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gadget Girl Blog Tour: Review, Author Interview, Giveaway


I'm excited to have the Gadget Girl Blog Tour stopping by today! Below you'll find my review, a fun interview with the author, and a fab giveaway...



Gadget Girl
by Suzanne Kamata
5/17/13
GemmaMedia
Purchase: Amazon

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS meets STONER AND SPAZ


Aiko Cassidy is fourteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother's muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the sculptures that have made her mother famous and have put food on the table. Aiko works hard on her own dream of becoming a great manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko's mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko at first resists. She'd much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer. When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all. And a side trip to Lourdes, ridiculous as it seems to her, might just change her life.

Gadget Girl began as a novella published in Cicada. The story won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction and was included in an anthology of the best stories published in Cicada over the past ten years.


an eARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Suzanne Kamata's Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible is a charming and quirky YA Contemporary book with a unique and memorable main heroine.

Fourteen year old Aiko lives in Michigan with her artist mother. Aiko has cerebral palsy and has long been the subject of her mother's famous artwork, but Aiko wants to be known for her manga art. Gadget Girl is Aiko's secret manga creation, featuring a heroine that Aiko believes she will never be (beautiful and brave). Aiko longs to visit Japan, the Manga capital of the world, and also the home of the father she has never met. But when her mother wins an art contest in Paris, Aiko must spend her summer in France. A cute French waiter with a love for manga of his own and an interest in Aiko, changes the way Aiko sees both herself and her mom.

Suzanne Kamata has crafted a cute and heartfelt story about family, acceptance, and first serious crushes. With a fun French setting, thoughtful mother/daughter relationship, and the neat manga infused elements, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible is certainly an entertaining, quick read.

Kamata is an effective and enjoyable storyteller, who has given her story a great deal of heart and depth. Aiko's cerebral palsy and the ways it affects her life and self image, and her complicated and realistic relationship with her mother make for an often poignant story. Kamata doesn't sensationalize Aiko's cerebral palsy or use it to play on readers' sympathies, nor does her disability define Aiko's character, which I really appreciated. This is a very character driven story and, while her cerebral palsy doesn't define Aiko, it does give her a unique and refreshing voice. For the most part, I really liked Aiko and her wry, honest observations. At times though, I found her anger and resentment toward her mother, and her almost reverent way of thinking about the father she never met, to be too much and hard to relate to.

I really liked Aiko's love of manga and the fact that she has created her own manga series, Gadget Girl. And Gadget Girl herself is a pretty cool character. All the manga love and appreciation adds such a fun geeky coolness to the story.

I really like the fun French setting, which Kamata paints beautifully. And who doesn't love cute, sweet French boys?! Herve makes for an adorable and likable major crush for Aiko. Aiko is only fourteen so the fun flirting between these two never goes further than the butterflies in your stomach, holding hands, and innocent kisses kind of flirting. But I liked the interaction between the two teens and how Herve has a positive impact on Aiko's self esteem.

The story itself moves a bit slowly and needs tightening to remove unnecessary filler, and I would have liked to have seen Aiko get more closure where her absent father is concerned. But the ending is heartwarming and made me smile.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible is an enjoyable and thoughtful read with a likable main character and some fun elements.

MY RATING


What three words best describe GADGET GIRL: THE ART OF BEING INVISIBLE?
Art, Paris, Manga
Can you give us your best one sentence pitch to convince readers (especially reluctant readers) why they should give GADGET GIRL: THE ART OF BEING INVISIBLE a try? 

Aspiring manga artist Aiko Cassidy goes to Paris with her mother, where she meets a cute French guy and learns the truth about her father in this short, easy-to-read novel.
Grab a copy of GADGET GIRL: THE ART OF BEING INVISIBLE and answer the following:
Favorite chapter? 

Chapter 21
Favorite page? 

Page 204
Favorite character? 

Aiko
Flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentence teaser:
In my head , I’m already dining on sushi and seaweed soup, but then I look inside and see that we’re going to…Paris” 
What inspired GADGET GIRL: THE ART OF BEING INVISIBLE? What do you hope readers walk away with after reading your book? 

This book was inspired by my 13-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy, and who is an aspiring manga artist. I actually started writing this book seven years ago, before my daughter started drawing manga, so maybe she was influenced by my imagination.  It’s also inspired by my love of Paris. Most of all, I hope that readers will feel satisfied and entertained. And it would be great if they were inspired to pursue their own artistic dreams! 
 Why do you think it's so important for characters with special needs, like your main character Aiko, to be featured and given the chance to shine in Young Adult literature.
In the real world, there are many people with special needs, but they don’t show up all that often in books and movies, which suggests that their stories are not worth telling, or that they don’t matter. My daughter is not happy about having special needs, but she is always, always thrilled when she comes across a character in a book or movie who is deaf or uses a wheelchair. Reading about others, like ourselves, validates our own experiences. Reading about people who are different helps us to understand them. I think that reading and writing about characters with special needs adds empathy to the world and makes it a better place.

Are you a manga fan like Aiko? Any particular manga you'd recommend to YA readers, especially newbies?
I tend to prefer novels, but I have developed an interest in manga.I really like The Rose of Versailles, by Ryoko Ikeda, which is a classic. It’s never been released in English, though it was huge in France and in other countries (and you can read it in English online, though it’s not exactly legal). It’s a great story with a strong female character, forbidden love, and Marie Antoinette.Another favorite, more contemporary story is Nana by Ai Yazawa about a punk rock singer in Tokyo and her more demure friend. Very cool.  
What's it like living in Japan? How has the Japanese culture influenced your work? 

As a white American in Japan, I can never quite fit in. I’ve developed a lot of sympathy for the two or three Asian kids who I went to school with in Michigan! Also, there are lots of rules, that I always tend to break unknowingly. On the plus side, being an outsider gives me a degree of freedom that most people don’t have. I’m not really expected to belong entirely, so I don’t try. As a writer, I think being on the margins is just fine. And since I write in English, I don’t have to worry about offending my neighbors and co-workers, who speak only Japanese. They don’t even know that I’m a writer!Japan has become my main subject. I wrote Gadget Girl partly because I wanted to try to write about something other than Japan, but of course some elements of this country still crept in.
Fill in the blanks:
I'm really awesome at___.
making miso soup 
I'm really embarrassed to admit that___.
I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel. 
My first literary crush (author or character) was___
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be ___ and my superhero name would be ___
teleportation and Suzy Slash 
The last great book I read was___
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 
If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by GADGET GIRL: THE ART OF BEING INVISIBLE what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it? 

Of course it would be chocolate with maybe some sort of Eiffel Tower motif. (The Eiffel Tower is rather gadgety, is it not?) And maybe a sprinkling of green matcha tea to give a wink to Japan. I’d call it A Miracle in Your Mouth.

Suzanne Kamata
Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee Suzanne Kamata is the author of the novels Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, 2013) and Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008), and editor of three anthologies - The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, and Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2009). Her short fiction and essays have appeared widely. She is the Fiction Co-editor of literarymama.com.


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