Fictional Family Ties

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It’s been said that families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts. If we’re lucky, the balance between the two is just right, but even then, we have moments when we wonder what it would be like to have a different set of relatives. Reading gives us that opportunity. For the span of a [….]

The Fictional Places We’d Love to Call Home

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Fiction is an amazing tool of escapism. With it, we dive into worlds that exist only in the writer’s mind, breathing air that is clouded by zombie-forming gas or stars that fall from the sky and walk among us. Today we’re discussing those beloved settings that have inspired us, nurtured us, made us jealous for [….]

Best/Worst Surprise Endings

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Some authors love to pull whammies on us. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than an evil plot twist, because, well, who doesn’t love a good surprise? They make us think, have us scrambling back through the pages trying to see how we missed the foreshadowing that led us to the endings we didn’t see coming. Then [….]

LitStack’s Recs: Shakespeare’s Sonnets & Writing Inspiration

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William Shakespeare The Sonnets It may be a day late to pin this recommendation to the 450th anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, but I still can think of no better way to mark the end of National Poetry Month than to pause and take note of some of the (in my [….]

“Sweet Children” and Trust

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I remember when I first received my first Harlequin book. I was 13 years old. I don’t remember anything about the book other than it’s olive green cover, but what I do remember is the reason why my mother gave me the book and the feeling has stayed with me since. We were leaving our [….]

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

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This week, we’ve got a lot on our minds. From stories that stuck with us, to the frustration and exhilaration of the writing (and publishing) process, this week’s picks are as varied and unique as the writers who penned them. We hope you enjoy. Have a great week, LitStackers.  

LitStaff Pick: The Books We Didn’t Want to End

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I once had a dream about a living library. Outside of the brick and mortar walls, beyond the rows and rows of fabulous tomes, the world was dying. People were shepherded from their crumpling lives and forced into a hasty decision: what fictional world will you spend the rest of your lives? You see, the [….]

LitStaff Pick: Authors We Love for More Than Their Writing

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Our favorite books are a bit like a good pair of shoes. We have our preferences, those that are comfortable, easy to slip into, the ones that manage to relax us, make us feel at home. And sometimes the authors that pen our favorite books do something, say something, stand up for something that makes [….]