Mariana Cotromanes

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Book Review: "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D"

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Recently I decided to read a book that had been on my Goodreads "to-read" list since before its publication this summer.  At least on a conscious level the timing of reading "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D" was coincidental-- but perhaps subconsciously, it was not.  Sometimes books fall into our hands at just the right time, and for a reason.

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Book Review: 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


I put the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino  among the ranks of Anne Lamott...

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Book Review: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Between the television series "Once Upon a Time," the movie "Mirror, Mirror," and other Hollywood adaptations of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, this book (released Nov. 8th) comes along at the perfect time.  Fans of those interpretations will appreciate Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New ...

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Good Reads: Birds and Hemingway

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)


It's been a busy summer between family events and baby milestones (she's got a couple teeth in, and she'll be walking any day now!).  I'm grateful I've also had time to get in some good reading. 


Here is a book I read recently and loved, as well as a book I can't wait to get my hands on in the fall wh...

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Book Review: I Couldn't Love You More

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)


I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff is a story told with honesty, sharp prose, humor, care, and has lovably flawed characters.  This is the type of story that stays with you for weeks after finishing. 


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"I Couldn't Love You More" GIVEAWAY!

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (8)

Late next month I'll be sharing my review of I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE, by the talented and well-respected author Jill MedoffAnd you have a chance to win a copy! 


To enter the drawing (for U.S. residents only), just become a member of the site and leave a comment b...

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Five Books to Read Now!

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Five Books to Read Now!


Some of these books are getting a lot of buzz, while others should be getting more buzz! Either way, I hope you'll pick them up and enjoy them as much as I have...


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Interview with Sere Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Seré Prince Halverson stopped by the blog for a chat! Her debut novel is one that I love (read my book review here)-- and about which the writing and reading communities are buzzing! See what the author of

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Book Review: The Underside of Joy

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)




The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson has a quiet, soulful beauty that captivates the rea...

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The Middle: Kate Morton's Advice

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I read Kate Morton's The House at Riverton several months ago and enjoyed it, so I decided to pick up The Distant Hours.  Both novels contain captivating mystery, are well-written, and have vivid characters-- elements which I believe add up to some great novel writing.  When I decided to learn more about this talented and prolific author I came across helpful advice on novel writing on her

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Top 5 Favorite Children's Books So Far...

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

As a bookworm I've been reading to my daughter pretty much since she was born! Her bookshelves are overflowing with books, and we already have some favorites that capture her attention:


1. I See Me books.  Personalized story books for children! We got one for our daughter for Christm...

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Peeling Back the Layers: Character Development and Backstory

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As I endeavor to make my way through my very first novel writing experience, I find myself quite paranoid that my characters lack complexity and backstory.  As an avid reader I've found my most favorite aspect of the reading experience is getting to know complex characters.  I enjoy nothing more than coming across the little random tidbits of information about a character an author might throw into the story (like that they hat...

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