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So Last Night

Ann Dee and I went to dinner with a bunch of amazing women and while we were there I said, “I think our book is almost done.”

And Ann Dee said, “No it isn’t.”

And I said, “You don’t think so?”

And she said, “No, I don’t.”

And I said, “Yes it is.”

And she shook her head and the people who were listening to us looked at us like, “Are they gonna fight?”
We weren’t. ‘Cause Ann Dee would win.


This conversation shows you how you can work on the same project, for the same amount of time, reading the same words, and see something differently.

“It’s about family,” I said.

“It’s a mystery,” Ann Dee said.

“There’s a sorta mystery in it.”

“You keep saying it’s about fathers.”

“It is.”



In a little bit, I’ll write the next section of our book about families. Before the book comes out, Ann Dee and I will come up with a less-than-25-word explanation of the novel. It may or may not include fathers and a mystery.


As you work with your partner–don’t worry.

Write with faith.

Push yourself.

Do things you would never do on your own.

Love it.

Hate it.

Just do it.


If anyone has written with someone this week, please feel free to talk about it here.

We wanna know if YOU know what you’re writing.


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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Hey Guys,

It’s Wednesday again!

I figured since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I would recommend some great romance *novels and movies.
These are flicks and books that maybe aren’t on all the “Best Romances of All Time” Lists. But they are different.
Try something new. {Or old, since some of these are oldies}


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

I didn’t see the movie. So I have no idea if it did the book justice or not.  I will say this is a strange, but really great book. There’s some romance, as well as some other funky interesting stuff.
It’s an older book, and still a great read.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

This series is a CLASSIC. I read them when I was  young, and then re-read them when I was a little older.
Funny. As. Heck.
It’s exactly how a romance for a 13-year-old should be. {Awkward, silly, funny, and light}

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Beautiful written, great romance, with sad but real undertones. I loved this book. It’s a few years old {and I heard it was going to be made into a movie?} but still one of my favorites.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Need I say more? Romance at it’s classiest.


The Proposal
Funny, awkward, and SEXY. Can we just say Ryan Reynolds?!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This movie is different, to say the least.  It’s amazing. Sad, but also great.

The Princess Bride {book and movie}
Total classic. If you haven’t seen {or read} this, I highly recommend it.

Django Unchained
Despite all the violence, this IS a romance. And one of my favorites! If you’ve not seen this movie, you’re missing out.

Silver Linings Playbook
Romance at it’s weirdest. And I  got a little misty eyed.



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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Cormac McCarthy. How you amaze my brain.
I finally finished The Road at work yesterday.
Holy Crapolla.
What a fantastic novel.
The writing….just…amazing.
How can you have such little dialogue, yet still know your characters so well?
How did he do that?
People are magic with their words. It’s amazing.
I suggest everyone read it. DON’T watch the  movie. It was a waste of time and very dull. {And not just because nasal guy Vejo Morgenstein is in it(That is an Always Sunny in Philadelphia joke..)}
There was something about the little boy in the story that I just loved. He sounded so sweet and so…broken? But yet not? I don’t know.
This is the only book I’ve read written by McCarthy. But I have seen No Country for Old Men. {That is a movie you DO want to watch. Freaking amazing!}
Has anyone read the book? Is it as good as The Road?
What about his other novels?
I need to order more books.
Amazon gave me the 100 free downloads for the kindle. Or whatever it is.
Holy crap. I can’t believe how hilarious some of the books were on that. {hilariously awful.}
Okay that’s enough.
Let’s all be happy.


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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Book Review: My Book of Life by Angel
When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she’s addicted to his candy, and she moves in with him. As a favor, he asks her to hook up with a couple of friends of his, and then a couple more. Now Angel is stuck working the streets at Hastings and Main, a notorious spot in Vancouver, Canada, where the girls turn tricks until they disappear without a trace, and the authorities don’t care. But after her friend Serena disappears, and when Call brings home a girl who is even younger and more vulnerable than her to learn the trade, Angel knows that she and the new girl have got to find a way out
I haven’t read a book that’s been recently published for a long time. I’m glad that the first one that I read was Angel.
It’s a really tough subject matter, but the way that it’s written makes it a lot easier to get through.
Everything Martine writes is full of beauty, even when it’s dark. She has a way with words. Poetry, except better.
I loved the format of the novel, and even though it is dark, I loved the whole feel of the writing.
The book  is very short, and in that short amount of time, you really got to know the characters.  You can feel their emotion.
How did she do that? I don’t know. But it’s great.
The fact that this novel is loosely based on truth is really sad, but sometimes books like that are the best. {Some as in most…. Ha ha} I suggest that everyone who is coming to the conference (www.wifyr) this year, BUY this book. You’re going to want it signed.
My Book of Life by Angel was gorgeous, sad, different, and I’m glad I read it.  I highly recommend it.
Books that are similar to this that are also fantastic:
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Glimpse by my really pretty mother, Carol Lynch Williams

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