BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp

This post first appeared at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on December 4, 2012.Being Ready to be Published - Notes from a Daniela Rapp workshop | RebekahLoper.com

Back in October [2012], I attended the Ozark Creative Writers Conference.  Daniela Rapp, an editor with St. Martin’s Press, spoke there.  While she represents mostly genres that I don’t even think about writing, she gave a very good workshop on the basics of publishing – things that apply no matter what you’re writing.

This post is compiled from my notes of that workshop.  Continue reading “BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp”

Streets of Glass by Michelle D. Argyle – Book Review

The FTC requires me to inform you that I received a free copy of this wonderful thriller from the author, Michelle D. Argyle, in exchange for a well-earned honest review.
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Genre & Length: Thriller (Upper YA/NA), 414 pages

The Blurb:

Eighteen year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing the position she’s worked so hard to inherit. But Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high—even for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.

My Thoughts

Plot: Absolutely fascinating. Both Starry and Emma are so strong-willed and determined, it’s just been directed in different ways because of how they were raised. The conflict between the two of their worlds merging, as well as the personal conflict that develops between the sisters when they finally meet is well done and believable.

Pacing: Perfect. It never feels like the story is dragging. Every time I would pick the book up, I was surprised at how far I’d read into the story when I had to stop, and yet it also never felt rushed.

Writing Style: I’ll be honest, I love how Michelle writes. This is not the first of her books I’ve read (you can read my review of Bonded here) and I love how easy it is to fall into her stories and her worlds.

Would I Read This Book Again: Yes!

BDN Archive – Write The Vision – Devotional

This post originally appeared at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on June 17, 2012.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.  And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
~ Habbakkuk 2:1-3 KJV

The writing life involves a lot of patience – the same with the Christian life when you’re pursuing your relationship with God.

Have you ever asked God for something?  There are so many times in my life, even more than when the answer is “yes” or “no” that it’s simply “wait.”

Waiting is hard.  I hated what people would say – that waiting produces patience and character.  In my experience, it produces a lot of whiners!

When Someone asks you to wait, there is an amazing amount of trust involved.  We live in a world where everyone is encouraged to be independent and self-sufficient – so when God says wait, it means we have to set aside our own experiences and judgment and trust that He knows what lies before us.

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