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Guest Blog Post – Becoming Extraordinary

Guest Blog Post – Becoming Extraordinary

A Sort of Well-Behaved Minor Character In my books I usually have one minor character who insists on playing a larger role in the story. I’m always curious as to whether other authors experience this, so I asked Ellie Beals if she had such a character in her novel, Emergence? And if she didn’t, I wanted to …

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Ellie’s Book Review – Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Ellie’s Book Review – Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

A Perfect Marriage I am an avid reader of non-fiction studies about dogs, and about the relationship between dogs and people. Inside of a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz has been for me, the most rewarding and enjoyable such book I’ve read, because of the way it spans the divide between the lyric and anecdotal love …

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Light in the Dark

Light in the Dark

Last year, I was at an event in Jerusalem. There were tens of thousands of people crushed into the squares and twisted streets of the old city. It was so crowded that movement was almost impossible – this huge throng of humanity was shoulder-to-shoulder and unable to move freely. Amplify my dislike of crowds with …

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Six Month Pandemic Interlude

Six Month Pandemic Interlude

It has been exactly six months since David and I retreated to the cabin. When we left: koalas were just emerging from the devastated ashes of the Australian outback, their arms extended to anyone who might help them. Fracas, dog of my heart, who was still adjusting to the loss of his left eye, had …

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Interview with Book Bistro Podcast

Interview with Book Bistro Podcast

I sat down with Shannon and Brooke of Book Bistro Podcast (my first podcast ever!) to discuss Emergence. Click here to listen to the episode on Anchor.fm, or stream the episode on Apple Podcasts, Breaker FM, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more! Book Bistro Podcast is a group of passionate readers who love nothing more …

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Interview with Lisa Haselton

Interview with Lisa Haselton

Welcome, Ellie. Please tell us a little bit about yourself:I grew up in a typical Jewish, suburban household in Baltimore, Maryland. As an active participant in the cultural revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s (read: hippie-chick,) I cultivated my long-standing dislike of the culture in which I’d been raised, and ran away to the …

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Ellie’s Book Review – All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Ellie’s Book Review – All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Missing Three Pines (4/5 stars) I have been a long-time fan of Louise Penny’s. Her writing is so descriptive that it feels like I can roll around in her descriptions of people, places and food (OMG – the food descriptions!) like a northern dog rolls in snow. The depth, clarity, uniqueness and believability of her characters is compelling. I …

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