Five on a Friday: The Books and Writing Edition

1.  Great news for one of my critique pals…Chris signed her first publishing contract!!! Wahoo! Our critique group has had the privilege of reading the evolution of Chris’s manuscript–in the near future, you’ll be able to read her book!  I am so proud of Chris’s dedication and persistence to seeing her dream through.  Go on over and congratulate her!  

2.  P.J. Hoover, another critique buddy, is ramping up for the release of her first book, The Emerald Tablet.  For all those in the Austin, Texas area, you’re invited to her book release party!
Date: Sunday, October 26th, 2008
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: BookPeople
Books, Fun, Games, Prizes
3.  I’m starting to get back the critiques from my latest submission and am so excited to get back to revisions.  There is specific stuff to wrap my hands around and it makes my job easier to rewrite.    
4.  The great discussions over at readergirlz this week in celebration of YALSA’s Teen Read Week.  If you want great writing tips and fun discussions about books, go follow these links:
5. Beth Kephart‘s books.  Oh, my goodness.  Talk about poetry in motion.  And versatility.  Beth is a National Award finalist and has written non-fiction, memoirs, and YA (Undercover, House of Dance and Nothing but Ghosts (to be released June 2009).  I’m reading one of Beth’s non-fiction books, Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things that Matter, and savoring every word.  No boring non-fiction text here.  It is beautifully written, a lyrical treat.  If you’re a writer, this book will help you analyze the dance of friendships and help convey the emotion, the power of friendship, lost and gained, onto paper.  Go read it.  You’ll want to read her other books, too.   
Have a great weekend!
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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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