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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.”
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy.  Number of Pages: 522. Perspective: First Alternating.  Location: England.
Carry On is the story of a “chosen” wizard, Simon. When his arch-nemesis keeps creating chaos, Simon, his love interest, and his best friend must figure out what is happening in order to save all of the magic world. For a complete summary, you can go here.
OK, so this book needs a little bit of backstory. In one of Rowell’s other books, Fangirl, the character writes a book that is similar to Harry Potter. The story within that book got so much attention that Rowell decided to turn it into a full standalone novel. That leaves us with Carry On. Technically, it should be considered Harry Potter fan-fiction. 
I was worried that I wouldn’t get some of the subtle connections to Harry Potter since I have only read the first book and watched all the movies (Gasp! I know). But that problem was solved when I discussed this book with my book club. The…

Kindle vs. iBooks

There have been many debates in regards to books: hardback versus paperback, mass market paperback versus large print, fiction versus nonfiction, books versus ebooks, etc. Technology and the needs of consumers dictate the evolution of books. While ebooks may not ever completely replace hard copy books, it is important to understand that ebooks have revolutionized how and where people can read. It is also important to note that not all e-readers and e-reading apps are created equally. There are many similarities and differences between two of the most common reading apps: Kindle and iBooks. The best app is determined by each person’s individual needs regarding the device used, what format of book to be used, features wanted and needed while reading, such as annotating and highlighting, and how it incorporates external information. 

Devices: They are both free apps that can be downloaded with WiFi connection or cellular data. Kindle is available on almost all major phones and tablets. Ki…

Q & A With Author Jan Birley

Hi, Jan! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Success, obviously - but for others to enjoy reading about my characters as much as I enjoy creating them. I think success to me would mean feeling validated. I think writers worry constantly that what they are writing is trite rubbish. I know when I re-read my work I think… oh dear. You’ll have to do better than that. I would imagine it’s a little like being an actor, watching your performance and wincing at your perceived inadequacies when actually, the rest of the world thinks you are doing just great.
In an ideal world my career would have zoomed me to the dizzy heights of achievement. This would, of course, include financial security. Above all in this dream nirvana, everything would be taken care of. All those inescapable, tedious everyday chores, leaving me free to write and I wouldn’t be able to procrastinate by thinking things like when I’ve bee…

How To Write A Novel

Q & A With Author John Czarnota

Hi, John! What inspired you to write your book, "The Last Roadshow"?
At first this was going to be a screen play. I've written two in the past. But the bad taste of dealing with L.A. agents and the like came right back. So the thought of writing a book that I could have total control over if I so chose to was a no-brainer. On the business side, millions watch the Antiques Roadshow here, in Europe, and Australia. So there was a strong probability of a built in audience. 
Very interesting. I didn't realize how popular that show is. How did you come up with the title?
Most everything in the book happens after the Antiques Roadshow in Palm Springs, so it was an easy choice. The same for my design of the book jacket. 
What books have most influenced your life most?
I have ADD, so nothing sticks with me long.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If not at the end of a page, then at the end of each chapter ask yourself "is this the best I can do?"
That's great ad…