How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips

I’m a superfresh candypants sugarblossom.

I Miss You When I Blink

Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes.

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1. Stay cozy. Wear a baby.

wear a baby If you play your cards right, your sensitive, goateed dad/boyfriend/professor will reward you with a pair of socks made out of his extra sweater sleeves.

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2. Flaunt your complexity.

Embrace all your many dimensions. Think: "I'm an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral." Show off all your many dimensions at once. When planning outfits for your holiday soirées, think: “I’m an heiress and an Italian professor at this upscale tropical funeral.”

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3. Represent feminine softness in a hard masculine world.

coach All around you are skyscrapers made of bricks and iron and glass and ouchy things. They’re all pointy and hard. But not you. You’re a soft pink flower in a gentle haze of light. Everything around you is blooming, because you breathed springtime into winter. You’re a superfresh candypants sugarblossom.

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4. If you’re truly hot, you…

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Cover Reveal: A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth

It’s here! Today is the day! Without further adieu feast your eyes on the newly updated cover for A Raven’s Touch.

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth

The cover was created by Amanda Walker. Feel free to ask her questions about her pre-made covers. Linda says she is fantastic to work with, honest, and super friendly. She also offers PA services, so do check her out.

Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Together they’re just managing to scrape through the nightmare they call high school. Between Justice’s bizarre body changes and being involved in explosive school fights, things are going from bad to worse. Darien Raventhorn arrives on the scene only to add fuel to an already burning question—has Justice been living a lie her whole life? Thrust into an unwanted revenge mission Justice must avenge a family death, embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.

Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon, Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

Here’s the only picture that Linda will allow:


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Linda will randomly pick the winner Oct. 23 @ 10 AM ET.

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Author Interview: Linda Bloodworth

Friend and fellow writer Linda Bloodworth interviewed over at Carrigan Richards’.

Carrigan Richards

Hello! Today I’m featuring young adult author, Linda Bloodworth! Linda lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. Thanks for being here Linda!
Carrigan: What is it about writing that you love?
Linda: I love the way it makes me feel free. Writing allows me to create a whole new world where the rules don’t apply and anything I want to go is allowed. It’s an incredible place to explore.
Carrigan: Why do you write for young adults?
Linda: I never really set out to write for young adults, but my characters are the age for YA, so this is the category that I have been allotted. I picked the age of my characters because that’s when things started changing for me. When I hit 18 I felt like I was in this in between stage where I had one foot in the door of…

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Ten Questions with Jenny Milchman

Over the years NetGalley has introduced me to many new authors. One of those authors, Jenny Milchman, joins us today for Ten Questions.

Source: Ten Questions with Jenny Milchman

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24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

Amen, sister!

Warning:Curves Ahead

This morning, as I was perusing through my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rolling from everyone who took the time out to read it.

Written by Kallie Provencher for, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)

Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided…

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The Pure and the HatedThe Pure and the Hated by Richard Godwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it. Thank you. vmls

On the surface one might think The Pure and The Hated a simple straight-forward tale of loss and the serendipitous crossing of paths with psychopath.

One might think that… one who was not familiar with the writings of Richard Godwin.

There is nothing ‘simple’ in the tales Richard puts to paper.

Shepard Butler lost his son in a hunting accident several years ago and with that loss also came the loss of self and a distancing between him and his wife, Mary. A ‘gap’, if you will, in their relationship neither seems able to close.

Grief can be an incredibly destructive force.

Shepard is also a man whose past is about to catch up with him.

With a vengeance.

Temple Jones is a psychopath. Of that there can be no doubt. But he is more than just a cold-blooded, sadistic killer. The psychopath usually targets a ‘type’, not a specific individual; but not so with Temple Jones. The psychology of Jones, like that of many of the characters Richard creates, is never ‘textbook’ and in Temple Jones the author remains true to his style in bringing to life a character both fascinating and frightening.

The Pure and The Hated is a taut drama set in the Vermont woods. Moody and atmospheric – I could almost hear the crunch of footsteps in the snow – Richard’s latest offering is somewhat of a departure from the dark psychological/horror urban thrillers he does so well, with nothing lost in the translation. There is a poignancy to The Pure and The Hated so subtle as to almost be an undercurrent in the story. The themes of loss, revenge, forgiveness, redemption are explored with a profoundness and sometimes brutal honesty that will be familiar, and welcome, to fans of the author

Some lesser writers overuse plot twists to the point of cliche.

Not so Richard Godwin.

The twists in this dark little morality play are timed perfectly and executed with chilling certainty. This is ‘trademark’ Godwin and just one more reason his stories are so compelling and memorable.

The ‘duality’ of man is well on display here as Shepard battles not only with a ruthless killer but the man he himself is and the man he wants to be; the need to punish and to be punished. The desire for forgiveness and the need to carry the burden of guilt;

As Shepard delves deeper and deeper into the mystery of the man bent on destroying his family, he has to come to terms with his own past and how his actions then planted a seed that has now come to fruition.

With deadly fury.

The Pure and The Hated offers a view in to the soul of a man… and the monster he has wrought. Richard Godwin weaves a tale that captivates and draws the reader in from the first page, often times leaving the reader in fearful anticipation of what will come next, but unable to put the book down.

Not for the faint of heart, but then what of this author’s vast repertoire is?, I recommend The Pure and The Hated without hesitation.

Thank you,

Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
8 May 2016

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meds onboard-the psych ward that wasn’t

Gut-wrenching. I read this with tears in my eyes.

traci foust

“I’m feeling much better now. Clearer.”

— Sarah Connor

Why do they have to call it “mutilation?” That’s such a murder word.

The nurse who checks my bag says I’ll have to leave my facial astringent and mouthwash in an assigned locker. “They’re hot,” she tells me. I will soon learn “hot” is psych-ward code talk for, Sorry, these items contain alcohol. Our facility has strict rules against clear skin/fresh breath/pulling an Amy Winehouse.

cutterIt’s my first night of a two week stay at the Crossroads Center for Psychiatric Caring. A palm tree infested facility stiffly posed between the cow patty waft of farm town concrete and wine vineyards. For reasons I’ll never be clear about, this hospital likes its adverbs, italicizing the word CARING on every sign, pen and document.  The nurse wears her CARING tag pinned to the breast of her Winnie the Pooh scrub smock because…

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