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Madeline Meekins lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband and two kids. She was inspired to write Within Gold and Glass when a recurring dream felt confusingly real. She has a love for nature and grew up exploring forests. Through her stories, she hopes to empower young women and encourage gender equality.

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There is exquisite description at the start of The Entering and for the first fifty pages or so this book reminded me a little of Alice in Wonderland, in that our character, Margo, finds herself in another world. These fifty pages are captivating and for the next half I felt the language switched to formal and its sudden gear change of Margo is going to save the people did catapult this into your typical YA novel. Author, Madeline Meekins, does quite wonderfully bring this novel back into its own. The companions that Margo picks up along the way I like and, in one case, a surprise. I'm not too sure about the sub plot of her sister, as this does seem to carve into a lot of the book but then it provides Margo with her motivation. A brilliant first novel, with a cliff-hanger ending that piques my interest. READ MORE


Finding Book Inspiration in Art

Finding Book Inspiration in Art

Finding Book Inspiration in Art As November approaches, I’m considering (yet again) to participate in this year’s Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s basically a challenge to write a full book (or at least 50,000 words of it) in the month of November. Every year I pump myself up for the… Read More Finding Book Inspiration in Art

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Magic in Writing

Magic in Writing

This is an excerpt from a book called Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon. Magic exists. Maybe not in the form of spells, but it certainly exists in storytelling. As writers, our pens become wands and our words weave wonders. Whenever I need inspiration, I reread this excerpt and am reminded of what words can achieve. You know, I… Read More Magic in Writing

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