Posts Tagged With: Shirley Jackson

Lilith by Christine Emmert – A Review

cover of Lilith by Christine Emmert

The enemy of every hearth, Lilith visits homes and devours children. When a graduate student writing a thesis on Lilith meets the demoness in the shape of a barn owl, she sees the perfect research opportunity … until she learns Lilith is hungry for her child! Will Evelyn be able to protect her son from the owl’s tearing beak and dark heart? Will she be able to keep her husband from falling to Lilith’s wiles? Will she be able to learn who — and what — Lilith is in time to save her child, her marriage, and her mind?

Just this week, I signed up at the new book review website, Book Bloggers. Rob Kroese created the site to make it easier for publishers and writers to get their books seen and reviewed. You can read about what inspired him and what his motivations are here.

I don’t have books that need reviewing yet (soon, my pretties, soon), but the idea of reviewing books for other writers needing their signals boosted was very appealing, so, here we are with my first Book Bloggers review: Lilith by Christine Emmert. Continue reading

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Hooker Headers and Thrush Pipes

Okay, so this post isn’t going to be about muscle cars, other than metaphorically. Sorry, car folk.

When I was in high school, getting a muscle car and fixing it up was something a lot of guys aspired to. Motorhead girls weren’t quite as common. But that’s not the point of today’s post. The point is that these hot-rod guys were fixing up their cars to go faster, sound louder, and catch people’s attention.

So, it is with hookers in stories. I just finished reading Stephen King’s Secret Windows last night, and one of my favorite essays was his conversation with his son, Joe, about writing good first lines for stories or novels (known as hookers in the trade), lines that grab the interest of the reader right off the bat. He listed a lot of his favorites, and that got me thinking about some of mine. Continue reading

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