The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud Submitted by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 Warnings: Violence, Murder, Mentions of Blood, Suicide, and Ghosts When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in… For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of…

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

By Clover Brooks Camp NaNoWriMo is a great program that I highly recommend if you want to get your book down quickly! Like NaNoWriMo (an event that happens every November), you commit to writing your novel in 30 days. Except, the one thing that separates Camp NaNoWriMo from the original is the lack of real…

Castle Hangnail

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon Reviewed by Sada Wright Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 Content Warnings: None When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used…

What Do Publishers Look for?

Advice given by Emma Nelson at UVU Teen Writing Camp, 6/9/17 Notes Taken and Arranged by Clover Brooks I’m almost positive this question has passed through many authors minds – including my own.  We as writers try our hardest to write the best books we can, but what if we get to the end and no…

Accepting Rejection – Book Wise

By: Clover Brooks Ah yes… the one thing authors dread the most (other than tripping and falling over writer’s block). Rejection. (Not relationship rejection, mind you. Book rejection. Let’s clear that up right now, haha). I just experienced this recently as I received yet another rejection letter for the first book in my original series,…