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Paradise Promo

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Well, while I’ve been hard at work editing Wonderland, I’ve also been having a grand ol’ time putting together promos for the Paradise campaign. Here’s a look at the latest, which I’m totally in love with and totally kind of really also want to use as an alternate cover for the book itself, somehow…


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A Terrible Secret Only the Flowers Know

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Another excerpt from the editing of Wonderland! Enjoy.


Past the threshold of the island, into the depths of the jungle, through unfamiliar overgrown territory, it occurred to Shiloh that Fate was perhaps as ironic as it was an opportunist. For she was struck not by the raging violence that was known to inhabit the wilderness, but the vast, overwhelming loneliness. It was a quiet day, a thick, eddying tranquility saturating the perfumed air. She stopped in a sweeping glade to look around at the rippling wildflower emptiness, and a haunting nostalgia came over her. In that moment she truly felt how haunting the beauty of Paradise was, like a fairytale under a curse.

Because even on a silent, peaceful day, the silence represented the fact that no human life thrived here, and the why was a tragic, bloody memory trapped in the quietly blooming hush.

A terrible secret…

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Write the Scenes You Don’t Think Belong in Your Book

A Writer's Path

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by Meg Dowell

Last week, I wrote a scene that both surprised and amazed me. NOT because I’m the best writer ever or because it’s the greatest piece of prose a human has ever written (nope and, uh, NOPE), but because I never planned on writing it at all.

In fact, the moment the idea wedged its way into my head, I immediately tried to reject it.

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The Charmed Life of a Writer – Day 2

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The acrid, cozy musk of yesterday’s fire still lingers in the air, wafting from the charred, white-brick fireplace. Even thicker than the smoky scent in the air is nostalgia. The kind that comes with evergreen trees and twinkly lights and glitter-frosted fluffy scarves and the slant of the winter sun cutting through cold windowpanes.

We’ve decorated the hearth with two miniature trees, the branches enchanted with pin-prick white lights; the mantle drips with glistening, snowy Poinsettias.

A make-shift desk has been propped in front of the fireplace, because I couldn’t stand not to make this my newest writing haunt.


The slant of the sun glances off the laptop screen, making me squint to make out what I’m typing. But I’m piled with at least two books that I take turns reading intermittently, and at least three notebooks that I pause to scrawl notes in. (Shame on me for ending on…

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The Charmed Life of a Writer – Day 1

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11pm. I fall asleep to the sound of rain tapping on the roof and imaginary characters tapping at the door to my mind. There is nothing quite like a rainy day that brings out the writing itch. “Tomorrow,” I whisper, soft as the down in the pillow beneath my head, but I leave the door ajar for the voices as I drifted off.

They play through my dreams as I sleep. Inspiration for the next morning.

9am. Still dark enough to  be 6. Climb out from the floral covers where the husband and the kitties are still snuggled.  Put on the new sweater-poncho I bought for 30% off yesterday. I never go Black Friday shopping, but winter has frosted our small town overnight, and all my winter clothes are packed away in boxes from the move – so a $20 deal from Target it is, until I can find the box…

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving. It also happens to be my birthday. We don’t need to talk about how old I am (though plenty insist I ain’t seen nothin’ yet), but suffice it to say my husband and I celebrated yesterday because I’d rather celebrate my previous age than the first day of being this new age… Today I don’t feel much like celebrating. But it’s okay, because tomorrow it won’t be about me anymore, and I’ll be totally happy to celebrate friends and family and everything else in life and eat ALL THE PIE.

Side note – as someone who’s become more of a health and fitness nut of late, counting calories in everything just to educate myself, I was flabbershocked (flabbergasted and shocked) to discover one serving of Chocolate Silk Pie has not 200 calories, not 300 calories, not 400 or even 500 calories, but FIVE HUNDRED AND…

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