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    Looking at the Stars blog tour: Where Do I Belong? By Jo Cotterill

    “No man is an island,” said John Donne, and I absolutely believe that. We need other people; it’s built into our genes. Being alone for too long can do peculiar things to our brains, and I say that as an introvert! It’s a strange thing but all of us, at one time, feel that we don’t ‘fit in’ – and the feeling is uncomfortable. Even those of us who like to stand out and make our mark on society need a group of people who understand our passions and share them. In my new book, Looking at the Stars, Amina is frustrated because she isn’t allowed to go to school…

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    Not Your Typical Romeo and Juliet: Guest Post from Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

    Today its time for a quick guest post from Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, these awesome women have put their mark on Shakespeare with their Twisted Lit Series (reviews coming soon, sorry guys!) The latest of these is Anyone But You, a remake of Romeo & Juilet and the authors dropped by Readaraptor to tell you guys more about it…  Confession time: The prospect of putting our own stamp on Romeo & Juliet, filled us with equal parts excitement and dread. Having already used Macbeth and The Tempest as springboards for our first two releases in our Twisted Lit series (Exposure and Tempestuous, respectively), we realized it was time to…

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    Guest Post: The Writing Process by Jamie Scallion – author of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries

    Today I have Jamie Scallion, musician and author of upcoming book The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries talking about his writing process, I love seeing into the world of authors and how often little things are different for different authors. Jamie’s process sounds great and I can totally relate to talking to yourself while writing – even if I only write non-fiction! Read on to find out more!  *** When the wonderful Raimy asked me to say a few words on my writing process I originally thought wow, will anyone be interested? It’s so boring. Then I started to think about it and I decided (rather arrogantly I suppose) that it isn’t…

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    Q&A Post: Find out more about the Fussy Librarian!

    So guys, as you may know things have been a little crazy for me time wise over the last few months and the blog has been suffering cos of it. Thankfully awesome emails land in my inbox at just the right time and when I need things to post I can help out others by posting things about their site! Today I am sharing with you a Q&A with Jeffery Bruner, the masterminds behind The Fussy Librarian, an internet resource that works rather like a matchmaking service for book lovers! Read on to find out more and visit the site at: www.TheFussyLibrarian.com  What is The Fussy Librarian?We’re a daily ebook recommendation…

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    Guest Post: Celebrating Roald Dahl Day: The True Stories of Roald Dahl

    Most writers are inspired by other writings, world events, and in most cases their own personal experiences. Roald Dahl Day is September 13th, so to celebrate the mischief and mayhem in so much of Dahl’s writing, here is a list of some of his work most heavily influenced by his life experiences. Matilda When Roald Dahl was just eight years old he and four of his friends participated in what they named “The Great Mouse Plot of 1924.” All five boys were caned by the headmaster after they placed a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the local sweet shop. The shop was owned by a “mean and loathsome”…

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    Guest Post: Top 10 songs to listen to when writing by Elizabeth LaBan

    I actually don’t listen to music while I’m writing. I know so many people do – my husband does – but I find the words of the songs distract me from the words in my head. I can write in a very noisy room, which I think comes from working in newsrooms for years, but I have a hard time writing with music playing.  The time I do listen to music, though, is when I take walks and think about my books. I try to take a walk most days – usually around Rittenhouse Square not far from where I live – and I work through plot points and character’s…

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    Goblin Secrets Blog Tour: London Bridge is Falling Down by William Alexander

    Fantasy writers in the United States are often raised on a steady diet of Tolkien and Lewis and Carroll and Nesbit and Cooper and so on. We are haunted by England. This is probably annoying to both of us, English and American, but it can’t be helped. Maybe we long for a history older than two hundred years, the kind of history that boatfuls of puritans tried to sev er when they sailed westwards—the kind that they tried to destroy after landing on the other side. I didn’t want to be haunted by England, despite my love for those authors and the cadences of their language. I refused to write…

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    Guest post from Arjun from Excellent Reads: May favourite 2011 & 2012 books

    I am highly unorganised and I have managed not to have anything scheduled whilst I am away. Thankfully Arjun from Excellent Reads answers my urgent tweet for guest posts and provided me with this wonderful post about favourites from 2011 and 2012.  Hello people of earth and Readaraptor followers! Let me introduce myself! I am Arjun from Excellent Reads and I am guest posting for the rawrsome Raimy today! So I pretty much volunteered to do this but then I suddenly thought, hmm… what to do this about? Well I have decided I’m going to pick my three favourite books form 2011, and 2012 and explain to you why I loved…

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    The Shadow Lantern Guest Post: The Mysteries of Inspiration by Teresa Flavin

    The number one question children ask me when I visit their school is: where do your ideas come from? I have one or two colleagues who have amusing answers – ‘from the idea store’, for example – but I’ve never been able to think of more clever answers than ‘from things I like’ or ‘things I’ve read about’. But perhaps I should add ‘from things that intrigued me when I was your age’. This last category applies to one aspect of my new book, The Shadow Lantern, the final adventure in my fantasy-mystery trilogy for age nine and older. In addition to the magical paintings, labyrinths, mazes and strange worlds…

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    Brent Hartinger Guest Post: They Turned My Book Into a Movie

    Today I have american author Brent Hartinger on the Blog to talk about his book Geography Club, which is being released as a movie later this year. Geography Club is the first book is the Russel Middlebrook series, which includes The Order of the Poison Oak, Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/ Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies and The Elephant of Surprise which has been released this month.  *** They’ve turned my 2003 gay teen novel Geography Club into a movie. It’ll be released later this year, and people have already started asking me how it all happened and what I’ve learned from the whole experience. What did I learn? The…