Sensitivity Reader

Coming off my summer hiatus to seek some help…

I’ve written a novella that’s a retelling of Aladdin, featuring two American Muslim protagonists (as well as a Muslim antagonist). They’re lax in their religious beliefs to varying degrees. I’ve tried to be as respectful to the culture as I can, but I’d love a sensitivity reader because I want this done right.

Since Write In The Margins no longer has its database, does anyone know where else I can look for a reader? Thanks!


Free ebook!

Busy week, so this week’s blog, I am just posting this again! Enjoy!

Elizabeth Doherty


Isabelle only wanted to take care of her father. Unfortunately, taking care of her father means following him out into what the weather reporters were calling ‘The Storm of the Century.’ When Isabelle’s car slides off the road and wedges itself into a snow bank, she has no choice but to seek help from the illusive Fitzroy mansion, tucked away in the woods on the edge of town. Inside, she encounters Leo, a solemn man with a dark past and a scarred face, who begrudgingly lets her stay after the roads close. She grows increasingly frustrated by his secrets, including the forbidden door that she is not allowed to look behind. At least he has his own personal library for her to browse.
Leo Fitzroy was once the popular son of one of Grimford’s wealthiest men. But after tragedy struck, he locked his broken body away in his mansion, staying…

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Oscar Winners as Broadway Performers

Do you ever envision Hollywood’s top movies as musicals? And then picture your favorite Broadway actors and actresses in the lead roles?  No? Just me? Well, okay then. It’s a fun, sometimes infuriating habit I have. This year, I thought I’d share who I would cast in the inevitable Broadway musicals of the winning movies. So without further ado, the winning Oscar performances, cast for Broadway musicals.

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The Best Dystopian Novels

Or some of them, anyway. I’ve been listening to The Handmaid’s Tale on audiobook lately, and it’s gotten me thinking about dystopian novels. They’ve been around for a while, but there is definitely a trend, especially in YA, as of late. And it doesn’t surprise me, with all of the uncertainty going around in the world. So this has gotten me thinking about my own favorite dystopian novels and series, from past and present. So I present to you just a few of them.

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My top 3 summer/fall YA reads

I know I’m an adult, but I read a lot of YA fiction (even if I didn’t enjoy them, I’d try to keep up with them.  I’m a teacher, and I like being able to talk to my students about reading).  The book box I get (Uppercase) sends out new YA books every month.  So far, I’ve loved them all, but here are my top 3.

  1. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows


This book was a delight.  Historical, hysterical, magical (sorry, I couldn’t think of another h word).  A consuming and fun read.  I can’t wait to go back for more.

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I’m home!

I returned from California late last night a little more tan and a lot more tired.  I’m thrilled to be back, but I had such a good time and I miss it already.  I have enough stories and pictures to last a few blogs, and I will get to them, but right now, I am going to go and take a nap. In the meantime, enjoy one of my favorite pictures I took at Disneyland on my trip.


How has your summer been so far?

Nights In

Wow, I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with this blog, haven’t I?

It’s been kind of a crazy week.  Hanging out with friends, catching up on work, taking a look at my NaNoWriMo goodies, watching The Wiz Live! (how great was that??), reading my to-read list.  This is the first moment I have had to sit down in what feels like forever.  I can breathe again!

Of course, it is now 8:30 on a Friday night.  I’ve just finished doing dishes and now I’m watching Parks and Rec… again.

Ah, the glamorous life I lead.

I have a lot in mind about what I want to blog about: my new novel, Broadway, books, my amazing friends.  But tonight?  Tonight I think I’ll relax.  Maybe I’ll write a little, maybe I’ll make a little hot chocolate, maybe I’ll just go to bed early.  I’ve earned it.  You’ve all earned it.

What do you like to do on a night in?