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We had a wonderful turn-out at our inaugural KidLit Drink Night last night – thanks so much to all the readers, writers, teachers and just plain delightful Tallahasseans who joined us for drinks, tasty treats and lots of book-alicious conversation. We’ll be doing it again in March, so stay tuned for all the details on when and where right here.

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Thanks again to our KidLit Drink Night pioneers, and we hope to see even more of you next month!


Much love and many good reads,


The Red Eye Writers (aka Heather, Laura and Angele)


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Set in the future, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is about 17 year-old Jenna who is recovering from a serious car accident. Watched over by a protective mother and a cold, distant grandmother, she struggles to piece together bits of her past, pieces of which are missing and which her adoring parents are determined to keep her from learning. But Jenna, who is quickly learning the skill of disobedience, is determined to learn the truth. And it is only after she has that she realizes her real struggle has just begun.

The narration, interspersed by poems, is lyrical and introspective yet remains focused; the setting and premise are provocative; and the plot is wholly engaging. My one reservation is that I found the epilogue to be a bit anti-climatic and unnecessary.

This haunting story stayed with me for some days afterward. Not just because of the story, but because of the questions it raised within me about what lines should and should not be crossed in the attempts to save human life as our medical technology becomes more and more advanced. I read it two months ago and I still haven’t decided. Now that’s a book that stays with you.

Thanks to several folks at the Southern Breeze wik 2010 workshop who recommended this book to me back in October.

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How do I love thee, Suzanne Collins? Let me count the ways.

I love thee for the micro tension thy weave into every line

for characters both dark and light

for a heroine complex in her flaws and grace.

I love thee, Suzanne Collis, for thy descriptions

for the psychology of a soldier’s mind

themes of war and sacrifice

for parallels to our own gluttonous society

for including the fallout of a revolution.

I love thee, Suzanne Collins, for keeping your promises to the reader

for ending chapters with arrows through vital organs

high stakes of survival, never forgotten,

for twisting your plot and killing your darlings

for breaking your heroine and leaving her broken.

I love thine ending lines.

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…I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU.

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women poses as an all-girls prep school, but in reality it’s a school for super spies. This is the story of Cammie “the Chameleon” Morgan, who can kill a man seven different ways but can’t unravel the complexities of a teenage boy’s heart. With the help of her bff’s (and a few secert operations), Cammie applies her super sleuthdom/stalkdom to dating. Cammie and her friends attempt to answer that quintessential question: is he really that into me? As well as the important follow-up question, is he worth it?

Ally Carter is brilliant in writing Cammie’s voice. She captures the fun-loving apsects of girldom and first love. I’D TELL YOU–was a great summer read, a total page turner and would be appropriate for girls younger than the target audience. It strikes a great balance of girl power and boy crazy with all the zaniness a top secret school for girl spies can offer. I can’t wait to read the next Gallagher girls book, CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY.

For more on Ally Carter, visit her website, www.allycarter.com 

Happy (Summer) Reading!

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We’ve all been writingwritingwriting for weeks now, preparing our manuscripts for an extended weekend of critique out of town. A weekend that’s now almost over (sob!), but talk about an awesome way to dig down into five very different stories by five very different writers!

How did we all end up here? (more…)

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As we near the Gulf Coast dread the seemingly unavoidable environmental destruction looming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many in the Nashville area have just experienced a catastrophe of their own. The historic floods that devastated not just downtown Nashville but so many other communities throughout the region left behind families and businesses now struggling to recover.

Three local writers - Myra McEntire, Victoria Schwab, and Amanda Morgan - decided to help by throwing a literary-themed auction online. They asked for items from anyone in the publishing industry and now their simple idea has blossomed into a serious outpouring of generosity. (more…)

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I’m so proud of one of our own hometown heros! Adrian Fogelin hails from North Florida and while I’ve heard much about her prior to this, I’ve never gotten around to dipping into her most renowned novel CROSSING JORDAN. 

I’m so glad I did. (more…)

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