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As a reader, I rate books based solely on entertainment value. It doesn't matter if they're cheesy or cliche or predictable, if they keep me entranced I love them. It takes a lot of skill as a writer to be cheesy, cliche, predictable and STILL manage to be entertaining and entrancing.
As a writer, I studied history, criminal justice, English, business and personal coaching before deciding journalism/broadcast journalism suited me best. I love filming, directing (in terms of filming), and editing musicals and concerts. You learn a lot about how to write a story by trying to build emotional peaks and valleys in a thirty second video clip.
Also, I have three young sons, one ornery husband, a gaggle of geese and a flock of chickens.


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I'm not exactly on the same page with John Green all the time but he did say one thing that I completely agree with, and I'm paraphrasing here, "You don't have to like my characters."
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“How many times can a heart be shattered and still be pieced back together? How many times before the damage is irreparable?”
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“Maybe love, unfathomable love, was too much for people, so they had traded it for something easier.”
Gwenn Wright, Filter

“Whatever happened in those more than one hundred years, from the time my great-great-great grandfather studied law to the time when my own father took his bar exam in 1989, I may never know. Perhaps it was just greed and the good, old-fashion corruption that comes with power. The Drexlers have moved from the fight for human rights to the fight for corporations and wealthy individuals. We file their taxes, write their contracts, clean up their messes. As I see it, we have become little more than glorified Public Relations reps”
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The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.
 
  29 votes 20.1%

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same
 
  21 votes 14.6%

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.
 
  17 votes 11.8%

Filter (The Von Strassenberg Saga, #1) by Gwenn Wright
Filter by Gwenn Wright

Not all romances are fairytales.

The von Strassenbergs' saga begins in 1877, when Katherine Demure, brimming over with discontentment, is swept into the arms of the mysterious Viktor von Strassenberg who is newly arrived from Europe with dark rumors preceding him. Hoping to find love and adventure, she instead becomes the centerpiece of a mystery that will take generations to unravel.
The responsibility falls into the hands of her granddaughter, five times removed, who has no inkling as to the origins of her strange name or the reason she has no connection to her family. All that changes and begins to unravel when she makes the mistake of being found.
 
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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
 
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.
 
  13 votes 9.0%

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
 
  11 votes 7.6%

The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard  Shapiro by
The Stereotypical FreaksHoward Shapiro

"The Stereotypical Freaks" has recd very positive reviews from Library Journal, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist and Library Media Connection.

Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them. When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
 
  11 votes 7.6%

Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her "witch-blade" -- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.
 
  8 votes 5.6%

Airborne (Airborne Saga, #1) by Constance Sharper
Airborne by Constance Sharper

Avery knew she had a knack for attracting trouble, but even she is shocked when a six-foot-something harpie shows up on her doorstep. Coping with the existence of a mythological race? Okay. Unwittingly finding herself in the middle of a vicious harpie conflict? A little less okay. Having to rely on an arrogant harpie boy who gets under her skin? Now that is something Avery isn't sure she can handle
 
  3 votes 2.1%

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1) by Kate Brian
Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?
 
  2 votes 1.4%

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Parvathy Hi,

Read your book. Loved it :)
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Parvathy Gwenn wrote: "Thank you for the request! I received your message and beg for your patience as I am doing a lot of video editing right now and am kind of scatterbrained!

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Okay, I am just happy to know that you took my request into consideration :)


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Gwenn Wright Thank you for the request! I received your message and beg for your patience as I am doing a lot of video editing right now and am kind of scatterbrained!

Parvathy wrote: "Hi, Thank you so much for accepting my friend request:)"


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Gwenn Wright Melanie, you can find The von Strassenberg Saga on Amazon. I hope that helps!

Melanie wrote: "Hello Mam ,Thanks for accepting :)

I was wondering where I could find your book. Because it is not available in any of the stores around here. I am from India by the way. And Flipkart is showing ..."



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Melanie Hello Mam ,Thanks for accepting :)

I was wondering where I could find your book. Because it is not available in any of the stores around here. I am from India by the way. And Flipkart is showing stock out. Please help


Parvathy Hi, Thank you so much for accepting my friend request:)


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Sadia Hey Gwenn! Thanks for the friend request, I look forward to chatting books with you. :')


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Alex Hello...mother


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Gwenn Wright Colby wrote: "I'm so glad to see that you are working on books other than the sequel to Filter!"
Speaking of which....Bluestocking Girl (Book 2) is now live!


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Gwenn Wright Keight wrote: "SUP GIRL" Hey lady! Oh....just got the boys off to school and threw another round of laundry in, getting ready to start writing. The coffee has kicked in a bit by now. And you? How are you? You can send me a message if you want. Hope all is well or, in the very least, getting better. :)


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Keight SUP GIRL


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Gwenn Wright Heather wrote: "OH MY GOODNESS the cover is GORGEOUS!!!! I almost jumped up and down when I saw it."

You totally SHOULD jump up and down because Dani has fantastically mad skillz! I mean, LOOK AT THE BLOOD!


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Heather OH MY GOODNESS the cover is GORGEOUS!!!! I almost jumped up and down when I saw it.


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Colby Gwenn wrote: "Colby wrote: "I'm so glad to see that you are working on books other than the sequel to Filter!"

I'm hyperactive like that! Or I just have commitment issues!"


Haha, well either way, I get to read something new from you. I'm excited!


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Gwenn Wright Colby wrote: "I'm so glad to see that you are working on books other than the sequel to Filter!"

I'm hyperactive like that! Or I just have commitment issues!


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Colby I'm so glad to see that you are working on books other than the sequel to Filter!


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Gwenn Wright Nan wrote: "Gwenn wrote: "Nan wrote: "Gwenn wrote: "Keight wrote: "Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME."..."

Goodness, that's awful. And it certainly would make the subject matter difficult to digest. And I would agree. This isn't a novel intended to shock. Which makes it both better and worse. You can't just write it off as morbid silliness. It occurred to me that it might be ironic that such things unsettled me, as I write dark stories as well, but I try to give sufficient distance so that the violence doesn't overshadow the main idea of the story. I wonder if, as a writer, this drained her emotionally.


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Nan Gwenn wrote: "Nan wrote: "Gwenn wrote: "Keight wrote: "Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME."

Honestly, I'..."


That's probably one of the strengths of her fiction--it has a similar emotional hit as what we take in from real life situations. I don't have kids, so I don't have a parent's perspective on the issue, but I still hate books in which children are hurt--especially when it's done just to shock. French's violence is repellent but she's doing more than just trying to shock us.

Right now, I have a hard time reading books about missing people. Last fall, three brothers disappeared from my area--you may have heard of them: the Skelton boys. And just before exams, one of the professors in my department, Kathryne Lindberg, disappeared. Her car was found on the Belle Isle bridge, so the general verdict has been suicide. But those initial days between her disappearance and the discovery of her car are too fresh for me. And the Skelton boys' story is still unfolding.


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Gwenn Wright Nan wrote: "Gwenn wrote: "Keight wrote: "Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME."

Honestly, I'm going to h..."

I'm no stranger to grisly details. When I was studying criminal justice we had to read cases that were extremely disturbing, especially because they were real. That was just after my first son was born and it was too much for me. Then I got into journalism. And that wasn't much better. I could do it, but it leaves a dark residue clinging to you. You have to learn to close part of yourself off. But I just keep reminding myself that this time it's fiction and try to focus more on her prose and characters.


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Nan Gwenn wrote: "Keight wrote: "Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME."

Honestly, I'm going to have to force m..."


Having recommended that book to you, I can say that I do enjoy the book, but I totally understand what you're saying. The violence is disturbing, but then the story as a whole could be called disturbing as well. I like it in part because French is such a good writer. If she wasn't, I wouldn't have been able to finish the book.


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Gwenn Wright Keight wrote: "Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME."

Honestly, I'm going to have to force myself to keep reading. I love her prose and style, my only issue is the violence toward children. Since becoming a mom I don't handle movies or books with child victims very well. And since my oldest is off at camp right now...but it will be ok.


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Keight Oh man, I hope you're enjoying In The Woods. If you are, you definitely need to read The Likeness and Faithful Place. Tana French is AWESOME.


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Erin Jamison Thanks for the friendship Gwenn!


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Gwenn Wright Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are! (Jane to Mr. Rochester-Ch. 23)" .............I LOVE this quote! In high school I was on the speech team and this was my favorite monologue for auditioning!


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Gwenn Wright hahahaha! Another reader sent me a message on Facebook today to tell me, "Ahhhhhh! I didn't see that coming!" And then she asked me questions that you just can't know the answers to yet! Too bad she didn't get her GASP! on video, that's just my favorite. Or when my readers get mad at me because I made them cry. It's the same when I film/edit (that's what I studied in school). I want to make those emotions happen. It's a good day.


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Gwenn Wright Harlequin Books wrote: "Hello Gwenn, it is a pleasure to meet you."

Thanks Harlequin Books! It's a pleasure to meet you as well!


Harlequin Books Hello Gwenn, it is a pleasure to meet you.


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Gwenn Wright I've joined the Young Adult Book Club on Facebook, have you?


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Gwenn Wright Nevey Berry wrote: "Thank for Befriending me.

P.S. Your boos sounds so lovely."


Nevey Berry wrote: "Thank for Befriending me.

Thank you! That is so kind. Filter will be available in paperback by the end of the week, I believe!



Neveen H. Badr Thank for Befriending me.

P.S. Your boos sounds so lovely.


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Gwenn Wright The first 10 chapters of Filter (The von Strassenberg Saga #1) by Gwenn Wright are available on my goodreads page!


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Gwenn Wright Nan wrote: "Hi Gwenn! Thanks for the friend request."

No Nan! Thank YOU for the friend ACCEPT! :)


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