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Barbara A. Martin

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in Somerset, PA, The United States
October 23




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I've been writing seriously for over two years. I also have a free G-PG Rated website that serves two purposes: The first is for authors, artists, crafters, photographers to post their stories, artwork, photography, arts & crafts, recipes, new book releases and trailers. These posts last for a full month.

The second purpose is to showcase my own books, with a link to purchase through Amazon/Kindle. There's also a link to my blog site, LetsTalkBooks, where I review other authors' books.


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I’ll be taking a break from reviews for a time. Please feel free to check old posts for past reviews. Thank you. Barbara A Martin

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maya Angelou
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

(Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.")”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Oscar Wilde
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde

Bernard M. Baruch
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

Elmore Leonard
“Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
Elmore Leonard

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