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Fiction Features Quarterly: Volume II Issue I : Spring '13

The second issue of Fiction Features Quarterly (FFQ) will be releasing this Friday. FFQ Vol 1 Iss 2, features Interviews with: Our featured author Philippa Ballantine and authors Jen McConnel, John Lenahan, Robert Zimmermann, and Rose Caraway.

We also feature an array of articles and videos including:

Fiction Features:  Fiction to Film, The New Adult Genre, Anti-heroes, and There's a Nook Gase in My Bookcase.

Writing Tips:  Genre's Effect On Your Stories, Show and Tell and when to write them, and Building Better Characters - Testing Your Characters.

Covers that Grab You:  Kayla's pick of covers and mine.

Youtube on Writing:  The Story Board Episodes 1-7

We also review books. This issue's books reviews include:  TROMPE L'OEIL by Caroline Miller, LICHGATES by S.M. Boyce, A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE series by George R.R. Martin, and 50 SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James.

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