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The Rose Kiss is now on Audible!

Hello everyone! I have some exciting news for you. The first book in the Fairy Tale Love Stories series, The Rose Kiss, is now available on Audible! You can get the audiobook now by clicking on this link. If you’ve previously bought or borrowed the Kindle version, you can open the ebook and get the audiobook …

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The Dream Kiss: Character Portraits

If you ever wondered how an author visualizes his or her characters, know that there’s no one right answer. I sometimes don’t really visualize my characters at all, and may struggle to recall their features without consulting my character breakdown sheets. Other times, I can see them as clearly as I can imagine a friend, …

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Giveaway, June 2021

Hey everyone! Esme here. First of all, thank you to everyone who has sent me emails over the last few days! It warms my heart to see so many beta readers downloading review copies and getting in touch. If I didn’t respond to you, know that it’s because I’ve been overwhelmed (in a good way!) …

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Newsletter Updates March 12, 2021

Hello everyone! I’m experimenting with a new program called Newsletter Glue, that automatically converts your blog posts into newsletters for your mailing list. How is it going? Let me know by replying to this email, or clicking through to leave a comment. I want to thank everyone who signed up to be a beta reader …

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My Year in Reading, Part 2: Series

In 2020, I read more fantasy novels than any other genre. Most bestselling fantasy titles are part of a series, from Dune to Lord of the Rings to A Song of Ice and Fire. Young adult fantasy follows this pattern. In fact, some of the books on the standalone list are probably starters for series …

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