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BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD

Bonds of Love & Blood: Short Stories

BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD is a short story collection about misplaced or displaced people. At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. A woman in Istanbul hooks up with a Kurdish rug dealer and learns a lesson about family life. A visitor to California—the […]

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Are You Puzzled By How Goodreads Wants You to Post Reviews?

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Rejection: Why Actors Expect It And You Should, Too

by Marylee MacDonald in For Beginning Writers, For Writers Who Need Readers

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