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Booklist review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

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Booklist just posted their review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY and it’s good!  Written with insight and compassion by reviewer Jeanne Fredriksen, it gives a good overview of the novel’s plot points. Here’s a snippet: “…this book couldn’t be timelier. Written with the compassion and raw emotions of one who has lived in the shadows […]

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Publishers Weekly Review

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In the “wow, this is really happening,” category of this whole experience, The Secret Side of Empty has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly! I was shopping for bedding in preparation for house guests when the Google News alert came in. Needless to say, the sheets had to wait a bit while I read the review. […]

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A moment of bliss

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There are snapshots your mind takes that you hold on to forever.  One, for me, was the night my daughter was born.  The hubbub of her birth was over, her father had gone home, and finally it was just the two of us, as we had been for nine months.  She’d had the hiccups inside my […]

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What readers are saying

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Writing is a predominantly solitary activity.  You sit in front of your screen, spinning words and thoughts, and wonder if they touch anyone but you.  The publishing world is not great for feedback either, because mostly what you hear about your writing is “no,” especially early on.  That’s why starting to hear readers’ thoughts on […]

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Read the Kirkus Review of The Secret Side of Empty

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Waiting for reviews of your book to come in is like sending your baby off to kindergarten and then waiting all day to find out if she cried and was miserable or made friends and had fun.  Nerve-racking. That’s why it was a huge relief to get the first review of The Secret Side of […]

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The Secret Side of Empty is a Junior Library Guild Selection!

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Color me happy!  I just got word that The Secret Side of Empty was chosen as a Junior Library Guild book, which is a big honor.  Junior Library Guild gets books into libraries and has an amazing track record of picking best-sellers and award winners before they even hit shelves, so I am humbled to […]

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Meet the characters in The Secret Side of Empty

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  M.T. – M.T., or Monserrat Thalia (her “real” name she wants everyone to forget) is smart, popular and something else nobody knows… undocumented.  Learn more about the main character in The Secret Side of Empty.  Click here.     Chelsea has been M.T.’s best friend since kindergarten, but doesn’t know her secret.  And Chelsea is […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Author Maria E. Andreu

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1.  I have a cat named Hermione and another one named Katniss.  Katniss = my all-time favorite name for a cat. 2.  I was once on my high school modeling club, although I am only five foot six and, believe me, am no model. 3.  I started my first novel at age 12.  I called […]

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The Secret Side of Empty is on Amazon!

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In the “wow, this is really going to be a book” category of news, The Secret Side of Empty is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  So absolutely awesome!  Early reviews are coming in and I am grateful to say they’re pretty positive.  I’ll start posting some soon.  In the meantime, go check out TSSoE’s […]

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Add The Secret Side of Empty to your Goodreads Shelf

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Reasons to add The Secret Side of Empty to your Goodreads shelf: 1.  Goodreads is awesome. 2. It’s always fun to read what other people think of a book. 3.  All the cool kids are doing it!  (Okay, mostly just my friends and early reviewers at this point, but you get the idea). Click here […]

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