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Happy Book Lovers Day!

In honor of the National Book Lovers Day I just placed an order for some amazing YA books. I have high expectations for this bunch, specially because the list include some of my favorite authors: Jay Asher, Gayle Forman and Stephanie Perkins.

I am down to one book from my Summer Reading List so it’s time to replenish the stash. Pronto!

Here are the beautiful books I just purchased. I included the blurbs for good measure.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship-the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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My Summer Reading List

It has been a great Summer for reading! And so far I’m on track to finish the seven books I set out to read back in May.

The stories and the characters I have met have surpassed my greatest expectations.

First on the list is the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by the incredibly talented Laini Taylor. 

WOW! I devoured these three books in two weeks. Taylor has a rare talent for weaving in spiritual concepts in a way that is unique, original and utterly brilliant. The icing on the cake is her writing. Its beautiful and thoughtful, like a poem wrapped in a novel.








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Yeay for tomorrow! And for infinity! And The Fault in Our Stars!

Super excited! Tomorrow, Thursday at 9 p.m. I will be joining the legions of nerdfighters watching the opening of The Fault on our Stars. I will laugh and cry, mostly cry, as I watch Hazel and Augustus travel together towards their inevitable oblivion.

In their honor, here are some of my favorite quotes. Thanks to all the very talented artists who took the time to make them pretty.

See ya’ll tomorrow!




On Self-editing & Show and Tell

By Mayra Cuevas

During my first agent critique session, the critiquing agent recommended the book “Self-editing for Fiction Writers,” by Reanni Browne and Dave King. For this jewel of advice, I will be forever in her debt. To read more about the emotional roller coaster that was the first critique click here.

“Self-editing for Fiction Writers” changed my outlook on self-editing. It’s a practical guide on how to polish your work using professional editing techniques. It provided suggestions on achieving fresh, active writing that is both confident and clutter free.

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“Wired for Story,” a writer’s guide to the reader’s brain

By Mayra Cuevas

This is the second installment in a series of three posts highlighting books that have helped me during the process of composing my first novel. The first one was “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. 

“Wired for Story” by Lisa Cron is a writer’s blueprint to the reader’s brain. Cron explains logically how stories affect humans at a physiological level and how the writer can tap into that experience to create a story addiction in the readers’ mind. Cron backs every premise with scientific research and study citations.

In a nutshell, Cron’s message is that our writing must cater to the reader’s brain function, literally. The writer can design a story that will resonate with the reader by connecting with the natural way humans process stories.
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