Fetching Reviews: Freedom Like a Shopping Cart

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“We are a ragged band of waifs and strays, travelling the country in search of adventure!”

Nineteen years old, mired in boredom, and going nowhere fast, Matlock knows that he must escape the confines of his stiflingly conventional hometown. After a nihilistic encounter with someone else’s girlfriend at a house-party, he hits the road, anywhere but here his only destination. Matlock finds that he is not alone, and soon he is at the head of a ramshackle gang of the waifs and strays of Britain’s confused middle-class youth.

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Fetching Reviews: The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

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“You are rather a force of nature when you set your heart upon something, [Betsy.]”

As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.

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5 Settings that Cause a Scene

The need to write a story is often triggered by a scene that’s so intriguing, you shove an old lady out of a bathroom stall to write your idea on a piece of toilet paper before you forget. Not saying that’s something I’ve done before…

Regardless, that spark of a scene could be inspired by a character that’s dying to come to life. Maybe it was a diabolical plot you need someone to suffer. Other times, you just want to use a particular setting.

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