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Who says real men don’t cry and real girls can’t kick butt?  We are surrounded by images of what boys and girls are supposed to be like.  Do you believe it?  Think about the real people you know–those who aren’t afraid to be themselves.  It’s hard to classify them, isn’t it.  Good characters should be the same way–hard to pin down in simplistic ways.  Check out Maggie Steifvator’s rant on gender stereotypes.  What do you think?

I just learned that it brings good luck to keep a vampire in your basement.  Read what happens to one girl who goes to feed the family pet in her father’s absence in “The Vampire Box” by Tessa Gratton on The Merry Sisters of Fate blog.

You can also read The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer for free online or pick up your copy in a bookstore near you.  Bree Tanner is a minor character in Eclipse.  If you have forgotten, Bree was one of the newborns in the army created by Victoria.  She is the newborn who surrendered to Carlyle.  He wanted to offer her a chance to change her ways, but the Volturi killed her anyway.

In case you haven’t had enough of vampires yet, the book with all the buzz this summer is The Passage by Justin Cronin.  It keeps popping up everywhere.  In this twist, vampires were created by being infected with a virus from a failed government experiment.  They have swept over the world, killing and infecting the rest of the population.  Now a few holdouts try to save what’s left.  Will you be reading The Passage this summer?

It’s time again for blockbuster books to hit the big screen as blockbuster movies.  Check out the video trailers for Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows found at the Book Case.  Will you be in the theater on opening day?

Where do you get your ideas for writing?  Cynthia Kadahota shares her sources of inspiration in a guest blog post..  Hint:  It involves lots of staring out of windows.

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