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Pre Order No Entry Now

No Entry
I'm thrilled to tell you that my first young adult, environmental fiction novel No Entry is available for pre order.    You can also request a review copy. Broken-hearted after losing her brother in a terrorist attack, 17-year-old Yael Amar seeks solace on an elephant conservation program in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Catap...
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My podcast with Janet Groom

Janet-Groom
I was thrilled to spend half an hour with author Janet Groom. You can listen to it on ITunes or watch it on YouTube.  We discuss writing fiction and why I think we have to get away from characterizing fiction as either plot driven or character driven. Thank you so much for having me on your show, Janet. Stay tuned for a review of Janet's novel...
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She Said Yes!

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 I'm delighted to announce my daughter's engagement. Welcome to the family! May you be blessed until 120!

April Jewish Book Carnival

April Jewish Book Carnival
  I am excited to present this month's Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15th of each month.  For me April&n...
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Passport Control Amazon Review: "Green is an author that should not be missed."

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I love it when I'm surfing and find something unexpected. Just found this review of Passport Control on Amazon Canada posted on behalf of Tommy Dewar (unfortunately, reviews put on Amazon USA and Amazon Canada are separate). I've never met Tommy but thank you so much and I hope you enjoy White Zion coming out April 25. 5.0 out of 5 stars   Gre...
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Wisdom Share with Bev Joy Ehrlich

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Just had a fantastic WiSh (Wisdom Share) with Bev Joy Ehrlich and shared a tip to help you create your next dream. Can't wait for this to air! I'll post the details to the WiSh as soon as it goes live. Meantime don't you love this photo from the Jerusalem Mahane Yehudah Market? Took it last night. 

Repost: How to write a press release by Rick Hodges

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This is a repost by fellow Stormbird Press author Rick Hodges. I enjoyed it so much I'm sharing it with you. You can read more about Rick on his site  and check out his new book To Follow Elephants . I'm delighted that we are both writing about elephants and older teens traveling to Africa.  I am thrilled to be publishing my first young a...
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Submission Opportunities for April

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Contests With Deadlines in April April 7 (contest runs on Australian time, so deadline may be considerably earlier than midnight depending on your timezone) Up to 500 words based on prompt (released April 5). Prize: 500AUD https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/ April 10: Up to 2,500 words on topic "Identity." Prizes: £10,000, £3,000, £2,...
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April Jewish Carnival

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Check back on April 15th! Looking forward to sharing more Jewish creativity with you soon. 

Two Galleys in One Week White Zion & No Entry

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"Sensitivity Readings"

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Thank you to Brian Henry for re-posting my article originally published on Mark Mirsky's  Fiction Magazine website which I titled "My Ironic Story" and Brian re-titled "Sensitivity Readings." I've followed Brian's site  Quick Brown Fox  for years and I am always grateful for Brian's support of my work. I recommend his site,...
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Interview with Tara Lynn Masih

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 I get excited about author interviews and I never imagined when I began chatting with other authors how much I would enjoy it (shout-out to you authors, yes, I love hearing from you). This month I interview Tara Lynn Masih and it turns out we are both being published by Cervena Barva Press , something I did not know when we first connected an...
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Book Review: A Story of Jewish Experience in Mississippi

Book Review Shoutout
Title: A Story of Jewish Experience in Mississippi Author: Leon Waldoff Publisher: Academic Studies Press, Brighton MA. Disclaimer: I was offered and accepted a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher. I was not paid to write this review. Excerpt: "It was the bombing of the synagogue in Jackson on the night of September 18, 1967, that woul...
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April Jewish Book Carnival Right Here

Coming soon
 I am honored to host the next April Jewish Book Carnival right here, so check back April 15 for all new links. Also, this week my podcast on Janet Groom just in time for the Purim holiday this Wednesday. I'll post that, too.

Repost: Bringing the Pain: How to Hurt Your Characters

Repost from BookFox
I enjoyed this so much, I'm reposting this article by Jody J. Sperling on BookFox. I'd like to ask Sperling if this advice equally applies to young adult. If I get a response, I'll share it.   Stories are only truly great when they confront the great fears. Bernard Malamud knew this. His character of Roy Hobbs, a naturally gifted baseball play...
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Review: A story to fall in love with!

Review: A story to fall in love with!
  I am not very well versed in Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and politics. And while some of the historically impactful events the author refers to throughout this book were familiar to me, I'm relieved to say that my general lack of cultural awareness did not hinder my enjoyment of Passport Control in the least. In fact, it was quite easy...
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Really Good Writing Advice

Advice I like
Not a new one but a very good one.  

Love this quote

Quotation
 Wanted to share this quotation I read today from prose editor at Tahoma Literary Review, Yi Shun Lai.  "Years ago, I decided to stop telling young creatives that they should find what they're passionate about. Now I tell them to hunt down what they're willing to work towards. (I stole this from someone on LinkedIn and can't remember who ...
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Love getting these emails...

Dear Gila...
Ellen Marcantano Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 AM (1 day ago) Hi Gila, I just wanted to share my fantastic news. The Dime Show Review wants to publish a flash piece I sent to them. There are no words to express my thanks to you because without you this would not be happening. I bow to you my writing Goddess!!You are an amazing teacher and mentor who gave me the...
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Six weeks until White Zion release

Night Jerusalem
White Zion , my novel in stories, will be released mid-April by Cervena Barva Press . I started this collection a dozen years ago and it was almost published a handful of times. Finally, it has found its proper home. So excited! I plan to do a giveaway on Goodreads, so stay tuned for that. Grateful for early reviews: In a journey of generations fro...
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Latest Books

Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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Forthcoming Books

White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park...

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