Letter to an Author

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In 1980, a 17-year-old student named Jay Williams wrote to Roald Dahl for some writing advice. Dahl, who is one of history’s best-selling fiction authors, with over 250 million copies sold worldwide responded: Dear Jay, You are asking too much of me. You must realise that I get an awful lot of these letters and you can’t expect me to write … Read More

Note to Self: to Be Read Once We Get a Publisher

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[Because this should be embarrassing to admit but sometimes – often? – I write myself notes.] June 9, 2017 Dear Layne, Congratulations! You’ve come so far, baby girl – you and Lindsay have a publisher. That’s a Huge Freaking Deal. We’re so incredibly proud of you and know how hard you’ve worked to get to this place. We think it … Read More

Carry On | Book Review

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Let me (Lindsay) cut to the case, Carry On was a difficult read at the beginning and the end. When I first read about Simon Snow in Fangirl, his inspiration was obvious – it consisted of 8 books revolving around a boy wizard chosen to defeat…something.” Insert eye rolls here, but I overlooked it in Fangirl. After all it wasn’t the … Read More

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo//Book Review

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For those of you who don’t know, the Beckner half of us (that’s me!) is in grad school right now, so reading for pleasure is almost a thing of the past. The piles of to-be-read books around my house continue to grow, grow, grow – much to my husband’s chagrin.   That being said, I sneak in a good book in … Read More

Thank You

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THANK YOU to… Our first round of beta readers and dear friends and sister, Anne and Catherine. Thank you for being the first eyes to see the (very terrible “first” edition of our) book. Catherine, you broke our hearts when you told us you didn’t love any of our characters and that you were bored by our story… but you … Read More

You Can Now Pre-Purchase Remember Us

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Hi friends! We’ve all been waiting for this day for a long time and we are ready to celebrate! You can buy our book (truly, as many copies as you want!) HERE.   If we sell … 200 copies we will get a publisher. 500 copies we will get an okay publisher. 1500+ we will get a good publisher (with … Read More

Remember Us // Chapter 2

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  If you haven’t read our first chapter, it’s HERE (part a) and HERE (part b). Bernice   When Benjamin called to tell me Carl had cancer, I immediately commenced making plans. Four days later, Benjamin was showing me into the guest room of my old house. He said goodnight, and I waited until the quietude settled to tiptoe up … Read More

Remember Us//Chapter 1b

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(If you need to, read the first half of the chapter HERE first.) … And just like that, we were transported back to square one.   As the silence grew, so did the tension. I realized the weight of why we were together, in every inch between us. I stood beside Ben in the unfriendly hallway outside Dad’s hospital room, praying … Read More

Meet Lindsay Blake

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 Did you know both sides of Blake & Beckner shaved their heads for no particular reason on separate occasions? True story. We also traveled the world and wrote on a different blog together. We called ourselves “LaySay” and dare I add, we thought we were cool. (Get it, Lay = LAYne, Say = LindsaySAY) We have the same initials, LBG, … Read More