7 Quills Read


One of the joys in my life at the moment is that I’m part of a group of writers called 7 Quills. Yes, there are indeed seven of us. We’re all writing wildly different stories, books and poems, but we’re linked by a love of writing. Six of us will read on Saturday, April 26. Here’s a blurb about the event. Hope to see some of you there.

Award-winning local authors will read and sign books 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Coffee Underground, corner of Coffee and Main streets, Greenville. The authors include Deb Richardson-Moore whose memoir, The Weight of Mercy, addresses the challenges of ministering with and to Greenville’s homeless. The Rev. Pat Jobe, of Radio Free Bubba fame, will share his books and humor. Heather Marshall, who took Baker Prize awards for Scottish-based stories, will read from her novel, The Thorn Tree. Poet Justin Blackburn, a member of the SAY WHAT Greenville Poetry Slam Team, will perform, and Nan Lundeen will read poems describing growing up in Iowa. M.E. Corey Brown will share scenes from her fantasy novel, Champion of the Moon Glories.

Advance Information for The Thorn Tree

The Thorn Tree front

I’m delighted that the release date for the eBook version of The Thorn Tree is now scheduled a little sooner than anticipated. It will release on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Please click the link below for more details. The print version will be available after June 17 in the US and Canada, and after July 29 in the UK.


Now You Can Pre-Order The Thorn Tree

I’m delighted that The Thorn Tree is now available for pre-order on several sites, including the following:





 Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting upcoming reading dates as well as audio clips of some segments of the novel. Please check back.

Special Edition: What’s the Difference between New Adult and Young Adult Fiction?

Originally posted on Five Writers:

5writers is happy to welcome to our site, guest blogger Jill Elaine Hughes.

JillHughesheadshotcroppedbigger(1)Jill Elaine Hughes is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in personal finance, careers, and health/wellness issues. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader,Phoenix Forward, and many regional magazines. She is also a New Adult novelist. Her New Adult books include TEMPLAND and its sequel, PERMLAND, as well as the New Adult paranormal novel, ZOMBIE, INCORPORATED.

Visit her on the Web atwww.jillelainehughes.com. Twitter: @JillEHughes, and on Amazon.

What’s the Difference between New Adult and Young Adult Fiction?

By Jill Elaine Hughes

New Adult fiction is all the rage these days, with many overnight bestsellers coming from that genre. If you troll the New Adult lists on Amazon, you’ll find many of its titles in the Top 100 Kindle bestsellers there. But why is it so…

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Literary Opportunities: March 2014

Originally posted on My Rite of Passage:

Despite a new, and very unexpected, full-time position as
Marketing Communication Specialist at a big corporate, my main focus
this year will be the completion of my creative writing guide.

From a blogging perspective, I will continue to offer
peer support by sharing resources and insights
that relate to change, creativity, and writing.

I had plans for 2014, until a big change came my way, which seems to be the story of my life. I might write about it, in time, when I'm a little better adapted to my new environment and routine. Until then, life goes on as usual, I guess.

I had plans for 2014, until a big change came my way, which seems to be the story of my life. I might write about it, in time, when I’m a little better adapted to my new environment and routine. Until then, life goes on as usual, I guess.

Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition

St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for short fiction

Cardiff International Poetry Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Center for full-length volume

Michigan State University Press Fourth Genre (best creative nonfiction essay)

The 24 Mile Press Poetry Award

Wilkes University – The James Jones

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Audio of Big Girls Don’t Cry

Audio of Big Girls Don’t Cry.

via Audio of Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Audio of Big Girls Don’t Cry

Here is the second in a series of audio posts. Thanks for listening.