Thursday Reading Links #9

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Hello. How are you? Summer season starts this weekend in the USA and I’m looking forward to lots of reading, a less hectic schedule and enjoying my patio. Here are some links that helped me procrastinate. Ha! 🙂

Do you crack your neck? You should probably stop. I crack my neck, but I promised my husband I would stop. It’s hard to stop because I think I’m addicted to it.

I recently learned about the first men to walk the Great Wall of China. I recommend you listen to the short podcast. Fascinating!

Jane Thynne has a new book coming out. It looks really good. I love the way she weaves real history into her fiction. Bummer I have to wait until January 2020 to read it.


You can’t make this stuff up. Someone (maybe me too?) please, please, please write a comedic spy novel inspired by this lady.

Speaking of writing, here are some writing prompts.

Feminist Fairytales For Children That Teach Modern Values.

I’m reading this book about Queen Alexandra. What are you reading?

The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume. Have a great weekend! xoxo, Jane

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to use the links, but it’s also ok if you don’t use the links. I’m just grateful you are here and reading my blog. xoxo, Jane

Writing Prompts

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I was searching for writing prompts for myself when I came across an author’s website where she was charging for them. That didn’t sit right with me, so I came up with my own prompts which I’m sharing with you. Enjoy!

  1. Write the first sentence of a cozy murder mystery but use the words “green” and “rendezvous.”
  2. It is modern day. You are standing in line at the post office. Your favorite 19th century writer just walked in. What do you do or say?
  3. Your cell phone rings. You answer and it’s the FBI. What happens next?
  4. You discover an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript. What is the title?
  5. You find your late great-grandmother’s diary from 1917. Assume you can read the language in the diary. What’s the most interesting entry you read? Write it diary-style.

Feel free to leave your own writing prompts in the comments.

xoxo, Jane