Author Archives: deborahleighwrites

24in48 ~ 2017 Is Here! (Scroll for updates as to hours read.)

My favorite read-a-thon is back! If you’ve never participated in 24in48, go here for the details. I’m strictly a participant, so I’ll defer to the good folks who are running the show to tell you more about it at the … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ The Heiress

  Mic-dropping over how dazzling Olivia de Havilland’s portrayal is of Catherine Sloper in The Heiress is too easy, not because there’s no “there” there, but because the part is so well-scripted, -directed, and -acted, it—and de Havilland’s Academy Award®; … Continue reading

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Book vs. Film Wars ~ The Postman Always Rings Twice

Another installment in the blog battle between a classic book and the film it spawned.   The book is always better than the film, they say. I say it too. All the time. So, with this truism in mind, I … Continue reading

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Book vs. Film Wars ~ Laura

Another installment in the blog battle between a classic book and the film it spawned. I consider “classic film fan” as much a part of my description as my height and eye color. Unlike my weight, the part of me … Continue reading

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Book vs. Film Wars ~ The Desperate Hours

Another installment in the blog battle between a classic book and the film it spawned. My sister once remarked that, “Whenever you have a movie about people who take other people hostage in their own homes, you usually have ‘a … Continue reading

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Hollywood Character Arcs ~ 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men Released April 13, 1957 United Artists 96 minutes Screenplay: Reginald Rose, based on his teleplay Director: Sidney Lumet Stars: Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Sr., Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall Adding Character: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, … Continue reading

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Table for One ~ why orienting your reader at the front of your book will lead to more pages read, not fewer

By now we’ve all heard: Amazon has cracked down on authors and publishers who design their Kindle books with the table of contents (TOC) at the back instead of the traditional front. This has sent authors and publishers whose books … Continue reading

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