I have some reading to do this week.

In his excellent book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King advises leaving a newly finished draft to sit for at least six weeks before you start revising. That way, you come back to it with fresh eyes and a ruthless pencil.

In fact, it has been about seven weeks since I completed the latest draft of the sequel to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic. Time to start in again. Five hundred double-spaced pages are waiting in a binder on my dining-room table, and I’m both excited and fiercely anxious to be at this moment of truth. READ MORE

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“By the time I finished I was shocked by how upset I was. Not because of the way the book ended, but that it did end. I came to deeply care for these characters and this world and I simply wasn’t ready to leave it behind….This is the kind of novel where I don’t want to talk about it too much (for fear of saying the wrong thing), but I simply can’t stop rambling. Really, it’s that good.”—The Pretty Good Gatsby

“You know that kind of book that totally grabs you? I mean the kind that won’t let you sleep, feed your family, or get your work done? They don’t come around often, but when one does, you’re completely under its spell….Barker’s world is like none you’ve ever encountered. And despite the dangers and the hardships, you’ll likely wish you could find your way into the land of magic.”—Beth Fish Reads

“This novel is remarkable: it has such depth, emotive content, and sparkle. It’s as skillfully written as any piece of literary fiction with paranormal overtones I have read in the past few years.”—Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust

“I enjoyed this very much. It starts out feeling like Deborah Harkness’ All Souls series, but quickly veers into fantasy when Nora exits this world on the basis of a wish….A little bit Narnia, a little bit All Souls, and bearing a kinship to Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill’s Bedlam’s Bard, Seanan Maguire’s October Daye, Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever, and Allison Pang’s Abby Sinclair.”—KD Did It

“A great mix of old school magic and fairy tales along with a contemporary woman trying to fit in without giving up what she knows.”—Bookalicious Babe Review

“A unique read with delightful characters, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is a smart novel that takes the reader into a dark fantasy world full of magic, where there really are monsters hiding around every corner.”—S. Krishna’s Books

“Centered on more adult concerns than the Harry Potter books, Barker’s debut is full of allusions to dark fairy tales and literary romances. If Hermione Granger had been an American who never received an invitation to Hogwarts, this might have been her story.” —People