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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“Emily Croy Barker is the executive editor of The American Lawyer magazine, where she oversees coverage of things like antitrust mass actions in Europe and the population of minority lawyers at big law firms. One can only imagine the fun she had writing this soapy, snappy tale. I’d be a sucker for any book in which Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice played a prominent role. . . but The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic stands on its own merits as a thoroughly enchanting read.” —BookPage

Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 2.32.58 PMCheck with your lawyer before making that wish: “As literature shows us, if you want to dabble in magic safely and successfully, it helps to have the advice of a good attorney.” Click here to read Emily Croy Barker’s New York Times Op-Ed article on “The Rules of Magic.”

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 9.51.03 PMThe Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is an Indie Next pick for August 2013! “The great thing about Nora, the titular ‘thinking woman,’ is that she is completely relatable….She brings an analytical eye to a highly stratified, low-tech, but magical place, and by speaking truth to power she learns new lessons about herself. This beautifully written first novel reverberates with echoes of fairy tales and fantasy literature from Narnia to Harry Potter.” —Tonie Lilley, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC

“Nora must find her place in a world where her academic skills, and even the English language, are suddenly useless. She is alternately aided and thwarted by the magician Aruendiel, who can perhaps be best described as an Alan Rickman character when the Harry Potter films meet Love, Actually…. By the end of the novel, readers will feel at home in the alternate universe Barker has created, and their protagonists come to seem like old friends.” —Shelf Awareness

“…As the novel closes, Barker leaves Nora poised on the brink of a decision that could lead to another adventure. This reviewer can’t wait. VERDICT Readers who love magical fantasy adventures with strong female protagonists will enjoy Barker’s novel. And fans of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians may also want to try this.” —Library Journal.