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Thank you to everyone who has decided to follow my Twitter, Facebook, blog, or other social pages!

I’m one follower away from 200 on my blog and I wanted to do something special as a thank you. So I’m reaching out to you! If you have any suggestions I’d love to read them. Please remember I’m a Christian, so I might refuse to do some things—like streak naked downtown—based on my own moral values.

I look forward to your suggestions!

If you’re unfamiliar with A Vase of Wildflowers, and love reading and writing, I’d encourage you to check out my other blog posts and consider following.

As always, thanks for reading!

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YA Book Vloggers That Make Being a Nerd (Kinda) Cool

Epic Reads Book Nerd of the Year nominees, The Book Shimmy Awards
Epic Reads Book Nerd of the Year nominees

Okay, so personally, as a book nerd, I’ve always found myself to be pretty cool. My sister would tell you otherwise, bless her soul. As much as I love my sister (which by the way, I love her A LOT), I feel that labels are versatile things and may be positive or negative depending on how the person feels about said label.

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Causes, Cares, and Charities: Writing and Reading Organizations

As a professional writer, I wholeheartedly support charities and organizations that promote reading and writing. I wanted to compile a list of great organizations to show that I care about the people working there as well as their missions. Please check out the websites, raise awareness, and — if you feel compelled — please donate to their causes. I cannot possibly list all of the worthy organizations out there, so please feel free to add your own contributions in the comments and do your own research.

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Roanoke College, Fave Writers Filibuster was part of Roanoke Writes! A celebration of National Day on Writing with five minute poetry readings.
Copyright Brendan Bush Photography, uploaded by Albert Herring, Roanoke College.

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The Battle for ‘Chick Lit’: Jennifer Weiner and Exposure Equality

Photo taken by Rodrigo Fernández.

Jennifer Weiner at Miami Book Fair International.
Photo taken by Rodrigo Fernández.

A New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner has been battling big names for quite a while now. You may know her from her books Good in Bed and In Her Shoes — as well as from many other books, short stories, and articles. She is successful and knows the industry, which is why she is speaking out.

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About L. N. Holmes

L. N. Holmes, author, writer, editor, Nicole Gentles, autumn, Salem College

L. N. Holmes (Photo by Nicole Gentles.)

LeeAnn Nichole (Holmes) Adams writes under the pseudonym, L. N. Holmes. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Newfound (web), Obra, STARK, Vestal ReviewF(r)iction, and Good Morning, among others. Her longer works include a nearly completed collection of short fiction and the first draft of an ambitious novel (both of which she hopes to finish and publish within the next three years). In addition to her creative writing, she’s written many book reviews, literary journal reviews, interviews, news articles, and more.

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Holmes has received many honors and awards for her writing. She won the 2012 Katherine B. Rondthaler Award for Poetry, the 2013 Salem College President’s Prize for Creative Writing, and a first place for nonfiction in a literary journal from the North Carolina College Media Association in 2013. She was also a half-fellow in the Creighton University MFA program and her poem, “War Song,” was long listed for the 2016 Wisehouse International Poetry Award.

Graduating from Salem College in 2013, Holmes received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with minors in English and history. Later she attended Creighton University, where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2017. In addition to formal education, she’s actively sought out other opportunities to learn and has attended writing conferences, workshops, and readings in many different states.

She currently volunteers as a junior editor for Tethered by Letters. In the past, she volunteered as a fiction co-editor for Blue River and, before that, the co-editor of Incunabula. She also has experience working in the editorial departments of other publications and contributes work occasionally to places like Change Seven Magazine and GERM Magazine.

A native of Wilmington, Ohio, Holmes currently lives in Bellevue, Nebraska. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Collin, and has three furry pets—a dog, Cattleya, and two cats, Rex and Hadassah. She’s a Christian who believes in protecting the planet, equal pay for women, and loving your neighbor. She also believes writers should be paid for their work. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—but she’s the most active on Twitter, where she tweets about literary stuff and video games.

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