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November Jewish Carnival

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This month's Jewish carnival was kindly hosted by author Yael Shahar. I'm so pleased I took part. See my interview with author Jennifer Lang at the link below. There's more interviews for you to enjoy every month. Authors coming up in the next few months include: Miriam Drori, Daniel Sofer, Katherine Locke, Mel Rosenberg, Julie Gray, Nadi...
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Is it a punch in the mouth or Betrayal?

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"Hello? Anyone home?"  "Sorry. Still not used to driving on this side of the road," Yael lies. "Need to concentrate."  Yael forces her shoulders back. She wants to reverse, set the case on fire. She cannot believe she's participating in the murder of innocent animals. But she cannot arouse David's suspicions. There's no telling what he mi...
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The winner is...

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It's so fun to win a raffle! Got this message today:  Congratulations on winning the SCBWI Thursday Crawl 10/17!  Gila Green What's the SCBWI BookStop Crawl? Find out now and discover thousands of new novels.    Please check out my page, like it, and leave a comment and go on to explore.

"Yael is a great main character"-- Vancouver reader review, No Entry

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  Hello Gila, We have now received copies of both your books White Zion and No Entry - thank you so much!! We're cataloguing them, and will send you pictures of them in our display asap. BTW I read No Entry and was very impressed - both with your writing and with the messages that are so clearly conveyed to the reader. Yael is a great main cha...
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"Incredibly Powerful" --Reader Review, King of the Class

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 King of the Class is incredibly powerful.  Amazing! I would like to request a sequel: Elyakim realizes that Jordana's marriage effectively removes her from his personal life. (I leave it to your inimitable skills to pull that one off convincingly — because of what he has been through, etc.) Halachically (my edit: According to J...
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November 25th Save the date

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TED Circle in Tel Aviv

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This week I participated in Israel's first TED circle in Tel Aviv. We discussed a TED talk after watching it together. The main topic was efficiency vs. robustness. It was delightful to meet thirty new people from all different countries, backgrounds, and ages. Thanks to Professor Mel Rosenberg for inviting me AND we discovered that Professor Rosen...
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Children's Book Review

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​Today I'm reviewing author Margo Dill's children's book. Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review. A copy was given to me courtesy of the author.  Title:  Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire Subtitle: The Case of the Missing Cookies Author: Margo Dill Illustrator: Jack Foster Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Sain...
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My new short story accepted to Jewish Literary Journal

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 My favorite genre is still the short story.  Every once in a while, I submit one. Indeed, I'm thinking of putting together a new short story collection and shutting down those voices in my head that whisper: novels, people want novels.  Today my story "Dis-Engagement" was accepted by the Jewish Literary Journal . Shout-out to author...
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Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event

Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event SAVE THE DATE
​The next Beit Shemesh Lit event is on its way. When: November 25 Time: 7:30 PM Where: Studio Keramikli Join us on Monday, November 25 for an exciting author talk. Dr Leah Scheier will be speaking about her new novel, just signed with Simon & Schuster for a 2021 release and Ondine Sherman will be visiting from Herzliyah to tell us about her Ani...
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For Canadian writers: Resiliency Anthology open to submissions

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Resiliency Anthology call for submissions The Selkie Publications CIC Deadline: 01 January 2020 at 00:00 Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resiliency. Now accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and artwork until January 1, 2020. Paid opportunity! Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resil...
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REPOST: Google Search will soon understand normal questions, not just keywords

REPOST: Google Search will soon understand normal questions, not just keywords Google learns a new language
Interesting post from Rachel Kaser. Ever had to search for something on Google, but you're not exactly sure what it is, so you just use some language that vaguely implies it? Google's about to make that a whole lot easier. Google announced today it's rolling out a new machine learning-based language understanding technique called Bidirectional Enco...
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A small favor

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 Reviews are so helpful and they only need to be one line.  Thanks for stopping by. If you read Passport Control, White Zion, or No Entry, I would be grateful for a review on Amazon or Goodreads. People like to read what others recommend. One line ideas: This was a beautiful story Perfect for anyone interested in... One of the best novels...
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FRIDAY FREEBIE: WIN A GOODIE BAG FROM STORMBIRD PRESS

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 Bookish treats could be yours...it's giveaway time...read on.  Tracey has been interviewing authors and reviewing books since 2005. She's particularly supportive of Australian authors and enjoys historical fiction, crime, thrillers, and more. Today Tracey's Melbourne-based book blog  Carpe Librum is hosting a Friday Freebie &nb...
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Tune in: I chat with Dave Pezza's NovelClass--Writer's Bone

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​ CURRENT READ: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH BY BIANCA MARAIS In Episode 3.13, host Dave Pezza chats with author Gila Green ( No Entry, Passport Control ) about Bianca Marais' If You Want to Make God Laugh . To celebrate Gila Green's recent novel No Entry , and her appearance on the show, Stormbird Press is offering an exclusive deal! NovelClass l...
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Thrilled to share this five-star review of No Entry

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 Thank you Kathy Hauswirth for your review of No Entry on your beautiful site: First Person Naturalist. No Entry: Fictional Teen, Very Real Eco Issues There's a continuing trend here at First Person Naturalist–publishers sending me nature/enviro-themed books to read and review. No Entry from Gila Green at Stormbird Press is the first Youn...
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So gratifying when a flash participant gets published!

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  Hi Gila, I just wanted to let you know that the flash you helped me work out over the summer actually found a taker ! That is cool. And I thought you should know, seeing as how you brought me there. Hope all is well and happy in your world! And thanks again, Jenny (link below) Congratulations, Jenny. Please continue to share your good news.&...
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White Zion Spotlight: What Is That Book About

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Thank you so much to Michelle Bowles and her inspiring book blog "What Is That Book About" for spotlighting White Zion.  I really appreciate what she writes on her site: "Now, for me, it isn't about the most popular book or one "that" is on that list. Books mean a lot to me and the people who take the time to write them. The books you will see...
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My young adult novel No Entry was part of Vancouver's Ecocity 2019

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Thanks to Dragon Fly's Mary Woodbury, who not only featured No Entry, my new young adult novel about a teen heroine who takes on a murderous elephant poaching ring in South Africa's Kruger National Park,    in her own publication, but who also mentioned No Entry at Vancouver's Ecocity 2019. From Ecocity  site : "The Ecocity Worl...
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Repost: 5 Million Page Views ... and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog

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This one made me laugh out loud. Would love to hear your views on this advice: Seven years ago, one of my spawnlings told me I needed to write a blog. I forget which one ... I often get them confused, but it was probably the same spawnling who said I needed to have a Twitter account (whatever that was) and a Facebook page. I have since regretted bo...
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I love your letters

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  Hi Gila, I hope all is well with you. Had to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your short stories in your September newsletter. You are so talented.Your newsletter is always a highlight in my mailbox. Take care, and thanks again for the newsletters. Love them. Ellen Marcantano Thank you for the sample of your short (in your newsletter). ...
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Guest Hosting one week away

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  October 23, I'm guest hosting with Dave Pezza of Boston's NovelClass. Tune in for our discussion of If You Want To Make God Laugh by author Bianca Marais. My new novel No Entry is set in South Africa's Kruger National Park, which is why I was thrilled to choose this novel to review. I wish to thank Dave Pezza once again for asking me to co-h...
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This Will Only Take a Minute: Canadian Flash Fiction anthology submissions

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  This Will Only Take a Minute: Canadian Flash Fiction Anthology – Deadline: December 31, 2021, 11:59 PM Brevity is the soul of wit, as William Shakespeare wrote in one of his longer plays, Hamlet. Flash Fiction, brief stories, have become one of the most exciting sub-genres of contemporary fiction. Canadian flash fiction has been under-repres...
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Coming up on gilagreenwrites

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I've lined up some excellent author interviews for you, so grab a coffee and enjoy. Preview:  Dan Sofer  has an exciting giveaway coming up November 6. So excited to be hosting in the coming months: Dan Sofer,  Deborah MB,  Janice Weizman,  Nadia Jacobson,  Miriam Drori,  Jennifer Lang

Podcasting with NovelClass October 23

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I review If You Want to Make God Laugh with Boston's Dave Pezza 23/10 NovelClass podcast. There's a gift for listeners who tune in!

Check out BookStop

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I've always wanted to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and now that my young adult novel No Entry is out there, I can! Thank you Stormbird Press, Australia. Did you know they have this six-week promotion for authors called BookStop? I joined yesterday and noticed this promotion, so I want to share it with yo...
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Madness Heart Press: Call for Jewish Horror Stories

Madness Heart Press: Call for Jewish Horror Stories Call for Jewish Horror Stories
In 'Corners of the World' collections we showcase writers and authors from all around the world, each collection focuses on a different subset of people from different cultures. Giving their unique voices and stories a chance to shine. For these collections, we want to bring the folk stories and societies to live in stark horror through the eyes of...
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Why physical books still outsell e-books | CNBC Reports

Ebook or physical book? Ebook or physical book?
Physical books are still outselling ebooks. Worth watching. 

Double Feature in Sephardic Horizons Summer 2019 issue

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I wish to thank Sephardic Horizons for publishing both an in-depth review of White Zion and a new short story of mine titled Book Talk  in their latest issue. I'm honored to be part of this publication. A thank you also to writer Susan Weintrob.  I am very grateful and so pleased you enjoyed White Zion and found it valuable.  Thank y...
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Book Review: Castle of Concrete

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Note: I was delighted to receive a free copy of this novel in the mail from the author. I'm a fan of historical fiction, so I was delighted to receive a copy of author Katia Raina's debut novel Castle of Concrete.  I enjoy an introduction to new authors and it so happens I'm working on another project that has to do with the Soviet Union, so t...
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Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction.

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White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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