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The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition) is Here!

Posted on: February 20, 2019

Today I’m helping authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi launch their new book, The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition)! I have already posted about this great writer’s resource here. And some of you have already ordered it. I love my copy and am already using it while writing Amanda in Malta-The Sleeping Lady.

You might know about The Emotion Thesaurus or even have it on your shelf. But chances are, you may not have known a second edition was in the works. Becca and Angela decided to keep it a surprise and only recently announced the book was releasing!

The Emotion Thesaurus is known for its powerful lists that help writers show (rather than tell) character emotion through body language, thoughts, visceral sensations, dialogue cues, and behavior. This second edition gives writers more of what they love: more emotions (55 more to be exact!) more teaching content, and more writing tips.
Here are three of the new entries: Euphoria, Vindicated, and Schadenfreude. This book is almost twice the size of the original, so it’s almost two books in one.
Anyway, if you’d like to check into it, Goodreads has some reviews up, and you can find more information here.

The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd Edition is available in Print, eBook, and PDF

One More Thing…Want to Attend a FREE Writing Conference?
Or a writing retreat? A workshop? Or even have your yearly membership to a professional writer’s organization suddenly paid for?
Angela and Becca have a giveaway on right now to celebrate their release, and one lucky winner will get their choice of the above, up to a $500 US value. There are some conditions so check that out, but this is the giveaway of a lifetime, so hurry over to enter. And good luck!

You can enter this great giveaway HERE

So whether you write blogs, books, short stories, poems, newsletters or letters to your grandmother, or grandchildren, you need a copy of this book. It is also a great gift for the writers in your life!





51 Responses to "The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition) is Here!"

I want a copy! I’m just not sure which form would be more practical – I’m thinking a PDF would be great because it would be on my computer and I could easily access it while I’m writing. What do you advise, Darlene?

The first book I got is in paperback and on my desk at all times. The new one I got through Kobo and have on my tablet which I use a lot these days. I think a pdf on your desktop is probably a great idea. Whatever version you get, you will be so pleased to have it.

I think I’ll start with the PDF. Thanks, Darlene!

I downloaded it as a pdf and I love it!

Got mine! It arrived on Saturday !

You will wonder how you managed without it. I imagine it will help in teaching writing as well.

So glad to see to feature Angela and Becca here, Darlene. I’ve been following them since the first edition came out. They have done an amazing job, and one much needed.

I have been following them that long as well. And they are fellow Albertans as well. I agree, they have done an amazing job.

I have her first edition and used it in aiming to show (rather than tell) my characters’ actions.

Brava to Angela and Becca and to you for showcasing them!

It is by far the best resource I have in my library.

it sounds great! I’ll check into it for sure! 😀

You won’t be sorry. xo

Ah, it’s great to see our book on your blog–thank you so much Darlene for helping us share the news about the new family member and the giveaway. I can’t wait to see who wins this and what they will choose as far as a conference, retreat, workshop, etc. I am so excited to be able to send someone free education!

Thank yo all so much for the kind words and enthusiasm for our books – you guys have made my day!

My pleasure. I’m happy to share this amazing resource. And that is one heck of a prize!

My pleasure. I’m happy to share this amazing resource. And that is one heck of a prize!

I was alerted to the first edition by you, Darlene, while travelling, The timing of this second edition has arrived upon our arrival back on Canadian soil – and am looking forward to buying a copy!

You will find it very handy. I imagine you are happy to be back home for a spell.

I have the first version. It’s great for those emotions I am not personally familiar with, like ‘euphoria’ and ‘Schadenfreude’.

Even if I am familiar with the emotion, I am not always sure how to show it. Simply saying, “she was happy” doesn’t cut it anymore. These books have been a life saver for me and many other writers.

Fascinating. Just what I need. Thanks for sharing!

It’s what we all need. You are so welcome.

I guess I’m a bit slower here than your other followers (reading the comments, above). I was not familiar with this book. I popped over to their web site and signed up for the Giveaway. 🙂 I can’t figure out if I’d prefer the paperback or the Kindle. Kindle is much less expensive, but I like the idea of having it right in front of me at all times. Thanks, Darlene!

I know, it’s hard to decide. I have the first one in paperback (it was a gift) I have the new edition on Kobo which is on my tablet. Both work. I take my tablet with me when I travel so if I want to do some writing, the emotion thesaurus is with me. Whichever version you get, you will be happy to have it. xo

Okay, good advice. Knowing me, I’ll get it in paperback. 🙂

I’m going to order a copy!

You’ll be glad you did. xo

I got my copy a few days ago. Already making good use of it.

I’ve never heard of an Emotion Thesaurus! What a great idea! Think it’s on my list of books I need….

Once you have a copy, you will wonder how you managed without it.

Like others Darlene I want to give some thought as to what would be the best format to have it in. although i have moved to e-books in most things I think for me personally a hard copy reference might be handiest. Any which way it looks like an excellent resource.

Having a hard copy on your desk that you can thumb through quickly is still the best but both work. The authors are from Calgary. Good things certainly come from that city.

That’s a great recommendation! I love mine. I don’t write fiction, but I have to work at avoiding filler words. This often helps me identify what I’m trying to say.

Since I have a hard copy, I think I’ll get this next one for my Kindle instead.



That’s what I did. I love reading fiction but sometimes I’ll just read through a resource book like this (or a cookbook)

What a wonderful idea for a book, I have never heard of such a thing before 🙂

It is an amazing resource! Thanks for stopping by.

Darlene, I’ve seen this around on WP and it sounds terrific and can well imagine it is one of those books I’ll wonder how I managed without it! 😀Thanks for sharing and off to see best options for purchase!

I don’t often endorse resource books but this is one of a kind and so very useful.

What a great idea and resource for writers. Thanks for promoting it and I will be sharing with a friend who is an author. @EsmeSalon

Thanks, Sue. Great to see you here.

Thank you for sharing this. I had not heard of The Emotions Thesaurus before. What a great idea.

It was a clever idea of the two authors. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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What a great resource….thank you so much for sharing!!

You are welcome, Kirt. It is the best.

I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds right up my street. I shall have to research it!

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It is very helpful and easy to use. Two things important to me!

I can certainly see how this book would be a helpful addition to have at your desk.

Thanks, Karen. It is a good one.

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