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November 2, 2019

Leila Meachams WW2 spy drama is beautifully composed. It has clear writing, sympathetic characters, and an intriguing setting. It also kept my heart pounding so much that it should have counted as a cardio work-out. At 576 pages, I could have finished reading it in a s...

October 15, 2019

Writing a novel is hard. It is scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, running a marathon and curling your hair, possibly all at the same time.

Clarifying just how hard it is to write a novel is important because The Girl Behind the Red Rope gripped me from the first paragraph...

October 10, 2019

And I’m glad I didn’t do any preemptive research. My first impression was that it was a fairy tale. Yes, it takes place in a post-9/11 democracy but it has an aura of otherworldliness that reminded me of Grimm. It takes place in India, where I have never visited, and t...

September 22, 2019

The Amateurs is a book I’ll be reflecting on for a long time. The opening sentence (I’m a big believer that the opening sentence reveals the quality of the book) intrigued me, and that same curiosity continued over all three parts. The book is structured very much like...

September 15, 2019

Things that “A Beach Wish” does well:

  • A variety of woman leaders, each with diverse personalities, vulnerabilities, and goals.

  • Complex motivations dictated by hope and fears from experiences.

  • Displaying the holes we leave in our relationships, and what we...

September 1, 2019

A world-travelled lepidopterologist who dabbles in detective work with a stunningly handsome male associate seems like a preposterous premise, and I am always down for the preposterous. 

“A Dangerous Collaboration,” the fourth Veronica Speedwell murder mystery, is fun,...

November 26, 2018

All of November I had two primary projects. The first was to participate in the madness called NaNoWriMo, and the second was to train and run the NOTC Turkey Trot 5 miler.

Training for this race had been going swimmingly since I first signed up for it way back in Septem...

November 2, 2018

November is going to be busy, that is for sure. I’ve been doing some intensive tinkering and seasoning on novel #2 for several months, and now it is time for it to gently simmer on the back burner of my brain.

Instead, for all of November, I’ll be joining in the madness...

October 22, 2018

I thought that they were going to take it easy on us. I really did.

I mean, it was pretty clear that, while there were some hard-core yogis present, most of the crowd had come for the goats.

Including me. I’m an urbanite who gets most of my “nature” fix from David Attenb...

September 16, 2018

Run with unicorns – that’s going to be my new motto.

After a spotty summer of running, I woke up on Saturday, September 1st knowing that (a) it was another year that I was not going to Hogwarts and (b) if I showed up for the race, then I’d be happy with that.

And I did s...

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