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Help an author choose a title!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

no-titleVirginia King has written the first book of a new mystery series.

Now it needs a title to grab attention!

Vote for your favourite title using the link below. The five best responses will win all the books in the series.

Entries close April 30.

The book will be published with the most popular title on Amazon in May.

Vote Here

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Wishing you good books and good fortune in the new year.


Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Whatever holidays you are celebrating this time of year, I hope they are happy ones — spent with friends and family, good food, good spirits, and of course, stacks of good books!



I must be crazy, but I’m doing it again!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

2013-Participant-Vertical-BannerOkay, with everything I have going on in November, I know that I am insane to take on the challenge, but I’m determined to see it through. I will write 50,000 words in November, even with work and travel and a million other things that I need to do! I have a great story idea – one that has been bouncing around in my head for about a decade, and I am really excited about getting it down on paper. It’s a ghost story with some cool twists and turns and I promise to keep you updated on my progress. If you look to the right of the screen, you will see my little NaNoMeter – I will try to post my progress daily, so you can see how I’m doing.

I’m crazy. I really am crazy to do this.

It’s funny – I’ve been writing over at for a while now, and I really feel better when I am writing every day. It’s a great creative outlet and it helps me keep other things in my life on track by making that commitment to sit down and just write for a while every single day. So good for my brain!

Are you NaNoing, too? Let me know and maybe we can be writing buddies.

This week…

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I’m a little late, but it’s still Monday! Here’s what’s coming up on the site this week:

Monday: My weekly preview, plus a special sneak preview for tomorrow’s post!

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday PLUS! A special review – this is hitting the stores tomorrow and I thought it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday: Nanette has finished up The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren – check in for her review.

Thursday: Today is the day! My much-rescheduled review of NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

Friday: I’ve got a stack of new books to tell you about. Come back on Friday to see what you should add to your TBR list.

Saturday: Saturday Snapshot — the parks here are green and gorgeous. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to take some new photos for you.

Sunday: Another Quotable — interesting, funny, thought-provoking statements about books and reading.

This week…

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Here’s what’s coming up on the site this week:

Monday: My weekly preview, plus an update on some new books that I’ve added to the library.

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday – a great teaser from one of my new books!

Wednesday: A review from Nanette, my new reviewing buddy. She’s going to help we wade through the piles of e-book requests that come in.

Thursday: Come back on Thursday for my review of NOS4AS, the terrific new novel from Joe Hill.

Friday: I am on the road this week, so I have no idea what Friday will bring! Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to catch up on some reviews that have been languishing.

Saturday: Saturday Snapshot — I took a couple of pictures on my trip to Indiana last week, and I think I have one to share.

Sunday: Another Quotable — interesting, funny, thought-provoking statements about books and reading.

I’m back!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

First, I want to say thank you to the nice folks who emailed to check up on me. I know I haven’t been posting much, but Real Life has been kicking my butt lately. Work, family and travel have really kept me jumping, and sometimes those things have to come first. Still, it’s time to get myself back on track and take care of my commitments here. Hopefully, I can get back in the groove;  I have stacks of new books, some great reviews to share with you – including reviews by my new partner in crime, Nanette, who will be helping me plow through the stacks of great offers I’ve gotten by helping out with reviews. Thanks for reading and I promise to keep the new posts coming.


This week…

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Here’s what’s coming up on the site this week:

Monday: My weekly preview, plus a delayed review of Virus Thirteen

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday – a great teaser from a book I just finished: NOS4A2

Wednesday: Hopefully, I’ll have some new words for you by Wednesday.

Thursday: Check in on Thursday for my review of The Best of Punk Magazine. I would call it a coffee table book, but I’m not sure punk rockers have coffee tables.

Friday: This week, I’ve got a great guest post from author Julie Ann Walker. Giveaway Alert! Julie Ann will be talking about her new book, Rev It Up, and about how her travels have influenced her writing. In addition, I’ve got a copy of Rev It Up to give away to some lucky reader.

Saturday: Saturday Snapshot — I’m still going through old photos, so maybe I’ll have more family pictures to share.

Sunday: Another Quotable — interesting, funny, thought-provoking statements about books and reading.

This week…

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Here’s what’s coming up on the site this week:

Monday: My weekly preview!

Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday…plus a delayed guest post!

Wednesday: More Wondrous Words and some new books.

Thursday: Check back for my review of The Last Kind Words by

Friday: I’ve got a Guest Post today from Elizabeth Corrigan, author of Oracle of Philadelphia, talking about where to write.

Saturday: Saturday Snapshot –I have been really bad about getting my Saturday Snapshot posts up, but I know I will have something this week.

Sunday: Another Quotable — interesting, funny, thought-provoking statements about books and reading.

Dreadful, dreadful news

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

In a personal statement issued yesterday, Scottish author Iain Banks announced that he has terminal cancer. According to the statement, his time is quite limited and his latest novel, The Quarry, will likely be his last.

I can think of few books that gave me the sort of bone-deep shivers that The Wasp Factory gave me. Unfortunately, Banks is one of those authors that I always meant to get around to reading. I have several of his books on the shelves (I can see Song of Stone from where I’m sitting), and now I have the terrible feeling that there is no more time. And that is so terribly unfair. Fuck cancer. So many dear friends and talented people gone, and simply no more time.