Book Review: Carry On

About Carry On

Carry On cover• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (August 16, 2016)

In the spirit of The Blind Side comes a deeply moving memoir about the unexpected bonds that wouldtransform three lives.

Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left. After seeing a newspaper image of two young wrestlers from one of Cleveland’s tougher public high schools, Lisa followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys that very day. What she found caused her spirit both to sink and to soar. Continue reading “Book Review: Carry On”

If You Still Think “All Lives Matter,” You’re Missing the Point


I generally leave my personal feelings off this blog, but I can no longer be silent. 

My husband is college educated and also possesses training in a trade. Though only 5 feet 10 inches, he’s often mistaken for 6 feet or taller. He stands with authority, poise and confidence. His almond skin is complimented by green pool-like eyes. He’s never done drugs. When he meets with friends for drinks, he has one, maybe two beers and is home to his family by midnight at the latest.

Byron plays flag football on a men’s league. He’s a loving father and a supportive husband. We have been together for 11 years.

Sadly, I feel like I have to say all of this first. I feel like I have to defend the man that I know he is so the public doesn’t make assumptions about who he is.

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Book Review: Grace Without God

Grace-Without-God-cover-198x300About Grace Without God

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (June 21, 2016)

Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging.

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These 7 Practices Will Make You a Better Writer

Every writer has a certain methodology (or lack of) when it comes to their writing practice. I used to be of the David Foster Wallace variety— the kind with no specific writing practice. I only wrote when the urge hit. I realized this wasn’t going to sustain a long-time career, and my writing practice has recently become more regimented. I now write daily. I’ve not come to the point where I set a word count for the day or a specific time frame under which to work, but I do write daily.

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World Press Freedom Day: We Remember Fallen Journalists and Their Oath to Truth


Today, May 3, 2016, is the day we celebrate the right to freedom of press. Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to write for a living. When I was younger, I didn’t know what kind of writing I wanted to do. I thought fiction. Maybe poetry. When in college, I had to fill a few of my electives with some writing courses as obligated by the requirements of my degree. I chose journalism as one of those classes, and my life changed.

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Book Review: Lone Star

Lone Star coverAbout Lone Star

• Paperback: 640 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 24, 2015)

Falling in love was the easy part . . .

Chloe and her three best friends are weeks away from finishing high school and beginning their new grown-up lives apart from one another. They have been friends since they were kids, their families and lives intertwined, but this is their last summer together. They plan a magical trip to sun-drenched Barcelona, with its possibility of adventure and passion. But first, Chloe has an old family promise to keep, and the four of them must detour through historic Eastern Europe. Continue reading “Book Review: Lone Star”

On Writing Crap (aka the First Draft)

I want to open a dialogue about an idea that is both taboo and yet, spoken about over and over again in the writing community. It’s something every writer deals with. It’s something every writer fears and every reader loathes. 

Writing crap.

Everyone does it. The most prolific of writers write crap. The most famous writers write crap. Continue reading “On Writing Crap (aka the First Draft)”

Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers

Readers and writers, connect with your tribe! These podcasts are either on the subjects of reading and writing or hosted by writers!  Continue reading “Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers”

Book Review: When the Moon is Low

When The Moon Is LowAbout When the Moon is Low

• Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (July 21, 2015)

By turns astonishing, frightening, and triumphant, When the Moon Is Low chronicles one brave Afghan woman’s odyssey to save her family

In Kabul, we meet Fereiba, a schoolteacher who puts her troubled childhood behind her when she finds love in an arranged marriage. But Fereiba’s comfortable life implodes when the Taliban rises to power and her family becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime. Forced to flee with her three children, Fereiba has one hope for survival: to seek refuge with her sister’s family in London. Continue reading “Book Review: When the Moon is Low”

Book Review: The Invisibles (with giveaway!)

The Invisibles (430x648)About The Invisibles

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)

We’ll choose to remain invisible. To everyone except each other . . . ”

Brought together by chance as teenagers at Turning Winds, a home for girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family, which they dub The Invisibles. With a fierce loyalty to each other, the girls feel that they can overcome any obstacle thrown their way. Though the walls they’ve built around themselves to keep out the rest of the world are thick, they discover one night, when tragedy strikes, that there are cracks in their tight-knit circle. Continue reading “Book Review: The Invisibles (with giveaway!)”