Book Review: Olivay

OlivayAbout Olivay

 Paperback: 272 pages
• Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 7, 2015)

We don’t believe that our lives can change in an instant—until they do.

Olivay, widowed for a year and sleepwalking through life, meets Henry by chance. She takes him to her Los Angeles loft, thinking it will just be for the night. But the following morning, bombs detonate across the city; mayhem and carnage fill the streets; and her loft is covered in broken glass and her own blood. Henry is skittish, solicitous, and strangely distracted. Who is this man she’s marooned with as the city goes on lockdown? Why is she catching him in lie after lie? Is he somehow connected to her husband’s death and the terrorist attacks outside? Continue reading “Book Review: Olivay”

10 ways to spot an undercover book nerd

Before I was comfortable sharing my book nerdiness with the world, I did my best to blend in with my less-than-literary surroundings. My “best” wasn’t all that great though. Even though my mom was aware that reading had been soothing my nerves and stimulating my mind since I was a toddler, the outside world had no idea. I spent much of my teenage years hiding my love of books. When everyone else was scoffing at the language and length of The Scarlet Letter, I was scoffing with them. Only I’d go home and pull out my copy of The Scarlet Letter and read it with a goofy grin on my face, underlining all my favorite old English phrases.  Continue reading “10 ways to spot an undercover book nerd”

On the Therapeutic Effect of Bookstores and Libraries

As an avid reader and writer, I find solace in bookstores and serenity in libraries. I find that if I’ve had a rough day at the office, a trip to the bookstore, perusing the shelves, flipping over books on the New Release table, gives me some comfort. Just walking through the doors of a local indie or the library (which I happily live a mere 4 blocks from) brings down my blood pressure. It got me wondering, why is it that the bookstores and libraries have such a positive effect on me? I’ve come up with 3 reasons: Continue reading “On the Therapeutic Effect of Bookstores and Libraries”

3 Reasons Why Real Life is Just as Interesting as Fiction

No, really. Sure, embarking on a land that exists completely in the writer’s head can be great. Fantasy worlds and people. Made up lands and problems. Fiction does a great job of reflecting the times, but nonfiction is where the authentic experience lies.

The imagination is ripe with creativity. But I have found, that the lives of real people— the memoirs and biographies and interviews and journalistic pieces— are just as fascinating. Sometimes more. Why? Because real life has just as many twists and turns as a good fiction piece. Here are a few reasons nonfiction is just as good as fiction: Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Real Life is Just as Interesting as Fiction”

Obama Appoints James Patterson ‘Book Czar’ (Originally published on Shelf Awareness)

Ladies and Gentlemen! THE USA HAS A BOOK CZAR!!!

This information was originally published on Shelf Awareness, yesterday, April 1st. I do not own any rights to this information. I am simply sharing because this is enormous news to publishers and indie bookstores everywhere. Continue reading “Obama Appoints James Patterson ‘Book Czar’ (Originally published on Shelf Awareness)”

Indie Author Fun! Book Trailer for Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading (review coming Friday) Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, and would like to provide you with the trailer for this indie novel by author Jamie Hoang. I don’t want to give away too much since I’ll be posting a review, but I can say that this was a refreshing read from the self-publishing world!

  Continue reading “Indie Author Fun! Book Trailer for Blue Sun, Yellow Sky”

TLC Book Review: The Swimmer

The SwimmerAuthor: Joakim Zander

Good thrillers read like a movie, and The Swimmer measures up nicely.

As stated by publisher, Harper, “Whip-smart and sophisticated, Joakim Zander’s debut sweeps across the globe with a story that delivers a series of unforgettable turns and unforeseen twists.” A CIA agent under deep cover must rush across Europe to save the daughter he gave up. Continue reading “TLC Book Review: The Swimmer”

This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel

As reported by the AP, publisher, Harper, has announced that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will be releasing a second novel this summer (July, specifically). This new novel will be Lee’s first since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, making it her second novel in over 50 years!  Continue reading “This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel”

That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. Continue reading “That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat”

Book Nerd Problems #6- When You Need to (insert chore/activity here) but the Book is too Good

I once read a 3-book series in 6 days. Needless to say, I neglected all household (and even some work) duties. I just sat and read even though the television was on and a certain 7-year-old boy was running wildly through the house. I read anyway. I couldn’t help but get caught up in the world between the pages! Continue reading “Book Nerd Problems #6- When You Need to (insert chore/activity here) but the Book is too Good”