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: 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!)”

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”

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)”

Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday

Okay, okay I might not actually read  all of these things everyday, but I do listen to some and read the others. Usually, my poem is listened to as part of my morning ritual. While putting on my makeup to get ready for work, I put on the Writer’s Almanac podcast. I mean really, what’s better than Garrison Keillor’s soothing voice giving you the important historical/literary happenings of the day? At the end of each podcast, he closes by reading a poem. So, this is how I get my poetry in everyday.  Continue reading “Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday”