“No Rules of Engagement” Tracey Richardson

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I don’t mind romance in a novel but I don’t like romance novels. Unless the novel is Tracey Richardson’s No Rules of Engagement. In a military hospital at Kandahar Air Force Base, we are introduced to the eponymous Major Logan Sharp, a keen, confident doctor, unflappable in the most urgent of situations. Until photojournalist Jillian Knight arrives at KAF on a …

Fact or Fiction?

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You’ve all heard the joke about what lesbians do on their second date, right? Buy wedding rings? So help me out. Is this true?   I keep reading lesbian novels in which the protagonist and new love interest fall IMMEDIATELY and MADLY in love. Is that how it works in real life, or is this just a literary device? I …

Rainey Days – R.E. Bradshaw

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First novel I’ve read of Bradshaw’s. Her protagonist, Rainey Bell, is an FBI Special Agent on whom Bradshaw clearly did her homework. Having written mysteries/police procedurals I know it’s a fine line between too much professional detail and not enough to sound authentic. Bradshaw gets it just right. Her writing is sound and well-paced. I read this on my Nook …

Play Day

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Fascinating. 73°F at twelve noon. In July. Average temperature for the middle of July, here, is about 107°F. Chickens scratching in the dirt, hammock swinging in the breeze, “Credo’s Hope” waiting on my Nook…what’s a girl to do? Seems a waste of a gorgeous, god-given day to lock myself inside the house and stare at a computer. Sounds unnatural. Don’t writer’s …

Credo’s Hope – Alison Naomi Holt

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Girl cops, plenty of bad guys, handsome hunks and sexy ladies (including a mysterious female Mafia boss), lots of food, and dogs. What more could you want out of a police procedural? A tight plot, lots of good-natured humor, fast pace, and a satisfying end? “Credo’s Hope” delivers it all. An ex-cop, Holt is a PG-13, female Wambaugh. The first …

Frank, Take me Away!

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 I’m getting restless. Got a Frank brewing in my brain. Something spooky…I want to be a writer for a while, not just a self-promoter.   Feels like there’s not enough time to do both. And work fulltime. And have a homelife. And a home. And social life. And community obligations. Not to mention reading, playing with the dogs, exercising, cooking… No wonder …

Corrag – Susan Fletcher

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England. 1690. A woman of the land, a healer, tells her daughter, “Go! North-west. Before the men come!” On a stolen mare the child flees to the Scottish Highlands, a lawless, wild land of rogues and reivers, where maybe Corrag, a “witch” won’t be noticed. For a time she is not. Until the day soldiers come in coats red like …

Appalachian Justice – Melinda Clayton

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Salem West at Rainbow Reader recommended I try “Appalachian Justice.” Thank you, Salem! It was love at first paragraph. My favorite books as a kid were My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) and Island of the Blue Dolphins (Illustrated) so how could I not be immediately drawn to Billy Mae’s Appalachian hermitage? Though the setting grabbed me right …

All Stories, if Continued Long Enough…

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Hemingway said, “All stories, if continued long enough, end in death.” I don’t know who said, “All love ends in death,” but it has to, doesn’t it? Sooner or later. Pat and Pete Pat, the silvery one, left in September. Pete, the long stretched out one, a few days ago. Something ate them. Quickly no doubt. A fast end to …

Thursday Nite Blog Talk Radio

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Don’t forget, 6/30, Thursday, 7:30 PM PST, I’ll be chatting it up with Lara Zielinsky on “Reading in Lesbian and Bisexual Fiction.” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/readingslab/2011/07/01/baxter-clare. Between her dogs in the background and mine we’ll be lucky to get a word in between them! Join us. Call in at (646) 929-1909. It’ll be fun!