Remnant – Kate Genet

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I once dubbed Kate Genet ‘the lesbian Stephen King’ then recanted the statement in favor of calling her ‘the lesbian Nancy Drew’. After reading Remnant I realize my first proclamation was premature but nonetheless accurate.  Remnant has all the elements of a good, old-fashioned horror story: the tingly ‘Oh !@#$ what’s going on’ feeling; the sickening drop when you realize …

The Stranger You Seek – Amanda Kyle Williams

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Keye Street was an Atlanta cop until the alcoholic wreckage of her life caught up to her.  Now, newly sober, Keye takes odd jobs serving subpoenas and chasing down bounty jumpers. When a serial killer surfaces in Atlanta, Lieutenant Rauser, Keye’s old buddy from the force, asks for help profiling him. The killer is clever, manipulative, and very skilled at …

Cooler heads…

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Okay, thanks to all of you who held my hand after that last post. (Kelly, just for you, I’m starting a new Franco novel.) Come the next morning a cooler head prevailed and I merely said “Hello” to my boss instead of dropping to my knees and groveling for that full-time job. I also had the BRILLIANT idea in the middle …

Uncle. I quit.

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Gosh, I’d love to find all the people who have written articles about how you can self-publish your book in one day and wring each of their necks. Very, very slowly. I first published The River Within in April. This is October. It’s still not perfect on my Nook – five extra pages and two gaps between paragraphs, but tonight …

“The Pale Green Pants” by Dr. Seuss

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As a kid this was my favorite Seuss story. As an adult, I appreciate it even more. Happy Halloween. And remember, don’t be afraid to shake hands with the things that scare you!  “The Pale Green Pants”  by Dr. Seuss               Well… I was walking in the night And I saw nothing scary. For I …

Scarcity – a short story by Kate Genet

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I just read someone else’s review of Kate Genet’s Scarcity. Unable to believe it was as disappointing as the reviewer made it out to be, I quickly read it myself. Quickly being the operative here. It’s a short story. Took all of twenty minutes to read. Something the previous reviewer must have overlooked as she was so disappointed the story …

Angels and Manners – Cynn Chadwick

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  Delightful novel about two Section 8 housing moms, with teenage children, trying to patch their lives together. Not only does Chadwick do a great job with the teens in the novel (Tex is a crackup!), she perfectly captures the frustration and love of mothers with teens. Her writing is crisp, by turns funny and tender, and her dialogue genuine …

The Last Day of Summer

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My head hurts, and I’m burning up but it’s not even that hot out. I should be tweeting, blogging, posting, entering two contests, going thru an editor’s proof of River, reviewing A Blue Place (very good), changing the laundry, and doing dishes. To hell with it. I’m going to make a tall, cool drink and laze in the hammock with The Distant Hours. Shoulds are …

A Reader’s Job

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I just read a review in Kissed by Venus of Marcy Alancraig’s A Woman of Heart. It sounds like a book I might enjoy but I hate buying fiction. Other than Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Cormac McCarthy I won’t re-read a novel. Why pay for something I’ll never use again? Why not just get it at the library? And to be honest, …