“Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

  Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take the reader back to the town of Castle Rock, Maine where the unlikely is always likely to happen. In Gwendy’s Button Box, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson breaks a child’s cardinal rule; she talks to a stranger. When a stranger calls her over for a “palaver” she hesitantly joins him on a bench. In a King thriller, a stranger is … Continue reading “Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels By: Joe Hill

  I have a new favorite author. Oddly enough, he’s the son of my former favorite author. Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, has surpassed his father in the brilliant writer department. Make no mistake, Hill’s genre is also horror/thriller/suspense. He attacks his stories with fresh eyes and contemporary views, drawing on the present-day world to engage his readers.   Strange Weather: Four Short Novels, … Continue reading Strange Weather: Four Short Novels By: Joe Hill

Age of Consent: Sexual Predators

 I was twelve years old, in the sixth grade in elementary school. I was old enough to walk home by myself. My mother was a single parent by then and worked until about four o’clock in the afternoon. As I walked up the busy New York City street to our apartment building I noticed a white van driving slowly, keeping pace with me. The driver … Continue reading Age of Consent: Sexual Predators

Naming characters in medieval historical novels: The Troubadours Quartet: Jean Gill

I recently reviewed the fourth and final book in The Troubadours Quartet, a historical romantic adventure series by award-winning author Jean Gill. “Song Hereafter” is a beautiful conclusion to a remarkable tale set in the twelfth century. I was fascinated by the names of many of her characters who come from different countries and cultures. She has graciously agreed to be my guest today, satisfying … Continue reading Naming characters in medieval historical novels: The Troubadours Quartet: Jean Gill

“Perfect Match” by Alexis Alvarez

            It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Alexis Alvarez. I’ve read almost every book and short story she’s written; so, it was with delight I accepted an advance copy of Perfect Match in exchange for an honest review. From the first page of this sexy, romantic book I was hooked. Alvarez jumps right in to developing … Continue reading “Perfect Match” by Alexis Alvarez

“Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King & Owen King

  I confess I was skeptical when I saw my favorite author, Stephen King, had paired up with his son, Owen King, to write a book. I wondered if their writing would be similar, would they complement one another? I wasn’t prepared for the compelling story they provided; part fantasy, part science fiction, all thriller. As with many of the elder King’s books, there is … Continue reading “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King & Owen King

“The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You” by Gisela Hausmann

  As a rule I am not a great fan of self-help or advice books. That being said, there is one author I will go to every time I am looking for indie author advice: Gisela Hausmann, a top Amazon reviewer. Every one of her books that I have read has provided me without invaluable suggestions on how to be a successful writer. Note, she … Continue reading “The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You” by Gisela Hausmann

October Book Updates!

  Just a few more days to get these book deals!   Drawing Ends October 31. Enter to win a SIGNED copy of “Riddle”! No strings, no commitment. Riddle by Elizabeth Horton-Newton “Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think … Continue reading October Book Updates!

“Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia” by Peter Maeck

As the adult child of a parent who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I was eager to read Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia by author Peter Maeck. I was pleased to find a book of photographs, poetry, and prose that explored the experiences of Maeck and his father as they traveled the road of dementia. In the beginning of the book Maeck admits … Continue reading “Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia” by Peter Maeck

A Day in the Life

Originally posted on Between the Beats:
It was 7:00 AM and my husband was up and getting ready for work; time to get my daughter up and make breakfast. I pulled on my thick robe in spite of the warm morning, making certain I was properly covered before going into my daughter’s bedroom. The blinds were closed against prying eyes, but I could tell it… Continue reading A Day in the Life