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The best and the worst of D.G. Torrens

This post originally appeared a number of years ago when I hosted my blog on Blogger, and I’m delighted to re-present it to you here today. Bestselling author and blogger DG Torrens. Her blog, My Books and I, covers the writer’s experience as well as book reviews and previews of her own book (kind of […]

Sample Sunday: Dark Clouds

Here is a Sunday treat for you: the opening of the critically-acclaimed occult thriller short story, Dark Clouds. The Mandrake Ruse Matt always knew when his mother arrived in town: the wind would swirl from every direction at once, sending the neighbour’s weather-vane spinning clackety-clack and the yellow and brown leaves whirling along the road like a […]

Undrastormur: An independent book review

The best children’s books are those that also appeal to adults, and they do that by presenting characters with elements that readers of all ages can recognize in themselves. Undrastormur: A Viking Tale of Troublesome Trolls by Roger Eschbacher is one of those books. It continues the author’s oeuvre of middle-grade books based on ancient […]

Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever: Independent book review

Caleb Pirtle III has proven that he’s an original writer. His books do not follow the usual tropes and stereotypical genre tales, whether he’s writing mysteries, sports stories or anything else. He’s not a genre writer — he’s writing modern American literature disguised as genre books. Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever, his latest release, is an […]

Independent book review: The Bonding Spell

By M.L. Doyle Sometimes, a book is just a lot of fun to read. That’s usually because of the author is highly skilled with an engaging style that doesn’t let you go. My latest fun literary discovery: The Bonding Spell by M.L. Doyle, whose The Peacekeeper’s Photograph I reviewed last year. That Doyle is a […]

Speedbumps on the road to writing

Sometimes when writing, I feel like I’m just rolling nicely. The word count climbs, I describe setting and action, important events flow onto the pages and then, WHAM! I’m stopped by some tiny detail that I need to research. I like the fiction I write to contain as much fact as possible, whether it’s a […]

Happy Valentine's Day

A sample from my hot erotic romance, One Shade of Red. Alexis ordered for both of us: big platters with names I had never heard before. I loved the Pad Thai, and surprised myself by how much I loved the red curry chicken. Alexis ordered a Singha beer for me and a glass of white […]