Book Review: The Summoner by Layton Green

The Summoner was not an easy novel to read.   Having previously read and reviewed both fiction and non-fiction about Africa,  I was intrigued when indie author Layton Green offered a review copy… Continue reading

Book Review: Raven by Suzy Turner

I have to confess right up front that I have never been a fan of Stephanie Myers’ Twilight books.    I remember that someone donated them to the library and I was actually… Continue reading

Book Review: Damn You, Scarlett O’Hara by Darwin Porter and Roy Moseley

Six hundred and fifty page celebrity biographies are my idea of a reading challenge.    While I was of course familiar with Vivien Leigh from her iconic performance as Scarlett in Gone With… Continue reading

Book Review: The Youngest Light by Jane Chin

Memoir, it seems,  is quickly becoming one of the most popular niches in the indie publishing scene.    I’ve received several memoirs to review lately.    The Youngest Light  by Jane Chin quite… Continue reading

Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Lorilee Craker writes well.   I want to say that up front, right off.     I’ve long been interested in the Amish people,  who forsake technology and live simpler lives in accordance… Continue reading

Book Review: The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

The second installment of Lory S. Kaufman’s  History Camp Trilogy– The Bronze and the Brimstone  moves fast.    Trapped in 14th century Verona, Italy teenagers Hansum,  Shamira and Lincoln turn to the artificial… Continue reading

Book Review: A Puppy Not A Guppy by Holly Jahangiri

One of the things I have missed the most since retiring from the library is reading and reviewing children’s books.    In the course of my work days,  I checked in and shelved… Continue reading

Book Review: Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder’s  Purgatory Chasm was a very different kind of reading experience for me.   Protagonist Conway Sax is kind of an anti-hero.   A  former race car driver and car mechanic,  on… Continue reading

Non-Gatekept: It Does Not Elminate the Need For Editing

Non-gatekept.    It’s a very popular term among writers these days.    After years of having patiently sent query letters and self-addressed envelopes and done everything in their power to land a publishing… Continue reading

Book Review: The Lens and the Looker by Lory S Kaufman

Some novels defy categorization.    Lory S Kaufman’s  The Lens and the Looker is billed as young adult science fiction  (and it is) but largely reads like an historical novel set in 1354… Continue reading