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Top Ten Books of the Year

Ho ho ho, etc. Here are my favourite books of 2014. I haven’t written too much about them here, as the book covers below link to my reviews that either appeared in… 376 more words

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Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul ~ Joyce Carol Oates.


Run Free

We all know that exercise is good not just for the body, but the brain. Thee’s also growing evidence that it helps fuel creativity as well, which is good news for us as writers. 432 more words

While I was relaxing...

Last week, when I published my newest book “The Curse of Elspeth Armstrong,” I did so with a sigh of happiness.  Writing is my second job and sometimes I just need a vacation.   232 more words

Joyce Carol Oates (1938)

          How can one woman conjure up so many words?  Joyce Carol Oates is known for her prolific production (over 50 novels published), but it is her seemingly inexhaustible creation of notable characters that pulls readers back for more.  159 more words

(Im)Partial Reviews: Second Installment

It’s that time again: time for me to tell you a bit about the books that I just couldn’t slog through. I tried, I really did, but I love reading and refuse to ruin my favorite pastime with books that just aren’t doing it for me. 412 more words

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The Annoying Book Title's Daughter: the three questions those repetitive titles force you to ask

I’m sure these days every third book or so follows this simple formula for a title.

Honestly. The Taxidermist’s Daughter. The Time-Traveller’s Wife. The Pirate’s Daughter. 140 more words

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