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“Three weeks is too long,” was the grumbled consensus as we began the final leg of the book tour/vacation last week. We all would have been happy to come home then. 528 more words


One Minute Book Reviews: Hall of Small Mammals

Each story is as strange, charming, and captivating as the next. Pierce creates worlds that are both familiar and totally exotic in a blending of the mundane and magical realism that makes each story it’s own escape. 39 more words


Here's to Bob

Bob just published his first novel! Yay!

And I had the pleasure of taking that journey with him, from the minute he sat in my Advanced Creative Writing class with at least one completed manuscript and a whole lot of determination. 408 more words


Book Review: Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin

 ‘Sugar and Snails’ by Anne Goodwin (July 2015: Inspired Quill)

Reviewing a book which cradles a storyline secret in the first half means it’s hard to avoid spoilers, but I’ll do my best. 1,197 more words


The Center for Fiction -- 2015 First Novel Long List

The Center for Fiction does good work. They host readings, classes, reading groups and foster an interest in fiction writing. They also have an annual prize that acknowledges the best debut novel of the year. 118 more words

“Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.” (Charles M. Schulz)

Harsh, Charles M Schulz!  But I chose this quote because I decided to write a post about home and I’m in a decade of my life where I’m supposed to get excited about viewing other people’s new kitchens, asking intelligent things about the organisation of the cutlery drawer/soft close cupboards/steam versus conventional oven for cooking fish, rather than say what’s really on my mind (I don’t care/is there any wine/where is the corkscrew kept?) 1,071 more words


Book review: Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

For some time my pick of books hasn’t aligned with my other half’s and in principle that’s not an issue. It’s only impractical when I LOVE a story and I can never properly discuss it – the same obviously applies to my other half’s favourite picks. 370 more words