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The Vagabond Vicar by Charlotte Brentwood

Author Charlotte Brentwood sent me this book to review, which is a regency romance with a Georgette Heyer/Jane Austen feel. I hesitated, because of my recently-established rule of not reading books that are “sweet” or “heartwarming.” But then I read the first chapter, and I was drawn into the story. 444 more words

New To Me Author

An Affinity for Books (Teens and ‘Tweens)

You could say I have an affinity for books.  Once I read a great title, I want to recommend it and find another Read A-Like… 345 more words

Children's Books

On Getting Getting Published

So here it is. You write your first draft. It’s pretty awful, but it’s a first draft. The ghost of your novel. You go back and revise it, and your second draft has more meat, but it still has lots of holes here and unnecessary filler there. 281 more words

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This was a powerful book. Somehow it tackles a really emotional subject but doesn’t leave you a weepy, nose-blowing mess.

It begins with the disappearance and death of sixteen-year-old Lydia in a 1977 Ohio suburb. 858 more words

Highly Recommended

Review: Janina Matthewson, Of Things Gone Astray

On a morning in London, Mrs. Featherby loses the front wall of her house. Marcus loses his piano keys. Robert has lost his job: building, coworkers, and all. 311 more words


Miranda July Introduces Us To The First Bad Man

You might meet Cheryl Glickman living in Berkeley, California (where Miranda July happened to grow up). Or, you might meet her in Los Angeles, where… 719 more words

Book Reviews

To be published later this year: my novel The Secret Son*

Someone gave me a push to write a new post here, with my news in a more highlighted fashion. I mentioned it earlier before I left on my trip, but this ‘someone’ I think wants me to make more of it. 902 more words