Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars How can you take two main characters and put them through similar traumas and not let it get dull? I have no idea, but apparently Ms. Collins is the…

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I can’t say much here, except WOW! Read this book. It’s wonderful regardless of your preferred genre. On the technical side: I love the fluid use of present…

Review: Ascend

Ascend by Amanda Hocking My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve really enjoyed the characters in the Trylle Trilogy. This last book in the series wraps everything up with a wonderful ending. The conclusion where good triumphs evil was well…

Review: Valor

Valor by Taylor Longford My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the first book I’ve read with gargoyles as the main characters. But, I wasn’t hesitant. I thought it sounded like a great idea. And it was. Valor follows…

Review: Scent of Danger

Scent of Danger by Autumn Dawn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Scent of Danger was formerly titled Something Wild. Yet again, I’ve read a book right out of the middle of a series. I’ve got to be more careful.…

I’m Completely Lost and Totally Giddy

Camel Lot #2

When I first starting writing Camel Lot: A Misplaced Adventure, I had no idea what I was setting in motion. Writing, yes, I can handle that. Artwork, sure, I’ve done that before. Publishing a book – yikes! Even ebook format…

Meeting the Dreadline… I mean, Deadline

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Rob told me the other day that according to Footprints for iPhone (has nothing to do with Jesus carrying you) I hadn’t left the apartment since Wednesday. Seriously?! That’s what happens when you get near the deadline on a project.…

Review: The Judas Strain

The Judas Strain by James Rollins My rating: 5 of 5 stars How is it this is the only title by author James Rollins I’ve read? And why did I read the one right in the middle of the series?…

Review: The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was unique. The heroine of the story has some serious psychological, mother-inflicted damage before the circumstances of her transformation ever arrive. She goes through what I can…

Review: Mercury Falls

Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese My rating: 5 of 5 stars Plot: An angel and a reporter walk into the Apocalypse… I’m not one to describe a plot or give away details that could derail a reader’s enjoyment, so the…

Review: Blow Out

Blow Out by Catherine Coulter My rating: 2 of 5 stars This review is verbatim from previous notes when I read this book back in 2004. Even though I love the Savich/Sherlock series–this one was terrible. The romance/flirting between the…

Review: Bleachers

Bleachers by John Grisham My rating: 2 of 5 stars I read this quite a while ago, but I’m using previous notes to create this review. First let me say, this is not the genre I generally read. I don’t…

Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is considered one of the best works of Dumas and is included in the top 100 novels at http://www.thebest100lists.com/best100no… But, it’s a very, very…

Review: Torn

Torn by Amanda Hocking My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another fun and exciting edition to the Trylle Trilogy. Our heroine faces more challenges, learns more about her heritage, and juggles more attempts to win her affections. There’s no way…

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sharper than a wooden stake. The plot of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a history lesson intricately entwined with a bold non-Twilight vampire story that will scare…

Nails Bitten? Check. Antacids? Check.

Camel Lot: A Misplaced Adventure

Rob informed me just minutes ago (it’s currently 11:48 p.m. ET on June 14, 2011) that my first book EVER just appeared on the Amazon Kindle. Now it didn’t appear there by accident. I put it there… on purpose. Scary,…

Buy Me a “Writer” Kevlar Vest

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After returning to Indiana from Los Angeles, leaving behind a job I loved, I thought, “I’ll just run right out in this depressed job market and snatch up another.” Pretty soon, depressed not only described the job market, but my…

A Thanksgiving Poem

In this time of true thanksgiving, I stop to think of how I’m living. Most days in pain, and not just physical. Slightly grumpy is too often typical. I do too little, though I take on too much. I fall too…

I Got to First Base

Swing Music

The Louisville Slugger Art That Swings artist reception was held on a Saturday night at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Rob and Allyson attended with me. All the decorated and altered bats were on display in a long room upstairs away…