The Mysteries of Christmas

The Mysteries of Christmas

Mysteries for Christmas? It shouldn't come as a surprise that you can find books on any subject, including mysteries that revolve around Christmas or take place during Christmas. I don't have any full-length mysteries that are Christmas-themed — yet, I do have some coming — I do have: ...
Excerpt from Past Tense

Excerpt from Past Tense

Jack Reacher is always one of my favorites. Last week I picked up Past Tense by Lee Child, and I am enjoying it as usual. This one is slightly different in that there are two parallel stories running, and they have into yet intersected, but I am at the point where they should soon. One story is about Reacher and another is about a Canadian couple, and I have enjoyed a few asides about them behaving a certain way because "they were Canadian." I'm always interested in how people see the differences in Canadian and US culture. ...
Enjoying the season

Enjoying the season

Hard to believe that it is December already. I knew it was coming, but it's here way before I'm ready for it. What holiday traditions do you have for enjoying the season, rather than just focusing on gifts and one perfect day (when everybody probably comes down with the flu anyway... hasn't everybody had at least one Christmas like that?) And this doesn't have to just apply to Christmas. There are a lot of celebrations going on this time of year. ...
Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

I have just started reading The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard. In searching it up on Amazon just now, and realized that there is also a book called The Girls of Atomic City, on the same subject, so be aware if you are looking it up that there are two very similar books out there. The Atomic City Girls is billed as a novel and The Girls of Atomic City as a true story ...
Thanks for great book deals

Thanks for great book deals

It's American Thanksgiving, so it's time for some great deals! First off, I'm starting with some freebies, including Her Work Was Everything, book #7 in the Zachary Goldman Mysteries. ...
Excerpt from Camino Island

Excerpt from Camino Island

I just finished reading John Grisham's Camino Island, which is a heist/intrigue novel rather than his usual legal thriller. As the plot surrounds rare manuscripts and writers, there is a lot of insight into the writing life and publishing world. Grisham draws together the disparate threads of the plot together for the grand finale and reveal. ...
Writing for Nanowrimo

Writing for Nanowrimo

If you've been following me here for a while, you know that I generally participate in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) every year. A lot of people complain that November is too busy for trying to write a novel, but thousands of people around the world do it every year. Maybe it's crazy to do it the month before Christmas, but is there really any perfect month to write a novel? ...
Excerpt from Badlands

Excerpt from Badlands

I just finished reading Badlands, book #3 in C.J. Box's Highway series. I rarely end up reading series in order, but in this case I have actually read books 1 and 2 (in that order!) ...
Her Work Was Everything and more new releases!

Her Work Was Everything and more new releases!

It is release day for Her Work Was Everything, book #7 of Zachary Goldman Mysteries. Early readers are loving Zachary Goldman ...
Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

Excerpt from Winter in Paradise

I picked up Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand, which was billed as a mystery, but it is far closer to literary or domestic thriller so far. There is no investigation into the death of the main character's husband and the others in the helicopter with him, and I'm not even sure at this point that they're actually dead. Things are very suspicious ...
He Was Not There and Freebies this Weekend

He Was Not There and Freebies this Weekend

He Was Not There is the sixth book in the Zachary Goldman Mysteries series, and you are in luck! The eBook is on free at Amazon this weekend from Nov 8-10. And I have a stack of other books for you to consider ...
Excerpt from The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Excerpt from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

This week I am reading Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Book 1). I've read a number of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including one with a female Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet Women). This one gives Sherlock a new apprentice, a young woman who meets him after his retirement and studies under his tutelage. There are a number of smaller mysteries within this book. I'm not sure whether that trend continues, or whether I am now onto the "main" mystery. ...
Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Hopefully, you found some spooky books to add to your TBR pile last week! This week, I focused on mysteries for Halloween. And as you know, Halloween also means that Nanowrimo is upon us! Yes, every year on November 1st, thousands of writers around the world begin writing a new book for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during November. There are write-ins and chats and buddies for support. I will usually write 70,000-100,000 words because my novels are longer than 50,000 words, and last year's NaNo novel ended up being over 150,000 words. I am just about ready to kick off! ...
Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

Excerpt from The Secret Adversary

I just finished reading Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary, the first Tommy and Tuppence story. It's been many years since I read it last. I had forgotten the layers upon layers of adventure and misdirection. It is classic Agatha Christie, with fun and memorable characters. Definitely worth a read ...
Spooks and other paranormal activity

Spooks and other paranormal activity

Well, it's that time of year. When our minds turn to the scary, spooky, and other-worldly. And the little ghouls knocking on our doors. So I've grabbed a few spooky or Halloween-themed stories for your reading pleasure. ...
Flash sale on A Catastrophic Theft

Flash sale on A Catastrophic Theft

This is the last one, folks! Today only, you can get a copy of A Catastrophic Theft, book #3 in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Detective series, for just $0.99 ...
Flash Sale on A Psychic with Catitude

Flash Sale on A Psychic with Catitude

Today only, you can get a copy of A Psychic with Catitude, book #2 in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Detective series, for just $0.99 ...
Flash sale on What the Cat Knew

Flash sale on What the Cat Knew

Interested in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Detective series? Now is your chance to get What the Cat Knew for $0.99 at the Kindle store! ...
Excerpt from Dan Brown's Origin

Excerpt from Dan Brown’s Origin

I am currently reading Dan Brown's Origin, Book #5 in the Robert Langdon series (which started with the daVinci Code). As with most Dan Brown, there are plenty of descriptions of art work, architecture, and symbols, with lots of interplay between religion and science. Intrigue, adventure, and plenty of twists and turns. ...
Bargain books and a contest

Bargain books and a contest

Looking for some great deals on romance and romantic suspense books? Check out these deals! Fall in Love, Over and Over and Over...with Great Books from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors! Plus, enter to win a giveaway! ...
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