Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

Excerpt from 30 Red Dresses

I just finished reading the short book 30 Red Dresses by Johan Twiss. This is a book that was featured in my post on books about human trafficking in January, and it caught my eye. If you've been reading my work for a while, especially my young adult fiction, you know that human trafficking, street kids, and abuse are topics close to my heart. ...
Excerpt from The Alice Network

Excerpt from The Alice Network

I am currently reading The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. I don't read a lot of historical novels, but I am enjoying the twists and turns and the great historical and geographical details that are woven into the story. It is an engaging suspense book, and I am looking forward to finding out more about the espionage network and what has happened to Charlie's cousin. ...
Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

Excerpt from Dark Sacred Night

I am currently reading Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly. It is officially part of the Renee Ballard series, but also features Harry Bosch as well. While there are a number of negative reviews on Amazon, I have enjoyed it so far. Michael Connelly is a master writer, he knows how to build characters the reader cares about and he knows his police procedure ...
Excerpt from Invisible Women

Excerpt from Invisible Women

I've just started reading Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez. As you might guess by the title, this one is not a thriller! But I am finding it very interesting. Not as a "feminist" book, but as a book about data, the way the world has been engineered, how what data we gather affects the results, and how to become more aware of these built-in biases. It is a fascinating subject ...
Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

Excerpt from Shadow Tyrants

I am currently reading Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler. In case you didn't hear, Clive Cussler, recently passed away, so when I saw the book on my list, it seemed like an appropriate choice. Shadow Tyrants is book 13 in the Oregon Files series. I have read two or three others in the series. Lots of fun tech, adventure, and intrigue. ...
Excerpt from The Reckoning

Excerpt from The Reckoning

I have been reading The Reckoning, by John Grisham. I generally like Grisham—at least his legal thrillers—but this one has some issues. The first part discusses the murder and outcome. The second part delves back into the past and spends half of the book detailing all of Pete Banning's experiences in the second world war, where he served in the Philippines. All of the relevant backstory was given in part one and the second part really doesn't contribute anything to the plot or the reader's understanding of the crime. ...
Excerpt from The Cuckoo's Calling

Excerpt from The Cuckoo’s Calling

I am just finishing up with The Cuckoo's Calling, first book in the Cormoran Strike series. I didn't realize until I just looked over the series page now that the author is Robert Galbraith—I recognized the name but didn't remember that's J.K. Rowling's pen name. I have also read book four in this series, but don't remember very much about it. ...
Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

If you've been following me for a while, you know I don't do "romantic" Valentine's Day themes. I've done friendship, friends before romance, and ace/aromantic books. Today, I thought I would work on a list of books that are appropriate for Teen Dating Awareness Month. ...
Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

Excerpt from Kingdom of the Blind

I am currently reading Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny, the new Chief Inspector Gamache book. The Gamache series is set in Quebec, Canada, and is a great mystery series with lots of description, ongoing relationships, and twists and turns as the mystery is developed. ...
Freebie weekend - Night of Nine Tails and more

Freebie weekend – Night of Nine Tails and more

It's a freebie weekend! Looking for some more books to fill your Kindle? For a limited time, pick up Night of Nine Tails, book #4 in the Reg Rawlins Private Investigator series on Kindle for free ...
Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

Excerpt from The Family Upstairs

This week I am reading The Family Upstairs, a domestic thriller by Lisa Jewell. There are plenty of twists and turns and misdirection. Several people return to the house they lived in as children, before their escape following the deaths of the adults in the home. All but one know what happened. One needs to find out ...
Fiction about Anxiety

Fiction about Anxiety

One of the themes in my recently-released Night of Nine Tails is anxiety. Reg has a sense of dread and she doesn't know where it is coming from. She doesn't know if she is in danger, if something is going to happen, or if she's just anxious for no reason. The story explores themes of what feels dangerous and what feels safe, and whether those feelings are justified ...
Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Chances are, you've either read this book or seen the movie, or both. It has been popular since it was published in 1962, although it has also been one of the most commonly banned books. ...
Excerpt from 61 Hours

Excerpt from 61 Hours

I am re-reading 61 Hours by Lee Child, book 14 in the Jack Reacher series. Like the other Jack Reacher books, it is a well-written suspense book with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Jack Reacher always stumbles into the strangest circumstances, and 61 Hours is no exception. He also doesn't appreciate the cold of South Dakota winters, and after the weather in Calgary the past week, I can sympathize. It's also one of the few books I've ever read that mentions Chinooks ...
Excerpt from Long Road to Mercy

Excerpt from Long Road to Mercy

I am currently reading The Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. Baldacci always writes great police procedurals and thrillers, and so far, The Long Road to Mercy does not disappoint. Atlee Pine, an identical twin who lost her sister in an abduction as a small girl, grows up to become a body builder and FBI agent and in this first book in the series, is investigating the disappearance of a tourist from the Grand Canyon. Of course, he was not actually a tourist, and pursuing the investigation after she's been told to back off could mean the end of her career. ...
Fiction about Human Trafficking

Fiction about Human Trafficking

Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day? Human Trafficking is a huge industry, in both North America and around the world. With an estimated 40 million victims and generating $150 billion annually, it is not limited to third world countries, and affects people in all classes and industries. Children are particularly vulnerable, especially runaways and those in foster care ...
Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

Excerpt from Then She Was Gone

I just finished reading domestic thriller Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It is a slow build, not an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride. The character development is good and the players relatable. You have a pretty good idea of the twists it will take before they come, but that doesn't reduce the enjoyment in watching it unfold. An enjoyable read! ...
Excerpt from Ready Player One

Excerpt from Ready Player One

I just finished Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. I had certainly heard about it before, but I hadn't read the book or seen the movie. If you are looking for a book with lots of 80s pop culture nostalgia, this is the one to read! While set in 2045, the protagonist and his competitors must learn everything they can about 1980s technology, music, movies, etc. in order to solve the clues that Halliday has left behind. I don't read a lot of sci fi/futurist fiction, but this one was full of references to the TRS-80 Color Computer 2 (saving programs to cassette tapes), War Games, and so much more. ...
Excerpt from Before the Fall

Excerpt from Before the Fall

I have been reading Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. The book begins with the end - protagonist Scott saving a four-year-old boy after their plane goes down in the ocean. It then examines the lives of each of the passengers and how they got there, Scott processing the accident and the investigators trying to figure out what happened. I has been a fascinating story so far. Sensitive readers beware that there is some crude language in this one. ...
Excerpt from A Spark of Light

Excerpt from A Spark of Light

I quite enjoy Jodi Picoult and the way that she portrays her characters, each individuals with unique backstories and relationships. And she is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, as you'll find when you read this one! I am currently reading A Spark of Light, which juxtapositions an armed hostage situation with the very personal situations the various women and men are facing. ...