Excerpt from The Light Between Oceans

Excerpt from The Light Between Oceans

I am just finishing The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. It has been a very interesting books with some unexpected twists and turns. There is some beautiful language and some very profound quotes. Fate miraculously presents a returning soldier with PTSD and his wife, who has suffered from three miscarriages with an apparently orphaned baby. But… life doesn't actually work that way… ...
Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

I've written a few other blogs on special autism observation days (some links farther down). April is widely known as Autism Awareness Month. The last few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz on groups that I am associated with on the Neurodiversity movement and changing "Autism Awareness" to "Autism Acceptance." ...
Excerpt from The Fix

Excerpt from The Fix

This week I am reading The Fix, one of the books in David Baldacci's MemoryMan series, which I have written about before. I enjoy the neurodiverse Amos Decker series, and of course Baldacci is great at creating a complex puzzle with lots of exciting twists and turns. ...
Excerpt from the Shack

Excerpt from the Shack

If you didn't get a chance to look at the book list under my International Women's Day post, you should pop over there and have a read through now. And be sure to come back this Friday for a new release! If you've been reading the Reg Rawlins, Psychic ...
Books for International Women's Day 2019

Books for International Women’s Day 2019

It's that time of year again! Last year I was doing a book reading with a couple of author friends for International Women's Day, and it was really a lot of fun. Keep reading to discover some other books by or about fascinating women to add to your TBR pile ...

Excerpt from Deep Freeze

Excerpt from Deep Freeze

Last week I read Deep Freeze, by John Sandford. This is part of the Virgil Flowers series, which I've read at least one book from before. John Sandford writes complex mysteries with plenty of twists and turns and misdirection. Virgil Flowers is a relatable detective, smart, and always a good read ...
A Psychic with Catitude and other Freebies

A Psychic with Catitude and other Freebies

I have put A Psychic with Catitude, book #2 in the Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series on Kindle for free this weekend. (And don't look now, but What the Cat Knew, book #1 in the series is on for $0.99 for a limited time!) ...
Excerpt from The Screwtape Letters

Excerpt from The Screwtape Letters

I am currently reading a C.S. Lewis classic, The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis, the author of the children's fantasy series The Narnia Chronicles, also wrote a number of letters on Christianity such as The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, and, of course, The Screwtape Letters. He also wrote a space trilogy, of which I have read only the second book, Perelandra. C.S. Lewis does a lot of writing in allegories, which can be real brain teasers. ...
A Psychic with Catitude and other New Releases

A Psychic with Catitude and other New Releases

It is new release day! Book two of the Reg Rawlins Psychic Investigator series is live today, and I have a round-up of other new releases for your reading pile as well ...
Excerpt from Deadline

Excerpt from Deadline

This week I am reading Sandra Brown's Deadline. I have previously mentioned Low Pressure here. Sandra Brown's writing is not cookie cutter fiction, she produces thrillers that are fresh and new, with interesting characters and twists. ...
Have a Non-Romantic Valentine's Day

Have a Non-Romantic Valentine’s Day

This year, I wanted to do something a little bit different again. I wanted to focus on characters who were asexual or aromantic. But in searching for them, I kept running up against books that were about sexual relationships and romance, but from or including an ace/aro perspective or character. And I realized that wasn't what I was looking for. I was looking for books that did not focus on romance at all. Where sex and romance were not the focus of the story, or even a subplot. ...
In the Margins 2019 Awards

In the Margins 2019 Awards

I am pleased to announce the Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5 has been awarded one of the fiction awards for In the Margins 2019. Ronnie placed on the Recommended Reading list for 2019 ...
Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

Excerpt from The Quiche of Death

I have read several of M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series, but I have not read the first one. And here it is, The Quiche of Death. Agatha retires from her advertising agency and moved to the Cottswalds, fulfilling a childhood dream. Only she finds out she doesn't like it that much, or the people there don't like her that much, and she decides to make a splash by winning a cooking prize at the county fair. But she can't cook. And that's just the beginning.  ...
Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

You may recognize this week's title, as it has also been made into a TV series apparently available on Netflix. The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel written by Shirley Jackson. It was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." It is also the story behind the movies "The Haunting." ...
What is Kabedon?

What is Kabedon?

This week, in one of my writing groups, the subject of Kabedon came up. Not something I had ever heard of before, so I won't assume that you have either. Kabedon is a new trend in Japanese courtship, popularized in manga and anime. Kabe-don ("wall punch") is the act of the man slapping his hand on the wall next to the woman, pinning her in position by his proximity. He may place only one hand on the wall, or one hand on either side of her so that she is encircled by his arms. He leans in very close to talk to her.  ...
Toxo and a round-up of freebies

Toxo and a round-up of freebies

Hang onto your hats! Are you ready for another round-up of Kindle freebies? Toxo Caleb, an autistic teen is mistakenly arrested. Bad turns to worse when he is then apprehended from his family by DFS ...
Upcoming in 2019

Upcoming in 2019

Last year, I posted some of my plans for 2018. And I thought I would do the same for this year. I just looked at another post that I did about planning for the year that I would encourage you to read again this year if you are looking for some tools to help you with your productivity. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to seeing this year! ...
Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

I've read and mentioned a few other Louise Penny books on this blog before. Based in Quebec, the Inspector Gamache series always delves deep into the setting and history, psychology, and the complex relationships between the characters. Gamache has dealt with a lot of betrayal and corruption in his time, and in this volume, he is once again trying to root out the source of the ongoing problems in the Sûreté du Québec and how it is tied into the mysterious map and disappearing villages ...
Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer is a master of the political intrigue thriller. Looking at his Amazon page, he also writes biographies for children that look quite interesting! I am loving Zig in The Escape Artist, underdog, mortician for fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base, still in mourning over the death of his young daughter years before. He is an artist and a someone who believes deeply in making things right. Not a lot of writers can pull off main characters who are broken or depressed, but Meltzer does it well ...
Excerpt from If I Stay

Excerpt from If I Stay

I haven't posted about a young adult book lately, so I am pleased to bring you an excerpt from Gayle Forman's If I Stay. I hadn't read the blurb before starting, I just knew it was Gayle Forman and a popular book. It's definitely a little more interesting if you pick it up without knowing the premise, so decide whether you want to know or not before reading the blurb at the bottom! Gayle Forman is such a great writer of impactful YA ...
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