Hummingbird Salamander: A Book Review

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“Hummingbird Salamander” by Jeff VanderMeer was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing what would happen next and who could and couldn’t be trusted. It was a thought-provoking book about what could happen if we continue to forge ahead with our desire for greater technology and creature comforts with little regard for the effects on … Read more

The Black Midnight: A Review

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“The Black Midnight” by Kathleen Y’Barbo is part of the True Colors series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime.Scotland Yard Meets TexasThis series blends truth and fiction as we turn through history pages to ponder what might be. That is the journey that the author of “The Black Midnight” takes us on. Queen … Read more

A Brotherhood Betrayed: A Review

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A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. By Michael Cannell is a biography of Abe Reles. Abe Reles; aka, Kid Twist. It also details the rise and fall of prominent mobsters in the 1930s, who formed a branch called Murder, Inc.  This group headed by Reles would kill anyone … Read more

Against All Odds Release!

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Jacqui Murray, the author of Twenty-Four Days and To Hunt a Sub has just released “Against All Odds,” Book 3 in the Crossroads series. Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also an … Read more

Experimental Writing #IWSG Wednesday

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It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox! Today I will be looking at experimental writing as I answer the July 1st IWSG question:There have been many … Read more

Little Secrets: A Book Review

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“Little Secrets” completely sucked me in from the beginning. Every character in the book had a secret (or several).  These secrets meant that nothing was quite as it appeared. Jennifer Hillier is an exceptional writer who knows how to bring characters to life and play with your emotions. From the start, we meet Marin and … Read more

Officer Clemmons- A Book Review

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I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a young girl and have always admired Fred Rogers’ quiet strength. But Rogers didn’t make his children’s television show alone. Other trusted companions, such as Officer Clemmons, helped make each episode special.Dr. François Clemmons is an African-American man who began life in the south at a time … Read more

The Tenant: A Book Review

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“The Tenant” by Katrine Engberg is a fast-paced mystery/thriller from Denmark. The novel debuts detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner as they set out to catch an elusive killer in Copenhagen. After a young girl is found dead in her apartment, with a strange symbol drawn on her face, detectives search for clues as to … Read more

Wild Game : A Book Review

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“Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me,” by Adrienne Brodeur is a fascinating memoir about a daughter and her mother and the unhealthy dynamic between them. We get our first glimpse of their relationship the night that Malabar, Adrienne’s mother, wakes 14-year-old Adrienne to tell her, “Ben Souther just kissed me!” Ben Souther was … Read more