Do You Read… YA?

Young Adult books are one of the fastest growing publishing categories. But their popularity is not because 12 to 18 year olds are insatiable readers.  It is because they appeal to all ages. The YA years are the quest years — a time of testing limits, questioning authority, flaunting conventions, searching for answers and discovering one’s…

Review: Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Since I was a little kid, Machu Picchu has been a faint buzz in my ear, as if the mountain itself were sending whispers on the wind to summon me. Thank you, National Geographic! So of course I had to read, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time…

Review: STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Julie Alexander

“… a delightfully witchy YA romance…” Did you ever wonder why witches are ugly, green and have warts?  Well…  It’s not their wickedness showing through.  It’s their punishment from Zeus for using their powers for self-serving purposes. Which leaves nerdy 15-year-old Zoe Miller, who is a witchwiz at STIRRING UP TROUBLE trying to resolve more than…

Twitter #Hashtag Twip

Mix up your #FF and #WW lists. I’m a huge fan of Writer Wednesday and Follow Friday on Twitter but I want new tweeps surrounding my @handle. I love finding awesome Twitter friends, then clicking the follow button. I rely on my current Twipsters to lead me to exciting new writers, readers, and fun favorites.…

Review: “Tornado Warning”

Tornado Warning: a Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman’s Life by Elin Stebbins Waldal is the beautifully told story of the author’s survival of horrific domestic violence as a teenager. Ms. Waldal uses journal entries from those years to paint a picture for readers of how easily someone can slide into an abusive situation,…

Review: A Wonderful Biography of Winston Churchill

One of the best biographies I have read is William Manchester’s Winston Spencer Churchill – The Last Lion: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, the first volume of a three volume biography. The second volume covers 1932-1940. The final volume, covering World War II and the post-war years, will be published this fall. But three volumes? Really?…

Review: “Drawn In Blood” by N.P. Statham

I tend to stay away from police related mystery novels. I read them like chocolate before I became an officer/detective but now they leave me frustrated. Drawn in Blood did just the opposite. This book was a pleasure to read and I wasn’t screaming, “No, they don’t do it that way.” Instead I asked the…

Comments Gone Wild

I cruise through Amazon with a single-minded purpose. I’m looking for a great book and I’ll try just about anything that fits this criteria. When I’m not sure about a storyline I read the reviews. Here and there I read the comments left for a review but not often. Yesterday, I discovered a book Hearts…

Review: “Beat The Reaper” by Josh Bazell

Want something a bit unusual? Something funny and unexpected? I’m not interested in supposedly funny books about “life in the suburbs,” or books about “aren’t we all really just stupid,” or particularly those about “aren’t we all just awkward” or something “existential-ly humorous.” What about the nuttiness of the people who work in hospitals? What…