Category Archives: Books

Family, Friends, Fiction

This week we were asked if we wrote any characters based on real people. I know we have touched on this at one time in the past, but as I was running through my head about characters that I had … Continue reading

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Many Characters Are Totally From Inside My Noggin

But Some Are Considerably Inspired by Real People I Know By Jeff Salter Topic: Have you ever based a character on a real person? Have you ever used a TV or movie character as inspiration for a character in your … Continue reading

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The Keeper of Lost Things

 As I often do, I looked for something to break up the series I was listening to and found a gem. Apparently, this book was a big hit when it was published at the end of 2017. I believe that … Continue reading

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Repeat, Read, Repeat

It’s Free Week and I want to revisit something that although I have addressed in the past, it has come up a few times quite recently here on 4F,1H: You can’t judge books by their TV shows or movies, (and … Continue reading

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2022 Goodreads Wrap-up

I am so pleased that I was able to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2022 by reading and reviewing 50 books! This makes seven years in a row that I’ve achieved that goal. Here are the final titles for … Continue reading

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The Dickens, I Say!

This is not a ‘review’ week, but this one won’t wait. It’s about a story that all of you know, one that I thought that I did in its entirety. I also thought that I had read the complete story, … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Lucy Naylor Kubash and The Haunting of Laurel Cove

My guest this month is another author who’s previously visited our blog. Lucy Naylor Kubash is a member of two of my in-person writing groups, the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and the Michigan Romance Writers. She’s published short stories … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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Never-Ending TBR, Part Eleven

I’ve got four cozy mysteries to share with you this month. All four are continuations of series I’ve enjoyed and shared before. Check out these awesome offerings! Crime for the Books by Kate YoungJane Doe Book Club Mystery, Book 3Lyla’s … Continue reading

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Stringing Along

THIS WEEK:Do you enjoy reading SERIES fiction? Is there a “magic” number of titles in that series that you find most agreeable? Moreover, do you WRITE series fiction? How many titles do YOU plan in your series? I most definitely … Continue reading

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