Category Archives: fantasy

A Tale of Two Kings

Actually, it is one King. Or, one could argue, nine Kings or more. As readers and my colleagues here know, I am a fan of Stephen King. I do not usually recommend his work to people, however. The reason for … Continue reading

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Towing the Line

“If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while the studio uses whoever … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Unskilled Labor of Love

The actual question of the week was one that I posed: “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to … Continue reading

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Guest Authors: Members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and Lost and Found

I’ve mentioned the support I get from fellow members of my local writing groups. Last summer, while the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group discussed fund-raising ideas, someone came up with the idea of publishing an anthology. Author Diana Lloyd, a … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Bishop O’Connell

I met Bishop O’Connell when we both commented on another author’s Facebook page. I had to ask him about his name since my husband graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Northern Virginia. It was not far from where I … Continue reading

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It’s Been Done

Have you ever gone to download a book and gotten the wrong one? Have you ever READ the wrong book? Somehow or another, as it happens, there two books that are very much alike on my Kindle account. I started … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part One

Once again, I challenged myself to read fifty titles before December 31. This year I thought I’d try to read several books outside my usual go-to genres (romance and cozy mysteries). It just so happened that some of my Christmas … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Daryl Devoré and The Last Dragon

In the author support groups to which I subscribe, many different genres are represented and many, many stories are told. Recently, a post piqued my interest when Daryl Devoré, already a multi-published author of spicy romances , stated that she … Continue reading

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Review: “Schifflebein’s Folly”

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope and pray for a happy, healthy year for all. I’ll keep this short since it is New Year’s Day, not that I am insinuating that any of you might have over-indulged last night(!), but … Continue reading

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