Category Archives: historical

Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Maggie Mooha and In the Eye of the Beholder

I love connecting with authors in writers groups on social media, but every now and then I’ll meet an author in an unexpected place. Historical romance author Maggie Mooha is a fellow musician and graduate of Illinois State University, and … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Six

This month, I read three more cozy mysteries and one romance. Regular visitors to the blog will recognize these authors. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott DavidsonGoldy Schultz Mystery, Book Three After her frightening experiences as a live-in chef in … 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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Guest Author: Jessica James and the Shades of Gray trilogy

My guest this month is a fellow member of the Marketing for Romance Writers support group. Jessica James responded when I mentioned to the group that I was looking for clean romances to promote here. She is celebrating the release … 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: Rue Allyn and Wait for Me (from the Storm and Shelter Anthology)

I’ve mentioned before that most of the books I read and review are written by people I’ve met, either face-to-face or through online groups. Rue Allyn is a former member of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America (MMRWA), … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Two

This was mystery month for me! Two mysteries are continuations of series I’ve visited before, and one is new. For a little variety, I included an inspirational historical romance. Here are my Goodreads reviews: A Nose for Crime by Noel … 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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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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