Category Archives: Patricia Kiyono

He Reminds Me of Someone…

This week’s prompt is one I suggested. I asked, “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 stories?” Fortunately, I came up … Continue reading

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Guest Author/Editor: Ally Robertson/Alicia Dean

This year, for my author interview weeks, I decided I’d shine a spotlight on authors who also perform other writing related tasks. I posed this proposition in one of my author support groups, and the first to respond was Ally … Continue reading

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The title to my post was the name of a television show in the 1980s and 90s, hosted by Robin Leach, and it featured homes of wealthy entertainers, sports stars, business magnates, and royalty. I remember watching the show and … 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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Where Shall I Start?

This week’s topic is one I suggested: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” I guess it’s the list-maker in me that made me think of this. Each evening, I make a to-list for the following day. When I … Continue reading

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Never-ending TBR, Part Twelve

I’m running a bit behind on my reading schedule. In order to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2022, I need to read three more books in the next two weeks. It’s a good thing I’ve got a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What are the two best Christmas presents you ever received?” My first reaction was “Oh my. This sounds like a version of ‘Who’s your favorite child?’” I stewed about this topic for a good hour, trying … 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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Getting Ready for the Holidays

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” [AS] This topic had me scratching my head. My family enjoys celebrating holidays together, but we honestly don’t prepare for them together. … Continue reading

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