Category Archives: reading

Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Four

This month, I managed to read four mysteries, plus a non-fiction work. Three of these were print books, to give my eyes a rest, and to make progress through my never-ending TBR pile. Murder on the Dance Floor by Helena … Continue reading

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Bio Blurb

This week we were asked: “You’re the headline speaker at a writers’ conference, and you need to submit a short bio for the program. What will you include?” I will never forget the first time that I had to submit … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not…

“If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” I wracked my brain for a while on this one. I am without any question a bona fide bibliophile. I literally own … Continue reading

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English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … Continue reading

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Words and Stories, Foreign and Domestic

“How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language?” Flattered, to begin with. However, I think that I would like to have an independent reader translate back to me what my work ended up saying … Continue reading

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What Did You Say?

Our hound asked us, “How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language? Is there a particular nationality of reader that you think would enjoy your novels more than others?”  I’ve known several authors who’ve … Continue reading

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Gone, and Some Forgotten

Angie, the Tuesday Hound, asked: “Is there a book from your youth that you would love to have a copy of now?” I must have mentioned these before, since books have been a major part of my life.  My mother … Continue reading

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Reuniting With an Old Friend

Our Tuesday Fox often suggests topics referring to books we’ve either read or want to read. This time, she asked us to name a book from our youth that we’d like to own now. I really struggled with this topic. … 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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