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Mar 09

Judy’s Books

As part of a conversation at NoveList, I clicked over to a link about Read Across America and eventually landed on a page about Jack Prelutsky, the beginning of his career writing poetry, and Dr. Seuss. Immediately, I was flooded with memories of my childhood happy book place, Judy's Books on Main Street in Twin Falls, Idaho. Most librarians have memories of their local library and their local librarian; I have memories of Judy's Books and Judy, the eponymous owner. My mom owned a small store...

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On Writing

I’m working on a novel that’s a stretch for the me. The storyline is different, the subject will be controversial, and I’m experimenting with point of view. Plodding along and haunted by my own fears of failure, I decided to listen to On Writing by Stephen King, which anyone who’s read it has said is the best craft book out there. Hell, I figured, even if I don’t learn anything, I need the inspiration. I’m listening to it on audio. King is a great narrator of his own work. His gra...

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I was on the radio!

This is probably old news for some of you, but I forgot to post it here. Durham County Library had a screening of the documentary, Love Between the Covers, and the writer/director, Laurie Kahn, and I were on the local NPR show, "The State of Things," for it. It's a twenty-minute clip if you want to listen to it. I had tons of fun. And, I was on NPR--a dream of mine since I was about 14. (I was a nerdy child :D)  ...

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Best of 2014

I don’t have a ranking of books for my year, but here are the books I read that I can’t stop talking about: I went on an altitude-sickness insomnia binge of Jill Sorenson’s backlist in March and loved everything I read. Dangerous to Touch was my favorite. From my Goodreads review: Also, the hero was a complete dick most of the time. That's not actually a complaint. He made me laugh and I looked forward to every moment he was on the page. I loved the way he tried to pretend he did have ...

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Winning Ruby Heart wins RT Seal of Excellence

So, I'm a little late posting this, but I wanted to make sure I did. Winning Ruby Heart won the RT  Book Reviews Seal of Excellence for September. Don't know what the Seal of Excellence is? Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. September 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of t...

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