fiction

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott: Glimpse of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Fiction
A Touch of Stardust

I grew up listening to my mother talk about the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when people all over the U.S. were suffering in the Great Depression and needed the lift they got from their version of royalty anyone could aspire to become, Hollywood stars. All that glitz and glamour gave them hope their […]

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Historical Novel Review & Giveaway

Cross Cultural
The Nightingale

March is Women’s History Month, as if women’s history could all fit into one month – sheesh. Still, it seems fitting to feature bestselling and award-winning author Kristin Hannah’s new historical thriller, The Nightingale, during this month. It was inspired by real women, quiet yet phenomenally brave heroines during World War II, and asks an […]

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The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley: An Abandoned Bank Hides Dark Secrets

Fiction
The Dead Key

When I saw the publisher’s blurb about D.M. Pulley’s debut novel, The Dead Key, it looked like one of those creepy abandoned building mysteries that give me chills. I was absolutely right about that part but what I didn’t know was that it was inspired by Ms. Pulley having worked as an engineer on a […]

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle: and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett

Children
Dragons at Crumbling Castle

Today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day – how appropriate for a review of and giveaway for a collection of fun tales like these! I’ve read every novel by bestselling, multi-award-winning, and much beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett that has been published in the U.S. for adults, young adults, or for children. You might call […]

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Blanche among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely: Accident or Murder?

Crime Story
Blanche among the Talented Tenth

At Popcorn Reads, one of our criteria for reviewing novels is that they fall within a certain publication date window; however, we’re making a huge exception today to bring you a novel by multi-award-winning author and activist Barbara Neely. Blanche Among the Talented Tenth is an amateur detective mystery and Book #2 of Ms. Neely’s […]

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The Magician’s Daughter by Judith Janeway: Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
The Magician's Daughter

I knew The Magician’s Daughter by Judith Janeway was a mystery novel when I chose it, but the title kept making me think of a fantasy novel so I kept expecting paranormal creatures to suddenly appear. Of course I had the flu at the time. A kind of flu-induced delirium could explain my persistently weird […]

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