romance

Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig: Who Was the Woman Who Became Mammy?

Cross Cultural
Ruth's Journey

I had read Donald McCaig’s 2007 novel about Rhett Butler and did not like it, so you might wonder why I bothered to read Ruth’s Journey, a novel Margaret Mitchell’s estate authorized about Mammy from Gone With The Wind. There are a couple of reasons: 1), Mr. McCaig has since won two awards for his […]

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Review of LieSmith by Alis Franklin: Book #1 of the Wyrd

Cross Cultural
LieSmith

I love reading novels about other cultures so when I saw that LieSmith by Alis Franklin not only took place in Australia but contained mythopoeic fantasy, a dash of dot-com, and bits of horror, I couldn’t resist it for a Halloween month read. Maybe I was just in an oddball kind of mood that day. […]

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The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Krug Benjamin: Did They Go Too Far?

Fiction
The Anatomy of Dreams

When I choose a novel to read, I’m not always consciously aware of all the elements that go into that selection. When I look back at why I chose The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Krug Benjamin; however, it’s clear that it was the subject matter – lucid dreaming. Dreams are pretty amazing things when […]

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Inamorata by Megan Chance: What Price Fame, Fortune, and Immortality?

Fantasy & Supernatural
Inamorata

I was drawn to award-winning author Megan Chance’s newest novel, Inamorata, by its title but also by its book cover with its sepia-toned depiction of Venice. When I read the publisher’s brief description, I knew I wanted to read it. Inamorata is historical fiction filled with intrigue, mystery, the paranormal, and a bit of horror. […]

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The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: A Dark & Whimsical Tale

Fantasy & Supernatural
The Paper Magician

Charlie Holmberg’s sense of humor shines through when she describes her path to a published novel on her web site and that same snarky sense of humor along with an almost childlike wonder tickles the edges of the pages in her debut novel, The Paper Magician. I picked this novel as an Amazon Prime member […]

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The Moment of Everything by Shelly King: A Novel for Bookaholics

Fiction
The Moment of Everything

We’ve reviewed several novels in the past year that featured bookstores. I just can’t resist them. The Moment of Everything by Shelly King is another one I couldn’t pass up. If you’re a certified bookaholic like I am, you’ll understand why. The interesting twist to this one for me is that it also involves the […]

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