Robin’s June Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone I know they MUST read it. 4.0 – An excellent book, but doesn’t quite make the best books of all time list. 3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written. 2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I […]

Marlene’s June Book Reviews

Audio: The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. Talk about a page turner!  This thriller is filled with drama, murder, mayhem and what all.  Well, that happens when you put a bunch of crazy people together.  Descriptions are so well done, you will want to remind yourself that “it’s just a story.”  The pace is quick and […]


I had to look up why free giveaways are called swag, only to realize that I had been calling them slag for some time. The two definitions….well maybe I have been giving away slag. SWAG: Three meanings. Only one means the bookmarks and pens given away as promotional materials. The other means the loot a […]

Interview with Dimitri Keriotis

I had the great luck to take a workshop from Dimitri Keriotis AND to read his delightful book of short stories. Dimitri Keriotis’s debut collection of short stories, The Quiet Time, was released by SFA Press. His stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Georgetown Review, Evening Street Review, Flyway,BorderSenses, and elsewhere. Raised in Northern California, he was educated at […]

Book Club: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline has won multiple awards with her scads of novels (at least 28) and has been published all over the world. Her novels are good fodder for thriller television and fill series and she has been optioned on several. This new book, published 2017, is a complicated thriller about Chris Brennan, recently hired high […]

Robin’s May Book Reviews

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. I was traveling so I looked through the stacks of “to read” paperbacks that line my house and found one I thought looked good and that I could finish on my trip and leave in Texas. This one fit the bill, although now that I have finished it […]

Separate Vacations

One of my friends recently traveled to South America. She posted a photo which was ABSOLUTELY the cover for this short story (from the collection Day-of-the-Not-So-Dead and other Morbid Little Holiday Tales) I am posting this story JUST so I can post her photo!   Separate Vacations ❈ There is such a thing as too […]

Interview with Jordan Fisher Smith

I read Smith’s book, Nature Noir, in 2013 when it was the featured book for Placer County, California’s “everybody reads” program, “One Book, One Community. I really loved the book (and the event), so when I ran into Jordan at a recent writer’s workshop I couldn’t resist trying out his new book, Engineering Eden. I wasn’t […]

Marlene’s April Book Reviews

BOOKS Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Whew! What a ride through the eyes of 2 families in a 50-year spread.  Not a functional family in sight but kudos for the theme of “family is always family” and the development of the main characters. There did seem to be some characters thrown in without reason which is always […]

Story Ideas

I had a fun question during a presentation the other day. “Where do you get your story ideas?” My spontaneous answer–that my mind was so filled it never rested and ideas were raging all the time, except when I was asleep– didn’t begin to cover it. My daughter pointed out after the event that I […]