Book Club: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The summer break is over and book club met once more. Our list for August (Gloria’s choices) was wonderful and when you read my monthly reviews you will see that I read all the other books on the list as well. The Portable Veblen (a strange title as I had no idea what in the […]


I am waxing introspective again today. This is a pastime that can send my mind into a tailspin. The first time this happened I was very young. Some book, teacher, television program (although we didn’t have a TV when I was young, so unlikely)…but somewhere I heard that no two snowflakes are alike. This brought […]

Interview with R.M. Wilburn

Facebook can be marvelous for meeting new folks. I have joined a few writers group and I was thrilled when I read about RM Wilburn’s unique work. A combination of collage and story…right up my alley. I’m happy to introduce the rest of you to this novel novelist. (Okay, that was even too much for […]

Robin’s August Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone they MUST read it. 4.0 – An excellent book, and you really should read it. 3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written 2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I finished it, but I’m not likely to […]

Marlene’s July Book Reviews

Ratings: 1-5, 5 = must read, 4= good read and worth your time, but not a blockbuster, 3=it’s not great, but it’s not bad, cautious recommend, 2= some merit but only if you have nothing else to read, 1=don’t bother, 0=don’t even think about it Ah, great minds think alike!  I started this email at the beginning of the month […]


Warning: This blog contains TMI. So…the other day when I was at my regularly scheduled colonoscopy I had my usual discussion with the technicians about the days when I was in college that were PRE- flexible exam. Reminiscing about the torture like contraption I was strapped into, upside down, no less, and the student nurse […]

Robin’s July Book Reviews

The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson. This is the story of a woman questioning her life once her kids have left the nest. We get flashbacks to how the relationship between her and her husband formed and changed and how it impacted them. Dawson has a fluid writing style, as if the character […]

Interview with Mark Wiederanders

I met Mark at the Sierra Writers conference and loved his book! I have a special place in my heart for Robert Louis Stevenson because “I have a little shadow….” was the first poem I ever memorized…first grade. I still can recite it to this day.  Mark Wiederanders’ first novel, Stevenson’s Treasure, was a finalist in […]

Re-Writing History

Two things happened this week to send me into my “mulling this one over” state. The first was my novel was returned by the Alpha Reader and the second was a Facebook post in one of my writing groups that spurred a lot of discussion. The Facebook post was a link to some famous female […]

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 […]