New Reviews

There are a lot to get through. Several weeks ago, I had surgery on my hand. My dominant hand. The one I type with. Though I am healing, it has been a long, challenging time, but I did get a lot of reading done. So, here we go:

Under Fiction:

The White Hare by Jane Johnson – 4 Sparklers for this 1954 British paranormal historical.

Cold Snap by Marc Cameron – 4 Sparklers for this thriller set in Alaska

Forever Texas by William Johnstone – 3 Sparklers for this historical Western based on the famous King Ranch in Texas

Under LGBTQ+

Fire and Sand by Andrew Grey – 4 sparklers for this gay romance

Under YA

Small Town Witch by Kristen Walker – 3 Sparklers for this teen paranormal first part of a series

Under Romance:

Tough Justice by Tee O’Fallon – 4 Sparklers for this K-9 centric romantic suspense

Under Fantasy:

The Enchanted Crossroads by Dora Blume – 2 Sparklers for this good vs. evil fantasy

Under Mystery:

The Postman Always Dies Twice by Zara Keane – 5 Sparklers for this fun cozy

Die in the Wool by Katherine Hayton – 3 Sparklers for this small-town cozy

Give Up the Ghost by Jane Hinchey – 4 Sparklers for this paranormal cozy

Grave New World by Demitria Lunetta et al. – 2 Sparklers for this paranormal cozy

Restoration Murder by Lucy Branch – 4 sparklers for this very British cozy

Witcher Upper by Amy Boyles – 4 Sparklers for this paranormal cozy

Cozy Cat Caper by Paige Sleuth – 3 Sparklers for this trio of shorts

Ice Cream and Guilty Pleasure by Amber Crewes – 3 sparklers for this cozy novella

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern – 4 Sparklers for this cozy

Killer Spring Fling by Mollie Cox Bryan – 2 sparklers for this short cozy

Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Note: I will be posting a lot of new reviews later in the day. Please check back.

Birthdays: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Nathalie Sarraute (1900), Jessamyn West (1902), Elizabeth Jennings (1926), Margaret Laurence (1926), Hunter S. Thompson (1937), Joseph J. Ellis (1943), Steven Hahn (1951), Felicia Bond (1954), Elizabeth Gilbert (1969),

Joseph Ellis won a Pulitzer Prize for History for his works.

Steven Hahn won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for History for “A Nation Under Our Feet”.

Quote: “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.” – Jessamyn West

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” ― Jessamyn West

Tip: Enjoy the ride. You should enjoy what you do. Yes, writing is hard. But there should also be joy somewhere in there. If you worry about deadlines, plot points, sales, reviews, etc., you’ll never get to enjoy what you accomplished. You wrote a book! Congratulations. Celebrate.

Jumpstart: Finish this: I rushed to fudge the numbers before he returned… (use: monk, magazine, imagination)