12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part IV

My 5-starred books: Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner (released 2019 & favorite read) Because You're Mine, by Rea Frey (released 2019) The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides (released 2019) The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell Mrs. Everything Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and her story—as these two [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part III

My 5-starred books: Verity, by Colleen Hoover (released 2019) I'm Fine and Neither Are You, by Camille Pagán (released 2019) You Owe Me a Murder, by Eileen Cook (released 2019) Where the Forest Meets the Stars, by Glendy Vanderah (released 2019 & favorite read) Macbeth, by William Shakespeare The Beach House, by James [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part II

My 5-starred books: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (favorite read) Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell Life and Other Near-Death Experiences Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, by Camille Pagán All the Light We Cannot See Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum [...]
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12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part I

I haven’t updated my website in so long that one might wonder whether I’m dead, or if I’ve given up reading or writing or ultimately both. None of that. I’m still very much alive, and still very much reading and writing. So, why hasn’t this category “Whatcha Reading” at least [...]
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Award-Winning Novel

I was excited to learn this week that my debut 24 Hours of the Phoenix was a 2019 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE® AWARDS (NIEA) Finalist in the "Thriller" category! When you realize that 1000+ novels entered this 13th annual contest, you can humbly brag. What's more, it's not everyday that you [...]
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Second-Person Point of View in Fiction

First off, happy new year to everyone! I hope you all had a bit of joy and a lot of champagne—or vice versa. And second, I wanted to share a small piece of writing I'd worked on a little over a year ago which my current reading—An Anonymous Girl, by [...]
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What’s Behind the Cover?

Some say, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." Right, sure. Well, maybe you don’t, or more likely maybe you shouldn’t. Except you do. At least I do. (Feel free to throw the book at me. Pun intended.) To be fair, it’s a part of my choosing process: when I [...]
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Exciting News for Phoenix

I barely hit the "publish" button on a post stating a "disheartening release" and some mistakes I'd made when, as if on cue, as if to prove me wrong, as if to cheer me up, I received two emails as unexpected and reinvigorating as could be. The first one was [...]
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