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We have a long weekend ahead! Hope you have fun plans for the Fourth of July, if you celebrate it. After a rough week, I hope to commence Operation Couch Potato.
This month, I’m very excited …

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Blatant Self Promotion

April 12, 2012 – 2:20 pm | 6 Comments

Yup, I figured I’d put that right in the post title so you know what you’re getting into. I’d understand completely if your eyes are rolling backward or are already more glazed than a Krispy …


April 11, 2012 – 2:30 am | 17 Comments

In the midst of all the controversy last fall surrounding the National Book Foundation announcing a wrong nominee for the National Book Award in its YA category, it seemed to me the author who actually …

Book Review: THE EXPATS by Chris Pavone

April 8, 2012 – 11:05 pm | 12 Comments

In Chris Pavone’s debut novel, CIA spy Kate Moore quits her job so she can move with her husband, Dexter, and their two young children to Luxembourg and live a “normal” life. She soon meets …

First Impressions

April 5, 2012 – 12:48 am | 10 Comments

I receive a lot of books, and as each comes in, I read the first page or so to see if it grabs me right away. I don’t read the blurbs or dust jacket synopsis …

Quarterly Review

April 3, 2012 – 1:43 am | 4 Comments

It seems as if I blinked after New Year’s Day and opened my eyes to find the first quarter of the year over. Whaaat? So I thought I’d look back and see what I’ve achieved …

THE KILLING Starts Again

April 2, 2012 – 1:33 am | 3 Comments

So, did you watch the season two premiere last night, or are you still holding a grudge about last season’s finale? This post contains SPOILERS so you might not want to read further if you …

Fantasy Island

March 29, 2012 – 10:34 pm | 12 Comments

I’m on vacation. Can you guess where I am?
I’m reading Driven by James Sallis (sequel to Drive) and Getaway by Lisa Brackmann becase it’s a thriller that takes places during a woman’s vacation in …

Book Review: THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen

March 26, 2012 – 11:42 pm | 8 Comments

After graduating from college without promising job prospects in the troubled economy, four friends decide to kidnap an anonymous, rich businessman for a modest ransom. Their reasoning:
“You get a junior VP at a Fortune 500 …

THE HUNGER GAMES: A Movie Discussion from Three POVs

March 26, 2012 – 2:05 am | 24 Comments
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Life’s been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to blog in about a week, a fact that probably only three of you noticed. But I managed to finish my work on time last Friday …

Book Review: CLAWBACK by Mike Cooper

March 19, 2012 – 10:15 pm | 5 Comments

This review originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
When Wall Street’s worst-performing financiers start dying in suspicious ways, financial “consultant” Silas Cade—who happens to be a black ops vet—is hired …

Book Review: BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French

March 14, 2012 – 5:49 pm | 3 Comments
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This review originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Nicci French’s Blue Monday is the first novel in a new suspense series featuring Frieda Klein, an insomniac London psychologist who does …

Book Review: STARTERS by Lissa Price

March 12, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 6 Comments

This review is by my YA contributor, Mena Dolinh (aka my niece), 10, who’s no slouch in her pop culture knowledge.—PCN
This book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Callie who decides to become a starter. …