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February 7, 2016 – 9:18 pm | 4 Comments

I’m baaack!
I’ll wait until all 3 of you are done thinking, “Wait, she went somewhere?”
This past month was challenging because Mr. PCN had surgery, but he’s well on his way to recovery so life has returned …

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Book Review: THE NIGHTMARE by Lars Kepler

July 2, 2012 – 5:17 am | 3 Comments

Because I was light on posts last week, it probably looked like I was slacking off, but I was actually experiencing pop culture overload. I did a marathon of the entire first season of Homeland …

Musical Memories

June 25, 2012 – 7:47 pm | 19 Comments
songza playlist

A couple weeks ago, I discovered this cool new iPad and iPhone app called Songza. When you log in, it knows what day and time it is and what you might be doing, and it offers …

First Impressions 6.22.12

June 21, 2012 – 10:47 pm | 26 Comments
bellwether revivals cover

Today sees the return of my featuring three openers from new or upcoming books for you to determine which make(s) you want to keep reading. Intros with long descriptions of weather and/or scenery are immediately …

Book Giveaway: SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness

June 20, 2012 – 6:59 pm | 5 Comments
SHADOW buttons

I had family in town for the past several days and had a lovely time, but I’m seriously sleep-deprived so it may be another 144 24 hours before I can write a longer post. Today, …

Nerdy Hot List 2012

June 14, 2012 – 11:13 pm | 14 Comments
Fassy all purrrty

It’s been a hard, sleep-deprived week, so I thought I’d do a fun post today. First Impressions should return next week if I get some books with strong openers.
Every year for the past three years, …

And the 2012 Stalker Award Winners Are…

June 10, 2012 – 10:01 pm | 16 Comments

To help celebrate May being Mystery Month, I accepted nominations from crime fiction readers at large for authors and books they’re obsessed about. The nominees were announced at the end of May, and 960 people …

Armchair BEA—Day 5: Blogging Tips

June 8, 2012 – 10:24 am | 8 Comments

Today we’re supposed to share advice on blogging if we’ve been doing it awhile, or ask for tips if we’re new. I’ve visited several other participants already, and there are lots of good suggestions out …

Armchair BEA, Day 4: Beyond the Blog

June 6, 2012 – 11:28 pm | 21 Comments

You might have seen earlier this week that I’m participating in Armchair BEA, in conjunction with BookExpo America that’s going on in NYC right now. The event was created so bloggers who couldn’t make it …

Movie Review: PROMETHEUS

June 5, 2012 – 11:31 pm | 3 Comments
prometheus--theron & elba

It’s not such a big secret anymore, but during production, Ridley Scott and the creative team behind Prometheus (out Friday, June 8th) were very coy about whether or not this was an Alien prequel. Well, …

Book Review: INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes

June 4, 2012 – 11:16 pm | 4 Comments
intodarkestcorner

After I read this book, I wrote an email about it to my friend Lauren, who said I had to include what I wrote to her in my review. So let me start with that:

Stayed …

Armchair BEA Intro: The Self-Interview

June 3, 2012 – 9:35 pm | 50 Comments
me & carrie

As many of you know, today is the beginning of the annual BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City. I hope to attend one day, but since it wasn’t in the cards this year, I …

First Impressions—Flashback Edition

May 31, 2012 – 11:10 pm | 6 Comments
TimeTravelersWife

I couldn’t find any exceptional openers among the ARCs I received this week, so I decided to go back and look at the opening passages from three of my favorite novels to see whether each was …