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While all the TV shows and commercials are depicting snow, here in L.A. it’s raining ash and debris. Happy holidays!
Because a smoke advisory is in effect, I have to stay inside and read. Luckily, cabin fever …

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Book Review: STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE by Ian Rankin

January 23, 2013 – 2:50 am | 5 Comments

I finally jumped on the Inspector Rebus bandwagon after friends (I’m looking at you, Jenn aka The Picky Girl) have long pulled it alongside and tried to heave me on board. It wasn’t a matter …

Robert Crais and His Mighty Balls

January 21, 2013 – 1:31 pm | 5 Comments
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Just a reminder that tomorrow—Tuesday, Jan. 22—is launch day for Robert Crais’s Suspect.  You will love Maggie and her relationship with Scott James, so buy the book and help Crais rule the world.
Go to a …

Book Review: RATLINES by Stuart Neville

January 15, 2013 – 3:24 pm | 2 Comments
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The following ran in Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for Readers last week, and is reprinted here with permission.
The title of Stuart Neville’s standalone thriller Ratlines refers to the underground network that helped former Nazis and their associates escape Germany …

Few Thoughts on the 70th Golden Globes

January 14, 2013 – 1:10 am | 10 Comments
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I had rehearsal today for the new play I’m doing, so I tuned in late to the Golden Globes. I’m now exhausted so this write-up won’t be long; I just wanted to throw out a …

Book Review: SAFE HOUSE by Chris Ewan

January 10, 2013 – 12:29 am | One Comment
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The following ran in Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for Readers last month as a starred review, and is reprinted here with permission.
At the start of Chris Ewan’s Safe House, Rob Hale wakes up in the hospital and …

Nerdy Special List January 2013

January 7, 2013 – 10:02 pm | 5 Comments
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I went away for the holidays, but didn’t intend to go undeground and disappear from my blog and social media for two weeks. It was a good thing, though. Unplugging allows me to just be …

Merry, Happy, Joyous Everything

December 23, 2012 – 8:04 pm | 6 Comments
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I’m getting ready to get on a bus to the airport, where I’ll board a plane for the East Coast, where I’ll rent a car to drive to my brother’s place for the holidays. I …

Movie Review: THIS IS 40

December 19, 2012 – 1:31 pm | 4 Comments
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I went to a screening of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy because I needed a few laughs, and This Is 40 provided a few, but it’s also much more dramatic than I anticipated. Which isn’t a …

Winner of Robert Crais’s SUSPECT

December 17, 2012 – 12:18 am | 2 Comments

The randomly selected winner is:

Shell Sherree

Congrats, Shell! Please email me by Wednesday, Dec. 19 noon PST with the address where you’d like the ARC sent.
Thank you to everyone who shared amazing dog tales. If you …

Movie Review: LES MISERABLES + Notes from Q&A with Cast and Director

December 16, 2012 – 11:50 pm | 5 Comments
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Full disclosure: I dislike musicals. I know Victor Hugo’s story, and liked the 1978 Les Miserables movie with Anthony Perkins as Javert and Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean, but the one time I saw the musical live, …

Winners of Jojo Moyes’s ME BEFORE YOU

December 11, 2012 – 10:13 pm | 3 Comments

Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You is one of my top 5 reads this year, so I’m really excited to share it with the following randomly selected winners. I think you all will enjoy it. After …

Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

December 10, 2012 – 1:27 pm | 9 Comments
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Wow, it’s good to be back. If you visited this site over the past several days, you probably saw a “suspected malware” warning, which was extremely upsetting to me. I hired a company to scan …

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