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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Charlotte Alton may seem like a well-bred London socialite, but her alter ego, Karla, operates in the shadows, gathering information that …

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AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 7 in the 21st Century

April 21, 2011 – 12:03 am | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 7 in the 21st Century

by Poncho
I’ll be the first to admit this episode was much more interesting than the last. The premise by itself, “Songs of the 21st Century”, made me smile a little, because this was the first …

Book Review: Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS

April 17, 2011 – 10:43 pm | 13 Comments
Book Review: Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS

Tina Fey’s essays on everything from girlhood rites of passage (such as “men-stru-hating”) to her days at Saturday Night Live and her struggles as a working mom are laugh-out-loud funny, but many of the details …

Book Review: Marcia Clark’s GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

April 15, 2011 – 4:14 am | 6 Comments
Book Review: Marcia Clark’s GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark acquits herself nicely in her debut novel, Guilt by Association (April 20), which is also the first title out of the gate for Mulholland Books, the new …

Hot Trailers: COWBOYS & ALIENS, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

April 15, 2011 – 12:29 am | 10 Comments
Hot Trailers: COWBOYS & ALIENS, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

In case you weren’t watching the American Idol results show last night, the second Cowboys & Aliens trailer premiered and the movie, opening July 29, continues to look gooood. I can’t embed the video but …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 8 Perform Movie Songs

April 13, 2011 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 8 Perform Movie Songs

Poncho is back to get all up in Idol business, which he’ll be doing until a new champion is crowned.—PCN
This week, we’re missing one great vocalist with no sense of showmanship, and left with eight …

Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 13, 2011 – 9:45 pm |
Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

My two randomly selected winners are:

Nora
Kathy P

Congrats! You each will receive an ARC from Viking, so please give me your address via this contact form. If I don’t hear from you by Saturday, April 16, …

WRITE MORE GOOD

April 10, 2011 – 11:48 pm | 10 Comments
WRITE MORE GOOD

Some of you might know I freelance as an editor (I’m working on a fantastic manuscript right now), which requires me to be familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook.  …

Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 7, 2011 – 11:47 pm | 9 Comments
Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

Thanks to the generous folks at Viking, I get to give away two galleys of Geraldine Brooks’s latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing. Brooks is the Pulitzer-winning author of March and People of the Book.
Here’s the description …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

April 7, 2011 – 10:22 am | 9 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

This post is by guest blogger Poncho, an expert on AI and many things pop culture.—PCN
Even with the theme being “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the episode had little rock and less roll. …

Authors’ Bios as Marketing Tool

April 6, 2011 – 9:56 pm | 5 Comments
Authors’ Bios as Marketing Tool

When deciding which books to read, I usually ask myself some of the following:

Is it by someone whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past?
Does the plot seem interesting?
Is the concept unique?
Does the lead character sound …

Beverly Hills Film Festival

April 6, 2011 – 10:53 am | 2 Comments
Beverly Hills Film Festival

L.A. folks, did you know the Beverly Hills Film Festival starts today and runs through this Sunday, April 10th? The festival showcases independent films and tonight has the West Coast premiere of Conception, which was …

Strong Female Protags in THE KILLING & BODY OF PROOF

April 5, 2011 – 11:46 pm | 5 Comments
Strong Female Protags in THE KILLING & BODY OF PROOF

I’ve had my nose buried in the grindstone on a couple of fun projects but wanted to pop in here for a few minutes to discuss two new TV shows I found worth watching. The …

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