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Article Archive for April 2011

Royal Wedding Recap

April 29, 2011 – 7:59 am | 8 Comments
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Why am I up at 3 a.m. watching the royal wedding? Because these are difficult times in the world and I want to witness something that’s uplifting. As I sit here in my pajamas, I …

The Criminal Element

April 28, 2011 – 9:43 am | 6 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, Macmillan launched a new website this past Tuesday for fans of crime fiction and I’m a contributing writer there. Today my first piece is up, titled “Solving My Own Hit-and-Run.” …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 6 Sing Carole King

April 28, 2011 – 12:37 am | 3 Comments
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by Poncho
This week’s theme was Carole King’s songbook, and I have to say CK was good for most of these kids. The night was kind of boring, though, except for a few “highlights” now and …


April 26, 2011 – 11:29 pm | 14 Comments

It’s always hard for me to write a review for something that I neither loved nor loathed. Such is the case for the movie adaptation of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants (which I haven’t read), …

Book Review: THE INFORMATIONIST by Taylor Stevens

April 21, 2011 – 10:08 pm | 7 Comments

One of the reasons I love to read is to educate myself. There are books that entertain and examine the human condition and tell great stories but sometimes I’m attracted to something simply because it …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 7 in the 21st Century

April 21, 2011 – 12:03 am | 3 Comments
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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

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
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 …


April 15, 2011 – 12:29 am | 10 Comments

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
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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 | No Comment

My two randomly selected winners are:

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, …


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.  …

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