Book Review: Seven Wild Sisters by Charles De Lint

What this book is about:  Sarah Jane Dillard gets more than she expects when she begins helping Aunt Lillian at her isolated homestead just up the road. Not only her, but her six sisters experience a world they didn't know existed when Sarah Jane accidentally finds herself between a squabble in the world of the … Continue reading Book Review: Seven Wild Sisters by Charles De Lint

Magic and Limitations

I've just finished reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It's my first Sanderson book and dang, it was good (the review comes out in SEPTEMBER because I'm just THAT FAR AHEAD - maybe I need another month-long reading hiatus...). In any case, I've got some thoughts about it. First, a while back, I read some articles … Continue reading Magic and Limitations

Book Review: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

What this book is about:  This twist on Sleeping Beauty gives the story a dark, yet beautiful, edge. On Becca's last visit to her dying Gemma (grandma) is tasked with finding Gemma's castle. Always a fan of Gemma's telling of Sleeping Beauty, Becca channels her grief into trying to uncover the mystery of her grandmother's … Continue reading Book Review: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Book Review: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

What this book is about:  Cimorene is a princess bored with the princess life. As the youngest daughter, she has little patience for embroidery and other princess lessons. When she is informed that she must marry a boring prince, she instead runs away and becomes the princess of a dragon. As princes come to rescue … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Learning a new trick: Plotting

Up until now, I've been a one trick pony. Write. Well, and hope. Hope that it's a good story. Hope I can figure out how to make people like it. Hope it flows well. Hope it checks all the boxes. My lovely writing mentor (whose name shall remain secret so that y'all don't try to … Continue reading Learning a new trick: Plotting

Book Review: Forever by Pete Hamill

What this book is about:  This rich fantasy follows Cormac O'Connor as his life takes him from Ireland to New York City in 1740... and right through until today. He is granted immortality, but only under the condition that he never leaves the island of Manhattan. What I liked:  I loved the slow build up … Continue reading Book Review: Forever by Pete Hamill

What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

What this book is about:  Prue, 12, lives with her family in Portland near the Impassable Wilderness, a woody area of mystery that no one seems to be able enter. But, when Prue is out with 1 year old brother, Mac, he's snatched up by a flock of crows in taken into the Impassable Wilderness. … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Using The Crown as political writing fodder

Have you heard of the Netflix show The Crown? It is a dramatization of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I'm hooked. In love. I'm there. I adore it. What I love is how well it demonstrates the complexity of her role as a constitutional monarch and one forced to reign in a time of … Continue reading Using The Crown as political writing fodder

Meet the Author: Kristin Funston

I've got another author for you to sit down and meet. This month, I've had the GREAT privilege of interviewing Kristin Funston, author of More for Mom, which I reviewed last week. If her book was anything to go by, this interview confirms it. She's hilarious and I'd love to be her friend. So, pull … Continue reading Meet the Author: Kristin Funston