Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

The Review Megan Giddings is the features editor of The Rumpus and author of some amazing short stories at places like The Iowa Review and Gulf Coast. After reading some of her shorter work, I was thrilled to receive and advanced copy of her debut novel. Lena Johnson, fresh from her grandmother’s funeral, comes faceContinue reading “Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings”

Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You

The Review And I Do Not Forgive You is a 2020 release, and the short story collection from Amber Sparks with the subtitle “and other revenges.” Boy does it live up to that subtitle. At its heart, the collection shows modern people in the quasi-fantastic, mostly-all-too-real world of technology, familial betrayal, and city life. TheContinue reading “Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You”

Spring/Summer Wrap Up

Been too busy to write monthly wrap-ups, but thought I would update on the last few months! Writing Life Since my last post, I signed with Veronica Park at Fuse Literary, and I’m so pleased to have her as the advocate for my novels. She is a taskmaster when it comes to polishing, and IContinue reading “Spring/Summer Wrap Up”

March 2019 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Total books read this month: 12 Total Books so far this year: 30/105 Best books of the month: Daisy Jones & the Six was incredible and I finally got to read All You Can Ever Know, both highly recommended. If you want something surreal and yet too real, Severance by Ling Ma wasContinue reading “March 2019 Wrap Up”

February 2019 Wrap-Up

Reading Wrap: Total books toward reading goal so far: 18/105 (2 ahead of schedule!) Total books read this month: 10 Poetry book read for Poetry Challenge: Season of the Second Thought by Lynn Powell. Lovely nature-based poetry with a wry pushback-against-religious undertone. Lots of fine poems in the collection, picked up randomly off the shelf andContinue reading “February 2019 Wrap-Up”

December (and 2018) Wrap-Up

Writing Wrap-Up Total Books Read This Month:  9 Total Books Read this Year: 105 Best Books of the Month: Can I say all of them? Becoming by Michelle Obama was a balm that I chewed through in two days, I adored Premee Mohamed’s  ghost-ish novella The Apple-Tree Throne  (check that out here). Also The Secret History ruined me forContinue reading “December (and 2018) Wrap-Up”

November Wrap Up

Reading Wrap-Up Books read this month: 10 Books still behind in my GoodReads Challenge: 9! I was aiming for 115 this year, and I’m almost at 100. I need to roll up my sleeves and do some serious reading in the next 31 days… Best Books of the Month: So many great ones this month thatContinue reading “November Wrap Up”