The Silkworm Robert Galbraith In “The Silkworm,” Robert Galbraith/J.K.Rowling’s second book in the Cormoran Strike series, Rowling deploys her considerable satirical powers against a target she must know intimately: the publishing industry. After solving the Lula Landry case in “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” Cormoran and his secretary-cum-partner Robin are now rolling in business, so Cormoran has […]Read more "“The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith"
Last time I talked about making the writing process fun. This time let’s talk about the tools of the trade, and what to do if you have a hard time finding the right tool to get your words down. If no access to writing materials is your problem, as always, be creative (because you’re a […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing IV: Finding the Right Tools"
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, everyone. Stop the presses, y’all, because J.K. Rowling is back. Okay, under a different name, but the sharp pen is very definitely the same. I always wondered what she would do once the “Harry Potter” franchise was done. She–very wisely, in my opinion–stopped the series after […]Read more "“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith"
“Bloom” is one of the darkest, weirdest, most compelling fantasy romances I’ve read this year, so obviously I had to participate in its blog tour celebrating its free promo this weekend. Here’s the full wraparound cover: The blurb: Given to The Grimm Order as an infant, Fawn was raised in a world shaped by the […]Read more "Want some dark romance? “Bloom” by Nikki Rae is #Free this weekend!"
The Five Daughters of the Moon Leena Likitalo It’s exciting to me to see how many authors are out there writing Russian-themed fantasy. “The Five Daughters of the Moon” is a recent addition to this sub-genre. The setting is clearly an allusion to the Russian Empire just prior to the 1917 Revolution, but the setting […]Read more "“The Five Daughters of the Moon” by Leena Likitalo"
Rock with Wings Anne Hillerman In “Rock with Wings,” Anne Hillerman continues to rework her father’s mystery series set amongst the Navajo police force in the Four Corners region. As with “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” her previous book, she focuses on Bernie Manuelito, the female police officer whom her father introduced late in the series. The […]Read more "“Rock with Wings” by Anne Hillerman"
Spider Woman’s Daughter Anne Hillerman I’ve been a big fan of Tony Hillerman’s mystery novels ever since I first discovered them 20-something years ago. My grandparents were living in Sante Fe at the time, and the whole family started reading the novels. I quickly devoured the whole series. I was thus a little leery of […]Read more "“Spider Woman’s Daughter” by Anne Hillerman"
How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease Richard Horowitz, MD Once you go down the rabbit hole of Lyme disease and everything that comes with it, you realize that most of mainstream medicine is some kind of crazy looking glass world (why yes, I DID just reference […]Read more "“How Can I Get Better?” by Dr. Richard Horowitz"
Fierce Hearts: Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oh my gosh, everyone! It’s yet another fabulous giveaway! My elderly iPad is literally full to bursting and I can’t download any more books to it without deleting the ones that are already there, but I still went and downloaded, like, a dozen or more of these books! […]Read more "Fierce Hearts: Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy"
Last time we talked about finding the right place to write. That’s important, but perhaps even more important is finding the right mindset. Writing should be fun! Yes, fun! I know it’s work, but it’s work you’re choosing to do, right? If it’s a total drag you’re doing something wrong. So here are some ideas […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing III: Making the Process Fun"