Innocent in Las Vegas A.R. Winters Tiffany Black, Las Vegas croupier and aspiring PI, isn’t much good with guns or hand-to-hand combat. She’d much rather tuck into a nice chocolate muffin. But when an old-friend-turned-stripper-turned-trophy-wife asks her to solve the murder of the friend’s husband, she takes on the case when no one else will. […]Read more "“Innocent in Las Vegas” by A.R. Winters"
Eleven on Top Janet Evanovich Poor Stephanie Plum! Bounty hunting, never her dream career, just isn’t doing it for her anymore. After rolling in garbage one time too many, she quits her job at her cousin Vinnie’s office, and tries to find something better. Which turns out to be easier said than done. Although the […]Read more "“Eleven on Top” by Janet Evanovich"
Matter of Time JE Nice In “Matter of Time,” dragons and humans co-exist in harmony–sort of. They live in the same city and work together, and the current king, chosen by humans and dragons alike, is a dragon, and everything seems great. Except for the screams and the disappearances. Something is definitely going on, but […]Read more "“Matter of Time” by J.E. Nice"
The Serial Dater’s Shopping List Morgen Bailey I read a review of “The Serial Dater’s Shopping List” on another blog and it caught my eye as a fun change of pace from some of the stuff I normally read. Besides, who doesn’t want to read about bad dates? Izzy is in many ways your typical […]Read more "“The Serial Dater’s Shopping List” by Morgen Bailey"
Last week I wrote about how Valya, the heroine of my upcoming release The Dreaming Land, was a “bad girl,” both by the standards of her society and of ours. She’s a bit–well, more than a bit–of a femme fatale, at least in the minds of other people. In fact, I have an ad going right […]Read more "What do you call a male ingenue, anyway?"
A Scone to Die For H.Y. Hanna Gemma gave up her high-powered job in Sydney and moved back to Oxford to open a tea room. But she soon becomes embroiled not just in scones and toast, but in murder. “A Scone to Die For” is pretty much the quintessential cozy mystery. It has an uber-cute […]Read more "“A Scone to Die For” by H.Y. Hanna"
The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing Jeff Wiener Although I am not particularly an entrepreneur of any sort, and my investing tends to be pretty straightforward and in small amounts, I am interested enough in saving for retirement and financial independence to read the odd investing book, which is how I ended up being asked […]Read more "“The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing” by Jeff Wiener"
When I conceived of Valya, the heroine of The Dreaming Land, I knew I wanted her to be…bad. You know, like a bad girl. And really bad, not just fake bad. But I also wanted her to be sympathetic, which created a challenge. You see, while there are plenty of literary tropes and lots of good […]Read more "Bad Girls: Writing a Sympathetic Anti-Heroine"
“Hands off Baghdad,” Dino MC 47 raps in his 2009 single “They Tell Us.” “Hands off Gaza.” In a song that was relevant then and even more relevant today, the Russian rapper–his stage name is a combination of his nickname “Dynamite” and AK-47–decries the current state of Russian-US and Russian-Ukrainian relations, exhorts Russia’s youth to […]Read more "“Hands off Baghdad”: Dino MC 47, Russia, Regime Change, and America’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost"
Dragon Born Aaron Hodges Enala doesn’t know why, but five years earlier her parents took her away from the city of Chole and have been raising her in Dragon Country ever since, her only friend a Golden dragon named Nerissa. But when an unauthorized adventure goes wrong, Enala decides to make a break for it […]Read more "“Dragon Born” by Aaron Hodges"