Book Review: A Time Unpromised

Title: A Time Unpromised by Natalie Payne Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming-of-Age Book Description from Goodreads: Jac Harvey has always played second fiddle to his older brother Pierre. Growing up Pierre is brilliant and handsome, very much the golden child in their family. Jac, eight years younger, is his polar opposite, shy and antisocial, struggling through school. … Continue reading Book Review: A Time Unpromised

The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

As I writer, I'm always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I've read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don't feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning … Continue reading The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

Book Review: The Cult of Unicorns

Title: Penny White and the Cult of Unicorns by Chrys Cymri Genre: Fantasy Book Description from Goodreads: Raven's ears flicked. 'Dragons aren't known for their patience.' 'More is the pity, ' said the unicorn. 'Father Penny and I were about to amicably settle our differences. A dragon invading our home vastly complicates matters.' Five months ago my … Continue reading Book Review: The Cult of Unicorns

Update on Book Reviews

So now that the A-Z challenge is over this year, I'm trying to turn my attention to other concerns. Paramount among these is writing fiction (my works-in-progress never saw me in April) and book reviews. And to all those who have sent in a book review request or are expecting a review, I'm very sorry … Continue reading Update on Book Reviews

Book Review: No Portrait in the Gilded Frame

No Portrait in the Gilded Frame by Tudor Alexander Genre: Literary fiction, Self-discovery Book Description (from Goodreads): An intelligent and captivating story about the emotional journeys we undertake and the corners of the heart we end up calling home, No Portrait in the Gilded Frame takes readers from Romania behind the Iron Curtain to the … Continue reading Book Review: No Portrait in the Gilded Frame

Book Review – Souls Discovered

Souls Discovered by Miranda Brock Genre: Young Adult fantasy Description from Goodreads: Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is … Continue reading Book Review – Souls Discovered

Book Review: The Shorthand Prince

Description from Goodreads: King Sultes Fahrenne finally has a son but the day is a wretched one. His queen will not wake and the child is marked for death. Sultes will find he must choose to stand by his child or satisfy the traditions of his subjects. But is there another way? The description gave … Continue reading Book Review: The Shorthand Prince

Book Review – The Temptation of Dragons

Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri Genre: Fantasy, Family, Relationships Book Description from Goodreads: Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’  When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I … Continue reading Book Review – The Temptation of Dragons

Book Review – The Faraway North

The Faraway North translated and introduced by Ian Cumpstey Genre: Norse Myths, Folk Ballads, Classics, Epic Tales Summary from Goodreads: These ballads convey a fantastic vision of the world as it was imagined in medieval Scandinavia, with monsters and magic intermingled with very human concerns of heroism, tragedy, love, and revenge.  The great hero Sigurd is joined … Continue reading Book Review – The Faraway North

The Best Versions of “The Nutcracker Ballet”

I watch "The Nutcracker Ballet" every year around Christmastime, usually via film, and over the years, I've easily seen a dozen different versions, so I thought it might be fun to share the top five versions of this classic story (and later this week, we'll discuss why this story has had such staying power as … Continue reading The Best Versions of “The Nutcracker Ballet”