The Year I Learned What Hate Was

I grew up watching LeVar Burton in "Reading Rainbow" and later, in "Star Trek" alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Dorn. Skin color was about "significant" as pointed ears or angled eyebrows; it might set you apart and make you more interesting than the rest of the population, but nothing more. And I thought racism was dead. … Continue reading The Year I Learned What Hate Was

Book Review: The King’s Voice

  Description from Goodreads/Author's Website: The King’s Voice is a page turning fantasy novel set in the vast and vibrant land of Goaero. The story begins with a mute king whose voice has been stolen away. His brother, the evil Prince Encoda bestows soldier Mallory with the quest to find it. Happy to be on a … Continue reading Book Review: The King’s Voice

Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer

We can't go into "cute dog" mode to get people to like our novel. We can't just cock our head and cast a pleading, expressive glance at the people involved--whether to solicit an agent or a book reviewer. So what do we do? We write query letters...which may be one of the unavoidable, least fun … Continue reading Query Letters #atozchallenge #writer

Book Review: He Knew A Firefly

Description (from author): “And suddenly there was a crack in the sky; large dark clouds loomed overhead. A thunderstorm was approaching. I shivered and closed my eyes in fright. For a few seconds it lasted. When I opened my eyes, the sky was light and she was gone. Only her words remained in my head, … Continue reading Book Review: He Knew A Firefly

Book Review: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin

Description from Goodreads: 'Poets like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions.' In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over a hundred poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their … Continue reading Book Review: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin

Book Review: Little Dorrit

Description from Goodreads: When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea prison. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison … Continue reading Book Review: Little Dorrit

Book Review: Thompson Road

Description courtesy of the author: A sweeping, coming of age love story set in the Pacific Northwest on the brink of WWII. Rejected by classmate and accomplished swing dancer Sally Springs, high school quarterback Raleigh Starr remains desperate to win her heart. While walking home on Thompson Road, Raleigh catches sight of Mona Garrison, dancing … Continue reading Book Review: Thompson Road

Book Review: Seraphina

Description from Goodreads: Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. … Continue reading Book Review: Seraphina