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Book Review: I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

I can’t quite begin to share how much I love I’ll Be Your Blue Sky. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end. Marisa de los Santos is one of my favorite writers, she never disappoints and in I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, she delivers again. Not only…

Book Review: WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES by Camille Pagan

This review was written for BookReporter.com. I’ve loved every one of Camille Pagan’s books (and all of their long, playful titles) and Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is no exception. From the first line: “It’s an age-old story …” I was compelled to see how this story played out. How…

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

This review of SURPRISE ME by Sophie Kinsella was originally posted on BookReporter.com. In classic Kinsella fashion, I was intrigued at the epigraph, hooked at the prologue and laughing out loud by page one. At one point in the first chapters, I was laughing so hard that it drew attention…

Deborah Rising and Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli

Deborah Rising and Deborah Calling In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Mists of Avalon comes this absorbing historical novel that reimagines the life of one of the Bible’s most revered women, the prophetess Deborah, and her epic journey to fulfill her destiny. Deborah’s father dreamed that his daughter would one…

Candles for Kampala

I’m excited to announce a limited edition custom candle with aFORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS-inspired fragrance to benefit the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness. Available for two weeks only! I’ve partnered with Book Scents Candles to bring you this candle, a perfect companion to enjoy while reading FORKS, KNIVES,…

Book Review: The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

This past October, I flew to New Mexico for a writers’ retreat (thanks Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association) and the first person I met at the airport was Barbara Claypole White. We were waiting for our shuttle to the hotel and she was as warm and cheerful as the Albuquerque sunshine….

Building Hope this #GivingTuesday

I want to share something with you that is very dear to our hearts. In the fall of 2013, our whole family fell in love. It was late on a Sunday night when the van pulled into our driveway. We greeted three tired girls and their chaperone who would be…

Meet the Author: Lorena Hughes – The Sisters of Alameda Street

I’m happy to have met fellow 17Scribes author, Lorena Hughes, this past October in New Mexico at the Women Fiction Writer’s Association retreat. She’s the author of the fantastic historical fiction novel, The Sisters of Alameda Street.  What was your timeline from drafting to publication? Tell us about your publishing journey….

Book Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher for review. This review was originally published on Bookreporter.com. Kate Moretti’s fifth novel, THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, will keep you up late flipping pages propelled to find out what happened. It is eerie and thought-provoking, suspenseful and chilling. The story…

National Brush Day and National Authors’ Day

November first is a big day of celebration! I’m giving a nod to National Brush Day in honor of Amy York who discovers a few things because of her frequent teeth brushing. Of course, the day is probably designed by dentists for the day after all that Halloween sugar, but…