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Meet the New Debs of The Debutante Ball

I loved meeting every one of the 2017 Debs and can’t wait to get to know the Debutante Ball class of 2018. Join me! Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female, debut authors on their paths to publication. Through discussions that range from craft and…

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Check out my review of Celeste Ng‘s new book, Little Fires Everywhere over on Suzy Approved Book Reviews. Spoiler alert – I loved this book! I could’ve written a paper about all the intricacies and thematic principles in this story. Someday, someone will, as I’m sure it will turn up…

National Read a Book Day

Today is National Read A Book Day though, I observe that every day. It’s hard to imagine a day going by without opening a book for at least a little while, or listening to one. I woke up and first thing, finished the last 40 pages or so of LITTLE…

Interview with Devin Murphy – THE BOAT RUNNER

Devin Murphy’s debut novel is out one week from today on Tuesday, September 5. He’s another on of my fellow 17Scribes authors who I am happy to introduce to you with today’s interview. Pre-order The Boat Runner now or find it in stores next week. What advice would you give…

Interview with Anna Dowdall – AFTER THE WINTER

Happy Book Birthday, Anna Dowdall! Her debut novel, After the Winter, releases today. Anna and I are both part of a fabulous group of debut novelists all releasing in 2017 – 17Scribes – find us on Facebook or the 17Scribes website. Where did the idea for your book originate? I…

Forks, Knives, and Spoons Around the World

It’s been such a thrill to see posts from people who’ve taken Forks, Knives, and Spoons on vacations and business trips or back home to the other side of the globe. I’m planning to build a gallery for the fun shots and I have featured some in my monthly newsletter…

Book Review: The Address by Fiona Davis

This review first published on The BookReporter.com. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. Set in New York City in two time periods, one hundred years apart, about 1885 and 1985, THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis is an educational and entertaining romp back in time…

If you had the power …

If you had the power to make everyone read one book, which book would you choose? Why? I think I’d have to pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by the esteemed Harper Lee. I’m certainly not the only one for whom this book tops my “best books ever” list, but when…

Praise from The BookLife Prize

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Book Review: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review and wrote this review for BookReporter.com. Because of my connection with Uganda, I was immediately interested in THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES. Our family has hosted and sponsored children, helped raise money to build a medical center in…