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L is for Literary Fiction #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I'm discussing different book genres/categories. Each day, I will give a few details about the...

May 5, 2018

Independent Bookstore Day

by Susan Roberts 

What is Independent Bookstore Day?
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

We've missed it for 2018 but mark your calendar for April 27, 2019!

May 4, 2018

Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman

by MK French

Jake is twelve years old and in seventh grade, battling all the social minefields that it entails. He is also still dealing with his mother's death four years before, and now has some control of his dreams. That allows him to avoid a mean kangaroo in his dreams just as he avoids the bullies in school.

Writing with Purpose by @CMNorthauthor

by C. M. North

Something that comes to mind frequently when I look at the reactions to my writing is whether the idea, the core nugget of meaning that spawned the entire length of prose, is received by the reader. Did they get the point? Perhaps more importantly, did I successfully make the point? And, for that matter, did I even know what point I was trying to make?

May 3, 2018

Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

Every once in awhile, a book comes along that makes you happy as you read it. This new novel by Michael Zadoorian was that book for me. It's a fantastically written coming-of-age story by the author of The Leisure Seeker but it's also a book full of musical references and took my memory back to happy times in my youth when I listened to the same music. An added plus for me is that the book takes place in Detroit, where I grew up and there were numerous references to people and places that I have forgotten over the years. Even if you aren't from Detroit, Beautiful Music is still a fantastic book that needs to be added 'to your to be read' list.

May 2, 2018

Head to Marietta, MT Where Romance is Always in the Air

by Donna Huber

Last Christmas, when I go on a holiday fluffy romance binge, I discovered a series (well several series) set in the fictional town of Marietta, MT. Since then, I've been trying to sample the different series. Today, I review two recent releases from two different series: Marietta St. Claire's and Holiday at the Graff.

April 30, 2018

Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore (@ARShenandoah) ~ A Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

I enjoy reading historical fiction and love it even more when I learn about events that I didn't know about while I am reading. Between Earth and Sky does just that and more. The book is about the treatment of Indian children in the late 1800s when many of them were taken from their homes and families and moved to boarding schools. Their language and their traditions were stripped away from them as they were being 'civilized'. In the second time period in the novel - 1906 - we are shown the ramifications of the changes that the children went through and how it affected the rest of their lives.

April 29, 2018

Donna's April Reading Round Up

by Donna Huber

Another great reading month. I've read 10 books so far this month and I hope to finish my book club read by the end of the month (we meet on May 3). I've also had a pretty big book haul this month as you can see above - 2 I bought, 2 were sent for review, and 1 I won through Goodreads. I've also been busy getting my yard ready for summer. I planted a bunch of beautiful blooms yesterday.

Let's get to what I've read, what I'm reading, and what might be next.