Category: Reviews

Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology!

Last week I found out that Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology! My story, “Hyde Park,” appears in this anthology alongside 22 other stories celebrating monsters and the movies. Edited by Kevin J. Anderson, KJA, this anthology was put together by a cohort of students in the publishing graduate program at Western Colorado University. If you … Read More Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Best Anthology!

2020 In Review

Better later than never with this review! In 2019, I read a grand total of fourteen books. In 2020, I’m proud to say I significantly improved that and read forty-eight books. Part of that was the pandemic. It helped that my life got dramatically unscheduled, though not unbusy. Part of that was me finally settling into my new life. I have noticed whenever I … Read More 2020 In Review

A Holiday by Gaslight

A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He’s grim and silent. A man of little emotion—or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she’s ready to put an end to things. … Read More A Holiday by Gaslight

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge by Dan V. Jackson OUR BEST FRIENDS NEVER TRULY LEAVE … THEY AWAIT US AT THE BRIDGE. Our dogs are our friends and companions, guardians and defenders. Their love enriches our souls, and few things bring us greater joy than their loyalty and devotion. Until that inevitable day arrives when we have to say goodbye. But what if that is not the … Read More Rainbow Bridge

Space Throne: Review and Interview With Author Brian Corley

Space Throne by Brian Corley Parr never meant for any of this to happen. All he wanted to do was pilot the Aurora around the galaxy and avoid his royal duties for a while. Now, in the wake of his parents’ mysterious demise, it’s time to un-fake his death and take up the mantle meant for him since birth. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy. … Read More Space Throne: Review and Interview With Author Brian Corley

A Map of Days

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker … Read More A Map of Days

The Newton Cipher: Review and Interview With Author Steve Ruskin

The Newton Cipher by Steve Ruskin Historian Trina Piper is summoned to the British Library to authenticate a coded manuscript believed to be authored by none other than Isaac Newton himself. At the same time, London finds itself in the grip of a series of ghastly murders. When a malicious Russian scholar appears and demands the manuscript, Trina becomes the target of his wrath. … Read More The Newton Cipher: Review and Interview With Author Steve Ruskin

Stillness is the Key

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness–to be steady while the world spins around you. In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this … Read More Stillness is the Key

Forty Autumns

Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after … Read More Forty Autumns

Here There Be Dragons

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable … Read More Here There Be Dragons

The Diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. … Read More The Diviners

The Girl With No Face

The Girl With No Face by M.H. Borosan It’s the end of the Nineteenth Century. San Francisco’s cobblestone streets are haunted, but Chinatown has an unlikely protector in a young Daoist priestess named Li-lin. Using only her martial arts training, spiritual magic, a sword made from peachwood, and the walking, talking spirit of a human eye, Li-lin stands alone to defend her immigrant community … Read More The Girl With No Face