Yearly Archives: 2013


Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna [Review]

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna [Review]

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna Summary: A story of vengeance, forgiveness and love… After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling […]




Monday Warmup + 15/15/15 Challenge Update!

Monday Warmup + 15/15/15 Challenge Update!

I’m taking advantage of being in a good mood and having a good day to post a warm up and report in on my year end challenge for myself. Let’s start with the challenge, shall we?   [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”4″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”1.8″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] I read Sycamore Row last week (FANTASTIC BOOK), I lost two lbs and got a little further on Ch16. I’m struggling with it because I am bored by the stage of the story I am in. I kind of need this story to be over soon. I’m tired of writing it. Sorry to say, I’m […]



Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman [Review]

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman [Review]

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman Summary: In this arresting memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. Unorthodox sheds new light on this subculture through one woman’s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery. Raised in the cloistered world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Deborah Feldman struggled as a naturally curious child to make sense of and obey the rigid strictures that governed her daily life. From what she […]



Sycamore Row by John Grisham [Review]

Sycamore Row by John Grisham [Review]

I’m going to try not to sound like a drooling, screaming fangirl while I write this review but OH MY GAH. There is a reason I wait (not so) patiently between Grisham books. It’s because just about every release is so. good. Sycamore Row was in no way a disappointment and I think this is the first time I have given a Grisham book five stars.



Monday Morning Warm-Up + 15/15/15 Update 10.21

Monday Morning Warm-Up: Think of a meaningful goal you can reach by your next birthday. Maybe one that is good for you, as well as good for someone else. Write it down. You don’t have to tell anyone else what it is. But know you’ve got cheerleaders if you need them. I have already set a goal for my birthday (March 25th, 2014) to have a draft of my novel finished. Even if it is a steaming pile of crap, it will be DONE and I can move on to editing and revision. I just want to get the story OUT. Today’s 15/15/15 update- [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”3″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] […]



Monday Warm Up + 15/15/15 Update!

Monday Warm Up + 15/15/15 Update!

Weeee! Let’s get this party started! I am fake upbeat today. It’s Monday, 9am on a bank holiday and I am at work. *sigh* Not that I don’t love my job, but I’d rather be curled up in bed with a latte and a good book with The Golden Girls on in the background. I digress. Today’s Warm Up question, courtesy Jo Knowles as always, is a good one. I’d love to see others tackle it, if you are so inclined: Monday Morning Warm-Up:  What can you do this week that will make you feel good about yourself?  This can really go so many ways. Personally? Writerly? Generally? The one […]




#FridayReads 10/11/13 – The Room Beyond & The Winter People

#FridayReads 10/11/13 – The Room Beyond & The Winter People

Welcome to another edition of Friday Reads! Hope everyone has some great books in the queue! This weekend I am picking two books to finish: The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas I’m reading this book ( and the next one) courtesy of NetGalley. I just LOVE that place! I’m getting to read some really great books. I heard about this book via twitter from the author and requested it and was approved in seconds. YAY!  I’m about halfway through, and I admit to being very confused but it seems like things are starting to come together. I’ll do a reading binge tonight or tomorrow and finish it off. Stay tuned for a […]



My 15-15-15 Personal Year End Challenge

My 15-15-15 Personal Year End Challenge

Bear with me, people. I am going get a little bit personal. I typically only talk books and writing here, because my life is………books and writing. The occasional good tv show or awesome sandwich, but books and writing are pretty much it. But today I find that my mind is already turning toward the end of the year. Here we are in 4th quarter, the air is crisp and cool and feels like autumn. The leaves are bright and beautiful and the sun rises later and sets earlier. This all makes my head turn toward that Big Old Goal Line, December 31, 2013. I was having a conversation a few […]