Waves of Goodbyes.

Book Review for “Tides” by Sara Freeman. Summary: "After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy coastal town. Mired in her grief, Mara's first few days are spent alone, surviving on what scraps of food she can find, and swimming at night in the ocean. When her … Continue reading Waves of Goodbyes.

… who would not be blithe.

Book Review for “All Among the Barley” by Melissa Harrison. Summary: "Fourteen-year-old Edie [Edith] Mather lives with her family at Wych Farm, where the shadow of the Great War still hangs over a community impoverished by the Great Depression. Glamorous outsider Constance FitzAllen arrives from London, determined to make a record of fading rural traditions … Continue reading … who would not be blithe.

The Amber Crown is published today – 11th January 2022

Although I don’t read fantasy, my friend Jacey has just published a new novel, and it looks REALLY good. And the cover – just WOW! Go on, you know you want to take a look!

Jacey Bedford

After what seems like an age, the Amber Crown is out today. I’d already written a first draft before I sold my first book to DAW in 2013. That sale led to six books (two trilogies), so I didn’t have time to go back to The Amber Crown until I’d finished all the books that were under contract. Once I delivered Rowankind, I dug out The Amber Crown and started a major structural edit, swapping things around, writing in extra backstory, and completely rewriting the ending.

Why is it set in the Baltic?
A few years ago I was sitting at my desk, falling down a google-shaped rabbit hole, hopping from one random factoid to another when I came across an article on the Livonian Brothers, the Teutonic Knights, and the Northern Crusades. Like most people I always thought of the Crusades as being exclusively Jerusalem-focused and featuring Saladin and…

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American in Paris

Book Review for “The Paris Bookseller” by Kerri Maher. Summary: “When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending … Continue reading American in Paris

TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

You've seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, but how about a "best of the best" list? For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. Last year, I gave you my top … Continue reading TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

The Rapid Movement of Wings.

Book Review for “No Land to Light On” by Yara Zgheib. Summary: "Hadi and Sama are a young Syrian couple flying high on a whirlwind love, dreaming up a life in the country that brought them together. She had come to Boston years before chasing dreams of a bigger life; he’d landed there as a … Continue reading The Rapid Movement of Wings.

Double Miss Trouble!

Book Review for “The Fair Miss Fortune” by D.E. Stevenson. Summary: "The village of Dingleford is all aquiver with the arrival of lovely young Miss Fortune with plans to open a tea house. Captain Charles Weatherby, just back from India, has "no use for bright little creatures no matter how long their eyelashes might be," … Continue reading Double Miss Trouble!

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 1, 2022.

From “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles to “book” by author. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 1, 2022.

TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

2021- the Year of 4.75 stars! This past year has seen me read more books than ever. I'm guessing that's because of several reasons. The pandemic meant more time at home, and that, combined with my now being retired for over a year, meant more time for reading overall. There are other reasons I read … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

Cocoa Conspiracies.

Book Review for “The Spanish Daughter” by Lorena Hughes. Summary: "As a child in Spain, Puri always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her … Continue reading Cocoa Conspiracies.