Urban Fantasy News

Fellow Wild Rose Press author, Karen Duvall, just attended the Pacific NW Writers Association conference in Seattle and posted on her blog . . . “The buzz word for the weekend (conference) was URBAN FANTASY!!! All I can say is: What the hell took everyone so long? I’ve been loving it for years, long before it was tagged with a subgenre. So it’s thrilling to see that it’s being embraced like this by the publishing community. Yo, my writer friends, they want it. Bad. If you write it, this is one hot commodity. Polish your prose and get it out there. And make sure it’s set in the city. No kidding.” Thanks, Karen, for the […]

The end of the private line . . .

This recently came to me via an email. Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone # into the search bar, hit enter, and you will be given the person’s name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you will get a map to the person’s house. Everyone should be aware of this! It’s a nationwide reverse telephone book. If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming. Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number, and it did come up. I clicked on the […]

The Diva Bookshelf

All right, so this is fun. My romantic suspense release has been highlighted on Diva Bookshelf. Just click on the title ‘Diva Bookshelf’ for a quick pop-over. Yes, this is more shameless self-promotion, but this is part of an author’s job. Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Looking for Me?

If you’re looking for me today, I’m at the Sparkle This blog. Come on over for a great time. Okay, so that sounded a little suggestive. If you want to R.E.A.D. some great blogs about writing stuff . . . then pop over to Sparkle This!

Mark Twain’s take on Congress

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress…But I repeat myself.” ~Mark Twain Okay, is this a great quote or what? Has anyone been watching the news? And what’s going on in congress . . . or the lack thereof? Did we actually elect these people? Oh yeah we did, because that’s when they promised to do something. Is there a ‘lemon-law’ for congressional employees? Like on a car (or any really expensive purchase) you get so long to change your mind, resend the offer, cancel the policy. How do we cancel Congress? Me, personally, I’m all for electing Moms and teenagers (college age is okay) to Congress. Why? Moms […]

Disturbia

It is in fact a disturbing movie, definitely not for the under 13 crowd, maybe even not for the over 13 crowd if serial killers bother you. Disturbia brings the serial killer right into the suburban neighborhood, which is where most are said to lurk, and makes the film very creepy. Growing up, we had a next-door neighbor who was notorious for her partially open blinds, night and day. She was a lonely little (or not so little) woman who’d never had kids and didn’t get the constant noise and fracas the neighborhood group made. We thought she was creepy—spying on us—but maybe she was on to something. In Disturbia, spying turns out for the […]

Peter Abrahams’ Oblivion

Just finished Peter Abrahams, Oblivion, and found it a great thriller. Well, almost great. I knew who the villain was by page 100. The reason behind the villain’s actions weren’t clear until book’s end, and then all was reveals and neatly tied up. Perhaps, Mr. Abrahams didn’t care if the reader ‘figured’ out the who dunnit part of the book, as long as there was some secret to kept dangling for discovery. Perhaps, as my family will attest, I’m simply twisted enough I normally know who the guilty culprit is long before confession time arrives. Have you read Oblivion? When did you discover the villain’s identity? As for the book itself . . . the […]

Peter Abrahams’ Oblivion

Just finished Peter Abrahams, Oblivion, and found it a great thriller. Well, almost great. I knew who the villain was by page 100. The reason behind the villain’s actions weren’t clear until book’s end, and then all was reveals and neatly tied up. Perhaps, Mr. Abrahams didn’t care if the reader ‘figured’ out the who dunnit part of the book, as long as there was some secret to kept dangling for discovery. Perhaps, as my family will attest, I’m simply twisted enough I normally know who the guilty culprit is long before confession time arrives. Have you read Oblivion? When did you discover the villain’s identity? As for the book itself . . . the […]

Famous people . . . or not so famous

Today, President Bush honored a 92-year old with a Congressional Gold Medal. No, the purpose of this blog isn’t to highlight ABC News coverage of President Bush, or even the sanctity of the Gold Medal, but the man who deserved this distinctive recognition. Norman Borlaug, a scientist, is credited with saving a billion people from famine. That’s right, billion with a ‘B’. A million millions owe their life to this one man. Why? Because he taught the world to farm. He launched his revolutionary crop-growing techniques in Mexico when many, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands were starving. He developed a sturdy, shorter form of wheat that withstood harsher conditions and devastation from pests. But he […]

My Book Cravings review for Harm’s Way

Another review for HARM’S WAY . . . …Ms. Ferguson has written a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with spine-tingling suspense. The mystery unfolds as Alex and Tori discover who the stalker is and why he wants to take her to Paradise. As you read this book you will be spellbound until the final pages as the villain is revealed. The excitement builds to a final climax that will show you that lovers will do anything to protect each other and keep their lover out of harm’s way, even if you lose focus on matters at hand. Love can conquer all, and bring happiness forever. This book has a […]