Book Review – The Directorate by Berthold Gambrel

When Berthold Gambrel announced the publication of his second novel, The Directorate, I grinned from ear to ear. It was difficult to recall the last time I had dug into a good military space opera. There was a youthful summer when it was all I read, but it’s since been one of many genres that I cycle through. Let me tell …

Book Review – Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt

As writers, expanding our literary horizons is one of several keys to getting better. If we narrow our lens into the world, we limit what we can pull out of it and stuff into our toolbox. My natural inclinations may not have me buying tickets for an upcoming ballet performance, joining the local quilting club, or, ahem, reading a faith-based …

Book Review – Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

With Carrie Rubin’s new book, The Bone Curse, coming out shortly, I’m a little (a lot) behind the times with this review, but it’s better late than never to spend time with such a gem. Eating Bull is Carrie Rubin’s sophomore effort, a thriller centering on overweight Jeremy Barton (unaffectionately known as “Eating Bull”) and a serial killer with a …

Book Review – Between the Shadow and Lo by Lauren Sapala

Between the Shadow and Lo isn’t a book for everybody, but that doesn’t mean everybody shouldn’t read it. I don’t care who you are, at some level, addiction is something to which we can all relate. If you don’t have a vice, you’re not being honest with yourself and Lauren Sapala’s book is the cure: It’s a fistful of tightly …

Friends with Books and Services

Over the years that I’ve maintained this blog, I’ve met some wonderful people who I hope don’t mind my applying the moniker of friend. They’ve all made wonderful progress over their writing careers and I want those of you may not be aware of them to, well, be aware of them.