Category Archives: Books and Reading

All the sluts: the hinky side of women’s fiction

I’m so excited about this series launch, I’m squeaking like a mouse. Also bouncing. Coed Demon Sluts was conceived at the point when I realized that my last series, Slacker Demons, was leaving the lair of the incubi empty. I’d … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Journalism and Writing

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I went to the Oakland Book Festival last weekend. While I thought the panels and talks I went to were very good, the name is misleading. This event is really the Oakland Ideas Festival. Very few of the program items … Continue reading

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Word of Mouth

Recently twelve Book View Café writers participated in a Giveaway in a no-cost effort to try to reach new readers. On the last day, I asked here (mirrored here) how people discovered new books—if they liked newsletters, giveaways, publicity blitzes, … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Where Ideas Come From

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We saw the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City the other night. It’s about Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (among other books), and her legendary fight against Robert Moses, the man who … Continue reading

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Tremontaine: When Collaboration Really Works

I find all kinds of collaborations interesting, from the centuries-long shared-world collaboration of Arthuriana among Europeans to the amazing Mahabharata of India. I think the greatest collaborations are more than the sum of their parts. Nowadays, collaborations are happening in … Continue reading

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Book View Café Pioneers a New Way of Buying Books — Again!

Bring 14 publishers and author-groups together under one umbrella. Have them all agree to the same low sale price for a short period of time. Yes, today we aren’t just letting you know about a couple of BVC bargains. We … Continue reading

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The Unsatisfying Ending

In the past week I’ve read three books with wholly unsatisfying ending. Each one left me hugely irritated and by the third–I’m just plain pissed off. These three books were romances. Now one of the reasons I was reading them … Continue reading

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I Love Romantic Suspense

I was barely thirteen when I first read Mary Stewart’s Madam Will You Talk. It set the bar high for romantic suspense for me—and all these years later, it still works. Romantic suspense has what for me is a perfect blend … Continue reading

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Moore and Nagata Books in SFWA SF Storybundle

Tech Heaven

Linda Nagata’s Tech-Heaven and Nancy Jane Moore’s The Weave are both included in the SFWA Science Fiction storybundle. This storybundle was curated by SFWA President Cat Rambo and features a dozen science fiction ebooks. Tech-Heaven was published by Mythic Island … Continue reading

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Recommended: Summit by Harry Farthing

I loved this novel. Summit is what I like to call a literary thriller — adventure, conflict, brave deeds, beautifully written, filled with philosophy and politics, and not formulaic. It’s the debut effort of Harry Farthing who, from his website, … Continue reading

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