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WWW Wednesday 3-26-2014 — Cat Kimbriel Reads and Reviews

I finally got to read the third Tiffany Aching novel by Terry Pratchett, and I must say, if you have never felt called to read Terry Pratchett’s absurd view of the universe? And you like YA fantasy? Try the Tiffany books. The first is Wee Free Men, and the second A Hat Full of Sky. I think you could start with any of them, but I read them in order. The third, Wintersmith, is masterful. It is by turns humorous and harrowing, silly and strong, modern and ancient.
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Author Interview: Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Noted author Mary Anne Mohanraj was born in Sri Lanka and came to the United States as a toddler. Her classical, traditional parents did their best to raise their eldest daughter for the life they expected for her—the educated wife of a man she might meet only a couple of times before accepting him in an arranged marriage.

Mary Anne had other ideas. Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 1-29-14

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading

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Book View Café Eats: Simple Soup

Sometimes it’s a battle to get vegetables into people. In my case, right now I have trouble with raw veggies. My solution is an old macrobiotic secret–cook soup often. But how to simplify what is often an involved process? Sure, you can open a can of soup–but the majority of soups sold in cans or even envelopes contain things you probably don’t want. They have too much salt, sugar, or corn syrup–they have MSG or modified food starch, or contain ingredients your family can’t have, such as wheat or soy.

Homemade soup means you know what’s in it. But just a good stock can take a long time to make. Here’s a simple way to get that homemade soup without spending the entire day at it. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Brenda W. Clough

Brenda W. Clough

Writer Brenda W. Clough has stitched together an exotic quilt of a career and a life. She’s written classic fantasy, fantasy humor, fantasy for children, science fiction, steampunk, and even contemporary mystery. Recent novels include Speak to Our Desires, an unusual murder mystery that takes place in 1969 New York City, and Revise the World, a science fiction tale of time travel, FTL drives, and resurrected Antarctic explorers. Her latest work from Book View Cafe is the re-release of How Like a God, where she asks the question, “Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?” A man on the edge is about to find out. Continue reading

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Is Something Burning? Part 3 – My Cook Top Is Trying to Kill Me

Do you hear Jaws music?

As a writer who has boiled pans and teakettles dry, and received both second-degree steam and contact burns, I feel I have become an expert in trying to stay alive while cooking. Since I now prepare most of my food from scratch, learning to do it safely was crucial.

When are you going to replace those old, dangerous oven mitts? Get yourself something that will actually protect your absentminded self. Oven mitts come in heavy duty, top flight silicone with washable liners, like the Mastrad A823305 silicone oven mitt with cotton lining. (I love that number–it’s like a turbocharged oven mitt.) Continue reading

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Author Interview: Nancy Jane Moore


Writer Nancy Jane Moore pursued both the law and martial arts with equal vigor, applying their lessons to many areas of her life. She found that questions of justice, fairness, and equality were extremely important to her. This led to her championing low income housing, food co-ops, and working as a legal editor. As she puts it, she didn’t become rich from the law. However, she is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, both teaching the art and expanding her own knowledge of it. Here at Book View Cafe we suspect she is secretly a superhero.

Her approach to fiction is equally mind-bending. Continue reading

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IS Something Burning? Part 2 — Timing is Everything

Brookstone Mug Warmer with Auto Shut-off!

I know more than one writer who has boiled kettles or saucepans dry, burned things in the oven, or cut off a fingernail chopping vegetables. As an expert at trying to injure myself, I am offering up a few suggestions in basic kitchen–and writer–survival. (Readers, I’m talking to you, too!) Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lois Gresh


Writer Lois H. Gresh is one of the rare people working today who has not only been lauded by critics and peers (nominations for the Bram Stoker, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and International Horror Guild Awards) but has reached the New York Times Bestseller List multiple times. Lois is known for SF, The Weird, Horror, YA and also her Companion books for other popular worlds. Her latest hot seller is DARK FUSIONS: WHERE MONSTERS LURK! Continue reading

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Is Something Burning? Part 1 – A Whistle is Not An Alarm

“Once I read through a house catching on fire.


Are you capable of reading–or writing–through a house fire? Then it’s time you take a proactive approach to kitchen safety. Writer (and reader) Katharine Eliska Kimbriel offers up tested techniques to keep you much safer in the kitchen and get you back to work quickly. Continue reading

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