CAFE READS: Marian Halcombe, by Brenda Clough

Marian Halcombe: A Most Dangerous Woman picks up where Wilkie Collins’ famous The Woman in White leaves off. So a few words about The Woman in White. It first appeared in Dickens’ magazine All the Year Round from 1859-60, and is … Continue reading

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Artist in Residence 32: Literary Snacking (or, Food for Thought)

  I just saw someone do this for a collection of stories and so I wanted to play. If you have ideas, or different ideas, I would LOVE to hear about them in comments. What snack or drink should you … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: EVIL GENIUS, by Patricia Rice

Anastasia Devlin is a virtual assistant, an invisible researcher and finder-of-all-things, known to her clients as a handle and a PO Box.  She’s also the daughter of a gorgeous, dysfunctional woman of many marriages & affairs who has spent a lifetime globetrotting and possibly spying for her country. At twenty-six Ana bolted, and has been hidden from her family for four years.

Then one morning she opens her door to find her nine year old sister Elizabeth Georgiana, I.E. EG for Evil Genius. And the plot just gets more tangled and crazy from there.

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CAFE READS: SHAMAN: THE ADVENTURES OF RHYS LLEWELLYN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

SHAMAN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, is a collection of tales that concern the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist/archaeologist/xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his assistants Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax.

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CAFE READS: A HINKY TASTE OF YOU, by Jennifer Stevenson

I really enjoyed this book by Stevenson, but I’ll be firm here—the cute cover designed to match the other Hinky books?  Not quite right for me. This is not a romance, and not a comedy, although there is love, sexy … Continue reading

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Questions from a hopeful Neo: Why do I have to choose an audience?

Most published authors field questions from new and aspiring writers at some point in their careers. They wonder how to get published, who to schmooze and, if they’re really serious, they ask questions about craft and style and substance. More … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alma Alexander

She was born on the banks of the blue Danube in a country whose name is but a memory. She left that home at ten, and lived in five countries on four continents before setting up shop in cyberspace. When asked about her life, all she will say is that she was born six years before men walked on the moon, and is married to a man who wooed her in cyberspace and lured her to America. But if you want to know about Alma Alexander’s stories, ah, that’s something else entirely.

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CAFE READS: The Sea is Coming: A Collection from the Left Hand World, by Jill Zeller

I seldom read short stories anymore, yet when I do, I wonder why not. They offer such an array of experiences. Jill Zeller’s The Sea is Coming is no exception. The book is a diverse collection of unusual and fascinating … Continue reading

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