Treading Water, by Ginna Moran

I had the pleasure of diving into Diving Under, the first part of Ginna Moran’s Spark of Life series, back in November. It tells the story of Ava Adair, recently graduated from high school, whose life changes when she’s accidentally knocked overboard into the ocean and saved by a hunky and sweet merman named Carter. […]

My Top 10 Books Read in 2017

It’s time to kick in the New Year with not just any Top 10 list, but by annual tradition, it’s the Top 10 Books I read in 2017. Remember, the actual release date of the book doesn’t matter; all that matters is that I read the book in 2017. I read ten fewer books in […]

My Top 10 Songs of 2017

I’m gonna start this special year-end list by saying that 2017 was a wonderful year for pop music. This is my fourth year posting this countdown on the blog (and my 34th year doing it), and I don’t think I’ve had a more challenging time choosing the top song—or even narrowing it down to ten […]

Invisible, by Jeanne Bannon

As a father of three daughters, I want my girls to grow up with a strong sense of self-image, and thus, I’ve become interested in YA fiction that tackles this theme. Since I also enjoy contemporary fantasy, I’m intrigued when the genre is used in a creative way to illustrate the theme. That’s what drew […]

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, by Krystal Sutherland

I added this book to my to-read list as soon as I first learned of it, and as soon as it was available at a local library, I checked it out. I’m going to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book, and then I’m going to present a semi-definitive list of awesome reasons […]

Author Spotlight: Ginna Moran

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I don’t hide the fact that I’m a big fan of mermaids in movies, television, and literature. After all, I write YA mermaid fiction. So I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting mermaid stories, and today, I have the pleasure of featuring a new mermaid series by an author I recently discovered. Ginna […]

My Top 10 Holiday Pop Songs

It’s the first day of the month, so it’s time for a Top 10 list! Being December, let’s go with something holiday themed again. Last year it was Christmas movies, and the year before that was Christmas TV specials. Let’s go with a music list this year, but let’s not limit it to Christmas. There […]

Diving Under, by Ginna Moran

I found another YA mermaid series! If you follow my reviews, you know that as an author of a YA mermaid series, I’m always looking for such books. I mean, those authors and I are inspired by the same folklore and mythology, yet we create vastly different worlds and circumstances. I enjoy the stories even […]

The Cage, by Megan Shepherd

I’m not entirely sure when I came across this 2015 release, but I know I purchased it—along with two other books—last summer using an Amazon gift card I was given. I read those other two books pretty much right away, but this one sat on my bookcase for over a year. There really wasn’t a […]

Congratulations, Houston Astros!

For the second consecutive year, and for the third time in four years, the World Series lasts seven games. Oh my, this was a wonderful Series. Both the Astros and the Dodgers were clearly the best of their respective leagues. Both teams displayed some exceptional pitching: Clayton Kershaw was masterful for Los Angeles in Game […]