Map to the Stars, by Jen Malone

I don’t read a lot of YA romance novels. Let me clarify: I read a lot of YA books that have romance in them, and I’ve written flirty, romantic sequences in my own books. I tend to gravitate more towards books that have something else (a contemporary issue or a fantasy/speculative/magical-realism element) driving the story with […]

A Dream of Fields 10: The Pittsburgh Pirates

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It’s only fitting that I get to celebrate my tenth field with the best story of them all. It’s an epic tale of a journey that almost got pillaged and plundered before we even got to the Pirates. Friday, April 20, 2001, 7:05pm PNC Park Chicago Cubs 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 2 I took this trip with […]

The Girl Who Never Was, by Skylar Dorset

Have you been following my recent reviews? Good, then you know about the book reading event I went to with my daughters. I bought each of them a book, and two out of three kids chose books that intrigued me. I’m not saying the third’s choice didn’t—in fact, I enjoyed the passage that the author […]

Merminia, by Emm Cole

I read this book back in the spring, but for some reason(s)—being relatively new to blogging, busy time at work, astronomical confluence, who knows why—my review made it to Goodreads and Amazon, but not here. So here it finally is! I love mermaids, and after writing and publishing my own mermaid novel for my daughters, […]

A Dream of Fields 9: The Cleveland Indians

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The theme song for The Drew Carey Show insisted that “Cleveland Rocks.” Based on my trip there in 2000, yeah, it absolutely rocks. Sunday, June 25, 2000, 1:05pm Jacobs Field Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1 About a month or so before this game, my then-wife, who was a high school music teacher at the […]

The Secrets We Keep, by Trisha Leaver

In my most recent review, I mentioned a book reading event I went to with my daughters. They each picked out a book, and this was the book my oldest daughter chose. The premise and first chapter intrigued me too—maybe because it’s about a set of twins and my youngest daughters are twins—so I snagged […]

Becoming Jinn, by Lori Goldstein

I recently took my daughters to a wonderful book reading event at a not-so-local but not-too-faraway library. There were crafts for the kids (and adults) to do while ten YA authors read excerpts from their recently published books. I told my daughters that they could each choose a book that interested them (many intrigued me). […]

My Top 10 Twilight Zone episodes

This post is inspired by recently spotlighted author C.E. Wilson, who started tweeting out her ten favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. It’s one of my all-time favorite television shows, and I’ve seen almost every episode. Thanks to scouring through Marc Scott Zicree’s wonderful tome The Twilight Zone Companion, I present my favorite episodes. Images are […]