The Mystery Blogger Award

What ho, gents! Two excellent pals, the lovely Miss Holmes of Gondor and the charming Maribeth, have tagged me for the Mystery Blogger Award ... and, coming off a miserable, stress-ridden week of pandemic emergency scares (long story, we're all good now), I couldn't be more grateful for the distraction. ❤ Mystery Blogger Award: Rules... Continue Reading →

My Favorite BookS (Plural)

I have a confession to make. *glances around furtively*  *whispers* I don't have a favorite book. I don't!!!  I tried and tried for years to single out a favorite book, and I just can't do it.  I can't even break out a "top-favorite-BUT-here-are-my-other-second-favorites-running-close-behind" list.  Any time I single out a top, supreme favorite, I feel... Continue Reading →

That Really Long, Gushy, OTP Post

Ordinarily ... I'm a pretty nice person. Under stress, I am not a nice person. Under stress, like (say) a massive global pandemic coupled with weeks of isolation & boredom, Fun, Easygoing Katie disappears, to be replaced by Drill Sergeant Katie: liable to smack people down at any moment for even the smallest offenses.  Some... Continue Reading →

Reading: Rage Edition

Greetings and salutations, fellow Worms of Books. (Was that too weird??  Sowwyyyy.) This is a post about my #reading #life of #late, and maybe, I don't know--maybe it'll come across a little too harsh.  I hope not.  But here we go anyway. It's now March, so we're three months into 2020.  I've read fourteen books... Continue Reading →

The Dragon’s Flower: Review

Ever heard of a Book Aunt? If you haven't, it's all right. 😉  I doubt many people DO know that term, given it was coined by Wyn Owens and myself deep within the privacy of our midnight text-chain rambles.  #we're crazy #and we know it Basically, a Book Aunt is an alpha reader, but like... Continue Reading →

Warrior Women: Why We Need Them

Hullo, lovelies! It is I, your friendly neighborhood historian-turned-feminist-turned-novelist, and I'm here once again to talk about strong female characters. Stop me if you've heard the following complaint before: People will be looking at the MCU movies, the new Star Wars trilogy, or what have you.  They'll notice (quite accurately) a much higher percentage of... Continue Reading →

The Never Have I Ever Writing Tag

Okay, so we've established that I love tags; and we've further established that I can never resist a good writing tag.  My sweet friend Eva-Joy @Coffee, Classics, and Craziness very thoughtfully included me in this one, and I can't wait to share my answers! So, without further ado: Never have I ever . . .... Continue Reading →

Fantasy More Folks Should Read

*peace signs* Whaddup. Recently, I read a post about the fantasy genre suffering from "required reading syndrome," a certain snobbishness in assuming the fantasy books YOU LOVE are the most important, and that anyone who wants to venture into fantasy must assuredly try (and love) THOSE BOOKS first.  How certain books / authors have ascended,... Continue Reading →

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