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[Book Review] Death Returns by J.S. Peck

Death Returns is the third book in J.S. Peck’s Death Card Series. Not long ago, Ms. Peck posted she was looking for ARC readers and I, of course, jumped at the chance. ARC, if you’re not familiar, stands for Advanced Reader Copy. Essentially, it means a reader can read a book by an author, even…… Continue reading [Book Review] Death Returns by J.S. Peck

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The Broadcast by Liam Falkov (Book Review)

The Broadcast by Liam Falkov takes us on a journey of mystery, shadow intrigue, and a host of characters who are at first, seemingly unconnected. Secrets are the biggest obstacle, it would seem, toward the main character’s wishful lives. Though there are quite a few characters to help the story and give it meat, the…… Continue reading The Broadcast by Liam Falkov (Book Review)

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The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam (Book Review)

Have you ever read a book so good, you wanted to read it again? Me, too! And in two different mediums as well. My first reading of Paul Adam’s book, The Rainaldi Quartet was on Kindle for PC, a couple of years ago. Then, last year, imagine my surprise at finding it in print at…… Continue reading The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam (Book Review)

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The Child by Fiona Barton (Guest Reviewer Sharon Harvey)

The Child is told from a different approach this time – working through the papers and looking through a journalists’ eyes. It was exciting to see things from their point of view. So, I got very excited by this book. Each character had their own chapter, in order to tell their stories more deeply. I got…… Continue reading The Child by Fiona Barton (Guest Reviewer Sharon Harvey)

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Looking for Home – Women Writing about Exile (Poetry Collection Book Review)

Sometimes we come across books in our lives, or maybe more often than we think, which are meant to share, guide, and teach just in time lessons for life. Such was the case with this book, as at the time, I was thinking about applying for the Nine Dots Prize. Though the deadline is now…… Continue reading Looking for Home – Women Writing about Exile (Poetry Collection Book Review)

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Ignore Everything You’ve Learned Here

If I can’t prove it’s working for me, how will I prove it can work for you? Well, maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. Is it because we’re not doing enough? Writing enough? Writing the right things? Taking the right classes or courses? And the list goes on as we dive into a downward spiral…… Continue reading Ignore Everything You’ve Learned Here

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Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. As Mother’s Day approaches and Father’s Day next month, I’m taking…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

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Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. It’s been a few weeks, since I began sharing this story,…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

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Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

Between the glossy covers of the AIFS Study Abroad catalog were picturesque possibilities of places to go, languages to learn, and new people to meet. Your patience has paid off. Welcome to the third and final chapter of How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria. Our Chinese professor stayed on an extra…… Continue reading Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

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How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II

Please don’t call on me. Don’t see me. I know the answer, but I could be wrong. Oh, just get me out of this classroom and on with my life. My heart rate quickened as the teacher scanned the students for hands raised and un-raised. Who would she call on? Not me. Not me. A…… Continue reading How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II