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The Child by Fiona Barton (Guest Reviewer Sharon Harvey)

If you’re familiar with Fiona Barton, author of The Widow, now a Prime Original starring Kate Beckinsale, then check out her next book, The Child. It 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…… 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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We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

Welcome to April’s monthly recap. We’ve hit some milestones, made some new friends, spring-boarded new ideas, and walked down memory lane! When updating my LinkedIn profile yesterday, I realized I forgot to mark an occasion. Not only did I celebrate my birthday this month, but Writing in the Fast Lane is 5 years and 1…… Continue reading We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

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VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)

How many of us know the meaning of the word “Vagabonding”? (I’d heard of it, but had no idea until I read this book!). Many of us have an interest in travelling or would like to be known as a “traveler” – but give up at the thought of making plans. This book has answers…… Continue reading VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)

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Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

There’s one more book on my “to be read” list. Death Returns by Joan Peck. You’ll see that review next month. But the reason I mention her now is that when she sent me the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), she included a note expounding on the benefits of reviews.  Which you and I know well,…… Continue reading Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

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My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen was my first dive into a Finnish author’s work and I am hooked. It’s not quite a cozy mystery, a step above to my mind, not the least of which is because Maria Kallio is no amateur sleuth. She’s a young police detective on her first real murder case.…… Continue reading My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

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Best of March Recap

Book 5 of a 5-book ghostwritten series is with the editor! So, I’ve got a little more breathing room as this month comes to a close. Bet you’d never guess behind the scenes and outside of these posts are weekly blog posts for a recruitment firm, ad-hoc grantwriting, ghostwriting, and book reviews. Plus, of course,…… Continue reading Best of March Recap

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by by Brené Brown – Guest Review

I ordered The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are on Amazon and one week later, I was highlighting words like a mad woman. As I was writing I kept thinking, “Wow, she gets me! I mean, she REALLY knows me!” Experiencing this while…… Continue reading The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by by Brené Brown – Guest Review

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Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Book Expectations Preview)

You know those stores in the airport which offer travel gadgets, snacks, drinks, last-minute souvenirs, postcards, magazines, and that single case of books? That is where I first discovered Clive Cussler and the Dirk Pitt Series. Airport Reads Though it’s rare to see today, I happened to pick up his first book in the series…… Continue reading Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Book Expectations Preview)

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (finished from last quarter 2018 The Story So Far…) (Book Review)

Last autumn, as we began our monthly book review weeks, I was in the throes of several books at once and posted my thoughts based on the story so far. The following is what I felt and thought in November 2018. Good Prevails Against All Odds inAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr…… Continue reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (finished from last quarter 2018 The Story So Far…) (Book Review)