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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)

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Write Your Life Story – A Guide to Writing Your Autobiography and Tips on How to Get Published from The Learning Series by Nancy Smith (Book Review)

If you’ve been following this blog for the last few months, you know I began writing my life story. Well, my life story so far, anyway. It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? We know ourselves, we know our stories, and we know the chronological technical details. But, somehow, when you sit down to write it…well,…… Continue reading Write Your Life Story – A Guide to Writing Your Autobiography and Tips on How to Get Published from The Learning Series by Nancy Smith (Book Review)

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Traveling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler (Book Review)

In the cupboard-sized alcove of an independent bookstore in Vermont, the red spine of this book caught my eye. Then, I saw the title, and almost of its own accord, the book was open in my hand, my eyes scanning the pages. Though I’ve not quite finished with this book, I thought what a perfect…… Continue reading Traveling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler (Book Review)

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Guest Review

What are the treasures that life holds for us? Is there a fixed path predetermined for everyone? Do we know what we are destined to do? What is the greater plan that we’re supposed to partake in? Do we even have a choice? The life we’re living, was it meant to be the way it…… Continue reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Guest Review

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Cherokee Dream by V.C. Sanford (Book Review)

Before we hung up our book reviews for 2018, I offered a taste of some of the books I had in my “soon to be finished” pile, but like all things around the holidays…life happened. Then, the new year, and working to get everything launched and organized with our updated blog and new website. Until…… Continue reading Cherokee Dream by V.C. Sanford (Book Review)

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The Invention of Everything: Insights on Life, Food, and One Good Thermos by Everett De Morier (Book Review)

Since about the time Everett De Morier decided to become a writer, I was reading Robert Fulghum’s Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I read all the accompanying books, but as I got older, I wondered what the next incarnation of old school advice revisited might look like. Enter: The Invention of…… Continue reading The Invention of Everything: Insights on Life, Food, and One Good Thermos by Everett De Morier (Book Review)