Verse Fiction: Call Me Athena

This YA Historical verse fiction was a surprise hit for me. It is beautifully lyrical and deserves an orchestral symphony–on page.I first listened to this book as an arc from Netgalley. If you liked Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I would go a step further and say […]

My Year In Books

I set a yearly challenge to read twenty books in 2020. That was a true challenge if you look back at my progress in March. I tend to be a slow and inconsistent reader. I don’t speed read. I have never enjoyed reading books that way; most times I didn’t remember what I had read. […]

Author’s Arc- Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a versatile novelist who writes historical, science, contemporary, and romance fiction. In September of this year, she released When No One is Watching.  It is described as Rear Window meets Get Out in 2020. The protagonist, Sydney Green is a no nonsense Black woman, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has […]

30th Anniversary of the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour

Janet Jackson is one of the few names in pop culture who has been a successful triple threat throughout her entire career. In 1990, she headlined her first world tour. With the release of her fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814, Miss Jackson performed songs from that album as well as her third album Control. […]

YouTube #writing community

I love YouTube for its free content. It is a great source for writers. Here is a list of some great YouTubers in the writing community to watch if you are pursuing a career in writing. Keep in mind, some of them have a Patreon account where fans of their work pay a monthly fee […]

How to Write a Short Story

I came across a video titled How to Write a Short Story, on YouTube from NY Times Bestselling author and biographer, Jerry B. Jenkins. In less than ten minutes, he sold me on why mastering writing short stories before writing your first novel is important. I don’t own a single collection of short stories. Me […]

Happy Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day. The only reason I know this is because, usually at this time, I would be on the phone talking to customers about their loans. So, I am grateful my job does observe this day. I am also grateful I have a job. Of course it could be worse. I don’t know if […]

Weekend with a book: Outlawed

Anna Todd is a journalist and author of three published novels. She graduated from Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2009. Outlawed is a western about a barren woman who is forced into a life of crime do to her husband’s family and their superstitious beliefs. This story deals with the old school of thought about barren […]